Concept 2 Model E Rowing Machine Review

Concept 2 Model E Rowing Machine
Concept 2 Model E Rowing Machine
Concept 2 Model E Rowing Machine

Concept 2 Model E Features

  • Flywheel design
  • Smooth air-resistance
  • Performance Monitor 5
  • Foldable design
  • Easily movable
  • LCD Computer

Concept 2 Model E Specification

  • Dimensions – 243.8 cm x 61 cm x 50.8 cm
  • Weight – 29 kg
  • Max user weight – 227 kg
  • 5 year manufacturer warranty
  • Requires footprint of 274 cm x 122 cm

Concept 2 Model E Rowing Machine Review

Concept 2 Model E is an unique professional air-resistance rowing machine, built up to provide the user with the best experience by creating a realistic feeling, close to actually rowing on water. This is the upgraded version of the previous and extremely popular “Model D” and it promises even better full-body workouts both in the fitness centre and at home. Model E comes with a LCD computer and is one of the highest-rated commercial rowing machines, designed to endure heavy use and to suit trainees of various levels.

In comparison with the previous Model D, this rowing machine comes with a seat at a chair height (50.8 cm), higher monitor arm, nickel-plated chain and double powdered coat with glossy finish. The improvements make the machine more comfortable, taking the pressure away from the knees and training different muscle groups of the body.

Concept 2 Model E Rowing Machine
Concept 2 Model E Rowing Machine

The chain is attached to a flywheel, which minimizes the noise but at the same time increases the lightness of the movements. The nickel plating prolongs the time between oiling the machine and the chain remains cleaner because of its fully enclosed chain housing. Meanwhile a spiral damper helps you adjust and have full control over the performance of the machine.

The one-piece leg design for both the front and the rear legs provides you with comfort and stability. The adjustable footrests and ergonomic handle remove the need of gloves or any other equipment.

Concept 2 Model E is a rowing machine that works with air-resistance and thus imitates rowing on water. Basically, this type of rowing machine uses the air, produced when spinning a fan flywheel, to create resistance and to require force from the user. That’s the reason why the faster you row, the more resistance you feel. Beware the fact that these kinds of machines are making more noise than the magnetic ones, although Model E is relatively quiet.

The product comes in black colour and thereby is the perfect combination between quality and style. The universal design fits aesthetically every room and is appropriate for people who demand an excellent outer appearance.

The assembly of the machine is also surprisingly easy, all of the machine parts are in the box with user manual and assembly instructions included. Normally, assembling the machine takes under 1 hour or less, if you have suitable power tools. The storing of this rowing machine causes no problems because it is easily separated in two parts, the transport wheels make it movable and therefore suitable for rooms with various dimensions.

Concept 2 Model E Display Monitor
Concept 2 Model E Display Monitor

One of the biggest advantages of the Model E rowing machine is the “PM5” monitor, which is now claimed to be the most improved version on the market. The monitor is incredibly easy to use, the moment the flywheel starts spinning, it gives you realistic information about workout data like:

  • Time
  • Distance
  • Strokes per 60 seconds
  • Calories
  • Heart Rate
  • Pace
  • Watts

The PM5 monitor stays on during your whole workout and there are five options between which you can chose when training:

  • All data: on the screen you can see your performance data
  • Pace boat: workout with yourself from your previous exercises or pace with another boat
  • Force curve: on the screen you can see a graphic of the power you are producing
  • Bar chart: a graphic of your heart rate
  • Large print: makes all the information larger and respectively easier to see

This additional information is the perfect source to help keep track of your workouts and perform professionally at home or in the gym without a fitness trainer.

For entertainment you have the opportunity to play four different games, which can also encourage you to improve your performance. They are:

  • Darts: your aim in this game is to score points by throwing darts. The darts are thrown when you accomplish a certain amount of rows and you also receive bonus points if you keep a constant stroke rate.
  • Fish game: you have to make your fish eat the right sort of food or you have to prevent it from eating the nasty one. This happens when you change the intensity of your rows.
  • Target Training: this game is really similar to Darts, but here you can choose the length of the time between changing the power output and the stroke rate
  • Biathlon: this game is a combination between target shooting and racing laps

The modern high-quality design of the machine supports Bluetooth and ANT+, therefore you can connect many different devices for a better experience. The monitor takes two cell D batteries, that are included in the initial shipping. During rowing it draws power from the flywheel, extending the life of the battery.

Concept 2 Model E Rowing Machine Folded
Concept 2 Model E Rowing Machine Folded

The machine has an excellent weight capacity which runs to 227 kg and is suitable for a very wide range of users. The inseam length of the machine also allows people from different heights to feel comfortable and if not, the company Concept 2 offers an extender that adds 5 more inches.

Of course the rowing machine has some disadvantages. The size is definitely the biggest one because of the footprint of the machine (274 cm x 122 cm). The foldable construction solves the problem with storage but some people may have problems with finding a place for the machine when training. The seat can be another disadvantage, some users have found it a bit harder that I has to be. However, this problem is solvable if you sit on some kind of a cloth or buy a rowing machine seat pad.

The price of the Concept 2 Model E is higher than a lot of other rowing machines but the relationship between price and quality is very good. Spending a bit more money for a machine that’s going to last longer is absolutely worth it.


  • 227 kg capacity
  • Air-resistance
  • Suitable for people with different heights
  • PM5 Monitor
  • LCD Computer
  • Additional training information
  • Entertaining games
  • Easily foldable
  • Easy Assembly
  • 5-year manufacturer warrant


  • Machine is quite big and heavy
  • Seat may be uncomfortable for small people

Concept 2 Model E Rowing Technique Video

What customers say about Concept 2 Model E

This is the best rowing machine out there on a market in my opinion. There is a small amount of elasticity in the machine but you have to keep your hands moving etc like you do when you row on the water. If you are a rowing enthusiast- then this machine is your pick!

Model E is an excellent rowing machine. It has everything that will help you get fit. It is quite expensive, but I tried other machine prior to buying this one and I can tell you it is worth every penny.

Great rowing machine and easy to use computer. Also the machine is foldable which is a massive advantage.

Best quality rowing machine on the market. Had it for five years now and still enjoying it five hours a week. It has definitely helped lose weight, maintain and has improved my general wellbeing. Looking forward to getting the bike erg early next year.


The professional manufacture of the Concept 2 Model E rowing machine in Morrisville, Vermont, USA makes it the perfect training machine for every person, in every room. A high-tech PM5 monitor is taking care of your training data and entertainment during the workout.

The product is the improved version of Model D and it is the perfect machine for helping you lose weight, keep a fit figure and lead a healthy lifestyle.

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