Can the Xebex Rower Challenge the Concept2?

The Xebex Rower is one of the newer machines on the market today, a high-end air resistance rowing machine that bears a very close resemblance to the popular Concept2 Model D.  

But how does it stack up against the perennial favorite?  Let's take a closer look...

The Rower

The Xebex features heavy duty metal construction, with a silver monorail and black flywheel, supports and seat.  It has a large LCD display with all of the relevant workout mterics.

Here are some of the best features....

Xebex Rower - 2017 Version 2
  • Unlimited Air Resistance
  • 10 Damper Settings
  • Padded Seat/Handlebars
  • 12 Workout Metrics
  • Plenty of Workout Programs
  • Deluxe pivoting heel rest
  • Maximum User Weight – 500 lbs
  • Weight: 95 lbs.
  • Folding Frame with Transport Wheels
  • Warranty: 5 year frame, 2 year parts

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The Buzz

Xebex Rower Console

The Xebex Rower is manufactured by a company called Get RX'D, a designer and seller of a diverse line of products from weightlifting to gymnastics to strength training. You may not have heard of them, but they have been in business since 1985.

The main question that many people ask is:  how does the Xebex Rower compare to the Concept2, as it looks very similar and has a lot of the same features...it appears as if it were specifically built to go head to head with the enormously popular rowing machine.

In many respects, the Xebex Rower does a very good job.  It is very well built and sturdy.  It has a 500 lb. max user weight, as does the Concept2.  It offers 10 different damper settings, like the Concept2, which controls how much air is let into the flywheel.

The seat height is 20", which makes it more similar to the Concept2 Model E than the Model D, which has a 14" seat height.  The Xebex is much heavier than both Concept2 models, at about 95 lbs vs. 57 lbs and 65 lbs.  So it is a little less portable, although it does fold easily and include transport wheels to move it from one place to the next.

The Xebex Rower is similar in length and width, with a 55" monorail, slightly longer than the 54" monorail on the popular Concept2 Model D and Model E.

So as you can see the features are very similar between the two brands, and both are commercial grade and well designed.  The motion of the row is also very smooth and natural on both.  The Xebex has a little more padding on the handlebars, and a slightly more padded seat.

One of the negatives that comes up in a lot of Xebex Rower reviews is the fact that the computer is a little hard to program.  There are a number of workouts built into the console, but many users have found it difficult to navigate, and have opted for the "Just Row" option.

What about price? The Xebex Rower costs about the same as the Concept2 Model D, but it includes a number of free items with your purchase.  So the machine itself is less expensive, but with the "free" items it works out to about the same overall price.

Get RX'd throws in a free back saver pad, EZ speed rope, a 15 lb. Slam Ball and a 20 lb. Wall Ball, to give you other workout tools besides the rower itself.  This is a very nice touch, and nice things to have in your home gym when you want to change it up a bit.

All in all the Xebex Rower looks like a nice option, although we still think the Concept2 is a better rowing machine overall.

What We Say About the Xebex Rower

So what's the verdict here? If you're looking for a high-end air rower, this one might be a good option for you.  It is well-built, smartly designed and will give you a great, natural feel workout.

The seat is high up off the floor for easy access, you have 10 different damper settings to change the feel of the workout, you have some good programming built in and you get a few extras thrown in for free with your purchase.

As far as the Xebex Rower vs Concept2?  It's really a personal choice.  Read through all of the reviews and decide which one most appeals to you.  As we mentioned, we lean towards the Concept2 but that's just because it's been a favorite of ours for years...we're stubborn when it comes to our rowers!

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Our Expert's
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Concept2 Model D

OVERALL WINNER

The top choice of professional rowers and health clubs, a quality piece of equipment and a great investment for your home gym.

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The WaterRower Natural rowing machine is a stunning piece of fitness equipment and offers an amazing simulation of the feel of on-the-water rowing.

Best Budget Rower

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BEST BUDGET ROWER

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Best Rower Under $300

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