Kettler Kadett Outrigger Machine
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Compact, outrigger-style rowing machine with 12 resistance levels and durable construction

The Kettler Kadett Outrigger Style rowing machine is like rowing a real boat, just without the water. It offers 12 resistance levels powered by hydraulics, and a heart rate monitor. The design is both durable and compact, so even if you have limited space, you can use the machine for years to come without having it take over your home. Continue reading to learn about more of this rower’s strengths and weaknesses.

12 hydraulic resistance levels

Hydraulic resistance works when compressed fluid in a piston generates tension. You row and work against this tension as you exercise. To adjust the tension, you turn a collar on the piston and get 12 different levels ranging from low to high tension so you can start out easy and work your way up for a challenge.

Electronic monitor

The monitor on the Kettler Kadett is very advanced and is an excellent way for you to track your progress and any areas where you need improvement. The computer offers data on time, strokes, speed, and distance. You also get heart monitor you can clip to your earlobe, which not all rowers include.

250-pound weight capacity

The weight capacity on the Kettler is around 250-300 pounds. Considering this a compact machine, that’s a pretty good weight limit.


Good for smaller spaces

The Kadett is ideal for smaller spaces. You can use it in an apartment or tiny exercise room without any trouble. It has anti-slip floor protectors so it doesn’t matter what sort of flooring surfaces you’re working with. When you’re finished with the rower, it folds up even smaller for easy storage.


The Kettler Kadett Outrigger Style Rower is engineered and designed in Germany, and it has a very solid, reliable construction. The frame is made of steel, so it can hold up to frequent use.

Great for real rowing

The unique thing about this Kettler is that it imitates real rowing, which is unusual for most rowing machines that aren’t water-powered. The name “outrigger” even comes from a boat. If you row in an actual boat as a sport, using this machine is a great way to train.


Resistance levels tricky to adjust

One of the downsides to the Kettler Kadett is that it can be hard to adjust the resistance levels. Instead of just pushing buttons on the monitor, you have to actually adjust parts on the piston. This is common for hydraulic rowers, so they are designed to be as adjustable as possible.


Putting the Kettler together can be tricky, especially if you aren’t used to building things. Expect to spend an hour or more constructing the machine. If you’re having trouble, talk to someone who has more experience assembling workout machines (or even things like grills).

Overall Review

The Kettler Kadett Outrigger Style Rower is great for getting real-rowing experience in your apartment or small workout room. The outrigger-style mimics what rowing really feels like and with the 12 resistance levels and advanced computer monitor, you can simulate a variety of challenges that rowing on the water might look like. A heart rate monitor is included.