This came and it was very easy to put together. I was able to put it together at night while others were sleeping in 26 minutes. The hardest part was getting it out of the box. Lots of styrofoam. I have used rowing machines at the gym. Those machines give a full range of motion and my arms come all the way to my chest. That being said, I am 5'2 and the handles do not come all the way to my chest. The bar reaches full length at about 5 inches from my chest. I do not recommend this one for someone who is tall. It is easy to use and folds up very quickly. It is not whisper quiet. It is quiet, but you still hear the sliding noise of the seat. I can use it in the living room while others are asleep and they have not noticed yet. The foot pedals are on a single pin and they do rotate if you are not paying attention to them. The tension seems to work well. It is a stronger tension then the rowing machines at my gym, (either they are old or...) My daughter who is 7 uses this and has no problems with the mechanics of it.