The Stamina Air Rower is a popular home rowing machine known for its remarkable value for money. At under $300 you won’t find many rowers that can match it’s reliability, smoothness and quality build that it provides.
If you want a home rower that will last a long time at a low price, then the Stamina Air Rower is well worth a closer look.
Overall Rower Rating: 4/5
- Value for money
- Smooth rowing stroke
- Easy to use
- Great beginner machine
- Quick and easy to assemble
- Foldable for easy storage
- Fitter people may want something more challenging
- No resistance controls
- Some may consider it noisy
- Max user weight of only 250lbs
- Warranty slightly short
- Wind resistance wheel for a smooth rowing stroke
- Foldable space saving design
- Built-in transport wheels
- Monitor tracks: speed, distance, time and calories burned
- Nylon rowing straps
- Sturdy steel frame construction
The Stamina Air Rower seems to be priced consistently at $299 online (however $399 from the official site) and is a machine that represents good value for money.
There aren’t many other machines around this price point that can match its reliability, build quality and smoothness of stroke.
Reliability & Warranty: 4/5
Given that the Stamina Air Rower uses air resistance rather than controlled resistance, it already has a major advantage over other rowers that use a different type of resistance. Air resistance doesn’t involve complex mechanisms, which means if you do have a problem with the Stamina Air Rower, it’s most likely going to be because some part of the rower broke (extremely rare) rather than the flywheel.
The Stamina Air Rower comes with a 3-year warranty on the frame and only 90 days for parts. From reading the details of the warranty there is no mention of labour coverage, so I’m going to assume there is none at all. Even though the Stamina Air Rower can be considered a low priced rower, it would be nice if labour was covered for at least 90 days as is the case with most cardio machines in this price range.
The one glimmer of hope for potential buyers of the Stamina Air Rower is that it is generally a reliable machine and there’s a good chance the warranty won’t be needed anyway.
Stability and Quality: 4/5
Bearing in mind how much the Stamina Air Rower costs, the stability and quality are very good. The construction is sturdy and the steel frame feels solid.
If there is one thing that lets down the quality it would be that the plastic parts can feel a bit cheap, however, this doesn’t affect the rower’s sturdiness, nor does it affect the workout.
There’s not too much to complain about in terms of how comfortable the Stamina Air Rower is to use, however a handful of users have made the case that the seat is rather small and uncomfortable. This shouldn’t be too much of an issue as you can buy padded cushions to go over the seat if you do happen to find it uncomfortable.
There are no resistance levels on the Stamina Air Rower which may disappoint users who love to manually set their own resistance and row at a pace of their own choosing. Although this may seem like a negative, it’s counteracted by a strong positive. Since this rower uses wind resistance, it will provide an extremely smooth rowing stroke.
It’s not that there isn’t any resistance at all on the Stamina Air Rower, but rather to adjust it, you need to change the speed of your rowing stroke. If you want to amp up the level of resistance you simply row faster or harder. Conversely, for less resistance, you simply slow down. The Stamina Air Rower can give you as much resistance depending on how willing you are to push yourself.
The Stamina Air Rower is a small, light and compact machine. The fact that it is foldable and has transport wheels makes it easy to store away should you need more space.
Compared to the higher priced rowers it is a lot less bulky, however, due to its lighter size it only has a max user capacity of 250lb, whereas most other rowers can accommodate up to 300lbs.
If you are on the larger side, you may feel more comfortable on a larger machine that costs a bit more. However, for most people, the Stamina Air Rower should be fine.
The one problem with air resistance rowers is that they can be noisy; just think of the noise a big fan would make. However, the noise of air rowers aren’t exactly the same as how we define ‘noise’ on most other machines which usually involve some sort of squeaking or clicking noises. The difference is is that the noise given off by air rowers aren’t quite as annoying or intrusive.
If you want to watch TV or listen to some music it’s likely that you will have to turn up the volume in order to hear it when using the Stamina Air Rower. Although turning up the volume isn’t that much of a problem, there are other rowers that are quieter.
However, with these other rowers, you’ll have to sacrifice the efficient and smooth air resistance that the Stamina Air Rower has.
The Stamina Air Rower doesn’t have too much to boast about in terms of features, but it does have the basic tracking metrics one would need. The console tracks speed, distance, time and calories burned and is extremely easy to use. The monitor isn’t state of the art, nor do we expect it to be, but it does what it’s supposed to do.
There isn’t any heart rate monitoring so anyone who wants to track their pulse will have to do so via an external device.
Should I Buy the Stamina Air Rower?
The Stamina Air Rower is an extremely popular home rowing machine and we can see why; It’s reliable, well built and provides an enjoyable smooth workout. Not only that, but its small footprint makes it the perfect machine that you can whip out whenever you want a quick workout.
Putting all these factors together, it’s obvious that the Stamina Air Rower is well suited to people who are just starting out on their fitness journey, or people who want a frequent light workout. The price of the Stamina Air Rower also makes it a very appealing purchase at $299, and it certainly is good value for money.
However, we feel that if you have rowed before, or are extremely fit, or want to push yourself to extremely high levels, then you may want to consider spending a bit more money to get a rower that is catered to meet your requirements. We feel the Stamina Air Rower is more suited for the casual exerciser. If you are serious about rowing and your fitness and want an air resistance rower (and have an extra $600+ to burn!), you’ll want to look at the concept2 Model rower which is one of the best home rowers on the market.
That being said, the Stamina Air Rower still can provide a great workout and will help tone up your body, as well as get your heart rate up. If you only have $299 to spend on a rower, then there isn’t much better than the Stamina Air Rower.