Concept2 Model E Rowing Machine: Updated

Concept2 Model E Rowing Machine Is Awessome, A Side On Photo Of It

For this review, I will tell you about the Concept2 Model E rowing machine. I will ensure that it is easy to understand so that you can come to an easier decision on whether or not you wish to buy it.

Updated 23/04/2019

The Concept2 Model E Rowing Machine Review

Because, with this, it is even easier to lose weight naturally and without the “help” of any pills. Especially pills, they are dangerous. So, please read through this Concept2 rowing machine review, I am sure you will find it helpful.


Furthermore, we are writing to tell you that there are some changes to this equipment. Just so your indoor rowing machine workouts can be better.

During reading this, you will discover its excellent and not so useful reports, if indeed there are any terrible reports?

Of course, we believe that if you are healthy; thus, you will not have any worries about the health risks for the overweight by using this machine.

All that you need is one of these Concept2 Model E’s. And then you can begin your journey to a healthier you.

Meanwhile, if you wish to learn more about Concept2, then you can visit Wikipedia right here.

There are only a few differences between the Concept2 Model E rowing machine and the type D. They are, however, for the good of the person who is using it. But please note, the most important FACT is that the Model E IS an improvement on the model D. It is one of the remarkable rowers.

The Concept2 Workouts

In this review, we shall write the views from lots of the reading of articles that we see. Giving to you all of the information that you must know!

What no-one is saying to me, is anything wrong about the rowing machine. It seems like it is a fantastic machine. The Concept2 workouts will get your blood moving around your body.

With this in mind, is it any wonder it is a favorite of many a rowing club. They use them for their out of season training. In other words, do you think that this would happen if it were not significant? It would not.

And, we have heard a rumor that this is the best tool you can use. You can use it to get healthy, or, it can be for weight loss. How about that?

There is NO DOUBT at all that the use of this piece of kit will help you to lose weight.

To point out the cool things about the Concept2 Model E rower, I’ll now say what the pros of it are. Then I shall list its cons, again, if there are any to mention?

The Concept 2 Model E rowing machine, side profile


Pros Of The Concept2 Model E

    • For one, the seat is a lot better than the model D. There is surely nothing worse than trying to do an exercise while in some discomfort. No, we do not want that; we want to feel relaxed.
    • In addition to this, the height of the seat has risen by 6 inches. (To 20 inches from the ground). In comparison to 14 inches of the Concept2 Model D.
    •  Not to mention and the most crucial point in our opinion. Is that it is much easier to sit on and get off it.
    • The kit happens to be perfect for anyone who has movement challenges. (Hips or back.) Or is overweight and is having problems because of it, whatever they may be.
    • There is a new low maintenance chain that is has a nickel plate. You oil it occasionally. But, much less than the model D.
    • The Model E is of exceptionally high quality. It will last a person year’s to come, even when it does many rigorous training sessions.

    More Pros Of The Concept2 Model E Rowing Machine

    • The Model E has a more extended monitor arm. It brings it closer to your face and hence is easier to read.
    • The Concept2 Model E rowing machine indeed does have a fully working “Onboard” computer. The computer shows the number of strokes the person is rowing. Even the calories that the rower is using up. It includes the activity time and the distance that the man or woman is rowing as well.
    • The computer comes with three games that may help the hours to pass more quickly, apparently from what is usually a dull and boring workout. Thus, we believe that for obvious reasons this is a great bonus.
    • One of the “games” is so that you can race against a session that you will do before. The “boat” (yourself) that you are using is visible on the screen of the computer.
The Concept2 Model Es Force Display On The PM5. Shows How Much Force You Apply Through Your Stroke.
Shows The Force That You Apply Throughout Your Stoke So That You Can Improve Your Rowing Style.


Even More Pros Of The Concept2 Model E Rowing Machine

    • This program is a super way of motivating you and adds both competition and fun to your workout. Really, what more can you want?
    • *The console (Also known as the PM5) also goes with the “Garmin” heart rate monitor.
    • Therefore, it also features a chest strap.
    • Furthermore, there is a USB socket to put into your computer and then transfer your performance data to another computer.
    • Do you want to be part of a team of people who are doing this? You also can compete. Yes, row against all of the other Concept2 rowing machines on this indoor rower, online. We love the idea of this. And think this will help to keep the workout more fun and keep you going much longer.
    • The rowing machine very quickly (You do not need tools) separates into two pieces for the best storage.
    • The Concept2 Model E has a lengthy warranty. There are two years and five years on a large number of the parts too.
    • In other words, you must pay for it once, and it is yours for the rest of your life.
    • You will only need a working area of 9 x 4 feet for your indoor rowing. That is good


No doubt, you can lose weight using other rowing machines. But it looks as if they are not as successful in getting rid of the weight that you have like this one.

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Cons Of The Concept2 Model E Rowing Machine


    • Well, we have to say to you, other than the fact that some users report that the flywheel can be noisy when in small places. There are no more bad things to say.
    • However, we have had several comments from members of CONCEPT LOGBOOK on Facebook that will be saying it will be difficult to store.

Concept2 Model E Rowing Machine Is Awessome, A Side On Photo Of It


My Thoughts On The Concept2 Model E Rowing Machine

You see, if you want to lose weight fast, the Concept2 Model E rowing machine is a perfect example. Hence, you can be sure that with it having excellent performance, you really cannot go wrong with it!

Of course, no-one wants to spend on something that lasts only a few months. Or even just a couple of years. Only then, you will have to buy a new one. Once you start using this, you will burn some calories for a complete fact.

Therefore, we believe that it is your right to be happy. To know that you will be okay to use the machine for a long time.

Because you can compete with other rowers, It is a super bonus. It will just make your workout even more impressive.

What Is The Best Rowing Machine? The Concept2 Model E Rowing Machine Is

  • So, what is the best rowing machine? Well, that, therefore, comes down to the simple matter of choice. It is, however, our opinion that not only will you get a feeling that you are doing something useful. You may also get that feeling of success too while you get a quick victory here and there. So to answer the question “what is the best rowing machine?” The Concept2 rower is, by far.
  • Again, for the most part, all the time that you are “competing” with users of the machine. You will quietly be getting fitter, and so the benefits of this are a win-win in anybody’s books.
  •  We believe that with a rowing machine like this, hence, you will never have to get a new one. For this reason, here is what some of the people (Most of whom were leaving five-star reviews. Click the image below.) Had to say about the Concept Model E rowing machine. They are all people who bought it on Amazon.

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  • Meanwhile, you can click on the IMAGE BELOW to see all of the good reviews

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  • We cannot speak highly enough of it. That is because of its quality and overall, what you get for the money you pay.
  • Moreover, for the money you pay and the for the hard workouts, this machine is excellent. In other words, you cannot go wrong with it. And yes, it will be able to do many hours of intense sessions too.



Common Questions About The Concept2 Indoor Rower

  • How difficult is the assembly?
  • The assembly of the concept2 Model E rowing machine is straightforward. It is similar to the model D, only 6 inches higher. After all, it only takes around 15 minutes, that is it.
  • What is the difference between the Model D and the type E, is there any?
  • In addition to that, the Concept2 Model E rowing machine is very tall/high when you compare it to the Model D. Not to mention that it will be much better to get on and off for all users.
  • I have big thick feet, so will the footplates take them?
  • They have wide straps. So that they can take at least 12 EEE feet, no problem at all.
  • Can you adjust the resistance?
  • The simple answer is yes you can change it. There is something you can move that lessens or opens up the airflow. Given that you can do this, only takes the Concept2 rower higher in the good feelings towards it.

