Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine Review

The Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 is a great high end rowing machine option to go with. A smooth and quiet glide, being highly adjustable, being easy to store, and coming with a great performance monitoring system, the Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine is definitely worth the investment.

Overview

As you can see from this video from the manufacturer, the Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine is really quite the amazing indoor rower. It has a great many features which make it one of the best options around.

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Main Features

  • Flywheel design for minimum noise and a smooth glide.
  • Performance Monitor 5 for accurate and comprehensive monitoring.
  • Nickel plated chain.
  • Separates into two pieces for easy storage.
  • Adjustable footrests.
  • Ergonomically designed handle.
  • Castor wheels for easy transportation.
  • 500-pound user weight limit.
  • Bluetooth smart connectivity for heart rate monitoring.
  • Wireless capabilities for machine to machine racing.

Dimensions & Weight

This is a high end rowing machine and it is definitely pretty big. It’s not like you will require a whole new room in your home for it, but it is not exactly space friendly either.

  • Length: 96 inches (244 cm)
  • Width: 24 inches (61 cm)
  • Seat Height: 14 inches (36 cm)
  • Weight: 57 pounds

Warranty

When you buy such an expensive home workout machine, you do want some assurance that you can have it repaired or replaced when something goes wrong. The Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine has a 5-year warranty on the frame and a 2-year warranty on all moving parts.

Assembly

Assembling the Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine is not hard at all. It takes most people anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes for full assembly. All you really need to assemble this beast is a screwdriver to connect the main parts. All parts, such as screws, are included for assembly. Some people have noted that some screws are hard to get to with the screwdriver but other than that, there should be no problems at all. You can actually pay an extra fee to have it professionally assembled, thus saving you the time and energy.

What We Like About The Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine

The Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine has a few really neat features that absolutely need to be mentioned.

One of the best features of the Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine is the Performance Monitor 5 that it comes with. The display itself is a high-quality LCD display which has backlighting for dark conditions. You will never have trouble reading this display, which is an obvious bonus. This Performance Monitor 5 lets you track various types of data such as distance, speed, pace, calories burned, and watts. This monitor, along with its preset features, allows you to engage in preset workouts, games, and lets you choose from multiple languages too. The PM5 is also compatible with wireless heart rate monitors, machine to machine racing, and can be connected to handheld smart devices too.

Something else that we really like about the Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine is that it is made with a flywheel and damper. The flywheel design allows for a very smooth glide every time, not to mention that it is fairly quiet as well. The damper allows you to easily adjust the resistance you face with the simple turn of the damper wheel. This thing provides you with a smooth rowing experience no matter how high you set the resistance.

You are also going to like the fact that the Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 is highly adjustable and quite comfortable to use as well. The adjustable footrests can be adjusted in order to fit any size feet, thus making this rower ideal for virtually any size of person. Moreover, the ergonomic handle is very easy to hold, comfortable, and will provide you with a solid rowing experience every single time.

One of the things that you will like about the Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine, especially if you are limited in terms of space, is its advanced storage capabilities. The Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine easily separates into two individual pieces so you can store them in some pretty small spaces. Moreover, the front of the Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine comes equipped with castor wheels so you can easily move it from one place to another without having to lift it up every single time.

The Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine is made out of solid materials, has a very durable frame, and has a 500-pound user weight limit so even the largest of people can use it without fear of having it break or come apart.

What We Don’t Like About The Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine

As is the case with anything that can be bought, there are always going to be some things which we don’t like so much.

Although the special flywheel design does make it fairly quiet and smooth, there are rowing machines which utilize water or magnetic resistance which are quieter.

The Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine has an inability to program various resistance levels for a comprehensive workout routine. The adjustable resistance mechanism forces you to manually adjust the resistance when you want it to change.

Alternatives To The Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine

For one reason or another, not everyone is going to like the same things. So, here are a couple of good alternatives to the Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine which you can look at.

WaterRower Club Rowing Machine in Ash Wood with S4 Monitor

​This is a slightly more expensive alternative to the Concept2 Model D. It is going to cost you around $200 more, but it does also have some neat features. Instead of air powered flywheel resistance, the WaterRower Club Rowing Machine in Ash Wood with S4 Monitor uses a water flywheel for resistance. This is good because it tends to be quieter than an air flywheel. This thing does weigh about twice as much as the Concept 2 Model 2, mainly because it is made of solid wood, which is not necessarily a bad thing because it looks very nice and is extremely durable too. On the other hand, instead of a PM5, it only comes with a Series 4 performance monitor, which is slightly less comprehensive than the PM5.

Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5

This Concept2 Rowing Machine is pretty similar to the other Concept2. In all reality, the Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 is just an upgraded version of the Model D. It has many of the same features as the Model D, such as the nickel-plated chain, flywheel resistance, the ergonomic handles and adjustable footrests, plus the Performance Monitor 5 as well. One of the main differences, besides the Model E costing a few hundred bucks more, is the height of it. The seat height on this version is 20 inches, as opposed to the 14-inch seat height of the Model D. Other than that, there is no real difference, besides the fact that the Model E looks a little better and sleeker than the Model D.

Final Thoughts On The Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine

The Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 is a nice high end rowing machine option. Yes, it might cost you a little bit more than some other models out there, but the investment is definitely worthwhile. It is a solid rowing machine that is convenient in terms of storage, it has a reliable resistance mechanism, and it is fairly easy to assemble as well. This is a good rowing machine for anybody who has a few extra bucks to spend and wants to make sure to have a quality item in the home.

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