Never be bored with a variety of exercise experiences using the ECHANFIT Magnetic Rower in your home. From global workouts and even cross-training options like an indoor cycle and full-body training, the ECHANFIT rower provides limitless variety.
The Silent Magnetic Resistance, long-lasting and reliable, will not require much maintenance, and does not create noise, bringing you a smooth and quiet experience. Increase the intensity and build strength using the 16 levels of silent magnetic resistance.
The ECHANFIT rower comes equipped with a fitness console, which shows data, such as speed, distance, time, RPM, stroke count, and strokes per minute (SPM), and it includes a convenient scan feature. However, the LCD cannot read your pulse from a wireless HR chest strap transmitter.
Rowing is a great cardiovascular exercise, as well as a workout to strengthen major muscle groups. It is a low-impact exercise, which can be highly challenging, burning calories and toning the body. The ECHANFIT Magnetic Rower is an excellent choice if you want to invest in a workout to last you a lifetime.
Learn more in my complete review below!
Product: ECHANFIT Magnetic Rower
Warranty: 1 year limited
My rating: 9/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 75.20L x 19.29W x 33.46H inches (191L x 49W x 85H cm)
- Shipping weight: 61 lbs (27.6 kg)
- Weight capacity: 265 lbs (120 kg)
- Frame: Steel
- Resistance type: Magnetic, 16 levels
- Console: Time, RPM, count, distance, calories, goals, scan
- Warranty: 1 year limited
The ECHANFIT magnetic rower features a steel frame, but it also incorporates ABS parts in its construction. For example, the drive and resistance elements’ covers and the footrests come from durable ABS material.
All the steel parts in the machine’s construction are powder-coated with a durable paint finish, resistant to corrosion. The color used is black, this being the only color available for this rower model (at least for the moment).
The fully assembled trainer is smaller than other rowers. However, it still is approx. 75″ (191 cm) long and 19.2″ (49 cm) wide, so it may not fit too well in a small room.
Also, it’s best to leave at least two feet of clearance on each side of it and at the rear. Nonetheless, this rower is foldable. Its rail can fold up, which reduces its length to approx—29″ (73 cm).
The unit’s rail offers approx. 38″ (96 cm) of travel for the seat. Also, the footrests are a few inches away from the end of the track. Therefore, this rowing machine can accommodate users with an inseam up to 43.3″ (109 cm); differently put, it can provide a complete leg extension for users up to 6’6 ″ (198 cm).
The ECHANFIT magnetic rower isn’t extremely heavy. With the frame fully set up, it weighs approx 55 lbs (25 kg). Thus, it can be carried and assembled by only one person. Furthermore, its front base features transport wheels, which facilitate its relocation. Plus, its rear base bar comes equipped with adjustable stabilizers.
One last aspect to mention here regards the rail angle. For the ECHANFIT rower, the rail slants forward by a few degrees. This means that the machine provides a slightly faster recovery motion and extra difficulty for the leg-push phase.
Seat and other parts
The ECHANFIT magnetic rowing machine comes equipped with a reasonably large seat designed for optimal comfort. It integrates approx. 1.5″ (4 cm) of foam padding, and its upholstery is a durable vinyl material.
The base of the seat is steel-made. It integrates three-roller sets; two slides on top of the rail while the third is underneath it for extra stability. The rollers integrate ball bearings for smooth motion. They have rubberized outer covers to minimize noise. The side of the metallic seat frame conceals the wheels to improve safety.
The seat and the rail have a maximum user weight capacity of 265 lbs (120 kg), which is not bad for a machine made for home use. Also, the seat’s maximum height (when it’s extended to the back) is approx. 10″ (25.4 cm), so entry and exit shouldn’t be too difficult even for users with specific disabilities or elderly users.
This rower comes equipped with two large, non-adjustable footrests, and they feature heel guards and adjustable straps for maximum foot stability. They will accommodate athletic shoes of all sizes.
The footrests have a pivoting design. This means they can swivel on their axis, so you can slightly change your feet’ angle during each stroke. Nonetheless, they have rear stoppers, so they can’t swivel backward over a higher pitch than approx—50 °.
The rower’s pulling handle consists of a short straight bar attached to a heavy-duty abrasion-resistant nylon strap. This means the unit’s drive system doesn’t require any lubrication. Unfortunately, the pulling handle doesn’t have pulse sensors like some of the most expensive rowers, and the included console does not have a pulse reading function.
