concept 2 model e rower
Concept2 Model E


  • Rowing is for everyone; Model E seat is 6” higher off the ground than other rowing machines; offers easy on/off for those with limited mobility or flexibility issues
  • Low impact workout engages all major muscle groups; work legs, core and arms with a smooth, high calorie-burning motion
  • Track your progress with real-time reliable data; the Performance Monitor 5 (included) self-calibrates for comparable results; connect wirelessly to heart rate straps and apps (not included)
  • Data at your fingertips: fixed monitor arm puts the Performance Monitor close to the athlete
  • Commercial-grade indoor rower is suitable for home or gym use; rugged aesthetics; glossy two-coat paint finish
  • Separates easily into two pieces for storage; caster wheels make it mobile; easy to assemble using a total of only ten screws
  • Space recommended for us is 9 x 4 feet; 500-pound user capacity; 5-year frame warranty included



The Model E offers presence and durability with its 20 inch frame height, nickel-plated chain, and double powder coat with glossy finish. From a practical standpoint, the higher frame means easier on-and-off for those with tired knees or mobility considerations. The nickel-plated chain (also featured on the Model D) requires less-frequent oiling. The finish protects against scratches.

Aesthetically, the Model E is the luxury machine of the indoor rower world. Solid and sleek in light gray or black, the Model E will hold its own in a fitness center, your home gym, or the living area of your midtown loft. Best of all, it does all of this while providing the unparalleled full-body workout of our other indoor rowers.

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If you’re familiar with our equipment, the Model E is everything you’ve come to expect in a Concept2 Indoor Rower and more. If you’re trying us for the first time, the Model E will satisfy even the most discriminating buyers.

The Model E is available in two colors: light gray or black.

Performance Monitor 5

The Performance Monitor is what sets Concept2 Indoor Rowers apart from other training devices, and every Model E includes our most advanced monitor, the PM5. Sophisticated yet easy to use, the PM5 provides accurate, comparable data for every row. A backlight increases visibility, compatibility with USB flash drives makes storing your workout data a breeze, and you can wirelessly monitor your heart rate. The longer monitor arm on the Model E keeps it all within easy reach.

Flywheel and Damper

Our indoor rowers respond to your effort on every stroke, so you are in full control of your exertion and resistance at all times. The spiral damper allows you to quickly adjust the airflow to the flywheel, so you can change the feel of the stroke to suit your preference. The flywheel design minimizes noise while maximizing a smooth feel.

Storage and Mobility

The Model E features a quick-release (no tools required!) framelock mechanism, so you can easily separate the machine into two pieces for storage. Caster wheels on the front foot allow you to roll the fully-assembled machine into position.

Seat Height

The Model E stands tall in a crowd. You’ll have the comfort and ease of getting on a machine that’s at chair height. The 20 inch (50.8 centimeter) seat height is particularly helpful if your knees don’t bend like they used to, if you’ll be getting on and off the indoor rower from a wheelchair, or if you just prefer sitting higher off the ground. To support the 20 inch frame height, we went with a one-piece leg design for both the front and rear legs. The end result? Stability and a sure, solid feel.

Reviews of Concept2 Model E

Review 1: Built like a tank ~ Designed to last a lifetime ~ Made in USA

This is the best investment that I’ve ever made in a piece of exercise equipment. It will literally last a lifetime.

I was looking for a high quality indoor rowing machine, as it’s one of the best workouts for your entire body. I’m so glad that I not only purchased a Concept2, but that I opted to pay the extra cost for the Model E. Since the Model E is elevated to the same level as a regular chair, it’s much easier to get in and out of than the Model D. This is of particular importance if you have any issues with mobility or if you’re elderly. In my case, due to having had back surgery, it was essential that I purchased this model. It’s absolutely worth the extra cost.

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Concept2 Model E rower is the best

The feel of the rower is exquisite. Since it’s made of such high quality materials, using it is all but effortless. The seat slides along the monorail in near total silence and the fan noise is minimal. I listen to music while rowing and find that the noise of the machine isn’t an issue at all. My routine is to use the rower for 1 hour a day, 5 days a week.

It has an adjustable flywheel, however setting it to a higher number(between 1 & 10), does not necessarily mean that you’re getting a better workout. The main factor in getting an effective workout is determined by how rapidly you row. So, you could set the flywheel to 10 and do a very slow workout, or set in to a lower number and actually get a better workout. Personally, I have mine set at 4 which enables me to get a tremendous workout without the risk of sustaining any injuries from overexertion.

