Here’s an overview of 15 of the best kettlebells for your home or garage gym.
Review: These Rogue standard size kettlebells live up to the Rogue reputation of quality and ruggedness. These Rogue kettlebells are made from first-run iron ore, not cheap scrap.
They are cast in one solid piece using a process that eliminates the handle seam and prevents dips, voids and other imperfections the cheaper guys have.
There are 17 weight increments available so there is a kettlebell there that is sure to be perfect for you.
Single piece cast from first run ore.
Precision machined flat bottom.
Black matte finish adds superior grip even with sweaty hands.
Handles could be a bit wider to allow for two hands.
Excellent grip, good looks, reasonable price, high quality with attention to detail is what you will get if you choose these Rogue kettlebells.
Rogue Monster Kettlebells
Review: Need more Kettlebell? These Monster kettlebells are beasts, designed for some serious HEAVY lifting. The lightest weighs 97 lbs and the heaviest 203 lbs.
They are cast from one massive solid piece of first-run iron ore. These high-quality kettlebells are finished with Rogues signature black matte powder coat for superior appearance and grip.
The bottomed is machined flat so it will stay upright and is free of seams thanks to the casting process.
Kettlebell finish adds significant grip.
Monster kettlebells available in weights from 97 lbs to 203 lbs.
Flat base for stability during floor exercises.
58mm handle diameter.
The texture of this kettlebell can be rough on bare hands.
The heaviest kettlebells you can buy, made from the highest quality iron ore, using precise manufacturing methods. You will not be disappointed.
Prime Kettlebells by Fringe Sport
Review: The Fringe Sport Prime kettlebells are some of the most attractive kettlebells I have seen. They have a beautiful black matte finish and I love that they are color-coded and easy to id the weight by color.
They have one distinctive feature that sets them apart from others. The handle diameters are just a bit wider than the other guys.
This can be seen as an advantage as you are strengthening your grip each time you swing these around. That’s an excellent two-for-one deal in my book.
Matte black powder coat finish.
Both kilo and lb listed on each kettlebell.
Color-coded for easy ID.
Weight is in lbs, but each kettlebell is in fractions of a lb, not whole lbs.
Top-rated, attractive, well made, color-coded kettlebells with the wide handles for grip strengthening.
REP Fitness LB Kettlebells
Review: These high-quality kettlebells from REP Fitness are sure to become a favorite for many reasons. To start with, the weight is listed in whole pounds, which is not common with kettlebells.
These weights are carefully made from single-cast, not sand-cast, and the bottom is completely flat so they sit flat and stable with no wobble.
They have a smooth surface, making the handles comfortable, with no burrs or sharp edges.
These REP Fitness kettlebells offer all this and are still some of the least expensive kettlebells around. They are the best bang for your buck I know of.
Now in whole pound LB increments.
High-quality single cast.
Completely flat base.
No vinyl coating so they could mark the floor.
Best budget-friendly kettlebell, high quality at a fair price. Best kettlebells for home gym on a budget.
REP Fitness Kettlebells
Review: REP kettlebells come in weights ranging from 2.2 lbs (1kg) all the way up to 106 lbs (48 kg). They are stamped with both lbs and kg and have colored bands to help visually identify the weight.
The handles are lightly textured and allow a strong grip thanks to a matte finish powder coat finish.
These high-quality kettlebells are single-cast iron one-piece design and will last a lifetime.
Single cast solid iron, one piece construction.
Available in heavy weights, up to 106 lbs.
Matte powder coat means no need for chalk, excellent texture and grip.
Some find the texture abrasive to the hands, especially when performing high reps.
Best quality kettlebells on the market, perfect for CrossFit, HIIT and kettlebell class.
Review: The best part of these AmazonBasics kettlebells, besides the low price, is that they have a vinyl coating. This coating helps you because it makes the kettlebell quieter to use and prevents the kettlebell from scratching or marking your floors.
I love that the vinyl coating is brightly colored, as you will have no problem identifying the weight by sight.
Color coded, easy to ID weight by sight.
