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Kettler Kadett Outrigger Style Rowing Machine

Kettler Kadett
kadett rower
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Hydraulic59 x 67 x 1866 lbs285 lbsLifetime frame
3 years parts

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An ergonomically engineered piece of fitness equipment, the Kettler Kadett Rower is conceived to promote weight loss as well as your overall health and quality of life. Indeed, in stark contrast to other low-quality and poorly manufactured rowers, this product boasts of a solid build and sturdy weight capacity which can last for several decades, if properly cared for. kettler kadett foldedUsers will certainly not be left with aches, burns and blisters after their workout: quite on the contrary, this product provides a highly enjoyable and comfortable workout which is designed to help you push beyond your regular boundaries and burn more calories than usual.

This particular model is one of Kettler’s most recommended rowers and is often used for heavy-duty purposes in gyms or military bases, thus it’s a bit on the expensive side. However if you’re looking for a more affordable rower you can consider the Kettler Favorit, which is as high rated as the Kadett although much cheaper.

Parts and Assembly

This rower features disassembled parts which the user has to put together. Fortunately though, it comes with an illustrated and detailed instructions manual which provides a step-by-step explanation to help you easily join the different parts, even if you’re a novice to rowing. While the manual claimed that users would only need around 45 minutes to assemble the rower, it took me nearly 2 hours to put it together. Moreover, according to the manual, two people are required to set up the rower, which can be an issue for some. On the plus side, however, there’s no need for you to get your own supplies because the boxed packaging comes with all the required tools.

Product Features and Specifications

  • Resistance: Hydraulic
  • Product dimensions: 59 x 67 x 18”
  • Folded dimensions: 59x20x18”
  • Product weight: 66lbs
  • Maximum user capacity: 250lbs
  • Storage: Folding handles
  • Rowing type: Sculling

This rowing machine features a rock solid steel frame which remains completely stationary even during the most intense workouts. The frame is also generously coated in high carbon steel to ensure longevity with minimal maintenance.

kettler kadett monitorThanks to the outrigger style design, this machine provides highly realistic sculling motions which will certainly make you feel like you’re working out on a stretch of open water. The hydraulic piston resistance is characterized for being very quiet while providing a challenging, all-body workout engaging the abdominal areas, thighs, claves, upper arms and legs. Such training sessions are highly effective in building up your metabolism, which will allow you to burn any excess fat and calories even when you’re not exercising. The sculling movement is also a great way to build up strength and stamina which will provide better endurance for higher fitness levels, thus why some users prefer this kind of design to the classic single-handle that can be found on the likes of the Velocity Exercise Rower.

The Kadett features no less than 12 resistance levels which are designed to suit both novice and veteran athletes. Since this machine comes with an oar on each side of the body, you will be able to adjust the resistance per arm, something which can come in quite handy to older and disabled individuals. Most importantly, this individual resistance can help you target any problem area you might have.

This rowing machine is also equipped with a multifunctional performance console which keeps track of various data including:

  • Stroke speed
  • Training time
  • Speed of each stroke
  • Distance covered
  • Pulse rate
  • Energy Consumption

The display console is large enough to provide a comfortable viewing from a distance, without having to strain your neck or interrupt your workout. As an additional feature, this rower comes with an earlobe clip sensor that will allow you to keep track of your heart rate while you exercise, as well as the possibility of adding a chest strap monitor if you wish so.

Comfort Level

kettler kadettThe Kettler Kadett comes with a thickly padded seat which will provide an efficient cushioning effect to keep aches at bay even during the most intense workouts. The seat glides smoothly over the monorail, courtesy of its wheels with sealed ball bearings. This feature also completely eradicates the need for any oiling or lubricant to keep the monorail smooth.

Other than the mild piston sound, it also provides quite a quiet workout, so you have the freedom to enjoy the silence, watch a movie or listen to some music during your training. In contrast to low-quality rowers, this particular model presents heavy-duty rollers and not the easily-breakable plastic ones.

Because of its ergonomic design, the rower is suitable to people of various ages and fitness levels. In fact, it has been especially designed to enhance your strength and stamina, hence preparing your body for longer and more intense workouts.


Since the manual is originally in German, several users had some difficulty finding the English section of the instructions. People who live alone might also have a bit of a hard time during the assembly process since the machine calls for two individuals to put the parts together. Also, a few users also claimed to have had some issues with the handles: made of plastic with a smooth texture, the very tip of the handles tend to get slippery after longer workouts but most people found that donning a pair of sports gloves resolved the issue.

Overall Opinion

In spite of its minor setbacks, we think that the Kettler Kadett Outrigger Style is certainly worth the investment. What we liked about it is that its double oars actually resemble rowing in water, which can’t be said of most of the other rowers. Also, in spite of being not as affordable as other hydraulic machines, its solid build and overall quality really make it worth its price. Indeed, its quality is such that it even comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame and 3 years on the parts.