Reviewers say the adjustable Cap Barbell 40-Pound Set is an excellent value; with the included handles and weight plates, users can add or subtract plates to make the dumbbells lighter or heavier. Users say buying the set is less expensive than purchasing numerous individual dumbbells, and the set doesn't take up much space in a small apartment or condo. However, it does take time to remove the weight plates between exercises, and we saw several complaints that the Cap Barbell 40-Pound Set has a strong odor and the plastic case cracks easily. If your budget allows, the Bowflex SelectTech (*Est. $400 and up) is another option. The SelectTech dumbbells support more weight and you can change weights quickly by adjusting a dial on the dumbbell. However, they are much more expensive.
User opinions are the best source of information on the Cap Barbell 40-Pound Set. While Amazon.com and Walmart.com both have a good selection of owner-written reviews, those at Amazon.com tend to be more detailed.
Nearly 350 users have reviewed the Cap Barbell 40-Pound Set at Amazon.com, where the dumbbells enjoy a 4.4-star rating (out of 5). Owners are impressed with the value, although the strong odor is offensive for some.
Review: Cap Barbell 40-Pound Set, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2012
Another 350 users review the Cap Barbell 40-Pound Set at Walmart.com. Over 95 percent say they would recommend the dumbbells to a friend, but a number of users complain about a strong odor.
Review: Cap Barbell 40-lb. Dumbbell Set with Carry Case, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of March 2012