Concept 2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine
In this article we are looking at the Concept 2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine. The most advanced of the home rowers but it’s also the one with the biggest price tag. This one is the next rower up from the Concept 2 Model D rower that we have already reviewed.
So what is the difference between the two and why does the Model E rower cost more?
There are a few differences but really it is because the Model E is the most advanced home rower on the market. In fact you will not find a better rower outside of the gym and this is better than most gym rowers too. I would say that the Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine is for advanced users that need to get the edge in their workout or they need something really heavy duty or as close as you are going to get to the real thing.
The first noticeable difference is that the Model E rower will sit higher up off the floor compared to the Model D and for a rough guide it works out at about 20 inches above a normal dining room chair.
You also get a really advanced PM4 Performance monitor with the rower and the monitor arm is fixed on the Model E. You will find that on the Concept 2 Model D it pivots and moves around.
As well as this you get a rechargeable battery pack and a Garmin chest belt so you can monitor your heart rate.
So the main reason why it is more expensive is because it is as close to rowing as you can get without actually doing it.
The model is super solid and is more heavy duty than all of the rowers we have looked at before. You also have the flywheel design which gives enough resistance for anyone and it is super quiet. Surprisingly, even though this is a heavy duty home rower it will separate into 2 parts for easy storage.
You can also have a maximum user weight of 500 pounds!
The PM4 Monitor gives you a ton of features that include automatic start, you just need to start rowing and it will fire up on its own. You have all of the basics and it will track distance, speed, pace, calories and watts.
You also can pick what you want displayed from five options: All data, force curve, rowing with a pace boat, bar chart and large print.
Another interesting feature is that you can transfer the data to a PC or a MAC using the USB interface. You also get preset workouts and a game that is called the FISH game to keep the rowing fun. The heart rate monitor is built in and you just need to put on the Garmin chest strap and it will monitor your heart rate wirelessly.
We recommend this rower if you want the best money can buy!
It is as simple as that!
There is not a better rower on the market but it does come at a price!
Check out the Concept 2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine below:
By Randall J. Pederson:
I have owned two Concept 2 rowers, the Model C and now the Model E. I donated the Model C to my parents when I “ascended” up to the Model E. Without doubt, Concept 2 has produced the world’s best rower. It’s built to last a lifetime of private use. Read More At Amazon.com…
I ride dirt bikes, and this machine offers the perfect workout for the areas I need help with most. Shoulders, Back and Arms. Some people say the legs get a good workout as well, but I would say that is not the case. Very little benefit to the legs, but it is easy on the knees.
Overall the Concept2 Model E is a great machine. I am glad I chose this over the Model D just for the higher stance, PM4 and maintenace free (except for oil) chain. The machine came delivered in two boxes, both of which were pretty beat up when they arrived, but nothing was damaged.
Putting the machine together took me about 30 minutes, and the instructions were OK. For the money I paid for this machine, I was hoping for a little bit better overall quality. Some of the screws did not line up really well with some of the holes for assembly. I may have even stripped one trying to get it in there, but it seems to be holding on ok. Also there is more plastic than I thought there would have been. The two main parts of the rower join together with a plastic fitting, which did not really snap together as I thought it should. This fitting I think should be metal for a more solid, secure and lasting fit. So far no problem with the plastic fitting though, but I never take it apart and stand it up either. Read More at Amazon.com…
Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine
customer satisfaction9.5 /10
Quality of workout10.0 /10
- Extremely well built
- one of the best warranties in the business
- best home rowing machine money can buy
- Easily separates for quick easy storage
- holds up to 500 lbs no problem
- a little bit pricy
- should have a bit less plastic