Stamina X Water Rower

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The Stamina X series includes several fitness machines, including rowers. For example, there is also a Stamina X Air Rower. Therefore, to be clear with regards to the identity of this product, we must mention that this is the Stamina part number 35-1442. Therefore, we will also refer to it as Stamina X 35-1442.

The Stamina X Water Rower has a different design than most other water resistance rowers. Its water tank is placed under the main rail, which results in smaller dimensions for the fully set-up machine. It’s not a commercial-grade trainer but does have a durable construction and a decent weight capacity.

Technical Details & Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 63L x 20W x 37.5H inches (160L x 51W x 95H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 74 lbs (33.5 kg)
  • Supported weight: 300 lbs (136 kg)
  • Frame: Steel
  • Footrests: Pivoting, with straps
  • Resistance type: Water
  • Fitness computer: Time, count, distance, calories, pulse, Scan Mode, goals
  • Warranty: Frame 3 years / Parts 90 days

Frame construction

The Stamina X 35-1442 water resistance rower features a frame made of steel tubing. Its rail and seat are durable enough to support users up to 300 lbs (136 kg). All the steel parts in its construction are double-coated with a corrosion resistant and chip-resistant paint. The colors used are black for the gliding rails and front bar, and red for the base frame.

As we’ve mentioned above, this Stamina rower has a different frame design than most other rowing machines, with the tank placed under the main rail. Other models, such as the Stamina 1450 Wave, or First Degree Fitness Daytona Challenge have their water tanks placed at the front, and therefore, they take considerably more space lengthwise.

The Stamina X 35-1442 is only 63″ (160 cm) long, and 20″ (51 cm) wide. However, its frame does not have a quick-folding design like other models. You can still fold its front section that holds the console over the main rail, but in order to do this, you will have to remove the two screws that secure it into its usage position.

It is possible to store the machine vertically, on its rear base. The manual does not recommend vertical storage, though.

The machine’s rail is approx. 40″ (~102 cm) long, and the distance between the two seat stoppers is approx 36″ (91 cm). Therefore, considering that the seat offers 36″ (91 cm) of travel, the machine should be able to accommodate users up to 6’4″ (193 cm) with no problem, promoting a correct and complete leg extension.

The fully assembled unit is fairly heavy. It weighs approx. 74 lbs (33.5 kg). This weight delivers a lot of stability. The bases are equipped with rubberized pads, improving the unit’s grip on the floor. Also, the rear base of the unit has two small wheels which facilitate its relocation.

Seat & other parts

The Stamina X Water Rower features a padded seat with a contoured surface. It’s designed to provide optimal comfort and a correct rowing form. It also has a highly adherent surface, preventing the user from sliding off of it during rowing.

The base of the seat is steel-made; it integrates six wheels, four above the rail, and two under the rail. They’re hidden by the side metallic sections of the seat base to improve safety. They integrate ball bearings for a smoother seat movement and a longer lifespan.

The top of the seat is approx. 14″ (35.5 cm) wide. Also, considering that the water tank is placed under the rail, the seat is placed on a higher level than for other machines. Its height is similar to the WaterRower M1 HiRise, being at approx. 18″ (45 cm) above floor level. This being said, it provides an easier access for users with certain disabilities or elderly users.

The Stamina X 35-1442 water resistance rower is equipped with two large footrests, made of nylon material. They feature heel guards and adjustable, velcro straps, in order to provide maximum stability for your feet during each workout session. They also have a pivoting design. In other words, they can slightly tilt on their shaft during each stroke, basically allowing you to adjust the position of your feet perfectly throughout the whole rowing motion.

The rowing handle is a simple straight bar, featuring rubber foam grips for extra comfort. It’s attached to a heavy-duty, abrasion-resistant nylon strap. This being said, the unit’s drive system doesn’t need any lubrication. Also, the strap generates considerably less vibration than a chain, especially when rowing at a faster rate.

Water tank & resistance system

The Stamina X rower integrates a polycarbonate water tank, similar to the one on the Obsidian Surge 500 from Sunny Health & Fitness. Its exact total capacity is not specified, but considering its size and diameter, it should be between 3-4 gallons. It has 6 water levels marked on its side, and should not be filled over its 6th level, which is considered the maximum filling point.

The water tank has only one chamber, not two, like the First Degree Fitness rowers, such as the FDF Cambridge, for example. This being said, it does not have a resistance adjustment dial, and if you want to adjust the overall resistance, you will have to manually add or remove water.

The tank is equipped with a 3-blade impeller which spins into the water when you pull the handle. The level of resistance generated is related to the water level inside the tank. Evidently, if you want the maximum resistance possible, you should fill it up to its 6th marking.

Like most other water resistance rowers, the Stamina X 35-1442 generates a dynamic response during rowing. Differently put, the faster you pull the handle, the more resistance you will get. This type of variable resistance is only specific to water rowers and air rowers. Full-magnetic or hydraulic rowers offer a constant resistance.

Exercise meter

The fitness computer included with the Stamina X 35-1442 is not a highly advanced one. It does not have preset programs, nor it has online connectivity. It’s actually a similar unit to the one on the Efitment RB034 recumbent bike. It features a large LCD display which tracks time, distance, stroke count, calories, and pulse. It has a Scan Mode which rotates all these metrics, keeping each one of them on-screen for 6 seconds.

The distance is indicated in meters. For the pulse reading, the machine does not have any sensors, but a wireless HR chest strap is included with it. In case you’re wondering, the HR receiver built-in the console operates at 5 kHz. So, basically, any 5 kHz transmitter should work with it.

The console is easy to operate. It requires two AA batteries which are not included. It starts up when you begin rowing or when you push any of the buttons. It has three buttons: Set, Mode, and Reset. The Set button allows you to enter setup mode in order to select a goal value for any of the workout metrics. The Mode button allows you to select any of the metrics to be shown on the display or to select the Scan Mode. And finally, the Reset button clears all the values on the meter to zero.

Assembly & Maintenance

This Stamina rowing machine comes pre-assembled. You only need to unfold the front bar and the front base, lock them into position, add the footrests, the seat, the console, and then fill up the tank. This shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes. A basic toolkit for assembly and a water filling kit are also included. The manual provides clear assembly instructions for each part.

For maintenance, it is recommended to periodically add water purification tablets into the tank (Sodium Dichlor 60%). These are not included. Also, if the unit will be stored away for more than one year, the water should be removed from the tank. Other than this, it’s recommended to periodically check the machine for any loose or broken parts.

The Pros

  • Sturdy steel frame – 300 lbs capacity;
  • Space-saving design;
  • Transport wheels on the rear base;
  • Large, padded and contoured seat;
  • Pivoting footrests with adjustable straps;
  • Water resistance for a dynamic response and a natural rowing feel;
  • Exercise meter included;
  • Goal setting functions for all the workout metrics;
  • Tablet holder included;
  • Wireless HR chest strap included;
  • Assembly tools are included; 
  • Pump and funnel for filling up the tank with water, are included;
  • Fairly easy to assemble;
  • Little maintenance required;

The Cons

  • Batteries for the fitness meter are not included;
  • Water purification tablets are not included;
  • No programs on the console;
  • No time/500m function.


The Stamina X 35-1442 is a water resistance rower featuring a durable construction and a space-saving design. It’s also equipped with a basic fitness meter which tracks time, distance, strokes, calories, and pulse. Like any other rower with a fluid resistance system, it provides a dynamic response which simulates the rowing of a boat through the water. It’s perfect for a full-body cardio workout, muscle toning, stamina gain, and weight loss. And finally, it offers an excellent price/quality ratio.

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