There are dozens of rowing machine brands available in the market. So, when you are going to buy the rower for yourself, you have to keep in mind that it’s matching your requirements. Below are some of the important aspects of the rower that you have to look into.
|Parameter||Concept2 Model D||Nordictrack RW 200|
|Weight||57 lbs||98 lbs|
|Dimensions||96" L x 24" W x 33" H||86.5" L x 22.0" W x 42.8" H (unfolded / out of the box)|
|Construction||This is made of made of aluminum front legs and has steel rear legs.||Frame is constructed of steel track. The rower has nylon straps.|
|Height of the seat||14 inches||14 inches|
|Seat type||Molded||Ergonomic, molded|
|Type of Resistance||Air||Air and Magnetic|
|Magnetic Resistance levels||0||24|
|Air resistance levels||10||10|
|Flywheel||Spiral dampener||Inertia enhanced|
|Footrest||Adjustable, Ergonomic||Adjustable, Ergonomic|
|User capacity||500 lbs||250 lbs|
|Handles||Adjustable, Ergonomic||Adjustable, Ergonomic|
|Handles type||10 degrees flex at the centre||Straight|
|Monitor / Screen||5 inches display (Performance monitor 5 - PM5)||Watts backlit display|
|Readings displayed||Calories, strokes per minute, distance rowed, time etc.||Watts, strokes per minute, total strokes, time, calories, and distance|
|Speakers||No||Two 2" speakers|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||No|
|Chest strap monitor||Yes||No|
|Storage||Separates into two pieces for easy storage||Can be folded in the middle|
|Warranty||Limited 5-years on frame parts and 2-years on other parts||10 years on frame, 3 years on parts & 1 year on labor|
|Maintenance||Medium.||Low on maintenance|
|Price||Under $1000||Under $1000|
|Online Reviews||Read Here||Read Here|
Nordictrack RW200 is cheaper and affordable, it costs around 800 dollars unlike Concept 2 which costs around 1800 dollars, therefore Nordictrack RW200 is fit for budget conscious users. While Concept 2 is lighter, 57.3 pounds, than the Nordictrack RW200 and is more capable in terms of technology.
Brand Value: Concept 2 is one of the most popular brands in the market. It has been making the rower for ages. Though if you are a beginner, it might be a little bit expensive for you. There are also affordable brands like Stamina, Xebex & Proform that you can choose from.
Comfort: Also make sure that the product that you are buying is comfortable in use. Not every rowing machine is suitable for each user. Check the weight capacity and if you are a tall person, check whether it’s suitable for your height or not.
Price: Now you can get the rowing machine starting from $100 to $3000. So check how much budget you are having and then buy the right rower accordingly. Though I would recommend spending at least $500. In this price range, you will get a decent durable rower.
Features: Also check, what all features that you are getting with the rower. Most of the rowers come with conventional features but if you really want some advanced features and budget is not an issue for you then you can go with the NordicTrack Brand.
Most of the time people buy the rower online. But, it is highly recommended to use th rower offline and then only go for it. Also check what kind of ratings the product has got and what reviews users have given.
So, let’s dive into the detailed review of Nordictrack Rw200 rower vs concept 2 and understand what is the difference between both the rowers.
Read the whole article thoroughly so that you have proper clarity about the product that you are buying. As these products cost hundreds of dollars, it would quite foolish to invest your money without doing proper research.
NordicTrack RW200 Rower Review
The NordicTrack RW200 Rower comes with the amazing build quality. They have been in this industry since last 50 years. It has a very solid build quality and its high durability makes it last for years without any glitch. It comes with an oversized steel rail and welded steel frame. You also get good warranty period and 30 days money-back guarantee. Even though you are a heavy person, you can easily row on it without worrying about vibration. All the parts of the machine like handles, footrest, strap are of good quality. So, if you are looking for remarkable performance, this product is for you.
This machine is suitable for normal size users. But, if you are a tall person, you might have some problem using this rower. Its weight capacity is 250 lbs which is average. There are other models in the market which come at a lower price but better weight capacity.
Control Panel is one of the important aspects of a rowing machine that you have to look into. It gives you an idea about its available features. Below are some of the data that you’ll get to see from the monitor.
- Strokes Per Minute (SPM)
- Watts (Power)
- Watts Meter
You can adjust the monitor based on your height. It comes with 4 D batteries or you can plug it into an outlet. There are some really advanced features that make this model stand out which is that it comes with speakers (Bluetooth Compatible), and auxiliary port for your headphones.
You also get 1 year free NordicTrack iFIT membership. The data is clearly displayed on the monitor. It has three windows; center, upper and lower. With upper Display, you will see the watts and strokes. The center will show the time and distance and the Lower one will show the calories. There are also different presets available that you can choose and do a specific workout.
Resistance Type & Damper Setting
This is an air and magnetic rowing machine. When you pull the handle, flywheel starts spinning which sucks in the air and creates the resistance. Faster the flywheel spins, more resistance it will create.
It also comes with a built-in damper setting option. You can set the damper from level 1 to 10 depending upon what kind of workout you want to do.
Concept 2 Model E Rower Review
Build Quality & specs
It comes with air/flywheel resistance which provides you the smooth rowing. The build quality of the rower is great and it is one of the best rowers in the market. It weighs around 65 lbs and its foldable size makes it compact and you can easily store it in a small place. Its user weight capacity is 500 lbs which itself gives you an idea about its durability. The rower dimensions are 95″ x 24″ x 30″ inches.
Maintenance & Warranty
It is a low maintenance rowing machine. If you use it properly, it will last for years without any glitch. It comes with five years of warranty on frame and two years warranty on parts and console. According to the Company, this rower is designed to give you the full body workout. Its flywheel is designed to give you smooth operation and minimal noise. It is very portable and you can break down it in two parts for moving one place to another.
Model E comes with PM5 monitor where you get all the data that you need to know about your workout. Though its LCD Screen is not very fancy but it is sturdy. Below is the available data that you get in the screen.
Strokes per minute
There are also some games available that you can play and have fun while doing a workout. One of the most popular games is Race boat and its users really love to play.
We compared all the different features of both the models that you should know. Certainly, there is a difference between both models. Concept 2 Model comes with some extra features that make it a bit pricey. If you are looking for a rower for commercial use or more than one person is going to use it then Concept 2 could be the right fit. But, if you are a beginner and want to have more fun while the workout, then RW200 is the right choice for you.
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