Vinyl coated, won’t scuff or scratch floor.
Base is not completely flat and stable.
The best basic kettlebells, these get my vote for best kettlebells for beginners.
LIFETIME WARRANTY - We guarantee the structural integrity of the kettlebell for your lifetime.
RECESSED LOGOS - easier on wrist and forearm because logo is inside the bell as opposed to stamped in like others. SMOOTH FINISH, Pay close attention to the finish when comparing to images of others. Kettlebell Kings Powder Coat Kettlebells have a smoother finish because our casting process creates a smoother surface to powder coat over. Having a smooth finish protects your hands, wrists and forearms.
STRONG GRIP HANDLES - The handles on the powder coat kettlebells are designed for high intensity workouts. The powder coating makes it easier to maintain a strong grip on the kettlebell when your hands are sweating.
POWDER COATING - The most durable form of kettlebell coating available in the world. Powder coating protects the kettlebell from easily chipping and scratching. Store bought kettlebells are chipped and scratched before you ever take one home. When a kettlebell loses its paint you are not able to maintain grip during workouts and chips can lead to cut up hands and injuries. Our powder coating prevents this from ever happening.
PRECISION MADE - Kettlebell Kings are made from gravity casting which is the most precise way to create a kettlebell. If a kettlebell is not gravity cast you risk not accurately casting the kettlebell to the same weight and dimensions every time. As molds age the kettlebells will become imprecise if the kettlebell is not gravity cast. Our Powder Coat kettlebells are all made from a single piece of cast iron. Most kettlebells have the handles welded on which makes them break easier.
Review: Kettlebell Kings are gravity cast and form one single piece of cast iron, making a stronger kettlebell with a precise weight every time.
Kings kettlebells are available in weights of 4 kilos to 48 kilos. These kettlebells are powder-coated enamel over solid construction cast iron, with color bands on the handles that are coded for weight.
I love the wide flat base of kettlebell kings bells, because you can use these for push up stands and more, they are quite stable.
Powder coated corrosion and rust resistant.
Single piece construction, durable.
Textured handle provides a secure grip.
Some find the handle diameter too narrow. It is 33 mm diameter.
The king of kettlebells, and one of the best kettlebells for small hands.
FULL-BODY EXERCISE: The Adjustable Kettlebell Weight is for so much more than just your arm workouts. This free swing weight can be incorporated into ab and core workouts, leg workouts, and even back workouts.
EQUIPMENT FOR EVERYONE: Whether you are new to exercise or a veteran trainer, this kettlebell weight makes an excellent addition to your exercise equipment. It can be used in group fitness classes as well as personal exercises. From bodybuilding to beginner-level exercises, get ripped with this multi-weight kettlebell.
DROP-CAST IRON PLATES: This kettlebell weight includes six drop-cast iron plates. These plates can be easily removed or added to alter the total weight of the kettlebell, ranging from 10 to 40 pounds. These plates allow you to tailor your workout to your own specific needs.
DIMENSIONS: The Adjustable Kettlebell Weight has a wide handle with a 38mm diameter and is made of black powder-coated cast iron to make it more durable. Each of the 6 adjustable plates is held in place with a heavy-duty, plastic clamp. This ensures that the plates will stay in place as you incorporate the kettlebell into your workout.
Review: This Titan adjustable kettlebell offers 6 different weights in one kettlebell making it the one of the best adjustable kettlebells around.
It uses cast iron plates and a knob dial adjuster to quickly and easily adjust the weight. It has an extra-wide handle, for swings and other moves calling for two hands, and a large flat base for stability.
6 weight adjustments from 5 to 40 lbs.
Uses Cast iron weight plates.
Easy knob selector adjustment to change weight fast.
Handle needs occasional maintenance and re-tighten of the screws.
This Titan kettlebell is the best adjustable kettlebell available, hands down.
HAMMERTONE METAL FINISH: Furnished with premium hammertoe finish, the Marcy Kettlebell features durable construction that’s to last a long time. Its coating offers superior metal protection to prevent rust buildup and resist damage.
