The 3 Best Competition Kettlebells

Updated: Jul 3, 2021

Competition kettlebells must satisfy a specific criteria: the size and dimensions are uniform irrespective of the weight and each weight is colour coded.

twelve competition kettlebells of assorted weights

If of late you’ve been flirting with the idea of investing in a piece of home gym equipment, you’d be making a wise decision if you decided on a kettlebell. Why? Let me answer that question with a list of positive attributes that kettlebells possess:


Kettlebells are immensely versatile and with one bell you have access to a plethora of different exercises. Accordingly the number of exercises exceeds 50!


Unlike conventional weights – dumbbells/barbells (even power bags) – kettlebells can help develop whole-body functional fitness whilst stimulating the cardiovascular system. Hence the reason why they’re called an all-in-one gym.


Having worked in the fitness industry for 15 years I’ve seen lots of broken exercise equipment. From five grand treadmills to ten pound skipping ropes everything breaks eventually. Everything except kettlebells: a quality competition kettlebell will literally last a lifetime. This is the one and only piece of exercise equipment that never needs replacing.


A competition kettlebell that meets the standards described below can be acquired for less than £100. In fact, depending on which weight you select, a quality kettlebell could cost as little as £40. I challenge the reader to identify a comparative piece of exercise equipment that offers not only such a broad spectrum of application but is (almost) indestructible.

10 competition kettlebells of assorted weight

Now that you’ve been acquainted with the kettlebell’s many qualities – and there are more besides – we can turn our attention to separating the wheat form the chaff. For not all kettlebells were created equally.

The problem today is, because kettlebells have become so popular, and because few people have the first clue about what constitutes as a proper kettlebell, the market is being flooded with, well, crap (for want of a better word).