V-Fit Tornado Air Rower Review


Hello once again and many thanks for taking the time to visit. Are you considering or thinking about buying a V-Fit Tornado Air Rower in the coming days or weeks? If so, then make sure to take a quick look through our V-fit Tornado Air Rowing machine review which will give you a great overview about its capabilities, strengths, weaknesses, dimensions, weights etc and it will be based on our own experiences of using this Rowing machine over the past number of weeks.

Our V-Fit Tornado Air Rower review will cover in detail all the features that one can expect when it is delivered plus all the main pros and cons you can experience once you start using it. In addition, our review will also outline a short FAQ session which hopefully will answer some of the queries that you may have along with a short video summary which is outlined at the end of this page. For your convenience, our review is split across 6 main parts so feel free to skip to whatever part interests you the most…

V Fit Rowing Machine Review Content:

  1. Part 1: Short Overview with some FAQ’s
  2. Part 2: V-Fit Tornado Air Rower Review – Features & description
  3. Part 3: The Good and the Bad – the Pros and the Cons
  4. Part 4: Spec Information – Certs / Weights / Dimensions
  5. Part 5: Alternatives & Customer Feedback Examples
  6. Part 6: Conclusion, Feedback & Video Summary

Before you start – please be aware that guide prices can only be published at the time of this V-Fit Air Tornado 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.

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Part 1: Short Overview with some FAQ’s

Model: V-Fit Tornado Air Rower
Resistance:Air resistance
Warranty:12 months long
Best Price Guide:£250 to £350 @ Amazon UK – View todays updated price here
Support:Customer support 9am to 5pm Mon to Fri +44 1535 637711

FAQ’s for the V-Fit Tornado Air Rower Machine (10)

Q1. Can this rowing machine be folded away after use?
A. Yes, you can easily fold this machine away nice and tight when not in use
Q2. Does it have a pulse heart rate sensor or monitor?
A. No, unfortunately this rowing machine does not include a pulse heart rate sensor.
Q3. Are there any loud speakers or MP3 connectivity included?
A. No, there are no loud speakers or MP3 connections available on this rowing machine
Q4. Where can I get a copy of the manual assembly instructions?
A. You can get a copy of the assembly instructions by clicking here
Q5. Can I set the resistance tension levels manually?
A. No, the resistance tension levels are increased automatically the harder you row and pull
Q6. Do you need batteries?
A. Yes, you will need 2 x AA batteries for the console tracking screen
Q7. Are there transport wheels included?
A. Yes, this rowing machines comes with integrated rollers for easier transport around your home
Q8. Can the distances be changed from Kilometres to miles?
A. Yes, unlike many other rowing machines, this machine will allow you to switch from kilometres to miles and vice versa.
Q9. Can this rowing machine be used for people over 6 feet tall?
A. Yes, as a guide it would be suitable for people up to 6.5 feet tall in our opinion
Q10. How can the machine be folded up?
A. You need to remove the bolt underneath completely and then fold

Part 2: V-Fit Tornado Air Rower Review – Main Features

V-fit Tornado Air Rower

Main Features in Summary:

Ideal for beginners
Air resistance system
Padded comfortable seat
Tracking Console monitor
Foot straps are adjustable
Easily Foldable
Integrated rollers
Aluminium rowing rail
Max user weight 115kg
12-month warranty

Detailed Description:

  • From the brand of V-Fit which was established in the UK in 2002, this V-fit Tornado Air Rower Machine comes at a much lower price tag that many other rowing machines in the sector and it is certainly worth a closer look if you wish to explore a more affordable rowing machine alternative.
  • This Air rowing machines works with a chain drive system with air resistance so the faster you row, the higher the resistance will be set – the more air you create the more resistance that is built up, so it is a speed proportionate resistance air fan. This machine also provides a great set of adjustable footplates that are wide enough to suit almost everybody and they have the Velcro straps to keep your feet nice and secure.
  • The rowing seat here has lots of padding and has a contoured shape to provide the maximum level of comfort that you will need. In addition, the footplates are of good quality, they can pivot and include Velcro straps to keep everything in place when needed. These pivot plates move naturally as you are rowing which make the entire rowing procedure more comfortable as if you were rowing on water.
  • Included with this rowing machine is a user-friendly console tracking device which has 6 functions for you to work with and track your rowing session and details of these functions are outlined further below.
  • This rowing machine does require some work when it comes to assembly and you are provided with an assembly manual which needs to be followed step by step. The max user weight allowed when using this rowing machine is 115kg and a 12-month warranty generally applies from what we have seen across various suppliers in the UK.
  • The rowing rail is made from heavy duty aluminum, it has integrated rollers and the rowing rollers provide a natural smooth rowing action.

