Stamina Wave 1435 Water Resistance Rower

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The Wave 1435 is one of the water resistance rowers released by Stamina Fitness in 2021. It’s quite different from the Stamina Wave 1450 that we’ve already covered here. First of all, it’s equipped with a vertical tank, while its fitness monitor has internal Bluetooth and you can sync it with your phone via the Müüv app.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 76L x 20W x 21.25H inches (193L x 51W x 54H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 58 lbs (26.3 kg)
  • Weight capacity: 300 lbs (136 kg)
  • Frame: Steel
  • Footrests: Adjustable, with straps
  • Resistance: Water
  • Exercise meter: Time, distance, count, total count, calories, pulse, goals, Bluetooth
  • Extras: Heart rate chest strap
  • Warranty: Frame 3 years / Parts 90 days

Frame construction

The Stamina Wave 1435 rowing machine is constructed on a steel frame. However, the unit integrates multiple parts made of different materials. For example, the side rail covers are made of extruded aluminum, the water tank is made of polycarbonate material, while the footrests and the guards of the other drive elements are made of ABS plastic.

All the steel parts in the frame are coated with a rust-resistant paint finish, black in color, this being the only color available for this rower. The aluminum covers on the rail are not painted as they are highly resistant to corrosion.

The machine is not as large as other water resistance rowers, such as the RUNOW 6204B, for example. It is approx. 76″ (193 cm) long, and 20″ (51 cm) wide. Its rail is approx. 35″ (89 cm), so the unit should accommodate users up to 6’3″ (190 cm) with no problem, allowing a complete leg extension.

This Stamina rower is foldable. Its rail can be folded up. With the rail folded up, the unit’s length is reduced by approx. 60%. Also, the machine is not heavy. Its net weight is approx. 58 lbs (26.3 kg), but with the water tank at its maximum fill, it will weigh approx. 30 lbs (13 kg) more. However, once assembled, the rower is pretty easy to move; its front base has transport wheels.

Seat and other parts

The Stamina Wave 1435 rower is equipped with a seat similar to the one included with the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5864, but with an extra feature. Its base has a locking knob, so you can secure the seat in the desired position on the rail if you want to perform bicep curls or simple seated rows without the seat moving.

The top section of the seat is made of a thick layer of high-density foam material. It is approx. 14″ (35 cm) wide, so it provides plenty of contact surface. It is also contoured, for a better positioning for the user.

The base of the seat is made of steel. It integrates three sets of wheels. Two of them move on top of the rail, while the third moves on its bottom, closing the seat on the rail for extra stability. The wheels have internal ball bearings and a layer of silicone rubber on the outside for a smooth motion.

The rail and the seat are pretty sturdy. They should be able to support users up to 300 lbs (136 kg). The rail is slanted, which can be considered a plus, as the machine provides a better workout for the legs. The highest point of the seat is approx. 12″ (30 cm) above the floor.

The rower is equipped with a set of large, non-adjustable footrests. As we’ve mentioned above, they’re made of thermoplastic material. They have a textured surface, adjustable straps, and heel guards. They have a pivoting design, so they can adapt better to the pressure applied by your feet throughout the rowing motion. They have stoppers at the heels, though, so they won’t tilt backwards past approx. 45°.

The pulling handle is a simple, straight bar. It has padded grips for improved and comfortable contact. It’s attached to the machine’s resistance system via a heavy-duty nylon strap, highly resistant to stretching and abrasion. It does not have any controls or pulse sensors.

Resistance system

The Stamina Wave 1435 rower features a water resistance system. It is equipped with a vertical water tank, similar up to a point to the Fitness Reality 5000X rower. The vertical tank setup leads to superior resistance because the internal impeller has to push the water up when it spins and basically has to beat the gravity that pulls the water down. The impeller is also slowed down between pulls, which results in a more consistent resistance.

The water tank is made of polycarbonate material. Its exact capacity is not specified, but similar to other rowers, it should have a capacity of approx. 3.5 – 4.5 gallons. It is a single-chamber tank and does not have any mechanical water level adjustment system. It has 6 fill levels marked on the side. If you want maximum resistance, you should fill it with water up to the 6th level.

Like other water rowing machines, the Stamina 15-1435 rower delivers a dynamic response during rowing. Although it does not have any resistance adjustment elements, you can increase the water resistance by rowing faster. This emulates (up to a point) the sensation of rowing a real boat through the water.

The Wave 1435 rower does not generate an excessive amount of noise when in use. Of course, the spinning of the flywheel inside the tank water can be heard, but the noise level is pretty low. Also, most users have described it as pleasant rather than annoying.

Fitness monitor

The Stamina Wave 1435 water resistance rower is equipped with a pretty simple fitness monitor, but it does have a few extra features over a basic unit. First of all, it has an LCD display that tracks time, distance, count, total count, calories, and pulse. It does not have a time/500m function.

The unit’s pulse reading function is telemetric. It can read your pulse if you wear a 5 kHz heart rate chest strap. This accessory is included. Also, the distance is shown in meters.

The fitness monitor unit does not have pre-set workout programs but does offer the possibility to set workout targets for all the workout metrics. If you set a target for time, distance, count, or calories, the monitor will count down from the selected value. If a target value is set for pulse, the readout will flash if you exceed the limit warning you to slow down.

The monitor unit has Bluetooth connectivity. You can sync it with your phone or tablet via the Müüv app. This app is free and available for both iOS and Android devices. It offers audio coaching workouts and the possibility to track your progress online. You can also use it for other activities, like running, jogging, walking, cycling, etc.

The fitness monitor is battery-powered. It requires two AA batteries which are not included. It starts counting your strokes, calories, etc. when you begin rowing. It also automatically turns off if it doesn’t detect any activity on the rower for more than four minutes.

Assembly and Maintenance

The front section of the rower with the water tank comes pre-assembled. However, you still have to attach the front stabilizer, the rail with the seat, the rear stabilizer, and the fitness monitor. Next, you have to fill the tank with water. The manual provides all the necessary instructions. All the tools for the assembly are included, as well as a siphon pump for filling up the tank.

Once the rower is assembled, maintenance does not require much. The water must be refreshed periodically by adding a tablet of sodium dichlor (56% chlorine) every 4-5 months. The rail should be kept free of any small objects or textile fibers to prevent damage to the seat’s wheels. Other than this, you only have to periodically inspect the machine to make sure that all the parts still function properly.

The Pros

  • Sturdy frame – can support users up to 300 lbs;
  • Folding rail, space-saving design;
  • Transport wheels on the front base;
  • Adjustable levelers on the rear stabilizer;
  • Ergonomic, contoured designed seat;
  • Pivoting footrests with heel guards and adjustable straps;
  • Water-resistance system for a dynamic response;
  • Vertical water tank for extra resistance;
  • Fitness monitor included – it tracks time, distance, strokes, total strokes, calories, and pulse;
  • Target settings for all workout metrics;
  • Wireless HR chest strap included;
  • Bluetooth connectivity – compatible with the Müüv app;
  • Smooth and quiet operation;
  • Little maintenance required;
  • Easy to assemble.

The Cons

  • The monitor display does not have backlight;
  • Batteries for the monitor are not included;
  • No phone/tablet holder.


The Stamina Wave 1435 is a water resistance rower made for home use. It is equipped with a vertical polycarbonate tank, a set of pivoting footrests, a comfortable seat, and a fitness monitor that tracks time, distance, strokes, total strokes, calories, and pulse. The monitor unit also has Bluetooth connectivity and you can sync it with your phone via the Müüv app. In all, it’s a fairly decent fitness machine, great for a full-body cardio workout, muscle toning, and weight loss.

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