Kettler Kadett Rowing Machine review

The is an excellent option for improving one's muscular and cardiovascular health. A thick, padded seat with sealed ball bearings glides smoothly along a steel track for ultimate comfort. With this affordable, yet high quality rower, there is no more excuse to not start working out today.

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The uses hydraulics, which is the cheapest of four main resistance types used on rowing machines. Although “hydraulics” might make you think of water, the system uses oil. It can become overheated if you use the machine intensely%u2026 so the Kadett is not meant for heavy use.

Kettler Home Exercise/Fitness Equipment: Kadett Outrigger Style Rower Rowing Machine
  • High resolution LCD digital display is easy to read and provides the following workout data: Time,...
  • Two industrial strength hydraulic pistons provide resistance with adjustment knobs to vary the...
  • Resistance levels are changed by using adjustment knobs with settings from 1 to 12 providing a wide...
  • Biomechanically correct footplates offer a natural pivoting action providing a full longitudinal...
  • Thick padding on seat provides maximum comfort and combines with sealed ball bearings to yield...

Last update on 2019-11-13 / Links & Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

The foldable Kettler Kadett Rower is a simple 50-pound rowing machine meant for occasional home use. It has a sturdy steel frame with lifetime guarantee, 12 levels of hydraulic resistance, and heart rate monitoring. The Kadett is made in Germany and has a three-year residential warranty.

The Kettler Kadett Rower is a lower-priced fitness machine made in Germany. Its typical retail price is $599. The Kadett uses hydraulics, which is the cheapest of four main resistance types used on rowing machines. Although “hydraulics” might make you think of water, the system uses oil.

It can become overheated if you use the machine intensely%u2026 so the Kadett is not meant for heavy use. Nonetheless this lower-end resistance system is paired with a sturdy steel frame that's under lifetime warranty.

The Kettler Kadett Rower has a small LCD monitor displaying time, total oar strokes, current cadence, cumulative distance over a training session, heart rate and kilojoules. It can measure heart rate using an ear clip with infrared technology, and it also has a wireless heart rate receiver.

The Kadett rowing machine is compact and can easily be folded for narrow vertical storage. Wheels are attached to make moving the unit hassle-free. It only weighs 50 pounds but has a 250 pound capacity.

Here are some selling points for the Kettler Kadett Rower, including a strong frame and comfortable motion.

Cardio Wellness Feature: Improving your heart health is a main benefit of using a rowing machine. Kettler computer monitors have a recovery program that measures your pulse change after exercise. The Kadett can use infrared sensing or wireless monitoring to calculate a cardio wellness score of 1 to 6. Heart Rate Monitoring: Two options are provided for pulse monitoring. The first is an ear clip that uses infrared technology to communicate with the Kadett's computer.

The second is a wireless receiver. The required chest strap for the latter is sold separately. Keep in mind though, riders have observed that the data readouts aren't accurate. Comfortable Design: This rowing machine has biomechanically correct footplates to support healthy motion for the lower body, and it lets your upper body use a full range of motion. Its seat is thickly padded. Stores Upright: The Kettler Kadett Rower can be stored vertically.

The Kadett is a hydraulic rower that uses pistons on the 'oars' to resist your movement and work your muscles.The resistance level is alter by turning a collar on the piston and we found the range of 12 different levels to be sufficient for most users. However, some may find adjusting the collars on both pistons awkward. It also means having to stop and change settings if you're doing pyramid training.The Kadett is a compact machine and easily folds up into a smaller size for storage – see dimensions below.

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If you're short of space at home this would make a suitable choice. Kettler are a German company and generally make good quality fitness equipment. We found the build quality to be very good and this looks like a machine that will give you a few years of trouble-free use. 

We've heard of a user who had a problem with one of the pistons – however, these are covered for three years under the warranty and are easy enough to replace. 

A number of users complained that they move when rowing – not good. The connection to the frame is too weak and we've had emails from users who say they've broken and needed replacing. This is unfortunate as otherwise it's a pretty good rower for the price.Another deal-breaker for some may be the use of pistons. 

Many dislike them on rowers because they can never be as smooth as an air, magnetic or water mechanism – see more here. But on the positive side, hydraulic pistons are a cheap component and bring a rowing machine into the budgets of many who may otherwise not be able to buy one. Being able to monitor your pulse is a big advantage. This gives you the opportunity to add heart rate training programs to your workouts. These are a great way to get the most from your sessions and can aid weight loss and accelerate fitness levels. 

Kettler Home Exercise/Fitness Equipment: Kadett Outrigger Style Rower Rowing Machine
  • High resolution LCD digital display is easy to read and provides the following workout data: Time,...
  • Two industrial strength hydraulic pistons provide resistance with adjustment knobs to vary the...
  • Resistance levels are changed by using adjustment knobs with settings from 1 to 12 providing a wide...
  • Biomechanically correct footplates offer a natural pivoting action providing a full longitudinal...
  • Thick padding on seat provides maximum comfort and combines with sealed ball bearings to yield...

