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High-Range, Multi-Use Dumbbell

The Bowflex SelectTech 1090 is one of the more expensive models available on the market today but is suitable for a wide range of users and exercise routines, including P90X. It is adjustable in 5-pound increments from 10 to 90 pounds and features unique molding on its base that makes lifting it smooth and soundless. It includes an instructional DVD and uses a simple dial system. Note that this is ONE dumbbell, not two.

Adjustable from 10 to 90 pounds

This model is one of the most versatile adjustable dumbbells on the market. It ranges from 10 to 90 pounds, which will more than suit any user’s needs, whether they are just looking to add some strength training to their routine or are serious about weight lifting and gaining strength. It adjusts in 5-pound increments, which is more than the ideal 2.5 increment but far better than less advanced model’s 10 pound increments.

Includes instructional DVD

The Bowflex SelectTech 1090 includes an instructional DVD featuring over 30 exercises that can be performed with this unit. Helpful for novice strength trainers.



Enjoy a soundless, smooth lifting experience with this model’s molded base. It protects the plates from damage and from getting trapped in their container, and it helps minimize the sound of your workout so you can have a more peaceful routine.

Easy to use dial

The Bowflex SelectTech 1090 uses a single dial system that takes only a few seconds to adjust as you work out. It is very easy to use and will not confuse you or slow down your strength training routine. There is a dial on each side of the dumbbell, so you can adjust it to have uneven weight distribution for a variety of exercises.


The Bowflex SelectTech 1090 cannot be dropped on the floor like regular metal dumbbells, but when treated right they should last a lifetime. Bowflex is a very reputable company that makes some of the most popular exercise equipment for home use as well as for commercial gyms, so their products are known for their reliability and durability.


Expensive docking station

The Bowflex SelectTech 1090 has a separately sold docking station that adds a considerable amount to the cost of the device. You can use it on a regular table of appropriate height, but in order to get the best results the docking station is recommended.

Rectangular handles

The Bowflex SelectTech 1090 has a chrome, rectangular handle that some users will find is uncomfortable to use for a long period of time, or for resting on your thigh. Tape can help remedy this issue.

Overall Review

The Bowflex SelectTech 1090 is a higher-priced device that lives up to its price point. It is durable and user-friendly and features one of the widest weight ranges available today. While some users will be turned off by the rectangular handles, most will find that this model is a great addition to their home gym and saves them money over the long run.