Kettler Stroker Rower Review

The Kettler Stroker Rower and Multi-Trainer is an affordable fitness machine made in China by a German company. The retail price is $699. This unit has a powder coated steel frame like the well-received (and more expensive) Kettler Coach E, but it uses manual magnetic resistance controls and is less challenging. The Kettler Stroker Rower has a monitor displaying time, oar strokes, current cadence, cumulative distance, heart rate, and kilojoules. A wireless chest strap and receiver are ...
5.5 Total Score
Kettler Stroker Rowing Machine

Comfort
7
Console
5.5
Stability
7.5
Value
6
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Kettler Stroker Rower Review
Kettler Stroker Rowing Machine Review

The foldable Kettler Stroker Rower and Multi-Trainer is an entry-level rowing machine designed for home use. Its key points are a powder-coated steel frame, eight levels of magnetic resistance, and a wireless heart rate monitor. It has attachments to support 10 exercises in addition to rowing. This mini fitness station is best suited to beginners and intermediate rowers. Unfortunately, this machine has not been as well received as other Kettler products and should be approached with caution.

The Kettler Stroker Rower and Multi-Trainer is an affordable fitness machine made in China by a German company. The retail price is $699. This unit has a powder coated steel frame like the well-received (and more expensive) Kettler Coach E, but it uses manual magnetic resistance controls and is less challenging.

The Kettler Stroker Rower has a monitor displaying time, oar strokes, current cadence, cumulative distance, heart rate, and kilojoules. A wireless chest strap and receiver are included.

Kettler rowing products are unique for providing extra exercise support. The Kettler Stroker Rower is called a “Multi-Trainer” because it arrives with an innovative attachment to support 10 additional exercises. This attachment is also available with other Kettler rowers.

The Kettler Stroker Rower and Multi-Trainer is rather large, measuring 86” L x 24” W x 32” H. However, its long beam can be folded upright for storage. Wheels are attached to make repositioning the entire unit easy.


Positives:
  • Cardio Wellness Feature: Improving cardiovascular fitness is a primary benefit of using a rowing machine. The monitor for the Kettler Stroker Rower has a recovery program that measures your pulse change after exercise. Based on this measurement, it provides a cardio wellness score of 1 to 6 to help track your fitness.
  • Smooth Resistance: The Stroker Rower and Multi-Trainer uses magnetic resistance. It can be manually adjusted with indexed settings 1 through 8. Infinite adjustments can be made between the highest and lowest level.
  • Comfortable Design: This rowing machine is nicely sized for people shorter than 5’11”. The biomechanically correct footplates support healthy motion for the hips and legs, while your upper body is free to use a full range of motion. Its seat is well padded and glides smoothly for low-impact exercise.
  • Low Maintenance: The Stroker Rower’s seat glides with top grade rollers.
  • Stores Upright: The Kettler Stroker Rower can be stored vertically and transport wheels make it easy to move.
  • Steel Frame: The frame is made of powder coated steel. It weighs about 80 pounds and has a lifetime warranty.
  • Bonus Exercises: The Kettler Stroker Rower and Multi-Trainer arrives with a steel plate attachment for the back of the machine. This supports 10 additional exercises, transforming the rower into a mini gym.
  • Battery Powered: The console uses AA batteries, so no power cord is required.
  • Warranty: The parts warranty is for two years, a nice match for a $699 rowing machine.


Negatives:
  • Data Monitor: User have reported issues with Stroker Rower’s monitor’s accuracy, unlike the monitors on other Kettler products. Time, Energy Consumed, Strokes, Pulse Rate and Frequency are shown simultaneously. The data is shown with English and German.
  • Weight Limit: Kettler rowers have relatively light weight capacities. The limit for this rower isn’t published, but is estimated to be 250 pounds.
  • Manual Resistance Control: An advantage of manual resistance is that precise adjustments can be made, but we still prefer the electronic controls found on more expensive rowing machines.
  • Noisy: The best magnetic rowing machines are the quietest rowers on the market. Unfortunately, customers have reported that this one can get quite squeaky after a few months of use.
  • Not for Taller Rowers: Judging from customer reviews of the Kettler Stroker Rower, it is best sized for people under 5’11”.


Our Conclusion

The Kettler Stroker Rower is well suited to all but the tallest riders. However, its electronics are a disappointment. Customer reviews suggest that only about half the owners would recommend this machine to a friend. The Kettler Coach M and Coach E are much more reliable rowing machines and the Coach M doesn’t even cost much more. Not all budget priced rowers are actually a good deal. Sometimes those savings are reflected in an inferior product like the Stroker.

Kettler Stroker Rower Specifications:

Overall Score:5.5
Resistance:Magnetic
Monitor:Data Display
Upright Storage:Yes
Programs:Yes
Weight Capacity:250 LBS

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