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A Non-Scintillating, Non-Incandescent Look At Kettlebell Prices

kettlebellReader, it has been a while since I’ve yakked about kettlebells. Or “kettleballs” in the parlance of the layman. We have come full circle again. Strap in. Just kidding, it’s not going to be very exciting, but this will be useful to you if you’re considering buying a kb.

So then, you have decided to buy a kettlebell, or at least to investigate this latest onslaught of hype-driven fitness madness. If you’re anything like me, the first question in your mind is “How much do they cost?” There are two answers here, and both are “It depends.” Kettlebell prices can vary greatly. It depends on what you’re going to be doing with the bells and it depends on how heavy you want to go.

Some companies will charge you less per pound but the bells don’t go as heavy as other companies. Others will charge you less per pound but murder you with shipping costs.

I’m going ignore concerns about quality today, and just look at the prices. I’m going to use a 24 kilo kettlebell for my comparisons across companies. If you are interested in what I have had to say about Russian kettlebell quality in the past, please read that post.

Also, I’m not putting in any of the adjustable kettlebells. They are not worth talking about, in this librarian’s professional opinion.

Also, if you get so hot and bothered by anything you read here that you want to go double-check my math and/or buy something, I’ll be sprinkling cunning affiliate links throughout. Proceeds will benefit the Society For Paying Josh’s Bills.

Let’s get started:

Apollo Kbs

Their website just goes to lists of dealers. My first kettlebell was an Apollo. I paid $79 for it at a local Play it Again Sports. Apparently on Amazon this weight is not available anymore, but the Google shopping Amazon result puts it right at $75, before shipping, I assume. I also see a pair on ebay for $155, free shipping.

Apollo kettlebells aren’t as bad as everyone might tell you, but they’re not perfect either. You can still make lots of progress with them.

Dragon Door

These are the vaunted RKC bells. I love them. I really do. They ain’t cheap, though. On their website, if you manage to get to the end of miles of testimonials, you will learn that a 24 kilo DD kettlebell is $107.95 plus shipping. On a lark I went in and calculated shipping to Utah where I’m at. $45.00 more!

Why charge so much? Because we’ll pay it, of course. Occasionally I see one on Craiglist for cheaper. I’ve never had any luck on eBay for these.

Careful! If you treaD into their ad copy you’ll have to READ A LOT OF THIS OF TYPE OF COPY!!! AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

Lifeline kettlebells

Similar in look and feel to Dragon Door’s. $79.95 before shipping on their website. There are too many fields for me to fill in to get the shipping, but I’m going to assume it’s not $1.00.

Perform Better

This is where it pays to know what you’re going to be doing with your bells. Perform Better sells competition bells and normal bells. There is a difference, but let’s see how they compare on prices.

Competition 24 kilo bell:$99.95 before shipping

Normal 24 kilo bell: $79.95 before shipping

Vinyl Coated, non-competition: $89.95 before shipping

I should also mention that Perform Better has awesome sales on just about every holiday that you can imagine.

Muscledriver kettlebells

First of all…Muscledriver…what a name. Second of all:

Gray series 24 kilogram kb: $82.95

Competition bell: $114.99

Ader Kettlebells

$79.95 before shipping

Kettlebell USA

$74.99 before shipping

Powermax Kettlebells

$76.75 before shipping.

That’s it for the players off the top of my head that have bells that go up to a measly 53 pounds. You might also check out Kettleworx, but I’m finding that I just can’t take a 20 lb bell very seriously. Their ads occasionally get displayed on this blog, and I’m fine with that, I just don’t have much interest in writing about them.

Also, I hope that it goes without saying that they get more expensive as they get heavier. But very few people seem to make the type of progress that requires them to get anything heavier than a 32 kilo bell.



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  • Rachel January 18, 2011, 5:01 pm

    Our Play it Again Sports has Troy kbs for $2/lb. Know anything about them? Or maybe I’ll wait ’til some used ones show up there about March. 🙂

    • Josh Hanagarne January 19, 2011, 12:07 pm

      Rachel, I don’t, sorry. I’m not sure if I’ve ever even laid eyes on one.

  • Josh January 18, 2011, 5:54 pm

    I just tested out the S&H to Texas – $44. For an easy check, just select the state, then say the billing address is the same and click to calculate.

    Also, just an FYI, $44 to Utah as well.

    • Josh Hanagarne January 19, 2011, 12:07 pm

      Well done, Josh. Thanks for the heads up.

  • frank January 18, 2011, 6:07 pm

    Josh I have a full set of life line and perform.better bells. I love my perform better competition bells. Especially the lighter bells. Your right they run awesome sales.

  • K Greto January 18, 2011, 6:25 pm

    For MuscleDriveUSA, the grey series bells are ‘Always’ on sale, I’ve been buying from them since I started using kbells (3years ago) and they’ve never stopped their sales. Right now the 24kg is $64 before shipping and to ship to PA it’s only $24.

  • Todd@Phitzone January 19, 2011, 8:00 am

    Great break down, Josh. To this day, I have honestly never worked with kettlebells. I know, it’s a shock, but it’s true. In fact, next week I’m scheduled to go do an intro class at Texas Kettlebell Club. I’m looking forward to exploring another avenue of strength.

    • Josh Hanagarne January 19, 2011, 12:06 pm

      Thanks Todd. Looking forward to hearing about it.