Rowing Machine is one of the most popular workout equipment which helps you in losing calories and burn fat. Today in this article, we’ll compare Concept 2 vs Xebex Rower based on different technical aspects. We’ll also dive into what are the things that you have to keep in mind before buying a rower.
Read the whole article carefully as these rowing machines cost hundreds of dollars and it would be quite foolish to do the investment without doing proper research.
Concept 2 uses the monitor which is more updated in terms of technology unlike Xebex Rower which uses a fundamental monitor to display parameters. While Xebex Rower is heavier than the Concept 2 model and is tested for 10 lakh strokes with the help of a robot.
|Parameter||Concept2 Model D||Xebex Rower|
|Weight||57 lbs||95 lbs|
|Dimensions||96" L x 24" W x 33" H||99.0" L x 20.0"W x 45.0" H|
|Construction||This is made of made of aluminum front legs and has steel rear legs.||The whole machine is made of heavy-duty steel, high-grade aluminum, and durable plastic. The material varies from part to part.|
|Height of the seat||14 inches (maximum)||20 inches (maximum) off the floor. This is an excellent feature for taller users.|
|Seat description||Molded. The seat is ergonomic.||It is in the shape of a bucket and has thick padding. The seat is soft and has rimmed edges.|
|Type of Resistance||Air||Air|
|Resistance levels||10. With these settings from 1 to 10, you can control the amount of air.||10. With damper settings between 1 to 10, the amount of air can be controlled|
|Footrest||Footrests are adjustable and ergonomic. Here, you need to slide and align the footrests in the proper holes||This model employs a one-touch design for adjusting footplates. This allows easy switching between different users.|
|User capacity||500 lbs||500 lbs|
|Handles||Adjustable, Ergonomic||Adjustable, Ergonomic|
|Handles description||10 degrees flex at the centre. Here, the handles are made of a semi-soft rubber material. The handles are harder than Xebex.||The handles are made of foam grip material.|
|Monitor / Screen||5 inches display (Performance monitor 5 - PM5). Currently, this is one of the most powerful monitors in the market.||Here, the monitor used to be very basic but with every upgraded version, you get to see improvements.|
|Readings displayed||Calories, strokes per minute, distance rowed, time etc.||Time, distance, watts, calories, heart rate, etc.|
|Flywheel||Spiral dampener||The flywheel design is such that it produces a smooth feel and minimizes noise|
|Chest strap monitor||Yes||No. You'll have to buy separately.|
|Storage||Separates into two pieces for easy storage. T can also be stored by standing it up on one end.||This machine can be folded into half. Doing so reduces a lot of floor space required.|
|Built-in programs||10||A range of programs including Quick Start, Competition Racing, Interval/Tabata, Target Time, Target Distance, Target Calories, Target Strokes, Target Heart Rate, and more!|
|Wheels||Yes. The inclusion of wheels makes it very convenient to transport from one place to another.||4 built-in caster wheels. Because of them, carrying from one place to another is no more a concern.|
|Assembly required||Yes (minimal)||Yes. The assembly process is not complicated at all.|
|Length of the monorail||54 inches||55 inches|
|Warranty||Limited 5-years on frame parts and 2-years on other parts||Limited 5-years on frame parts and 2-years on other parts|
|Money back guarantee||Yes. This comes with a 30 day money back guarantee||There is no money back guarantee here|
|Price||Under $1000||Under $1000|
As these rowing machines come in various sizes; some could be smaller and some could be really big in size. So, firstly think about the space that you have having at your place so that you can easily store it once you have made the purchase. Also, a few rowing machines are very bulkier in size which makes it really difficult to move it from one place to another.
When it comes to the price of rowing machines, it can vary from a hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. So, if you are a beginner and looking for a rower for a single user then you can find a decent rowing machine in $500 range. But, if you are an advanced user and want something for commercial purpose the be ready to spend around $1500.
Also decide what is the purpose of buying a rowing machine. There are different rowing machines for personal use and commercial use. For personal use, any rower would do. But if you are looking for commercial use that several people are going to use then you have to be very careful before making your choice.
There are several types of resistance that each rowing machine comes with. It could be air, hydraulic, water or magnetic. The smoothness and noise level majorly depends on type of resistance. If you want the rower with very less noise then a magnetic rower could be the right choice for you.
XEBEX ROWER REVIEW
Xebex has been making cardio equipment for the last 30 years. They make a variety of equipment which includes indoor bikes, treadmills, rowing machines and more. They have good customer service and their products are known for their high performance and durability.
Xebex Rower comes with the great build quality. It is heavy and has a very stable base. The rower is around 110 pounds and you don’t feel the vibration while using it. You also get around 2-inch ground clearance with the rower that makes it very easy to use. You can easily get on and off the rowing machine. It also has comfortable padded seats so that you can use it for a longer duration without feeling pain in your butt. It is also easy to fold and becomes compact once folded which allows you to store it in a small place. It comes with 5 years of frame warranty.
Easy to Use
The rower is very straight forward to use. Make sure that you go through the user manual properly before you start using the product. You also get a damper setting that allows you to change the resistance from 1 to 10 at your disposal.
Here, you get large monitor with big buttons. There are several programs that allow you to set distance, time and calorie burnout. It is also heart rate monitoring compatible which gives you better clarity about your workout. Below is the workout data that you get in LCD Monitor.
- Heart Rate
Pros & Cons
- It comes with a heavy duty 110lbs which makes this rower suitable for commercial and home use.
- It comes with 55 inches long monorail which makes it suitable for tall people.
- Damper Setting allows you to set the air resistance at your level and change the intensity of your workout.
- It is chest strap heart rate monitoring compatible that you have to buy separately.
- You get all the necessary equipment with the product. You don’t have to buy anything separately.
Concept 2 Model D Review
Concept 2 is the king of the rowing machine. They cover most of the rowing machine market in the world. Concept 2 Model D comes with air resistance that gives you smooth performance and you don’t feel any kind of jerk even when using at very high intensity. According to the users, it gives you proper simulation as if you are rowing on water. Let’s dive into some of the important aspects of this model.
Build Quality & Specs
The rowing machine has solid build quality. You will find these models all over the world because of their high durability and reliability. This model will last for years without too much maintenance required. The seat is very comfortable and you can use it for a longer duration without feeling pain in your butt. It weighs around 57 lbs and capacity is upto 500 lbs which is remarkable. Its dimensions are 96″ x 24″x 28″ inches. All Concept 2 Models come with 5 years warranty on frame and 2 years on moving parts.
Performance & Monitoring
As I have already mentioned that it comes with air resistance that provides you a smooth performance. It auto adjust the damper based on what speed you are rowing.
It comes with PM5 console which switches on automatically once you start rowing. What i really appreciate that you can store the data in the USB and later on do the analysis in your system. You get all the information like distance, calories, strokes per minute, time and more.
Pros & Cons
- It is available in two color variant which is silver and black. You can go whichever you like the most.
- You can also select the number of screens for data visibility that gives you better clarity.
- It is also very easy to assemble. Once you receive the package, you can assemble the whole machine in just 20mins.
- It comes with air resistance which produces very less noise. So, the person sitting next door doesn’t get disturbed.
- There are also various games, workouts and sessions that adds fun to the rowing experience and you don’t get bored while using it.
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