Summary: The R200 Rowing Machine from JLL has been a best-seller for 5+ years. This is a solid, effective entry level home rowing machine. It folds away (via a bolt mechanism) between uses. With 10 resistance levels, this rower will stay with you as your fitness improves. You get a great cardio workout, plus tone in all the right places.
JLL switched product page for the R200 Rowing Machines recently. The old one has more than 770 comments, which averaged to well over 4 stars. At the price point, it is hard to get a rowing machine this good.
Check out the recent feedback and see the close-ups in the full picture gallery for yourself now over on this dedicated amazon.co.uk product page.
This is a mid-sized home rowing machine. It is approximately 180cms long, 52cm wide (at the base unit) and 49cms high. The R200 folds away, you will need to remove a bolt and pivot the bar upwards to do this. It weighs 23kgs, with a max recommended user weight at 100kgs (that’s over 18 stone).
The seat has wheels tucked under the sides. This creates the smooth action. JLL note that the seat is padded. I would call this pliable, it has a little give, though is certainly not cushioned. I did not experience any discomfort from this.
There are wheels underneath at the front. They allow you to pivot the rower and move it into place.
JLL uses magnetic resistance for their RX200 rowing machine. This is a big plus (especially at this price point). It keeps the resistance predictable for much longer. There are 10 levels to go through. The top levels give you an intensive workout. They are changed via a dial just below the console.
You will hear the belt ‘vrrrr’ (not too loud) as you row. This belt enables the magnetic resistance to trigger in both directions.
A simple, though large, monitor tracks all the key elements. This LCD display tracks your count (strokes), total count over time, strokes per minutes, distance, time, and calories. It will scan through each of these while you row. No complex controls, this is a simple push-button setup.
Considering the budget price range, the feedback (both on the current and legacy product pages) is hugely positive. It is a shame to see someone ranting and 1-starring at the top because he did not get a £30 reduction (his rower broke to be fair, though the rant is simply passive-aggressive).
Most buyers thought that the R200 was excellent value for money. Yes, it is plastic, though considering the mechanism and price point, it would have been difficult to make it out of titanium.
JLL are known over their entire range of fitness equipment for excellent service. This is a UK based company – you will not be dealing via e-mail and a translator with someone in China!
As always, make sure you check the latest feedback from owners. This will give you a far better insight on fitness equipment than the marketing blurb provided by the maker.
Rowing works wonders, both for cardio fitness and upper body strength. The R200 is an entry level rowing machine that stands out from the flimsy no-brand machines in the same price bracket.
Not only do you get a solid rowing machine, you get the service and backup that the UK-based JLL are famous for.
The R200 has magnetic resistance, smooth action and an LCD monitor that tracks your progress – including those all-important calories burned.
Check out the full picture gallery, search for any discount and see the feedback left by current JLL R200 owners over on this dedicated amazon.co.uk product page now!