Price Guide: £250 to £350 @ Amazon UK

Further images of the V-fit Tornado Air Rower are outlined below (4)

  • V-fit Tornado Air Rower Machine Tracking

Part 3: The Good and the Bad – the Pros and the Cons

Pros you will Like:

  • Unlike many other high-end rowing machines that can cost over £500 and in some cases over £1000, this rowing machine offers a much more affordable solution for people who need to work off tighter or lower type budgets
  • The padding on the contoured seats really do help provide you with extra comfort for longer type rowing sessions – it really does help with allowing you to train without the discomfort from many others saddles seen elsewhere.
  • It can support a heavier weight of up to 115kg – where many others can only support a weight of 100kg
  • The frame is nice and solid – it doesn’t seem flimsy at all as the materials used are made from higher strength steel composition
  • Simple to use without any of the complicated features to navigate through – basic but very effective air rowing resistance to help you build stamina, lose weight, get fit and tone up your muscle groups – especially your arms and shoulders. The faster you go, the more resistance you get.
  • Good quality aluminum rail and rowing rollers are provided which help to ensure a smooth rowing experience at all times
  • In terms of certification, this rowing machine is CE compliant, RoHS compliant and also BS-EN 957 compliant and it is good to know that V-Fit are based in the UK who have been around since the year of 2002 which adds further confidence when buying from them.
  • Distances can be changed from Kilometers to miles and vice versa which is not available from many other rowing machine brands.
  • The LCD screen will turn off automatically when not in use saving battery life.

Cons to be weary of:

  • Some of the tracking parameters on the console screen could be a little better, for example the calorie counting is more of a guide and it can be a little off at times from what we see.
  • There is no pulse rate or heart rate tracking that we have seen on other rowing machines, so this may prove to be a problem for certain people who need to keep track of their heart rates or pulse rates.
  • The more experienced rowers may find that this machine doesn’t offer enough in terms of features and programs – they may find it too simplistic overall
  • There are no loud speakers, MP3 connections, App or Bluetooth connectivity which are seen on the more premium brands, but these added features tend to drive the price up too high anyway
  • The assembly instructions are not all that bad but some with little DIY experience may struggle with all the steps and component fixings involved – there is approx. 100 parts to work through and assemble so be prepared in advance for attention to detail.
  • The level of noise experienced was a little higher than expected but manageable all the same as it is typical of air rowing machines – similar to other noise levels
  • You can’t set the tension levels manually as the resistance is set on how much effort you put in yourself
  • Folding this rowing machine was trickier than expected as it took a while to figure it out by removing the bolt completely underneath

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Part 4 – Spec Information

Dimensions and Weights:

Length 2.12m
Width 44cm
Depth 74cm
Box weight 24kg
Net weight 19.5kg
Max user weight 115kg / 253Ibs


CE compliant
RoHS compliant
BS-EN 957 compliant

Console Tracking Screen:

Speed level tracking
Calories burnt
Strokes per minute
Distances travelled
Total strokes count & rate
Total timing modes
Batteries 2 x AA needed

Part 5: Alternatives & Customer Feedback Examples

If the V-Fit Tornado Air Rower hasn’t ticked all of your boxes just yet, there are also other Rowing Machines available under the V-Fit brand summarised as follows:

  1. V-fit AR1 Artemis 2 Air Rowing Machine - price guide is generally £200 to £300
  2. V-Fit Cyclone Air Rower – price guide is generally £180 to £250
  3. V-fit HTR2 Dual Hydraulic Sculling Rowing Machine – lower price guide is generally £100 to £150

Examples of Previous Customer Feedback (5)

  • Good machine for the price, could be a whole lot better but adequate based on the price
  • People over 6 feet tall have no problems using this machine – 6 feet 4 inches seems to be the cut off though which is good to see
  • Similar to what you would get in your local gym and the assembly was simple to do however the folding procedure took a while to figure out. Others say then that the assembly was a nightmare with so many different fixings to plan out for – approx. 90 to 100 in total.
  • Great to be able to fold it away after use which is ideal for people who live in small apartments
  • Noise level after a few months was louder than expected and seems to get worse as time went by

Part 6: Conclusion, Feedback & Video Summary


While this rowing machine is not the best we have come across, it still provides enough power to increase your stamina levels, lose weight, build your endurance and cardio and off course to give you that all important low impact workout – as long as you are using it regularly enough of a minimum of 3 times per week. The pull action, rowing actions and the smooth saddle rowing was every bit as good as expected and personally we could not fault it whatsoever. In many cases, the quality of this rowing machine would be of similar quality to what you would find in your local gym, but the noise level does take a bit of getting used to all the same.

Personally, I cannot afford the price of a Concept 2 rowing machine, so this lowered priced alternative fits the bill just fine in our opinion for people who don’t mind missing some of the premium features associated to higher priced higher spec rowing machines. Yes, there are better rowing machines available out there but this one at the lower price range does offer good value for what you get, so we have no problems in recommending it to the wider community based on our own personal experiences.


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