Concept2 Model E Review – Is it worth the price?
If you happen to be in the market for a new rowing machine and you’re wanting the best one that money can buy, then you need to look at the Model E by Concept2. It has been designed to be similar to the Model D, but more improved. When you first look at it, you may notice that it looks almost the same, but all of the changes that were made are very well implemented and thought out.
The changes include a more comfortable, and higher seat on a 20 inch frame. This is perfect for anyone who has mobility or joint issues as it makes it so much easier to get on and off of the Model E. It also contains a nickel plated chain which doesn’t take as much maintenance so there is less oiling. It’s a great machine with a clear, glossy coat. As you can see, the best feature has to be the advanced performance monitor named the PM5, which is now standard.
The Model E also comes with the great build quality, features and reliability that the Model D has made so popular in the world, both in gyms and homes, when it comes to rowing machines. Below are all the great details of the Model E.
Features and Specifications
The Model E uses air resistance in order to give you that realistic rowing motion, it gives you the feeling that you are rowing on the water.
The Model E’s PM5 performance monitor is great, reliable, packed with awesome features as well as being simple to use. The arm for the PM5 is now in a fixed position that allows it to be easy to interact and view. Unlike the other performance monitors, the PM5 is equipped with the Garmin chest belt that monitors your heart rate without having to worry about any wires that may get in the way while your working out.
The monitor is very accurate and has extra games and features that were not offered in prior models. The games are great for keeping anyone motivated, and really give that sense of achievement and purpose when you’re rowing. Just like the with the PM4, it has the removable LogCard in order to store your data and preferences from all of your workouts, and you can take your data with you no matter where you are.
The Model E will fold away using the quick release mechanism that will allow it to split into two separate parts without having to use tools. It is a larger machine, but it folds away tightly so you don’t need to have a lot of storage space for it.
With the frame height now being 20 inches and a more comfortable seat, this is where the Model E really excels. You will not be sitting unnaturally low to the ground, since you will be sitting at a normal chair level. This great change really makes you wonder why other rowing machines are not doing the same thing, because it is great for those who have joint or mobility problems.
- One leg design that gives more stability.
- Nickel plated chain that has enclosed housing.
- Stainless steel track.
- Ergonomic handles and adjustable footrests.
- 2-year warranty on the moving parts and the performance monitor.
- 5-year warranty on the frame.
Machine Weight: 65 lbs
Width: 24 in
Length: 96 in
Max. Weight capacity: 500 lbs
Storage: Separates into two parts
- Advanced PM5 performance monitor.
- Same great build quality from Concept2.
- Realistic Rowing motion.
- Very comfortable with the added height.
- Used by professionals.
- Easy to assemble.
- Slightly larger than the Model D.
- Instructions can be a bit confusing.
- High price tag, but you are getting what you pay for.
The Model E is a great rowing machine, and even though it has a pretty high price tag, it gives you great features, outstanding quality and an amazing workout.
If you have the money to spend, and you are wanting a great rowing machine, then you certainly cannot go wrong with the Model E. It is a great investment, simply because it has been designed to last and will give you a full body workout that is powerful every day.
If you have a bit of trouble from deciding between the Model E and Model D, you will be happy with either selection. However, if you do have the extra cash to spare then the comfort and extra features are worth the higher price tag.
Quite possibly the best rower money can buy, if you are serious then look no further.