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SereneLife SLRWMC60 Smart Rower

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SereneLife SLRWMC60

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L:83.5"
W:19.3"
H:34.8"
250 lbsAir &
magnetic,
16 levels
21 programs,
Bluetooth
1 year
limited

The SereneLife SLRWMC60 rower features a similar construction and design to the SLRWMC50 model that we’ve already covered here. However, this model has an eddy current (automatic) magnetic resistance system to go along with the air resistance system. Also, its console offers 21 workout programs and online connectivity.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 83.5L x 19.3W x 34.8H (212L x 49W x 88H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 73 lbs (33 kg)
  • Weight capacity: 250 lbs (113 kg)
  • Resistance type: Air & magnetic, 16 levels
  • Console: 21 programs, recovery, Bluetooth
  • Warranty: 1 year limited

Frame construction

The SereneLife SLRWMC60 features a steel frame with a dual rail system designed to support users up to 250 lbs (113 kg). This type of rail system offers extra stability. Also, the two component bars of the rail system are reinforced with two sheets of steel. All the steel parts of the rower feature a durable corrosion-resistant paint finish, black in color, the only exceptions are the two covers of the rail bars that have a gray paint finish.

The fully assembled rower is fairly large. It is 83.5″ (212 cm) long, and 19.3″ (49 cm) wide. Its rail system provides approx. 33″ (84 cm) of travel for the seat, so the machine should be able to accommodate comfortably users up to 6’5″ (196 cm) allowing a complete range of motion.

This SereneLife rower does not have a folding design. However, it can be stored vertically, resting on its front stabilizer. When stored upright, its footprint becomes approx. 35″L x 19.3″ (48 x 88 cm). Also, the front base bar of the machine is equipped with transport wheels for easy relocation and both base bars have adjustable levelers.

The fully assembled rower is not extremely heavy, compared to other fitness machines. However, it does weigh approx. 73 lbs (33 kg). It can be carried and assembled by only one person, and its relocation is much easier once it is assembled due to its transport wheels.

Last but not least, the SereneLife SLRWMC60 rower also incorporates several durable thermoplastic parts. For example, the casing of the fan and several other covers are made of plastic material but these only have a protective or cosmetic role and should not influence the overall sturdiness of the machine.

Seat and other parts

The SereneLife SLRWMC60 rower is equipped with a fairly large seat. Its top is approx. 16″ (40 cm) wide so it provides plenty of contact surface. Its top is made of high-density foam; it’s not super soft, but it’s not hard either. It is also contoured for improved comfort.

The machine’s seat frame is made of steel. It features three sets of rollers. Two of them slide on top of the dual rail system, while the third one slides underneath them for improved stability. The rollers integrate ball bearing for a smooth motion and have a rubberized layer on the outside for reduced noise.

The top of the seat stands at approx. 15″ (38 cm) above floor level. This can be quite a plus especially for users with certain disabilities as it makes it easier to take a seat or stand up. Also, the machine’s rail system is horizontal. Thus, the rower provides a neutral rowing motion.

The SereneLife SLRWMC60 rowing machine is equipped with two large footrests. Their base frame connects directly to the machine’s frame, so they’re fixed; they do not pivot as it is the case for other rowers, such as the XTERRA Fitness ERG160, for example. They’re made of durable ABS material. They feature a textured surface for improved foot stability. They also have side and rear guards, as well as adjustable straps.

This SereneLife rower features an ergonomic pulling handle. Its grips are slightly curved towards the user to minimize the impact on the wrists. Its grips are rubberized for extra comfort.

The pulling handle is attached to a heavy-duty nylon strap. This is a plus as the usage of the machine is quieter and the strap doesn’t require any maintenance. Although it may wear over time, it should last for at least a few years even with everyday use.

Resistance system

The SereneLife SLRWMC60 rower is equipped with an air and eddy current brake resistance system. To begin with, the main resistance-generating element is the large flywheel-fan at the front of the rower. This fan is connected to the pulling handle through a system of pulleys and the nylon strap. As you pull the handle, the fan spins in its case generating resistance.

