Kettler Premium Magnetic Rower, It folds! – Smooth Action and Great Value

Good product, awful supplier. . The product itself seems fine. Easy to put together and no issues at all so far. Only slight gripe is that the display screen could do with a backlight. All in all a good machine though. Solid, quiet and plenty of resistance for an averagely fit person like me. The supplier, on the other hand, provided the worst retail experience i’ve ever had. Missed three missed delivery slots, then delivered a machine that was already broken, then missed the collection slot, then picked it up and sent the same broken machine back to me. Three weeks of hassle from start to finish. Buy this machine but don’t buy it from sweatband.

Once put together this rower makes an impressive statement. However, when i opened the box and saw how many parts screws and washers there were i was dismayed. If i had wanted a project i wouldn’t have bought a rowing machine. My neighbour came to the rescue and put it together in about 25 minutes. The manual is not good and is not too clear. If you wear glasses you will struggle. The end result tho is a quality machine which is robust and sturdy, and will hopefully give me many years of service .

Kettler Premium Magnetic Rower

  • Draws on practically all the body’s muscle groups and acts positively on your stamina and well-being
  • LCD display shows time, distance, number of strokes, energy and pulse rate
  • Target zone training is possible
  • Size when folded is 56 (W) x 139 (H) X 102 (L)
  • Maximum user weight capacity is 130 kg
  • Extra features include a ball-bearing mounted rowing seat for a smooth ride, and pivotable foot-plates for reduced injury risk

Nice quality product, good clear assembly instructions, smooth operating rower with good variation in resistance settings. After previously having had two body sculpture rowers this rower appears to be a step up in quality of build and materials, early days yet but so far very pleased.

Very pleased with this rower, we haven’t used one before so can’t compare to other brands but this one is lovely to use and looks nice for what it is too. We have ours in our lounge at present and it’s non offensive for a large piece of exercise equipment. Took me about 30 minutes to an hour to remove from packaging and put the whole thing together(with time for sipping tea in between each section). It was a doddle to set up on my own, instructions were easy to understand using the pics, corresponding screws/washers etc. Clearly labelled attached to a large piece of card which was divided into sections so as not to get parts mixed up. In use the rower is great, screen doesn’t need to be plugged which is a bonus. Yes it isn’t backlit, but it’s clear enough and certainly has all the info there i can think you’d want(again, we’re casual users). It’s surprisingly quiet in use, unlike my fathers old one which i think was air assisted and by york and made a fair old racket, smooth action with a nice comfy seat(it’s actually quite spongy, from the pic i was expecting hard plastic). Only thing i wasn’t entirely happy about was the rower we received was clearly a customer return(there were greasy finger prints and dirty marks all over the individual parts).

This is an extremely well made product. I have had mine for around 9 months and its working very well despite frequent use. Unlike previous rowers, it feels well built for the price, has a host of adjustment tention options and was easy enough to assemble. I would certainly recommend it.

Kettler Premium Magnetic Rower : Which is great, though this has got slightly worse over time. Quite a bit larger than i expected, though luckily fit in the closet as i was hoping. Really solid, weighty construction. Do keep in mind that this does require a significant amount of assembly, and some tools for large bolts and allen keys that don’t come in the package. The digital unit is a mixed bag, sometimes missing strokes (and it beeps on every stroke) and just cycles through various information way too quickly. I’m thinking about trying to disconnect a wire from the speaker to shut it up. Much quieter than air rowers i’ve used in the past, which is great, though this has got slightly worse over time as the cable squeaks against itself. Overall, would recommend this if you don’t want to spend too much, as an entry-level rower.

Summary
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Kettler Premium Magnetic Rower
Rating
5.0 of 5 stars, based on 15 reviews
Price
£395.83

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  1. This review is from : Kettler Premium Magnetic Rower

