The Kettler Stroker Rower sits right in the middle of the company's lineup, with enough features and capabilities to make it a good value at around $699 on sale.
You get a nice, bright LCD display showing you six workout functions: time, strokes, cadence, distance, heart rate and kilojoules. Resistance is provided via a magnetic brake system.
Let's take a closer look at the specs...
The Kettler Stroker Rower & Multi-Trainer gets good reviews from experts and users, and offers a smooth, natural rowing machine through its magnetic resistance system.
It's relatively easy to put together...about a half hour to an hour if you are good at following directions.
You get a nice LCD display which incorporates a heart rate recovery feature with a grading system. A wireless chest strap is also included for more accurate readings.
You have a nice thick padded seat, pivoting pedals and a sturdy, folding steel frame.
One of the unique features on the Stroker Rower is the fact that it comes with attachments that enable you to do 10 additional workouts on top of the rowing motion. This is a nice touch for those who want to target other muscle groups, or just change up their routine from time to time.
Any negatives? Many users have mentioned in reviews that the computer is not the most accurate, but that is typically the case with the lower and mid-priced rowing machines. As such serious rowers might have a problem with it.
Another issue is size. At 86" it is quite long (compared to the popular Kadett at only 59") so if space is a concern this one might not work for your home gym.
Some people have had some issues with the heart rate monitor, but replacing the batteries often solved the issue.
All in all, consumers seem to be pleased with the Kettler Stroker rower...it provides a good workout and the quality is good enough to last for years with regular use.
Kettler has been making rowing machines for a long time, and they seem to have it down at this point. All of their rowers get very favorable reviews and overall users are quite pleased with their purchases, save for a few minor complaints here and there.
Take a look at the Favorit and Kadett as well in this price range, as those two are quite popular as well.
The Stroker Rower is a solid mid-priced machine, and you'll likely be pleased if you decide to purchase this one.
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