Concept2 Indoor Rowing Machines – Comparison of Model D versus Model E


Indoor rowing machines are nothing to sneeze at. If you’re serious about purchasing one of these machines it is best to comparison shop and do your homework. There can be multiple differences in two very similar looking machines and I’m not just talking about the price. These two machines are manufactured by the same company but still have wide differences in what they can actually do for you and how they will fit into your workout program.

I have yet to decide which one I would actually purchase but I think I’ve narrowed it down to the Concept2 Model D and the Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machines.

I want to share with you the research I have accumulated on these two rowing machines so you can better judge which one is better for you.  I have written this as a side by side review.  We’ll look at the various features, and any differences between those features in the two models of the Concept2 Rower.

The Concept2 Model D:

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The Concept2 Model E:

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What to Look for When Buying an Indoor Rowing Machine

Just like any other piece of exercise equipment, there are certain things to look for when buying an indoor rowing machine. They are:

  • Heart rate monitoring
  • Seat height
  • Machine size
  • Programmable workouts
  • Chain housing

In comparing the Concept2 Model D and the Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machines there are very stark differences between the two which is a little surprising considering they are manufactured by the same company and are also very similar in many ways.

Heart Rate Monitoring

Just like with all exercise machines out there, you really need to have a heart rate monitor to make sure that you’re reaching your peak heart rate without putting yourself in danger. Each of these machines comes with a built in heart monitor so you can keep an eye on where you’re at during any given time in your workout.

Seat Height

imageHere is where we come to our first noticeable difference between the Concept2 Model D and the Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machines. Concept2 Model D’s seat height is 14” off the floor. This is a decent seat height for the person of average height. The Concept2 Model E’s seat height is 20”, making it a better choice for people with balance and mobility issues. The seats appear to look the same construction wise so the height really is the only real difference between the two when it comes to the seating.

Machine Size

These machines vary just ever so slightly in their size and weight comparison. The Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine measures 7’ 11” long and 24” wide and weighs 65 pounds. The Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine measures 7’ 10” long and 24” wide and weighs in at 57 pounds. Not a big difference in size but the weight is enough of a difference to matter.

Both models require the same amount of space when being used. You have to have a clear area of 9’ by 4’ around either machine when they are being used.

Programmable Workouts

The Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine does have programmable settings so you can control the intensity of your workout. You can set the computer to have you take a nice slow row in a small boat or set it to where you can receive the maximum benefit of your workout by mimicking the feeling of rowing a large, heavy boat. It is able to monitor and record your speed, distance, calories burned for that workout and the pace that you have rowed at. It’s a nice little set up!

The Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine’s computer will automatically start the second that you pull your first row. It can also tell you everything that the Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine does but this machine also has the ability to save your workout information on a LogCard. You can even use this machine for machine to machine racing, wirelessly. With a built in USB interface, you’ll be able to download your workout information to your computer from this machine.image

Chain Housing

Safety is another large thing to consider when looking at exercise equipment. Indoor rowing machines have a lot of constantly moving parts so it is important that as much of those moving parts are covered as possible. There is a slight difference between the Concept2 Model D and the Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machines with the chain housing. The Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine’s chain housing is only partially enclosed where as the Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine’s chain housing is fully enclosed. This should be a deciding factor if the thought of partially exposed chain housing will make a difference in your decision.

What’s Included

  • Indoor Rowing Machine
  • Instruction Manual
  • Power Cord
  • LogCard (Concept2 Model E)

Does it include a Warranty?

Yes, both machines come with a 30 day money back guarantee and a 2 to 5 year limited warranty .

Reviews – What Others Are Saying

These machines have both received outstanding reviews on the popular shopping sites.

The Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine currently has a 4 out of 5 star rating on Amazon.

The Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine currently has an amazing 5 out of 5 stars on the same site.

Here are some of the comments to date:

“Integral part of my 75 pound weight loss!”

“This machine is the universal rowing standard.”

“Great workout machine…”

“Solid investment with a quality machine!”

“Better than expected!”

“Great features, I love it!”

“I should have bought one earlier…”

Any complaints?

The reviews that I have read for both of these indoor rowing machines have been outstanding. The only complaint that I have noticed is about the seat cover on the machines. It doesn’t stay on properly if you use it.

How Much Should You Expect to Pay?

There is a few hundred dollars difference in price between these two machines. The Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine is cheaper than The Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine.

I don’t want to quote exact prices as these constantly change, so please check the price yourself  for both of the Concept 2 Rowing machines.


About Andy

Andy writes for a number of health related sites but has always been fascinated by alternative medicine and home remedies. His deep interests in nature and the body's innate ability to heal itself (given the right condition) have lead him to a pivotal time in his life - and so, Holistic Home Fitness was born. While it's relatively new at the moment, Andy wants to build this site into a huge reference site for a more holistic approach to health and fitness.