The V-Fit brand have been making good quality budget and mid-range fitness equipment for a while now and have built a solid reputation over the years. In addition a good number of their products are best sellers on Amazon. In this review we will be taking a look at the V-fit Tornado Air Rower, which is one of their most popular items. With overall very positive reviews customer feedback speaks highly of this model.
So, lets take a look!
What The Manufacturer Has To Say
For a realistic and challenging workout in the comfort of your own home, the V-Fit tornado air rower is the ideal solution to get you training like an Olympian.
Rowing Machine Reviews – V-fit Tornado Air Rower
Resistance: air resistance
Levels of Resistance: unlimited
Monitor Functions: calorie burn, distance, speed, stroke counter, stroke rate and time
Dimensions when folded: 122 cm (L) x 51 cm (W) x 91 cm (H)
Max User Weight: 115 kg
Warranty: 12 month warranty
What We Think
The V-fit Tornado rowing machine is the top of the range model in the V-fit series and comes with some good customer feedback which is always a good sign. The first thing you notice about this rower is the striking colour scheme and the fact that it looks very modern. In our opinion the speed proportionate air resistance is the best thing about this rower, we will talk more about that later in our resistance section. Due to this model been foldable it is ideal for home use as it takes up very little space when folded. Unfortunately there are no runner wheels attached for moving it around.
The resistance system is what makes this indoor rowing machine suitable for both beginners and experienced users. Featuring speed proportionate resistance which basically means the faster the user rows the harder the resistance is.This makes this rower perfect for people with different fitness levels as the machine adapts to the needs of each individual user.
Another positive to this type of resistance is that there is no dial to turn to change the resistance level. This is a benefit that air rowers have over other types of rowers such as magnetic.
LCD Display & Monitor Functions
The LCD display shows a users readouts and it is clear to see them while exercising on this machine. Overall there are six monitor functions and these are calorie burn, distance, speed, stroke counter, stroke rate and time. Three of these readouts are visible at any one time. To see the other three all you have to do is push the orange button below the screen.
Seat & Handles
The seat features pretty much the same ergonomic design that you get with most rowers, for maximum comfort.
The handles with this rower differ from the straight handles that most rowing machines have. Due to the kink in the handles they allow for a more natural hand movement which is beneficial for those long grueling workouts.
A lot of attention has been paid to the foot plates when designing this rowing machine. Featuring a pivoting design, which allows for a more natural foot movement, makes this model very comfortable to use. In addition the large footplates accommodate a large foot size and the tight-fitting straps provide a firm and secure footing.
Maximum User Weight
When looking for a solid, robust and very sturdy rowing machine it is well worth taking notice of the maximum user weight. Generally speaking the heavier the maximum user weight is, the more well-built a model tends to be.
With the V-fit Tornado rowing machine there is a max user weight of 115 kg. This is a respectable amount, however, for a rowing machine of this price you would expect a little bit more. As long as you don’t weigh more than 115 kg there shouldn’t be a problem.
- unlimited resistance
- 6 monitor functions
- Very sturdy
- Good warranty
- Not the heaviest of maximum user weight
Good Customer Review
For the price a great bit of kit works well easy to assemble. The ability to change between to stops for long legs makes this ideal for all height’s.
Bad Customer Review
It’s not that bad, especially when considering the money but do not expect a good rower here. You get what you pay for.
Latest Customer Reviews 2023
“Well built and easy to use rower. Only downside is the display as can be hard to read. Having a back-light would improve greatly.” – willcoc
“I had this rower for 2 months when it started making a noise while in use. Because of safety concerns, I decided to return it and request a full refund.” – Mrs N
To Sum Up
For the price the V-fit Tornado Air Rower gives good value for money. With the speed proportionate resistance offering what could be said to be unlimited resistance this model will put even the most experienced rowers through their paces. What you get for your money is a well designed and very sturdy indoor rowing machine with enough monitor functions to keep track of progress in your fight for fitness.
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