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Kettler Favorit Rowing Exercise Machine  (7978-900)

Kettler Favorit Rowing Exercise Machine (7978-900)

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  • * Displays 6 functions simultaneously: Time, Distance, Energy Consumed, Strokes, Pulse Rate and Frequency
  • * Two industrial strength hydraulic pistons provide resistance
  • * Resistance levels can be set to any one of the 50 knurl marks on each oar
  • * Biomechanically correct footplates offer a natural pivoting action
  • * Thick, padded seat with sealed ball bearings glides smoothly along a steel track
  • * LCD display requires 2 "AA" batteries
  • * Weight capacity of 285 lbs
  • * 3 Year Residendial Warranty
  • * Weight capacity of 285 lbs.
  • * 3 Year Residential Warranty

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The Kettler Favorit Rowing Machine is a compact high-quality piston Rowing Machine that provides a full body workout within a limited space and budget. The Favorit delivers a full size Rowing Machine feature set in a compact Rowing Machine frame in an effort to supply a quality rowing experience to new rowers or to rowers short on space.


  • High resolution LCD digital display is easy to read
  • Informative computer provides the following workout data: Time, Distance, Energy Consumed, Strokes, Pulse Rate, and Frequency
  • Includes an infrared earlobe clip sensor measures pulse rate electronically.Optional: Polar® T34 chest strap heart rate monitor which senses heart rate and wirelessly transmits the data to the computer (Item# 7937-600 Cardio Pulse Set)
  • Computer includes a recovery feature which provides a cardio wellness grading indexed 1 to 6 to track improvement
  • Scan Computer includes a scan function enabling it to rotate the workout information to a larger digital readout in the center of the display
  • Two industrial strength hydraulic pistons provide resistance which can be adjusted by repositioning the piston's clamps to the various knurl marks on each rower oar
  • Resistance levels can be set to any one of the 50 knurl marks on each oar to provide a wide and challenging range of resistance
  • Biomechanically correct footplates offer a natural pivoting action providing a full longitudinal rowing motion
  • Thick padding on the seat provides maximum comfort and combines with top grade rollers to yield exceptionally smooth performance
  • Seat smoothly glides along a steel track
  • Seat is built with sealed ball bearings to eliminate need for lubrication
  • Frame is made of high carbon steel and powder coated and has a lifetime warranty against breakage
  • Setup Length/Width/Height: 49 x 31 x 10 inches
  • Setup Weight: 48 lbs
  • Package Length/Width/Height: 51 x 15 x 9 inches
  • Package Weight: 52 lbs
  • Residential Warranty: 3 YEAR RESIDENTIAL WARRANTY
  • Weight Limit: 285 lbs

