Summary: The R200 Rowing Machine from JLL has been a best-seller for 5+ years. This is a solid, effective entry level home rowing machine. It folds away (via a bolt mechanism) between uses. With 10 resistance levels, this rower will stay with you as your fitness improves. You get a great cardio workout, plus tone in all the right places.
JLL are a British fitness brand, with top notch after sales service. They specialise in lower priced machines, which are way better quality than the no-name nonsense you get online these days. While you won’t get the latest HD touch-screen tech with the JLL R200 rowing machine, it is a great basic model which will give you a solid workout with reliable resistance – for a fantastic price.
Check out the recent feedback and see the impressive close-ups in the full picture gallery for yourself now over on this dedicated amazon.co.uk product page.
The JLL R200 is a mid-sized home rowing machine. It is approximately 180cms long, 52cm wide (at the base unit) and 49cms high. The R200 folds away, you will need to remove a bolt and pivot the bar upwards to do this. It weighs 23kgs, with a max recommended user weight at 100kgs (that’s over 18 stone).
The seat has wheels tucked under the sides. This creates the smooth action. JLL note that the seat is padded. I would call this pliable, it has a little give, though is certainly not cushioned. I did not experience any discomfort from this and found the rail long enough and the action smooth.
I’d recommend a rubber mat if you are using it on carpet or polished wood floors. This adds stability, and will protect your floor over time. The R200 rower is sturdy, though with rowing machines even small wobbles are annoying.
JLL uses magnetic resistance for their R200 rowing machine. This is a big plus (especially at this lower price point). It keeps the resistance predictable for much longer. There are 10 levels to go through. The top levels give you an intensive workout. They are changed via a dial just below the console.
You will hear the belt ‘vrrrr’ (not too loud) as you row. This belt enables the magnetic resistance to trigger in both directions.
A simple, though large, monitor tracks all the key elements. This LCD display tracks your count (strokes), total count over time, strokes per minutes, distance, time, and calories. It will scan through each of these while you row. No complex controls, this is a simple push-button setup. You won’t get any fancy app synch with the R200, though the console is more than good enough to get the job done.
Considering the budget price range, the feedback (both on the current and legacy product pages) is hugely positive. It is a shame to see someone ranting and 1-starring at the top because he did not get a £30 reduction (his rower broke to be fair, though the rant is weirdly passive-aggressive for me).
Most buyers thought that the R200 rower was excellent value for money. Yes, it is plastic, though considering the mechanism and price point, it would have been difficult to make it out of titanium.
JLL are known over their entire range of fitness equipment for excellent service. This is a UK based company – you will not be dealing via e-mail and a translator with someone in China!
As always, make sure you check the latest feedback from owners. This will give you a far better insight on fitness equipment than the marketing blurb provided by the maker.
Rowing works wonders, both for cardio fitness and upper body strength. The R200 is an entry level rowing machine that stands out from the flimsy no-brand machines in the same price bracket.
Not only do you get a solid rowing machine, you get the service and backup that the UK-based JLL are famous for.
The R200 has magnetic resistance, smooth action and an LCD monitor that tracks your progress – including those all-important calories burned.
Check out the full picture gallery, search for any discount and see the feedback left by current JLL R200 owners over on this dedicated amazon.co.uk product page now!