In Addition To These Answers, Following This, Some Facts On The Concept2 Model E Rower







Moreover, in support of this rower, Sir Steve Redgrave the five times Olympic gold medal winner, and Sir Matthew Pinsent. Now the four-times Olympic gold medal winner. Well, they both agree that the Concept2 Model E rowing machine is the best that you can buy.

And they like it a lot, along with the javelin thrower Steve Backley O .B. E. 

For this reason alone, we love it. It does not happen all that often that a world-class athlete speaks about what equipment he or she uses. But in this case, however, the two give the Concept2 Model E rowing machine the green light.

Professional Athletes Will Use It

Therefore, as we can guess, professional athletes train a lot on the Concept2 Model E rowing machine. Almost every minute. Furthermore, do you realize what a plus point this is? For instance, what these two athletes do in 20+ years at the very top of their sport. Guess what, they win, and it’s all thanks to the training they do. Oh, and what do they use again? That’s right, the Concept2 Model E Rowing Machine

To put their name on the Concept2 Model E rowing machine speaks a lot about its quality. So in truth, it is without a doubt that this is one to buy for your weight loss attempt. Because, these two people do not endorse products wherever they go, no.

Finally, to sum up, because they are the BEST. Being the BEST means only the BEST equipment will do for the guys too. Thus, after all, the athletes like the Concept2 Model E rowing machine. These two people don’t just like it. No, they love it. I can say with all confidence that you will do too, we are positive.

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Lastly, leave any comments or questions about the Model E rowing machine below this post.

References* The Concept2 Official Site


Si "Weight Loss" Watson
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188 thoughts on “Concept2 Model E Rowing Machine: Updated”

  1. Hi Simon,
    Wow, the Concept2 Model E rowing machine sounds incredible! I would love to get one, one of these days. I saw your review on the WaterRower as well. If this one had the water, I would consider it. Now I’ll have to decide between the two. It’s ok though. I have 4-5 years to think about it. 😉

    1. Haha ok cool, take your time. And why 4-5 years my friend? And, yes as much as you might like the Concept2 Model E rowing machine, did you read all of it? It even has endorsements by the likes of Sir Steve Redgrave which says a lot about its performance.

  2. Hi, thanks for the review. I’m glad I found this because it pretty much covers everything about this rowing machine. I have read elsewhere that this was one of the best and if Steve Redgrave has endorsed it, then that’s good enough for me.

    The fact that this model is higher off the ground makes it even better. I also like how the warranty is two years minimum. The ultimate rowing machine I bought only had a 1-year warranty. Do you know if this comes with its unique oil for the chain or would a generic oil be okay to use? Is there any other regular maintenance needed?

  3. Hi Simon,
    How will the height difference on the seat make a difference in terms of exercise? I’m new to the area of rowing machines but may be looking at getting one this year. Will the height adjustment mean easier movement or more strain on the upper leg area?

    1. No, it will not mean any more stress on the legs as the front is of equal height to the seat so, you will be higher off the ground overall. The actual exercise is no different. It just means that it is purely for reasons of accessibility that it is as high as the ordinary chair is Dan, about 30 cm.

  4. It looks like you have a handle on reviewing these machines pretty well. It is an excellent review as you have lots of pros and cons and even a FAQ!! Pretty cool.

    I am not one with using a rowing machine or even tried, but this post makes it seem more comfortable than I thought. I would still have to go somewhere to try one first. I have too many times bought stuff for optimizing myself and then never used.

    1. Yes, I have tried to include everything in it to enable the reader to make an informed decision before a potential purchase. And, yes, that is the problem people face after they purchase a piece of equipment, the novelty wears off rather quickly.

      But at least with the concept2 model E rowing machine, there are interactive games that come with it, to engage you, and, to break up the monotony of a grueling often boring workout!

  5. Hi, Simon! It is an excellent review of the Conept2 model e rowing machine 🙂 I have been considering for a long time, buying one to my home gym, where I already have a training wheel for my road bike and cross trainer for cardio workouts. It’s important to vary the activities so that the body doesn’t get used to one form of exercise and optimize the movements for it.

    Rowing has always been one of my favorite whole body workouts that I can do either outside or in the gym. I spent a lot of time as a child by the sea and had my rowing boat since I was three years old! In the gym I can close my eyes and pretend to be at sea again, listening to the seagulls screaming above my head.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Zena, lol. And yes, you are so right, the body does most definitely adapt to the exercise that it performs, so it is a good idea to vary the activities.

      If you like the exercises, then you should maybe consider purchasing one and dream away from being on the sea “listening to gulls!”

  6. I like it that the Concept2 Model E is designed to be used even by the mobility impaired. It’s suitable for people who have back injuries who still have to continue their exercise regimen. And for the overweight who really will need this, this will be perfect. Looks sturdy and as you say will last for a long time. And in spite of the noise, I think the pros greatly overweigh the cons. Thus, it is worth the investment.

    1. Yes, the use for the mobility impaired element is a great added plus as there are varying degrees of injuries/disease out there. I think that it is well worth the investment, you know what they say? You CANNOT put a price on your health!

      The noise was only to be considered a minor issue and was only mentioned once by a user, but I thought that I had better say it, nonetheless.

  7. If Sir Steve Redgrave says it is good, then it should be good 😉 I was looking for a cardio machine for the upper body. That seems like a great machine, and I jump rope for 15 minutes at moderate intensity, and I want to replace that routine with this machine. How many minutes do you think I should use it and which intensity?

    1. Yes Furkan, exactly, if someone of Sir Steve Redgrave uses it for his training then it must be amazing right? And as far as using it to replace your rope jumping, then first I will need to know for how long you do that for and what improvements are you attempting to make? Your physique or overall health or both?

  8. Thanks for the article, Simon. I think you covered just about everything there is to know about this piece of equipment. It is interesting to see the subtle improvements made from the Concept2 Model D to the Model E, especially the difference in height off the floor.

    I can see where that would make a significant difference for people with mobility issues. The function that enables you to race against your previous times is genius, that is a fantastic way to motivate people to keep improving. All around this looks like a reliable rowing machine that provides a ton of benefit for the user working out. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Well Chris, in all honesty, you have just positively addressed the main components/points that I mentioned in the review. And I must agree with you there on the racing of previous times. It sure would help to motivate you into really trying that little bit harder to beat the time. At least it certainly would do for me 🙂

  9. Weight loss is about having efficient machines that will enable persons to burn calories effectively. The Concept2 Rowing Machine Model E is indeed a capable machine to burn unwanted calories and to lose weight.

    Furthermore, it caters to persons who might have balance issues or back issues seeing that it is 20 feet above ground; this is perfect for persons who are overweight, but really anybody can use it. The price of the machine is reasonable as well. Thanks for this review.

    1. Thank you for your comment Michael, and yes, the fact that it is higher off the ground does make it that much more accessible to those of us with less mobility. You do however make a typo I’m sure when you said 20 FEET of the ground as it is a sufficient 20 inches lol. But not a problem.

  10. I find this to be an exciting and intriguing piece of exercise equipment. I’ve discovered through practice and research that intense, short workouts are best to do.

    It makes me wonder about what a short, intense workout on this machine would do for my arm muscle focus groups. I noticed quite a bit about weight loss, and I know there are many looking to find out about that.

    I, however, look for ways to increase tone in my muscles as well as building endurance. I can see some potential for doing just that with this machine. Do you think this equipment would be ideal for rapid, intense sessions?

