The Kettler Kadett is an outrigger style rowing machine designed to mimic natural rowing motion. Offering hydraulic resistance, a durable design and ergonomic parts, this is a rower that will give you a challenging workout whether you’re a begginer or more advanced user.
The Kadett is German-engineered and built to last, and it’s backed by a generous warranty.
Kettler Kadett Features and Specs
- Two hydraulic pistons
- 12 Resistance levels with adjustment knob
- Ergonomic footplates with natural pivoting
- Padded seat for added comfort
- Seat rollers deliver smooth strokes
- Steel track
- Seat ball bearings eliminate the need for lubrication
- Foldable for easy storage
- High carbon, powder-coated steel frame
- Weight limit: 285 pounds
- Made in Germany
- High-resolution LCD display
- Displays: distance, calories burned, time, pulse, strokes and frequency
- Infrared earlobe clip sensor to monitor heart rate
- Cardio wellness test
- Operates on 2 AA batteries
Dimensions & Weight
- 59 inches long
- 69 inches wide
- 18 inches high
- 51 pounds
The length of the rower is much smaller when it’s folded up.
- 47 inches long
- 23 inches wide
- 9 inches high
- 71 pounds
Assembly & Storage
The Kadett does require assembly. The included instructions are simple and straightforward, so assembly isn’t complicated or frustrating. The manual says assembly should take about 45 minutes.
The rower comes with most of the tools you will need for assembly except for a Phillips head screwdriver, so make sure you have one before you begin.
While this rower is lighter than most models, it’s still on the heavy side. You may need some help getting the package into your home and assembling it.
The Kadett folds up for easy storage in between workouts. When folded, the machine’s length is reduced significantly, so you can store it in a closet, in the corner of a room or wherever else it will fit.
You can find the owners manual and detailed assembly instuctions here: Owners Manual PDF
- 3-years parts
- Lifetime warranty on frame
What We Like about the Kettler Kadett
The Kadett’s quality is impressive, and its foldable design makes it a great option for anyone who is limited on space.
Aside from durability and quality, we also liked:
The Outrigger Design
The Kettler Kadett is designed to give you a challenging full-body workout, and the outrigger style mimics real life rowing motions.
Rather than pulling one handle straight back, the Kadett requires you to use both arms independently in a semi-circular pattern (just like if you were rowing with oars on a sculling boat).
The outrigger design is preferred by a lot of rowers because it’s about as close as you’re going to get to real rowing movement on the water.
The Kadett comes with an accurate monitor that will help you keep track of your workout stats. The battery-powered monitor displays:
There’s also a scan function that will rotate through your workout information. And with a high-resolution LCD display, this monitor is easy to read.
Along with your workout stats, you can also take advantage of the recovery feature, which grades your cardio health on a scale of 1 to 6. This cardio test can be taken as often as you want to track your progress. Bi-weekly tests are recommended to keep tabs on your cardio health.
An earlobe clip sensor is included with this rower to measure your heart rate. You also have the option of purchasing a separate chest strap to monitor your pulse in a different way.
We also like that the monitor is powered by two AA batteries, which means you don’t have to set it up near a power outlet.
Multiple Resistance Levels
The Kadett will give anyone a challenging workout thanks to its multiple resistance levels. This rower has an adjustment knob underneath the frame that allows you to adjust the resistance level with ease.
There are 12 levels in total, which means even more advanced users can get a great workout using this rowing machine.
The rower’s resistance is controlled by the machine’s two hydraulic pistons, which are industrial strength, similar to the Stamina 1333 which is also worth checking out if you like this style of rower.
Durable, Ergonomic Design
With a design that’s built to last, the Kadett will give you years of use. And the ergonomic design will make each movement feel natural and comfortable.
The rower’s frame is made of high carbon steel that’s powder coated for the ultimate in durability and longevity.
The footplates are also designed to support your foot’s natural movement. The plates have a pivoting action that allows for complete longitudinal rowing motion.
The seat is also ergonomically designed and has thick padding for maximum comfort.
Unlike other similar rowers, the Kadett is quiet and smooth. The chrome plated steel rails and the seat’s sealed ball bearings allow you to move smoothly and quietly with each row.
The Kadett folds up, so you can store it away in between your workouts. If you have limited space, you’ll appreciate this feature, which significantly reduces the rower’s footprint.
When folded vertically, this rower can easily fit in a closet or the corner of a room.
Some rowers are huge, and if you don’t have much space for workout equipment, a big rower may not even be an option.
The Kadett isn’t the smallest rower around, but it’s smaller than most high-end rowers. And when it’s folded up, it takes up even less space.
The more compact design makes this machine a great fit for most home gyms.
The Kadett is backed by a generous warranty. The frame has a lifetime warranty against breakage, and you also get a three-year parts warranty.
What Could Have Been Better
While there are plenty of great things to say about the Kadett rower, this isn’t a perfect machine. There are a few minor complaints with this machine.
Assembly Can Be a Chore
Assembling this rower can be a chore, especially if this is your first time putting together a rower and you’re working alone.
Most of the assembly is smooth sailing, but the arms are difficult to install. Many people find that assembly takes much longer than expected and is more complicated than they anticipated.
The only other issue with this rower is that it doesn’t have any wheels. The foldable design is a convenience, but without wheels, it can be hard to push the machine around. You may need an extra pair of hands to help you move this thing around the room.
While not a deal-breaker, we question why Kettler would not add wheels to this rower if they planned on making a foldable design. At 51 pounds, this rower is still heavy and not easy to move around on your own. One thing is for sure: you’ll get another workout moving this machine around the room.
Our Final Word
The Kettler Kadett is an excellent mid-range rower with a lot to offer. It offers smooth, quiet motion and an accurate monitor that will help you keep track of your workout stats.
Resistance levels keep your workouts challenging, even at higher fitness levels. And the ergonomic design allows for a more natural movement while you’re working out. The pivoting footplates support your foot’s movement, while the padded seat allows you to row comfortably even for longer periods of time.
The outrigger style is different from the rowers you’re used to seeing at the gym or in commercials. It has two independent arms that move in a semi-circular pattern to mimic the motion of an oar out on the water.
That natural motion allows you to work your upper body a little more efficiently, but you still get a great lower body workout.
The steel track adds to the durablity of this model, while the foldable design allows you to save on space in between your workouts. The lack of wheels makes it a little more difficult to move this rower, but you can think of this as an opportunity to extend your workout.
Assembly may be a pain, but it’s worth the effort to use a rower that’s built to last.
If you’re looking for a mid-range rower that’s durable, smooth, offers natural rowing motion and is backed by a generous warranty, the Kadett is the right choice. And with a lifetime warranty on the frame, you can rest assured that your purchase is protected.