The Stamina Wave 1450 Water Rower is a robust, well-built, no-nonsense machine. The elegant design is attractive with quality components, and at a price, it does represent excellent value for money in my view.
A flywheel spinning provides the resistance in the water tank. This also means the harder you row, the more resistance you’ll feel. You can raise your work rate further by adding more water (siphon included). The tank has ten levels marked on it; however, the warranty may be invalidated if you fill above level 10.
It’s an okay sort of monitor displaying all the usual data you’d expect to find. This model comes with a heart rate chest strap that displays your pulse on-screen – but note there are no heart rate programs. You can pre-set targets such as the distance you want to row, the time you want to row, or the stroke counts or calories you want to reach.
The rowing position is comfortable, thanks to a wide-padded seat. The seat slides smoothly and quietly up and down the solid steel beam thanks to the rollers beneath. Your feet would fit comfortably in the wide footrests – they also tilt like all footrests should for a smooth and comfortable ride.
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Product: Stamina Wave 1450 Water Rowing Machine
Warranty: Frame 3 years / Parts 90 days
My rating: 7.5/10
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The frame of this Stamina Wave rower is steel, including the main beam. That’s why it’s a bit heavier than other water rowing machines. Without water inside the tank, it weighs approx. 71 lbs. The tank’s capacity is not specified anywhere, but it’s somewhere around 4.5 gals. (17 l).
Thus, by filling the tank with water, will add approx. 37 lbs (16.7 kg) more to the overall weight of the machine. The front base, however, is equipped with a set of small wheels to facilitate the relocation of the machine.
In terms of dimensions, this fitness machine is rather large, especially lengthwise. It’s 85.35″ (217 cm) long, 20.25″ (52 cm) wide. And it also requires at least one foot of clearance at the rear and at least two feet of clearance on each side for safe operation. Therefore, it may not be the best choice for a small apartment or room. On the other hand, the frame of the Stamina 1450 Wave features a folding design. The gliding beam with the seat folds vertically, reducing the machine’s length to approx. 1/3.
The frame of this water rower rests on three base stabilizers. The middle and front base tubes feature heat injected caps, while the rear stabilizer integrates adjustable levelers. Differently put, the machine offers excellent stability, even if it’s not on a rubberized mat. However, placing it on a mat for usage is recommended.
As I’ve mentioned above, the rail of this machine is steel, not extruded aluminum as for other similar models. The rower’s maximum user weight capacity is 300 lbs (136 kg). Also, the gliding beam is relatively long; it can accommodate users over 6’5″ (195 cm) with no problem.
The rower’s gliding beam is not horizontal. It’s at a slight angle. Thus, it comes with three benefits. One, the recovery motion for each stroke is faster. Two, it provides a slightly more consistent workout for the legs. Three, it’s easier to take a position on the seat. At its highest point, the seat is approx. 16″ (40 cm) above floor level.
Seat, Footrests, and Pulling Handle
This Stamina rower comes with a contoured seat with a thin surface of padding for extra comfort. The seat’s gliding mechanism integrates six wheels, two pairs on top of the rail, one pair underneath. These wheels feature sealed ball bearings for smooth gliding on the track and a long lifespan.
The footrests on the Stamina Wave 1450 water rower are size adjustable, being able to accommodate sports shoes of all sizes. They also have heel guards and adjustable straps, offering all the stability required. They’re on a plate set at an angle of approx 45°, the optimal angle required — their angle’s non-adjustable though.
The machine’s pulling handle is slightly curved to reduce the impact on the user’s wrists. It’s completely coated with rubber foam material, providing a superior, comfortable grip.
1450 Water tank and resistance
The Stamina Waver 1450 water rower has a heavy-duty water tank, made of polycarbonate material, blue. The tank integrates a 3-blade impeller attached to a system of heavy-duty bungee cords and pulleys. As you pull the handle, the flywheel begins to spin into the water tank, generating resistance.
Since the resistance is water generated, it’s variable. It depends on the amount of strength you put behind each stroke or how fast you stroke. However, the overall resistance output also depends on the water level in the tank.
