The Concept2 Model D is the best known and biggest selling quality rowing machines around - and for good reason. It's a solid, reliable rower and will last you for years, even with regular use..
First things first, the Concept2 is an air resistance rower, which means it's action is smooth and will closely replicate rowing on water, it will also adjust to your effort meaning the faster you row the higher the resistance. in other words, it doesn't matter how hard you pull it will match your strength no problem.
The construction is very solid and will put up with years of punishment without complaint.These models are used in gymnasiums all over the world and therefore built to last. They're also first choice for the majority of rowing clubs and serious rowers - which says it all really!
The rowing position is great and the seat is very comfortable even for long sessions. If you've used a rower at a gym, it was most likely a Concept2. Many gym users buy a budget rower for home use and are disappointed - because it doesn't feel anything like as good as a Concept2.
A quick note of caution. If you're knees aren't as reliable as they used to be in your twenties, you might want to consider the next machine up in their range, the Model E - it's $200 more but has a higher seat which is much easier to get on or off.
Not sure which one to go for? Check our Model D vs Model E Guide.
Also well worth considering is the Slide accessory to give you the sensation of rowing on water. You place the machine on the slides and as you pull back your machine slides forward, just like being on the water as you get a real feel of movement for that effort you're putting into your workout - neat!
The Concept2 is available in either silver or black - so there's another decision to make. In our view it's no contest... it has to be black - it looks so cool. Available on Amazon for only $945 - it could be the best $945 you ever spend!You can choose between a number of screens to display the data you need in your preferred format.
The new PM5 has much more functionality than the old PM4 giving you even more of a reason to buy. One of our favorites is the 'race boat' option which allows you to compete against a boat on screen to a set pace or even against yourself from a previous session :0) You can also display your previous performances on one screen. The PM5 also enables you to race online with other Concept2 users - now there's an incentive to train!
BTW, PM is short for 'Performance Monitor'
The Concept2 Model D is one heck of a rowing machine - for one heck of a great price. This brand has dominated the rowing machine market for many years - and it's no surprise to see why. It's rock solid even when really giving it some stick, will last for years and will very, very rarely let you down. It's the first choice for most serious rowers and rowing clubs for indoor training for good reason! Oh, and one more thing, if you choose to buy one you have another decision to make - which finish? It comes in light grey or black. In our view it has to be black :0)
If you have a budget of around a grand, this really is a no-brainer if ever there was one.