Compare Rowing Machines

Compare rowing machines below by clicking the header to sort by the most important rowing machine features. Use the ‘Search’ feature in the upper right-hand corner of the chart to search for keywords.

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**Note** When looking at Ratings vs. Price remember that price can have a large impact on ratings. High ratings on low priced rowers may mean ‘great value’ and not ‘best overall’.

PhotoRowing Machine ModelAvg. RatingPriceResistance TypeStorageWarrantyDimensions [Inches]
(L x W x H)
Concept2 Model DConcept2 Model D4.9$500-$999AirUpright/ FoldableFrame: 5 years
Parts: 2 years
96 x 24 x 14
Concept2 Model EConcept2 Model E4.8Over $1,000AirUpright/ FoldableFrame: 5 years
Parts: 2 years
96 x 24 x 20
WaterRower Slider Dynamic Rowing MachineWaterRower Slider Dynamic4.8Over $1,000Air (Dynamic)UprightFrame: 5 years
Parts: 3 years
127 x 23 x 28
WaterRower Oxbridge Rowing MachineWaterRower Oxbridge4.8Over $1,000WaterUprightFrame: 5 years
Parts: 3 years
83 x 24 x 21
WaterRower Club Rowing MachineWaterRower Club4.8Over $1,000WaterUprightFrame: 5 years
Parts: 3 years
84 x 21 x 22
WaterRower Natural Rowing MachineWaterRower Natural4.8Over $1,000WaterUprightFrame: 5 years
Parts: 3 years
83 x 22 x 21
WaterRower Classic Rowing MachineWaterRower Classic4.8Over $1,000WaterUprightFrame: 5 years
Parts: 3 years
83 x 23 x 20
WaterRower A1 Home Rowing MachineWaterRower A14.8$500-$999WaterUprightFrame: 5 years
Parts: 3 years
84 x 21 x 22
WaterRower GX Home Rowing MachineWaterRower GX4.8Over $1,000WaterUprightFrame: 5 years
Parts: 3 years
84 x 22 x 20
Xebex Air RowerXebex Air Rower4.8$500-$999AirUpright/ FoldableFrame: 5 years
Parts: 2 years
100 x 20 x 47
NordicTrack RW900 RowerNordicTrack RW900 Rower4.7Over $1,000Air & MagneticFoldableFrame: 10 years
Parts: 2 years
Labor: 1-year
87 x 22 x 51
Hydrow RowerHydrow Rower4.7Over $1,000MagneticUprightFrame: 5 years
Parts: 2 years
Labor: 1 year
86 x 25 x 47
Matrix Rowing MachineMatrix Fitness Rower4.7Over $1,000MagneticUprightFrame: 7 years
Parts: 3 years
Labor: 3 years
88 x 22 x 22
Body Solid Endurance R300Body Solid Endurance R300 Rower4.7$500-$999AirUpright/ FoldableFrame: Lifetime
Parts: 5 years
Labor: 1 year
95 x 24 x 40
Xterra Erg600W Water RowerXterra Erg600w Water Rower4.7$250-$499WaterUprightFrame: 5 years
Parts: 2 years
81 x 22 x 33
Inspire Fitness CR2 Cross RowerInspire Fitness CR2 Cross Rower4.7Over $1,000MagneticNoneFrame: 10 years
Parts: 3 years
Labor: 1 year
70 x 32 x 43
Stamina-Avari-Programmable-Magnetic-Rowing-MachineStamina Avari Magnetic Rower4.6$500-$999MagneticFoldableFrame: 3 years
Parts: 90 days
81 x 20 x 25
Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5508 Ultra Tension Magnetic Pro RowerSunny Health & Fitness Magnetic SF-RW55084.6$250-$499MagneticSeparatesFrame: 3 years
Parts: 180 days
87 x 22 x 23
Sunny-Health-Fitness-SF-RW5515-Magnetic-Rowing-MacSunny Health & Fitness Magnetic SF-RW55154.6$249 & UnderMagneticFoldableFrame: 3 years
Parts: 180 days
82 x 19 x 23
MaxKare Magnetic Rowing MachineMaxKare Magnetic Rower4.6$249 & UnderMagneticFoldableFrame: 1 year
Parts: 1 year
76 x 20 x 19
Fitness Reality 1000 Plus RowerFitness Reality 1000 Plus Rower4.6$249 & UnderMagneticFoldableFrame: 1 year
Parts: 90 days
89 x 22 x 22
Nordictrack RW500 RowerNordicTrack RW500 Rower4.6Over $1,000Air & MagneticFoldableFrame: 10 years
Parts: 2 years
Labor: 1-year
