Teeter Power10 Elliptical Rower Review

Teeter Power10
Our Rating:
4.5/5
With so much competition, It’s hard to stand out in the rowing machine market nowadays. Yet Teeter, the inversion tables guys, have managed to do that spectacularly with the release of the Teeter Power10 Elliptical Rower. This hybrid elliptical/rower is getting some serious respect from people in the know. But how good is it really? Time to go in-depth on the Teeter Power10 and find out.
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PROS
  • Rigid, stable frame
  • Elliptical rowing action
  • Pushing and pulling resistance
  • Smooth, drag-free rowing action
  • Multi-grip handles
  • Adjustable stroke length
  • Includes wireless HR chest strap
  • Large, contoured seat
CONS
  • Monitor not backlit
  • Heavy
  • Hard to assemble
  • Action may not suit rowing purists
  • Limited to 7 resistance levels
  • Unimpressive warranty

This is our review of the Teeter Power10 Elliptical Rower.

As a strength and conditioning specialist, I was excited when Teeter released a rower that promised to provide both push and pull resistance along with a superior cardiovascular workout. With 35 years of training under my belt, I thought I’d seen it all when it came to rowing machine innovation, but this one truly is unique. 

Review Summary 

 I found the Teeter Power10 Elliptical rower to be a refreshing, innovative addition to the home rower market. Its bi-directional movement pattern allows you to work your whole body better than any other rower on the market. Combine this with the multi-grip options, adjustable rail, and 7 resistance options and you’ve got an impressive machine that fills a unique niche. 

The only real downside is the unsatisfactory warranty that comes with your purchase. 

In the paragraphs that follow you’ll learn how successful Teeter has been in their attempt to mash up the elliptical with the rowing machine. You will also discover who this machine would be ideal for and what drawbacks may give you second thoughts.

Keep reading to get the full story on the Teeter Power10 Elliptical Rower.

The Power10 Elliptical Rower

Guy using the Teeter Power10

The Power10 Elliptical Rower is a combination elliptical machine and rower. As such it provides a unique elliptical rowing action that requires a combination of pulling and pushing with the upper body. This ability to work your chest and triceps is something you do not get with a conventional rowing machine. 

The Teeter Power10 offers a range of hand grips, including an underhand option. This engages the pulling and pushing muscles of the upper body differently, providing another muscular resistance training advantage over the conventional rower. 

If you’re a rowing purist chances are you will hate the Teeter Power10. That’s because it doesn’t feel much like rowing on the water at all. On the other hand, people who are interested in getting the best bang for their buck in terms of a strength training and cardio workout should be happy with what Teeter has come up with here. I’ve tried every type of combined strength and cardio machine that’s out there and the Teeter Power10 is among the most effective I’ve found.

The Teeter Power10 won’t replace your weights workouts entirely, but it will give you a decent triceps, pec, and lat pump as it churns through the calories. 

Functionality And Design

The Teeter Power10 is a relatively heavy, though compact, piece of home fitness equipment. It has a footprint of 62.75″ x 37.5″, which is considerably shorter than most conventional rowers (though it is about a foot wider).

This machine weighs in at a hefty 180 pounds. That tells you two things; it’s going to be quite challenging to move around and it has a solid frame. It’s got transport wheels to help with the transportation issue, so the weight is not a huge problem. 

The rigid frame construction gives this machine a max user weight of 300 pounds. It is more stable than many home-use cardio machines in its price range. That means that you’re not going to have to contend with a frame that slides around when you’re ramping up the rowing intensity. 

When it comes to storage, the Teeter Power10 can be stored upright so requires a small footprint when not being used. 

Unlike the cable and handle set up of a conventional rower, the Teeter Power10 sees you pulling and pushing on a pair of handles which are affixed to the machine by arms that are set slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. 

The resistance is provided by a flywheel along with magnetic resistance. This system uses magnets that move closer or further away from the flywheel according to the resistance level you set. The heavier the flywheel, the smoother and more jerk-free the exercise motion will be.

The weight of the flywheel is 22.7 pounds. That is a decent weight for a home-use machine at this price range. As a result, you’ll experience a smooth rowing experience. 

Some people, however, have commented in online reviews that the momentum that is created after a few minutes of rowing assists your muscles in the pulling / pushing action, robbing you of some of the effects. This can make the exercise feel more artificial than if you were using an air or water resistance rower. 

Features and Benefits

Multi-Grip Handles

The Teeter Power10 provides you with four handle gripping options:

  • Overhand
  • Underhand
  • Neutral (wide)
  • Close (close)

Each of these grips works your muscles slightly differently. For instance, when you use an underhand grip, you will preferentially work your biceps every time you pull. A close neutral grip will prioritize your triceps on the pushing motion. 

