Confidence Fitness Folding Magnetic Resistance Review

The budget rower segment is replete with some very good piston rowing machines, but it is hard to find one with magnetic resistance. The Confidence Fitness Folding Magnetic Resistance Rowing Machine, however, is a rare exception, offering up to 8 levels of magnetic resistance and many more premium features. However, highly affordable rowing machines always have a chance of falling short of expectations, and therefore, a detailed review of this rowing machine is vital to understanding its utility compared to some higher priced magnetic rowers, as well as similarly priced piston resistance rowing machines.

Technical Specifications

  • Resistance Type: Magnetic
  • Product Dimensions: 71 x 21 x 18 inches
  • Product Weight: 62 pounds
  • Weight Capacity: 250 pounds
  • Storage: Foldable
  • Warranty: 2 years on frame, 3 months on parts

Confidence Fitness Folding Rowing Machine

Ease of Assembly

Unlike the higher priced rowing machines, the Confidence Fitness Folding Magnetic Resistance Rowing Machine is not pre-assembled to a high degree.This can be a positive point if you have limited space and would like to experiment with a partially assembled rower to see where you’d be most comfortable. Once you are sure that a certain part of your house will be best suited for this product, you can assembled the remaining parts and try it out there.

However, if space is not an issue, the time required to assemble the rower may be unwelcome for those on a tight schedule. Users also complained of the instructions being difficult to follow, but the images accompanying the instructions in the user manual helps in getting the product assembled. Further, the washers and Allen wrench required for assembly are included with the pack, so no additional costs are involved in getting assembly tools.

Structure

As can be expected from this price range, the design is basic compared to some of the higher end rowing machines like the Kettler Stroker Rower and Multi -Trainer. Being a magnetic rowing machine, the shaft and seat are connected to a magnetic assembly with footrests and a display set in the middle. The magnetic assembly appears smaller than those of some other products, but this does not impair its functionality in any way (see below).

The frame is made of high quality steel that, unlike some low quality budget rowing machines, does not creak and bend during heavy workout. At the same time, it is one of the best rowing machines in terms of weight, being just 62 pounds with standard fittings. Despite this, however, the structure is surprisingly stable. Even better, this rowing machine has a maximum user weight capacity of 250 pounds, which makes it the perfect choice for those seeking to lose weight without losing a lot of money on a high end rowing machine.

Last but not least, we find that the Confidence Fitness Folding Magnetic Resistance Rowing Machine is provided with a 2 year warranty on frame, which is more than what many higher priced products have to offer. The 3 month warranty on parts, on the other hand, is decent if the price bracket is kept in mind.

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Ease of Use

Designed using a wide range of users in mind, the Confidence Fitness Rowing Machine has a shaft that is long enough for people who are up to 5’11” in height. Those with greater height should try out the rowing machine at the local gym before purchasing it. The ball bearings are well oiled and this makes the movement of the seat on the rail a simple and enjoyable experience.

The seat itself is well molded and large enough to accommodate most folks, thus making it ideal for both fully grown men and young children.

Operation

The Confidence Fitness Folding Rowing Machine offers the benefits of the magnetic resistance system, which are primarily an extremely smooth operation and total noiselessness. Being a budget unit, there is some noise involved (mostly from the pulley-handle mechanism) but this is not a disturbing factor. Further, the magnetic rowing system means that the machine will provide you with resistance commensurate with the amount of effort applied, so there is never a question of a sudden drop in resistance due to heating of oil, as happens in piston rowing systems.

On the other hand, the handle is well within reach, and the rubber padding on it ensures that both the amateur who is just learning how to use a rowing machine and the professional practicing for the tournament can use it with equal ease.

Parts

The main parts of the Confidence Fitness Folding Magnetic Resistance Rowing Machine are those of a high end magnetic rowing machine – magnetic assembly, display, shaft, seat and handle. The magnetic rowing assembly, as we noted above, is very efficient and dependable. It offers 8 levels of resistance, which is more than what most budget rowing machines, regardless of type of resistance, offer. Some complained that there is too little a difference between the highest and lowest levels of resistance, but the difference is sufficient to provide a gradient upon which to develop one’s physique.

The shaft and seat are made of high quality materials, and provide a smooth rowing experience even for professionals. The handle, on the other hand, is also built to perfection, ensuring that there is never any displacement of resistance or reduction of retractable capacity during heavy workouts.

Display

The display of the Confidence Fitness Folding Magnetic Resistance Rowing Machine is rather basic, which shouldn’t surprise us given the low budget segment in which this product is offered. However, the point to remember when buying a rowing machine is whether the display offers the parameters needed for the workout to be rewarding. Such parameters typically include stroke count, time, speed and the amount of calories used. These are all displayed clearly on the screen, thereby making it sufficiently useful for a majority of exercise enthusiasts. As one would expect, though, the product is lacking in some of the more high end features such as heart rate monitoring system, but this should not be a major issue.

Storage

The Confidence Fitness Folding Magnetic Resistance Rowing Machine has a screw and knob assembly which holds the shaft in the horizontal position. Taking it out and raising the shaft to a vertical position reduces the product’s footprint drastically. The screw and knob assembly can then be placed back into position to lock the shaft in place for storage.

Advantages

  • 8-level magnetic resistance for a very low price
  • Well designed structure for ease of use
  • Good length and weight capacity
  • Well molded seat with high quality ball bearings
  • Decent monitor for displaying major parameters
  • Easy to store away for future use
  • Extremely light so it can be carried without difficulty

Disadvantages

  • Assembly can be a hassle due to poor instructions
  • Not totally noiseless
  • Heart rate monitoring mechanism not available

Conclusion

The Confidence Fitness Folding Magnetic Resistance Rowing Machine is a rare gem of a magnetic rowing machine in the budget rower industry, providing the right combination of good build quality and sufficient features. It is true that some features we are used to seeing in a magnetic resistance machine are not present here, but then most magnetic rowing machines belong to a much higher price range, and it would be unfair to judge Confidence Fitness’ budget product along those benchmarks. Indeed, it can be said that with its good range of features and flawless functioning.

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