Kettler is a German-based company that dates back to 1949. Kettler USA has served North America since the 1980s. This international brand not only manufactures residential rowers and other indoor fitness machines, but also makes road bikes, ping pong tables, patio furniture, and other leisure products. This brand features five rowing machines that use either magnetic or hydraulic resistance. The majority of their rowers also include special attachments that provide other workout options and allow them to function as miniature gyms. Kettler’s advertised prices include delivery.
Top Kettler Rowing Machines
Kettler Rowing Machines
Kettler currently produces four magnetic resistance rowing machines, as well as one entry-level hydraulic unit. All are designed for home use, with their quality ranging from average to above average. The magnetic rowers are paired with reliable computer monitors by SIEMENS, and all of the machines are under warranty for three years.
The Kettler Coach S is currently the brand’s top of the line rowing machine. It is built in Germany, and boasts premium features including a sculpted wooden seat and handles, an LCD touchscreen display, and a new resistance technology they’re calling ‘induction brake resistance’. Based on the information available, they’re basically using an electromagnet to control its resistance, rather than changing the distance between a permanent magnet and its flywheel. It’s a clever change, however until we spend some time on it it’s hard to say whether this technology is actually beneficial at a practical level.
The Coach E is Kettler’s most popular and well-rated rowing machine at the moment. This quiet magnetic rower is one of the top offerings in the category. It features a steel frame, a wide range of resistance with electronic controls, and 12 preset programs. A special feature of this model is its additional exercise options. The Kettler Coach E arrives with two attachments that support 16 different exercises.
Very similar to the Coach E is the Kettler Coach M. The Coach M indoor rower has manually controlled magnetic resistance instead of electronic tension control. Like the Coach E, the Coach M has two easy-to-attach plates to support 16 additional exercises.
Having discontinued two of its other hydraulic resistance rowing machines, the entry level machine from Kettler is now the Kadett. This model uses a pair of hydraulic struts to provide resistance, with an adjustment range of 12 levels. This is a fairly high-spec machine for a hydraulic rower, as it also includes built-in programming and a wireless heart rate monitor. We tend to prefer magnetic or air resistance at this price range (full retail is $599), however this machine could still be a contender if you just don’t have space in your home for a full-length rowing machine.
- Monitor: Kettler’s magnetic rowers (but not its hydraulic rowers) help guide workouts with high quality SIEMENS computer monitors. These monitors have preset programs and display accurate wireless heart rate data.
- Heart Rate Features: Heart rate control workouts are supported on the Coach E and Coach M magnetic rowing machines. These units and the cheaper Kettlers also have a Cardio Wellness function that measures heart rate change after exercise and assigns a score of 1 to 6.
- Wide Resistance Ranges: Kettler rowers can support a wide range of skill levels. The Coach E magnetic rower alone offers a resistance range of 25 to 500 watts. Even Kettler’s cheapest rower, the Favorit, has 50 levels of hydraulic resistance.
- Bonus Exercises: A special benefit of three of Kettler’s magnetic rowing machines, a set of easy-to-attach plates are included that support up to 16 additional exercises. These allow the rowing machines to serve as miniature gyms.
- Comfortable Design: Kettler rowers feel good to use. They have pivoting footplates, cushioned seats, and smooth glides.
- Store Upright: These rowers can be stored upright or folded to save space.
- Warranty: Kettler’s warranties are very competitive, providing three years of parts coverage even on the cheapest units.
- Cost: Some of Kettler’s products are priced a bit high compared to other competitors in the market.
The Kettler rowing machine collection is diverse enough to satisfy a wide variety of customers. The machines have strong warranties and Kettler USA’s customer service reps are readily available. This is a top brand to consider for high quality magnetic and hydraulic rowers. The Kadett is a much more niche offering, but even it could be the right choice if your specific circumstances align with its benefits.
1. Kettler Coach E Rower
A step up from the more basic Coach M, the Kettler Coach E rowing machine boasts frictionless electromagnetic resistance and 12 preset workouts. Its resistance range will challenge a wide range of trainees, from beginners through to advanced rowers. Built to last, the Coach M rower’s high-carbon steel and powder-coated frame has a lifetime warranty against breakage. At 80″ long by 20″ wide, it’s an average sized rower. Although not foldable, you can move the Coach E rower from room to room with the help of the attached caster wheels. It’s one of the best budget-friendly electromagnetic rowing machines on the market.Read the Full Kettler Coach E Rower Review
2. Kettler Coach M Rower
The Kettler Coach M resembles the popular Coach E, but offers less programming and uses manual resistance control. It features a near-silent magnetic braking system with resistance options to suit beginners through to stronger rowers. Although it does not offer preset workout programs, its console displays a wide range of exercise data and supports wireless heart-rate monitoring. It is also shipped with a backboard and front footplate to support 16 different exercises. Measuring 81” long by 21” wide, it’s a medium sized rowing machine. It does not fold, but it can be stored upright or moved into another room for storage with the help of the attached caster wheels.Read the Full Kettler Coach M Rower Review
3. Kettler Stroker Rower
The Kettler Stroker rowing machine is an interesting offering in the entry-level rower category. Using magnetic resistance, the Kettler Stroker comes loaded with a fairly detailed console, and even sells with an included wireless heart rate monitor—something pretty much unheard of in a rower under the $700 mark. It’s well suited to taller and heavier rowers too, which doesn’t happen often in this price bracket. Additional attachments (included) allow the unit to also be used for strength training exercises. It’s also worth noting that this machine is very quiet on account of its magnetic resistance and nylon belt pull mechanism. Though air resistance has its perks, this makes the machine a favored choice for those not wanting to disrupt their household with the sound of their daily workout.Read the Full Kettler Stroker Rower Review