The Niceday 206 Magnetic Rowing Machine is perfect for family use. The 48 inches (122 cm) slide rail comfortably accommodates users between 4′ 9″ and 6′ 9″ (145 – 205.7 cm), allowing all family members to enjoy the rowing benefits together. Furthermore, it has a maximum user weight limit of 350 lbs (158.9 kg) which is excellent for a home-use machine.
To reduce the sliding noise, Niceday uses a dual-sided rail and multi-pulley design instead of the single track and single wheel combination, effectively decreasing the sliding sound to 26 db. Therefore, it sounds like a breeze blowing through the ear.
The 206 has a seat cushion designed to appropriate curves according to human body characteristics and rowing movements. As a result, you will find the most suitable position at the sit-down moment, maximizing comfort and exercise effect. In addition, the oversized footrests feature a textured surface and adjustable straps and heel guards for improved foot stability.
Learn more in my complete review below!
Product: Niceday 206 Magnetic Rowing Machine
Warranty: Parts lifetime
My rating: 9.25/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 77.56L x 21.85W x 30.12H inches (197L x 55W x 67H cm)
- Shipping weight: 77 lbs (34.9 kg)
- Weight capacity: 350 lbs (158.9 kg)
- Frame: Steel & aluminum
- Footrests: Pivoting, with straps
- Resistance type: Magnetic, 16 levels
- Fitness Monitor: Time, count, distance, strokes per minute, calories, goals, scan
- Extras: Phone holder
- Warranty: Parts lifetime
206 Frame construction
The Niceday 206 Magnetic Rowing Machine combines steel and aluminum elements in its frame construction. For example, its front frame section holds the resistance system, and the rear stabilizer and the core part of the rail are steel tubing.
The side sections of the rail are extruded aluminum. All the steel parts in the machine’s construction come coated with a corrosion-resistant black paint finish.
This rowing machine also integrates several plastic parts. The most notable ones are the covers of the drive and resistance elements, the base bar caps, and the casing of the fitness monitor.
The Niceday 206 magnetic rower is not a super large fitness machine. However, it does take 77.5″L x 21.85″W (197 x 55 cm) of floor space.
Therefore, allowing at least two feet of clearance on each side and at the rear is advisable to execute the rowing motion safely. In addition, its rail is foldable, and with it folded up, the machine’s footprint becomes 35″L x 22″W (89 x 55 cm).
The unit’s rail is approximately 48″ (122 cm) long. Thus, the machine comfortably accommodates users between 4’9″ and 6’9″ (145 – 205.7 cm). Furthermore, it has a maximum user weight limit of 350 lbs (158.9 kg) which is excellent for a home-use machine.
The rower is not super-heavy, weighing 77 lbs (~35 kg), so one person can carry and assemble the machine. Also, once completed, it is easy to move as its front base features a set of transport wheels.
Seat and other parts
The Niceday 206 magnetic rowing machine has a pretty standard seat. Its top is approximately 12″ (30 cm) wide, providing plenty of contact surface. In addition, it has contours for extra comfort and padding but does not have thick cushioning, so it’s pretty firm.
The base of the seat is steel-made. It integrates three sets of wheels that pass through the grooves of the aluminum side sections of the rail assembly. They have miniature internal ball bearings and a rubber layer outside for smooth motion and reduced noise.
It’s also important to note that the machine’s rail is not perfectly horizontal. For instance, this is a plus, as the rower provides a better leg workout. Also, the seat’s highest point is approximately 12″ (30 cm) above the floor level.
The rower comes with a set of oversized footrests. They’re made of durable thermoplastic material and have a textured surface, adjustable straps, and heel guards for improved foot stability.
The machines’ footrests are not size-adjustable but large enough to accommodate athletic shoes of all sizes. In addition, they have a pivoting design so you can adjust the angle of your feet slightly during each stroke. Furthermore, they have stoppers at the heel so they won’t tilt backward past an angle of approx. 60°.
The machine’s pulling handle has an ergonomic design. It curves slightly towards the user and has rubber foam sleeves for improved contact. Unfortunately, it does not have integrated HR pulse sensors or other controls. Instead, it is attached to a heavy-duty nylon strap, highly resistant to abrasion.
206 Resistance system
The Niceday 206 magnetic rowing machine comes equipped with a manual magnetic resistance system similar up to a point to the resistance of a magnetic exercise bike. Furthermore, the rower is not motorized. Therefore, you don’t need to connect it to an external power source. The only power source needed is a set of batteries for its fitness monitor.