Bi-Directional Movement

The Teeter Power10 allows for both a pulling and a pushing action. You can transition between the two by your execution of the row, specifically the movement of the fork arms around the base wheel. 

The top of the wheel is known as the top of the hill. The reverse direction is similar to a traditional rowing action, with the forearms moving from front to rear over the top of the hill. Here you focus on pulling over the top of the hill and resting on the downward momentum.

The forward direction is opposite to the traditional rowing motion. Here the forearms are moving from rear to front over the top of the hill. The focus here is on pushing with the upper body and resting on the downward momentum. 

This unique feature allows you to engage the chest and triceps, which are not activated by conventional rowing machines. 

Chest Strap Heart Rate Monitor

Your purchase of the Teeter Power10 elliptical rower comes with a Polar heart rate chest strap and the console is Polar chest strap compatible. That means that you will be able to monitor your training pulse rate far more accurately than rowers or other cardio machines that rely on handgrip sensors.

Monitor

Teeter Power10 monitor

The LCD monitor on the Teeter Power10 provides you with the monitoring capability that you would expect on a quality home use rower. These include:

  • Time
  • Strokes/min
  • Total strokes
  • Distance
  • Calories burned
  • Pulse

You can also set a timer to count up or down and set quick time countdowns for 2, 5, or 10 minutes. One thing that’s not so good is that there is no backlight on the monitor, which can make it hard to read the digits on the monitor when you are rowing hard.

Adjustable Seat

The large, ergonomically contoured seat on this machine is adjustable to 12 positions. That allows you to get the ideal body positioning for your height to maximize the effectiveness of every stroke. 

As well as being extremely adjustable, the seat on this machine is noticeably comfortable. It’s made from EVA foam with extra padding toward the back of the seat. That’s good news for your tailbone when you’ve been rowing for more than twenty minutes. The ergonomic contouring also provides a natural rearguard to prevent you from sliding out of the seat when you are rowing intensely. 

Adjustable Rail

The rail that the seat connects to is adjustable to several positions. Even though the rail is not as long as machines like the Concept 2 Row Erg, the unique elliptical design and footrest positioning means that people who are as short as 5 feet and as tall as 7 feet tall can use it. 

Large Footrest

The footrests on the Teeter Power10 feature extra-large food rests that are made from a hard thermoplastic material. The surface of the footrests is textured to prevent slippage and has adjustable footrests. However, you cannot adjust the angle of the footrests, which is a standard feature on most rowing machines. 

Teeter Move App

Teeter has their own training app that provides you with an extensive range of workouts that are led by certified fitness professionals. There is no cost to access the app. 

7 Levels of Magnetic Resistance

The handles feature a conveniently located dial resistance that allows you to adjust the resistance over 7 levels. 

The transitions between levels are smooth so that you can up the intensity of your training seamlessly. However, for a machine at this price point, I would have expected a minimum of 10 resistance levels. 

Technical Specifications

Teeter Power10 Elliptical RowerSpecs
Assembled dimensions62.75L x 37.5W x 43.25H inches (159L x 95W x 110H cm)
Assembled weight180 lbs (81.6 kg)
Weight capacity300 lbs (136 kg)
FrameSteel
Resistance typeMagnetic, seven levels
Fitness consoleTime, distance, strokes, spm, calories, pulse, time goals
ExtrasHR chest strap, the device holder
WarrantyFrame 1 year / Parts 90 days

Setup Process

The assembly process for the Teeter Power10 is by no means easy and will probably require two people. However, Teeter has done a great job of making that process as painless as possible. 

The assembly instructions contained in the manual are refreshingly detailed and easy to follow. 

If you don’t want to follow the on-page instructions, you can even access the BILT app which will lead you through the setup with 3-D instructions. 

Everything you need to set the machine up is included in your purchase package.

Teeter Move

Teeter Move is the training app that pairs with the Power10 Elliptical Rower. It provides unlimited free access to certified trainer-led workouts.

 All experience levels are catered for from absolute beginners to hardcore high-intensity aficionados. You can also find a program to suit all fitness and training goals, from fat loss to muscle gain. 

Teeter Move has a 4-star rating on Google Play.

Price and Value

The Power10 is listed on the official Teeter website for $1199. However, it appears to be permanently discounted to $1099. That puts it a couple of hundred dollars higher than the average home use rowing machine. 

When you factor in the enhanced push and pull capability and the elliptical rowing motion, it tends to balance out. If you’re a person who is wanting to engage their whole upper body while rowing, the extra couple of hundred bucks will be worth it. 

