Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine Review

This is a good high end option to go with if you are looking for a smooth, reliable, and highly functional rowing machine. An air flywheel, a solid build, a good performance monitor, and much more all make the Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 a great rowing machine choice to consider.

Overview

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Main Features

The Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 has a good number of features that you are going to like.

  • Air flywheel with damper – adjustable resistance.
  • Fairly smooth and quiet.
  • Solid metal design – 500-pound weight limit.
  • Fairly lightweight.
  • Splits in half for easy storage.
  • Advanced PM5 monitor.
  • Comfortable 20-inch seat height.
  • Castor wheels for easy transportation.
  • Wide legs for stability.

Dimensions & Weight

The Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine is fairly big and bulky, not to mention quite heavy as well.

  • Length: 96 inches (244 cm)
  • Width: 24 inches (61 cm)
  • Seat Height: 20 inches (51 cm)
  • Weight: 65 pounds

Warranty

In case anything to do with the Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 breaks down, it comes with a limited 2-year warranty on all moving parts and a 5-year warranty on the frame.

Assembly

The Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 is very easy to assemble. Everything including connectors and tools are included in the package. It should take 1 person no more than 40 minutes to assemble, and much less if you have a second person helping you.

What We Like About The Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5

The Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 has quite a few features that we like, ones that you might appreciate too.

The Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 is very space friendly when it comes to use and storage. It is a little wider than some other rowing machine models out there, but when it comes to storage, there should be no problems. The Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 can split in half in the middle, which is great because it separates into 2 separate pieces to make storage a breeze. Even moving the Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 is easy thanks to the integrated castor wheels as well as the overall lightweight design of it.

People really like the Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 because of the PM5 monitor it comes with. This monitor has the ability to track things like heart rate, stroke rate, distance, duration, workout intensity and much more. This monitor is compatible with USB flash drives so you can export your workout data to keep track of your progress over the long term. The monitor itself comes with a backlight to make it easy to read in darker conditions. The monitor is placed on a long arm in order to keep it within easy reach, plus it even has the ability to wirelessly monitor your heart rate too. It features an easy to navigate software design with simple to operate buttons.

Something else that we really like about the Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 is the air flywheel and damper design that it has. Some people are not big fans of air flywheels because they are a little noisier than water flywheels. However, the big difference is that the damper on the Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 lets you adjust the amount of resistance you get. Instead of just paddling faster for more resistance, you can actually turn the damper by hand in order to increase or decrease resistance. The air flywheel is very smooth to use and has a good glide, plus some people like the fact that it acts as a fan to cool you down when rowing.

The other thing that we really like about the Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 is that it comes with a solid steel frame. This thing is very strong, yet also not very heavy. It has a 500-pound weight limit which should be more than good enough for anybody out there. On a side note, we also like the fact that the Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 has a 20-inch seat height, which is comparable to a normal kitchen chair. People like this because it seems to be quite comfortable when compared to models which are lower down to the ground.

What We Don’t Like About The Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5

Just to list a couple little bones that we have to pick with the Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5, here are a couple things which we don’t really like.

Many people note that the air flywheel resistance which the Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 features is fairly noisy. Listening to music or watching a television show while rowing with this thing is fairly difficult due to the level of noise it creates.

When assembled, the Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 does have a fairly large footprint. It requires a fair amount of space to use comfortably. It is not huge, but it is also by no means small.

Alternatives To The Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5

Just to give you a point of reference, let’s quickly compare the Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 to some of the other higher end rowing machine models on our list.

Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5

The Model E is of course just a slightly upgraded version of the Model D version. Most of the aspects are the same. The Model E, just like the model D, comes with a comprehensive PM5 monitor, it separates in half for easy storage, the dimensions are the same, and the air flywheel is the same as well. The main difference is that the Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 would appear to have a slightly stronger frame, plus a higher seat level, which many people find convenient. The Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 does therefore cost a couple hundred bucks more than the Model D.

WaterRower Club Rowing Machine in Ash Wood with S4 Monitor

The WaterRower Club Rowing Machine in Ash Wood with S4 Monitor is going to cost you a few hundred dollars more than the Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5. This is for good reason. Many people like the fact that the water flywheel used by this option is very quiet, even though the resistance cannot be manually adjusted like with the Concept2 Model E. Also, the WaterRower Club Rowing Machine is made out of wood instead of metal, which means that it is a little better looking, plus the weight capacity on it is just about double that of the Concept2 Model E Rowing Machine. There is of course also the fact that the WaterRower Club Rowing Machine cannot separate in half for easy storage.

Final Thoughts On The Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5

The Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 is definitely a great high end option to consider. Things like a manually adjustable damper and flywheel, being able to separate in half for storage, coming with wheels for transportation, and a high seat height for comfort are all things which make this item a good option to consider.

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