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Kettler Kadett Outrigger Style Rower Rowing Machine

by Kettler
3.8 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews
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  • Rowing machine to help you stay in shape and train in your own home
  • Outrigger style rower simulates actual water rowing, resistance setting from 1 to 12
  • Training computer provides info on time measurement, number of oar strokes, speed of strokes, distance covered, and more
  • Program for desired distance covered and stroke speed, visual and audio signals
  • 250-Pound weight capacity, measures 49 x 31 x 10-Inch
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Product Description

Product Description

Rowing is a particularly balanced form of training which exercises all the main muscle groups and increases personal stamina and endurance. In addition, rowing stimulates the matabolism and raises the oxygen content of the body. The many benefits for both strength and general fitness combined with the natural sequence of movements make rowing one of the most effective types of exercise. The KETTLER® KADETT is fitted with rowing arms, hydraulic resitance system, and a special outrigger design which is now featured on many boats. Fitted with easily understandable display electronics which give the user information on important data such as number and speed of strokes and the pulse rate during exercise.


Stay in peak shape and train in your own home with the Kettler Kadett rowing machine. With the special outrigger design's circular movement, the Kadett closely simulates the actual process of rowing on water. It features two hydraulic cylinders with the ability to set force resistance on a scale of 1 to 12, and a comfortably ergonomic seat with smooth running rollers mounted on rails. It also has moving foot plates with adjustable straps, folding oars with continuous force adjustment, and an anti-slip base that protects the floor.

The Kadett is outfitted with a training computer that provides info on time measurement, number of oar strokes, speed of strokes, distance covered during training session, total distance, energy consumption, and pulse rate. You can program settings for desired distance covered and stroke speed and receive visual and audio signals when you've reached your goals. It has a 250-pound weight capacity and measures 59 x 67 x 18 inches.

Rowing is an especially balanced form of exercise that involves all the main muscle groups and increases the efficiency of the heart and circulatory systems. It also encourages the metabolism and raises the ability of your organs to absorb oxygen.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 59 x 67 x 18 inches ; 64 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 67.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0008G2V76
  • Item model number: 7977-900
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,852 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Customer Reviews

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I initially tried to order my Kettler Kadett from a company called Mercantila, a.k.a. Rowingmachines.com. It was a complete disaster and nightmare including some false advertising, trying to cover up some mistakes on their part which caused about a month of delays, some horrible customer service (or lack thereof), some false charges, and a lot of headaches. Eventually enough was enough and I wound up ordering it directly from Amazon, which cost me a few bucks more, but was well worth it.

The machine comes mostly disassembled and took about an hour and a half to put together. There were a few confusing moments as the instructions are only pictures and no text, so making sure you have the right part takes a little extra focus. It came with all the tools necessary except an allen wrench which was necessary for one small thing.

In terms of overall quality, it's very high. I'm not concerned about this thing breaking, nor does it rattle or have ill-fitting parts. That said, the housing for the computer is a little wimpy and doesn't attach very securely to the main body as I've knocked it off a couple times. A small piece of tape at the base has kept it firmly locked into place since.

Some people have complained about the location of the straps on the foot plates. I actually find their location ideal, although they do tend to loosen themselves during a workout. I made a trip down to the store and bought some velcro which I sewed onto the straps. It took 15 minutes to do and I now have the best foot straps in the world.

The best thing about this machine, and the reason I bought it, is that it REALLY DOES in fact mimic an actual rowing motion.
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well, after reading that many positive reviews, I decided to buy one.

delivery and assembly were flawless.

There are some strange things about this piece of equipment, however.

1. all the labels on the equipment are in German. Not a problem for me, because I am a German living in the States. Must be strange for locals, though.

2. the pulse meter is completely inaccurate. I was rowing like mad to get my pulse into my aerobic zone (130). Once I was exhausted and double-checked with my chest-strap based other pulse-meter, I was already beyond 150, when the Kettler thing still showed only 110. If you don't want to kill yourself, don't use the built-in pulse meter.
Besides, I hate having a cable dangling at my ear while rowing.

3. at the beginning of my 2nd training session, when I tried to fix my shoes with the 2 tapes which were provided for this purpose, one of the plastic rings broke. It is made of such a cheap material, it cannot last for long.

4. I can't prove it, but I have the strong impression that I have to apply different levels of power on the right vs. the left handle, no matter to what "level" I set it. I always have the feeling, that I have to pull a lot harder on the right side than the left. That does not feel good.

5. it is not as quiet as I expected it to be. The rowing motion is ok. It is the sliding seat which I am worried about. So far, my wife doesn't complain when I use it at 6am in the morning. Still, I think, this is an area of potential improvement.

Would I recommend it to a friend? no.
At this price range, I would not have expected those kind of flaws.
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The Kettler Kedett rowing machine is an amazing piece of equipment. I unpacked mine last night and despite missing a washer and having to wade through 90 minutes of assembly instructions, I was impressed from the very start.

From the solidity and the perfect fit of the parts, it is clear that this machine is the product of German engineering. I haven't seen anything so well designed in years. Each part fits well, tightens nicely and still rotates or slides with ease. The machine is sturdy, sits well on carpet or hard flooring and easily folds into a compact shape when not in use.

A workout on the Kadett is better than any workout I've ever experienced, aside from rowing or kayaking. The motion is very realistic, with nothing to distract one beyond the small chirping of the pistons and the occasional knock of the seat against the front of the rail. It is easy to close my eyes and imagine myself rowing down a quiet river. The entire experience is more like meditation than exercise -- the perfect way to start, or end, a busy day.

After a 45 minute workout, I wasn't sure that I had really gotten a particularly strenuous workout. Then I stepped off the machine and realized that my legs were like rubber. It was that subtle.

I highly recommend this machine to anyone looking for an alternative to the ordinary. The full-body workout provided by rowing is a beautiful thing. The price is less than most elliptical trainers, the unit weighs only 66lbs, and it gives your arms a workout too! I can't say enough good things about this machine.

Happy rowing!
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Although there have been some reviews complaining about the item, I did not find any of the problems mentioned. I will go over a few thing in order to help future buyers, as there is some inaccurate information in some reviews.

First, the manual does contain instructions in English, it can be found on any page marked with a GB (Great Britain) at the top. It is true that there is no written paragraph next to the assembling pictures, but they are very easy to follow. The only issue you might come across is the way you install the rowing hands. My suggestion is to place them onto the locking arms without actually installing them, you will quickly realize if you have them backwards (the piston has to compress when you pull rather than extend).

Second, the adjustments on the pistons are not off as some people have mentioned. There is a patent number stamped onto them with a triangle background. The tip of the triangle will point toward the number you select and this way the resistance is equivalent. Where some folks went wrong is simply looking at the piston from the top. By doing so, they see different numbers on each of the two units and this completely throws them off. Just look on the side where the patent triangle is located and match the numbers, you will feel the same resistance throughout.

Lastly, this item is NOT a regular rower, this type of rowing is called SCULLING. If you want some excellent advice on sculling technique, body position, arm and leg extension, wrist position, and proper catch/pull/release, you need to take a few minutes and go to [...] (click on "how to scull") and read the instruction by following along with the pictures.
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