The main elements of the machine’s resistance system are a magnetic brake, a tension knob, and a metallic flywheel. The brake and the flywheel have guards in the front of the machine, concealing them from sight. The brake connects the tension knob to a steel wire.
Therefore, when you turn the knob clockwise, the magnets move closer to the flywheel, which increases the rowing difficulty. Conversely, if you turn the knob to the left, the magnets move away from the flywheel, which leads to a lower rowing difficulty.
The machine offers 16 levels of resistance which is not bad, as most magnetic rowers in this price range only offer 8. In addition, the machine delivers a reasonably low difficulty level on the lowest setting, which is great for recovery training or muscle toning.
Conversely, the 16th tension level is a challenge even for the most seasoned users but great for stamina development and weight loss.
It’s also important to note that the machine does not provide a dynamic response like a water-resistance or air-resistance rower.
So, for example, the resistance does not increase if you pull faster. Instead, it strictly depends on the selected magnetic tension level. Nonetheless, the rower still provides a consistent full-body cardio workout even if the rowing feel is slightly different.
The Niceday 206 magnetic rowing machine comes equipped with a pretty simple fitness monitor. It features an LCD that tracks time, stroke count, strokes per minute (SPM), distance, and calories burned. Unfortunately, it does not have a pulse reading function. In addition, it also does not have a split time (time/500 m) function.
The monitor is incompatible with any fitness app and has no preset workout programs. However, it allows selecting workout goals for time, count, and calories burned.
After choosing a goal for any of these metrics, it will count down from the specified value until it reaches zero. Therefore, you can keep track of your progress and push your limits from one workout session to another.
The fitness monitor is straightforward to use. It has three buttons: Set, Mode, and Reset. The Set button covers the goal-setting function. The Mode button lets you select the workout metric you want to view on display.
There is also a scan mode; in scan mode, the monitor shows each workout metric for approximately six seconds and rotates them. And finally, the reset button clears all the values on the monitor to zero.
The monitor is battery-powered, requiring two AA batteries. Furthermore, it also integrates a device holder with a small shelf under the buttons on which you can place your phone. However, you cannot connect or sync your phone with the rower’s fitness monitor.
206 Assembly and Maintenance
The front unit of the machine with the drive and resistance elements comes pre-assembled. You only need to attach the front stabilizer, connect the rail to the front section of the rower, add the seat, close the rail with the rear stabilizer, then add the footrests and the fitness monitor.
Therefore, it may take up to an hour, but the task is simple. The manual provides step-by-step assembly instructions, and the necessary assembly tools come with the rowing machine.
It is advisable to keep the machine clean, especially the rail, to prevent any damage to the seat’s wheels for maintenance. However, the internal parts should not need any care for an extended time. It is also advisable to periodically check for loose bolts and parts and retighten them.
- Fairly decent construction – can hold users up to 350 lbs;
- Folding rail, space-saving design;
- Transport wheels on the front base;
- Adjustable levelers on the front and rear stabilizers;
- Large, padded, and contoured seat for improved comfort;
- Steel rail reinforced with extruded aluminum side beams;
- Pivoting footrests with adjustable straps;
- Quiet magnetic resistance with 16 distinct levels;
- Fitness monitor included – it tracks time, count, SPM, distance, and calories burned;
- Workout target function;
- Device holder included;
- Easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance is required.
- The fitness monitor doesn’t have a pulse reading function;
- The monitor does not track split time (time/500 m) metrics;
- There is no backlight on the fitness monitor LCD.
Niceday 206 Magnetic Rowing Machine Summary
The Niceday 206 is a rowing machine made for home use. It has a 16-level magnetic resistance system, a 46-inch rail, a comfortable seat, and a fitness monitor that tracks time, distance, count, SPM, and calories.
Furthermore, the rail is foldable and offers a decent 350-pound (158.9 kg) maximum user weight limit. Moreover, it’s a machine for a full-body cardio workout, stamina development, muscle toning, and weight loss.
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Please remember to consult your physician to determine if you have any medical or physical conditions that could put your health and safety at risk or prevent you from using the equipment properly. In addition, your physician’s advice is essential if you are taking medication that affects your heart rate, blood pressure, or cholesterol level.