    Thank you for the excellent info.

      1. Hi Simon! I love the fact that you can play games as you workout! Sounds pretty fun to me! It would make time fly by I bet! Thanks for sharing your review

        1. Haha yes, I think it would be my friend. That is what first drew me to the Concept model E rowing machine, the interactive games, And then with further research I came to realize that it was an excellent piece of apparatus that was well worth what you have to pay for it!

  11. Very Wise and In Dept Description of your Concept2 model E rowing machine study Simon…I think it’s Great..Awesome site…Very Detailed…You’ve done your homework well…Good Luck To Ya 🙂

  12. Hello Simon and thank you for this review

    Losing weight is something we are all forced to consider at some stage in our lives. As I grow older I think about it more and more. There are many products out there that offer the solution to losing weight.

    Your in-depth review of The Concept2 rowing machine Model E really helped me to make up my mind about what I need to do about my weight and what product to use. You pointed out some things in there that were quite insightful.

    *I especially also liked your warning there in red. Humour always works for me! Lol!

    A bit pricey but I think it’s well worth it. From the comments on here, I think a lot of people are looking at it and I am seriously considering buying one. I will come back to you in a few days’ time.

    Have to convince my other half first, Lol! But from all that you have said it should be easy for him to see much sense.

    Thank you for your helpful information, Simon. It has made my shopping decision much easier!



    1. Well, thank you, Danielle, I am so happy that my review was able to help you decide, and I get where you are coming from about our weight mate. One thing, I will say though, tell him about the cool feature where you can race against other users of the concept2 rowing machine in real-time.

      You probably know what us guys are like with our egos and competitive spirit. Lol. I hope you bookmarked the page?

  13. Wow, thanks for such an in-depth review. I always thought rowing machines were cool. I had no idea they’d offer games and competition and all the stuff that is offered. Of course, it makes sense that they do now.

    I feel like you left no stone unturned in your research. I didn’t know they’d fold down and take up such little space, or that they were so popular or could even be comfortable like you’ve shown.

    1. haha, yea they sure can Leah, the machine is brilliant with two amazing endorsements from 2 of the UK’s finest EVER athletes. It is all about comfort and the build quality these days, and this has both of them. Thanks for the kind comment.


  14. I’m glad I have come across this review. I am considering buying a rowing machine.
    For me the biggest drawback is my back problems. I have had a slipped lower disc before and am worried this could aggravate my injury again.

    Do you think it would be ok for me to use?
    Thanks Ryan

    1. Thanks for the comment Ryan, my research has shown me that in all honesty, the best person to ask about your issue is your doctor as he will know all of your particulars, plus, you can answer any of his question, such as “what is your level of activity, etc. But be sure to answer these honestly.

  15. Hello, will this machine actually help me to lose weight? Is it adjustable for shorter people, I am 4 feet 8 inches tall, could I use this machine? I like your site, it gives a lot of useful information. I like how you have the juicing book on the site.

  16. Hi Simon, I use to paddle racing kayak’s and I know the main muscle group that gets most exercise is the lower stomach and shoulder muscles. I had a rotatory cuff injury in my shoulder. Will I be able to use the Concept2 rowing machine and how much do the class E rowing machine go for price wise?

    1. Yes, sure you will! And to get the price of the concept2 MODEL E rowing machine all you need to do is to click on either the US or UK link. It tells you there.

      Thanks for the comment Adrian, much appreciated! It is packed with features as well as the anti-boredom interactive games console where you race “live” against other users on the same piece of apparatus!

  17. These rowing machines are becoming quite popular. This concept 2 model looks lean and probably won’t take up too much space.

    I also like that it can easily be separated into two for storage; this feature is great for tight quarters.

    How much does this product cost? I don’t remember seeing the price in your review

    1. Thanks for the comment Tatihden and there is no price on there until you follow the link to it on Amazon. This, however, is a fantastic rowing machine as you have obviously read so check out the link in either the US or the UK for even more specific details.

      I recommend that you read the reviews. Most are 5 stars!

  18. I really enjoyed your review over the Concept 2 Rowing Machine. The thing that was most interesting was the computer they added on this model when I exercise it can get quite boring if you don’t have something to interact with and this will do just that great new feature.
    I love the fact that this machine works your body all over I don’t have that great a back and I feel like this would be the perfect equipment to strengthen my back up…not getting any younger got to get it in shape.

    1. Haha right you are. Thanks for the kind comment Rosie and yes the onboard interactive, rowing against other users in real time is fantastic isn’t it.

      I love it, and I think that it is such a cool way to motivate a person into wanting to outperform their opposition.

      Some Rowing machines are wrong, well not great for the back but this concept2 model E rowing machine is not that bad for it. Once again I thank you!

  19. Reading your review for the concept 2 model e rowing machine again shows me just how much home gym equipment has changed. Even though there are improvements from its predecessor, it also has a vast improvement over my older rowing machine.

    Having the ability to race against yourself on a previous workout or against other users online is fantastic and a good reason to get me off the fence to purchase. Love the concept, and it’s time for me to make up my mind.

    1. Haha, yes Travis indeed it is time that you made up your mind indeed! As is to be expected with a reputable manufacturer such as Concept they really have listened to the customer.

      They have made the relevant improvement and hence producing the Concept2 rowing machine. Yes your are quite right, the ability to race against yourself is what sold it to me and oh how motivational it is.

  20. Hi Simon. Great website and awesome review on the Concept2 rowing machine. Seems like a great exercise tool to lose weight with and get in shape!! How much does it cost? I don’t see a price listed.

    And what’s the durability on this product if you would happen to know. I like exercise tools that can last a lifetime!!

    1. There is no price listed Hassan because you have to click the link to go to a page with the amount on (Amazon) As for its durability it is incredibly durable, in fact by once and uses for all time.

      I do say that on the post. Oh yes, it lasts a lifetime of that there is no doubt.

  21. Rowing is a great exercise as it gets your entire body to work, (as opposed to a stationary bike which only works your lower body) and it gives you a strong back which is important to avoid back problems later on.

    This really seems to be the perfect machine to workout on. Quality really is important, as cheaper exercise equipment is often uncomfortable and/or boring to use. If you have the proper tools, then it will be much more enjoyable.

    Thank you for a really complete and comprehensive review of the Concept2 rowing machine.

    How many calories do you burn during a half hour on the rowing machine?

    1. Thank you for the kind comment Jojo. According to the journal of sports science we should use this equation to measure/predict how many calories are burned in however long.

      Calories Burned = [(Age x 0.2017) – (Weight x 0.09036) + (Heart Rate x 0.6309) – 55.0969] x Time / 4.184.

  22. Nice review 🙂 I am thinking of getting some sort of an exercise apparatus for the winter months as I don’t like running in the dark nights. I was unsure of whether to go for an exercise bike or a rowing machine.

    I feel like the rowing machine is great for an upper body workout where as the exercise bike is great for the lower body. I am more interested in fitness rather than weight loss. Which exercise machine would you recommend?

    1. They are both unbelievable cardiovascular workouts my friend, and the treadmill, is the third piece of apparatus you neglected to mention.

      What it does boil down to is which piece of kit you like to do the most on as you do NOT want to be stuck doing an exercise you do not enjoy!!!

  23. Hello Simon =)

    After checking out both videos, I found them to be very informative and helpful.

    It’s also really good that they get the point across in a short period of time.

    Readers will love that.

    I think you’re doing a fantastic job with this site!