ECHANFIT Resistance system
This ECHANFIT rowing machine features a magnetic resistance system with manual action. This means you don’t have to connect it to a power source. This also means the console does not adjust the resistance and does not have preset workout programs.
The unit’s resistance system is up to a point similar to an upright magnetic bike’s tension system. It consists of a magnetic brake connected to the tension dial on top of the machine’s front unit through a steel cable. By turning the knob clockwise, the brake moves closer to the flywheel, increasing the resistance.
As opposed to other rowers in this price and feature range, the ECHANFIT rower offers 16 levels of resistance (rather than only 8). This allows micro-adjustments to provide better possibilities for you to find the right workout load.
The exact weight of the internal flywheel is not specified. However, given the machine’s weight, it probably doesn’t weigh more than 20 lbs (9 kg). It is a balanced flywheel with more weight in its perimeter, which leads to extra inertia.
The internal transmission uses a poly-v belt. This type of drive will reduce vibration and also eliminate the need for periodic lubrication.
It’s important to mention that since this is a magnetic rower without any water resistance or air resistance elements, it does not provide a dynamic response during rowing. Differently put, the resistance does not depend on how hard you pull the handle; it only depends on the selected tension level.
This shouldn’t be an inconvenience, though, as the machine still provides a very consistent, full-body cardio workout. However, a professional rowing athlete may need a dynamic response to benefit from a more natural rowing feel.
The console included with this ECHANFIT magnetic rower does not have any preset workout programs and cannot adjust the unit’s resistance automatically. However, it also doesn’t require an external power source, as it is battery-powered.
The console unit features a large LCD (without LED backlight), tracking time, distance, RPM, count, and calories burned. Unfortunately, it does not integrate an HR receiver and cannot read your pulse from a wireless HR chest strap transmitter. Thus, if you need to keep track of your pulse during rowing, you must use a separate device.
The console features three buttons. The Mode button allows you to scroll through the workout metrics and select the one you want to view, or you can choose the Scan Mode, and in this case, the parameters will rotate; each one displays for several seconds.
The Set button allows you to set up a workout goal for time, count or calories burned. When a goal is selected, the console will countdown from the chosen goal to zero, notifying you when you have completed your goal. And finally, the Reset button clears all the values on the console to zero.
The console unit does not have online connectivity, a sound system, or a USB port. However, it does integrate a tablet holder. Also, its mount is foldable to provide better storage possibilities if needed.
ECHANFIT Assembly and Maintenance
The front unit with the drive and resistance elements of the machine comes pre-assembled. The rest of the parts require user assembly. In other words, you will have to attach the seat to the rail, connect the seat to the front unit, add the two base bars, the footrests, and the console.
This shouldn’t take more than an hour. All the necessary assembly instructions are in the manual. Tools for assembly are also (included) with the rower.
It is advisable to keep the machine’s rail clean to prevent damage to the seat rollers for maintenance. Other than this, you only have to check for loose bolts from time to time and keep liquids away from the exercise meter unit.
- Sturdy frame for a home-use machine – can hold users up to 265 lbs;
- Folding frame and aesthetic design;
- Transport wheels on the front base;
- Adjustable stabilizers on the rear base;
- Large, padded seat for improved comfort;
- Relatively long rail – can accommodate users up to 6’6″;
- Pivoting footrests with adjustable straps;
- Quiet magnetic resistance with 16 distinct levels;
- Fitness console included – it tracks time, distance, count, RPM, and calories burned;
- Goal settings for time, count, and calories;
- Tablet holder included;
- Easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance is required.
- No backlight on the console;
- A tablet placed on the tablet holder will cover the LCD;
- No pulse reading function.
ECHANFIT Magnetic Rower Summary
The ECHANFIT magnetic rower offers 16 levels of resistance, a large comfortable seat, and a folding frame. It has a reasonably decent construction with a weight capacity of 265 lbs, and it also includes a console with goal-setting functions for time, count, and calories.
It’s an excellent machine for home use, offering the possibility to perform a full-body cardio workout, recovery training, improve your stamina, tone muscles, and lose weight. It’s also a pretty affordable trainer, currently available for around $300.
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