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Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Adjustable Dumbbell (Single)
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- Adjustable dumbbell that does the work of multiple dumbbells in one
- Weight adjusts from 10 pounds up to 90 pounds in 5-pound increments with the twist of a dial
- Suitable for both basic toning and strength exercises and heavy leg lifts
- Durable molding surrounds the metal plates to create smooth, quiet liftoff
- Includes "Secrets of the 4-Step Rep" DVD with more than 30 exercises
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Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Adjustable Dumbbell (Single)
When Bowflex released the SelectTech 552 in the late 2000’s, they were a total hit and flew off the shelves. Their innovative dial adjustment system was the first of its kind, and drastically reduced the time it took change weights. No longer did you have to take dumbbells apart and add or remove the weight plates yourself. With the simple twist of a dial, you could adjust a dumbbell anywhere from 5-52.5 lbs in a matter of two or three seconds.
You can easily see why the popularity soared and eventually led the SelectTech 552 to become the best-selling adjustable dumbbells of all time. However, there was one small issue.
The weight range of the SelectTech 552 maxed out at 52.5 lbs, and you couldn’t add any more weight because of Bowflex’s fixed bracket design. Stronger, more advanced weightlifters couldn’t get much benefit out of the 552 model because they needed more weight than the SelectTech 552 could offer.
One year later, Bowflex released the SelectTech 1090 model. Same dumbbell, much more weight. Now, all of the same incredible features of the 552 model were available with a weight range of 10-90 lbs, so even the strongest weightlifters could take advantage of the Bowflex’s innovative new adjustable dumbbells.
The Bowflex SelectTech 1090 was built with the stronger athlete in mind so it offers a very wide weight range to work with, starting at 10 lbs and going all the way up to 90 lbs per dumbbell! The weight is adjustable in 5 lb increments, which gives you 17 different weight settings to choose from. The only minor difference of the 1090’s adjustability compared to the SelectTech 552 is that it cannot adjust in 2.5 lb increments, but that’s really not an issue. Since the 552 only adjusts in 2.5 lb increments for the first 25 lbs, they’re exactly the same once you get past the 25 lb mark. There are some other high-weight-range adjustable dumbbells that offer 2.5 increments at any point in the weight range, but I’ve found that once you’re lifting on the heavier side (50 lbs or more), you don’t really use the 2.5 increments at all. I haven’t had a single problem moving in 5 lb increments with the SelectTech 1090.
Just like the SelectTech 552, my absolute favorite feature about the SelectTech 1090 is Bowflex’s dial-a-weight adjustment system. With the twist of a dial, you can change the weight from 10 lbs to 90 lbs with no other work required. Let me briefly explain how it works. Bowflex has a dial-and-bracket system built into the handle of each dumbbell. The dial is used to change weight settings, whereas the brackets inside the handle are what actually physically attach the weight plates to the bar for you. So let’s pretend you want to select a 50 lb weight setting. Twist the dial at each end of the dumbbell to 50 lbs. The brackets will essentially “grab” the weight plates it needs to make 50 lbs and lock them onto the handle. Then pull the dumbbell out of its cradle and you’re ready to rock. Done with your set and want to move up to 60 lbs now? Slide the dumbbell back into its cradle, twist the dials to 60 lbs, and then pull the dumbbell back out. Now there will be 60 lbs of weight plates attached. It’s really that simple.
Quality and Durability
In my experience, the Bowflex SelectTech 1090’s have worked pretty well, but not quite as great as the 552’s did when I tested those out (I tell you exactly what I mean in the Anything Bad? section further down on this page). For those who don’t know, the SelectTech 552 is the highest-rated adjustable dumbbells set on the market, so naturally I expected the same from the 1090. The 1090 is made with high-strength metals in order to provide a secure lock on the weight plates when the bracket system is in use, and the weight plates are coated in a thick plastic liner to help it take a little roughing up. But the plastic lining was put in place to provide more than just durability; it’s also done that way to allow the weight plates to move smoothly next to each other because of how the dumbbell has to slide in and out of the cradle when changing weight settings (which helps a lot, by the way).
Top customer reviews
Do NOT, I repeat do NOT but these dumbbells, even if you are impressed with the 552s. Total was of money.
So why do I say they're dangerous? Because the weights can fall off the handle in the middle of a workout, it's happened to me multiple times before I figured out what was going on. Luckily I wasn't hurt, but if you're doing a curl and one of of the heavier plates falls on your foot you can easily break a toe or worse if it's over your head. I luckily figured out why the plate fell off my handle. When the handle is on the cradle a little button gets depressed so you can spin the sides to select a weight. When you lift the handle the button pops up so you can't spin the weight selector and the weights are locked to the handle. The button on one of my handles got stuck so even when it was out of the cradle the selector could still spin. With the button stuck bumping one of the plates can force the selector to spin, dropping weights off the handle. For me this happened when the weight bumped by chest during a one arm row. Keep in mind I've been very careful to never drop the weights and took very good care of them, so this is most likely a manufacturing defect. In fact, many of these selecttech 1090 dumbbells got recalled in 2012. I found this out when searching for a solution to my problem.
This brings me to my next point: bad customer service. I called to see what I could do and I was told I had to buy a new handle. They weren't the least bit concerned about the potential injury this could cause. They also refused to give me instructions to fix it myself. I'm not that handy but after 15 minutes of tinkering I figured out all I had to do was unscrew a little plate on the inside of the handle to unstick the button. Unfortunately, the way it's designed you're not supposed to fully unscrew the plate or it won't screw back in. If they simply told me that I would've been happy. I was able to solve this anyway by super gluing the plate back on, but now that dial doesn't spin smoothly and I may need to buy a replacement handle eventually anyway. I am still using these weights, mostly because I can't afford Powerblock or Ironmaster dumbbells to replace these, but I check them before each workout to make sure they still work.
We compared the two sets to each other and we noticed that the plates on the lighter set have a metal notch for the plates to grip, whereas the heavier set is made of the same material that the plate is made of, smooth plastic. This is obviously the source of the problem.
We do not drop the weights, when my boyfriend is using them I spot him and help them down to the ground so this is not user error.
They should make a better quality product and customer service will be hearing from us again. I paid way too much money for this faulty product- which is a shame because we like our original set and I even bought a nice Bowflex stand for this set.
GAVE ME A BLACK EYE, NOT SAFE!!!
I bought these on Craiglist in their original sealed package.
The fourth time I used them I was doing a benchpress when the largest plate fell off and hit me on the side of the head giving me a black eye.
I found that the tab on the plate that fell off that connects it to the handle had broken (see pics). This must have happened during one of the three prior workouts, since I examined the plates when I first opened them and everything was fine.
I called Bowflex/Nautilus to buy a replacement plate. However they would not sell me the part since I bought the dumbbells second hand. I wasn't asking for a replacement set of dumbbells, I wasn't even asking for a free replacement part, I was asking to buy a new plate.
I understand why they wouldn't cover these under warranty since I bought them second hand, but I was asking for them to be replaced. I just wanted to buy a new plate.
Instead they sent me a new pair of the smaller 552 dumbbells, which seems odd. My only guess is that the 1090s are prone to breaking and causing injury and they do not want to be liable.
Very disappointing / frustrating after spending $600+
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