The Kettler Stroker is a mid-range rower that packs a lot of features into a relatively compact machine. While not as robust as, say, the Concept II, this machine does deliver a great workout. And you can perform other exercises (10 actually) to maximize your workout.
We did have a few minor complaints with this machine, but overall, it’s a pretty solid machine that will help keep you (or get you) in shape.
Features at a Glance
- 8 levels of magnetic resistance
- Biomechanically correct footplates
- Includes a Polar T34 chest strap for heart rate monitoring
- LCD displays 6 functions
- Recovery feature with cardio wellness grading of 1-6
- Thick padded seat
- Top-grade rollers for smooth movement
Our Kettler Stroker Review
The Stroker has a compact footprint and even folds up when it’s not in use. While its smaller size is beneficial, buying a rower isn’t about size – it’s about performance. And the Stroker doesn’t disappoint.
The magnetic brake system offers 8 resistance levels for a truly challenging workout. The resistance level can be changed using a dial just below the handlebar.
The seat has thick padding for added comfort while you row, and the top-grade rollers allow for smooth movement. Because this machine uses magnetic resistance, it’s virtually silent compared to water or air rowers.
The foot plates are biomechanically correct and allow for natural pivoting. The design of the foot pedals allows for full range rowing motion, which is something many other rowers don’t offer.
The LCD displays six stats at one time: pulse, time, strokes, distance, frequency, and resistance level. There’s also a recovery feature that provides you with a cardio wellness grading index of 1-6.
One thing I do want to point out is that the product description for this rower says it includes attachments that let you perform 10 additional exercises. Technically, this isn’t true. There are no extra attachments included.
With that said, you can perform extra exercises using the handlebar. In the official demonstration video for this rower, you can see the user doing:
- Seated lifts
- Seated curls
- Seated extensions
- Ab crunches
- Standing lifts
- Standing upright rows
- Crossover twists
- Kneeling pulls
So, altogether, you can perform 9 exercises (including the standard full row). The versatility that this machine offers is a major selling point, especially if you’re working on building muscle strength and tone. The resistance levels add even more value. Essentially, the Stroker can take the place of at least 5 different exercise machines – that’s impressive.
And this unit does come with a heart monitoring strap, so you can keep track of your heart rate during your workouts.
- 8 resistance levels make workouts challenging
- LCD display allows you to see all of your stats at one time
- You can perform up to 8 different exercises using the handlebar
- Comfortable seat and foot pedals that allow for natural movement
- Quiet and smooth
- Durable and sturdy
- Folds up for easy storage
- No attachments included
Our only complaint is that Kettler says this machine comes with attachments, but it doesn’t. Kettler may have mistakenly added this to the product description, but it’s still something you should be aware of. Don’t get your hopes up that this machine comes with extra attachments – you will be disappointed.
Aside from this issue, the Stroker is a solid rower that offers a wide range of resistance levels and heart rate monitoring. If you’re in the market for a mid-range rower that can also be used to perform other exercises, the Stroker is a smart choice.