Roger Black Rowing Machine Reviews – FAQ’s


Is the Roger Black Electromagnetic Rowing Machine good value or is it a reliable option for you? To learn more, then take a quick look through our Roger Black Rowing Machine review which hopefully will give you a much better understanding about what it offers based on our own personal experiences of using this rowing machine for over 2 weeks. Our review will outline all the key features that you need to know along with the weights, dimensions, pros, cons and a short series of frequently asked questions which hopefully can answer some of the queries that you may possibly have.

In addition, we will compare the Roger Black Electromagnetic Rowing Machine to the Roger Black Air Rowing Machine further down on this page so at least you have more than just one choice when it comes to making your own final decision. If time is against you, then take a look at the conclusion or the quick summary video which is outlined at the end of this page which we hope can also help you get a better understanding about what this rowing machine from Roger Black can offer.

Roger Black Rowing Machine Review Content

  • Part 1: Short Overview & FAQ’s
  • Part 2: Roger Black Electromagnetic Rowing Machine Review
  • Part 3: Comparison vs Roger Black Air Rowing Machine
  • Part 4: Video Summary, Conclusion & Feedback

Please note also that guide prices can only be presented at the time of this Roger Black Rowing machine review so please make sure to view the price checkers provided below to ensure you have the most accurate up to date price information.

Read also: How to assemble a Roger Black Rowing Machine Here

Part 1: Overview and FAQ’s

Brand:Roger Black
Model: Roger Black Electromagnetic Rowing Machine
Warranty:12 months long
Best Price Guide:£180 to £220 @ Argos UK – View todays updated price here
Support:Customer Support is available at 0345 6001714 Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm

FAQ’s for the Roger Black Rowing Machine – Electromagnetic (10)

Q1. What are the folded dimensions for storage?
A. When not in use, the folded dimensions are 77cm deep by 55cm wide by 158cm high
Q2. What is the maximum weight allowed on this rowing machine?
A. The maximum weight allowed for each user is 100kg or 15 stone and 5Ibs.
Q3. What happens if the E2 message appears?
A. This is an error message and you will need to contact support (number outlined above)
Q4. Does this rowing machine need batteries?
A. No, this rowing machine is powered by mains
Q5. Where does the oil lubrication need to take place?
A. You should add oil to a cloth and then apply it to the chain length
Q6. Is the distance measured in miles or kilometers?
A. This rowing machine measures the distance in meters and kilometres only (not miles)
Q7. How do you increase the resistance?
A. Go through the Fun/Scan settings, once you come to resistance, then increase the setting and save
Q8. What are the box dimensions?
A. The box dimensions are 145cm long by 45cm wide by 19cm deep
Q9. How many resistance levels are there available?
A. This rowing machine offers 16 levels of resistance and 8 pre-set programs
Q10. What are the people height recommendations when using this rowing machine?
A. The recommended max length of your inside leg should be 96cm

Part 2: Roger Black Electromagnetic Rowing Machine Review

Roger Black Electromagnetic Rowing Machine

Main Features in Summary:

Electromagnetic resistance x 16
Console LCD tracking
Variable tension control
Multiple programmes 1-9
Foldable / Transport wheels
Requires home assembly
Foot straps are adjustable
Max user weight 110kg
Warranty is 12 months

Pros to be Noted:

  • One very important thing to note is the fact that there is a backup support customer service to call which is great for any potential issues that may arise.
  • You are protected with a 12-month warranty, so your investment is protected for a minimum of 1 year which is great to know
  • There is a good range of resistance tensions to choose from so you can choose easier settings starting off and then work towards the more difficult resistance tension levels as times goes by.
  • Many higher spec rowing machines can cost over £500 and in some cases over £1000 while this rowing machine offers a much lower price point which is ideal for people who need to work off a tighter budget or for people looking for a basic yet effective machine at the lowest possible price.
  • It is easy to assemble and use and it can be folded in an upright position which is great if you have limited storage space available
  • Perfect for a novice or beginners rather than the more intense athlete, there is minimal noise experienced and again it is ideal if you less than £220/£250 to spend.

