1215 Orbital by Stamina Review
This may be one of the most affordable rowing machines that you can purchase. It offers complete rowing motion, and mimics rowing on the water. It attempts this with the smooth feeling hydraulic cylinder resistance system and does a decent job of it. Just like with many of the products by Stamina, this rowing machine is targeted for those who do not want to spend a lot, but want to have a quality workout in their homes. However, this does not mean that it is a poor quality rower, or that it’s lacking features, but it is not a rower that a fitness enthusiast or professional would use, they may choose to use the Model E by Concept2.
If you make the choice to purchase the 1215 Orbital, then it will be a great investment. Simply because it has a lot of customers that are satisfied and it’s a great rower that you can purchase in this particular price range. Additionally, it is really perfect for those who are looking to have a realistic rowing experience, not just the normal mechanical type of workout. Continue to read on while we discuss what makes this rower a great choice, and even cover some things that you should be aware of before purchasing.
Features and Specifications
As stated above, this rower uses hydraulic resistance that has tension controls. They are adjustable, which is great for those who need to have a more relaxed or stronger workout. Basically, this means that it is quiet and it has a smooth motion, which is perfect for watching television while you are working out.
The 1215 Orbital is a bit lacking when it comes to the monitor, but it will do the job and it shows plenty of information for many individuals. It’s not as advanced as the higher end models, which include heart rate monitors and motivational games. With this being said, many people will enjoy it, and it will display your distance rowed, calories burned, row count, and speed. The truth is that most people will become motivated enough just by watching their calories burned grow on the display as they exercise.
This happens to be the one thing that is great exactly the Orbital, as it is quite compact, yet it feels solid when it’s being used. Since it is only 32.5 x 50 inches, it’s perfect for those who have very limited space. Considering that this is a very small rower, it doesn’t fold away, but it is not needed for its size. This rowing machine is really home user friendly when it comes to size, price and features.
You’ll be happy to know that this rowing machine comes equipped with a very thick and comfortable padded seat, as well as the pivoting footplates that will help if you plan to be rowing for an extended time period.
- 5 resistance levels.
- Adjustable resistance rowing arms that are equipped with foam grips.
- Durable aluminum frame.
- 90-day warranty on the moving parts and a 5-year warranty on the frame.
Machine Weight: 47 lbs
Width: 32.5 in
Length: 50 in
Max. Weight Capacity: 250 lbs
Storage: Doesn’t fold, but is compact enough for easy storage
- Quiet when in use.
- Mimics the motion of rowing on water for a budget price.
- Many users report that it lasts a long time.
- Compact, but sturdy design.
- Cheap way to lose weight and get fit.
- The monitor is a bit difficult to read and basic.
- The lowest resistance setting can be hard for some people.
- Others have had issues with the seat rollers collapsing.
- 90-day warranty on the moving parts.
- Some have had issues with the shocks breaking.
The Orbital is a great value for a rowing machine at this price, it is unspectacular, but very solid. The rowing motion is smooth and realistic, and despite its small size, it has plenty of resistance for a strong workout. Just keep in mind, many users have complained that the shocks have broken because they are made of plastic instead of metal. For this reason, it is a good idea to consider purchasing the Kadett by Kettler before you actually make your final choice when you are searching for a rowing machine with a circular motion.
Not the most sophisticated rower but pretty reliable and very affordable.