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Best Barbell Set

January 20, 2022 6 min read

Best Barbell Set

When you are shopping around for the best barbell set, you’re looking to fulfil a few key criteria: budget, needs, and versatility. Factory Weights prides itself on offering a wide variety and quality gym equipment at unbeatable prices. That’s why we have rounded up the best of what we have to offer and outlined what it is, what it’s great for, and who can use it.

Whether you are new to lifting or just want something extra to take your exercise regime to the next level, Factory Weights has a barbell set for everyone. From heavy cast iron to rubberised plates, you are sure to find the barbell set that suits your exercise regime, lifestyle, and pocket. 

Read on to find out the best of what we have on offer.

Factory Weight’s Guide to the Best Barbell Set

It can be overwhelming to buy your first barbell set, especially for first-time buyers who don’t know the difference between a barbell vs a kettlebell. You want to invest in something that will last you a long time and can withstand impacts, like an Olympic weight set.

Unsure what an Olympic weight set is? We’ve written an entire guide on “what is an Olympic weight set” if you’re not familiar! These sets are specifically designed for athletes and have durability and quality in mind.

Take a look at our wide range of barbell sets and what they can offer your exercise regimen. 



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The full set of Olympic Rubber Weight Plates includes pairs of 5, 10, 15, and 20 kg barbell plates, and it’s suitable for a 2-inch barbell bar (sold separately). It’s the perfect set for male and female athletes who want to start small and slowly increase the weight on their barbells. 

This set’s rubber design also features a tri-grip design, which means you can easily pick it up and load or unload it to your barbell bar. 

Rubber weight plates are many people’s preferred option when it comes to choosing barbell plates. They provide better grip and less noise when making contact with the floor, an essential feature if you’re training in an area where other people are nearby. The rubber also serves as a protector if the barbell plates get dropped in any way. 

If you don’t want to commit to the full set, you can buy the barbell pairs separately as well. 


  • Variety of weight, from entry-level to medium-level

  • The rubberised tri-grip design offers grip and protection

  • It can be purchased as a full set or separately


  • Good barbell weight set for females

  • Good home barbell set to invest in

  • Entry-level fitness enthusiasts

  • People with injuries or in rehabilitation

  • People who want to use barbells for cardio/other exercises


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For people who are serious about lifting, cast iron is the way to go. Not only do they look the part, but the robust cast iron they’re made from offers extraordinary durability. The trade-off for this durable material is that this Olympic set is noisier when dropped, although, for many powerlifters, this is part of the appeal.

These are also the more common sets that you will find at your local gym, in the best Olympic weight set, or in the professional fitness world. If you are looking to invest in a first-time all-rounder cast iron set, look no further than the Olympic Barbell Set with 77.5 kg Cast Iron Plates

This set includes 2 x 20 kg, 2 x10 kg, 2 x 5 kg, 2 x 2.5 kg, and 2 x1.25 kg cast iron plates and two spring collars. The spring collars help the weight plates remain in place when you attach them to your bar, and the ones included here are some of the best barbell collars on the market. This set does not include a bar, but you can easily add a bar at check-out at a discounted price.

The Olympic barbell set with 77.5 kg cast iron plates offers everything you need to start your at-home lifting workout and take it to the next level. This specific set is best for its large range of weights, which starts at 1.25 kg and ends at 20kg.


  • Great range of weight

  • Robust look and feel

  • Made from durable cast iron

  • Includes two spring collars

  • Can easily add the correct barbell bar at checkout


  • Anyone who needs a large variety of weight for their workout

  • Someone who wants to replicate what they have at the gym

  • Anyone who enjoys the robust look and feel of cast iron plates


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The arm-builders package is ideal for those who want to train without breaking the bank. While the name doesn’t really give much away, this is the perfect at-home weightlifting barbell starter kit that can help anyone tone their muscles and improve conditioning for their arms.

The arm-builder package allows you to choose between a 2” Olympic curl or tricep bar and a set of three cast iron or rubberised plates. The plates come in pairs of 2.5 kg, 5 kg, and 10 kg. As an added bonus, you can choose to opt for both the curling iron and tricep bar and get a 10% discount.

This is the most versatile option for anyone who is new to lifting and who wants to improve their workout and is a great value for money because you do not have to purchase a bar separately.


  • Innovative

  • Offers variety on a budget

  • Provides the opportunity for targeted muscle conditioning

  • Value for money

  • Includes three weight plate sets and a bar in the set


  • People on a budget

  • Someone looking for a one-size-fits-all solution

  • Anyone who wishes to change up their current lifting regime

  • Newbies to lifting who want to start slow and work their way up

Factory Weights: Best Barbell Set Conclusion

Hopefully, our guide has given you an indication of which barbell set is right for you. If you are still struggling with deciding which set you should purchase, start by determining if you want rubberised or cast-iron plates.

Rubber plates make less noise and have some protection against falling, whereas cast iron plates offer the rugged look and feel that attract many people to weight lifting in the first place. 

There is also the option to choose between a small set, a single pair, or an entire set that offers good variety. If you are new to lifting, you may want to invest in a rubber pair that is in the light to medium range, such as the full set of Olympic rubber weight plates we spoke about earlier. 

For the more advanced lifter, a full variety of cast-iron plates, such as the Olympic barbell set with cast iron plates 77.5 KG, very well may be a better option. But, if you want something different and you are on a budget, look no further than the arm-builder package. 


Still have a few questions about barbell sets? Have a look at our answers to some commonly asked questions.


Barbell sets are made from premium materials, which makes them slightly more expensive. In addition, they are often heavy to ship, which may drive up the cost.

If you are worried about the price of a barbell set, start with a more lightweight option or start with one pair and slowly build up your set.


Barbells are lifted with both hands, and dumbbells are held in each hand and can be used as a set or separately.

Both can come in a fixed set or with an adjustable load, although it is more common for barbells to be adjustable.


It depends. Dumbbells are better for lightweight lifting, as an addition to cardio or other forms of exercise, or when you want to train unilaterally (only one side).

Barbells are better for people who want to lift heavier weights, engage in powerlifting, do fewer reps and slowly build stronger muscles over time.

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