Kettlebud Review

The Kettlebud is a standalone handle that performs like any adjustable kettlebell. Except instead of coming with weights, it requires you to use your own Olympic weight plates. This means that it is a great option for those who already have Olympic plates or for those looking to invest in some.  The weight settings this kettlebell handle offers are literally limitless, it can be easily adjusted using 5 to 100+lbs plates.

With such flexible weight settings, this kettlebell can be used by beginners, intermediates or experienced athletes wanting to perform kettlebell training. The body is made from high-quality metal (Durable Military Grade 356 Cast Aluminum Body) and the handle has a nice texture, assuring a firm and strong grip during heavy workouts.

The weight adjustment mechanism is based on wire lock steel pins, very secure when adjusting to heavy weights and easy to you for first timers. The Kettlebud comes in two sizes, the standard 1” size and the Olympic 50 mm size. It is compatible with standard weight plates that can be bought anywhere online or found at the gym, meaning that you can use the kettlebud at home or take it with you to your local gym and attach it to the available weights in there.

The various workout routines and weight settings offered by this adjustable kettlebell are what any beginner or advanced athlete is looking for. If you’re seeking a budget-friendly item that would save you a lot of space and can be used anywhere, then you definitely need to consider the Kettlebud. However, you do need to have access to Olympic weight plates which makes it impractical for travel.

Features:

Weight Range – variable (depends on the available weight plates).

Weight Settings – variable (depends on the available weight plates).

Dimensions – 38 x 5.25 x 2.6 inches; 5.5 lbs

Handle Width – Wide (competition size handle).

Ease of Adjusting Weights – The Kettlebud is based on quick removal pins to change weight plates, the mechanism is pretty simple and easy to familiarize with, and it is also suitable for fast paced workout routines that require using different weights and transitioning quickly from one to the other. Plus, the bell’s adjustment mechanism is constantly safe during intense exercises and heavy weight movements.

Easy to use in workouts? – The Kettlebud is a solid item that can handle heavy weights and still perform like a charm. Both beginner and advanced athletes can use this kettlebell handle with ease to perform many kettlebell exercises (except for over-the-head exercises which involve direct contact with the wrist and can cause serious injury). The weight adjustment mechanism comes in handy for new timers when they’re trying to get their first workout done or for experienced athletes trying to take their game to the next level. The handle is identical to the competition dumbbell handle which is wide and has a nice grip when used with light to medium weight. However, it is highly advised to use chalk/matt or wear lifting gloves during heavy lifts to ensure total safety.

 

Who is this product made for?

As we mentioned before, The Kettlebud adjustable kettlebell is suitable for anyone willing to do kettlebell training at home or the local gym. The weight range starts from as light as 5 lbs which is ideal for a beginner or a new timer. However, the adjustable bells can get as heavy as you want, allowing advanced and experienced athletes to perform heavy movements. It can also be used to do competition training.

The weight changing mechanism on this bell is fast and very useful when it comes to performing fast paced routines where you need to adjust to different weights fast. However, the Kettlebud can get noisier than traditional adjustable kettlebells which is due to the heavy weight settings. That being said, The kettlebud can be used to do any kettlebell exercise such as squats, swings, biceps curls, rows, lunges, etc. As long as it does not require the forearm to bear the weights directly (i.e., Turkish get ups, the snatch).

How does this compare to other brands?

The handle is a unique approach to adjustable kettlebells, sure it allows you to store it anywhere, saving you money, saves you space, gives you weight versatility, etc. But unlike other adjustable kettlebells, the Kettlebud is not only compact but it is also portable, you can take it anywhere with you. Since it has no static weight settings (weight increments) like other adjustable kettlebells, the weight can get very challenging but is still safe enough for personal use. Another feature about the kettlebud is the handle’s size and diameter which is Identical to the one from the competition kettlebells, Ideal for athletes doing competition training. With that all being said, the kettlebud costs less than most adjustable kettlebells that offer similar high build quality, performance, and durability.

Pros:

  • Relatively low in price.
  • Saves a lot of space and money.
  • Compact size and Portable, can be taken or stored anywhere.
  • Compatible with any standard weight plate.
  • Fast and simple weight adjustment mechanism.
  • Suitable for beginners, intermediates and professionals.
  • Has a solid build quality and a high quality finish on the handle.

Cons:

  • Cannot be used to perform exercises that create a direct contact between the wrist and the kettlebell.
  • The bell’s Center of gravity might feel different depending on the weight plates’ position.
  • Makes noise while swinging it.
  • Weight plates are not included with the handle.
  • Available in silver only.

Overall Rating

Rating: 4.5 stars

The Kettlebud adjustable kettlebell handle is portable, safe and can handle weights that no other adjustable kettlebell can. It is relatively low cost, saves space and can be taken anywhere. Sure, it is a bit noisy, incapable of performing some exercises and requires having weight plates around, but it is still the perfect item if you already have some plates lying around.

If you are an advanced athlete who is looking for a more challenging weight or maybe training for your next competition, then this is probably for you. Looking at all the qualities mentioned above, the Kettlebud handle is worth every dime.