Hydraulic rowing machines are really cheap nowadays and are certainly capable of giving you a decent enough workout, but if you can afford to pay a little bit more, you will generally get a much better workout from a magnetic rowing machine. Plus they will generally last a lot longer as well.
So with that in mind, I want to take a closer look at the Marcy Turbine NS-6050RE Rowing Machine because this is a new magnetic rower for 2017 that has been getting a lot of favorable reviews.
This particular model is more of a home rowing machine than a commercial machine, but it does seem to be a well-made machine that will help with toning, fitness and weight loss, even if it does have a few limitations.
Features And Benefits
- 8 magnetic resistance settings
- easy-to-read computer display panel
- track time, speed, distance, calories and RPM
- ergonomically designed foam-padded seat
- comfortable foam handle
- 2 adjustable foot platforms with straps
- built-in transport wheels
- folding design
- heavy duty construction
- suitable for users up to 300 pounds
Product Dimensions / Weight
The exact dimensions in inches of this Marcy magnetic rowing machine are 85 (L) x 20 (W) x 36 (H), so it will take up quite a lot of space in your home. However it doesn’t always have to be like this because it can be folded away for storage when it is not being used.
With regards to the weight of this machine, it weighs about 85 pounds when it is fully assembled, and has transport wheels attached if you need to move it around.
One of the key benefits of this Marcy magnetic rower is that it has a very solid steel frame that can accommodate users up to 300 pounds, and is designed to last for many years.
So even though it is not necessarily designed for commercial use, you should be able to use it every day if you so wish because it is exceptionally well-made.
As with many other magnetic rowing machines in this price range, there are 8 levels of resistance in total, and it is really easy to adjust the tension during your workout because the lever is located directly in front of you.
Subsequently, the combination of the solid and stable frame and the magnetic resistance system help to deliver a smooth workout, with only a moderate amount of noise.
You should find that this machine also delivers a fairly comfortable workout experience as well because it has an ergonomically designed foam-padded seat and a foam handle with a non-slip grip. Plus it has adjustable foot platforms with adjustable straps to prevent your feet from slipping out during your workouts.
If you want to track your performance, there is a computer display located at eye level that will display time, speed, distance, calories and RPM all on one screen.
Finally, although this is quite a large rower that will take up a lot of space in your home, it has a folding design that means it can easily be folded away for storage when required. All you need to do is to adjust the rail into an upright position when you have finished using it.
This is a large well-made machine that will deliver a smooth workout, but there is one key problem that many users have highlighted, and that’s the lack of resistance.
More specifically, it is the lack of resistance at the higher settings that are a problem because although there are 8 levels of resistance that go from easy to hard, the higher settings are not as intense as they could be, according to some users.
So if you are looking to really push yourself hard, or if you are already a seasoned rower, you may want to consider buying an alternative rowing machine, such as an air rower or a water rower, for example, because these will give you a much tougher workout.
Apart from this, the only other issue is the actual size of this machine because it will take up a lot of space in your home, but as I mentioned above, it can be folded away when it is not being used. Therefore this shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
Overall this is a very good magnetic rowing machine when you consider the quality of construction, the clear and detailed computer display and the general feel and comfort level of the actual workout.
Indeed if you are looking to improve your fitness and get a full body workout at home, this machine has a range of resistance levels that will certainly help you achieve these goals.
However, as highlighted above, it is not really suitable for experienced rowers who are looking for a really intense workout because of the lack of resistance at the highest settings.
So this is the one thing that you should bear in mind before deciding whether or not to buy this particular machine.