PATENTED DESIGN: Made from recyclable cast iron reinforced with a non-rust coating, this fitness gear will last a long time. Its and ergonomically designed structure boasts a sturdy handle that ensures a secure grip during exercise.
FOUNDATION FOR FUNCTIONAL TRAINING: Enjoy working out right at home with this gym gear! These weights are excellent for lifting, toning, and strength-training exercises or for use with circuit training, which focuses on strengthening the core and abs.
AVAILABLE IN VARIOUS WEIGHTS: This kettlebell is available in 10, 15, 20, 25, 35, 45, and 55 pounds to allow you to customize your training according to your needs. Each equipment is cast to a precise weight for safe and efficient weightlifting exercises.
TWO-YEAR MANUFACTURER’S : The Marcy Hammertoe Kettlebell comes with a limited two-year manufacturer’s to let you get the most out of your investment.
Review: This kettlebell from the reputable fitness equipment manufacturer, Titan will not disappoint.
It has a handle large enough for two hands to fit comfortably is made from solid cast iron and has a finish that allows for slip-free handling.
The kettlebell has no rough edges or protrusions and the weight is stamped into the front in pounds.
Grippy finish that gives just the right amount of texture without tearing your hands up.
Large handle with wide grip fits both hands at once.
Carefully finished with no seams or rough edges sticking out.
Packaging for shipping needs improvement.
Titan is one of the best brand of kettlebells, and this hefty kettlebell is a prime example of the brand’s craftsmanship.
First Things First: What is a Kettlebell?
A traditional kettlebell is a metal weight, usually cast iron or steel, shaped in a ball with a metal handle on top and a flat base on the bottom of the ball.
Ideally, the kettlebell is one solid piece of metal. Inferior kettlebells may have handles that screw on and those should be avoided as they can break and be hazardous.
To use a kettlebell you simply grip the handle and lift the weight.
Kettlebells are simple, safer and easier to balance than barbells, which is one reason why they are so popular in functional fitness and CrossFit.
You are doing weighted box step-ups, onto an 18 inch wood plyobox.
Which is safer to use while stepping up on the box? A long barbell on your back? Or a compact kettlebell held near your torso, close to your center of gravity?
The compact size of the kettlebell allows you to maintain balance easier than the barbell would.
Why do I Need Kettlebells? What are the Benefits of Kettlebells?
Unilateral Training – it seems obvious, but you can use a kettlebell with one hand, and train unilaterally, or one side of the body at a time.
You can’t really do that with barbells which generally use both hands.
Balance – many exercises that call for barbells or dumbbells can be done with a kettlebell, and it is easier to balance a kettlebell.
Take the squat as an example. It is traditionally done with a barbell, but you can use a kettlebell in each hand and have better balance and work more stabilizing muscles using kettlebells.
No one has ever heard of the barbell swing, right?
With a kettlebell, you can perform a kettlebell swing, which includes bending the knees slightly while swinging the bell through your legs and back, and returning to an upright position while swinging the bell up over your head.
The kettlebell swing is an excellent exercise and hits most of the core muscle groups in your body, along with burning a respectable number of calories with each swing.
You can’t do a swing with a barbell because you will take out your neighbor or land flat on your bottom, or worse if you try.
The kettlebells concentrated center of gravity makes them easier to hoist up above your head, or hold away from your body with your arm fully extended.
What can I do with the Humble Kettlebell? Kettlebell Exercises and Workouts
For beginners or lighter intensity workouts, kettlebells can be used for squats.
KB Exercise #1: Kettlebell Farmers Walk
This super simple move utilizes two heavy kettlebells lifted from the ground and held at your side as you walk the length of the gym.
Whoever said working out had to be complicated?
KB Exercise #2: Kettlebell Deadlift
The kettlebell deadlift is an alternative move to the barbell deadlift.
Place the kettlebell centered in front of you, grab the handle with both hands and lift the weight while your arms remain extended toward the ground.
