• Easy assembly
  • Smooth rowing
  • Accurate data logging


  • Premium price
  • Heavier than others
  • Web portal dated

What We Like

This is a premium product and ahead of most other rowers on the market. The Concept2 Model E is very well built and of a commercial grade, you may have seen these in the local gym.

The rower is very easy to put together and separates easily into 2 pieces to store away if you need it out of the way.

The rower is smooth and relatively quiet when in use. It gives a full body workout and you are unlikely to outgrow this machine.

The seat height is set at 20 inches which make it easy to get on and off compared to other similar rowers.

The PM5 unit has a USB port to allow uploads to a PC or MAC. ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart connectivity allows you to pair with compatible heart rate monitors for wireless heart rate monitoring.

The performance monitor also interfaces with iPads, Android devices and iPhones. There is an active online community, and online rowing software so that you can row with others via the wireless connectivity from the PM5.

There is also a generous warranty included with this machine and PM5.

Concept 2 have an array of accessories for connectivity to the Concept2 rower.

Concept2 also do a fantastic job of explaining the perfect rowing technique

How The PM5 Monitor Works

PM5 Introduction

How To Set Up The PM5 Monitor

What We Don’t Like

It is hard to write anything bad about this model as it really is at the top of its game.

If anything, the seat can start to make your bottom a little numb, but this was after around an hour of rowing. Although there is an additional seat cover available if you are likely to use the machine for long durations.

The rower is bigger, heavier and pricer than other models, but if you have a good space to put the rower in it is worth paying the extra money.

The web portal is a little dated and in need of an upgrade, but everything is worth the money.

Our Verdict

This is one of the higher priced rowing machines on the market, but the quality more than makes up for the price.

The rower is very well built, very sturdy and works very well. It gives a full body workout when being used and is a lot smoother than other rowers.

The rower is larger than other models, but disassembles quickly and easily when not being used.