Top positive review
Overall Good Value
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.