KB Exercise #3: Turkish Get Up
This is a more complicated kettlebell exercise that work core muscles and pretty much everything else.
The exercise begins on the ground while laying on your side, holding the kettlebell, rolling to your back, maintaining the kettlebell overhead, getting on one elbow, bringing one knee up with foot planted on the floor, posting to the hand, sweeping the other leg behind you, standing upright, then returning, performing the motions in reverse.
KB Exercise #4: Bicep Curls
Many people find that low-intensity bicep curls work great with a kettlebell, since the weight distribution is perfectly even.
KB Exercise #5: Kettlebell Swing
We have previously described the kettlebell swing, but this video demonstrates the move well.
Kettlebell Workout Routines
This quick full-body kettlebell workout will keep you fit with minimum time and fuss, right from home. All you need is a kettlebell and 15 minutes to get it done.
This workout is great for beginners because there is an intro which quickly covers each move, followed by a full length follow along workout.
This HIIT style kettlebell workout will rev your metabolism and burn calories and fat long after the workout is complete. The workout covers kettlebell squats, kettlebell pushups, kettlebell cleans and more.
How do I Find the Best Kettlebells for My Workout?
Not all kettlebells are built equal.
Despite their similar appearance, kettlebells can have different designs.
The small differences may not be noticeable at first glance, but each kettlebell brand designs their kettlebells in specific ways.
Let’s take a look at some of the variations possible between each brand and style.
The Grip Width and Diameter
The grip, or the handle, is where you hold the kettlebell. There’s no standard for handle diameter or width unless the kettlebells are competition grade which most home kettlebells are not.
As a result, some kettlebells have thinner grips others have wider grip diameters.
The width of the handle matters, too. If you are using both hands, like you would with a two-hand swing, you want the kettlebell handle to be wide enough to accommodate both hands. The Cap Vinyl-coated kettlebells have a wide handle that allows you to use both hands at the same time.
Some grips are textured, and this is a huge bonus if your hands sweat easily.
Your hands may slide on polished, smooth grips, and they may slip out of your hand. Some manufacturers use powder coating, hammertone finishes or other matte finishes to add grip.
Some kettlebells have texture built into the cast metal.
Too much texture may lead to callouses or tears.
If you need help with your grip, or do not want to develop callouses on your hands, why not consider a pair of CrossFit gloves? I have a list of the best CrossFit gloves here.
Look for one-piece construction!
The most important thing to look for concerning the grip handle is the way it’s integrated with the weight. In other words, look for a kettlebell that is all one piece.
Ideally, the handle and weight are one solid piece of metal.
Be Aware: cheap kettlebells have screwed on handles that are separate from the metal bell. These are not advised as they can break and be dangerous.
A quality one-piece construction kettlebell should have smooth seams with no jagged or rough edges that may scratch and cut skin.
Flat bottoms are what you want when it comes to kettlebells!
Round bottoms are great on everything except kettlebells.
If you plan on using the kettlebell as leverage against the floor, you need a flat bottom kettlebell.
Kettlebell push-ups are one exercise where a flat bottom is needed.
It’s better to select a kettlebell with a wide flat bottom. They’re more stable and easier to store than kettlebells with small bases or uneven bottoms.
The coating of a kettlebell may provide any combination of 3 characteristics:
Coating for noise reduction – kettlebells with a vinyl coat are make less noise when set or dropped on the floor. They also protect floors and other gym surfaces.
Coated for corrosion and oxidation resistance – the matte black or enamel coating on the kettlebell helps prevent rust or oxidation of the weight.
Coated to provide grip and texture – the manufacturer may place a matte or textured finish to enhance the ability to hold and grip the bell, even with sweaty hands.
Standard, Adjustable or Portable
There are three styles of kettlebell:
Standard: standard kettlebells are the regular, one solid piece of cast iron you see in most gyms.
Adjustable: adjustable kettlebells have weights that can be added or removed to change the weight. These are good for small gyms where space is tight. They can be challenging to adjust and standard kettlebells will make your workout go faster.
