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- Displays 6 functions simultaneously: Time, Distance, Energy Consumed, Strokes, Pulse Rate and Frequency; Includes a recovery feature which provides a cardio wellness grading indexed 1 to 6 to track improvement
- Two industrial strength hydraulic pistons provide resistance which can be adjusted by repositioning the piston's clamps to the various knurl marks on each rower oar
- Resistance levels can be set to any one of the 50 knurl marks on each oar to provide a wide and challenging range of resistance
- Biomechanically correct footplates offer a natural pivoting action providing a full longitudinal rowing motion; Thick, padded seat with sealed ball bearings glides smoothly along a steel track
- Includes an infrared earlobe clip sensor to measure pulse rate electronically; LCD display requires 2 "AA" batteries, has a weight capacity of 285 lbs.
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Included Pulse Reader
Includes an infrared earlobe clip sensor that measures pulse rate electronically.
Kettler Favorit Rower
The Kettler Home Exercise/Fitness Equipment: Favorit Rowing Machine is an excellent option for improving one’s muscular and cardiovascular health. A thick, padded seat with sealed ball bearings glides smoothly along a steel track for ultimate comfort. With this affordable, yet high quality rower, there is no more excuse to not start working out today.
High Contrast LCD Screen
LCD displays 6 functions simultaneously - Time, Distance, Energy Consumed, Strokes, Pulse Rate, and Frequency.
Two industrial strength hydraulic pistons provide resistance which can be adjusted by re-positioning the piston's clamps to the various knurl marks on each rower oar.
50 Resistance Levels
50 Resistance Levels.
Resistance levels can be set to any one of the 50 knurl marks on each oar to provide a wide and challenging range of resistance.
Biomechanically correct footplates offer a natural pivoting action providing a full longitudinal rowing motion.
Quality You Can Feel
Since day one Kettler has proudly designed and manufactured their products in their own facilities in Germany. This allows Kettler to produce at an unmatched level of quality and provide customers innovative durable products at great value, ensuring years of fun.
Six Way Welding Robot
The welding process is fully automated by our high-precision robot arms. Every tubing part is welded together using full circular welds, applied at the exact right temperature and speed to ensure maximum durability and longevity of your fitness equipment.
State of the Art Powdercoating
Our tubing is painted with a special electrotherm powder coating process, eliminating the need of harmful solvents, making it a safer product for your family. Made durable to last, the powder coated paint is UV and impact resistant to prevent it from chipping.
Throughout the world Kettler is one of the popular brands in leisure furniture, fitness equipment, table tennis tables, bicycles, and children's outdoor toys. In 1949, a young Heinz Kettler started a small enterprise in his hometown of Ense-Parsit, Germany. Since that time, Kettler has grown from a small factory into a world-wide manufacturing and marketing organization employing over 1500 people. Kettler products are now sold in over 60 countries around the world. Even after 60 years of growing, Kettler continues to manufacture products in Germany.
The Kettler Home Exercise/Fitness Equipment: Favorit Rowing Machine is an excellent option for improving one’s muscular and cardiovascular health. The LCD display displays six functions simultaneously: Time, Distance, Energy Consumed, Strokes, Pulse Rate and Frequency. The display also includes a recovery feature which provides a cardio wellness grading indexed 1 to 6 to track improvement. Two industrial strength hydraulic pistons provide resistance, which can be adjusted by repositioning the piston’s clamps to the various knurl marks on each rower oar. The resistance levels can be set to any one of the 50 knurl marks on each oar to provide a wide and challenging range of resistance. Biomechanically correct footplates offer a natural pivoting action providing a full longitudinal rowing motion. The thickly padded seat has sealed ball bearings that allow it to glide smoothly along a steel track. An infrared earlobe clip sensor measures user pulse rate electronically. The LCD display requires two "AA" batteries that are included. The Kettler Home Exercise/Fitness Equipment: Favorit Rowing Machine has a weight capacity of 285 lbs.
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In the mid 1980's I purchased a $300 hydraulic, Precor portable rowing machine which I used daily for over twenty years, it was sturdy and, apart from oiling it never needed any repairs. It still worked when donated donated before last state move! The Kettler Favorit is not as sturdy or fluid as the old Precor.
My biggest complaint about this rower would easily be the seat. I literally can't sit on this thing. I need to put a throw pillow under my butt, or I just can't handle even 10 minutes on it. I am unsure how it is so bad, as looking and pushing down on the seat with my hands, it seems like it should be fine, but it is atrocious. Also, maybe it is just me, I can't figure out how to turn the computer off besides just taking the batteries out. The computer, when not in use, switches to a "temperature mode", so basically the thing is always on, and the batteries (2 AA) die within 2 weeks, and that is kind of annoying. However, you can be fine without the computer, so I am not factoring that into my rating, but I did want to note that on here.
What I like about this machine is that it was relatively cheap, compared to other rowers with good reviews. It does not take up much space. I use it where I keep it, but it would not be a big deal to pick up and store in a closet everyday if I wanted to do that. This machine is very sturdy. This is made out of metal, and I can imagine it holding up for many years. The pistons, however, I am unsure about. Not saying in anyway that they are bad, but if anything on this machine breaks down, it would be the pistons. However, so far they are holding up just fine. Other reviewers have complained about how to set the resistance. Although I agree that it is not the best way to do it, that is one of the features that is keeping this thing cheap, and, at least for me, it is not really a problem, just a feature that could have been done better (but for this price, probably not).
Bottom line: Comparatively cheap, gives me a solid 10-15 minute upper body workout, records my pulse rate, is very durable and is easily moveable.
After three weeks, I can see and feel a difference in my upper torso. I am happy.
1. Serious: adjusting the rowing resistance is hard. This is especially inconvenient if two different people (e.g. a man and a woman) are using this machine routinely.
2. Moderate: the Joule meter does not measure any energy indeed; it only counts strokes and applies some magic coefficient to this count, no matter what resistance is set.
3. Minor: Some noise sometimes sounds from the hydraulic cylinders and then disappears. Do not know the cause. If this is a manifestation of a coming breakdown, then oh, sh*t.