87 x 22 x 43
Stamina-Air-Rower-1399Stamina Air Rower 13994.5$250-$499AirFoldableFrame: 3 years
Parts: 90 days
77 x 18 x 22
MaxKare Water Rowing MachineMaxKare Water Rower4.5$250-$499WaterUprightFrame: 2 years
Parts: 2 years
78 x 20 x 30
BodyCraft VR500BodyCraft VR500 Rowing Machine4.5Over $1,000Air & MagneticFoldableFrame: Life
Parts: 5 years
Labor: 2 years
99 x 20 x 39
velocity-exercise-vantage-programmable-air-magneticVelocity Vantage Programmable Rower4.5Over $1,000Air & MagneticFoldableFrame: 5 years
Monitor: 90 day
Parts: 30 days
97 x 18 x 43
Sole SR500 RowerSOLE SR500 Rower4.5$500-$999Air & MagneticFoldableFrame: Life
Parts: 3 years
Labor: 1 year
94 x 18 x 46
Sunny-Health-and-Fitness-Rowing-MachineSunny Health & Fitness Rower4.5$249 & UnderHydraulic PistonUpright/ FoldableFrame: 3 years
Parts: 180 days
53 x 20 x 21
Lifecore-R100-Commercial-Rowing-MachineLifecore R100 Commercial Rower4.4Over $1,000Air & MagneticFoldableFrame: Life
Parts: 5 years
Labor: 1 year
92 x 19 x 36
Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5623Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW56234.4$250-$499Air & MagneticFoldableFrame: 3 year
Parts: 90 days
79 x 30 x 26
Stamina 1402 ATS Air RowerStamina 1402 ATS Rower4.4$250-$499AirFoldableFrame: 3 years
Parts: 90 days
74 x 18 x 22
Stamina-15-9003-Deluxe-Conversion-II-Recumbent-RowStamina Deluxe Conversion II Recumbent/ Rower4.4$500-$999MagneticFoldableFrame: 3 years
Parts: 90 days
75 x 20 x 27
Avari Conversion II Recumbent Bike RowerAvari Conversion II Rower/Recumbent Bike4.4$500-$999MagneticFoldableFrame: 3 years
Parts: 90 days
75 x 24 x 34
Sunny Health SF-RW5713Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5713 Obsidian Surge4.4$250-$499WaterUprightFrame: 3 years
Parts: 90 days
78 x 22 x 33
Newport Challenge ARFirst Degree Fitness Newport Challenge AR4.4$500-$999WaterUprightFrame: 5 years
Parts: 2 years
78 x 21 x 20
Nordictrack RW200 RowerNordicTrack RW200 Rower4.4$500-$999Air & MagneticFoldableFrame: 10 years
Parts: 2 years
Labor: 1 year
86 x 22 x 43
Spirit CRW800 RowerSpirit CRW800 Rower4.4Over $1,000Air & MagneticFoldableFrame: Life
Parts: 10 years
94 x 18 x 38
Pacific Challenge ARFirst Degree Fitness Pacific Challenge AR 4.4$500-$999WaterUprightFrame: 5 years
Parts: 2 years
78 x 21 x 20
Stamina-1215-Orbital-Rowing-MachineStamina 1215 Orbital Rower4.3$249 & UnderHydraulic PistonFoldableFrame: 5 years
Parts: 90 days
48 x 33 x 28
Sunny Health SF-RW5634Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW56344.3$249 & UnderMagneticFoldableFrame: 3 years
Parts: 90 days
74 x 25 x 24
Stamina DT Pro RowerStamina DT Pro Rower4.3$500-$999Air & MagneticFoldableFrame: 5 years
Parts: 90 days
90 x 20 x 41
Velocity-Exercise-Magnetic-RowerVelocity Magnetic Rower4.3$500-$999MagneticFoldableFrame: 5 years
Monitor: 90 day
Parts: 30 days
80 x 20 x 25
dynamic-r1-pro-rowerDynamic R1 Pro Rower4.3Over $1,000Air & MagneticFoldableFrame: 1 year
Parts: 1 year
97 x 18 x 43
Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW56394.3$249 & UnderHydraulic PistonUprightFrame: 3 years
Parts: 90 days
52 x 24 x 14
LifeCore-Fitness-R88-Rowing-Machine-300x137LifeCORE R88 Rowing Machine4.3$500-$999Air & MagneticFoldableFrame: Life
Parts: 2 years
Labor: 90 days
70 x 18 x 26
BodyCraft VR200BodyCraft VR200 Rowing Machine4.3$500-$999Air & MagneticFoldableFrame: Life
Parts: 2 years
Labor: 1 year
79 x 18 x 36
