Kettler Premium Rowing Machine Review

Kettler Premium Rowing Machine
Kettler Premium Rowing Machine
Kettler Premium Rowing Machine

Kettler Premium Features

  • Magnetic resistance
  • Quiet
  • Sturdy build
  • Great LCD screen
  • Ergonomically designed seat

Kettler Premium Specification

  • Dimensions – 139 cm x 102 cm x 56 cm
  • Weight – 45 kg
  • Max user weight – 130 kg
  • Two-year manufacturer warranty

Kettler Premium Rowing Machine Review

Kettler is a company that is world famous for manufacturing one of the best fitness equipment for the gym and home. This magnetic rower is a great example of Kettler engineering. The machine we are about to review promise to deliver great quality workout for all the body muscles groups as well as positively impact weight loss and overall fitness levels.

Kettler Premium magnetic rowing machine was built from quality materials. This machine lasts for long without even showing signs of tear and wear even after extensive use (4-5 times a week). Its price puts it in the mid-range amongst the rowing machine, but it is worth every penny.

Kettler Premium Rowing Machine Folded In Half
Kettler Premium Rowing Machine Folded In Half

After ordering this machine online, you will get a box delivered right to your doorstep. The box will have everything you need to assemble the device by yourself – it will have all parts in it as well as step by step assembly manual will be included. Additional power tools may help you assemble this rower faster and with better comfort.

Kettler Premium features magnetic resistance which can be manually adjusted using the knob under the LCD display. There are eight different levels you can choose from, which will suit everyone from beginner to more experienced and fit users. Thanks to the magnetic resistance system, this machine is very silent when using it.

The seat is ergonomically designed and ball bearing mounted to the rail, and it glides smoothly along with it even after months of extensively using this machine. To keep your foot in place and safe from trauma, footrests can adjust in different positions and also feature straps.

Kettler Premium Rowing Machine LCD Tracking Console
Kettler Premium Rowing Machine LCD Tracking Console

This rower comes with a built-in LCD tracking console. The console is powered by 2 AA batteries, which is a good thing if you are planning to use a rower in a place where there are no power sockets. Also, it helps to get rid of power cords and makes it easier to move the machine around. Tracking console doesn’t need much power so batteries will last for ages. 2 AA batteries are included in a box when you order the rower. On the downside, the screen is not backlit, which makes it hard to read the stats when there is not enough light in the room.

Tracking console will show you the following workout stats:

  • Time elapsed
  • Distance rowed
  • Number of strokes
  • Stroke speed
  • Energy
  • Heart rate

After you finish your workout, you can fold this rower in half and put it away in storage space. The rower itself is heavier than other machines, so please be careful when doing it on your own. Unfortunately, this machine has a minor flaw of not having roller wheels, which makes it a bit harder to move rower.

The machine spec says it can handle users who are up to 130 kg of weight and 6ft tall. User reviews on Amazon have said that users who are up to 6ft4 were comfortably using this machine and didn’t approach any issues.

Kettler Premium Pros

  • Smooth rowing
  • Quality build that will last for long
  • Manually adjustable resistance
  • LCD display
  • Quiet in operation
  • Great value for its price
  • Great customer reviews

Kettler Premium Cons

  • LCD got no backlight
  • Heart rate chest strap is an optional extra

Kettler Premium FAQ

Does this rower offer good resistance?

Kettler premium offers plenty of resistance for both experienced and inexperienced users. However, if you are an advanced athlete, it is recommended to look for a more advanced rowing machine – concept 2 model d.

Is this rower suitable for tall people?

This rower will suit a person who is 6’4″ or even taller. It got plenty of space for legs as well as the main rail is long enough to provide a comfortable rowing workout.

How durable is this rowing machine?

The machine has been made to last for an extended period even under heavy use. The manufacturer supports this claim with 2-year manufacturer warranty included with this machine.

What customers say about Kettler Premium

Great quality rower that has clear and easy assembly instructions. It is very smooth when rowing also has good variation of resistance levels. Works out great for me and my wife.

The product itself seems fine. Took us no longer than half hour to put it together and we got no issues with it so far. The machine is very smooth and quiet in operation. One small issue we are having is that display does not have a backligt.

I have waited 8 months before posting this review. It is a high quality piece of equipment that show no signs of wear and tear in spite of being used multiple times per week. The built in computer is a bit primitive though.

Great rowing machine that folds! It takes around 40 minutes before start using it also you might need a bit more space to build the unit. The action feels smooth and machine itself provides with great quality workout thanks to multiple resistance levels.


Kettler Premium magnetic rowing machine is a great value rower. It has it’s minor flaws such as no light up for display or no roller wheels in the front legs of the rower. These are minor issues when you think about that you get a professional rower for a fracture of the price.

We recommend this rower to users of all levels from beginner to more experienced rowers.

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