Stamina Air Rower (Black, Chrome) Review

Stamina Air Rower

The Stamina Air Rower , (available in the colors black and chrome) is slightly bigger than entry level rowing machines such as the Body Trac Glider 1050 or the 1205 Precision but it is a foldable rower hence quite easy to store. Despite its size, the rower is quite easy to assemble. It has many good qualities such as: comfortable seating, sturdy construction, perfect balance, and many others. Read on to find out what we liked, what we didn’t like, and our overall thoughts on this rower build by Stamina.

Do you get a proper full body workout with the Stamina air rower?

The form of resistance used by this rowing machine is a benefit as well as drawback. This rower uses air resistance which makes it very smooth during operation. When compared to other rowers using different forms of resistance, this rower provides a good level of exercise. It takes a bit of time to get used to this rower because it doesn’t use traditional resistance settings – you need to oar faster in order to increase the resistance level. Once you get used to it, you can consistently get an impressive workout from the machine.

How comfortable is this air rower?

The seat on this machine is padded and upholstered which makes it very comfortable even for longer workouts. It also has oversized footplates which increase stability during workouts and make it suitable for users of all body frames. The footplates have nylon straps that can be easily adjusted to fit any foot size. The handgrips on this rower are textured in order to prevent them from slipping out of your hands no matter how fast you are rowing. This rower has an extended seat rail which enables people over 6’ to fully extend their legs. Another thing we liked about this rower is its stability – the machine doesn’t move no matter how fast you oar.

How convenient is it to use this rowing machine?

This air rower is slightly larger than other entry level machines but it can be folded to reduce its footprint. When in use, the rower requires 77’ in length. Folding it will reduce its length to 48’. The rower needs 28’ in height and 28’ in width when folded. You can easily move the rower around because it has a built-in set of wheels. The floor protectors enable you to use this rower on any type of floor without causing any damage. They also help to prevent the rower from skidding when in use.

How good is the monitor?

The Stamina air rower has a basic monitor to help you track your progress. It displays several statistics including workout duration, speed, distance travelled, and calories burnt.

Stamina Air Rower vs Stamina 35-1400 ATS Air Rower

Though it is generally not good to pit two machines from the same manufacturer against each other, the similarity of these two rowers make them ideal candidates for comparison. Which of these two rowers is the better choice? Let’s find out…

Which machine is more comfortable?

In terms of comfort, the seats, angle of the rails, and height of both machines are similar. The Stamina 35-1400 has an edge over the Stamina Air Rower (Black, Chrome) thanks to its pivoting foot rests which make it more comfortable to use. The foot rests are also safer because they prevent ankle strains.

Which machine gives a better workout?

The rowers both use wind resistance and you cannot change the resistance levels. The Stamina 35-1400 provides a tad higher resistance level than the Stamina Air Rower (Black, Chrome). However, it gets noticeably noisier than the Chrome.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • The strong steel frame makes it a very durable rower
  • It can be folded to use less storage space
  • Built-in wheels make it easy to move around
  • Large footplates are ideal for many foot sizes
  • Upholstered seat is quite comfortable

Cons

  • The upper body does most of the work during slow workouts
  • It can get very noisy when rowing quickly

Key features

  • Multi-function performance monitor
  • Textured handgrips
  • Oversized footplates
  • Nylon rowing cord

Conclusion

Although this rower uses a different concept than most rowers, it is a durable, convenient, and effective fitness gadget. Despite its lack of resistance level settings, the rower still offers an excellent workout for people who want to build up their stamina. The rower provides excellent value for money and it is made to withstand several years of abuse.