Cons to be Noted:

  • Setting the programs could be a whole lot easier to manage – there is a bit of work navigating the settings but gets manageable once you get the hang of it.
  • Some of the time settings for the workouts can be a little unreliable - doesn’t always work out exactly as you had expected.
  • Distance is only calculated in kilometers – it cannot be converted to miles and there is no heart rate pulse monitor available and the calorie counting seems to be a little off.
  • The size of this rowing machine is not the largest around and is limited to people with a max user weight of 110kg and an inside leg length of 96cm
  • There are no added features such as loud speakers, training app’s or MP3 connectivity which helps to keep you motivated for longer.
  • The saddle is not all that bad but there are definitely more comfortable saddles elsewhere – more padding would have been better

Price Guide:  £180 to £220 @ Argos UK

Further images of this Roger Black Rowing machines are outlined below – scroll side to side

  • Roger Black Electromagnetic Rowing Machine Monitor


Size & Dimensions Involved:

Folded size H143 x W56 x D63.5cm
Assembled size H158 x W55 x D77cm
Box size L145 x W55 x D19cm
Inside leg length should be max 96cm
Track length is 1.34m

Weights Involved:

Max user weight 17st 5Ib / 110kg
Box weight 23.5kg
Flywheel weight is 3.5kg
Net weight is 21.4kg

Console Tracking Device Tips:

  1. Tracks times, counts, distances, calories, watts and strokes
  2. Press the Fun/Scan button to select the program
  3. Wait for the parameters to flash
  4. Then press up or down to the desired settings
  5. Then press the Fun/Scan button to select it
  6. Then press the start button to start the workout
  7. 8 pre-set programs are available to choose from
  8. A manual workout option is also available

Part 3: Comparison vs Roger Black Air Rowing Machine

If you are still unsure about the Roger Black Electromagnetic Rowing Machine and you have a little more to spend, then check out the Roger Black Air Rowing Machine instead below which we would consider a much better-quality rowing machine in our opinion.

Roger Black Air Rowing Machine

Main Features to Note:

Air resistance rowing machine
8 levels of tension resistance
Foldable when not in use
Console Tracking / Transport wheels
For people 1.5m to 1.8m in height
Max user weight capacity 120kg
Requires home self-assembly (minimal)

Price Guide: £220 to £270 @ Argos UK

A brief comparison table is outlined below for the 2 Roger Black rowing machines in this review:

Roger Black Rowing MachineElectromagneticAir Resistance
Resistance levels:88
Foldable:Yes Yes
Dimensions:H158 x W55 x D77cmH66 x W77 x D201cm
Folded:H143 x W56 x D63.5cmH135 x W46 x D101cm
Max user weight:110kg120kg
Warranty:1 year1 year

Read also: Our List for the Best Cheap Rowing Machines in the UK Here

Part 4: Video Summary, Conclusion & Feedback


After using this rowing machine for over 2 weeks, we would have to say that this rowing machine is really more geared towards the novice or the beginner instead of the more intense rowing athlete. If you are at the advanced levels of your rowing efforts, then this rowing machine will most likely not live up to your own expectations. However, if you are just starting off and you need something basic to get you going, then this rowing machine will fit the bill for you in our opinion. The frame, console and saddle are not all that bad – we have seen better elsewhere but thankfully this rowing machine is matched with the appropriate lower price tag which works better for people that need to work off a more affordable lower type budget.

Is it the Roger Black Electromagnetic Rowing machine the best rowing machine out there? Certainly not! We didn’t come across any technical problems ourselves with it over the 2 weeks however we have seen others reports issues such as magnets slipping, resistance lost and many cases where the item needed to be returned which is worrying to see. Based on this, I would be more confident in recommending the Roger Black Air Rowing machine over the Roger Black Electromagnetic Rowing machine in our honest opinion.

Optional Feedback:

Have you ever used a Roger Black Rowing Machine yourself in the recent past – Air or Electromagnetic?

If so, please feel free to share your own experiences and educate the wider community by leaving your feedback in the comment box section provided below!

Video Summary

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  1. Thank you for sharing a lovely, informative review about Roger Black rowing machines with us. It is truly amazing that you covered this subject so well in your post. I’ve learned a lot from reading your post and gained a lot of knowledge about it. I like the overview and FAQ of the points in your article. I bought this machine to exercise at home lockdown through which I have been able to exercise which is very good quality and I will tell you you can buy it to exercise in a small space.
    I have read and enjoyed your article so I would like to share your article with my friends by sharing it in the Facebook group so that everyone can know about your article and gain knowledge about it. This machine is well worth the money in my opinion

  2. Do you have a copy of the user manual for the Air rower as I have lost mine. Argos can’t supply a digital one. My tension is very stiff even at setting 1 (low). Unless I am really weak now. My daughter can’t even move the the pullcord on the rower handle at level 1, so surely that can’t be right

    • Ive noticed that there are two version rowing handles on the Roger Black / Argos electro magnetic rowing machine. One has a smaller bar attached in addition to the rowing bar. Im guessing the smaller bar is to stop the bumping. The other has just a regular bar. Do you know if the smaller bar/ two bar version was an earlier or later model? Argos no longer sell Roger Black rowing machines 🙁

  3. Mine has E1 (yes E1 & NOT E2) error code on the display & keeps bleeping a constant beep as soon as you power it on. I did some searching & it looks like its a common fault but no spare parts available 🙁 #righttorepair

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