I have my rower on top of a rubber mat, although the company says that this is unnecessary. I suppose that if you have wood floors or tile it would be unnecessary, but when used on carpet like I do, I think it’s best to have a mat.

Monitor and instructions

The rower comes with a chest belt hear rate monitor, but I opted to purchase the MIO Link wrist monitor as it works as well as the chest belt and is much easier to use. One thing you should be aware of when purchasing a Concept2 is that it’s immense. I have it set up in my office and it takes up the vast majority of the room, at least in length. Thankfully, it takes only a few seconds to separate into 2 parts for easy storage.

The only area where I think the company could improve upon would be the assembly instructions. Most of the instructions are in the form of pictures without any accompanying text. For those who have problems interpreting pictures(like me), it would be helpful to have some text included as well. If you know what you’re doing, you can easily assemble the rower in less than 30 minutes. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it can be slightly frustrating. Thankfully, it was during the week when I assembled mine, so help was just a phone call away.

Seat and Conclusion

I’ve heard a lot of complaints about the seat being uncomfortable. I purchased the optional adhesive seat pad with mine, and although it’s extremely thin, I find that I’m comfortable throughout my entire workout. I also purchased a Skwoosh Master Row Gel Pad that I use on top of the adhesive seat pad. This combination makes for a very comfortable rowing experience.

The bottom line is that this rower is worth every cent that I paid. The quality is unquestionably the best that you’ll find on any rower. I consider it to be like a fine tuned sports car. Listening to music while rowing on the Concept2 Model E is a very peaceful feeling.

Review 2: Amazing machine.

Amazing machine. Quiet, smooth, and easy to use. Fitness monitor is large and easy to read. The workout is great and I do not seem to have some of the after-effects from other regimens such as jogging or aerobic routines. I am older so the “E” version is better for me because it is easier to mount/dismount.

It is a bit on the expensive side – $1200, but this thing should last for years. Over the years, I have purchased many pieces of exercise equipment and buying the higher-quality definitely pays off in the long run.

Review 3: This Has To Be One Of The Best

I’m no expert on rowing machines but considering the cost I had to do my homework before making a decision as to what one to purchase. I looked at cheaper and even one feature of a TV show that I was seriously considering that had the hydro system and was made of wood. In the end I believed that this one was the better choice.

First, the Elites extra height is well worth the extra cost. The next thing on my mind was, air or water. The drawback with water is it can leak and require some maintenance. My concern with noise had me wondering which one would be the winner. I don’t own that other water rower but I can say this one is smooth and much quieter than expected and doesn’t creat any problems in our household.

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I was concern about wood wearing or being made from wood stock that was not as strong or straight (warping from new growth wood) but since this rower is metal I have nothing to worry about there. The next thing that concern me was the difference in material that was used in the pulley system, one was made from synthetic webbing which could have been nylon to polyester which is the stronger.

This rower uses a chain and is much heavier duty. In the TV show as the frustrated character rows really hard the strap breaks. I don’t believe that will happen with this rowers chain and maybe that is why you don’t see wooden rowers in gyms.

The assembly was easy and you can find the right video on their site to do what you need, even disassembling it, something you might want to do when moving. This rower separates into two long sections for storage but I wouldn’t want to be doing that too often, maybe during a holiday.

The reason is this rower is big and when they say to allocate 9 feet for length, believe them. You can get away with less in the width in my opinion. Because of the length I had few places to set it up, the garage was out of the question. This is too good a machine for that and besides things tend to be forgotten more when out of site. In the end I had only one place that made sense but which most people would not consider, my living room.

I had a person come in and remark about the size and probably hold his tongue until he got home about having it where I put it but that doesn’t bother me since I am not spending this much money for a piece of furniture. The goal for me is health and being able to control my sugar and muscle levels better as I grow older. I have used other exercise equipment before but this is the best for me because it gets use almost daily by me and other family members.

After using for six months now I can honestly say I look forward to it and haven’t felt better. My body is thanking me everyday and the only regrets is not purchasing one much earlier in my life. I use this as a supplement to bicycling which doesn’t exercise many of my muscles and because it rains much where I live. In this way I am able to keep up exercising no matter what the weather is. I work from home and getting some form of exercise whiteout having to leave house is what works for me. Yes it was an investment but considering the cost of not exercising and the effects it has on your heath, I would do it again and again, if I had to.

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