Stamina Avari Programmable Magnetic Exercise Rower Review

As far as magnetic rowing machines go, the Stamina Avari Programmable Magnetic Exercise Rower features one of the most programmable monitors, with as many as ten different settings being offered. Build quality matches the high standards we have come to expect, while the comfort of the rower is equally top notch. Though some users commented that the display on the machine could have had a bigger font with a darker color, this is a minor problem compared to the excellent features that this magnetic rowing machine provides.

Technical Specifications

  • Resistance Type: Magnetic
  • Dimensions:  81 x 20 x 24.5 inches
  • Machine Weight:  80 pounds
  • Weight capacity: 250 pounds
  • Storage:  Foldable
  • Warranty: 3- year on frame

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Ease of Assembly

Magnetic rowing machines are amongst the easiest to assemble, and the Stamina Avari Programmable Magnetic Exercise Rower has only three parts, which can be attached with consummate ease. Users of all strengths commented that they could put together the machine is about an hour, with the average time being around half an hour. They also noted that the user manual, unlike some other Stamina user manuals we have come across, was quite straightforward and easy to use.

Parts and Operation

The machine comes with basically three sections, the extruded aluminum frame on which the seat (having ball bearings) glides, the main magnetic resistance unit and the bungee cord with handle that is pulled to actually carry out the exercise.

Being a Stamina product, the magnetic rowing machine is quite affordable. However, this does not mean it has a poor build quality. The Stamina Avari Programmable Exercise Rower features an extruded aluminum beam which is very sturdy, even by the exacting standards of professional rowing machines. Users commented on how the frame, when used properly, refused to budge even under extreme duress.

The USP of the Stamina Avari Programmable Exercise Rower is however its magnetic resistance. Magnetic resistance is known for being quiet and extremely smooth, so much so that users feel it makes their exercise unrealistically simple. If these be regarded as faults, the Stamina Avari Programmable Exercise Rower does suffer from them, but we would be inclined to see them as good magnetic engineering on the part of Stamina. Along with smoothness and quietness, the resistance settings on the Stamina Avari Programmable Exercise Rower are also highly adjustable, with there being a number of resistance levels available. In fact, if needed the resistance can be adjusted by the machine in real time based on your heart rate!

These aside, the bungee cord used by the Stamina Avari Programmable Exercise Rower is of very high quality and no one commented of any breakage (as opposed to some complaints that one gets for Stamina’s piston rowing machines). Finally, the seat glides smoothly on the monorail without any squeaking or cracking noises, thus ensuring that the rower is perfectly noiseless.

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Ease of Use

Most users commented that the Stamina Avari Programmable Exercise Rower is extremely easy to use as well as highly comfortable. It comes with a molded and heavily padded seat that ensures that you are comfortable even during long workouts. The handles are padded to prevent development of blisters. The footrests have pivoting function to ensure natural motion of the feet during workout. Finally, the seat glides smoothly, and this, combined with the sturdiness of the machine, ensures an excellent rowing experience.


As the name suggests, the Stamina Avari Programmable Magnetic Exercise Rower has a highly developed display, with multiple keys that allow the user to modify each facet of the monitoring system without having to scroll through all of them. The user gets about 12 different training routines, with seven being pre- programmed for various age groups, one based on the heart rate (measured using heart belt) and four custom ones.

An interesting feature is the ability of the machine to modify the resistance in the course of the workout to a degree which is seldom considered possible, even among magnetic rowing machines. These subtle changes ensure that the four programmable slots are truly useful when planning out a highly customized workout regimen.

One small problem however is that the font of the display has been reduced to accommodate greater amounts of data. Further, a small number of users commented that the richness of the display wasn’t enough, forcing them to squint hard to make out the letters when at the farthest point from the monitor.


The Stamina Avari Programmable Exercise Rower can easily be stowed away by taking out a pin that holds the monorail in position and pushing it up vertically till it is at right angles to the magnetic assembly. Reinserting the pin holds the rail in that position, thereby making the machine relatively small in size.

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The Stamina Avari Programmable Magnetic Exercise Rower comes with excellent build quality with users commenting on how it refused to budge an inch even under heavy pressure. Being very easy to assemble and equally simple to use, it is at the same time highly comfortable. The best part however is the monitor which lives up to the “Programmable” in the title by allowing for four customized training slots and a highly customizable level of resistance. When considered alongside the simple storage procedure, the Stamina Avari Programmable Exercise Rower comes across as a winner on multiple fronts.


Some users complained of the font of the display being too small and not being changeable. The darkness of the font is also an issue with a minority of users, but these have not been considered as deal breakers by any.

What is the rowing machine good for ?

The Stamina Avari Programmable Exercise Rower is excellent for people of all ages and strengths, since it offers highly programmable resistance over a wide range. However, users weighing more than 250 pounds or having a height exceeding 6’4” would be advised to try out the machine before purchasing it.


Considering the simple yet highly sturdy structure of the Stamina Avari Programmable Magnetic Exercise Rower, as well as the comfort and programmability that it brings, one has to commend Stamina for producing such an excellent machine. When coupled with the highly competitive price that it is currently being offered at, the Stamina Avari Magnetic Programmable Rower is surely a great choice for anyone who wants a quiet, smooth and highly programmable rower at a relatively low price point.

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