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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Right Now, May 27, 2016
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This review is from: Kettler Kadett Rowing Machine (Sports)
The Kadett and I have been together for a week now. Like any good relationship, I think that's substantial enough time to tell if you've found the one you'd like to spend the rest of forever with since 7 days is definitely sufficient for getting to know the ins and outs of a partner. With that being said, it seems the verdict so far is -- I can settle for the Kadett. Hello, Mr. Right Now.

With the Texas summer chill quickly approaching, I figured it might be time to invest in a piece of exercise equipment that can be set up in my apartment and not force me to brave the raging forces outside. This machine suffices for that. Typically, I'm used to standard rowers that mimic the use of one oar so in a geeky way that's unfamiliar for a girl who hates working out, I was pretty stoked to try an erg that's modeled after the use of not one -- but TWO -- oars. The transition in rowing style isn't hard to get used to. Watching videos on "proper techniques" is always a safe... Read more

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but requires $150 in parts every 3 months, April 26, 2015
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Like most reviews, I agree that the Kettler Kadett is an extremely well engineered rower in terms of a truly realistic rowing experience due to the outrigger design; However, there are a few issues that I wish I was aware of before purchasing this unit.

First off and most importantly, the shocks on my unit failed within the first three months of using the rower. Unfortunately, I did not notice that they were leaking hydraulic fluid all over my carpet until I glanced down during a workout and saw the puddle soaking into my carpeting. After speaking with Ketller USA, the shocks are considered an expendable component; Therefore, they are not covered under warranty. As such, buyers should be made aware that they will need to routinely replace the shocks, which cost $150 per set. In my case, I use the rower for 30 minutes per day, so I assume every 3 months I will need to purchase new shocks, which will result in a yearly additional cost of $600. If you only plan to use the... Read more

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Rower For The Money., December 24, 2014
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This review is from: Kettler Kadett Rowing Machine (Sports)
After pouring through tons of reviews on Amazon for various rowing machines, I decided on this one for the money. Of all the different rowers, I wanted one that was more like actual rowing, sculling type, rather than just a line pull. It is a bit heavier than others of this type which to me equates to more durability. I'm around 165 lbs and I think this will accomodate people weighing up to 250 with no problem.

Okay, so why the four stars? After going through reviews, people complaing about missing parts, or how flimsy the packaging was. Others complained about leaking cylinders, or that the resistance was too much even on low settings. Here's what I experienced:

The packaging was just fine, no issues except that one of the plastic bags was open and not sealed and that some parts from that bag had fallen out. It seemed like someone at the factory realized that they forgot a few items and threw them in at the last minute before closing it up for shipping... Read more

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