At surface glance, this cast iron standard kettlebell by CAP looks like a strong contender for best kettlebell. Well priced, the CAP Hammertone Kettlebell is made from high quality cast iron and available from 10, all the way to 80 pounds. The weights increase in increments of 5 pounds for the 10 to 50 pound kettlebells and 10 pounds for the 50 to 80 pound bells.
The CAP Hammertone Kettlebell handle comes with a textured, steel-reinforced handle. This helps decrease the likelihood of accidental slippage. On review, I found the textured handles much better than those covered with plastic or rubber, so a big thumbs up from me.
As for handle size, I did find it a bit of a squeeze fitting both hands into the handle. Based on some of the reviews this seems to be a common theme for the CAP Hammertone Kettlebell. However, it should be noted that traditional kettlebells are not made for two handed workouts. In my opinion the handles are more than adequate for two handed workouts, even if it is a bit of a squeeze.
One final point to mention on the handles. A small proportion of customers experienced the CAP Hammertone Kettlebell handles cracking. The cause of the cracking is likely due to damage sustained during shipping. For peace of mind CAP do offer a warranty. It should be noted that I had no issues with the CAP Hammertone Kettlebell I ordered from Amazon so don’t let this put you off.
In terms of finish, the CAP Hammertone Kettlebell is painted with a glossy black covering. The hard wearing paint does a great job of protecting from rust. For those with an alarm bell ringing at the sound of “glossy” fear not. The CAP Hammertone Kettlebell is textured and has excellent grip.
Moving onto the shape, the CAP Hammertone Cast Iron Kettlebells are designed with a flat bottom, so they can be used for pushups/renegade rows. They also sit alone and do not require a stand for easy storage.
If you do buy the CAP Hammertone Kettlebell you’ll get a link to their website that teaches kettlebell exercises. This is a great bonus for beginners who are just getting started with their kettlebell training.
Pros and Cons of the CAP Hammertone Kettlebell
- Available from 10 pounds up to 80 pounds
- Sold in 5 and 10 pound increments
- Textured finish provides excellent grip
- Well priced
- Made from cast iron
- Paint protects from rusting
- Handles a squeeze for two handed workouts
CAP Hammertone Kettlebell My Verdict
The CAP Hammertone Kettlebells are a superb choice. Available from 10 to 80 pounds these kettlebells have great grip, a nice shape and importantly are priced very well.