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Stamina X Air Rower Review

Stamina has been making exercise equipment since 1987 and specializes in producing innovative but great-value-for-money products. They make a wide variety of products including strength and Pilates training equipment, exercise bikes, cross trainers, treadmills, steppers, and, of course, rowers.

In their rowing range, one machine really stands out: The Stamina X Rowing Machine.

Type & Model

With its’ funky red and black frame, the Stamina X Rowing Machine is very eye-catching but, as you look more closely, you’ll quickly notice that it’s more than just a good-looking indoor rower.

The Stamina X uses a large chain-driven fan to provide plenty of resistance that increases as you pull harder. The chain/fan resistance system was first used by Concept 2 and provides not only a smooth workout but also means you can adjust the workload without stopping your workout; just pull harder for less resistance and harder for more.

Designed mainly with the home market in mind, the Stamina X rower is compact and folds in two for easy transportation and storage. Weighing 63 lbs., it is 78.5” long, 18” wide and 29” high.

Because it folds up easily, you do not need a dedicated exercise area at home; you can wheel it out and unfold it for your workout and then fold it up and put it away again when you are done. Ideal for working out where space is a premium.

Constructed on a strong steel frame with metal and plastic components, the Stamina X looks and feels solid, is built to last, and comes with a three-year frame and 90-day parts warranty.

Features & Functions

The Stamina X is often considered a budget version of Concept 2’s famous Model D rower and it’s easy to see why; they share many important features and even look quite similar. Both use large chain-driven fans for resistance and deliver a smooth rowing action through all phases of the stroke and recovery.

Other features offered by the Stamina X include:

  • Angled seat rail for easy return
  • Durable rowing chain
  • Large fan for plenty of air resistance
  • Steel frame construction for sturdiness
  • Comfortable, moulded seat
  • Padded rowing handle
  • Pivoting footplates with nylon adjustable straps
  • Folding frame and built-in wheels for easy transport and storage
  • Motivational multi-function monitor that tracks distance, calories burned, speed, workout time, total strokes and strokes per minute

Price and Value

The Stamina X rowing machine offers good value, especially when compared to the very similar but more expensive Concept 2 Model D. Many users report that they cannot feel any discernible difference between the C2 and the Stamina X which is high praise considering that the Concept 2 Model D rower is the bestselling rower in the world.

Final Thoughts on the Stamina X Air Rower

If you want a professional-quality rower with a chain-driven fan but are looking for an alternative to a costly Concept 2 machine, look no further than the Stamina X Rowing Machine. It looks good, delivers a smooth and comfortable workout experience but buying one won’t break the bank.