The ‘Regatta’ has been unavailable for a while now, though there are several new models from both Marcy and Tunturi available.
Here are the key options:
Summary: Marcy bring their famous multi-gym building experience to the world of rowing machines with this quality aluminium model. All the features you would expect from a mid-range rower, at a price which compares well within its category. It folds for easy storage and has a comfortable ergonomic seat too. Some good user feedback for this model. At the time of writing a solid amazon.co.uk discount too – see this product page for more info and the picture gallery.
Marcy are an industry leader when it comes to multi-gyms and weights. My question looking at their Regatta rowing machine is whether that reputation would cross-over into the home fitness machines category. This is certainly a high spec machine for the the price range. It is in the lower end of the prices for decent home rowing machines. When you look at the feedback from current owners in the comments – it seems there are a lot of people more than just satisfied with their rower.
You’ll get a folding rower, with an angular (almost sci-fi) design and a console which protrudes above the handle resting point. The build is aluminium, which is unusual for the value end fitness equipment. This is both strong and light-weight. The top user weight is just over 17 stone, though of course all manufacturers err on the lower side with this advice. You’ll get a 4kg flywheel, which is more than enough for rowing purposes. There are 8 levels of magnetic resistance. Note that this requires turning a dial (only the very top level machines have computer controlled resistance). Completing the spec is a larger than normal ‘ergonomic’ seat pad and wheels which help you move the machine into position. Many people get a rubber mat with their rower to prevent marks on the carpet.
The LCD display is simple, counting your strokes, distance ‘traveled’, calories burned and your time rowing.
What shines through in the comments / feedback is ‘quality’. This refers to the build and the durability of the machine. You will have to assemble it – though this did not create any unusual levels of complaining (there are one or two negative comments for anything you need to put together, even if it is only tightening a couple of screws). There have been some very regular users of this machine (several times a week for months) who are very positive on it. For me this fits in with the reputation that Marcy has for quality in their multi-gyms.
Summing it up: With the amazon.co.uk discount (at the time of writing), this is a bargain for me. You’ll get a quality rower with smooth magnetic resistance and top-rated build quality. All for a price that is not too far above the real budget zone. Check out that buyer feedback and the latest discount for yourself now over on the Marcy Only Geneva 6000 Page.
Check out the new JLL R200 Rowing machine, a huge discount brings this mid-range rower into the budget category!