    1. Thank you, my friend, it is great to hear that my work is appreciated, especially after putting in a couple of years into it so that it is at its optimal level for all the readers. Cheers for the comment mate

  24. There are two Concept 2 D rowing machines down my local gym. I use them fairly regularly and they are fine machines so if the Concept 2 E is an improvement – that’s pretty good. We also have a Concept 2 Skierg (at least that’s what I think it’s called).

    I believe it’s a Ski based training machine – but it’s hugely popular in our gym and I doubt that most of its users ever ski.

    The thing about all the Concept machines I have come across is that they are exceptionally well made. the quality of the engineering is second to none.

    I love the fact that you can compete with others because, frankly, the rowing machine is not my favourite as I do find it boring and there’s nothing like a bit of competition to get me motivated.

    1. Haha yes, exactly Eoin the competition aspect is a fantastic one. It will take the mundaneness out of the workout and add an element of fun to the exercise. After all, there is undoubtedly nothing worse than when an activity is not at all enjoyable.

      You will find a way to avoid doing it. I am positive that you will easily talk yourself out of it. Thank you for your comment!

  25. I am sure this rowing machine will do the trick. It looks like the best you can get on the market.
    I haven’t tried one at home yet but I have been to the gym and trained there.

    I like the fact that this rowing machine doesn’t take much space in my home

    I think I would store it in my living room. We don’t have much room at home.
    But it may be worth buying one to get in better shape.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Great Tove it would be worth the investment as not only will you lose weight and tone your body, but internally you will gain a much-improved level of health. It is without question.

      And as for it being the best on the market, well in my honest opinion, it is! It is indeed built to last for literally countless hours of rigorous workouts. Thank you for your kind comment, my friend!


  26. Concept 2 rowing machines set ‘The Standard” for all rowing machines on the market. Every single national/Olympic team around the world uses the Concept 2 rowing machine to maintain fitness and strength.

    Fitness tests in rowing are continually being used on the Concept 2 machine to determine power and stamina within the world of rowing.

    1. wow, a very positive comment about the concept2 rowing machine, thank you so much Jack, and I shall no defer to your blogs which, if they are anything like your comment, will be an enjoyable read.

  27. Hello Simon

    First off this is a very good review of the ‘The Concept2 Model E Rowing Machine’.
    I couldn’t help but notice that you say it’s perfect for anyone who is mobility impaired and you name hips as an example.
    I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis which is a condition that affects the joints. It’s also a progressive condition, so my question to you is this.

    In what way or how would the rowing machine help me to stay mobile in comparison to cycling which I do a lot of just now as suggested by my doctor?

    In other words. What are the benefits of switching over from bike to a rowing machine?
    Robert Allan

  28. I found your FAQ to this review and have to say this perfectly summarise the difference between Model D and Model E, which I somehow missed while reading the review.

    Besides the frame, the hight and the arm holding the monitor, there is no difference between the two Models. From my experience, the D seems to have a bit more sturdy frame, but that might be outliers.

    Keep it up!

    1. Thanks very much for the comment, Ralph. I will head on over to facebook and see if you have extended our conversation over there.

      I did, however, read on my phone that you preferably liked to be called Ralph, so that is what I shall now refer to you as! OK sir haha

  29. It is great to see that they have improved on a very good machine. The area in which I felt they needed to improve the most was the sitting position, I thought it was a bit low, now they have corrected that and the machine is now really damn good.

    I love the ability to race my previous best times, makes for a more enjoyable workout.

    Yes it is a great machine and it has improved with this newer model.

    1. Thanks steve for your approving comment. Yes, it is great to be able to race your previous time but, what I think gives the user the best motivation is the ability to race other concept2 rowing machine users. To me, it is nothing short of some HEALTHY COMPETITION.

  30. A good review of one of the best machines on the market. The only thing I’d comment on is he belief that the machine will magically make you lose weight. You have to use it for that to happen!! And you have to put in effort.

    Just owning one won’t suck fat out of your stomach when you’re sitting in the couch. And when you are on it, you have to push hard, pull hard, get the heart rate etc. I have a post on my blog about this exact point:

    1. Thanks for the comment my friend and what you say is exactly right. You MUST take action and actually lol. It needs to be used as looking at it will NOT make you lose weight. As you say in the url of your blog post which I’m off to read right now.

  31. Hey everyone, I just wanted to chime in here and mention that if anyone is considering in getting a rowing machine for their home, I would highly recommend it…’used one for years when many gyms in the states had them…now they don’t have them much around anymore,

    and IDK why because personally, I lost more excess weight with rowing machines that ANY other machine at the gym.
    Yes, it’s a challenging workout, but you can self-adjust your speed and rhythm and build it up to the intensity you need to get the job done slowly but surely if you are new to these incredible machines!

    1. hey, thanks for the comment my friend! Yes, you are right, the rowing machine is a fantastic weight loss tool, no doubts. Especially with the concept2 rowing machine and with its interactive games you will not feel like you are working out and will definitely be concentrating more on the victory.

      I know that I would. So ultimately your benefit from the cardio but having fun during the process.

  32. This is another great review and filled with valuable information. I like the fact as well that you could compete with others because it gives you the motivation to do better and in that process you gain cardio and lose weight. I will look into this rower machine and I will spread the word. Great Review!

    1. Great, so you have shared it yes. Thank you so much and yes the element whereby you compete against other rowers is truly brilliant isn’t it. You are definitely right it will motivate you whilst keeping your mind from the fact you are working out. Personally, I think that is paramount to a good workout. Thanks for the comment!

  33. Hi, and thanks for sharing this review about this rowing machine.
    It seems like a very good investment for a healthy lifestyle. If I had room for it in my living room I would have considered buying it. We don’t have so much space at home. I do have a bicycle. Do you think a rowing machine is a far better investment than a bicycle?


  34. This really is a powerful machine to loose weight , I need to take measure and see if it could fit in my box, my wife will kill me, but at least I hope she’ll enjoy my thin belly in 2-3 months..

    Nice review man, you’ve closed me.

    1. Have I Andrea lol. My intention was to lay out all of the facts of the concept2 rowing machine and all that it has to offer including the ability to race against other concept2 users live. I’m sure that you will find it highly motivating indeed.

      This feature that it possesses will without a question in my mind, inspire you to train that bit harder and push yourself through your threshold where you would have previously given up. Amazing, don’t you think?

  35. this sounds like a great way to crosstrain from the comfort of your own home. I also love how it can be paired with a Garmin HRM, and how you can actually compete against other rowers. very cool!

    1. Haha, yes I love the fact that you are able to compete against other rowers too. This is a great motivation booster and when you start improving it will surely lead to increased confidence as well.

      I guess it could be looked at as a kind of performance tracker but this form keeps you occupied at the same time. Great stuff and thanks for the comment!

  36. Hi there,
    I used to train waterpolo and apart from that we were going to fitness twice a week as well. They had a machine like that one there as well. It’s very good for your whole upper body and for your legs. I would say go for it if you’re looking to build up some muscles.

    1. haha good to know that you are keeping active. I can no longer do that due to disability. You are right you can definitely build up or tone muscle and it provides a super cardio workout in order for you to lose weight.

      Thanks for the comment my friend! Let’s not forget the competition part! Racing against other users will inspire and motivate you to do better I am certain.

  37. I really enjoyed your review, thank you. I must say, I like the sound of this machine. The fact that it is lightweight and can be broken down into 2 parts makes it very appealing. The linking to a computer is very motivating as I do get bored when training. Is this part easy to set up?


