I have a friend here in Hawaii who is thinking about making a purchase of some KBs and asked my opinion on brands. Because I have limited experience, and very little comparative experience between brands, I am making this thread to gather information on his behalf.
From 2000 through 2018 I used some ultra-shitty, early run DragonDoor kettlebells. During some periods I used them constantly, during other periods (years even) they were expensive doorstops. However, an honest appraisal of my training led me to conclude that KBs were the most effective form of training, for my needs, that I had used and ever since then I have been using them consistently again.
I'm not much of a "stuff" person, the only thing I usually spend money on are books, but I do like having good training equipment. For that reason, I ponied up and bought a complete set (i.e., 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, and 32 kg) of pairs of kettlebells from Kettlebell Kings. I did a fair amount of reading, and was interested in the VF Precision bells, but they were no longer available by the time I was ready to buy, but the KB Kings ones just looked so nice and they received excellent reviews.
These are the ones I use now: https://www.kettlebellkings.com/competi ... ttlebells/
The drawback is that it took months for them to fill the order, many of them were on back order. I am still awaiting the 8s, 28s, and 32s which are supposed to be delivered late this month.
The positives are: they have had really excellent customer service, gave me some free stuff for being a good client, and best of all the quality of the bells is outstanding. After years and years of shredding my hands with handles that looked like a prisoner had filed them down, I am finally able to enjoy the smooth action of proper 35 mm handles, consistent size, and a proper finish that doesn't leave rust all over me and my clothing.
I would definitely recommend the KB Kings products I have experience with. I am curious what other folks who lift have been using and whether or not they would recommend them. Being that I am a solitary islander, I do not have much experience using any brand other than DD and KB Kings.