Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Review

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It can be a little challenging to get to the gym every day, but that doesn't mean you can't get a decent workout at home. Don't have enough room for a full set of dumbbells? Don't worry! This dumb-bell can give you the benefits of a complete set of 34 dumbbells with only one pair. The adjustable weights allow you to swap from 10-90 pounds in 5-pound intervals. They are super easy to use and a real space saver. Customers love the weights as it will enable them to get a full-body workout in the comfort of their own home.

They might be a bit pricey, but if you compare them to other full sets, you will see they are very comparable. Most consumers don't mind spending the extra money, as they are very beneficial. Bowflex is a brand that you know and love. They have become the gold standard in home fitness equipment. You will not be disappointed when purchasing their products.

Consumers love the Bowflex SelectTech 1090 adjustable dumbbells. They are easy, functional, and durable, what is not to love?

Editor's Pros & Cons

Space saver

Adjustable between 10-90 pounds

Heft grip

Super easy to use

Workout DVD included


Feels too long

Plates feel loose

Difficult to move around

Have to adjust each side


Bowflex got its start back in 1986. While all the other big-name companies were building expensive and conventional weightlifting machines for the gym, Bowflex was coming up with their own ideas. They wanted to bring people the gym equipment they needed right to their home, eliminating the need to leave the house to get a good workout.

Consumers loved the idea of bringing the gym into their own homes. There is no need to purchase a gym membership or wait for the equipment to become available. Best of all, there was no judgment by other gym-goers. Bowflex brings you the perfect solution.

Bowflex has dedicated more than 30 years to innovate faster, smarter, and more effective ways to start seeing results, all in the comfort of your own homes.

The company consists of fitness professionals and beginners, athletes, racers, moms, joggers, band geeks, dog walkers, dads, boomers, millennials, bikers, and much more. They try their very best to practice what they preach, which is why they focus on developing machines that will give you quick results.

Bowflex has become a household name and has become the gold standard when it comes to home fitness. It is a brand that customers have grown to love and trust.


Thanks to the adjustability of these dumbells, you can do a plethora of workouts at home with ease.

Some of the examples Bowflex offers to at-home workouts using this product include (but aren't limited to) wide squats, stationary lunges, calf raises, stiff-leg deadlift, side lunge, reverse linger, alternating rows, wide row, deadlift, flat chest press, flat fly, incline fly, decline chest press, reverse crunch, twisting side crunch, lying trunk crunch, standing curls, incline bench curls, concentration curls, overhead triceps extension, lying triceps extension, hammer curl, standing shoulder press, seated overhead press, lateral raise, rear delt row, shrugs, and front raises.

Customers love the versatility they have with this product. You can work so many different muscles, all in the convenience of their own home.


Gone are the days when you have to clutter your home gym with a full set of dumbells. These innovative weights allow using one set for all your needs. With a quick turn of a dial, you can adjust the weights to meet your fitness needs.

Customers love the fact that you can adjust the weight with ease. You can swap weights between workouts to fit your needs. You don't have to have a rack full of different sized weights getting in your way and taking time away from your workout.

One thing that some customers have complained about with the adjustability of the weights is that you have to dial both sides to change the resistance. This might not seem like a big deal but there are a handful of consumers who complained about it. You need to make sure you are dialing both sides to the same weight every time.

Weight Settings

The Bowflex SelectTech 1090 has 17 weight settings so you can get an extensive workout at home. You can set the weights from 10-90 pounds in 5-pound intervales. Whether you want something light to start out with and to tone your muscles or you want to crank things up and get some bulk, these dumbells have you covered.


These Bowflex weights are super-efficient. They are a space saver and easy to use. Unlike many other sets of dumbbells, customers have in their home gym they don't clutter the way and take up a whole rack. One small stand is all you need to hold 17 different sized dumbells. These two dumbells can replace 34 different weights, saving you tons of space.


If you need a little help with tips for your workouts and a little training advice, then you are in luck. Customers can take advantage of the SelectTech App on their smartphone.

This application will allow you to follow the lead of a trainer, giving you training on a plethora of workouts. Additionally, you can track your progress with the built-in fitness journal as well as build your own custom workout plans.

The app is available in both the Apple Store and Google Play Store and can be downloaded on most smartphones.

Ease of Use

The Bowflex SelectTech 1090 is super easy to use. They are so easy and convenient to use that just about anyone can use them. All you have to do is turn a dial to swap your weights from one weight to another. You can set the dial-in five-pound intervals so you can increase the intensity as you need for an optimal workout.

