If you need a quiet and smooth rower, the magnetic Stamina Avari is one of the best models available. Programmable and convenient, it features a reliable magnetic damper, as well as ergonomic design with much attention to detail.
The rail provides a smooth glide for a satisfying stroke movement, being slightly angled in order to increase the resistance during the drive, by demanding more from your calves and glutes.
The Stamina Avari is sturdy and heavy, with a maximum weight capacity of 275 pounds. By far, it doesn’t have a single competitor when it comes to noise. Or lack of it thereof.
You’ll get a performance monitor with an LCD backlit display, featuring 12 workout programs as well. It can track time, distance, split, calories burned, strokes per minute and much more. The affordable price makes the purchase a no-brainer, but make sure to read our Stamina Avari review, where we take this baby for a spin.
Stamina Avari Programmable magnetic exercise rower review
When it comes to different rowing machine resistance types, I believe you should compare each model within its own group. To that end, the Stamina Avari is one of the best machine rowers available. Comparing it against the Concept2 and the WaterRower is something I’d advise against, since they provide a different type of resistance, on top of coming from a completely different price range.
The Stamina Avari, though it doesn’t provide a realistic stroke simulation (no magnetic rower ever does), can still give you a satisfying workout session. The reprogrammable level of resistance can be easily manipulated, effectively changing your workout intensity, as well as the feel of your entire session.
The frame seems to be durable and sturdy, which you’ll especially appreciate. Moreover, the extruded aluminum rail, combined with the seat provide for a very smooth glide, which is perhaps the only noise producing moving part of the entire rower. I understand that magnetic resistance deals with a low number of decibels, but the lack of noise is quite surprising, especially after getting used to both air and water rowers.
If you are looking for something that pleases the eye, the Stamina Avari, though not a real head turner, would suffice. It looks quite expensive and compact, which easily translates into durable and performance efficient.
The design process, however, concerned itself with aesthetics more than anything else. While the end user experience is satisfying, there are some minor glitches that might have been better designed.
The seat, for one, is something many users complain about. And it makes sense. While the form itself is not a problem for someone who used to cycle or row in the past, it is a literal pain in the back for rowing beginners who also happen to be total and complete fitness newbies. I didn’t have any issues whatsoever, but if your bottom is not used to a saddle or a plastic seat, you might feel a bit of discomfort.
This is poor product design logic, since many people who would like to buy the Avari are more or less amateur rowers, who are not by any stretch accustomed to long seating sessions.
The machine is foldable, which makes it easy to store, and the wheels will allow for smooth maneuvering regardless of your size and built.
Excellent performance monitor for the buck
Featuring 12 different programs, the performance monitor is a pleasant surprise within this price range. It will measure split, strokes per minute, time, and distance, on top of reading calories burned as well.
For the metric system however, you’ll have to unmount the monitor and flip a switch on the back. But this is not the only problem. Namely, the number of calories burned, from what I can tell, seems to be flawed at best. Don’t rely on it if you are strict about your caloric measures.
Otherwise, the performance monitor is super convenient and quite useful. The LCD backlit display will help tremendously considering the placement of the monitor (which is somewhat below the strap).
Smooth and consistent glide
The rail provides for a smooth stroke movement, and when you factor in the movable feet pedals, you can definitely enjoy the most adjustable stroke. I personally don’t like the handle height, and believe it will be somewhat unnatural in regards to the actual stroke geometry if you are a short fella.
The fact that the rail is long enough to provide sufficient range of motion for even a tall person like myself, combined with the pivoting pedals, gives one of the most satisfying glide movements across different row machine models.
The slightly angled position of the rail is going to work your legs even more, but nothing to worry about.
Two things I’m not happy with
While many people might be worried about the quality of the belt, I was pleasantly surprised. It is nylon, sure, but at least an inch wide and quite heavy duty.
The foot straps, on the other hand, are Velcro. Give them enough time, and I suspect that they will eventually get loose.
Another thing I’m worried about is the handle. While non-issue for veterans and experienced rowers, the straight bar might cause some problems with rowing newbies. Slanted means less stress on the wrists, and straight… well, you get the point – though this depends heavily on your wrist flexibility and endurance.
Stamina Avari rower features:
- Extruded aluminum rail
- Reliable magnetic damper
- Easily adjustable resistance
- Feature-rich performance monitor with backlit display
- 12 different training porgrams
- Smooth and noise-free glide
- Pivoting feet platforms
- Foldable for easy storage
- Sturdy and durable
- Weight capacity up to 275 pounds
- 81 inches in length
- 20 inches in width
- 5 inches in height
Conclusion for the Stamina Avari Programmable Magnetic Exercise Rower
Overall, this is an excellent machine rower. It is perhaps the best magnetic rower considering the price, and definitely as smooth and quiet as they come. The price, considering what you get, is really affordable, and you can count on the Avari to provide reliable performance for at least 5-10 years depending on usage and maintenance – maybe even more.