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4.0 out of 5 stars Power-Pak 445, February 25, 2012
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I considered the Bowflex 552's and these, the Bowflex 552's looked nicer, but were more expensive. I was going to buy the bowflex at $280 (at the time lowest I could find). I figured a $30 difference and I would make-do without a stand. Glad I did not, because after using these I realized the stand is a must have, and then would have been talking $170 difference. Here are the Pro's and Cons that I found between the 2.

Bowflex-Pros 1.-Look cool 2.-2.5 weight increments at low rates Cons-1.-Cost 2. Occasionally "stick" 3. Need to turn both ends to adjust weights

Universal 445-Pros 1. Come with stand 2. Only turn one end which makes changing weight easier and quicker 3. Less physcial plates so one less plate to "tetris" in 4. Price Cons-1. Adjust in 5 increments (I have not found an issue though) 2. Weights do shift-they are secure they just slide back and forth (I have gotten used to)

I am happy with the Universal 445's and am glad I purchased rather than Bowflex, based on price and quicker weight adjusting. They also look cooler then in the pictures. The 5lb increments is fine for me, since I had been jumping like 10lbs with standard dumbbells.

The only con I can think of is the shifting weight, which I could imagine drives some people nuts. Yes the weights shift, but that are still secure and they aren't going to fall off, I have confidence to do lifts with them over my head, face or crotch.
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Initial post: Dec 3, 2014, 11:46:27 AM PST
Eric says:
I am looking at both of these products as well - however, the shifting of the weights (which I can't stand) is a complete deal-breaker for me so I am going to have to go with the Bowflex dumbells. Thanks for the helpful review!

Posted on Mar 18, 2015, 12:37:48 PM PDT
D. Bourland says:
Just a friendly comment about needing to adjust both ends. While you list that as a con, it really is a big plus. A lot of workouts, an expert will want to have a top or bottom heavy "bell", so that they can add more focus to different muscles (your arm will fight to hold it upright, which is a good thing...assuming you don't go crazy of course, most ppl would only differ each side by 5, maybe 10 lbs). People that plateau quickly with their improvement for example, may find that helpful to change up their program by this simple adjustment. I'll also add, that after a few tries, I can typically change both sides in mere seconds, as it's a quick and easy twist of the knob and muscle memory kicks in. Hope this helps.
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