SereneLife Smart Rowing Machine Review and My Verdict
The SereneLife Smart Home Rowing Machine offers users the rare combination of technology and performance at an entry-level price. Before you ask about the price, let me walk you through all of the features that this machine comes with, so you can have all of the facts before making your decision. The first thing you need to know is that the SereneLife Smart Rower is made from the highest quality materials including a strong steel alloy for the frame, and soft rubber for the padded seat, pedal style footrest, and the comfortable handle grip. The frame has a maximum suggested user weight capacity of 250 lbs, which is surprisingly limited given the durability of the frame. If you need a bit more weight, the Marcy Foldable Turbine Rower can handle up to 300 lbs at a similar price point.
One of the most important questions I get asked about indoor rowers is how they can be stored when not in use. The SereneLife Smart Rower does not come with a foldable frame, so if you need to store it away it does need to be in a vertical position. This is never ideal if you have kids around, and is kind of an eyesore in general. I always prefer folding frames if I can find them, because it makes storing the machine away that much easier. When in use, the dimensions of the SereneLife Smart rower are 83.5” L x 19.3” W x 34.8” H, which definitely makes it one of the larger air magnetic rowing machines on the market. Much of the length and height are attributed to the air turbine, which is much bulkier than a water tank or a simple magnetic flywheel. Need something a bit more compact? The Stamina Air Rower 1403 is half a foot shorter in length and nearly 15 inches shorter in height, which could be important if you live in a smaller space. The SereneLife Smart Rower weighs 82 lbs, which puts it right around average for the indoor air rower industry.
As you have probably already realized, the SereneLife Home rowing machine is an air turbine rower with magnetic resistance as well. This dual resistance technology allows users to manually control the resistance level, while enjoying the challenging resistance of the turbine. The SereneLife Home Rower comes with 16 levels of adjustable resistance using the PMS resistance system. This gives you ample control over how difficult of a workout you want, and I would put this system as more work than a magnetic resistance machine and less work than a water resistance machine. One last thing about indoor air rowers if you have never used one: they can be pretty loud. The turbine is basically a giant fan that is constantly spinning as you row, so it is easily the loudest of the three types of rower resistance.
Finally an entry-level rowing machine that comes with connected technology! SereneLife has included Bluetooth connectivity for its console, where you can sync your workouts with the Fitshow App, which works for both Android and iOS systems. The Fitshow app allows you to record, collect, and review exercise data, all on your connected devices. The digital LCD monitor is compatible with all of today’s new devices, as well as including a wireless range of up to 16 feet. The display itself gives readings for all of the important stats like pulse, time, distance, total strokes, strokes per minute, and calories burned. You can connect the machine to a wireless pulse monitor as well, which helps to keep track of your heart rate while you workout.
Assembly is something SereneLife boasts is easy to assemble, with minimal parts to build. Judging from online reviews, it should take no more than an hour for the average person to complete, but of course, it is always encouraged to have someone help you move it once it has been assembled. SereneLife does have its own dedicated site, but it is a company that sells a multitude of products which include home exercise machines. Shipping instructions are vague, so I would skip the hassle and order directly from Amazon, especially if you live outside of the 48 continental U.S. states.
Are you still with me? Then we can finally talk about the price. At just under $500.00, the SereneLife Smart Rowing Machine is making a case for one of the best values on the market. The SereneLife Smart Rowing Machine is highly rated and offers some premium features that you just can’t find at this price point. The warranty is a little unclear, although SereneLife does say it offers a one year warranty and if there are any problems, to contact them directly. It could be better, but for a brand that obviously doesn’t specialize in fitness equipment, it’s not the worst warranty I’ve seen!
The first line of my review said it all: a high quality machine with technology at an entry-level price. There are not many indoor rowers you’ll find with some of the features that come with the SereneLife Smart Rowing Machine, so it’s hard to make a comparison without jumping up in price. The one issue I have is that I am just not a big fan of air turbine rowers because of the noise they make and the bulkiness the turbine adds to the machine. Other than that, it’s hard to make a strong case against the SereneLife Smart Home Rowing Machine as one of the best values on the indoor rowing market.
- Great entry-level price point
- Steel alloy frame
- Soft rubber T-shaped grip for the handle
- Smooth padded rowing seat
- Digital LCD Monitor with Bluetooth Connectivity
- Fitshow app allows you to track your workout progress on your smartphone
- 16 levels of adjustable magnetic resistance
- Vague warranty offer
- It is quite a large machine in both length and height
- Non-foldable frame means vertical storage which can be dangerous
- Low max user weight of 250 lbs
- Air turbine may be too loud for some people