Are you buying hex dumbbells for your home gym, garage gym or fitness studio? There are many different options on the market when it comes to dumbbells, especially hex dumbbells. Dumbbells are one of the most widely used tools in the gym because of their exercise versatility and their ability to build muscle and increase strength. Lighter dumbbells can even be used in conjunction with cardio training. Hex dumbbell sets are offered in different styles and price points which include painted cast iron hex dumbbells, rubber hex dumbbells, or urethane hex dumbbells. Many people will choose based on aesthetics or price but it is always wise to make an informed decision on what is best for your facility or home. So here we will explore the different hex dumbbell materials available and the benefits of each.

Cast Iron Hex Dumbbells
The very basic entry level for dumbbells is iron hex dumbbells made from solid cast iron. On the lighter dumbbell sizes, both the handles and heads consist of a solid piece of cast iron and are usually coated with a gray paint or baked on enamel finish. Larger iron hex dumbbells have solid steel handles that can be straight or ergonomically shaped. Either way the steel handles are press fit inside the cast iron heads and secured with industrial strength epoxy glue. These are typically going to be the least expensive dumbbells that won’t break your budget. Iron hex dumbbells tend to be perfect for home use and small personal training studios.

Hex Dumbbells made from cast iron Hex Dumbbells made from cast iron

 

Rubber Hex Dumbbells
Rubber dumbbells, such as rubber hex dumbbells, are also made out of iron but the heads are then coated with thick protective rubber. These are great to help protect your dumbbell racks and gym floors. They also tend to be quieter for those users that like to “bang” their dumbbells together at the end of a chest press or similar exercise. As with most rubber products, they might tend to have that distinct rubber smell but this usually dissipates over time. You see rubber hex dumbbell sets frequently used in light commercial gyms and personal training studios. IRON COMPANY rubber hex dumbbells feature a "safety-head" design which permanently pins the cast iron heads to the solid steel handles making them more appropriate for use in school weight rooms and commercial gyms.

IRON COMPANY rubber hex dumbbell sets are durable and ideal for garage gyms and CrossFit training IRON COMPANY rubber hex dumbbell sets are durable and ideal for garage gyms and CrossFit training

 

Urethane Hex Dumbbells
Urethane dumbbells are considered a top of the line dumbbell and usually cost a bit more than the iron or rubber hex. For example urethane hex dumbbells have an iron or steel head which is then coated with polyurethane. Visually they look the same as rubber hex dumbbells but the urethane is overall a better and more durable product. There are several advantages to urethane hex dumbbells when compared to rubber hex dumbbells, one being their higher tear strength. In some gyms you may see small chips of rubber that have torn off dumbbells from constant knocking against dumbbell racks and other gym equipment. Sometimes you will also see rubber scuff marks left on storage racks. With urethane hex dumbbells you don’t see this happen often because it is a highly impact resistant coating. This material can take a beating. It also does not smell like some rubber products can. If there is any downside to urethane it would usually be the cost as these are more expensive than iron or rubber options. But there are many reasons to make the investment and upgrade to urethane. It will be a product that lasts longer and you won’t look to replace them for a very long time.

Urethane Hex Dumbbells by IRON COMPANY Urethane Hex Dumbbells by IRON COMPANY

 

Hex Dumbbell Functionality
When it comes to purchasing dumbbells, you will be able to perform the same exercises no matter if the heads are just iron or coated with rubber or urethane. It is not going to have a direct effect on your workout. Ask yourself what is important for your location. Is the deciding factor of your dumbbell purchase based mostly on price? Then maybe iron is the choice for you. Think about who might be using your new hex dumbbells. Are you buying heavy dumbbells that might be dropped from time to time on the rubber mats? If you purchase regular cast iron hex dumbbells, you can run the risk of damaging or even breaking them in a commercial environment. If you have a little more in the budget it is always best to go with rubber or urethane hex dumbbells that features a "safety-head" design so that your investment, and your patrons, are better protected.

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For assistance in choosing your best hex dumbbell set, contact an IRON COMPANY representative at (888) 758-7527 or quotes@ironcompany.com.