The nice thing about the MorFor Adjustable Dumbbell is that it feels solid in hand, which is surprising because many of the cheap fast-to-adjust dumbbells I’ve reviewed usually have some plate movement which can be off-putting when lifting.
A solid dumbbell is important. It needs to feel natural when you’re lifting, just like a fixed weight dumbbell you might have used in a local gym, and because this dumbbell’s handle is fairly short, it feels compact, adding to that natural feel.
Fastest Adjustment System & Small Weight Increases
And it’s not just the solid feel I love about this dumbbell; it also boasts some other impressive features such as the fastest adjustment system you’ll find on any dumbbell, small weight increments for proper progression, a space-saving design and most importantly, the weight plates aren’t covered in a plastic casing. These guys got almost everything right with their twist-lock dumbbells. There are a few minor issues which ill go into later, but overall this is a dumbbell worth taking seriously.
In today’s review, we’ll look at everything the MorFor Adjustable Dumbbells have to offer, including those minor drawbacks I just mentioned. Also, at the end of the review, I’ll compare them with one of the best sellers in this price bracket, the LifePro 25lb Dumbbells. First, A quick look at the MoreFor 25lb Dumbbell Product specs!
Product dimensions – 14.2 x 7.9 x 6.3 inches
Weight – 25lb per dumbbell
Adjustment system – twist lock
Weight increments – 5lb, 10lb, 15lb, 20lb, 25lb
Material – metal, plastic
Sold in singles
Why Do We Like The MoreFor Adjustable Dumbbell?
You couldn’t even buy a cheap selectable dumbbell a few years ago. If you wanted to benefit from a fast adjustment system, there was no choice but to purchase a heavier 50lb per dumbbell set. This is why I like a dumbbell like the MoreFore, a beginner can reap the benefits of a twist-lock adjustment system, and they don’t have to pay over $400 for the privilege.
The twist-lock adjustment system is the best feature of this dumbbell. It adjusts in just 1 second, making it the fastest to adjust system on the market. All you have to do is twist your wrist to the desired weight you want to lift, the adjustment system will lock in place, and you lift the dumbbell from its storage tray. It’s that easy.
Just make sure the dumbbell is sitting fully in its storage tray; this allows for a smooth weight change.
Powder Coated All Iron Weight Plates – No Plastic
Something else that impressed me about this dumbbell from MoreFor is that the weight plates don’t include the plastic casings we see on so many selectable dumbells, even the Bowflex 552s.
The problem with plastic casings surrounding the weight plates is that they crack when a dumbbell is dropped; it’s the first thing to break, and because drops aren’t covered in the warranty of any adjustable dumbbell, many people end up with hefty repair bills. It’s one of the main complaints of selectable sets like the Bowflex 552s and Corefitness sets.
Instead of using plastic casing to protect from rust, MoreFor has powder-coated their weight plates. This protects them from rust, but it also makes the dumbbell more compact as were don’t have any plastic bulking them out. Thumbs up to MorFor!
Small Weight Increases – One of The Keys To Progress
Perhaps one of the most important features of any dumbbell you buy will be the weight increments. Small weight increases are one of the keys to progress no matter what exercise you are performing or apparatus you are using. Large weight increases will slow your progress, cause you to cheat on your form, and, at worst, cause injury.
Ideally, we look for weight increments of 2.5lb or 5lb for dumbbells. Never choose a dumbbell will 10lb weight increments; this is a too large jump even for seasoned lifters. If you want to progress properly with bodybuilding at home, you’ll need a dumbbell with increments of 5lb at the most.
5lb isn’t perfect, but it’s still okay for beginners and isolation exercises. You have to spend a fair bit more money to find a fast selectable dumbbell with the desirable 2.5lb increments.
5lb is a big improvement over the 10lb increments I see featured on many cheaper 50lb dumbbells. Think of it this way if you can curl a 20lb MoreFor dumbbell for ten reps and you want to keep adapting, curing a 25lb MorFor dumbbell represents a 25% increase in load. That’s a large jump in weight, but nothing compared to the 50% increase in load if you chose a dumbbell that adjusts in 10lb increments.
Fixed Length Handle – Is It Too Long?
When performing exercises with your dumbbells, how comfortable you feel is more important than you might think, if you buy a dumbbell with too long handles, they can clash when pressing, hit your sides when curing, and feel awkward to train with.