Last update on 2019-11-13 / Links & Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

User Reviews

Review 1

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 bet, but honestly, the motion with this machine is so fluid and natural that your body should tell you if you're not doing something correctly. Pain does not always equal gain, people.

The machine itself is a substantial piece of equipment. Believe it clocks in at around 65 lbs which wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't so awkward to move. (Kettler, the introduction of wheels somewhere on this frame would be well appreciated!) I guess I choose to see this as a bonus since lugging it around my place might bump up the fitness level, yes? Yes? With that being said though, the parts and make are quality. I have no fear that something is going to brake or fall apart. Pure beast, this one.

Some things I don't love about this rower, hence the docking of a star on our relationship?

– First, it was a monster to assemble. In general, it came together pretty easily until I got to the arms. Oh God, THE ARMS. The fittings used to secure them don't quite…well, fit. A few times I was forced to pull out a hammer in hopes of getting them in. Not sure if that's best practice, but between that and the slur of curse words, it seemed to do the trick. Assembly was a bit lengthier than anticipated — two Mad Men episodes rather than just one. The incessant hammering may have been the culprit there, though.
– Second, Mr. Kadett is a bit of a squeaker at times. He does the job, but the machine is not the quietest. The rotation of the arms causes a clinking noise every now and again, sometimes more frequent than others. It's not AWFUL, but a bit of a pain to listen.
– Third, oh…the hand grips! One great thing about the grips is that they're able to rotate with the machine so you're not forced to constantly slide your precious skin awkwardly to keep with the motion. One not so great thing is that the hard plastic is…well…hard, and also features a seam that's convenient for developing blisters. This is kind of a bummer, but no pain, no gain…amiright? (No, I'm not right. Never listen to me.) One reviewer had suggested wrapping sports tape around the handles to cushion them a bit, which I'm going to try. May also snag some gloves for the full effect. Better to look like I'm trying too hard than to have beautiful whelps on my palms.

All in all though, this is a decent machine for the price. Compared to models I was considering (looking at you, Concept2), it has a smaller footprint, is easier to move, is better for storing in a small space, and falls into the less inexpensive realm for quality of what you're getting. The motion of the ocean is also fantastic and actually seems to be less tiring and more natural than a standard one-rower erg — Of course, you get the same degree of a work-out, it just feels less strenuous on body parts that a regular erg can wreak havoc on, like your back.

So far in our brief romance, I'd recommend. If this relationship takes a turn for the worst though, I'll be sure to alert the tabloids. Happy rowing!

Review 2

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 rower 2-3 times per week for <30 minutes per session, you might be able to get 6-12 months out of your shocks, in which case you should plan on spending $150-300 per year to maintain the rower. Also, I highly recommend that you don%u2019t put the rower on your carpeting unless you don%u2019t mind having your living room look like the Exxon Valdez has floated through each time the shocks start leaking oil. Another issue with the shocks themselves is that they are very tight at the beginning of each workout session and then they drop resistance to something more manageable after about 10minutes, but unfortunately after about 20 minutes they have lost almost all of their resistance even at the highest setting. That was the case with the first set of shocks that came with my unit, so I%u2019m still waiting to see if the 2nd set actually function better to maintain a reasonably same amount of resistance from the beginning to the end of a workout. Also, the heart rate monitor is completely useless. Mine is so erratic that it will fluctuate anywhere from 60-160 bpm during my workout, which is completely inaccurate. Kettler is also well aware of this design flaw and they are more than willing to resolve it by charging you an additional $89 for a chest strap style heart rate monitor, but considering their quality on the other issues, I don%u2019t think it would be a wise decision to purchase anything else from them. In hindsight, I wish I purchased a rower that had a better warranty and did not require an additional $600 per year expense to replace the shocks.

Other Useful Information

  • High resolution LCD digital display is easy to read and provides the following workout data: Time, Distance, Energy Consumed, Strokes, Pulse Rate and Frequency
  • Two industrial strength hydraulic pistons provide resistance with adjustment knobs to vary the resistance level; Includes an infrared earlobe clip sensor measures pulse rate electronically
  • Resistance levels are changed by using adjustment knobs with settings from 1 to 12 providing a wide and challenging range of resistance
  • Biomechanically correct footplates offer a natural pivoting action providing a full longitudinal rowing motion; Frame is made of high carbon steel and powder coated and has a lifetime warranty against breakage
  • Thick padding on seat provides maximum comfort and combines with sealed ball bearings to yield exceptionally smooth performance along the chrome plated steel rails

Conclusion

The is a clever piece of kit. It closely replicates the rowing action of being on the water – but is this necessarily the best way to get fit? You'll either love the action or hate it, We recommend you try this one first before you buy. If you like the action then it's a good, compact machine that will fit easily into your home. 

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