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Kettler Favorit Review

Kettler is an award-winning German company that has been manufacturing products for the leisure industry since 1949. They make a wide variety of exercise equipment including ellipticals, exercise bikes, strength training equipment, exercise balls, and a range of rowing machines. The Kettler Favorit is one of their most popular indoor rowers.

Type and Model

The Kettler Favorit indoor rower is a strong and sturdy rowing machine that is suitable for light commercial or home use.

The Favorit uses two large-capacity hydraulic cylinders for resistance offering a wide range of workout settings. Lever arms are attached to the cylinders to provide a smooth workout experience and keep the rowing mechanism simple. This helps keep the weight of the rower down.

Despite being strong and sturdy and rated for users weighing up to 250 lbs. the Kettler Favorit is small and compact and weighs in at only 52 lbs.

When not in use, the Favorit can be folded flat but even when in use measures only 52” long x 32” wide x 10” high.

The Kettler Favorit indoor rowing machine is also fitted with a performance monitor so you can track the details of your workout.

Features and Functions

Like most light commercial and home use rowing machines, the Kettler Favorit is quite basic. However, it still has a number of features and functions that are worth mentioning…

  • 50 different resistance settings
  • Biomechanically correct adjustable footplates and straps
  • Strong hydraulic cylinders for a quiet but challenging workout
  • Moulded, padded seat for comfort
  • Infrared earlobe clip sensor measures pulse rate electronically
  • Lifetime frame warranty 3-year parts and electronics warranty
  • LCD performance display

The LCD performance display, powered by two AA batteries, records information about your workout including time, distance, calories burnt, speed, stroke rate and heart rate. With an optional connectivity kit, it is also compatible with Polar and other telemetric heart rate monitors.

Price and Value

The Kettler Favorit is not exactly a budget rower but that’s because it is well built and designed to deliver good workouts for many years to come. Strong and sturdy, very few low-cost rowers come with a built-in heart rate monitor which helps to raise the Kettler Favorit above the standard of many of its’ competitors.

Its long guarantee means that the Favorit is a smart buy if you want a simple but hardwearing home exercise machine. It might not deliver the most realistic rowing experience, hydraulic rowers seldom do, but it will help you lose weight and get fit in the comfort of your own home.

Final Thoughts on the Kettler Favorit

The Kettler Favorit is a traditionally-styled hydraulic rowing machine that is ideal for home use. Light and easy to store between workouts, it’s a good choice if you are unable to dedicate large amounts of space to exercise. Relatively cheap, built with good quality materials, and designed to last and last, the Kettler Favorit is a good choice for the budget-conscious exerciser who still wants to buy a decent rowing machine.