Review of the Gold's Gym Switch Plate 100
Are they THE best dumbbells on the market? Why, and why not.
Switch Plate 100
Comes as a 100-lb Weight Set & 2 Dumbbells.
What’s Unique About Gold's Gym Switch Plate 100?
The quality of any set of adjustable dumbbells depends on the design of their primary feature — the system for the locking releasing of the individual weight plates. And that’s something Gold’s Gym Switch Plate 100 has done well - with a design that’s easy to adjust quickly, but also secure enough to alleviate any worries about detached plates.
Contrary to the “clamshell” mechanism used by many of their competitors, Gold’s Gym uses a simpler sliding pin mechanism to lock the plates in place.
How Much Weight Can I Put On Gold’s Switch Plate 100 Dumbbells?
Every weight plate on the Switch Plate 100 weighs 2.5 pounds. And the locking clips at the bottom and top of the dumbbell allow you to adjust the overall weight from 10 pounds to 50lb; all by 2.5lb.
One of the few downsides of the Gold’s Gym Switch Plate 100 is that it doesn’t allow for weight upgrades. So, if you’re unsure if this will sustain your fitness progress, consider how much weight you’ll need in the future.
Does Gold's Gym Switch Plate 100 Have A Warranty And/Or Guarantee?
When you’re buying a set of adjustable dumbbells, their durability is a bigger concern than with ordinary ones; adjustable dumbbells have mechanisms that can be worn down or broken.
In the case of Gold’s Gym Switch Plate 100, the yellow locking pins aren’t too flimsy. You can easily lift them and lock them into the weight setting you want. However, they’re made from plastic and not from metal, making them less durable in the long run. Still, the slider’s raised height reduces the pins exposure to the bare minimum — meaning they’re protected from any damage if you suddenly drop the dumbbells on the floor.
How Do They Compare With Other Adjustable Dumbbells in the Market?
Compared to their market peers, the Switch Plate 100 dumbbells receive more mixed reviews. This is largely due to the flimsier design of their adjustable slider. However, the quality of the overall design is still decent, and they’re pretty easy to use.
You also get a neat dumbbell stand with the set, which is a great feature for people who don’t want to constantly trip over their dumbbells and keep them on the floor. Also, having the option to set different weights at every end of the dumbbell is excellent for a couple of specific exercises like hammer curls.
Where Can I Buy Gold’s Gym Switch Plate 100’s?
Some fitness equipment retailers house the Gold’s Gym Switch Plate 100, though most people seem to buy it off Amazon. While you can find other gym equipment from the same manufacturer in places like Walmart, they don’t stock the adjustable dumbbells as much — so your best bet is buying them off eBay or Amazon.