This rower is compact and not too heavy, makes it easy to move around. It is easy to assemble. And it has its own app to track your workout. The customer service is good, at beginning the motion detector didn't work, they sent me a new one right away. Overall, it is a good buy for this price.
Package arrives as expected. Assembly was not complicated but not minor. It is small enough to fit in the corner of my room and not take iver the space. Some minor difficulties with the app and ensuring it links when using it. But only “lost” recording one workout early on. The Fitbill app is adequate for what I was looking for. Nothing great but ok. The seat “stroke length” is good for about 5’9” person (~31 in legs). If you are taller then you will hit the max pull stop before full leg extension. It’s still ok, my 6’2” son uses it fine, but he isn’t going hard core on it. The quality seems ok for medium use, some fittings are loose, the seat likes to wobble a bit. Likely won’t last for long term hard core usage, but this definitely hit my needs for the price point. Overall I’m happy.
I really like the phone stand that comes with the rowing machine, I can watch video while working out. it does not take too much space in the apartment, but if not using, i suggest take the phone stand out and put it under bed or against wall, because the phone stand can't flod
Fitbill has made a real effort here to create a usable product that can be sold at a reasonable price.
My Stamina Air Rower rowing Machine broke down after many years of use. I was in the market for a new machine. The Fitbill rower specs caught my attention. Dual hydraulic cylinders closely model actual rowing on water. The bluetooth interface was interesting too. (You use your own smartphone or tablet device as display - No display included with unit.)
Good quality build and reasonably good fit and finish. I could finish the assembly in under an hour, using my own power screw-driver. However, this is a "value" product, and that does show in some aspects of the product.
The included magnetic mount worked well for my smartphone, as I already had the magnetic mounting patch on my phone for car use.
Will this rower hold up under years of use? Don't know yet.
Requests for improvement to the manufacturer: --------------------------------------------------------------
1) Please include 8 nylon washers in the bundle. -- I added these to the 8 supplied main bolts. The clunk-clunk feel went away. It feels much more solid and smooth now.
2) Please improve the included user manual/assembly instruction to be comprehensive, including the installation and use of the bluetooth interface.
I had to figure out that the usb connector seen hanging out of the base rod assembly must be for plugging into the white bluetooth interface module. It was not stated anywhere in the documentation.
3) Please improve the "fitbill" smartphone app to be more user friendly. Currently, if you stop rowing for even thirty seconds, it assumes that the current rowing session is over and forces you to re-start the stroke & time counting from "0:00".
I am 65 years old and I have emphysema and COPD. I made a decision that I am going to be the healthiest I can be despite the health problems. I started out on this row machine two weeks ago and I had to stop after 2 minutes. I am up to 10 minutes as of today and I feel you get an all around body workout with this rower. The price is right, it’s easy to put together and it is improving my stamina.
Recommended by my physical therapist, I got this rowing machine as part of in home exercise for strengthening. I’m not a workout expert but only got this one because of the design, hydraulic roller system and APP support. The whole thing took me about 30 minutes to put together, it’s more compact than I expected which is nice since it doesn’t take up too much space. The hydraulic roller work surprisingly smooth and quite. The APP helps me to keep track of my exercise, although some improve would be nice. Overall, I’m pretty happy with my purchase and it does help on my muscle strengthening.
I do like this machine a lot and get a great well-rounded workout, but there are just a couple things I wish were different. As far as the pros: it's pretty durable and strong. It has a lot of parts but was pretty straight-forward to put together. The resistance level can be adjusted pretty easily and it is capable of the extremes - very easy to extremely difficult. I think it's nice that they have an app that accompanies the machine and it works well to track your workout. Some people have commented that their feet don't stay in the holders but I have had absolutely no problems whatsoever.
As far as the cons: There isn't really a good place to put the module that tracks your rowing movement and sends out a Bluetooth signal to connect to your phone. If you put it where the instructions say, it just ends up falling off when you're rowing. The front of the rower is light enough so that when you are rowing and at full extension, it can lift slightly off the ground. The feet of the machine could have probably been a softer plastic or rubber, because it slides quite a bit while rowing if you're not on carpet or some other non-slip surface. The seat has a sort of spring-like system to it so that when the seats goes back, it wants to pull itself forward. The problem with this is that when you stand up from the machine following your workout, the seat shoots right into the back of your heels and then flies into the front of the machine. It would have been nice if it had no spring or locked in the back position when you stand up from it.
All in all, it's great and the cons/design flaws would NOT have prevented me from buying this if I had known ahead of time. The key is, it provides a great workout and that's what I was looking for.
Easy to install as some of the parts are pre-assembled, even though the manual can be improved with more labels on the parts. Overall good quality. The hydraulic tension system works surprisingly well, with resistance adjustable by moving the clamp location. Connect to the fitbill app through bluebooth. Really love the apps as it helps to track the workout. I am also using it together with the Rower app on my apple watch to monitor heart rate. Easy to store after the work out, as it can be positioned upright against the wall, which takes up very little space.
We are most happy with the FITBILL rowing machine, which is sturdily- and well-constructed, durable, reliable, compact, and provides plenty of resistance, and is an excellent value for the relatively low price (compared with other rowing machines). The only improvement that we would recommend would be to improve the seat glide system. The seat glides on four rollers that roll on the upper-outside corners of a rectangular hollow-steel tube, but tends to be wobbly and sometimes temporarily sticks/jams. However, the value from the low price of this unit FAR outweighs this limitation. We do not presently use the FITBILL app, preferring instead to not attach the stalk that would support the phone in favor of a more compact unit for ease of storage when not in use. Overall, the unit is very good, and we are most satisfied with the purchase. We purchased the FITBILL rowing machine after having purchased – and then returned – a considerably more expensive Stamina Avari Programmable Magnetic Exercise Rower, the latter of which had been purchased based upon a recommendation at www.rowingmachineking.com. The resistance of the Stamina unit was virtually nil over all levels and seemed to decrease with speed. Presumably the unit was defective, but pity the poor Amazon and UPS employees who had to lug this 70+ pound bulky package. Before deciding on and purchasing the FITBILL machine, we had considered a number of other models. We had been inclined to purchase a Water Rower, but then saw negative reviews about potential fatigue induced cracking of the water chamber (resulting from repeatedly changing from vertical storage to horizontal use), and one person had indicated that the foot rests were too close together for people with knee problems. To the benefit of Water Rower, we were told by a person who owns and uses one that they had no problems and were satisfied. We had also considered a Concept D, which was reported to be the most durable, but were disinclined to purchase this because of the space requirements, and the reported noise level from air-resistance rowers. We had also considered the NordicTrack rowing machine, which, according to the specs and a NordicTrack representative, is a strictly magnetic resistance machine, but we were off put by the fact that it is adorned with hardware that gives the appearance of being an air-resistance machine – which is it, air or magnetic? All of the above units were also substantially more expensive than the FITBILL rower, and substantially heavier and bulkier. We then considered hydraulic rowers, seeking a reliable unit that would provide adequate resistance. We were reluctant to purchase a hydraulic rower that used a single cylinder with hydraulically controlled resistance, because of a concern about reliability. The FITBILL unit uses two hydraulic cylinder dampers, each with fixed damping resistance, wherein the resistance of the machine is readily adjusted by adjusting where the dampers attach to the arms, which would seem to be substantially more reliable than a single, hydraulically-adjustable damper. FYI, I am a professional engineer.