SNODE S600 Magnetic Rower

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The SNODE S600 is one of the many rowing machines released in 2020. It’s a full-magnetic rower, similar to the Marcy ME-1018RE but offers 12 levels of resistance rather than 8, and has a longer monorail. It’s a fairly decent machine made for home use and also has a folding frame.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 79L x 19W x 32H inches (201L x 49W x 82H cm)
  • Shipping weight: 64 lbs (29 kg)
  • Weight capacity: 250 lbs (113 kg)
  • Frame: Steel
  • Resistance type: Magnetic, 12 levels
  • Extras: Device holder
  • Console: Time, count, total count, distance, calories, scan

Frame construction

The SNODE S600 features a steel frame, combining rectangular and cylindrical tubes in its construction. Although its frame is steel-made, it is pretty light. With all the parts assembled, it only weighs approx. 60 lbs (27 kg). Therefore, it can easily be carried and assembled by only one person. Plus, its front base features a set of large silicone wheels which considerably ease the relocation of the assembled unit.

All the steel parts within the machine’s frame are coated with a corrosion-resistant paint finish. The color used is black for the frame, while the ABS covers of the drive and resistance elements are metallic gray in color, with the “S600″ model number in yellow. These are the only colors available for this rower (at least for the moment).

The fully assembled rower measures approx. 79″ (201 cm) in length, and 19″ (49 cm) in width. Its highest point is given by the top of the console which reaches approx. 32″ (82 cm) above floor level. It is a folding rower, though. Its rail with the seat can be folded up to save space when it is not in use. With the rail folded up, its length is reduced to approx. 36″ (91.4 cm), while its height becomes 51″ (~130 cm).

The machine’s rail provides approx. 43″ (109 cm) of travel for the seat. This being said, the SNODE S600 can accommodate users up to 6’5” (196 cm) with no problem, allowing a complete leg extension. The rail and the seat assembly are also durable enough to support users up to 250 lbs (113 kg).

Both base bars of the machine are equipped with adjustable levelers so you can perfectly stabilize it on any type of floor. They also have large rubber pads to provide a better grip on a slippery floor if it’s the case.

Seat and other parts

The SNODE S600 rower is equipped with a pretty comfortable seat made of high-density foam. It is approx. 10″ (25.4 cm) deep, and 12″ (30.4 cm) wide, so it provides plenty of contact surface. It is also contoured to provide a better positioning for the user.

The base of the seat is made of steel, similar to the rest of the frame. It integrates three sets of rollers. Two of them are placed above the rail while the third one is underneath it for extra stability. All the rollers integrate industrial-grade sealed steel ball bearings for smooth seat movement. They also have a rubberized outer layer for reduced noise.

The machine’s rail is slightly oblique, inclined forward by several degrees. This means that the recovery motion is a bit faster, and the machine provides a slightly more consistent workout for the legs. Also, in case you’re wondering, rear stabilizer provides a maximum elevation of approx. 14″ (35.5 cm) for the seat.

The SNODE S600 is equipped with two large footrests made of durable plastic material (probably polypropylene). They have a textured, non-slip surface, heel guards, and adjustable straps for maximum foot stability. They feature a pivoting design. However, they also have rear stoppers so they can’t tilt backward for more than approx. 50°.

The rower’s pulling handle consists of a short straight bar. It does not integrate any resistance controls or pulse sensors like the more expensive, commercial rowers. Its grips have a layer of rubber foam material for improved comfort.

The pulling handle is attached to a heavy-duty, abrasion-resistant nylon strap. This being said, it generates less vibration during rowing than a chain. It also doesn’t require lubrication.

Resistance system

The SNODE S600 is a full-magnetic rower. In other words, it doesn’t have an integrated fan, or any water resistance elements. Its resistance system consists of a mechanical magnetic brake which is connected to the tension knob on the front unit of the machine. By turning this knob clockwise, the brake moves closer to the internal flywheel which increases the workout load.

This SNODE rowing machine makes available 12 levels of resistance. The first few levels deliver a fairly light workout load, great for stamina development, muscle toning, and a prolonged workout. Conversely, the 12th tension level provides considerably more resistance, great for anyone who wants to push their limits or reach a high cardio rate in a very short period of time.

The machine’s resistance system is fully manual. This means you don’t need a power adapter for your rower. But on the other hand, the performance computer only tracks your workout metrics; it does not have pre-set workout programs and does not adjust the resistance automatically.

It’s important to mention here that the machine does not generate a dynamic response during rowing. This means that the resistance remains constant throughout the rowing motion; it is not influence by the strength you put behind each stroke, as it is the case for an air resistance rower or a water resistance rower. But nonetheless, the machine still provides a very consistent, full-body cardio workout. The only difference is the rowing feel, which is closer to rowing a real boat for an air rower or water rower.

On the other hand, since it’s full-magnetic, the SNODE S600 rower generates almost no noise during usage. The brake and all the other resistance elements do not touch, there is no friction, so the only noise that can barely be heard is the movement of the seat.

Performance monitor

The SNODE S600 is equipped with a basic performance monitor. This means it doesn’t have any workout programs, nor it offers online connectivity. It features an LCD display (without backlight) and tracks time, count, total count, calories burned, and distance traveled. It is not telemetric and does not have a pulse reading function, so it cannot communicate with a wireless HR chest strap. Thus, if you want to monitor your pulse during workouts, you will have to use a separate device.

The meter unit is very easy to use. It only has one button. By pressing the button repeatedly, you can select any of the workout metrics to view at all times. You can also select the Scan Mode which rotates all the workout metrics showing each one for a few seconds.

The meter unit is battery-powered. It uses two AAA batteries. It starts up when you begin rowing, or when you press the button. It also automatically turns off after a few minutes of inactivity on the machine, to save battery.

One last feature to mention here regards the device holder integrated into the meter unit. This accessory consists of a small shelf on which you can place your smartphone or tablet. However, the unit does not offer any connectivity for your device. It doesn’t have a USB port or an AUX port.

Assembly and Maintenance

The front unit of the rower with all the drive and resistance elements comes pre-assembled. You only need to attach the rail to it, the front base bar, insert the seat onto the rail, add the rear stabilizer and connect the performance monitor. This shouldn’t take more than 30-40 minutes of your time. All the necessary instructions are provided by the manual. A set of basic tools is also included.

For maintenance, the internal parts don’t need any lubrication. So, basically all you have to do is keep the machine clean, especially the monorail, and periodically check for loose or broken parts.

The Pros

  • Sturdy frame for a home-use machine – can hold users up to 250 lbs;
  • Folding rail and aesthetic design;
  • Large transport wheels on the front base;
  • Adjustable stabilizers on both base bars;
  • Large, padded seat for improved comfort;
  • Fairly long rail – can accommodate users up to 6’5″;
  • Pivoting footrests with adjustable straps;
  • Quiet magnetic resistance with 12 distinct levels;
  • Exercise meter included – it tracks time, count, total count, distance, and calories burned;
  • Device holder included;
  • Easy to assemble;
  • Little maintenance required.

The Cons

  • The performance monitor does not have backlight;
  • The performance monitor does not have goal settings or programs;
  • No pulse reading function.


The SNODE S600 is a standard manual-magnetic rower made for home use. It features a sturdy steel frame with a long rail and a user weight limit of 250 lbs, 12 levels of magnetic resistance, a fairly large and padded seat, and an exercise meter that tracks time, count, t-count, distance, and calories burned. Also, its rail can be folded up to save space. It’s a fairly decent trainer for a full-body cardio workout, stamina development, muscle toning, and weight loss.

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