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Bowflex Selecttech 1090 – Like Owning a Set of 17 Dumbbells Review


What is the Bowflex Selecttech 1090?

Simply put, Bowflex Selecttech 1090 are dumbbells. They’re an upgrade to the well-known Bowflex Selecttech 552. They have additional weight and options, making them even more flexible for a nice strength building workout. Simply by twisting the dial, you will be able to automatically adjust resistance. This move can take you from 10 pounds all the way up to 90 pounds of weight – yes, it really is that easy.

By purchasing the Bowflex Selecttech 1090, you will feel as if you have many different dumbbells all in one, without it taking up that much room. This is because this one set right here will give you the same options as using 17 different sets. That’s pretty cool, right?



This set follows the popularity and success of the 55s model. This one was specifically created for those individuals that are in need of a higher range than a small 52.5 pounds, which is what was offered by the SelectTech 552. Don’t get us wrong, the SelectTech 552 was pretty good, but like we said, this one right here is a pretty good upgrade.

Don’t worry, because the Bowflex Selecttech 1090 basically has the same type of features and benefits as the 552, but there’s a wider weight range that you will be able to work with. Like we previously said, it is adjustable from 10 to 90 pounds simply by a push of the button. You can think of the 552 as the little brother to the 1090.

In fact, holding them together, they almost look like they could be twins. The SelectTech 1090 uses the same dial adjustment system as the 552, which is one of the reasons it became so popular on the market.


Overview of Bowflex Selecttech 1090

Bowflex first introduced the SelectTech 552 in the late 2000’s to the general public and ever since then, they were a big hit and flew right off the store shelves. The dial adjustment system is something that really caught people’s attention and for good reason – this reduced the amount of time it takes in order to change the weights. Since this method was introduced, this meant you no longer had to stop and take the dumbbells apart and add or remove weight plates in order to increase or decrease the weight you were lifting. All you have to do is twist the dial and you can easily adjust a dumbbell anywhere from 5-52.5 lbs in only a couple of seconds. Surely, if you look at this method and think about it, you can see why the popularity increased and eventually, this led to  SelectTech 552 becoming one of the top selling dumbbells in history.

However, as good as it was, there was a tiny issue with the 552 and that was the weight range being maxed out when it reached 52.5 pounds. Bowflex had a fixed bracket design, so you couldn’t upgrade it for additional weight. Stronger weightlifters weren’t able to benefit from this model because they needed much more than 52.5 pounds.

Bowflex must have understood this issue, because a year later, they introduced the SelectTech 1090 model. Basically, it’s the same dumbbell, except it has much more weight on it. Now, the weight range is10-90 pounds, which is better. Even the strongest weightlifters will be able to take advantage of this set. Ever since this set was introduced to the market, both personal trainers and athletes alike have been turning to it and believe it is an essential piece of home gym equipment that people should have.





The Bowflex Selecttech 1090 like the max trainer or Proform 520e has quite a bit of features that we really like. In this section, we are going to give you a bullet list of the features and specifications that make this product stand out from the crowd.


  • 3-year warranty
  • Comes with a bonus workout DD
  • 6-week fitness results guarantee (there’s a money-back gurantee)
  • Weight range of 10-90 pounds per dumbbell
  • Adjustable in increments of 5 pounds
  • 17 different weight settings (10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50,55,60,65,70,75,80, 85, and 90 pounds)
  • Dimensions: 10” x 10” x 17.5”





We know we have said this before, but many people really love the adjustability of this set. With a twist of a dial, you can easily change from 10lbs to 90lbs and there is no work in between required.

Let us take a minute to explain how this feature works. There’s a dial-and-bracket system that is built into the handle of the dumbbells. You use the dial in order to change the weight settings, while the brackets that are located inside the handle are what is responsible for attaching the weight plates to the bar.

Let’s say you would like to choose a weight setting of 40 lbs. All you have to do is twist the dial that is located at each end of the dumbbells in order to make it 40 lbs. The brackets will then grab the weight plates that are needed in order to make it 40 lbs and lock them into the handle. Then, all you have to do is lift the dumbbell from its cradle and you are ready to lift 40 lbs. Sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it? Once you are done with the set, let’s say you want to step it up a notch to 55 lbs. Now, slide the set back into its cradle and twist the dial to 55 lbs, then pick the dumbbell back up. Now, your dumbbells are set at 55 lbs.


The Cradle




We feel that we need to clarify what we mean by the “cradle” that we just talked about. The cradle is the tray that you put the dumbbells in. Some may refer to it as a base, but it is basically a tray that has been fitted to the shape of the dumbbells – it is responsible for holding the weight plates so that you can easily put the dumbbell in it, switch the weight settings and pick it back up. In order to twist the dial even just a little bit, you will need to have the dumbbell in its cradle. When you pick the dumbbell up, the dial locks so it cannot move during a workout. The locking mechanism is a good thing because it locks the weight in place so that it doesn’t come lose or fall out during your workout.


Weight Range



Bowflex obviously constructed the 1090 with the stronger person in mind as it offers a wide weight range that the user can work with. It starts at 10 lbs and goes all the way up to 90 lbs per dumbbell. The weight, as we previously stated in the features, can be adjusted in 5 lb increments – this gives you 17 different weight settings that you can choose from.

The 552 could be adjusted in 2.5 lb increments, and the 1090 cannot, but we feel that this isn’t that big of a deal because the 552 could only adjust in 2.5 lb increments for its first 25 lbs, then it’s the same once you got past that 25 lb mark.

Yes, looking on the market, we find some other adjustable dumbbells that offer 2.5 increments, but once you are lifting heavier weights (over 50 lbs), you won’t really need the 2.5 increments. We personally haven’t had a problem with the SelectTech 1090.



From what we have seen, the Bowflex Selecttech 1090 works great. The weight plates on the dumbbells are coated with a thick plastic liner – that is there so that the weights can be roughened up. However, the liner is there for more than just durability – it also allows the plates to move next to each other because the dumbbell has to slide in and out of the cradle in order to change the weight.

When you’re using this set, just make sure you’re careful and don’t drop them. Due to how the bracket system and dial are designed, we don’t think it would be able to withstand continuous dropping. There’s lots of small parts that are responsible for making this system work and if you’re not careful, you could damage it. Bowflex warns (it’s in the owners manual) not to drop them in order to avoid this.






Overall, we believe the Bowflex Selecttech 1090 dumbbells are great for those of you that need a set of dumbbells in your workout room. They don’t take up much space and can easily be adjusted in increments of 5. Owning these is like owning a set of 17 different dumbbells, without having to have the space. They offer a nice, user friendly design and are the fastest/easiest set to adjust due to the auto adjustment setting. Really, with this set, you cannot go wrong.

Now, were going to leave you off with some additional pictures that you can look at in order to determine if this set is a viable option for you or not:





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