Stamina 1215 Orbital Rowing Machine

The Orbital 125 rowing machine is a good choice for people who want to enjoy rowing indoors. Indoor rowing is one of the best all round fitness activities and can greatly improve overall cardiovascular health and body fitness. The 1215 has extended arms that support the full range of rowing motion. The machine is very compact and is suitable for exercising in small spaces.

Stamina 1215 Orbital Rowing Machine

Stamina 1215 Orbital Rowing Machine 4.0

The 1215 is an extremely compact and easily portable machine that weighs just 47 pounds and measures approx 33”x48”. The rowing arms can be folded during storage and its small size makes it suitable for small or shared spaces such as a college dorm. It is equipped with a small multifunctional fitness monitor that can track distance, time, calories burned and strokes during the workout.

The machine is designed using hydraulic technology and has two pistons to deliver resistance. It has a thick padded seat that runs over an aluminium beam. The rowing machine beam is inclined to increase workout intensity. The tension delivered by the pistons can be adjusted and the foot plates are movable for greater comfort during work outs.


  • Very compact
  • Equipped with progress monitor
  • Comfortable seating and smooth movement
  • Inclined beam to increase intensity
  • Very cheap


  • Some components that guard the pistons are of poor quality
  • The orbital technology in the arms is a little awkward

Stamina 1215 Orbital Rowing Machine: Rating Analysis

To produce the above rating we examined the Orbital 1215 based on size, weight capacity, value for money, value addition and durability. The poor quality of essential components works against this otherwise good rowing machine. The lack of information on the supported weight capacity also implies the machine is not suited for large bodies. Other than that the compact and easily stored machine delivers a quality workout. The lowest setting being quite a challenge.


When selecting a good rowing machine money may be a factor, this machine is the cheapest of the top ten machines reviewed. It may have some slight quality issues but as a piece of exercise equipment, it can roll with the punches. It comes with a very long warranty which may help with the quality issues.

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