Stamina 1201 Orbital Rower Review

Last Updated on February 10, 2021 by Jeff

Stamina-1201-Orbital-Rowing-MachineStamina 1201 Orbital Rower Overview:

The Stamina 1201 Orbital Rower is the space saving, time crunching, penny pinching and fat burning rowing machine you have been searching for. This rower is an affordable way to improve your cardiovascular health and strengthen and tone your entire body. Your arms, legs, abs, back and buttocks will feel the burn while your heart is pumping. There is no need to waste money on a membership to a crowded gym when you can get a great workout right in your own home.

The dual free motion rowing handles give you a truer, full-range rowing motion that mimics rowing on water. The shock resistance and aluminum rowing beam provide a smooth rowing stroke as you sit comfortably on the padded seat. Strap into the pivoting foot plates, grab the padded grips and confidently row your way to good health. You will know you are making progress by the real time feedback from the multi-function monitor that provides time, stroke count, total stroke count and calories burned.

The Stamina 1201 Orbital Rower lets you choose when and where to workout. With a small footprint, you can put the rower in your living room, bedroom, basement or wherever is convenient for your life. When not in use, this rowing machine can be stood up on end and placed in a corner or closet out of the way. When you’re ready to use it again, just lay it back down and get to rowing.

Technical Info:Stamina-1201-Orbital-Rower


  • Length: 49”
  • Width: 28.75”
  • Height: 9”
  • Weight: 35 lbs
  • Max user weight: 250 lbs


  • Extruded aluminum rowing beam for a smooth motion.
  • Strong steel frame sure to stand up to your toughest workout.
  • Adjustable hydraulic resistance to find the perfect intensity.
  • Chrome free motion rowing arms mimic rowing on water.
  • Padded seat on ball bearing roller system provides a smooth, realistic rowing action.
  • Pivoting foot plates for better ergonomic rowing technique.
  • Padded grips to protect hands while rowing.

Computer Features:Stamina-1201-Orbital-Machine-Rower

  • Single-button, multifunction monitor.
  • Scan function cycles through readouts every six seconds.
  • Workout data includes:
  • Time
  • Stroke Count
  • Total Stroke Count
  • Calories Burned


  • Frame: 1 year
  • Parts: 90 days

Shipping and Assembly:

Shipping costs will vary for the Stamina 1201 Orbital Rower depending on where you purchase from and what type of delivery you prefer. However, some retailers, such as, will provide free shipping.

It takes 14 bolts and screws to put the 1201 Orbital Rower together. Stamina provides a step-by-step, illustrated assembly manual along with three wrenches to help with the process of putting this machine together. You can easily complete the 7 step process in about 45-60 minutes by yourself.

What We Love About the Stamina 1201 Orbital Rower:


Though the Stamina 1201 Orbital Rower is small and lightweight, it is a well built machine. It has a strong steel tube frame and extruded aluminum rail that will stand up to some serious abuse. Stamina also equips the rowing machine with a large padded seat that slides easily on the rail and large foot plates with straps to keep you securely in position. Stamina is known in the fitness industry for providing quality products for the cost conscious buyer. The 1201 Orbital Rower is no exception. Even though this is an entry-level rowing machine, Stamina still backs their product with a one year frame warranty and a three month parts warranty.

What Isn’t So Great:Stamina-1201-Orbital-Row-Machine


With only five resistance settings, we’d have to say that is the biggest drawback of the Stamina 1201 Orbital Rower. With so few intensity options, you may not be able to get the perfect feel while rowing. In fact, some users don’t think the resistance is hard enough at all. This may be suitable for someone looking to get a little more active, but if you’re looking for the seat busting, fat burning workout, you may want to look for a machine with a few more resistance levels. A good choice would be the Stamina BodyTrac Glider 1060, which is only about $30 more. Make sure you check out our review.

Final Word on the Stamina 1201 Orbital Rower:

Like most Stamina products, the 1201 Orbital Rower is well built, has good components and well worth its small price tag. This rowing machine has a nice steel and aluminum construction, large seat and foot plates and can be stored on end for space saving storage. The one thing that we wish would have provided on this rower is a few more resistance setting so that we could always get that good burn while exercising.

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