Hammer Cobra Rowing Machine Review

Hammer Cobra Rowing Machine
Hammer Cobra Rowing Machine
Hammer Cobra Rowing Machine

Hammer Cobra Features

  • Manually adjustable resistance
  • Sturdy aluminium frame
  • Quiet in operation
  • LCD display
  • German standard certified

Hammer Cobra Specification

  • Dimensions – 150 cm x 166 cm x 50 cm
  • Weight – 21 kg
  • Max user weight – 120 kg
  • 2 year manufacturer warranty

Hammer Cobra Rowing Machine Review

Hammer Cobra is another great example of gym equipment made by a legendary German company. Please do not confuse this rower with cheap hydraulic rowers as this one delivers truly professional rowing experience to its users.

Hammer Cobra frame is made from a solid aluminium. This machine has passed strict German certifications and Hammer has made a promise that Cobra has been made to be used every day for long period of time. The rail can be adjusted in 3 different positions for extra comfort. It is a very sturdy and robust rower that will deliver long and intensive rowing sessions.

Hammer Cobra Folded
Hammer Cobra Folded

The machine will arrive to you in a box. It will weigh approximately 24 kg so it is a good idea to ask a friend to help you out when moving it around. Box will contain Hammer Cobra rowing machine parts, assembly tools, step by step user manual and a power supply. It usually takes around an hour maximum to assemble this machine and start using it.

Hammer Cobra provides tension and resistance to its user thanks to the cylinder system. It has 12 manually adjustable resistance levels that will suit everyone from beginner user to intermediate. Also, cylinder system is very quiet in operation so if you want to workout in peace and not disturb anyone this is definitely a machine to look into.

The seat on Hammer Cobra rowing machine was ergonomically designed to suit most users as well as to stay comfortable during extended workout sessions. Seat rollers have specific bearing rollers that slide smoothly along the aluminium rail. Foot plates feature straps that will keep your ankle in place for comfort by taking the pressure of them and prevent any traumas that may occur.

Hammer Cobra LCD console
Hammer Cobra LCD console

Cobra comes with the LCD tracking monitor that is located next to the seat. The display unfortunately is not backlit so you may have some trouble reading the stats in a badly lit room. The stats that will be show on display are:

  • Time elapsed
  • Strokes per minute
  • Distance
  • Calories burned
  • Pulse
  • Total Strokes

You can use the tracking monitor to set individual user settings. It is very convenient if you are planning to use this machine alongside with your friend or a partner. In order to have the pulse reading you need to buy an optional pulse tracking device.

This machine was designed to save space at home by allowing side arms to fold in to the rail. Also it is quite a lightweight machine when compared to its more expensive counterparts, so you should not have any issue with moving it around as well.

Hammer Cobra can accommodate users that are up to 120 kg or 19 stones and 6ft tall. These are average stats that are common amongst the professional rowing machines as well.


  • Folds in half
  • Lightweight
  • Support heavy users
  • Advanced tracking monitor
  • Robust German build
  • Plenty of resistance levels


  • A bit more expensive than other hydraulic rowers
  • LCD display is not backlit
  • You have to fasten the bolts from time to time

What customers say about Hammer Cobra

This is a great product. It also look very amazing. It is well built, solid good quality materials and rowing with this machine is good fun while getting fit. It does exactly what it says and is worth every penny spent.

It takes around 2-3 minutes for the fluids to warm up in the hydraulic cylinders, but after that the machine performs great and it feels like a very decent workout. Hammer Cobra provides great rowing experience because you arms are on a bar each just like real rowing. It can’t get more real than this.

The rower is excellent and overall I am very satisfied with it, however there are a couple of issues with it: the screws become loose after a couple of session so you have to tighten them from time to time, you need to warmup the rower for first 5 minutes before you can start your proper workout and the LCD screen is awkwardly positioned.

The machine is a great addition to my home gym and it is worthy of five stars! I slowly progress and increase the tension as I get fitter and stronger, and there are still plenty of levels to increase to. Great buy for the money!


Hammer Cobra is a decent rowing machine that comes with advanced features such as individual user settings and pulse sensor (although you have to purchase pulse device yourself). This rowing machine is a good example of great German engineering.

There are plenty of resistance provided by this machine that will challenge users of every level from beginner to intermediate to expert. If you don’t mind spending £100 more than entry level rowers, this machine is your choice as spending a bit more makes a huge difference.

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