Top positive review
Does it smell or not? No, the smell goes away after a few days.
February 21, 2018
I read a lot of reviews before taking the risk and buying this. The big question from the reviews is, does it smell so bad that it is not usable? Here is the answer. The dumbells are well packaged in plastic. Yes they smell a little like new tires at the beginning. But the smell dissipates after a few days. I took the plastic off and they don't smell any more. Yes, obviously if you put your nose on top of it, you can smell the rubber. But it's nothing at all like room filling odor. You cannot smell it at all in the room where the dumbells are sitting.
And these are high quality, well made dumbbells. I highly recommend them.