Stamina Wave Water Rowing Machine 1445Stamina 1445 Wave Water Rower4.2$500-$999WaterFoldableFrame: 3 Years
Parts: 90 Days
85 x 20 x 34
H2O-Fitness-RX-750-ProRower-Home-Series-Water-RowiProRower H20 RX-7504.2$500-$999WaterUprightFrame: Life
Parts: 2 years
Tank: 3 years
78 x 22 x 20
Kettler-Favorit-Rowing-MachineKettler Favorit4.2$250-$499Hydraulic PistonFoldableFrame: Life
Parts: 3 years
49 x 31 x 24
Stamina BodyTrac Glider 1060Stamina BodyTrac Glider 10604.2$249 & UnderHydraulic PistonFoldableFrame: 1 year
Parts: 90 days
50 x 36 x 20
Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW1410 Rowing MachineSunny Health & Fitness SF-RW1410 Rowing Machine4.2$249 & UnderHydraulic PistonUprightFrame: 90 days
Parts: 90 days
59 x 29 x 22
Merax Magnetic Rowing MachineMerax Magnetic Rower4.2$250-$499MagneticFoldableFrame: 3 years
Parts: 180 days
73 x 16 x 21
Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5624Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5624 Full Motion Rower4.1$250-$499MagneticFoldableFrame: 3 years
Parts: 90 days
76 x 29 x 25
Kettler-Kadett-Rowing-MachineKettler Kadett Outrigger Style Rower4.1$500-$999Hydraulic PistonFoldableFrame: Life
Parts: 3 years
59 x 67 x 18
Stamina 1110 Magnetic Rowing MachineStamina 35-1110 Magnetic Rower4.1$249 & UnderMagneticUprightFrame: 3 years
Parts: 90 days
60 x 22 x 28
Stamina-Body-Trac-Glider-1050-Rowing-MachineStamina Body Trac Glider 10504.1$249 & UnderHydraulic PistonFoldableFrame: 1 year
Parts: 90 days
58 x 43 x 18
Bladez Fitness Cacade RowerBladez Fitness Cascade Rower4.1$500-$999MagneticFoldableFrame: 1 year
Parts: 1 year
Labor: 1 year
89 x 22 x 39
Marcy NS-40503RW Rowing Machine ReviewMarcy NS-40503RW Rowing Machine4.0$249 & UnderMagneticFoldableFrame: 2 years
Parts: 1 year
75 x 20 x 32
Stamina-35-1405-ATS-Air-RowerStamina 35-1405 ATS Air Rower4.0$250-$499AirFoldableFrame: 3 years
Parts: 90 days
79 x 20 x 32
Stamina X Air RowerStamina X Air Rower4.0$250-$499AirFoldableFrame: 3 years
Parts: 90 days
79 x 18 x 29
Stamina-InMotion-RowerStamina InMotion Rower4.0$249 & UnderHydraulic PistonUprightFrame: 1 year
Parts: 90 days
56 x 23 x 19
Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5606 Elastic Cord Rowing Machine ReviewSunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5606 Elastic Cord3.9$249 & UnderElastic CordFoldableFrame: 1 year
Parts: 90 days
68 x 14 x 21
LifeSpan RW1000 Indoor Rowing MachineLifeSpan Fitness RW10003.9$250-$499MagneticFoldableFrame: 5 years
Parts: 2 years
Labor: 1 year
87 x 19 x 23
BodyCraft VR100BodyCraft VR100 Rowing Machine3.9Over $1,000Air & MagneticFoldableFrame: Life
Parts: 1 year
Labor: 90 days
68 x 17 x 22
Stamina-1205-Precision-RowerStamina 1205 Precision Rower3.8$249 & UnderHydraulic PistonFoldableFrame: 5 years
Parts: 90 days
48 x 33 x 28
ProForm 550R RowerProForm 550R Rower3.7$250-$499AirFoldableFrame: 5 years
Parts: 90 days
Labor: 90 days
85 x 22 x 26
Proform-440R-RowerProform 440R Rower3.5$250-$499MagneticFoldableFrame: 5 years
Parts: 90 days
Labor: 90 days
77 x 38 x 21
HCI-Fitness-Sprint-Outrigger-Scull-Rowing-Machine-HCI Fitness Sprint Scull Rower3.4$250-$499Hydraulic PistonFoldableFrame: 1 year
Parts: 1 year
55 x 68 x 15
Stamina-Avari-Easy-Glide-Rower-300x229Stamina Avari Easy Glide Rower3.4$249 & UnderHydraulic PistonUprightFrame: 1 year
Parts: 90 days
53 x 23 x 26
Xterra Erg400 RowerXterra Erg400 Rower2.9$250-$499Air & MagneticFoldableFrame: 5 years
Parts: 1 year
72 x 19 x 33
 

