Kettler Favorit Rowing Machine
Kettler Favorit Rowing Machine is very good home indoor rower that comes at great price. It provides good rowing exercise using hydraulic pistons resistance system. For hydraulic pistons rower it is little bit pricey, but it is very well built and it comes with several features that similar rowers don't have.
The Kettler Favorit Rowing machine comes with a multifunctional display that provides much more information compared to the similar monitors found on similar, but cheaper hydraulic piston rowing machines.
The display is located between the user’s feet and is easily seen by the user. It automatically turns on and off. It is not back-lit, since it is powered by two AA batteries which come with a rower - rower doesn't need mains power to operate, so it can be used around the house freely, especially considering that is rather quiet during use. On the other hand, it has no transport wheels, so moving it from room to room can be harder for physically weaker people.
The monitor displays: workout time, number of oar strokes, speed of strokes, distance rowed during rowing session, total distance, energy consumption and pulse rate.
The rower is made in Germany, hence the quality of the unit, but also display uses metric system for showing the distance covered, energy consumption and similar.
Heart rate is measured using ear clip - if you don't like it, use chest strap heart rate monitor.
Similar pistons resistance rowers don't have option for monitoring heart rate, which is actually very useful feature, regardless if you have issues with heart (and you workout under supervision of your doctor or technician) or you aim at desired heart rate level.
Kettler Favorit Rowing Machine has 50 different levels of resistance. Resistance is adjustment on the handles - the pistons are connected to the handles by a clamp secured by a knob. When the clamp is slid up the handle, the residence increases and the clamp is slid down the handle, the resistance decreases. This is common design on many piston rowing machines and it works rather well, IF rower is assembled properly - this rower requires some assembly and before assembling it, be sure to check the manual. If you have any issues with resistance after assembling it, be sure to check the manual and recheck the assembled clamps and knobs.
The seat is wide, contoured and padded, making it comfortable to sit on for a longer periods of time. If you are unused to rowing, start with shorter workouts (15 minutes, for example) and you will have plenty of time to get accustomed to this seat.
Rowing up and down the rowing rail is very smooth thanks to the excellent, sealed, lubrication-free rollers.
Handles also have thick rubber protection to avoid blisters and to make workout as comfortable as possible.
Rower weighs around 50 pounds, so it is not the heaviest around. It is very quiet during operation and it fits on the floor firmly. Some users use good workout rubber mat under the rower - this lower the noise even more (it would be nice to measure the noise in dB with and without rubber mat!) and protects the floor from any possible damage.
Maximum user weight is 250 pounds (113 kg) according to Amazon, but Kettler official page states 285 pounds (130 kg) user limit. Anyway, children and people under 8 ft tall have no issues with this rower, while people taller than 8'2" might find this rower little bit to small - it depends on rowing technique and length of legs, not so on user height.
Rower dimensions: when in use 49x31x24 inches (125x79x61 cm) and folded 10x31x49 inches (25x79x125 cm) - it is small enough to fit under most beds, but again, it doesn't have transport wheels.
The price of the Kettler Favorit rowing machine varies from store to store, but Amazon almost always has them in stock and at lowest price. Before buying, be sure to check other reviews and recommendations on Kettler Favorit Rowing Machine on Amazon (link opens in the new window).