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Teeter Power10 vs Concept2 (2022): Which Is Better For Workouts?

Most people think rowing machines only tone the arms. In reality, rowers can give a low-impact, total body workout. Plus, it’s an effective platform for improving your posture. Teeter and Concept2 are two names getting a lot of attention with their rowing machines. The Teeter Power10 reimagines the classic rower with its patented bi-directional motion. On the other hand, the Concept2 RowErg refines the staple gym equipment into a streamlined, all-in-one machine. Which is better for workouts? Find out below.

Teeter Power10 vs Concept2 Comparison Chart

ModelTeeter Power10Concept2 RowErg
 
Price
TypeMagnetic, elliptical rowerFlywheel rower
Performance MonitoringYesYes
Bluetooth ConnectivityYesYes
Heart Rate MonitorChest strap includedChest strap sold separately
Device HolderYesYes
Adjustable HandlesNoYes
Adjustable ResistanceYesYes
Max User Weight Capacity300 lb500 lb
Mobile AppTeeter MoveErgData
Assembled Dimensions62.75 x 37.5 x 43.25 in96 x 24 in.
Weight180 lb57 lb standard legs (Model D)

Design

The Teeter Power10 is a larger, heavier rower, while the Concept2 RowErg is longer with a lightweight profile.

Teeter Power10 vs Concept2 Design
Teeter’s rower follows an elliptical design (left); Concept2’s takes a cue from more traditional pull-only rowers (right).

Because they’re two different types of rowing machines, the Teeter Power10 and Concept2 RowErg are distinct in design. Teeter’s rower is larger but also more compact. Instead of a beam or seat rail, the Power10 uses a cushioned bench that looks like an oversized version of those found on stationary bikes. It also combines the form of an elliptical and rower.

In contrast, the Concept2 RowErg follows the design of typical flywheel rowing machines. Its seat slides over a stainless steel rack on an aluminum rail. This translates to a longer machine with a narrow profile. When assembled, the RowErg only weighs 57 pounds using standard legs. On the other hand, Teeter’s rower is a bulky machine at 180 pounds.

The Power10’s flywheel is enclosed near the base, just below the footrest. Since it’s magnetic, the flywheel produces no friction, resulting in a quiet workout. Beside the bench, you’ll find multi-grip handles that offer push and pull motions. Attached at the center of the footrest is a digital console for monitoring key metrics.

Concept2’s RowErg, on the other hand, has handles connected to its flywheel via cables. The rower only offers a pull mechanism. Like Teeter’s rower, the RowErg has a digital monitor but one placed on top of the flywheel. Made from nylon, the monitor’s arm pivots to adjust its height.

Features

Adjustable resistance, workout metrics, and guided training are just some of the features available on the Teeter Power10 and Concept2 RowErg.

Teeter Power10 vs Concept2 Features
Users can monitor their performance and watch training videos on these rowers.

Designed for a total body workout, the Teeter and Concept2 rowers come with several features. A couple are shared between the machines, while the differences lie largely in how they operate.

Resistance and Workouts

The Teeter Power 10 uses bi-directional motion to work your muscles. Users can adjust the resistance across 7 levels. This is done using a Shimona-powered dial conveniently fixed below the left handle. With the push motion, you can engage your back, delts, quads, biceps, forearms, and calves. Meanwhile, the push motion targets the chest, triceps, abs, hamstrings, and glute.

In contrast, the Concept2 RowErg is limited to a pull mechanism. Nonetheless, the machine has five preset workouts — three distance-based sets, a 30-minute workout, and an interval workout. You can also customize intervals for time and variables if you wish. Lastly, instead of a dial, Concept2’s rower uses a damper on the flywheel to adjust resistance.

Monitoring

To track your performance, the Power10 has an integrated digital console. The monitor displays calories burnt, distance, amount of time rowing, and strokes per minute. You can also track your heart rate by connecting the included heart rate chest strap monitor.

With Concept2, you’re getting a PM5 Performance Monitor. It’s a standard inclusion in all RowErg units. Aside from showing settings, the monitor also displays pace, watts, stroke rate, and calories. You can also connect it to a heart rate monitor via Bluetooth, and Concept2 will display the data on the screen.

Device Holder and Mobile App

Both Teeter and Concept2 rowers feature an integrated device holder. This is perfect for watching training videos while working out. Teeter uses a slot, but it’s only big enough for smartphones. Concept2’s device holder, on the other hand, works like a tripod with an adjustable clip. This means you can mount both phones and tablets.