Like any other fitness machine with an air resistance system, this rower provides a dynamic response. In other words, the resistance it generates depends on how fast you pull. For example, if you pull the handle at a faster rate, the fan spins faster and generates more resistance.

On the other hand, the machine also has an integrated eddy current resistance system. This consists of a small metallic flywheel, a magnetic brake, and a servo motor. This additional resistance system gives you the possibility to add or reduce the overall rowing resistance.

Since this magnetic brake uses a servo motor, the machine requires an external power source to use it. A power adapter is included with the rower. The magnetic resistance can be adjusted from the console unit. Also, the console unit has several workout programs which can automatically adjust the magnetic resistance.

The machine’s magnetic brake makes available 16 levels of resistance. On the lowest level, you will basically work only with the resistance generated by the fan. Conversely, the 16th tension level considerably increases the machine’s load and gives you the possibility to burn more calories.

Console

The SereneLife SLRWMC60 is equipped with a pretty decent console for a home-use machine. First of all, it features an LCD display with LED backlight for improved readability. The display is divided into multiple sections to show as many workout metrics as possible at once. It shows time, time/500m, distance, watts, strokes per minute, total strokes, pulse, and calories burned. Also, its bottom larger section displays the grid of the program in use.

Although the rower does not have any integrated pulse sensors, the console does have a pulse reading function. However, in order for it to track your pulse, you will have to opt for a 5.3 Hz standard heart rate chest strap. This accessory is not included.

The machine’s console unit has 21 built-in programs. The list includes 1 manual, 9 pre-set, 1 BMI, 1 watt, 4 HR, and 4 user-defined. It also has a Recovery function.

Of course, one of the most important console features is its Bluetooth connectivity. This allows you to sync the rower with your smartphone or tablet via the Fitshow app available for both iOS and Android. This app gives you the possibility to collect, record, and review your exercise data, share it on social media, or even compete with friends. The app is free, available in the App Store or Google Play.

One last feature to mention here is the integrated tablet holder. This consists of a small shelf at the top of the console with a large support featuring a non-slip sticker. However, the console does not have a USB port, or any other port to connect your device. The only connection available is the Bluetooth one.

Assembly and Maintenance

The front unit of the machine with all the resistance elements comes pre-assembled. All the other parts, however, require user assembly. You will basically have to attach the front stabilizer, connect the rail system to the front part of the rower, add the seat onto the rails, close the rail system with the rear stabilizer, and finally attach the footrests and the console. The manual provides pretty clear assembly instructions and all the necessary tools for it are included.

Maintenance doesn’t require much. You only have to keep your rower clean, especially the rails to prevent any damage to the seat wheels. The internal parts do not require lubrication or any maintenance.

The Pros

  • Fairly sturdy construction – can hold users up to 250 lbs (113 kg);
  • Can be stored vertically to save space;
  • Adjustable stabilizers on both base bars;
  • Transport wheels on the front base;
  • Dual rail system for improved stability;
  • Long sliding rail offering 33″ (84 cm) of travel for the seat;
  • Large footrests with heel guards and adjustable straps;
  • Padded and contoured seat;
  • Air resistance for a natural, dynamic response during rowing;
  • 16 levels of eddy current resistance for overall tension adjustment;
  • Power adapter included;
  • Multi-window console with LED backlight;
  • 21 programs on the console;
  • Goal settings for time, distance, count, and calories;
  • Pulse reading function;
  • Bluetooth connectivity and compatibility with the free Fitshow app available for iOS and Android devices;
  • Very quiet for an air resistance rower;
  • Tablet holder included;
  • Easy to assemble;
  • All the necessary assembly tools are included;
  • Little maintenance required.

The Cons

  • An HR chest strap is not included.

Summary

The SereneLife SLRWMC60 is a rowing machine designed for home use. It is equipped with an air & magnetic resistance system offering 16 distinct levels of eddy current resistance. It features a dual rail system for improved stability and a large ergonomic seat. Its console has 21 built-in programs, Bluetooth connectivity, and is compatible with 5.3 Hz HR chest straps. It’s an excellent machine for a full-body cardio workout, muscle toning, stamina development, and weight loss.

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