Concept 2 Indoor Rowing Machines comes in two different versions, the model D and Model E. These two machines are built very similar, but have a few key differences.
The Concept 2 Model D is most popular indoor rowing machine sold in the US. It’s used ubiquitously in gyms, crossfit boxes, and at rowing clubs throughout the US. It’s also a favorite of home gym owners due to its compact, fold-away design.
While the Model D is much loved by the fitness community, C2 decided to offer an alternative version of the machine, called the Concept 2 Model E. The two models are virtually identical in build quality and materials, however, there are a few differences.
The Concept 2 Model E sits higher off the ground, has a longer monorail, and a longer, fixed monitor arm. These changes do come with a higher price.
The big difference between the two machines is the height of the machine off the ground. The Model E is around 6” taller than the Model D. It is the same height as a basic chair. The Model E was built for taller athletes that need a longer longer machine so they can get full extension with each pull. It’s recommended that if you’re 6’4” or taller (or have an inseam of 38 or greater) that you upgrade to the Model E.
The taller seat is also great for people with bad knees, people using a wheelchair, or people who prefer to row higher off the ground. A few users even liked the higher seat because they didn’t have to worry about pets running into them while working out.