For guided workouts, Teeter offers the Teeter Move App. Every purchase of a Teeter gives users access to trainer-led Power10 workout videos. Meanwhile, Concept2 uses the free ErgData application. Working in tandem with the PM5 monitor, the app provides additional performance metrics, stores workout results, and uploads data to an online logbook.

Both the Teeter Move App and Concept2 ErgDat are available on iOS and Android devices.

Ease of Use and Comfort

The Teeter Power10 has more ergonomic features while the Concept2 RowErg leads in storage and mobility.

Teeter Power10 vs Concept2 Ease of Use
A look at the Teeter Power10 and Concept2 RowErg when stored.

Unlike exercise bikes, rowing machines require a bit more of a learning curve. Fortunately, Teeter and Concept2 have designed their rowers for easy assembly, use, and storage. The machines also boast several ergonomic features.

For instance, the Teeter Power10’s bench is large and cushioned, capable of accommodating users up to 300 pounds. Its foot straps, on the other hand, use ratchet bindings for quick adjustment and release. The Power10’s handles are also multi-grip, allowing you to change grip depending on the muscles you want to target. Its rubberized coating is sweat-resistant, too.

Meanwhile, there are contoured areas on Concept2’s seat to provide enough room for your legs. It’s also sturdy and can carry users up to 500 pounds. The RowErg is available in two height options as well. Its standard leg unit has a 14-inch seat, while the elevated version provides a 20-inch seat height. Both options fit inseams up to 38 inches.

When it comes to storage, Concept2 has an advantage. The rower can be separated into two pieces for compact storage. If you’re opting for the elevated model, the taller legs have caster wheels for mobility.

Teeter’s rowing machine also comes with roller wheels so you can move the unit around the home. It can even be stored in an upright position to save on space. However, the Power10 is a heavy unit, so raising the rower does present a challenge.

Echelon Bike Comparison

Teeter and Concept2 towers are designed for a full-body workout, whereas Echelon provides a more beginner-friendly cardio workout.

Rower vs Bike
Choosing the right training tool depend on your fitness level, goals, and preferences.

Do you need a rowing machine? How does it fare compared to stationary bikes like the Echelon? If you’re choosing between the two, there are some considerations. First, what is your level of experience?

While they are low-impact, the intensity level of rowers can be challenging for those nursing an injury or people who do not have proper technique. In contrast, stationary bikes like the Echelon are often gentler on the muscles.

Next, what are your goals? The Echelon provides a great cardio workout, ideal if you want to increase your aerobic fitness level. On the other hand, the rowing machines from Teeter and Concept2 are geared towards a full-body workout.

Lastly, what kind of training class experience do you want? Teeter and Concept2 offer video workouts courtesy of their mobile apps. However, the content is limited compared to what Echelon offers. Echelon’s virtual training programs are not only varied, but they’re interactive as well. Plus, you get access to other non-cycling activities like yoga, strength, and meditation.

Verdict

Teeter’s Power10 is a much more versatile workout machine than the Concept2 RowErg.

By combining a rower and elliptical into one machine, Teeter has created one of the best fitness equipment in the market today. The Teeter Power10’s bi-directional motion offers fitness enthusiasts a versatile workout experience. This means you engage more muscles than a standard rowing machine.

The Concept2 RowErg, on the other hand, is limited to a pull mechanism. While it boasts a higher 500 pound capacity, Teeter’s rower can still handle most weights anyway. By using magnetic resistance, the Power10 provides a quieter workout experience, too. If there is a downside, it’s that Teeter’s rower weighs a hefty 180 pounds, so storage and workoutspace can be an issue.

FAQs

📌 Is Teeter Move free with the Power10?

Yes, access to the Teeter Move app is free with every purchase of the Power10 rower.

📌 How long is the warranty of the Teeter Power10?

The Teeter Power10 is backed by a one-year full warranty.

📌 Is the Concept2 RowErg the same as the Concept2 Model D?

The Concept2 RowErg that uses standard legs is the rebranded name of the Model D rower. Meanwhile, the Model E option which uses taller legs have been discontinued. Instead, you can get the RowErg in either standard or taller legs.

📌 Can I buy the Concept2 rower in a different color?

No. Currently, the Concept2 RowErg only comes in black.

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