Teeter Power 10 Rower Review + Expert Verdict
Finding time to fit a workout into your busy schedule is difficult and finding time to head out to a gym is even harder. Why not invest in your own health by adding some fitness equipment to your home gym? If you are trying to choose between rowing machines and ellipticals, let us present to you the Teeter Power 10 Elliptical Rower! At first glance, this machine is going to be imposing to anyone, especially if you are expecting to see a traditional rowing machine. The best way to describe it is a recumbent bike that you row instead of pedaling, with the classic elliptical handles attached for a total upper body workout. The frame is solidly built out of steel and the bi-directional elliptical path follows smoothly along the machine’s rail. The maximum user capacity is a suggested 300 lbs, which puts the Teeter Power 10 ahead of other similar magnetic rowers like the NordicTrack RW500 magnetic rower which has a weight capacity of only 250 lbs. Once you see the Teeter Power 10, you will understand that this model does not come with a foldable frame, although the machine can be stored vertically when not in use. Of course, this has the classic home rower problem of cumbersome storage, especially in smaller living spaces.
As far as the footprint of the Teeter Power 10, the positionality of the user actually makes this machine shorter than your typical home magnetic rower. The exact dimensions measure out at 62.75” L x 37.5” W x 43.25” H, which means it is considerably shorter than the Women’s Health/Men’s Health Bluetooth magnetic rower which is 80” long and the aforementioned NordicTrack RW500 which is 86.5” long. Where the Teeter Power 10 will stand out is its weight as the machine tips the scales at a hefty 180 lbs out of the box. This is 50 lbs heavier than the NordicTrack RW500 and 115 lbs heavier than the Women’s Health/Men’s Health Bluetooth magnetic rower. At the very least Teeter has installed some transport wheels which makes moving the machine around a little easier, but at 180 lbs I wouldn’t expect you to be moving this from room to room.
The Teeter Power 10 comes with some interesting resistance technology as it utilizes seven different levels of smooth magnetic resistance. The best thing about magnetic resistance flywheels is that you can manually adjust the resistance levels on the fly in the middle of a workout. This is one advantage I always like to cover when I review magnetic vs water resistance rowing machines, which generally can only be adjusted by adding or removing water from the tank. In addition to the magnetic resistance, the Teeter Power 10 also comes with the classic elliptical form for your arms, and with each push and pull users work different muscle groups. As with most magnetic resistance rowers, the Teeter Power 10 is smooth and silent so you never have to worry about disturbing your neighbors. I always find magnetic rowing machines to be ideal for a quiet workout, but I will admit that hearing the water sloshing around a tank on a water resistance machine makes me think of rowing a boat on the actual water!
As can be expected with a higher end rowing machine, the Teeter Power 10 comes equipped with some great connected technology. First, the real time digital performance tracking monitor helps you to track things like strokes per minute, time, calories, and distance, as you work out. The machine also comes with a Bluetooth enabled heart monitor that comes built into a chest strap that you can wear during your workout. Perhaps the most alluring piece of technology comes in the form of the dedicated Teeter Move App, which can be used on a connected device like a smartphone or tablet. The Teeter Move App gives users complete access to Teeter’s personal trainer-led workout videos, all at no cost and without any recurring subscription fee. I love this feature from Teeter, and it makes the long-term cost of the machine quite a bit lower than industry peers like the Hydrow or the NordicTrack RW500 which both charge a recurring subscription fee for their software or apps.
Despite the daunting appearance of the Teeter Power 10 elliptical rower, the assembly is quite simple and straightforward. To make things simple, Teeter offers users the Bilt app that will take you step by step through the assembly, with a clear instructional video to help. The one thing I will note is that given the bulky weight of the machine, it is definitely easier to have a second person helping out, as well as deciding where the machine will be situated before you begin to assemble it. Maintenance for the machine is an interesting point as with so many moving parts, there does seem to be a higher incidence of online reviews saying that their machine is breaking down. Teeter also has exceptional customer service contacts that can be contacted for parts replacement via phone, instant chat, or email. The Teeter site actually boasts that it can process your order and ship the machine out on the first business day following purchase, but of course it cannot guarantee how long it will take to ship. You can also order the Teeter Power 10 off of Amazon, which may be the fastest delivery method.
We saved the best for last as the price of the Teeter Power 10 will cost you about $1,200.00 when shipped from the Teeter site directly. It may seem expensive at first, but when compared to other high-end models like the Hydrow which will set you back $2,245 or the NordicTrack RW900 which comes in at $1,599 depending on where and when you buy it. Keep in mind that with the Teeter Power 10, you are not stuck paying recurring subscription fees for the software every month after activation. The warranty is fine but not spectacular as Teeter gives you 90 days for the frame and the driving mechanism, and 1 year for the rest of the machine.
Teeter Power 10 Elliptical Rower Pros
- The unique style gives you the strength training of a rowing machine and consistency of elliptical
- Bluetooth compatible heart rate monitor
- Digital real-time performance tracker
- Free Teeter Move App with no subscription costs
- Made from high quality and solid materials
- Easy assembly with the Bilt app
- Customer service and a nice warranty
- Fast shipping either via Amazon or the Teeter site
- Seven manually adjustable magnetic resistance levels
Teeter Power 10 Elliptical Rower Cons
- The price may be a bit high for casual rowers
- Some may not enjoy the added elliptical workout
- The monitor is quite basic and one-dimensional
- With so many moving parts, the machine can breakdown
- Extremely heavy machine makes it difficult to move
- It takes quite some floor space and it’s not foldable
For those who are trying to decide between a rowing machine and an elliptical, the Teeter Power 10 elliptical rower offers you the best of both worlds. The machine comes with a premium price tag, but the Teeter Power 10 comes with some high-end features that will make your home workout enjoyable. The elliptical rower combination is not going to be for everyone though, so if you are looking for a high-end magnetic rower with cutting-edge technology I would recommend the NordicTrack RW500 magnetic rower. But for those who are interested in maximizing a total body workout on a machine that comes with a trusted brand name, the Teeter Power 10 presents a unique home workout experience that you can’t find with any other machine.