If you use this table to compare rowing machines, I would love to hear your feedback!  Thanks for stopping by!

109 thoughts on “Compare Rowing Machines”

  1. I am interested in the fitness degree fitness e-520 or atlantic water rowers. Have you done a review on either of those as they compare to other rowing machines?

    thanks,
    debbie

    1. Hi Debbie,

      I have not reviewed the FItness Degree Fitness E-520 or any Atlantic Water Rowers thus far. Depending on the type of machine, the number of reviews on other sites, and if I can get access to the machine, a review can take me anywhere from a few days to over a week to complete.

      I am working on the comparison table of rowing machines as we speak and I’m hoping to have it done soon. I can pull information on the rowers you want more information on and add it to the comparison table if that would help but, it would take me some time, however, to write a full review. Let me know if that would help.

      Thanks!
      Edwin

    1. Hi Debbie,

      In my opinion, adding the Fitness Degree Fitness E-520 or any Atlantic Water Rowers to this comparison table won’t be enough to help you. I can research the rowers (most likely I won’t be able to write a review just yet) and let you know some details about the machines.

      If you don’t mind, I have a few questions:

      1) Which machines would you like me to compare the above rowers to (and did I review any of them yet)?
      2) How’s your fitness level right now?
      3) Have you used a rowing machine before?
      4) How many people will be using the machine you ultimately decide to buy?
      5) Do you have a resistance type in mind (it appears you’re sold on water resistance) and if so, why?

      Thanks!
      Edwin

  2. I was looking at the Body Rower BRW7200 is this a good machine? Also I am having a very difficult time finding a retail store to buy it or to even try it out before I buy on Line…Live in So Cal, Los Angeles area, any review or location advice?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Evan,

      I haven’t reviewed the Body Rower BRW7200, but based on some preliminary research, it appears it isn’t that solid of a machine.

      There are complaints about the performance monitor display and the build quality of the machine, the issues with the build quality are what bothers me most.

      If you’re looking for a magnetic rower because it’s quiet and requires low maintenance, I would look into the Velocity Fitness Magnetic Rower (I reviewed this rower and it’s a very popular rowing machine). It’s a solid rower and isn’t too much more in price compared to the Body Rower.

      As far as trying it out in person before you purchase, the only thing I would be concerned about is my height – if you’re shorter than 6’4″, you shouldn’t have any issues with using the rower whatsoever. Unfortunately, nowadays it’s a little difficult to try out rowing machines from a local store as most of them don’t have showrooms for you to try them out.

      I live in San Diego and fortunately, there’s a place not too far away from me that has a lot of rowers in their showroom. I’m sure you can find one in LA, but it may require some searching. I did a quick google search but couldn’t find anything.

      Like I said though, the main reason I would want to try a rower in-person is if I’m tall (~6’4″), otherwise you’ll be fine. Please let me know if you have any other questions and thanks for stopping by!!!

      Edwin

  3. Hi,
    I just wanted to alert you to what is probably an error. You list the weight of the LifeSpan RW1000 as 25lb, which seemed absurdly light to me. I did some research on the web, and saw that Walmart says that the shipping weight for the RW1000 is 80lb, which seems a more probable weight. (Amazon also says that the weight of the RW1000 is 25lb, which is probably the origin of the mistake.)

    Steve

    1. Hi Steven,

      Thank you so much for letting me know about the apparent error. I was also skeptical of the weight initially, but I know there are a few rowing machines out there that look heavier than they actually are (in retrospect 25 pounds does seem very light).