Portable: portable kettlebells are good for those who travel a lot, or need a super space-saving option. You fill portable kettlebells with sand, gravel, pebbles, dirt or whatever material you have available.
If you are looking for an inexpensive high-quality kettlebell, I really like the Rep Fitness Kettlebells. They have the best value per dollar ratio out there. They are single cast, have nice wide handles, a machined flat bottom, and best of all they are really affordable.
If you are building your home or garage gym on a budget, I recommend you check out the article I wrote on how to build a budget home or garage gym. I cover configurations for several types of home gyms and give you DIY ideas to save even more money.
What are the Best Kettlebell Brands?
Looking for the best kettlebell brands? Look no further!
Brands, like Fringe Sport, Rogue, REP Fitness, Titan and Valeo, produce kettlebells with wider grips that work better for people with large hands.
Brands like AmazonBasics and Yes4All that create affordable vinyl-coated kettlebells, which work great for people who enjoy the protection of the coating.
Rogue, Fringe Sport, REP Fitness, Apollo Athletics, RKC, Kettlebell Kings, Marcy, TRX, Titan and Body Solid’s offerings are made of solid single cast iron, guaranteed to stand up to the test of time.
Do Kettlebells Really Work?
Kettlebells work for getting fit, strengthening muscles and getting a great workout.
They are just as useful as dumbbells for strengthening, and come in weights in excess of 200 lbs.
You can start off with just one kettlebell if you are a beginner, on a tight budget, or just want to give kettlebells a try.
The vast majority of kettlebell exercises are done with one kettlebell, so having only one will not hold you back when you are starting out.
The reason you may want to invest in a second identical weight kettlebell is for the few exercises where you might use two kettlebells, like a double kettlebell squat clean.
The best reason to invest in more than one kettlebell is to be able to vary the weight you use. As you progress, you will need more challenge, so a higher weight kettlebell may be just what you need.
Also, some exercises may be too difficult with a heavy kettlebell, and having the option to use a lower weight can be a benefit.
Can You Build Muscle with Kettlebells?
The kettlebell was used originally as a muscle-building tool and is still used that way today.
Check out this video to see how the mighty kettlebell can help you build muscle.
If you are getting started building your own garage or home weight lifting gym, check out this collection of the best weight lifting equipment for a home gym that I created as I was building my own budget weight lifting home gym.
Are Kettlebells Better than Dumbbells?
Are kettlebells and dumbbells so similar that you don’t need both?
A valid question!
You don’t want to invest more than necessary in your home gym.
Let’s use a simple pros and cons list to sort things out.
Good for controlled (slower) movements.
Weight is divided on either side, weight is not centered like a kettlebell.
Dumbbells are unbalanced for dynamic moves like swing movements.
Cannot get both hands on the dumbbell handle at once.
Dumbbells are wider than kettlebells.
Dumbbells do not have a compact, single center of gravity like a kettlebell.
Weight is centered and focused in one spot.
Good for explosive, dynamic, fast movements, like the kettlebell swing.
Kettlebells are more compact than dumbbells, even at heavier weights.
Most kettlebells can be used with two hands on the handle at the same time.
Not as common as dumbbells in most gyms.
Kettlebells are fixed weight, so you need to buy more as you progress.
The Bottom Line, Dumbbells vs Kettlebells
While there are similarities between kettlebells and dumbbells, they are actually quite different.
Like apples and oranges different.
They are both components of a well-rounded home gym. They serve different purposes, and each have specific exercises where they are the correct tool for the job.
To sum up, it’s important to make sure the kettlebell you get is one you can use in the long term. It’s worth it to pay more for the best kettlebell; one that has one-piece construction, smooth edges, and a finish that gives you a good grip.
That wraps up this list of the best kettlebells of 2022. I hope you are able to use the info to pick out a kettlebell for your gym, and that you picked up some new exercises to try.
If you have a really compact home gym or are on a tight budget, why not consider an all in one home gym? They take up hardly any space and can be tucked under the bed when not in use. I have a list of the best all-in-one home gyms right here, so take a look.
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