• Simple to use
  • Smooth rowing
  • Adjustable beam incline


  • Basic rower
  • Height limits
  • Basic monitor


The Stamina 1215 Orbital Rower has the movement and the feel of real water rowing. The orbital’s free motion arms, fully hydrolytic resistance, deluxe ball bearings, padded seat, and pivoting foot plates add to the comfortable, smooth feel of this product.

The adjustable beam incline, hydraulic cylinder resistance, and adjustable tension control also provide a fully customized work out. The single button monitor displays speed, distance, time, row count, calories burned, and miles rowed. The unit is also equipped with foldable rowing arms for easy stowage.

What We Like

The Stamina 1215 Orbital Rower is a solid product. The user experience is smooth, with very little extraneous sound, clattering, or annoying clanking. The adjustable free lateral handles, beam incline, hydraulics and tension control make this unit fully customizable.

The Orbital Rower is also accessible to people of varying strength, and completely adaptable. This machine grows with you. It will continue to provide you an excellent workout even as your upper arm strength improves overtime. Additionally, this unit does an exceptional job of adapting to either a low or high intensity workouts.

The price point on this unit is outstanding, making an attractive, easily affordable piece of exercise equipment for the causal user. It is a great entry-level investment.

A final outstanding feature of the Stamina 1215 Orbital Rower is the compact design and foldable arms. The rower is space-efficient and can be easily stored under your bed.

Most importantly, The Stamina 1215 Orbital Rower is fun and easy-to-use.

What We Don’t Like

This unit may not be appropriate for users that are on the short end the height spectrum. Users under 5’6 may have some difficulty obtaining resistance at full-leg extension.

Additionally, some customers have reported difficulty with the hydraulic shocks and there is a high incidence of customer returns as a result of this malfunctioning of the part. However, customer service support for this product tends to be good and hydraulic supports can be replaced relatively quickly.

The biggest drawback of Stamina 1215 Orbital Rower is the difficult home assembly. People who are not mechanically inclined have some trouble assembling this unit and assembly my require several hours and a helper.

Complaints about the durability of the product have been noted and largely stem for improper assembly.

Our Verdict

If you are mechanically skilled and confident in your ability to assemble exercise equipment at home, the Stamina 1215 Orbital Rowing machine may be the perfect fit for your needs. The smooth hydraulics makes this unit a dream to use. If you are looking for a clean, silent feel this is an ideal unit for you.

The customization and adjustability of this project is outstanding, particularly if the unit will be used by different individuals of varying strengths. But, keep in mind that the unit may not meet the needs of shorter people.

The competitive price point is one of the most attractive features of this particular machine, but if you can afford to upgrade and intend to use this equipment heavily, you may wish to investigate other options.

Overall, this product will give you a very basic rower at a reasonable cost. If you are of shorter stature, not especially handy with tools and assembly, or are hard-core gym rat you may wish upgrade to a higher end unit.