There are ten markings on it, and by filling it up to the 10th marking, you will benefit from a maximum overall resistance output. As we’ve mentioned above, the capacity of the tank is not specified, but it’s somewhere around 4.5 gals (17 l).
The rowing motion and feel are similar to the rowing of a real boat. It’s also quiet, far from producing the noise level of an air rower.
The console unit that comes with the Stamina Wave 1450 has quite a bit more to offer than a basic unit. First of all, it features a 7-panel display, which means it can indicate up to 7 workout metrics simultaneously, so you won’t have to scroll through them all the time. It shows time, distance, strokes per minute, total strokes (count), pulse, and calories.
An HR chest strap accessory is (included) for your pulse reading. Also, when it comes to heart rate, the console has a Pulse Recovery function, which measures how quickly you return to a resting heart rate after exercising. You can use this function to measure improvement as you get into shape. The console will monitor your heart rate for 60 seconds and calculate a Pulse Recovery value from 1 to 6.
The exercise meter doesn’t have any on-board workout apps. However, it does have goal setting functions for time, count, distance, calories, and pulse. Differently put, you can setup a specific value for each one of these workout metrics, and the console will start to count down for each of them, as you commence the workout.
The unit is easy to operate. It’s powered on by pulling the handlebar or by pressing any of its buttons, and will automatically shut off after 4 minutes of inactivity on the machine.
Its MODE button fulfills the selection function for a specific value. The Up / Down arrows are used to increase or decrease a particular value. RESET clears all the given values to zero. The Recovery button covers the unit’s recovery function. Finally, the unit uses 2-AA batteries, which are not (included).
1450 Assembly and Maintenance
The water tank with its impeller and all the internal pulleys, pulling handle, straps, as well as the footrests, come ready-assembled, attached to the front part of the metallic frame. Therefore, for assembly, you’ll need to connect the gliding beam, the seat, the rear stabilizer, and the console.
This whole task shouldn’t take more than 30 min. The manual provides clear assembly instructions, and the tools required are also (provided). The tank needs filling with tap water. A small siphon pump is (provided) for it.
For maintenance, it’s recommended to change the water in the tank periodically. Chlorine pills for treating the water are not (supplied). However, you’ll want to use sodium dichlor (56% chlorine).
Additionally, it’s advisable to wipe the rower’s beam with a piece of cloth before each use. This will ensure there aren’t any small particles on it, which may cause damage to the rail or the seat rollers.
Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 85.35L x 20.25W x 32.75H inches (217L x 52W x 83H cm)
- Assembled weight: 71 lbs (32.2 kg)
- Weight capacity: 300 lbs (136 kg)
- Frame: Steel
- Footrests: Adjustable, with straps
- Resistance: Water
- Fitness Console: Time, distance, count, SPM, calories, pulse, recovery function, goal setting functions
- Warranty: Frame 3 years / Parts 90 days
- Sturdy, steel construction;
- Folding design;
- Long gliding beam, thus the machine can accommodate tall users, over 6’5″;
- Padded, contoured seat;
- Adjustable footrests, with straps and heel guards, for maximum stability;
- Variable water resistance, which provides a natural rowing feel;
- Low noise level;
- Mid-range fitness console, with a 7-panel display, pulse reading, goals and recovery functions;
- Flexible console bracket allowing the adjustment of its angle;
- Chest strap transmitter for tracking pulse, included;
- Easy to assemble;
- Easy to handle and relocate;
- Little maintenance required.
- The console doesn’t have backlight;
- No angle adjustability for the footrests.
Stamina Wave 1450 Summary
The Stamina Wave 1450 is a water resistance rowing machine, meant for home use. It features a sturdy steel frame with a folding, space-saving design. Additionally, it can provide training possibilities for users of all levels. It has a mid-range console, with a 7-panel display. It’s perfect for anyone who wants a full-body cardio workout as rowing involves multiple groups of muscles, such as deltoids, rhomboids, biceps, paraspinal, hamstrings, quads, and glutes.
But its also a machine great for rehab training, stamina building, muscle toning, and weight loss. Finally, although it’s not exactly an inexpensive machine, it does cost a few $100s less than a WaterRower, for example. Therefore, I can safely say it offers an excellent price/value ratio.
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