Last weekend, we had the pleasure of spending a few hours with the team from NuFitCorp. We got to test both their main product, the NuBells, and a couple of cool accessories, some of which aren’t even on the market yet. They also let us take a selection of NuBells home for a while, so we could test them in our daily routines. Now that we have used them for real, here is our NuBells review.
As we wrote in our post from the LA Fit Expo, we were quite impressed by the NuBells, and after testing them for a week, we like them even more. Today we want to give you a full review, go over the good and the bad, and talk a little about all the different accessories that are coming soon.
Affiliate link disclaimer: This NuBells review is not a sponsored post. We haven’t received any payment from NuFitCorp, and the opinions in this post are entirely our own. The product links are standard Amazon links, where we get the standard Amazon commission for any sale. You can buy NuBells here.
What We Like About NuBells
They are ergonomic and comfortable to lift – Because the weight of the NuBells is perfectly balanced around your hand, they are extremely comfortable to lift. We found that for specific exercises (like heavy presses and curls) the better weight distribution takes a lot of tension off your wrist and/or elbow. My husband has been struggling with an injury to his right elbow, and he was able to do lifts with the NuBell that are painful with a regular dumbbell.
The ability to grip the NuBells so they are almost parallel with your arm is also great for exercises like triceps kickback and hammer curls, where you want to keep your hands as close to the side of your body as possible.
They look good – The NuBells are the first dumbbells we have seen that we actually don’t mind being visible in our home. Right now, we have all our dumbbells and other fitness equipment stashed in a closet, because it’s too ugly to be out in the open. Our NuBells are in the living room, and whenever we have guests, they always pick them up and comment on how cool they look.
You can get NuBells in black, gray, orange, green, yellow and pink.
They are multi-functional – The standard NuBells are great and the ability to easily turn them into a barbell or kettlebell makes them even better (see accessories later in this post)
Are There Any downsides?
We have tested the NuBells for a week now without any real problems, but there are a few things to be aware of:
You will have to clean them – The downside of having cool and colorful equipment is that it shows when it gets dirty. On the plus side, actually cleaning your dumbbells once in a while is probably not a bad idea anyway from a hygiene standpoint.
You can get cheaper alternatives – If you just need some basic dumbbells and don’t care about the colorful design, you can easily find a less expensive option. The NuBells are definitely a high-end option for people who don’t mind spending a little extra on quality and design.
Straight Barbell and Curl Bar – The way the barbells work is that you simply attach a NuBell at each end of the bar with an easy locking mechanism. It’s very well designed and you simply click the NuBell into place. The bars themselves are standard barbells and curl bars like you see in any gym.
If you have a good selection of NuBells, this is a fantastic way to get a fully equipped barbell set by just buying a single accessory. The downside is, that because you can only attach a single NuBell on each side of the barbell, you need NuBells in a lot of different weight increments to be able to get the exact weight you want on the barbell.
Kettlebell attachment – This attachment turns as single NuBell into a kettlebell with the same easy click-and-lock mechanism as the barbell. It isn’t out yet, but the demo version we tried worked great. The only issue was that the grip was a little too narrow for people with large hands, but this is something they have promised to fix before releasing the product this summer.
NuBench – The NuBench can be attached to (almost) any normal bench and provides extra support for the neck and lower spine. We tried it while doing heavy incline presses and it was extremely comfortable and gave great support. The demo version was a bit difficult to adjust between exercises, which is why the NuBench won’t be available until later this summer when they have had a chance to improve the design.
NuBells Review Conclusion
We really like both the NuBells and the accessories. It’s a very well thought-out and designed system, and we won’t be at all surprised to see NuBells in a lot of homes, private gyms, and workplace gyms very soon. It’s a bit of an investment to get all the different weights you need, but once you have them, the multi-functional system means that you can have an entire gym in a very small space. Honestly, we may also buy them just because they look cool 😀
You can buy NuBells here.
UPDATE: Since we wrote this NuBells review we have worked more with NuFitCorp (and we love the NuBells even more). If you want to see the NuBells in action, check out this boxing-themed video we did for them: