SereneLife Magnetic Rower SLRWMC10

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SereneLife SLRWMC10

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220 lbs48.4 lbsMagnetic,
8 levels

The SereneLife SLRWMC10 magnetic rower offers a similar range of features as the SLRWMC18 model. It’s a light-capacity machine made for home use. However, as opposed to other similar trainers in this price range, it has Bluetooth connectivity. Therefore, you can track your progress online via the FITSHOW app.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 70.9″L x 19.7″W x 25.6H (180L x 50W x 65H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 48.4 lbs (22 kg)
  • Weight capacity: 220 lbs (100 kg)
  • Footrests: Pivoting, with straps
  • Resistance type: Magnetic, 8 levels
  • Console: Time, distance, count, total count, rpm, calories, scan, Bluetooth
  • Warranty: 1 year

Frame construction

The SereneLife SLRWMC10 features a steel structural frame but also incorporates several ABS parts. For example, the covers of the flywheel, the footrests, and several other small covers are ABS made. But nonetheless, its rail and seat frame are all-steel so the machine can hold users up to 220 lbs (100 kg) with no problem.

All the steel parts in the machine’s construction are coated with a corrosion-resistant paint finish. The color used is black, this being the only color available for this model. The drive system covers are also black, with gray & red side panels.

The fully assembled rower is long enough to accommodate users up to 6’2″ – 6’3″ (187 – 190 cm). It is 70.9″ (180 cm) long, and 19.7″ (50 cm) wide, and its rail provides approx. 30″ (76 cm) of travel for the seat. However, the rail with the seat can fold up to offer better storage possibilities. With the rail folded up, the unit’s length is reduced to 31.1″ (79 cm), while its height becomes approx. 47″ (120 cm).

Despite the fact that it has a steel frame construction, this SereneLife rower isn’t extremely heavy. It only weighs approx. 48.4 lbs (22 kg). Therefore, it can easily be assembled and carried by only one person. Plus, its front base has transport wheels, so once it is assembled, it can easily be relocated.

Seat and other parts

The SereneLife SLRWMC10 rower includes a seat designed for extra comfort. Its top is heart-shaped, similar to the seat included with the Sunny SF-RW5885. It integrates approx. 1.5″ (3.8 cm) of foam cushioning and has a durable vinyl upholstery. It is also fairly large, approx. 10″ (25.5 cm) long, and 15″ (38 cm) wide offering plenty of contact surface.

The base frame of the seat integrates three sets of wheels. Two are placed above the rail, the other is under it for extra stability. The wheels integrate high-grade sealed ball bearings for a smooth seat motion. Also, they have a rubberized outer layer in order to minimize noise during the usage of the machine.

The machine’s rail is horizontal. Therefore, the seat maintains the same distance from the floor. Its height is approx. 10″ (25.4 cm). It’s a bit low compared to other machines, such as the WaterRower Gronk Hi-Rise, for example, which offers 20″ (51 cm) of seat height. Therefore, it may be a bit difficult for users with certain disabilities to take position on the seat.

The SereneLife SLRWMC10 rower is equipped with a set of pivoting footrests. Differently put, they’re not welded to the frame so their angle adapts to the slight movement of your feet during rowing. Of course, they have rear stoppers, so they won’t incline forward past 50°.

The footrests feature a non-slip surface. They also have heel guards and adjustable straps for maximum foot stability.

Last but not least, the rower’s pulling handle is a simple, straight bar. It doesn’t have any pulse sensors or other types of controls. It features rubberized grips for extra comfort, and it’s attached to a synthetic mesh strap highly resistant to abrasion.

Drive and resistance

The SereneLife SLRWMC10 rower is equipped with a full-magnetic resistance system. Differently put, it doesn’t have any air or water resistance elements. It consists of a magnetic brake connected to the tension knob through a steel cable. By turning the knob, the brake either moves closer or farther from the internal flywheel, which adds or reduces the overall rowing difficulty.

