|Over the past ten years ProForm has built up a fairly good reputation in the low and mid-range segment of home fitness equipment. We tried his first rowing machine about a year ago and are quite impressed with the quality of construction for the economy mode – see the overview of the Proform 440R.
That’s why we wanted to see what you get with the 550R for just under half the price of the 440R. Our first impression was good. It looks like a piece, has a bit of style, feels good and strong and has a much better grip than the 440R.
After a few hours of using this word, the word worker comes to mind. Above all, it seems that the work provides good training, the quality of the construction is respectful of the high end of the budget simulator, the rowing position will be for everyone except the largest (or heaviest) users and for a price we can’t complain about. But, uh… In the end, it’s just a little boring. We are happy to admit that lately we may have been spoiled by some of the better models we use, but with the growing consumer expectations for home fitness equipment, even business models will have to step up their game.
But let’s get back to the details. The ProForm 550R is fairly easy to install if you have experience with flat furniture. If you don’t, we suggest you get someone to help you.
The chair is sufficient if you don’t have any extra weight, but for most models under $700 it’s the same. But the more you lose weight and the more you lose, the less problems you have :0).
The handle is well constructed and, important for the 440R, it should prevent the curse of rowers, terrible blisters on the hands. The footrests keep your feet firmly in place so you don’t have to stop and move the straps – which really hurts when you try to sweat.
The resistance mechanism is air, which means it is noisy at high cruising speeds/resistance levels. Remember this if you need to share your home or live in an apartment where noise can be a problem.
It is a foldable model that is easy to move thanks to its handle and wheels. It can be folded into a small space and thanks to the foldable beam it does not need two meters of height for storage.
But if you need something that makes you want to train day after day, you should think about spending a few hundred dollars more to get a car that has everything you need to drive. We think the ProForm 440R is a much better option.
Updated February 2016: We heard from a user who had problems with the seat rollers after two months of use. They were replaced, but it took two weeks to deliver the parts.
Model 550R: Rating
Rowing machine Proform 550R
It doesn’t fit well, but okay.
Basic, but enough.
The 550R folds neatly
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