Kettler Favorit Rowing Machine Review

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kettler rowing machineRowing is an excellent and harmonized form of exercise. It involves all the main muscles and promotes heart health. The Kettler Favorit rowing machine is in a class all its own. This machine has all the right features. This includes a comfortable, ergonomic seat and two hydraulic cylinders that provide continued resistance to sculpt and define your body. This machine will instantly become your best fitness friend.

You may have read a Kettler Favorit rowing machine review or two but all that aside, this is what you need to know. The Favorit has folding oars with steady force and pivoting foot plates. There’s also an anti-slip base that helps protect your floor. This smart machine includes a training computer to provide information on: time, speed of strokes, oar stroke quantity, distance traveled during session, total distance covered, pulse rate and energy used displayed in kilojoules for a precise measurement. Settings can be programed for stroke speed and distance covered. You can also change settings to alert you with visual and audio signals when you’re goals have been completed.

Other specifications include: a ball-bearing mounted roller seat, LCD display, a stride length of 15 inches or more, maximum weight capacity of 285 lbs and a display monitor indicating; distance, calories burned, number of strokes and time elapsed. And let’s not forget about the ear lobe clip that monitors your hear rate. The Kettler Favorit is a quality, German built and manufactured, practical rowing machine for the serious rower. It measures approximately 49 x 31 x 10 inches and weighs 50 lbs.

Most people will try out a rowing machine only to give up 10 or 15 minutes later due to exhaustion and aching of the arms. This type of exhaustion can be avoided by simply sitting correctly on the machine. The raised seat rail permits you to get on and off more easily and features gravity-assist return which allows for a natural seat motion. And there’s no need to rotate between displays; the performance monitor shows 6 readouts at the same time.

You may have noticed the Kettler Favorit costs a bit more than some other rowers cost. That’s because this machine’s frame has been professionally built piece by piece with parts exclusively manufactured by Kettler in Germany. So you’re getting a powerful, professional and durable machine.

Once you get your machine you must follow the instructions when putting it together. The only negative we found about this machine is that the instructions are not very comprehensive. Luckily they do include lots of pictures and diagrams of the bolts and such for visual aid. Making sure the machine is properly set up is crucial to its functionality. I must admit I had a little trouble at first. Some people make the mistake of using the bolts in the incorrect spots; this will affect the resistance.

Kettler LCD DisplayOnce I took my time and double checked the instructions, the machine was all set up; it didn’t take too long. Realistically, set up shouldn’t take too long because it’s partially assembled when you receive it. All you need to do is attach a few parts, which is easy.

This machine is a fantastic supplement to my usual workout routine. My previous machine didn’t last very long, about 18 months, before it fell apart. I guess that’s what $200 buys you. After doing my research I learned that the nylon wheels on the underside of the seat can develop flat spots due to excessive wear. This is common with cheap rowers so quality was a priority this time around. These flat spots cause noise and vibration as the seat moves forward and backward.

You’ll be so glad you got a Kettler. I have heard so many people complain about how quickly their cheaper machines degrade within a few weeks of use. Problems with other machines like joints leaking oil or the wheels breaking are not a worry with the Favorit. This is fine German manufacturing at your fingertips. This rower is quiet, it practically hums, and is built to last.

Giving you the option for an aerobic workout, the lowest setting is relatively easy. Even at this setting the resistance is good. Its solid and compact and at its highest setting it delivers a great workout. One other thing to note is that the computer measurement can not be changed from kilometers to miles but you get used to it pretty quick so its not that big of a deal. A plus I just have to mention are the rotating grips. You don’t see these on most other rowers, especially on ones of a lower caliber.

This quiet dual-piston rower gives you a continuous, fluid workout with superb stability so you can stay in excellent shape, train at your convenience. If you’re looking for a top quality rowing machine go with the Kettler Favorit.