    1. Thanks for the comment and yes, unfortunately, boredom is a factor that helps to put a lot of people off from doing a workout. I think it is because people do not see immediate results.

      This machine it would appear, has this covered yes, with its ability to let you race against yourself and other rowers. I think this is great for motivation as you alluded to.

    2. Oops, apologies, and yes it is all very simple to set up. Both the machine and the games. The games are basically a plug n play feature as I guess you could expect with the Concept2 model E rowing machine. Very easy.

  38. I always love new articles about different exercise machines or techniques. As someone who runs a lot, I am always looking for new ways to work out and break a sweat, without much pressure or injury to my knees.

    I especially love the feature where you can “race” against your previous work out. It definitely helps you push yourself without having to race against others. Awesome review, awesome machine. Thanks!

    1. Great, I am so glad that you liked the review of the Concept2 rowing machine, and thanks for your comment. Yes the race feature is awesome isn’t it but do you not think that racing against other users will bring out that competitive streak i you also enhancing your workout?

  39. Hey Simon,
    I liked your review on the rowing machine. I have rowed a few boats but that was many years ago. I even ended up pitch poling ( going end over end) in the surf at San Clemente island.

    I never thought about a rowing machine for losing weight. i sure could stand to lose a few pounds. If I just had some room I would probably get one of these machines.

    1. Haha, thanks and how the bejeebers did u manage that. Yes, it truly is a great rowing machine is the concept2. It provides and amazing cardio’ workout helping you to get healthy as well as lose weight.

      With the competitive games, it possesses it is really ideal to break the monotony of those long and boring workouts!

  40. Nice looking machine Simon. I’ve never tried a rowing machine. I have a Bow Flex and a Tread Climber that both gives a really good workout.The tread climber can get a bit boring if you are on it long enough. The games that are included in the rowing machine may be a nice “time passer”.

    I used to turn the TV on and just watch, I couldn’t hear the sound well enough with the noise that the tread climber makes. Does the rowing machine make much noise? It might make a good addition to my exercise room. Thankyou Simon, Jim.

    1. It certainly is a stunning looking piece of apparatus is the concept2 rowing machine. You are right Jim, the onboard “games” will certainly help to keep you “amused” during the duration of your workout, for sure and there was one comment made.

      This is in regards to the noise it made. The author was slightly unhappy about the noise that it made in a small confined space. This was, however, the only negative comment that was made and I fear the gentleman was looking for the impossible complete silence as I fear he may have been exceptionally fussy and it would have been just an isolated incident.

  41. I’m in need of a new rowing machine since my old one’s packed up 🙁 But the concept2 model e-rowing machine sounds awesome! As the digital world evolves, so does everything else with it.

    I think it’s great that this rowing machine has an onboard computer and games too because with my old rowing machine I had to sit in front of the TV at home so I didn’t get bored. LOL.

    There are so many pros and I’ll definitely check out the best prices for this piece of fitness equipment.


    1. Yes, thank you, Neil. The on-board computer is a great way to keep motivation levels high for sure. When you compete against yourself it is a great way to track any progress that you have made. I do understand that watching the TV helps to relieve boredom as well, but with this, there is obviously no need to!

  42. A great rowing machine.
    I personally love the ‘compete with yourself’ concept, it makes you push yourself to do better each time you step on. I also like that it’s higher from the ground, I used to the rowing machine at the gym, which were too low.
    Definitely a good investment.
    Thanks for detailed and informative review.



    1. Yes, as I have just said in another comment the “compete with yourself” feature is amazing as is being able to compete with other Concept2 model E rowing machine users. It takes away some of the boredom and keeps you motivated.

      Such is the quality of this machine and as far as I am aware it is a unique feature as well. The fact the rowing machine is higher off the ground will certainly make a difference to the mobility impaired user for sure, yes!

  43. Thank you for this informative post.
    The Concept 2 Model E Rowing Machine certainly does look like a good way to lose weight.
    Also, I like the review you have provided because it shows the pros and cons in detail and the quality looks like something to consider.
    Plus, it looks great too!


    1. Haha yes, it does look amazing. There is no question in my mind that you can lose weight while you are using and playing the games that this machine provides! Did you read the part where you can race against other users live? What a motivating factor this will be trying to beat them?

  44. Yes, that is so true. I think that for the size of the apparatus, it is considerably lighter than a lot of the others around, and, yes you can pick it up and move it to wherever in the house you wish to do your workout as you said.
    Thank you for your comment!

  45. Great review bro, I really like the sound of this machine. The fact that it is lightweight and can be broken down into 2 parts makes it very appealing.

    1. Yes, that is a cool feature. I think that it makes purchasing one of the concept2 rowing machines much easier given that it can be stored away! With something this size, whatever it may be unless it is going to be a permanent fixture you do not want to have it on display all of the time. So, pull apart, store and you finish. 🙂 Thanks for the comment, Shane!

  46. Comparing it to conventional one’s i have seen, It looks very light and compact. You could just about take it anywhere to use. Put it in your boot of your car even and take it down to the Park. At 54 Pounds its very light weight.

    Looks Great.

    Thanks for the great information.


    1. It is very lightweight, yes, but this does not mean that it lacks in build quality for that is magnificent with this rowing machine. Using it for home purposes will be a breeze as a lot of health clubs and gyms use it, and they have no problems with it, and I’m sure that you can imagine how many people use it there with different styles too! Thanks for the comment, Paul.

  47. Hi Simon, does the concept 2 make much noise when in use?. I ask this because I live in a small apartment block and I imagine my neighbors wouldn’t appreciate the thumping on the floor.

    1. No, it is fine to use anywhere Josh, there is minimal noise from the apparatus.You will be fine to use it in your apartment no problem, and,I am all too well aware of how a constant noise from a neighbour can drive you to the edge of insanity, but no you will be fine with this model. So, thanks for the comment!

  48. You know I’ve never tried the rowing machine. Though I hear it’s good for your back, and as a boxer you really need strong back muscles. I’m going to have to try it and see what it is like to use. This one looks like a very good brand. I didn’t see any cost on the article, but I guess the link will reveal all. Good information on a good rowing machine

    1. Thanks very much Will and sure, go ahead and try it as you certainly will NOT be disappointed. EVERY review that I have thus far read is exceptionally positive about the concept2 model E rowing machine. Everyone had great things to say about it.

  49. The concept 2 is the greatest piece of fitness equipment in existence I have been using mine for 12 years now and have had no need to ever go to the gym. Over that time I have enjoyed rowing online and winning races all over the country before my thyroid stopped working.

    I have been using it purely to keep my weight down and if I had the money I would definitely by the model E with pm 5 to replace my 2004 model D concept 2 will always be the best.

    1. Thank you, sir, for your kind words on the Concept model E rowing machine, they are really appreciated as is any insight. Yes, also I heard that they were very reliable and you have just given me written proof of their longevity.

      This as I am sure you are aware is a very important factor when deciding whether or not to purchase anything. Especially something with moving parts. This will NOT let you down, for sure. Thanks again.

    1. I am really glad that you enjoyed the read Steven. Please, you may take your time to read as many other reviews as you like, but I am absolutely certain they will have nothing negative to say about the Concept2 Model E rowing machine.

  50. “Dave Barber Thats the only purpose for the higher seat, and thats how it was used at a local gym. Otherwise I’d just suggest someone searches local ads for a second hand Model C or D, same workout, for half the money. These things take an insane pounding with little/no damage.”

