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Ultega Drafter 550 Rowing Machine 2-in-1 Review

Last Updated on February 10, 2021 by Jeff

Ultega-Drafter-550-Row-Machine-2-in-1Ultega Drafter 550 Rowing Machine 2 in 1 Overview:

The Ultega Drafter 550 Rowing Machine provides users with the option of rowing training and upper body training. The unique design provides foot holds at the flywheel of the rowing machine. From this location you can perform an array of exercises focused on upper body training.

The rowing machine itself has everything you’ll need for a smooth and comfortable rowing experience. The Drafter 550 Rowing Machine has eight levels of magnetic resistance that provide a smooth and quiet rowing experience. By adjusting the resistance knob, you can quickly increase or decrease the intensity so that you can get your perfect workout. This rowing machine surprising also has the ability to track your heart rate with the use of a chest strap monitor. Using a monitor you’ll be able to regulate your intensity even better to ensure that you are staying in your target heart rate zone for burning fat or improving cardiovascular fitness. When you’re done exercising, the Ultega Drafter 550 Rowing Machine folds up and stores quickly so that you can save space. This rowing machine is a great all around piece of exercise equipment.

Technical Info:Ultega-Drafter-550-Rowing-Machine-2-in-1


  • Length: 75”
  • Width: 19”
  • Height: 24”
  • Weight: 72 lbs
  • Max user weight: 266 lbs


  • Space-saving designed rowing machine for flowing rowing motions.
  • Rowing machine and upper body trainer in one machine.
  • 13 lb flywheel provides a smooth and stabile rowing movement.
  • 8 different grades of resistance.
  • Integrated pulse receiver (wireless) for hands-free pulse measurement (optional).
  • Foldable design for out of sight storage when not in use.

Computer Features:Ultega-Drafter-550-Rower-2-in-1

  • LCD monitor display.
  • Scan function rotates settings every six seconds.
  • Workout data includes:
  • Count
  • Total Count
  • Count/Minute
  • Time
  • Calories
  • Pulse

Shipping and Assembly:

Shipping costs will vary for the Ultega Drafter 550 Rowing Machine depending on where you purchase from and what type of delivery you prefer. However, some retailers, such as Amazon.com, will provide free shipping.

The Drafter 550 Rowing Machine is easy to assemble. It comes with everything that you’ll need to complete the process, including a fully illustrated assembly manual in multiple languages. You’ll only need to connect the front and rear stabilizers and the rail to the main body. Using the provided tools, it should take you 30-45 minutes to get through the assembly process.

What We Love About the Ultega Drafter 550 Rowing Machine 2 in 1:Ultega-Drafter-550-2-in-1-Rower

Price & Design

The obvious benefit of the Ultega Drafter 550 Rowing Machine is the 2 in 1 design. There aren’t too many rowing machines like this that are specifically designed to function separately from the rower. This rowing machine can truly provide a full body workout by standing at the flywheel and performing a completely different set of exercises. We have reviewed two others rowing machines with this feature; the ProForm 440R Rower and the Kettler Stroker Rower. What sets the Ultega Drafter 550 Rowing Machine apart from these other two rowers is the price. The ProForm is about $50-60 more and the Kettler is more than twice the price. Granted ProForm and Kettler are more familiar names in the fitness industry, but if you’re looking for a budget model, this is it.

Heart Rate Monitoring

Another great feature of the Ultega Drafter 550 Rowing Machine is that it has the ability to track your heart rate while exercising. This is by far the cheapest rowing machine that you are going to find with this feature. You’ll need to spend another $150-200 to find another rowing machine with this feature. Having the ability to monitor your heart rate is integral to losing weight and/or improving your cardiovascular fitness. By monitoring your heart rate you can keep your intensity in target heart zones where fat burning and cardio improvement occur. Finding heart rate monitoring on another rowing machine under $300 is going to be extremely difficult to find.

Other Considerations:Ultega-Drafter-550-Row-Machine


If there is anything that worries us about the Ultega Drafter 550 Rowing Machine, it is the quality. Ultega is not that well known of a manufacturer. In fact, a quick search of Drafter 550 Rowing Machine unveils that there are a number of brands such as Ultrafit and Ultrasport that claim this to be their rower. While the rowing machine is solid in construction, there have been some users who found that their machines quickly broken with daily use. Ultega also doesn’t publicize their warranty policy, which has us concerned with exactly what will be covered and for how long.

Final Word on the Ultega Drafter 550 Rowing Machine 2 in 1:

If you’re looking for a budget rowing machine that can do more than just row, the Ultega Drafter 550 Rowing Machine is for you. The unique design ensures a full body workout with just this one machine. In some cases, for a rowing machine with a similar design you’ll need to pay twice the price of the Drafter 550 Rowing Machine. Our only concern is that Ultega isn’t exactly a household name so there is no established track record for quality.


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