When you are swapping between weight setting and using the dial, it gives a nice little click when you turn it. This lets you know that you have succeeded in changing the resistance, so there are no surprises when you lift up the dumbbell.

Whether you are a veteran weightlifter or just starting out, you will have no problem using these weights. The quick and easy dial lets you transition with ease.

There is one downfall, however, to the weights. Some consumers have experienced difficulty and frustrating when it comes time to re-rack the dumbbells. They have mentioned that the remaining plates seem to get in the way of placing the weights back on the rack, and you have to set them down perfectly to get them to fit properly.


When you are spending this kind of money on a product, you want to make sure that you are getting something that is going to last. You don't want to waste your money on a product that will need replacing shortly after purchasing.

Thankfully for consumers, the Bowflex SelectTech 1090 dumbbells are incredibly durable and can stand the test of time. A lot of veteran athletes and weightlifters can be a little hard on their weights; it just comes with the territory. You need to make sure that they are going to be able to handle all the abuse you will put them through.

They feature durable molding surrounding the metal plates. They provide a smooth liftoff as well as quieter workouts, and they are strong enough not to cause damage when placing them in or taking them off the base. There is no worry about the clanging of metal plates.


Of course, when you are planning on starting a home gym, things can get a bit pricey. If you want the best of the best, then you can expect that you are going to pay a pretty penny. Depending on the at-home gym equipment you are purchasing will determine the cost you can expect. You want to try to save money where you can without sacrificing quality and function.

When you are shopping around for your dumbbells, you might notice that they are going to cost a decent amount of money for a full set. Yes, if you are purchasing them a set at a time as you need them, it doesn't seem like a lot of money upfront, but it does add up over time, and you will end up spending more in the long run. If you decide to purchase a whole set, then you might see the price and run screaming.

When you are comparing the cost of the Bowflex SelectTech 1090 with other sets on the market, you will notice that they are about average. Yes, there are some that are far cheaper, but they are definitely not the most expensive on the market. However, there are far more things to consider than just the cost. The efficiency and functionality need to be considered, as well.

The fact that you can purchase one set of dumbbells in place of a set of 34 can save a lot of space in your home gym. This can leave extra room for some of your other gym equipment, or make a small space more accessible. They are super easy to use, making them great for just about anyone.

Overall, customers feel like this is a fantastic value thanks to all the great benefits they can take advantage of.


It may seem weird that you will need or want accessories to go along with your set of dumbbells, but there are some additional products that come with and are compatible with the Bowflex SelectTech 1090 set.

Every purchase comes with a workout DVD, "Secrets of the 4 Step Rep." This will help give you ideas and routines that you can take advantage of with these weights. Of course, if you choose not to watch the DVD, you can always use the companion app. This video, or app, will help you learn to workout smarter, not harder, while still seeing great results.

Something that doesn't come with the weights, but you may want to consider the Bowflex SelectTech stand with a media rack. This is a large media rack that is equipped with a Teflon grip to ensure that your smartphone or tablet stays in place. Additionally, it is the perfect height to help protect your lower back. It reduces the need to bend over to pick up your heavyweights. The media rack is a bit pricey, and most customers opt against it, but it does make a great accessory if you have the money to splurge a little.


When spending this much money on a product, you want to make sure that you are covered if anything goes wrong. Thankfully, Bowflex offers a manufacturer's warranty on these weights, so you won't have to worry about defects.

They come with a two-year limited warranty on all of the parts, including the weight plates. Additionally, they offer a one-year warranty on the labor it would take to fix the set.

Of course, most customers don't have to worry about the warranty as they are super durable so consumers don't generally have to worry about taking advantage of it.

Bottom Line

If you want to get a full-body workout without leaving the comfort of your own home, then you might want to consider investing in a home gym. One of the better things to have available in your home fitness room is a dumbbell set, as there are a plethora of workouts you can do with them, but they can take up a lot of space. Those with very little room will appreciate a space saver like the Bowflex SelectTech 1090. The adjustable dumbbells can take the place of a set of 34 dumbbells, saving you a ton of space. There is no longer a need for a weight rack. This weight can adjust in 5-pound intervals from 10-90 pounds per dumbbell.

They are a bit expensive, but most customers can agree that they are well worth the cost. If you compare them to a whole set and rack, then you will find that they are a very competitive cost. Plus, you can take advantage of the free workout DVD and use the application to give you fitness training right at home.

Overall, consumers love the product. Many would recommend them to fellow fitness enthusiasts.