  51. Great review Simon. I’ve been trying to deliberate about some options for a home gym, and this post provided vital food for thought. I did notice that the use of rowing machines started trending some time ago, but was hesitant due to lower back issues.

    The emphasis regarding the change in height between the model E and D is a big deal since it signals accessibility for persons like myself. Really appreciate it, will be incorporating this into my wishlist!

    1. That is great, and who knows Joshua it may not just be on your wishlist, it may come to fruition. The part about it being very accessible over the model D really does set this machine apart, as the model D was no slouch either but this one is even better. Thanks for your comment.

  52. Wow when I build my house I will have a special room for my work out and I’ll put one of these! I’ll buy it from your website, promise!! thanks for the thorough review ! You really know your thing!

    1. Thanks for the comment Sarah and if you are having a special room just for workout equipment you must be really dedicated and that is what I really like to hear, Plus, the great thing about this rowing machine is it is not overly big so it will be a welcome addition to your equipment room, I have no doubts whatsoever.
      Be healthy

  53. Thanks for a great review on this product. On doing my research, your points have been much agreed by a lot of online consumers who have purchased this product. Now I am keen to buy myself one..

    Will have to make space for it though.

    1. Haha agreed all of the users comments have indeed been positive and I could find very few notes of concern. Please, feel free to purchase it as it will UNDOUBTEDLY do you the world of good to use one. Thanks for the comment!

  54. Shawntrese Simmons


    Thank you very much for your outstanding review of the Concept2 Rowing Machine. It seems to be a must-have piece of equipment for anyone looking to lose weight. Your review was very thorough and made me want to purchase it right away.

    I will be sure to send people to your site who are also interested and committed to making a lifetime investment. Job well done!!!!

    1. Ye,s it does make you want to own it doesn’t it. As I have said in a previous comment I really did try my hardest to include all that one could possibly need to know about the concept2 so that they the reader can get as much information from it as possible.

      The only issue which I feel people may take as a concern is the actual price of the equipment. However, you know what they say, right, you “can’t put a price on your health.”

  55. Very nice review. I remember my dad having a rowing machine in our basement and that thing looked like it could fall apart at any moment. He wanted me to use it but every time I tried the thing squeaked and was loose. I just could not.
    This one looks awesome and definitely something I would stay on to get a good workout.

    1. You a re most welcome Mark and yes it is the best one available even endorsed by a couple of amazing athletes. That said if this is a little beyond your bufget you could maybe try the Stamina 15-9003. It is both an exercise bike and a rowing machine so it is much cheaper to buy 2 for the price of one sir!

    1. Haha yes, it does, and you have to keep in mind its level of comfort. We all now that being comfortable in what you are wearing or doing whilst exercising is important right? Well, this will ensure that this is never again a problem for the user.

      In addition to that is the amazing design whereby it is chair height from the floor. So, anyone who has mobility issues regardless of their age has a greatly

  56. Hi, Simon. Thank you for your sharing!
    This is a great review, especially for those who are new to a rowing machine. I only tried a few times in gym room and I always wonder how I should buy it. Because there are many different models and I simply don’t know what their pros and cons are.

    After reading your review, I think I will consider buying this Concept 2 Rowing Machine. Because I like the function that record and track my performance data.

    1. You’re welcome sir, and thanks for the comment. It is an absolutely brilliant rowing machine, built to withstand countless hours of workout sessions.Here is another incredibly comfortable one that you may be interested in?

      Obviously it doesn’t have as many features as the concept 2 model E rowing machine but nonetheless it still has many of them 🙂

  57. Simon,
    What a fabulous review. You covered all of my questions. I am so excited I am going to bookmark this so I can forward to my hubby for my Christmas present. This is perfect for me and the type of workout I enjoy. We like to kayak so I would say it’s similar but I can be inside when the water is too cold. Thank you for being so detailed, I truly appreciate it.

    1. Aw, that is a lovely comment thank you and it was indeed my intention to be as thorough as is possible with the review of the Concept2 model E rowing machine. Yes, it is similar to kayaking although this will definitely give you a more wholesome workout as with kayaking the different currents pull you and you use different muscles where this will just concentrate on the same ones.

      So personally I feel that this will give you a better overall shape Francine. Please, do not misunderstand me. I think that kayaking is a great hobby, it is just that it uses the same muscles but in a slightly different way!

  58. Hi, Simon. Thank you for your sharing!
    This is a great review, especially for those who are new to a rowing machine. I only tried a few times in gym room and I always wonder how I should buy it. Because there are many different models and I simply don’t know what their pros and cons are.

    After reading your review, I think I will consider buying this Concept 2 Rowing Machine. Because I like the function that record and track my performance data.

    1. Oh wow great. I am really glad that my review has had a positive effect on you, I really am and, yes, there are so many models to choose from. This however for all intents and purposes is the best one to buy! In particular, I like the fact that you can row against real people (fellow users of the rower)

      This to me is a great added bonus which will add a social and fun element to your exercise as well as keeping you motivated to beat them. All the while you are becoming fitter and healthier! Big bonus. Gone will be the feeling of intense isolation when it comes down to workout time as you can just switch on “Compete” mode.

      If you like the quiet time alone then you simply do not switch it on. The choice is entirely yours.

  59. Hi Simon thanks for your review, I don’t have time to get to the gym and so workout from home with free weights but have been looking for an aerobic workout machine lately. the concept 2 model E looks to be quite the machine. Thanks again for your very informative review, I will look into this further.

    1. There is absolutely nothing with working out at home my friend! A workout is a workout. Your body does not care and it will thank you with an improvement in health. The aerobic exercise is very important for internal health there is no doubt and one of these pieces of apparatus will only stand to serve you very well indeed.

  60. What a great review and very thorough. I remember as a kid my dad having the rowing machine that seemed like it could fall apart at any moment when you got in it. But boy you could get a good workout on it.
    Rowing is a great workout and with this review I now need to get this machine to help fine tune my workouts.
    Thanks again.

    1. Yes haha, but you could look at it from a different point of view, and that is one I’m sure most fitness enthusiasts will look at it from. AT LEAST YOUR FATHER WAS WORKING OUT despite what the apparatus looked like.

      That said though it was obviously not as robust and well built as the Concept2 model E rowing machine as this model (and the previous model the D), are built to withstand many MANY hours of rigorous training and exercise. Good luck with your fine tuning.

  61. Hi Simon, this is a good in-depth review. I like how you included the review of others, cause I was interested to see what other people thought of the rowing machine too. It’s also quite interesting to see that even Olympic winner think it’s a great machine.

    I like some of the features such as the height of the seat is raised, which means it’ll be beneficial for lots of different types of people, and that it’s easy to store away.

    I feel like I’ve learnt a lot about the Concept 2 from your review. Thanks for sharing

    1. Stephanie, you really are most welcome my dear. Yes all that I have said i the review is very accurate to the best of my knowledge AND did you read the article on what Redgrave and Pinsentt had to say about it?

  62. In these past couple years I have been focusing on fitness and bodybuilding I have never tried the rowing machine for cardio. Now due to your review it seems like it’s a good choice as it has sooo many pros and basically zero cons. I might have to buy one of these in the future for my gym. Thanks for your review!

  63. Simon you wrote a great review. The rowing machine seems like a good investment for anyone trying to lose weight. Your review also includes comments from actual users of the machine; this helps solidify the necessity of using this particular machine. I like the way you included a breakdown of the pros and cons of the equipment.

