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Velocity Rowing Machine Review

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The Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower is a mid-priced rower most known for its smooth magnetic resistance.

What sets itself apart from most other rowers is its quietness, making it a popular option among rowers who don’t want one of the noisier air resistance rowers.

If you have around $500 to spend and want something that is sturdy, well built, and smooth to row on, then the Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower could well be for you.

Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower

Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower machine

Key Features

  • Constructed of aluminium
  • Magnetic control resistance
  • 12 workout programs
  • Built-in heart-rate receiver
  • Foldable design
  • Computer tracks time, count, strokes per minute, distance, calories, and watts.

Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower Review

Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower review

In this section, we’ll review the Velocity Rower and give it a score against certain important criteria.

Price: 3/5

The Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower is reasonably priced, and the smoothness and quietness of its mechanism helps to separate it from the lower-priced rowers.

What stops the Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower from being classed as a value buy is its rather short warranty, and the poor packaging issues users have reported (more on this below).

Reliability & Warranty: 1.5/5

The Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower gets a lot of mixed reviews when it comes to its reliability, which is never a good thing.

There are many customer reviews on Amazon who have reported that the Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower is a reliable machine and will last a long time, but there are also a few users complaining of their machines breaking outside the warranty period.

If that wasn’t already a big enough issue, there’s also the fact that a lot of users also complain about the poor packaging of the rower, which subsequently leads to machines arriving damaged.

This isn’t a one-off issue but it seems to be quite a frequent complaint.

If you’re already having doubts about the reliability of the rower then the warranty isn’t going to help ease your doubts much either.

While we couldn’t find an official warranty statement from the manufacturers, it is often reported across the web that the Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower frame is protected for 5 years, the monitor for 90 days and parts for 30 days.

While the frame coverage seems reasonable, the coverage for the monitor and parts is extremely disappointing and almost an insult bearing in mind that this machine costs upwards of $500.

For example, the Lifespan RW1000, which is around the same price, has a 2-year coverage on its parts and includes 1 year for labour.

If anyone is on the fence about buying the Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower the warranty isn’t exactly something that will comfort you.

On top of that, reviewers on Amazon have complained that the customer service is unresponsive and not very helpful.

Although much of this reliability section has been negative, it’s still important to bear in mind that a lot of people are happy with their rowers.

However, it seems if you do happen to be unlucky enough to get a machine that isn’t quite right or defective on delivery, then you may have a difficult road ahead of you.

Stability and Quality: 3.5/5

The Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower is a very sturdy machine and extremely solid.

That being said it’s slightly surprising that the Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower is unable to take on a larger maximum capacity user weight.

At 275lb, it is a slightly heavier capacity than most low priced rowers which usually take up to 250lb, however, it pails in comparison to the Concept2 and WaterRower models which can accommodate a massive 500lb weight.

However, when rowing on it, you shouldn’t experience any wobbling or rocking, and if you do it may suggest something is wrong with your setup.

Resistance: 4/5

The Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower resistance is magnetic and provides an extremely smooth and quiet workout.

That being said the one potential downfall is that it does require electricity to work the computer and thus control the resistance (you can use the rower with no power but the computer and resistance levels wouldn’t work).

Therefore, you may need to position your rower close to a power outlet or have to put up with a cable running across the floor to your rower.

Many other rowers (such as air resistance rowers) have more versatility as they can be placed anywhere and only need a battery to power up their LCD panel.

Size: 4/5

Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower folded
The Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower in its folded position

Compared to most rowers the Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower could be deemed medium-sized as it doesn’t take up too much floor space overall.

The one added benefit it has is that it is foldable so it can be stored in an upright position.

However even though it is foldable, it is still a heavy machine so it’s unlikely you’ll wheel it away into a closet after every workout.

Noise: 5/5

The noise level on the Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower is quiet due to its smooth magnetic resistance mechanism.

Its quietness beats almost every other rower out there particularly those that use air resistance.

When using the Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower you will have no problem watching TV or listening to music, as you should be able to hear them clearly without having to turn up the volume to deafening levels.

Furthermore, you can work out on the Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower with the peace of mind that it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be disturbing other people in your home.

Features: 3.5/5

Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower monitor
Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower comes with large foot pedals and a backlit LCD monitor

The Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower gets high marks for having the ability to measure heart rate which a lot of the other cheaper rowers don’t have.

You will need to buy a chest strap separately however if you wish to use this feature.

The included computer also measures all the other standard metrics such as time, distance, strokes, calories burned and watts.

The monitor also gets points for being backlit which makes it easier to read over non-backlit screens.

Like most rowers, the Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower fails in its ability to accurately track the calories burned during a workout.

There isn’t anywhere you can input your age, weight or height, so any reading it is going to give you is a guess at best.

If you do want to track your calories burned it would be best to use a third-party app rather than trust the computer on the Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower.

Should You Buy the Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower?

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At around $500 the Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower is a solid buy, but that ultimately depends on whether a ‘good’ machine arrives at your door.

As we said earlier some Amazon users have reported issues with the rower on arrival which then led to further frustration after having to deal with non-responsive customer service.

Furthermore, should you possess problems with your machine down the line, the warranty coverage may not cover you as it is extremely short.

We believe if you pay around $500 you should at least be able to have the peace of mind that you’re covered for 2 years.

However, it’s extremely important to point out that a lot of users love the Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower.

It’s sturdy, smooth and quiet, and is definitely enough to provide a good workout for everyone.

What separates it from the majority of rowers is how quiet it is, which makes it the perfect rower if you wish to work out in front of the TV or listen to music.

If this is you, and you aren’t too bothered about warranty length, then the Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower should more than satisfy you.

Overall Rower Rating: 3/5

  • Sturdy and solid rower
  • Quick and easy to assemble
  • Extremely quiet
  • Foldable for easy storage
  • Monitors heart rate (need to buy strap separately)
  • Backlit LCD display
  • Needs a power supply to run the rower
  • Many users reporting the product is poorly packaged
  • Calorie counter inaccurate
  • Weak warranty coverage

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