Warranty

The Teeter Power10’s biggest letdown is the warranty. It comes in two parts:

  • 90 days base warranty which includes all the moving parts
  • 1-year warranty on everything else but the moving parts

That is a pretty pitiful deal when you put it up against the majority of rowing machines that are out there. Those that are in a similar price range as the Teeter Power10 usually provide you with a lifetime warranty on the frame and 2 years on the moving parts. 

It’s disappointing that Teeter doesn’t stand behind their machine as vigorously as the competition.

Alternatives

There are currently no like-for-like comparisons to the Power10 but here are a few alternative rowers you might want to consider.

Concept 2 Row Erg

Best overall rowing machine

Being the most popular rowing machine in the market, it’s only natural that we’d put the Power10 from Teeter up against it. 

The RowErg is a conventional rowing machine, meaning that you will not get the same elliptical motion as with the Power10. Nor will you be able to engage your pectorals and triceps. 

However, if you are after the purest simulation of rowing on the water possible, then the Concept 2 Row Erg is a good choice for you. 

Standout features of the Concept Row Erg are its quiet motion, solid design, and its max user weight of 500 pounds. The PM5 performance monitor on the Concept 2 is another standout setting feature. 

Check out the best price on the Concept 2 RowErg

Avari Conversion II Rower Bike

Avari Conversion II Rower/Recumbent Bike

When it comes to comparing apples with apples, there are a handful of hybrid rowers on the market. While none of them offer the dual directional movement to engage the push and pull muscles of the upper body the same way that the Teeter does, the Avari Conversion is one of the closest alternatives.

The Avari Conversion Rower bike is a rower and bike combo rather than a blend of rower and elliptical. This machine features a recumbent seat along with a sliding rail, pedal wheels, and rowing handle. Unlike with the Teeter Power10, there is no blending of rowing and cycling; you are either doing one or the other. 

The Avari Conversion II is a quiet, smooth magnetic resistance machine that is foldable. The price is around $400 less than the Teeter. Its max user weight is 50 pounds lighter and the pulse reading in the monitor is unreliable. 

Check out the best price on the Avari Conversion II Rower Bike

Total Gym Rower

Total Gym Rower

The Total Gym Rower is another unique take on the rowing machine concept. It adapts the world-famous Total Gym slant board design to provide gravity bodyweight resistance to the rowing action. 

By increasing the incline you can end up rowing more than 20 percent of your body weight. This is the first rower machine to effectively make use of bodyweight resistance.

The Total Gym frame is very sturdy, as attested by the max user weight of 400 pounds. However, there is very little in the way of data monitoring on this machine. 

Check out the best price on the Total Gym Rower

Should you Buy The Power10 Elliptical Rower?

The Power10 Elliptical Rower is for you if:

  •  Want to develop strength through the entire upper body as you row
  •  Want to maximize your training time by combining cardio and strength training
  •  Prefer an elliptical to a straight rowing action

The Power10 Elliptical Rower is not for you if:

  •  Want to get a pure water rowing experience
  •  Are a competitive rower
  • Don’t want to lose some of your resistance through momentum

Final Thoughts

The Teeter Power 10 Elliptical is a unique, impressive addition to the home elliptical market. If you’re after a combination of strength and cardio, this machine will deliver big time for you. My only real caution is regarding the lackluster warranty that Tetter offers. If the company were to stand behind their product more forthrightly, I’d be behind this machine 100 percent. 

Check out the best price on the Teeter Powr10 Elliptical Rower. 

FAQs

How much does the teeter Power10 weigh?

The Teeter Power10 weighs 180 lbs.

What is better: rower or elliptical?

If you are wanting to burn maximum calories while also working the muscles of your posterior chain (lats, rear delts, erector spinae, glutes, hamstrings, calves) then the rowing machine is a better option). 

How do you use a Teeter Power10?

The Teeter Power10 is used in a similar way to a conventional rowing machine, except that you are grasping handles rather than a cable. Your lower body will also be moving through an elliptical pattern rather than directly forward and back.

Is the Teeter Power10 good for those with bad knees?

Yes, the Teeter Power10 is good for those with bad knees. It is a closed chain movement where the foot stays on the footpads at all times so there is no impact with this movement. The elliptical motion also reduces knee stress.

Is the Teeter Power10 rower a good machine for seniors?

Yes, the Teeter Power10 is a good machine for seniors due to its zero impact and ergonomically beneficial elliptical movement.

Is this machine suitable for those over 6ft?

Yes, the Teeter Power10 is suitable for those over 6 feet tall. It features an adjustable rail and has a unique elliptical design and footrest position that makes it, even though it is quite compact, able to accommodate taller people.

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