      I remember checking the manufacturer’s website, but they didn’t have any information on the weight so I decided to go with Amazon’s given weight. Big mistake, I already caught at least 2-3 errors on Amazon’s site.

      I’m going to contact LifeSpan about the weight for the RW1000. Thanks again for letting me know, Steven.

      Edwin

    2. Steve,

      FYI, LifeSpan just got back to me and told me the weight of the machine is 80 pounds. I’m going to update the weight information on the website right now. Thanks again for bringing this to my attention.

      Edwin

  4. Edwin, i am planning to buy a rower for my apartment. I like the Concept2 reviews (very complete and a lot of videos), and the Kadett Outridger (no much information) . I would like to know if the quality of exersise done in Concept2 is the same that the one done at the kettler. Also how durable are the cocept2 part (air chamber, etc). Also were i can find a video on the Kettler Kadett Outrigger Style Rower Rowing Machine.. Thanks

    1. Hi Miguel,

      I’m sorry that the level of information you’re seeking on the Kadett Outrigger is not as thorough is not as you would like. Is there something in particular you needed to know about the Outrigger that I didn’t cover? If so – please let me know.

      However, I did create a video for the Kettler Kadett Outrigger, here’s the url of the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLL6RU1rSq4

      Regarding your questions about the Concept2 (I’m assuming you’re referring to the Model D), the quality of the machine is actually better than the Outrigger, it also requires less maintenance because it is an air resistance rower compared to the Outrigger which is a hydraulic piston.

      The durability of the Concept2 is a definite strength of the machine, I see “beat up” machines all the time that take years and years of abuse – you can tell people abuse them (like the ones at the gym) – HOWEVER, each component of the Concept2 is still going strong including the air chamber, handle, seat, PM monitor, it’s just an overall solid rowing machine. You can’t go wrong with it.

      If I had to pick between the Concept2 Model D (or E for that matter) or the Kettler Kadett Outrigger, I would definitely go with the Concept2.

      You did mention it’s for your apartment. Are you on a top floor or bottom floor? The Model D does make a little noise because of the flywheel, however it isn’t bad at all to be honest with you.

      Just keep in mind, if you’re on the top floor it might irritate the tenants underneath you. If that is the case, let me know and I will recommend another rower for you.

      Edwin

  5. Edwin, thanks for you answer. Yes i am in a 12th floor, and space is a concern. What about the Velocity Fitness CHR-2001 Programmable Magnetic Rowing Machine vs. Kadett. My price top is up to $1,000, so all this rowers are within my budget. Is the Velocity magnetic a durable machine, I ask since it has one of the lowest warranties of the top group. What parts are more propense to go wrong in the velocity and do you know if there are expensives? Thanks again for your help. Miguel

    1. Hi Miguel,

      Since you’re on the 12th floor of an apartment complex, you want to avoid a fairly noisy machine so I would pass on any air resistance rower, including the Concept2 Model D I mentioned earlier.

      The Velocity Fitness Magnetic Rower is a really good rowing machine and it’s durable. It’s unfortunate that the warranty isn’t better but based on my research and talking to a few owners, the rower is solid and runs for years without any major issues.

      The parts in the Velocity Fitness that are most prone to giving you issues (like other magnetic rowers) are the magnetic braking system that provides the resistance. If it gives you issues it will be expensive to fix. It doesn’t break too often, in fact I haven’t heard from anyone yet that complained about the braking system breaking down and I talk to/ research A LOT.

      The Kadett is a good rower, Kettler is a solid company, and they provide a solid warranty.

      If I had to pick between the two (Velocity Fitness and the Kettler), I would go with the Kadett because of the better warranty.

      Normally, I would pick a magnetic rower over a hydraulic piston rower because a magnetic rower requires less maintenance (for example, hydraulic pistons need to be replaced in a few years) but Kettler is a solid company and you can’t go wrong with their quality.

