Kettler Favorit Rowing Machine

The Kettler Favorit rowing machine is good for staying in shape at a very reasonable price. If you are new to rowing or do not intend to go into rowing exclusively this machine may be suited for you. This rowing machine uses hydraulic technology to deliver the resistance. The Kettler Favorit is relatively compact and should comfortably fit within your home.

Kettler Favorit Rowing Machine

Kettler Favorit Rowing Machine 4.0

The Kettler favorit comes with two separate hydraulic pistons that deliver continuous resistance during exercise. The rowing machine is comfortable to use as it has a good ergonomic seat that runs on an aluminium railing. It has movable oars with continuous resistance adjustment and adjustable foot plates.

The machine is relatively easy to assemble and the manual has both written instructions (mainly German) and though clear easy to understand pictures. The rowing machine has a simple display console that provides data on time, distance, number of strokes and stroke speed with sound and visual signals to indicate when targets are reached.


  • Easy to assemble
  • Comfortable seat and smooth motion
  • Easy to store
  • Very Affordable


  • Hydraulics hiss during use
  • Minimal display and programming capability

Kettler Favorit Rowing Machine: Rating Analysis

In rating a rowing machine, considerations made include size, value addition, value for money, durability and weight capacity. As mentioned earlier the Favorit rowing machine is not designed for advanced rowers and has a limited weight capacity (250 pounds). The seat and motion is comfortable but is a bit low and may not suit older users or people with knee problems. On the other hand though, the rowing machine is very durable and its price ensures you get value for money.


Though when compared with magnetic and water technology, hydraulics are older, the Kettler Favorit can still deliver resistance that matches that of several other rowing machines. However, the problem with the machine is the difficult process to properly adjust the resistance. Nevertheless, for the price this remains a great machine and can deliver an effective workout.

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