Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine Review

Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine Review

The Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine has always been liked by both commercial gym owners and home gym owners alike. This rowing machine is one of the few that is very popular despite the fact it is a high-end machine. Gym owners know it worth and that is the reason why they choose to have it in their fitness club and so do individuals that can afford to have it in their home gym as well.

If there is anything like ‘’near perfection’’ the Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine is close to that description.Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine Review It has got top quality construction with great and useful features that could help anyone achieve fitness goals in no time.

This rowing machine’s popularity is so unique that 93% of its users gave approval rating of 5 out of 5 while 4% gave 4 out of 5 and 2% gave 3 out of 5. Now, do the math, basically, 99% of its entire users that cared to review this product on Amazon approve of it and will recommend it.

It is very easy to see the reason why this machine is so accepted and cherished by many that have the opportunity of owning one.  However, there is yet another model of Concept2 that share a lot of similarities with the Concept2 Model E Rowing Machine which is the Concept2 Model D Rowing Machine. The Conept2 Model E is kind of an upgrade of Model D because there are few key elements that are available in the former than the latter; however, both are loved by their users.

If you are a professional athlete, an amateur or just a beginner that wishes to get in shape and lose tons of calories this machine is just perfect for you.  Nevertheless, the question in your mind right now may be does this machine worth the price tag? Does it live up to the hype that has broadcast aggressively? These concerns still bring us back to the usual questions asked by any person that wishes to purchase any product and not just the Concept2 Model E Rowing Machine.

We hope to clarify and provide answers to your questions by the time you are done reading this review.

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The Frame

The Concept2 manufacturer has been known for producing quality equipment and they are based in Vermont, USAConcept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine Review. They are behind the manufacturing of the Concept2 Model E Rowing Machine making sure they rub off their trademark of solidity on it. This is rowing machine has got commercials construction that leaves it to be a solid rock machine that can withstand multiple-users in a gym club and hard use.

This can be seen from the customer behavior because almost all it users have these to say ‘’Easy to assemble, great design and feels good to workout’’, ‘’too much to say, but nice’’, simply put, any other machine on the market is a waste compared to the Concept2. I am a 62 year old with seven stents, and I returned to this wonderful machine in the last two years. I can row 1500 meters in less than 54 minutes. You only need the Concept2 for cardio and weight loss. If you are gym member and you ride a bike or climb stairs, stop wasting your precious time and just row on a Concept2. If you are shopping for gyms and they don’t have Concept2 machines, go somewhere that has them.’’ End of quote.

The list goes on and on with the positive appraisal of this rowing machine by satisfied users. Click right here to read the Amazon customer reviews to further enlighten you.

It is constructed to support up to 500 pounds maximum user weight capacity and has a pretty large size of 9 by 4 feet, however foldable and breaks into two for storage. It has also got caster wheels that aid in relocation easy as a piece of cake.

The frame is built to last that a particular said ‘’it is built like a tank, designed to last a lifetime-Made in the USA’’. This is not just mere hype but reality, this machine is one of the strongest rowing machine available if not THE ONLY strongest rowing machine available.

It has a design that makes the rowing machine’s height (seat) to be of the same with the chair height thus making it a lot easy for users to get on and off the machine without any stress. This is especially helpful if a user has some sort of issues with the joints or surgery.

The Seat/Comfortability

The seat is well contoured to fit users butt and it is made of hard plastic. It is built on a monorail that is silent when working out. A user can comfortably watch a TV show or listen to music without getting any annoying interference from noise, not even the one that comes from the resistance.

However, some users have expressed the concern that the seat is not all that comfy and therefore could be remedied by using a seat cover. One would expect that a rowing machine that is this expensive should come with a very comfortable seat, but this has never been a big problem for almost every user because they ended up rating it highly.

The Flywheel and Damper

The rower responds to every effort you make on every stroke which allows you to have total control of your exertionConcept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine Review and resistance at all times. This is so because the spiral damper allows you to quickly adjust the airflow to the flywheel so that you can change the feel of the stroke that suits your preference.

The overall design of the flywheel also overwhelmingly reduces noise while it increases the smoothness of your workout.

The Resistance

The resistance is very effective and can be adjusted manually to an extent. It can be adjusted to light (rowing downstream) to moderate (rowing in the water). However, the real challenging workout comes when you row with speed (upstream).

There are 1 to 10 ‘’drag’’ adjustment by the right side of the flywheel, which some have argued that it is the resistance while some users have the opinion that the ‘’drag’’ knob/lever adjusts the time to coast to a stop in order to allow more or less fresh air to hit the fan.

Unfortunately, it is not stated officially by the manufacturer if it has any level of resistance. But it makes a lot of sense that the faster you row the harder it gets and the slower you row the easier your workout gets as this is air type of resistance.

Overall, users have expressed satisfaction with the result they get from the Concept2 Model E Rowing Machine.

The Monitor

The Concept2 Model E Rowing Machine comes with an advanced and sophisticated monitor called the performance Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine Reviewmonitor 5 (PM5).  This monitor is very rich compared to what you can get from other rowing machines. You can easily see the workout data just at a glance as it has a high-quality readability as the backlight increases the visibility even in a poorly lit room.