5 Stars
Good machine, but I got a dud.
I got my Favorit about 5 days after I ordered it and when I went to put it together I realized that a piece was missing (the bar to hold the foot pedals on). So I called customer service and they sent me one free of charge the next day. I was a little disappointed because I was excited to use it but couldn't without something to put my feet on. So I waited another 5 or so days and I got that part. After using it I realized the right shock absorber wasn't working correctly, and it started losing more pressure within a few day to where it was unusable. I emailed customer service this time and they sent me a new shock right away. Since then I haven't had any problems, the machine works great and I've been using it about 3 weeks daily with the new shock. The customer service was really great, which is why I decided not to take off a star. I think I might have gotten a returned machine. It was obviously a dud either way, everything else about the experience was so high quality it's hard to believe this sort of thing would happen regularly. I wanted to respond to the other review about the resistance adjustment too (because I was worried about this when I was reading them). When I was talking to the customer service lady on the phone the first time, I told her that I had gotten two of the wrong bolts. There are a set of bolts for putting the arms on with tooth that goes all the way up the bolt (this is also used for the resistance knobs), and another set for the arms that only has tooth about a third of the way up. I hadn't gotten any of the second type, but I had two extra of the first type. She said that they replaced those because people were accidentally using the the bolts without the full tooth on the resistance adjustment, which wouldn't work because you can't screw it down all the way. So the people who were complaining about the resistance just didn't follow the instructions. Also, people seemed to make a big deal out of the instructions but they're very clear with good pictures, diagrams of the bolts you need to use, etc. Seems to me they must never have had to partially assemble anything. All you have to do was bolt the arms, legs, and foot pedals on. It's mostly assembled when you get it. Be careful to put the arms on the correct way, though, the bend should face forward like in the picture. Overall I'm very glad I bought this machine. I read a lot of reviews on a lot of the cheaper ($100 - $200) piston rowing machines and they were all complaining about their machines degrading within a week of two of getting it, like broken wheels on the seats and shocks leaking oil and loud squeaks and that's why I decided to pay a bit more. The Favorit is really quiet, and obviously build to last. The resistance is good too, at its lowest setting it's pretty easy, so you can do an aerobic workout, and on it's highest setting I can hardly pull it back. I have it set around the middle right now so it's like a weight machine. You can even sit on it backwards and do a bench press. And if you have problems with it, you'll have a really great support center to work with. Official Amazon review of Kettler Favorit Rowing Machine. Click here for additional reviews.
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Reviewed by:  from . on 8/28/2009
5 Stars
Kettler Favorit Rowing Machine
This Kettler Favorit Rowing Machine is an excellent product. I am extremely happy with it. I've had other piston type rowing machines and a few were pretty good. But none came close to the Favorit. I read the reviews before purchasing and I was a bit concerned, but I should not have been. Some of the complaints I read about were; Adjustment loosens up during use. I don't understand this one as I've had absolutely no problems, and I've done some vigorous and extended rowing. The adjusting knobs work great, easy adjust and they have never gotten loose. My felling is someone put their machine together wrong. Instructions are difficult/confusing/wrong language. Again, I'm not sure what the problem is here. Instructions come in several languages, including English. No big deal. The machine is very easy to assemble. And while the instructions aren't detailed, the pictures are quite clear and it's not rocket science. I also read where the pulse monitor does not work well. Mine works fine. You are supposed to rub your ear lobe to help circulation before you start and bright sun light can interfear with the heart rate monitor (according to instructions). So maybe this is the problem some are having. I've checked my pulse manually and the monitor is right on. The Kettler Favorit is well built, not flimsy. I weigh 190 lbs. and it handles me easily. The 250 lb. weight limit is probably conservative. The seat is comfortable enough (it's a rowing machine, not your easy chair!) and I like the heavy duty covering. It won't easily rip, tear or wear out. It has a smooth rowing action. I like the articulated rowing bars which let you simulate (or not) actual rowing motion. It's the quietest rowing machine I've used (though I still huff and puff noisily at times). It's heavier than other, similar rowing machines but it's not that bad. I'd rather have a bit more wieght than a flimsy machine. I'm sure there are better machines out there since you can pay well over $1,000 for some of the high end products. But in this price range (and some that cost more) I don't think you'll find a better rowing machine. Official Amazon review of Kettler Favorit Rowing Machine. Click here for additional reviews.
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Reviewed by:  from . on 12/12/2011
5 Stars
I got this rower after a few days of online research. My husband put it together within an hour. The resistance was hard to figure out but once I did it's easy to change the settings. I am out of shape, 44 years old and needed something with low impact. The research I did made me see that a rowing machine was the best way to go for an overall workout. I have used this machine a couple of days ago and hope to use it a little each day and build up to doing 30 minutes at a time. Again, being out of shape I wanted an exercise that I would enjoy and would give me an all over workout and this machine seems to be able to do the trick. I am very glad to have found this rower and at $400, I think I got a great deal! Official Amazon review of Kettler Favorit Rowing Machine. Click here for additional reviews.
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Reviewed by:  from . on 2/10/2015
5 Stars
You will be very glad you got this rowing mashine.
A fun way to row and watch a DVD at the same time . I highly recommend this Kettler rowing mashine , it keeps me fit and feeling good. Official Amazon review of Kettler Favorit Rowing Machine. Click here for additional reviews.
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Reviewed by:  from . on 2/9/2015
5 Stars
Really Enjoying
I was looking for a machine to use in a relatively small space. I like to hike and snowshoe but often find I am too jammed up for an all day outing on the weekend. I hate gyms. Tried a spinning class last winter. Decided it was perfect for masochists. I knew I enjoyed the rowing motion and with neck issues I did my research. Learned rowing good for folks like me. Long and short is that this machine is well made and easy to put together. Just focus on the drawings and make sure you are picking up the right component because the text is minimal. I have used it a few times since I got it put together a few days back and I love it. Quiet, smooth and solid. Well, it is German made. Official Amazon review of Kettler Favorit Rowing Machine. Click here for additional reviews.
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Reviewed by:  from . on 1/12/2015

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