    1. Thank you Kalvin, your comment is appreciated and yes I have been as thorough as possible with my review listing all of its advantages and well, there are no disadvantages to speak of. A truly great machine as you say, for anyone that is wishing to lose weight.

      Although expensive it IS definitely worth it.

  64. Simon, thank you for this comprehensive article on the Concept 2 model E Rowing Machine. You’ve convinced me that this would be a great addition to my home gym. I especially like the onboard computer and the ability that it gives you to compete against others, I need all the motivation that I can get.

    All the best, Kevin

    1. haha yes so do I most definitely and yes, not only do you get a reliable sturdy and easy to use equipment but you are right the onboard computer will provide you with hours of fun, heck it won’t even feel like you are doing a gruelling routine.

      Thanks for the comment sir! Now this next suggestion does not allow you to compete against the other users like the Concept2 model E rowing machine does, but you may wish to take a look. It is a fully usable addition to what sounds like an expanding gym.

  65. Your website just took me on a guilt trip, I claim to be such a health fanatic and tell others how important it is to stay fit because it keeps you healthy but I really struggle to get onto my bicycle and looking at these training equipment makes me want to buy one like this and at this point I am convincing myself that I will definitely use it.

    I love your website especially because it is reminding me of my own laziness and how important keeping fit is.

    1. haha yes obviously it is very important to exercise and getting healthy would appear hard plus, it is to easy to procrastinate and get “Lazy” as you so nicely wrote lol.
      It would also be very easy for me to get all salesy and say buy it buy it you will use it u will, but at the end of the day will you lol.

  66. Hey Simon,
    Great review! Very thorough. It’s always great to consider new and different methods of challenging your personal fitness and this looks like a versatile machine. Thanks for the info and keep up the good work!
    All the best,

    1. Thanks very much Kevin you comment is highly appreciated and yes you are correct it is good to “challenge” yourself for sure. The concept 2 rowing machine is a real marvel with its interactive feature. It is pricey but you do get what you pay for and with this you certainly get a whole lot for your money!

  67. The rowing machine was one of my favorite pieces of equipment several years ago when I was exercising to improve my fitness at a local gymnasium. The model being reviewed in this article is definitely superior to the machine I was exercising on.

    I particularly like the fact that you can do the rowing exercises to get fit and also play games on the computer console at the same time. Great idea to relieve the monotony of the rowing routine.

    1. Haha yes, that is what drew me towards reviewing this one as I thought people might like it. As I have already alluded to it is on the steep side yes! But you do indeed get just what you pay for and you get loads with this brilliant machine for sure.

      There is, however, an alternative to the concept2 model E rowing machine. Although you cannot race other users it is duel purpose and is an exercise bike and a rowing machine. So, you get two for the price of one? Here is my review of it here

  68. You know, I never considered using one of these machines. They kind of reminded me of like an elliptical, the machine kind of “running you” so to speak. For that reason they never caught my attention.

    However, after reading your post I feel like I could actually get into it. Adding the leaderboards thing is a great motivator and way to track progress.

    I also live in a 1 bedroom apartment so like…storage of an actual row boat isn’t an option.

    This thing actually is.

    Thanks for the post!

    1. AAAAwwwwwwwww well no, thank you for taking the time to comment madam. Yes, the Concept2 is tranquil, and it can easily be stored away which is perfect. I guess for your one bedroom apartment. I too think that the leader board interaction is fantastic to keep you in the right frame of mind for your workout as you are only doing it to train/lose weight and get healthy anyway so excuse the pun, but this is one of the healthy distractions!


  69. Woh, there are certainly a lot of PROs with this upgrade. I like the fact that you can go against others, and this gives you something to work for, (besides losing weight). Sounds like an excellent product.

    1. ha yes, it does doesn’t it Owain. The Concept 2 rowing machine has these amazing features to try and spice up the workout experience and I personally think that in using them one would never get bored and it would motivate you, even more, to out-perform as many of the “challenges” as you possibly can.

      It to me seems a simple concept but one which maybe unique to this rowing machine. So far I have not heard of this technology used with any other pieces of apparatus but I may be wrong!

  70. Very very cool, I’ve been meaning to buy one of these for my home gym. I started using the rowing machines when my leg was injured from running last year and I have to say, these are a fantastic alternative. You still get that lung burn and a good cardio workout, exactly the sort I’m looking for.

    Good review, I’m definitely considering buying this.

  71. Hi, Simon
    That was a great review of the Concept 2 Rowing Machine. There was alot of pros on the product which you don’t see that often. Because of your indepth review it will make it easier for alot of people to make a decision on whether to buy or not. When I mave the money I might have to get me one of these. Thank you and have a great day.

    1. First let me start by saying a big thank you for taking your time out to comment. Yes the concept 2 is something special isn’t she. That was my intention, to enlighten people as to the benefits of this truly amazing rower and to highlight them so that they will be able to make a much more informed decision. Thanks once more

  72. Hey Simon the Rowing is an amazing machine and thank you for giving suck an amazing breakdown. I’m in the military and I have to say that I use this machine a whole bunch. It helps me out with cardio and basically a full body workout. I really love this machine but I don’t think I can cough of that much money yet to buy my own. In due time I will have one though. Thank you for giving all the pros, really made me know the greatness of this machine.

    1. Wow thank you for an exceptionally positive comment on the concept 2 rowing machine my friend it really is appreciated you know. And also Jamie I have other rowing machine reviews that you can read if you would like all of the same high standard. They are in the main menu under reviews US.

  73. Nothing beats a rowing machine for cutting weight. You throw your head through a garbage put on your biggest sweater and go hard. If I’ve been slacking I hop on a good rower for 20 mins get the blood flowing before I ever even touch a weight.

    Personally I’m not a big fan of any machine at a gym let alone would I get anything besides a rower for equipment at my own house great review I could really see myself and my gf benefiting from the model E

    1. hey there Mikey, than you for your comment mate:) Yes you are right it certainly does get the blood flowing and the concept 2 is no exception. I must confess we have something in common my friend as I am not the biggest fan of gym equipment either although I do look at it as a necessity.

  74. I just moved and we had to get rid of my treadmill so now I am looking for something that I can have in the home and exercise with.
    I haven’t really thought about a rower but it’s something to consider. I would imagine that it’s good for my arms and legs and that’s always good. Does rowing help with the core?

    I really need to get back into shape!

    1. oh boo for the treadmill removal and you should at least TRY to get back in shape matey for you own health benefits. Yes you should consider a rowing machine as they are super low impact and the risk of injuring yourself is negligible indeed.

      The concept 2 is more expensive than most of the rowers that are available but as they say “You get what you pay for” And hence you get the interaction I listed!

  75. Amazing review Simon! I’ve only used rowing machines sparingly in the past, but just from your post I can see they’re worth a try in my next workout session. I wasn’t very interested until I saw the games feature. It looks like racing a ghost of yourself in a racing game, only it’s real, and it’s a footrace. There’s also the online compatibility that I think is very futuristic for exercise equipment.

    You’ve said this is the best rowing machine out there, but are there any cheaper ones that don’t sacrifice too much quality? Sadly this is out of my price range, which is a bummer since the features in this Concept 2 are too useful to ignore. Maybe a previous model? Anyway, thanks for the detailed look at this machine Simon!

    1. Thank you for your review Mo’.Yes the concept2 model E is one of the best rowers available but I am definitely aware that the price of it is well beyond a lot of peoples budgets but it is selling very well so I guess you pay for quality. There is a very VERY COMFORTABLE ONE THAT YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN?

