Review Of:

Concept 2 Model D Rowing Machine​





The Concept 2 Model D rowing machine is a machine best described as indestructible. It’s commercial grade quality which means it’s tough enough to handle heavy everyday use in a gym, or it can withstand rigorous daily workouts in your designated exercise room at home.

While a little on the pricey side, this rower was built to last and comes equipped with a number of features designed to help you meet your fitness goals.

Concept 2 Model D Rowing Machine Overview and Features

This machine is perfect if you’re looking for a rower that can provide a total body workout, as opposed to lower priced models that tend to only work out the arms and shoulders.

This is an air resistance rower, which means the resistance comes from a flywheel that’s attached to fan blades. When you pull the handles of the rower, the blades spin, creating air.

Essentially, the resistance level is determined by how hard you pull the handles and how fast you row. This type of resistance allows for an overall smoother rowing experience and it’s one of the top resistance types used by the pros.

For a more versatile workout, the resistance you use during a workout will heavily depend on how hard you push yourself. The faster you row, the harder each stroke will get. 

It’s All About Effort

With the Concept 2 Model D rowing machine, you get out of it what you put into it. As we have already touched on, this type of automatic adjusting resistance is referred to as variable resistance.

Unlike an elliptical machine that comes with a variety of resistance levels to choose from, the amount of resistance this machine provides is all dependent on the rower and the type of workout intensity they’re looking for.

Variable resistance is perfect for high-intensity interval training workouts because you can row slow or fast and the resistance will adjust to your speed, without you having to stop to change the settings.

While classified as a variable resistance model, you can still adjust the rowing feel using the damper setting. However, this isn’t quite the same thing as having adjustable resistance levels. You can change the damper from level one to ten. These numbers don’t represent resistance levels, instead, they represent the amount of air flowing into the flywheel.

Like many models of rowers that use air resistance, the Concept 2 Model D rowing machine can be a bit noisy to use. You’ll hear a loud whooshing sound each time you row. This is caused by the amount of wind that’s created inside the flywheel.

Another consideration is the size of this rower. Most air rowers are notorious for their longer length, which makes them a great choice for taller rowers, just keep in mind that this style of rower also requires plenty of floor space.

The Nitty Gritty

Now, let’s take a closer look at the Concept 2 Model D’s control panel.

This model comes with a standard Performance monitor 5, or PM5, which is a monitor that comes loaded with options.

If you love keeping a close eye on your workout data and progress, then you’ll benefit from this rower’s ability to track all of your fitness data.

Additionally, you can choose from one of five preprogrammed workouts, customize a routine, or enjoy a short rowing lesson with an animated video that shows you how to use the correct form.

The rower’s display screen is pretty large and will show you everything you need to know about current and past workouts.

The top section on the display is dedicated to fitness tracking information including distance, the number of strokes per minute, and total rowing time.

Concept 2 Model D users can also choose from a variety of graphic displays in the bottom section including all data, force curve, which displays a graph that pinpoints how the rowing force varies from the arms, legs, and back during your workout, Paceboat, and another graph that displays total power generated during each stage of your workout.

This model is also compatible with heart rate chest straps, so you can view all of your heart rate information right on the display. This rower supports both Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ for wireless heart rate monitoring.

The USB drive is another cool feature and it allows you to store and save workout data.

Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine Pros and Cons

Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing MachinePros: The monitor feels durable and offers a clean techy look. The buttons are made from a tough rubber and the adjustable monitor arm will allow you to position the monitor effortlessly for perfect viewing as you row.

The monitor is powered by a couple of D batteries.

The fact that the machine uses variable resistance makes it perfect for rowers of all fitness levels.

The rower’s longer length is also ideal if more than one member in the home plans to use the rower.

This model features a thickly padded, contoured seat that will keep you comfortable during a tough workout.

The rower’s ergonomic handles are covered with molded rubber grips, designed to prevent hand fatigue and blisters. The uniquely designed footrests are very flexible and will allow the rower to fully extend their ankles.

This model features a higher than average weight capacity of five hundred pounds.

Additionally, another major selling point for consumers is the warranty. This model by Concept 2 comes with a five-year warranty on the frame and a two-year warranty on parts.

Cons: One common complaint some buyers had was the level of noise the rower makes. We felt that the noise level is about what you’d expect from any model of air resistance rower. This rower is approximately eight feet long, so it may not be a good choice if your home is already short on space.

If you’re looking for a more realistic rowing experience, pro rowers also recommend the WaterRower Natural indoor water rowing machine.


Concept 2 Model D Final Thoughts

The Concept 2 Model D indoor rowing machine is a great buy if you’re serious about getting in shape or want a home rowing machine that you can train on for your next competition.

While for some, the price may be too steep, if you’re a serious fitness enthusiast or an avid rower, you’ll recognize and appreciate the quality it has to offer right away.

Consumers who purchased this commercial grade rower gave it a rating of five out of five stars which make this model one of the best rowing machines on the market and our top rated product.