Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine

concept 2 model d rowing machine review

With all the different rowing machines currently on the market, choosing the best is hard to do. We tested out many different machines before we made our purchase.

Out of all the different machines we tried, we decided to get the Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine and we are glad we did.

Here, we are going to answer some important questions, compare this model with the Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine and look at the pros and cons.

Does it have a Good Consumer Rating?

Actually, it has an amazing consumer rating. On Amazon, it currently holds 4.9 out of 5 stars (that’s hard to do). Some consumer statements include “I love this machine because it offers a full body workout” and “This is one of the best rowing machines I have ever tried.” When there are a lot of happy people, the product is obviously good.

Is the Concept 2 Model D Quiet?

It is pretty quiet. While you are rolling back and forth on a bar, there is very little noise. When you place the rower on carpet, you will have little (if any) vibrational noise. The only noise coming from this machine is the wind.

Can You Set the Resistance on this Machine?

Yes, setting the resistance on this machine is easy. You have a dial called the “damper.” You can use the damper to set it between 1 to 10, depending on the type of workout you are going for.

Is This Model Easy to Store?

You can easily separate the machine into two separate pieces, making it easy to store.  Most of all, due to the quick-release system, no tools are required. It has caster wheels on the front, making it easy for you to move the assembled machine.

Concept 2 vs Stamina BodyTrac 1050

Let’s compare some of the features of this relative expensive rowing machine vs a cheaper but still solid version:

  • Comparing the Footrest
    Many individuals are complaining about the footrest on the Stamina Body Trac Glider because their feet keep slipping off during their workout. With the Concept 2 Model D, the footrests are adjustable and can accommodate a wide range of sizes.
  • Comparing the Seat
    The seat on the Stamina Body Trac Glider isn’t well padded. However, the seat on the Concept 2 Model D is well padded and comfortable.
  • Are They Both Quiet?
    Actually, no. The Concept 2 Model D is quiet when in operation. However, the Stamina Body Trac Glider isn’t very quiet – it squeaks until it warms up.
  • Comparing the Consumer Rating
    While the Concept 2 Model D has a consumer rating of 4.9, the Stamina Body Trac Glider has a consumer rating of 3.8.

When looking at these two machines side by side, it is obvious that the Concept 2 Model D is better than the Stamina Body Trac Glider.

The Pros and Cons

In this section of the article, we are going to take a close look at the pros and cons of the Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rower.

The Pros

  • Easy to Use – This rower is simple and easy to use. The flywheel can provide a challenging resistance, which you can easily adjust based on your fitness level.
  • Easy to Assemble – The instructions are easy to follow.
  • Doesn’t Take Up Much Space – This machine is great for apartments.
  • Low Profile – The machine has a seat height of 14”.
  • Adjustable Footrest – Perfect for different sizes.
  • Ergonomic Handle – Makes it easy to grip.
  • Comfortable Seat – The comfortable seat makes it easier to exercise.

The Cons

Honestly, this machine has practically no cons. We only find two users reporting problems. The first problem was the delivery process, which has nothing to do with the machine and the second problem was an issue with separating the rower into two separate pieces to store it.

In conclusion:

The Concept 2 Model D has a very high rating and is recommended by trainers and athletes alike. Indeed, when you use this machine, you can expect to see visible results after the first couple of weeks.

One customer claimed to have lost nearly 40 pounds after a couple of months of using the machine, without changing his diet. This machine is designed to take abuse day in and day out as it has been designed to last. If you are looking for a sturdy piece of equipment at a good price, the Model D would be the perfect choice for you.