Rated 3 out of 5★ by 2reviewers.
Rated 2 out of 5★ by Uninanonymity Consider other models/brands Assembly issues:The square brackets that secure the frame to the center rail do not fit the round-tube (rear) frame arms very well. It took much more torque to tight them down than it did for the square-tube (front) part of the frame. This concerns me because the (aluminum?) rail is threaded and the additional torque required could have easily stripped the threads.Usage issues:The foot pedals are angled a little too much. When I row I like to use as much of my body as possible, i.e., legs, arms, shoulders and back. I think the angle is intentionally designed to compensate for the weak plastic foot pedals. If you like rowing with your toes pointing forward then this rower is for you. If you like rowing more flat-footed to generate more work to your legs and back then consider a different rower. I would rather have stronger pedals that can endure the flat-footed rowing method.A few times the left arm (the shock absorber) has slipped in the middle of rowing. Takes a lot of tightening to prevent them from slipping.There are 6 marks labeled 1,2,3,...,6. You'd expect 1 to be the easier setting. It's just the opposite. 6 is easiest and 1 is the most difficult.Likes:I really like the free-motion arms. You can definitely feel it in your upper back/shoulders. I like the sturdy frame too. The seat is comfortable. I wish there was an on/off switch for the LCD display. It'll turn off after a few mins of non-use.Overall:Because of the foot pedals (and solely because of them) I wouldn't recommend this rower to a friend. With such a sturdy frame, the designers shouldn't have skimped on the foot pedals, in my opinion. Crazy how they can get so much right but miss the mark with something that obvious--especially at the cost of this rower. It should've been top-of-the-line all the way. 03/03/2012
Rated 4 out of 5★ by Aviator12 Not quite excellent but good product I've only had this rower for a few weeks so I can't say either way how durable this rower is but so far it seems to be a very solid, well made product. I have owned a different Stamina rower (model 1050) and aside from very poorly designed foot pedals that broke easily it was a good product. This model is an upgrade and better designed footpedals plus individual air shock tension on each pullbar makes it well worth the price. Customer service (based on my old rower) is surprisingly good at Stamina especially considering that some other manufacturers in this price range offer no way to contact them and ordering individual parts is impossible. Walmart offered free delivery to my local store and the delivery date was actually several days earlier than promised. The rower is smooth, reasonably quiet, and the seat is well made and comfortable. The reasons I can't give this rower 5 stars is: 1) the footpedals have slightly limited range of motion, and 2) the adjustable rear support only has 2 settings (almost flat on the ground and a pretty challenging incline. A third middle position would be a big improvement. The footpedals do (as I read in another review) force your feet to be slightly pointed forward. Not terrible but I do miss the range of motion that my cheaper Stamina rower had. The rear support positions only allow for what feels to me like what is a little too easy in flat position and too hard in the incline. I tried the incline position and after 25 minutes my legs were too tired to go longer even though I did not get enough cardio workout and my upper body was not nearly worked hard enough. On my old machine I was up to a 1 hour workout without stopping. Again, not a deal breaker. I just use it in flat mode, increased the arm tension and figure I'll just use it this way for a very long time until I'm in good enough shape to raise the incline and still get a long enough workout for my upper body and cardio. Overall, it seems like a very good machine and very god quality for the money but until Stamina makes design changes for these two weaknesses it's a 4 but not a 5 star. 08/27/2013