It is easy to use and very durable as well.  With the PM5 you can view workout data such as the speed, distance, calories burned, watts, and pace. It is compatible with a USB flash drive which allows you to store your workout data easily and moreover, you can wirelessly monitor your heart rate as well.

The monitor is positioned on a longer arm which makes it accessible and reachable by the user.

The machine comes with a heart rate chest strap that will enable you to monitor and maintain your target heart rate zone at all times.

There 5 display options available for you to choose from, which are, All data, Large print, Bar chart, Force Curve, and Paceboat/Pacer.

You can use the ‘’just row’’ option to launch a workout session that is without any training specifications or parameters.

There is also the ‘’select workout’’ that enables you to select a workout from the different workout options available.

You also have the option of using a game and there are 4 of them available, namely, target training, darts, fishing, and biathlon.


When it comes in terms of storing the Concept2 Model E Rowing Machine it is pretty easy to store despite the fact it is not a compact machine reason being that it has the ability to fold up in half or two and thereby reducing the assembled size by half. It is also pretty easy to relocate because it comes with caster wheels that make relocation a hassle-free task.

This machine can easily be stored in the basement but according to the users, this is not a machine you would want to be storing away after every workout session because it is a pretty big machine. Therefore, have it assembled where you will not have the need to fold it up and move for storage.

However, it is not impossible to fold up and relocate for storage especially if you need the extra space when the machine is not in use.

Approval Rating

Both the Concept2 D and E models have received a tremendous amount of positive reviews and rating. The Concept2 Model E Rowing Machine is a little bit expensive than the model D. They both are applaudable thus the extreme positive feedbacks and reviews by actual users.

They are commercially made a rowing machine with quality next to its name. They both have good workout features that are geared toward helping you to achieve your fitness goals quickly. However, as aforementioned, the model E has extra few features than the model D.

As a matter of fact, due to the near perfection of these rowing machines, it is difficult to see any serious drawbacks in them.

Click here to read more feedbacks and reviews from Amazon customers.

But What Are the Real Drawbacks?

We are really searching hard to find something more serious and negative side of this rowing machine.

Well, we do know that some users have complained about the seat being too hard but not enough to disapprove of the machine.  And maybe the size of the machine is a little too large, but how can one construct a quality and sturdy machine without really making it big?

We do not really know exactly what to say it is the real drawback seriously.

Features/Pros Overview

  • Quality and highly sturdy rowing machine
  • Advanced and sophisticated performance monitor 5 (PM5)
  • Uses nickel plated steel chain as the chord material
  • The chain chord is enclosed
  • Available in two color Black and grey
  • The frame is double powder coated with a glossy finish
  • It is foldable (able to fold in two)
  • Has caster wheels for easy relocation
  • Has adjustable footrest and ergonomic handle
  • Supports up to 500 pounds maximum user capacity
  • USB compatible and can save and transfer workout data
  • Has got a monorail that glides smoothly with seat
  • It has 20 inches seat height that allows users to easily get on and off the machine
  • There are preset workouts, games and multiple languages
  • HR chest strap is included
  • USB flash drive is included
  • Click here for the user manual pdf


  • It is an expensive rowing machine but worth the price
  • Not great for individuals with space problem because it is bulky but folds up for storage
  • The seat can be discomforting but still not really a serious problem because you can get to use to it over time or better still can use a seat cover to improve the feel.

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Product Specifications

  • 96’’ Length
  • 24’ Width
  • 20’’ Height
  • 54’’ Monorail length
  • Supports up to 500 pounds user weight
  • Weighs about 65 pounds


  • 5 Years on Frame
  • 2 Years on Parts
  • Plus 30-day money back guarantee

Shipping, Assembly, and Maintenance


The shipping cost of the Concept2 Model E Rowing Machine totally depends on the retailer you are purchasing the machine from, nevertheless, Amazon provides free shipping and delivery usually takes about 3 to 5 days.  Amazon also has excellent customer service support that is readily available to respond to you whenever you call on them for assistance.


The assembly of this machine is said to be relatively easy to do. It comes with an instruction manual that could you walk you through the process of assembly with illustrations included. It will take less than an hour to fully assemble because major components are preassembled therefore reducing the number of parts to be assembled by you.

You can download the assembly manual right here.


The machine is almost maintenance free because you don’t really need to carry out any serious or major maintenance except to always keep it clean from dirt and sweat and periodically apply oil on the chain that is attached to the handle which you pull during a workout. Use a rag or paper towel to apply the oil.


There is no atom of doubt that the Concept2 Model E and Model D are both high-quality indoor rowing machines. If you choose to purchase either of them you will not have any cause to regret ever doing so. The Model E is, however, a little bit expensive and has a little more features than the Model D.

The experiences of those that have used these rowing machines are outstanding.  As a matter of fact, one user, in particular, caught our attention with his review/feedback when he says thus ‘’this is the best investment that I’ve ever made in a piece of exercise equipment. It will literally last a lifetime.’’

If you intend to use it for longer workout session then probably you may have to consider using a seat cover for the seat or replacing it entirely with a tractor seat if you don’t mind the extra cost.

If you purchase a tractor seat then you will have to remove the standard seat and install the tractor seat from underneath the monorail (that is the instruction).

If you are interested in replacing the standard seat with the tractor seat, please read this user’s feedback to enlighten you more.

If you do have more questions please do not hesitate to ask because we shall be very glad to respond accordingly.

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