The Concept 2 Model D Indoor rowing machine is a commercial-grade rower that is so affordable it makes a great investment for home users. This is considered by many to be the best rower ever built, and is the same one you will find in health clubs, university gyms and professional sports team facilities.
The Concept2 Model D has a self-calibrating LED Performance Monitor that displays readouts for distance, speed, pace, calories, and watts, with five display options for rowers including all data, force curve, rowing with a pace boat, bar chart, and large print. The new advanced PM5 monitor can receive wireless heart rate readings for accurate measurement.
Let's take a look at the specs...
Every Model D indoor rower comes with the new PM5 Performance Monitor that powers up as soon as you start rowing. It is the same monitor found on the up-level Model E.
It shows you distance, pace, calories, speed and watts with 5 different display options to choose from. It's very easy to read and easy to use, so there's no learning curve as there is on many other rowing machines.
Some of the new features not found on previous versions of the monitor include Bluetooth Smart wireless heart rate monitoring (you'll need to purchase the strap separately) and a USB flash drive to store and transfer all of your workouts to your computer.
The Concept 2 Model D indoor rowing machines also include fun little games you can play while you work out as well as the ability to race with other users.
The rower needs a 9' by 4' space and has a user weight capacity of 500 pounds while weighing just 57 pounds. At-home assembly is easy with the illustrated instructions, and it has castor wheels so it is easy to move and store.
This indoor rowing machine is maintenance-free and doesn’t have much on it that will break, but Concept2’s customer service support isn’t some manual-trained phone worker overseas; the tech support is supplied by in-house rower and oar service technicians.
The Model D closely mimics the feel of rowing on the water. It is very smooth both in the glide of the seat on the aluminum rail and stainless-steel track and the pull on the chain connected to the flywheel. While it isn’t noiseless, it isn’t loud either.
The padded handlebar feels very comfortable whether your hands are large or small. The large footplates have heel cups so your feet don’t slip down, and Velcro straps that comfortably fit over the top of the foot.
This is an easy review because we are familiar with the Concept 2 Model D indoor rowing machine and use it at a local health club (no, we aren’t lucky enough to own one – yet!).
It is a guilty pleasure and we love rowing on it. It is the choice of rowers for high-end health club facilities, so you know it’s a quality piece of equipment.
You can take a look at the light gray and black models on sale for under $1,000 at Amazon to decide which one appeals most to you.
They also have the best prices and they can help with expert assembly if you need.
Lastly, there are over 1,400 customer reviews that you can read through to get a clearer picture of what makes these rowers so great.