  76. Awesome review, I’ve been looking for a good rowing machine to put in my gym. I love rowers, they are a really good alternative to running if you are having leg problems or if it’s just too darn cold to go outside!

    Do you think this is THE BEST rowing machine out there or do you perhaps know of any others that are of any higher quality?

    Fantastic site about weight loss man, you quite clearly care about your readers and the results they are seeing.

    1. Brilliant mate, I am so glad you approve of the site and the Concept 2 rowing machine. Actually, in all of my months of searching for products to review this would it seems, stand alone in its quality and hence the price.

      What I must say though is did you read the endorsements given by sir steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent the 4-5 time Olympic gold medalists. They both say that it is the BEST. the link is in the review.

  77. Even though I weight no wheres around 500 pounds, just the fact that this machine can handle the weight load tells you it is built of better quality than the ones unable to take that kind of weight.

    Love the idea of being able to challenge yourself with previous workouts or to go online against other people training. Having that ability puts your exercising into perspective and your right about the extra motivation that would generate.

    Great review and so far this rowing machine is at the top of my chart for purchasing.

    1. Thanks, Travis, and yes the Concept 2 seems brilliant doesn’t it. You are right I always feel that if it can handle a high weight then it can definitely handle a lesser one as well!

      Also I agree with the extra motivation part of your comment as it would mate, just imagine rowing real-time with other users. It really would make you train that much harder!

  78. When I go the gym, I use the rowing machine to exercise my abs! I will stand next to the machine (left side) and pull the cable to my right shoulder. Then I move to the right and pull the cable to my left shoulder.

    So if you think the rowing machine is only to exercise part of your upper and lower body, then you must try these exercises and let the fat around your abs burn!

    This is a good and thorough review of Concept 2 rowing machine. I can’t remember the brand name of the rowing machine at our gym but it looks more compact than this Concept 2.

    1. Thanks sir for the informative comment and yes sounds like you have your workout under absolute control and as for the size of the concept 2 I guess you would have to ask is it a better piece of apparatus than the one at your gym?

      It may well be as for the price you certainly are not looking at junk as my review goes into detail of all of the benefits of using it!

      Thanks once more sir.


  79. Very good review. Me personally I’ve never heard of this workout method before. I use to be into workouts heavily. I just recently started back and I was looking for new things to try and things interest me.

    You gave a very clear cut review on what it is and its purpose. I will definitely look into buying one when I get the money. Thanks, I’ll let you know how it goes for me.

    1. Thank you very much and yes it is a good honest review and you are most welcome indeed. I tried to list everything that was known about the Concept 2 rowing machine, that the perspective buyer would wish to be made aware of!Please keep me posted of your progress

  80. Hi Simon,

    I found your review very interesting, I really liked the reading! I was just looking for a workout machine to make some exercises from home and to tell you the truth, I’ve fed up of home bicycles and other machines that I’ve seen so far. The rowing machine seems to be a high-quality tool!
    Few question if you don’t mind:)

    1) Is the rolling machine good for the back because I don’t see any back support or it doesn’t matter?

    2) Which of them would you suggest for a family including children 12 and 14 years old?

    3) What is the time limit guarantee?

    4) Is there a shipping out of USA?

    Sorry for all these questions and thank you in advance!

    1. Firstly let me say a big thank you for your comment and to answer your first question itIS specifically designed for people with a bad back. Most rowing machines are low to the ground but the Concept 2 is tall for one of these pieces of apparatus! It is actually around the same height as a normal chair so you should have absolutely no problems getting on and off it at all.

      For this reason, I would go with the model E as the model D is much much lower than this one as this was taken into account whilst they upgraded it. I have said the length of time for parts and labour etc etc in the review.

      Long warranty of 2 years and 5 years on a vast majority of the parts.And with regards to shipping all I am aware of is that it does certainly NOT ship to the UK.

      Where are you based and I will gladly find out for you, no problem madam.The Model D is covered by a limited 5-year warranty on the frame and 2-year warranty on the PM and moving parts.The frame on the model E is for 2 or 5 years. It will last 5 so I would suggest this one.They have built a product that is easy to repair for the at-home user.

      So if any issues come up after the warranty expires, spare parts are both affordable and easy to install.I am still looking for that shipping info for you Daniella, I will contact you!

  81. Great article on the rowing machine. Seems like something I would want to try out as well. Currently I just have a bike at home, but I think a rowing machine would work too. Thank you for the tips. Are there anything else that I need to ask the salesperson when I purchase a machine?

    1. Thank you very much for reading my review on the concept 2 and doing it in such a positive manner! Well, no not really as I think that I hae covered everything in my review that a buyer needs to know

  82. lifebeginswithyourhealth

    Thank you for sharing the comparison in these two rowing machines, I have seen rowing machines are becoming very popular even in the home to workout and maintain people’s health recently. This does look like a fine high quality exercise machine, I have a question about why is rowing machines better then any other exercise machine for weight management?

    1. Sir firstly I must say a big thank you for taking the time out to write your comment and the concept 2 I would say although it is at the high end (price wise) it truly is a great machine as you have read. Now, sir, to answer your question I refer you to this post.

      I remember reading it around 8 months ago and found it very useful indeed!

  83. Great review!

    I have never thought of purchasing a rowing machine for exercise!

    How many calories on average can be burned in 30 minutes of use? An hour?

    I really like how you point out the pros and cons of this product!

    I will definitely be looking in to adding a rowing machine to my gym!

    1. Thank you D.B and take a look at this formula it should help you. Well if you want VFM (value for money) then initially although it is a lot to pay out I really do recommend the concept 2 as it should give no zero problems and will last your lifetime!

      Men use the following formula:
      Calories Burned = [(Age x 0.2017) – (Weight x 0.09036) + (Heart Rate x 0.6309) – 55.0969] x Time / 4.184.
      Women use the following formula:
      Calories Burned = [(Age x 0.074) – (Weight x 0.05741) + (Heart Rate x 0.4472) – 20.4022] x Time / 4.184.

  84. So straight to the point, I like your post. It holds everything that the people would want in regular traffic, it shows the history, pros & cons, it has detailed pictures and videos, & it makes sense to your niche of course.
    I found the site very user friendly.
    Keep up the good work!

    1. Cool thank you for your kind words Josh they are appreciated and yes the concept 2 rowing machine really was an easy and interesting piece of apparatus to write about. Despite the price I think it is a lifelong investment but it is well worth every cent that is spent.

  85. this looks like some serious hardware for my bedroom, thank god they have made them changes as concept have really upped their game I was thinking about going to another brand but now im going to get this one

    1. Yes they certainly have upped their game with this concept 2 haven’t they. Higher, smoother with loads of linkable competitions too. A truly awesome machine I think!

  86. I have seen and tried other machines that are similar and I wasn’t a fan because it was boring! But according to your post, I see they have made some newer and awesome ones! Good post! You definitely pointed out some good pros and useful facts about the machine.

    It is also great that you know what the machine can do and the fact that you use it, is a big PLUS! If it helps me lose weight, why not right?! I will definitely be saving your site into my favorites so I can refer back to it for future use!

    1. Thank you very much, Crystal, and yes the concept 2 rowing machine model E is a big improvement on the model D with it’s linked playing on the computer to help combat boredom and keep you motivated to beat the other “Challengers”.

      It is also a very similar height to a standard chair which will make getting on and off it a lot less hassle than it was previously. Here is another one which you may be interested in

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