The machine’s tension knob has 8 pre-determined tension levels on it. The first one delivers very little magnetic tension; you will basically be working out only with the momentum generated by the 5.5 lbs flywheel. Conversely, the top resistance setting is quite distinguishable from the 1st. But as a general idea, this rowing machine does not offer an extreme workout difficulty. It’s designed for light cardio workouts.

Since it’s a full-magnetic rower, the SLRWMC10 does not generate a dynamic response during rowing. This means the rowing difficulty remains constant for each stroke, determined by the selected tension level. As opposed to water resistance rowers or air resistance rowers, the rowing difficulty does not increase if you put more strength behind each rowing motion. But nonetheless, the machine still provides a pretty decent, full-body cardio workout.

The machine’s resistance system is fully manual. This being said, you don’t have to connect it to a power source. Also, the integrated console cannot automatically adjust the machine’s resistance.

One last aspect to mention here regards the unit’s level of noise. Since it’s a full-magnetic machine, the resistance elements do not touch, so there is very little noise generated during each stroke.

Fitness meter

The meter unit included with the SLRWMC10 rower offers quite a few extra features over the average basic unit. First of all, it has an LCD display which tracks time, distance, count, total count, calories, and RPM. It doesn’t have any preset workout programs, but does have goal settings, for time, calories, and count. It also has a Scan Mode which rotates all the workout metrics showing each one for a few seconds.

Although it does not have any workout programs, the unit does have Bluetooth connectivity. This gives you the possibility to sync your rower with your smartphone and keep track of your workout progress online, set different workout goals, export your workout data on social media, and challenge friends on various workout goals.

It’s important to mention here that the Bluetooth connection does not apply to HR chest straps or armband transmitters. The meter unit does not have a pulse reading function.

The unit is pretty easy to use. It has three buttons – Mode, Set, and Reset. The Mode button allows you to select any of the workout metrics to view on the display, or to select the Scan Mode. The Set button is for goal selection, while the Reset button clears all the values on the unit to zero.

The console unit requires two AAA batteries as powers source; these are included. It starts up when you begin rowing or when you press the Mode button. It also automatically turns off after four minutes of inactivity on the machine.

Assembly and Maintenance

The drive and resistance unit of the rower comes pre-assembled, with the exercise meter already integrated into it. You only have to attach the sliding rail to the front section, insert the seat onto the rail, add the front and rear base bars, and the two footrests. The task is pretty straightforward and shouldn’t take more than 30-40 minutes. Also, the manual provides clear assembly instructions and all the necessary tools are included.

Once the rower is assembled, it doesn’t need too much maintenance. The machine should be kept clean, especially the rail, to prevent any nicks into it or any damage to the seat wheels. Other than this, you should also periodically check for loose bolts and parts.

The Pros

  • Sturdy frame for a home-use machine – can hold users up to 220 lbs;
  • Folding frame;
  • Transport wheels on the front base;
  • Adjustable stabilizers on the rear base;
  • Large, padded seat for improved comfort;
  • Fairly long rail – can accommodate users up to 6’3″;
  • Pivoting footrests with adjustable straps;
  • Quiet magnetic resistance with 8 distinct levels;
  • Exercise meter included – it tracks time, distance, count, total count, RPM, and calories burned;
  • Goal settings for time, count, and calories;
  • Bluetooth connectivity – compatible with the FitShow app for iOS and Android devices;
  • Phone holder included;
  • Easy to assemble;
  • Little maintenance required;
  • Batteries for the exercise meter are included;
  • Tools for assembly are included.

The Cons

  • A tablet placed on the tablet holder will cover the exercise meter display;
  • No backlight on the exercise meter;
  • No pulse reading function.


The SereneLife SLRWMC10 is a light-capacity rowing machine designed for home use. It offers 8 levels of resistance and a fitness meter with goal functions and Bluetooth connectivity. It’s a fairly decent rower for a full-body cardio workout, stamina development, and weight loss. In all, it’s an affordable unit, currently available for less than $250, an excellent alternative to a more expensive commercial machine.

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