Kettler Kadett Review
If you’re in the market for a reliable and solid mid-range rowing machine from one of the best manufacturers, then you should consider the Kadett by Kettler. You may think that it is very expensive for a hydraulic resistance machine, but that is because of the circular rowing movement that is completely unique from other modes, which in fact simulates the feeling of actually rowing on water. This is great if you’re looking for a more authentic experience without having to pay a lot more for an expensive rower like the H20 RX-750 Home Series from ProRower.
There are two hydraulic cylinders that give you a realistic and smooth feeling, but you are able to set the resistance between 1 and 12, which allows you to have more customization as you progress in strength and fitness. It is a quality machine and feels very solid when you are using it, but there are a few minor issues that you will need to be aware of, and we will discuss those further into the review.
Features and Specifications
The Kadett has all the great features that you would expect for this price range, but some that you wouldn’t expect.
It with a solid performance monitor. This will track everything that you would expect such as distance, speed, strokes, time, burned calories, and your heart rate through a unique ear lobe clip. The fact that it is equipped with a heart rate monitor is great, simply because the higher end machines have these. It also has advanced features like being able to set goals in order to keep yourself motivated when you’re working out, and even has audio and visual signals to keep on track.
Because of the special design, the Kadett is a bit wider than your normal rowers, so it does need more space. Although, the arms fold away so that when it is stored, it is normal sized in width, but it is still large when compared to other rowers which are able to be quite compact.
When the Kadett is being used, it is very smooth, not just when it comes to the hydraulic circular motion, but the way that it slides along the rails. It has a very solid and well designed frame that will feel quite sturdy even for the heavier individual. It does have a padded seat that is comfortable, and adjustable footplates that pivot, extending to support various users.
- Anti-slip foot protectors for improved safety.
- Durable Rails.
- Smooth operating seat rollers.
- Made by a leading manufacturer of fitness equipment worldwide.
- 3-year warranty on the frame.
Max. Weight Capacity: 250 lbs
Width: 67 in
Length: 59 in
Machine weight: 66 lbs
Storage: Oars fold away to make machine compact for size
- Circular motion actually mimics water rowing.
- Well made with high quality parts.
- Lots of resistance levels to suit various users.
- Quiet and Smooth operation.
- Foot straps may loosen during workouts.
- The design has the drawback of needing more space when in use.
- More expensive than other hydraulic resistance rowers.
- Can take time in order to assemble, and instructions can be hard to follow.
- Heart rate monitor can be inaccurate.
For the Kadett’s price, you will find that it is one of the best rowing machines that you can purchase. You can tell it was made by a German manufacturer, due to the high quality and well made machine that feels as if it will last for decades. The best part is that it has a realistic rowing motion. Anyone who has rowed on the water, will be able to close their eyes and feel as if they are on the water again. We cannot stress how great the design and motion of this rower is, and it tends to be a lot better than some of the less expensive hydraulic machines that you will see.
Although, there are a few issues that users have reported, one of the main ones being the foot straps are not well made and tend to be quite flimsy. There have been users that have stated that they modified them in order to make them work better. This may seem to be a minor issue, which doesn’t spoil what a great rower this is at such an affordable price.
Solid construction and unique rowing experience at a decent price.