The reason handles are long on most selectable sets is that the handle is a fixed-length; no matter how much weight you’re lifting, whether it be 5lb or 25lb, the length of the handle stays the same. The heavier 50lb sets are more of a problem. Extra weight means longer fixed handles, some 17″ long!
The MorfFor dumbbells do use a fixed-length handle but it’s not a deal killer because the MoreFor is a lightweight dumbbell, so the handle length isn’t so long 14.2″.
Fourteen inches is a good length for a dumbbell handle. It’s not compact, but it’s not long either, and it doesn’t feel too awkward when lifting.
A Dumbbell Designed For Beginners
The MorFor dumbbell is a lightweight dumbbell 25lb is the max of this dumbbell. There are no weight expansion packs available for when you outgrow it.
You need to think about your goals and how serious you are about lifting before buying a lightweight dumbbell. I mention this because gains in strength come quickly when you first start lifting, and some of you could outgrow a 25lb dumbbell within six months.
If you’re taking your lifting seriously and have the budget, it might be worth considering a heavier 50lb per dumbbell set that allows for more growth as it will save you money in the long run. A set like the PowerBlock Elites that adjust in 2.5lb increments is an excellent set for beginners and serious lifters.
Anything Else Worth Mentioning?
It’s worth mentioning again to make sure you adjust the dumbbell when it’s fully in its storage cradle. Some people have had issues adjusting their dumbbells, but that’s only because they didn’t make sure the dumbbell was fully pushed down into the storage tray.
No Drops From Height
We don’t have any plastic casings for the plates. Still, there is some plastic in the adjustment system and the handle. Because of the plastic, I recommend you don’t drop this dumbbell from height, which means no training to failure and dropping the dumbbell on that last killer rep. Remember, drops are not covered in the warranty.
One of the best things about adjustable dumbbells is that they save you a ton of space. A pair of MorFor Dumbells replaces five sets of fixed-weight dumbbells. That’s a heck of a lot of space to save, meaning you can store them easily under a bed in a cupboard, or on a small table.
Should I But One Dumbbell or a Pair?
There isn’t much point in buying a single dumbbell; it limits what exercises you can perform. It would be best if you had a pair of dumbbells to reap the benefits of compound movements. Compound movements increase strength muscle mass and burn fat faster than any other exercise.
Nice solid feel to this dumbbell – no plate movement when lifting
Fast, easy to use, twist lock adjustment system – takes a second to adjust
5lb weight increments suitable for any level of lifter
Space saving design – replaces fives sets fo fixed weight dumbbells
Great price for a well made 25lb twist lock dumbbell
Storage trays included
No drops from height – plastic in handle and adjustment system
Lightweight dumbbell some users may outgrow it quickly
LifePro 25lb Adjustable Dumbbell
I recently reviewed the LifePro 25lb dumbbells, and I was impressed with the quality on offer. I’ve reviewed many products from these guys in the past, and it’s always the quality that stands out. And surprisingly the prices are pretty good too.
The LifePro 25lb dumbbell is similar to the MorFor dumbbell in that both dumbbells are suited to beginners because of their low weight range, both dumbbells adjust in 5lb weight increments, and both dumbells don’t use the plastic casing for their weight plates.
The real difference here is the adjustment system. The LifePro uses a pull slide sector, which is still fast, around 2 seconds but not as fast as the MorFors. However, two seconds is more than fast enough for any advanced or basic bodybuilding technique, even drop sets that require the fastest weight changes.
The LifePro Dumbbells are another high-quality set that feels solid when lifting. There’s no plate movement, and they are well made, which is what you expect from these guys.
The handle is slightly longer than the MorFors, but not by much. They come with the same price tag as the MorFor dumbbells, so it’s tough to choose between them. I like the MorFors because of the excellent twist-lock adjustment system. But if you’re after quality, you won’t go wrong with the LifePros. They have been extremely popular even since they were released over a year ago.
To Sum Up
The MorFor 25lb Dumbbell is a dumbbell that has both quality and speedy adjustment times. It uses my favorite adjustment system, the twist-lock; super fast and can be adjusted with a twist of the wrist.
But it’s not just the speedy adjustment times? This dumbbell feels solid when lifting, and it’s well-made. It doesn’t feel cheap, even though the price tag is low. It’s a great dumbbell for beginners, thanks to the 5lb weight increments, and it’s a dumbbell that saves space replacing five sets of fixed weight dumbbells.
One of the best 25lb dumbbells I’ve reviewed for under $100, certainly a dumbbell worthy of serious consideration.