Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Single Dumbbell Review

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The Bowflex company is well-known as a leader in fitness. Most of the products sold by Bowflex are expensive, requiring a significant investment for the dieter. The Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Single Dumbbell is no different. A pair of the dumbbells retails for $600 plus shipping and handling. Bowflex backs the dumbbells with a 6-week money-back guarantee. If the user does not like the product, they can return the dumbbells for a full refund of the purchase price (less shipping and handling). The buyer must also pay the return shipping and handling for the product.

List of Ingredients

Two multi-weight workout dumbbells.

Product Features

The huge selling point for the Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Single Dumbbell is the fact that it replaces 17 individual dumbbells. The beginning weight is 10 pounds. The user can adjust the weight up in 5-pound increments to a maximum of 90 pounds. All users have to do is sit the dumbbell in the provided base and turn the knob to the appropriate weight. The dumbbell automatically picks up the necessary plates. When the user lifts the dumbbell out of the base, it will weigh the exact number of pounds chosen. Place the dumbbell back into the base and adjust lower and plates are left behind. The Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Single Dumbbell is perfect for standing squats, lunges, bicep curls and tricep extensions.

A weight bench does not come with the set of dumbbells, so the buyer must purchase a weight bench to perform seated or laying exercises. This is an additional expense on top of the $600 spent on the dumbbells. Bowflex benches are expensive so consumers may wish to choose an outside company.

Dumbbells are ideal for some exercises, but beginners are not likely to have the strength to control dumbbell movement. This could result in injury. Dumbbells may help during weight training days but they will not provide a cardiovascular workout.

The price of the Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Single Dumbbell is far more expensive than other dumbbell sets, even ones in the same multi-weight category. For the price, the dieter could join the average gym for three years or more.

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  • One dumbbell provides multiple weights.
  • Compact design.


  • Not ideal for cardio workouts.
  • Very expensive.
  • Does not come with a workout bench.


The Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Single Dumbbell is an expensive fitness toy. Yes, the dumbbell may take up less space but it also lightens the wallet with a $600 price tag. For 1/3 that price, the dieter can join the local gym with a vast array of dumbbells, cardio equipment and more. Dumbbells only provide weight-training workouts, limiting the number of days they can be used for exercise.

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Editor: Paul Blake

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