    Good quality, good rowing experience. I spent many hours on my kettler and found it an ideal workout: comfortable to sit, decent adjustable feetstraps, an excellent rowing action and a good range of tensions. I also used the more expensive and highly rated concept 2 in my gym and found the kettler a much better exercise. Please note mine was an earlier version. However, it looked the same and this enables me to report that i gave it heavy use and it kept going for many years. When i finally came to replace it i got a water rower which i was less happy with.
    1. Good quality, good rowing experience. I spent many hours on my kettler and found it an ideal workout: comfortable to sit, decent adjustable feetstraps, an excellent rowing action and a good range of tensions. I also used the more expensive and highly rated concept 2 in my gym and found the kettler a much better exercise. Please note mine was an earlier version. However, it looked the same and this enables me to report that i gave it heavy use and it kept going for many years. When i finally came to replace it i got a water rower which i was less happy with.
  2. This review is from : Kettler Premium Magnetic Rower

    But plastic housing of magnetic fly wheel hub flimsy and broken on first delivery. Immediate replacement sent out by amazon.
  3. This review is from : Kettler Premium Magnetic Rower

    But plastic housing of magnetic fly wheel hub flimsy and broken on first delivery. Immediate replacement sent out by amazon.
    1. Very happy with this rower. . Delivered as expected 27th at about 11am. Tested with 30 minute workout. Smooth operation; display features good. I exercise regularly and found level 2 quite adequate to get my heart rate up to exercise level. Now i’ve got it, it seems that the chest strap you can order also has a receiver to plug into the unit. So my existing strap won’t work.
  4. This review is from : Kettler Premium Magnetic Rower

    Very happy with this rower. . Delivered as expected 27th at about 11am. Tested with 30 minute workout. Smooth operation; display features good. I exercise regularly and found level 2 quite adequate to get my heart rate up to exercise level. Now i’ve got it, it seems that the chest strap you can order also has a receiver to plug into the unit. So my existing strap won’t work.
  5. This review is from : Kettler Premium Magnetic Rower

    The tension settings are excellent, 1 being great for beginners with each step. I have waited 8 months before posting a review so that i can give a longer term view of the rowing machine, it is a high quality piece of equipment sowing no signs of wear and tear in spite of being used 3 times a week. The tension settings are excellent, 1 being great for beginners with each step being a good progression. I believe it would do the business, on the higher settings, for people looking for a good workout. I would happily recommend it to people looking for any level of activity. As much as i love the rowing machine, i have to say that the built in computer is rubbish. None of the information is reliable, the stroke counter, for instance, loses about 15 to 20% of the stroke and the other setting are also confusing and inaccurate.
    1. The tension settings are excellent, 1 being great for beginners with each step. I have waited 8 months before posting a review so that i can give a longer term view of the rowing machine, it is a high quality piece of equipment sowing no signs of wear and tear in spite of being used 3 times a week. The tension settings are excellent, 1 being great for beginners with each step being a good progression. I believe it would do the business, on the higher settings, for people looking for a good workout. I would happily recommend it to people looking for any level of activity. As much as i love the rowing machine, i have to say that the built in computer is rubbish. None of the information is reliable, the stroke counter, for instance, loses about 15 to 20% of the stroke and the other setting are also confusing and inaccurate.
  6. This review is from : Kettler Premium Magnetic Rower

    – smooth action and great value. For the price, the rower is of good quality and is composed of some heavy-duty components. The uploaded photos show that the unit does fold up (not mentioned anywhere), it comes with pre-packed nuts/bolts and its own build toolsthe build does take about 40 minutes and you need a bit of space to build the unit. Although the build manual is written in multiple languages, if you follow the instructions you cannot go wrong (the section in english has unusual spelling, but not a problem). The main manual is also multi-language, but does give a good explanation on the various modes of operation. The display is of a good size (much better than the previous model) and the two aa batteries are included to drive the display. Although it has not had extensive use yet, the action is smooth and feels good. When you’re done, the unit has wheels at the back and can be easily moved to another location.
    1. – smooth action and great value. For the price, the rower is of good quality and is composed of some heavy-duty components. The uploaded photos show that the unit does fold up (not mentioned anywhere), it comes with pre-packed nuts/bolts and its own build toolsthe build does take about 40 minutes and you need a bit of space to build the unit. Although the build manual is written in multiple languages, if you follow the instructions you cannot go wrong (the section in english has unusual spelling, but not a problem). The main manual is also multi-language, but does give a good explanation on the various modes of operation. The display is of a good size (much better than the previous model) and the two aa batteries are included to drive the display. Although it has not had extensive use yet, the action is smooth and feels good. When you’re done, the unit has wheels at the back and can be easily moved to another location.

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