Top positive review
Overall Good Value
Reviewed in the United States on June 27, 2018
Pretty Good overall. The unit is solid and feels well designed. The unit assembles easily enough, they provide decent assembly instructions. I was a little dismayed at first, one of the sub-assemblies was actually missing - specifically, the arm the foot pads attach to wasn't present in the box. The good news is that their customer service was excellent - a real person answered the phone, I told them the part that was missing (using the part numbers from the instructions). He knew exactly what I was talking about, and had an order confirmation for shipping me the part in my inbox inside an hour. A little bonus was that Amazon had registered my customer details into the Xterra Fitness system - my warranty was already in place.
The unit rows smoothly, and its pretty quiet. I work out in the morning, in the basement, before my wife wakes up. She says she cant hear a thing, sleeps right thru my workout. I cant complain about the motion - its not as seamless as a higher dollar rower, but its definitely a good fluid motion overall.
My only real gripes (which are covered in other reviews) is that 1. the resistance is a bit low, even at the highest setting. It takes me a good 10 minutes to break a sweat. Maybe 20+ min before Im hitting a real burn. But, Im 6'1, and primarily lift weights, so I probably generate a bit more force than the average user. All in all, a rower is for cardio, not strength training - so I suppose Im getting picky. Gripe 2 is the computer. I wish it was able to calculate distance. It shows strokes, time, and a generic calorie counter. I kinda wish it was able to do distance too, as I dont think it calculates the calories piece accurately - the numbers seem very optimistic in my experience. Again, Im probably being picky since time under tension/elevated hearbeat is probably more important than distance anyway. More resistance and a better computer would get it to 5 stars.
For a budget rower, it does exactly what it says it does, which is nice. Whats more important is that for a budget rower, the construction is probably better than I expected.