Concept2 Rowing Machines Review

Concept2 Rowing Machines Review

Concept2 rowing machines are one of the best rowing machines in the market today. Recognised as the standard for indoor training and these machines can be found in most gyms.

Concept2 Indoor Rowing Machine
Benefits of Using Rowing Machines

Research has shown that rowing is one of the few workouts that engage most major muscle groups. The rowing motion forward and backward trains the core area and lower back while pushing off works the calves, shoulders and quads and pulling the handle towards your chest tone the biceps and back.

Concept2 rowing machines deliver an effective cardiovascular performance, increase fitness level and tone physique. It is great for all levels, from beginner to more experienced athletes.

Concept2 will help tone your upper and lower body as well as promoting joint health from the rowing motion. It is an overall efficient and effective workout most exercise equipment cannot provide.

Why Choose Concept2 Indoor Rowing Machine?

Concept2 machines are built to last, the company has been making indoor rowers since 1981. Buying a Concept2 means a solid investment into excellence.

The company pride themselves as having a dedicated and outstanding customer service and after sales support.

There is also an active online community of Concept2 users for you to join in, encourage one another or exchange tips.

Buying a Concept2 Rowing Machine?

Before investing in a Concept2 rowing machine you will need to consider these:

  • How much space you have
  • Effectiveness of the workout
  • Your budget

There are a few types of Concept2 Indoor Rowing Machine hence it is important to understand the differences between these models. The design specifications of each model makes it ideal for certain people with different fitness goals.

Concept2 Model D Review

The best selling model from Concept2, though the cheapest among the 3 models; Model D provides everything you need for a great workout at the comfort of your home.


Concept2 Model D is an air rower which is popular among CrossFit athletes and regular rowers. An air rower is the closest simulation to rowing on water and is the smoothest of motion. They are however slightly noisier than water models.

The level of resistance is determined by the rowing intensity, meaning you have control over your workout.

Through the damper settings from 1 to 10, you are able to change the feel of your rowing. 6 - 10 gives you the feel of a slow and heavy boat while 1 - 5 gives you the feel of a sleek and fast boat.


The high-tech PM5 (Performance Monitor 5) is loaded with options, it tracks distance, speed, pace, calories and heart rate for detailed training feedback. You can select from five -re-set workouts if you want to, alternatively you can choose to customised a workout routine. PM5 also has a USD drive that saves and store date of your workout.

Comes with
  • Model D User manual
  • Performance Monitor Quick Start Guide
  • Tools and illustrated assembly instructions
  • Cheapest among the 3 models
  • Can be separated for easy storage

Cannot adjust the seat height

Concept2 Model E Review

If you like to sit higher while doing your rowing workout, then Model E is suitable for you due to its increased seat height. This higher seat height makes is easier for individuals with limited mobility, flexibility (with knees or hips), difficulty with balance or getting on the machine from a wheelchair.


Concept2 Model E is an air rower similar to Model D.


Concept2 Model E uses PM5 like Model D.

Comes with:
  • Model E User manual
  • Performance Monitor Quick Start Guide
  • Tools and illustrated assembly instructions
  • High seat improves manoeuvrability for some users
  • Can be separated for easy storage

Cannot adjust the seat height

Concept2 Dynamic Review

Instead of sliding your seat, your feet will be doing the sliding when you are on the Dynamic unlike Model D and E. There is minimal body mass movement to maximise core stability during workout. It is best suited for kayakers.


Concept2 Dynamic is an air rower similar to Model D.


Concept2 Dynamic uses PM5 like Model D.

Comes with:
  • Dynamic Indoor Rower User manual
  • Performance Monitor Quick Start Guide
  • Tools and illustrated assembly instructions
  • Closest match to rowing on water
  • Uses Dyneema which is 15 times stronger than steel

Cannot be separated for storage

Comparing the Differences in Concept2 Models

All the 3 Concept2 models are similar in these:

  • Easy to start
  • Durable and made to last
  • Uses air resistance
  • Maximum weight limit of 500 pounds
  • Option for team training
  • Warranty - 5 years for frame and 2 years on monitor and moving parts

However, each model is made different to cater to different physical needs.

Here is a table to show the differences in their prices, dimensions, style etc for all 3 models.

Model DModel EDynamic
PriceAround $900Around $1,100Around $1,400
Seat Height14"20"21.5"
Overall Length96"96"76"
Machine Weight57 pounds65 pounds92 pounds
Colour OptionsLight gray or blackLight gray with dark blue trimLight gray with dark blue trim
Chain/CordNickel-plated steel chainNickel-plated steel chainHigh strength Dyneema drive cord
Chain/Cord HousingPartially enclosedFully enclosedPartially enclosed
Support LegsAluminium front legs, steel rear legsWelded steelWelded steel
Monitor ArmABS plastic. Pivots for storage and to adjust monitor height. Monitor angle can also be adjusted.Fixed monitor arm made of aluminium. Monitor angle can be adjusted.Aluminium. Pivots for storage and to adjust monitor height. Monitor angle can also be adjusted.
Exterior FinishPowder coatDouble powder coat with glossy finishPowder coat
StorageSeparates into two parts for storageSeparates into two parts for storageCannot must separated
NoiseNoisy but designed to be quietNoisy but designed to be quietNoisier than Model D and E

We highly recommend Concept2 Rowing Machines if you are looking for a solid and reliable rowing machine from a reputation company. You will definitely get the most out of your fitness workout.

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