      It’s a close call, but Kettler Kadett would be 1A, Velocity Fitness Magnetic Rower would be 1B.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      Thanks!
      Edwin

      1. I just found about the Kettler Coach M Indoor Rower (~$1,000 in Amazon.com), but it is not in you review list. Can you tell me about this rower? The have also the Kettler Stroker Rower and Multi-Trainer (~$700 IN Amazon.com) and the Kettler Premium Magnetic Rower – Black (AXOS ) but I can not find it in the USA (only UK). Will you know something about the Kettler Stroker Rower and Multi-Trainer (Item model number: 7982-500). Thanks again for you time and recommendations

        1. Hi Miguel,

          I have not reviewed the other Kettler rowers you are inquiring about (yet). As of this reply, I have reviewed the Kettler Favorit and Kettler Kadett. Based on your budget and living situation, I would choose a magnetic rower, a “higher-end” hydraulic piston rowing machine such as a Kettler-branded rower, or a water resistance rower. Based on your previous inquiry, I suggested the Kettler Kadett. You really can’t go wrong with that rowing machine. However, because you have a high budget, I have one other recommendation for you and it’s the WaterRower A1 Home Rowing Machine, I recently reviewed the rower here:

          https://www.rowingmachineking.com/waterrower-a1-home-rowing-machine-review/

          I would choose the WaterRower A1 over the Kadett because it’s beautiful, nothing beats the realistic and fluid rowing motion of a water-resistance rower… and it’s a WaterRower – a very solid rowing machine brand. WaterRower’s are usually priced above your budget but this model is priced under your budget and not much was ‘lost’ on this model compared to the pricier models.

          Take a look at the WaterRower A1 review if you haven’t already and let me know if you have any other questions.

          Thanks,
          Edwin

    2. Hi, I am looking at purchasing a rower for my husband. We are looking at a commercial grade rower, my problem is my husband is very tall, 6.6 with long legs. His leg length is 98cm. We are finding it difficult to find measurements on the actual seat to foot length. Are you able to help?

      1. Hi Kylie – If your husband is 6’6″ then I would look at the Concept2 or Xebex for air rowers and WaterRowers for water resistance. There are a lot of other factors to take into consideration like price and resistance but once you narrow it down, the manufacturer can also give you inseam length recommendations.

  6. I am between buying a Concept2 model D (6-7yrs old)
    Vs the Lifecore R100 (2 yrs old never used)
    Both priced same price lifecore is about 1 hr drive closer. Its for my 16 yr old daughter who is on Crew. Any thoughts?

    1. Hi Barbara,

      That’s awesome that your daughter is in crew. Ideally, I would like to know what the condition of the Model D is before I answer but I’ll just go ahead anyways. I would go for the Lifecore R100 because it’s an awesome machine (like the Model D) and it’s unused – I’m concerned the Model D wasn’t taken care of properly.

      The Lifecore is a commercial machine so it will last a life time and it will provide your daughter the training she needs for crew. It can also be used by others for a great cardio workout while building some lean muscle.

      You really can’t go wrong with either choice, but I would go for the Lifecore – plus it’s an hour closer to you…

      Good luck with the rower – I’m sure your daughter will love it.

      Thanks for stopping by,
      Edwin

  7. Hi! First some praise, then a question.
    When I discovered how much of a stress reliever a rowing machine is for me I decided I had to have one at home and couldn’t just use the one at the gym since I don’t make it there as often as I’d like. I stumbled on your site looking for reviews and information on rowers and I have to say, I used your info obsessively during my search for one to purchase. Love it and love this chart! I checked craigslist daily (good rowers seem to sell in less than 24 hours), amazon, used stores on weekends and sporting goods stores that stocked rowers. Amazon was useful but I always came back to your page for more comprehensive info. I lost out on an older used concept 2 and a used ProRower H2O RX 750 yesterday that sold quicker than I could look at them and ended on a new A1 Water Rower that I found at a fitness store that had 1 in stock. So thank you so much for all the info! I know I made a good purchase.
    My question is about working out on the rower. I’m not new to rowing (I am new to rowing more regularly) and I think my form is ok. But I’m looking for weight loss and general fitness. I’m not in shape but I’m strong. Can you direct me to any sites that have good info on good rowing machine work outs? I found a couple last night that mentioned rowing slower for weight loss. I don’t think I push myself too hard but my average is probably 30-32 spm, this site recommended 20 spm because at that rate you’re burning fat and at faster rate you burn carbs, but 20 spm feels slow to me. The articles I found quickly were mostly small articles publised in various fitness magazines. I do gas out semi-quickly at 30 spm, but 20 feels like not much effort. Any direction you could point me or recommendations you might have to share would be most appreciated!
    Thank you so much for all the help you’ve already provided me! :)

    Laura

    1. Hi Laura,

      Thank you for the kind words about my website.

      You had to do a little hunting, but I’m glad you were able to track down a great rowing machine and the WaterRower A1 is definitely a great one!

      As far as different workouts on a rower in general, the most effective for me (by far) have been mixing in HIIT with my rowing workouts.

      HIIT stands for high intensity interval training and can be done with practically any cardiovascular exercise; especially rowing machines!

      Here’s a link to how you can mix in HIIT with your rowing workouts:

      http://www.menshealth.co.uk/fitness/cardio-exercise/3-high-intensity-workouts-to-burn-fat-and-increase-fitness

      It may sound intimidating at first, but after a while you will get the hang of it and it burns SO MUCH FAT and CALORIES!

      Literally, your body is burning calories for HOURS after your workout is done.

      Mix HIIT in with your current routine.

      Here’s a link to an article that talks about how to start a rowing routine on your rower: http://www.livestrong.com/article/73112-rowing-machine-workout-plan/

      When I start rowing this is how I develop a “routine”; I pick a target whether it’s row for 30 min, 60 min, 10k meters, etc and hit that target for 3x during the week. Then, next week, I add a little more to the previous week’s goal, usually 10%. And then keep adding an extra 10%+ the following weeks.

      And then, I would add HIIT, etc. to mix things up even more and to keep my body “guessing”.

      I hope I didn’t jump all over the place and I gave you some ideas for how to develop a rowing routine. In short, there are a million ways to start a rowing routine, it’s just up to you what you ultimately choose and when you increase your time/ distance/ reps, make sure you don’t jump up too high or you will burn out fast and won’t want to row for a few weeks (happened to me before).

      Let me know if you need additional help. Congrats again on your new rower!

      Edwin

      As far as your ‘regular’ routine,

  8. WaterRower Oxbridge Rowing Machine vs. Kettler Kadett Outrigger Style Rower

    Hey Edwin,

    Price difference aside, which one of these two rowers would you consider the better machine?

    Thanks,

    Scott

    1. Hi Scott,

      Sorry for the late reply. Hands-down, the WaterRower Oxbridge Rower is the better of the two. It has the better resistance type (Water; most realistic and the resistance is variable)… I could go on-and-on, but you can never go wrong with a WaterRower.

      Let me know if you have any other questions Scott and thanks for stopping by.

      Edwin

      1. Hello, I have watched reviews that mention a big belly as an issue with a Water Rower. Does this apply to every model or for that matter every straight rower or is it really not a big issue?

        1. Hi Nicole – I don’t think it’s a big issue and it would be a general rowing machine issue, not just a specific model.

          Having a big belly could affect the rowing stroke but it easy to test. I would just sit on the floor in some of the different rowing positions (legs straight out, legs bent and leaning forward slightly). If any of these positions feel too awkward then maybe a rowing machine isn’t the best piece of equipment.

    1. Hi Bill,

      I haven’t reviewed the Fitness Viking rower yet so I can’t answer your question thoroughly. However, I heard some really good things about the Viking rower so keep that in mind. If I had to choose between the Fitness Viking rower or an equivalent WaterRower machine, I would have to go with the WaterRower because they’re one of the first rowing companies to manufacture wooden rowers – they’re experts in that category and you want to choose the more solid machine. I’m sure the Viking rower is a solid choice too – but get the better of the two options and that’s a WaterRower. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for stopping by, Bill.

  9. Hi Bill,

    Other than the wood type and color, why the difference in ranking for the various WaterRower models?

    Thanks

    1. Bob,

      Over the years there have been changes made to the models such as monitors and pricing. I will have to go back and rerank the machines based on the current conditions. Currently the Natural, Club, Oxbridge, and Classic are all mechanically the same with different wood finish.

      Sorry for the confusion and thank you for bringing it to my attention!

  10. Hi Edwin,

    I am planning on getting a rowing machine to lose weight. I can’t afford the high end machines, so I wanna buy the stamina air power 1399. Would you recommend it? and do you think it will give me the exercise I need to lose weight? If not, is there a better option for <$500?

    Thanks.

    1. Yoon,

      Yes, I definitely recommend the Stamina Air Rower 1399. It is one of the best selling rowing machines and it will provide you with a great workout to lose weight.

      I hope you enjoy it!!

  11. Hi Edwin,

    Thanks for the awesome website. I have a question: what is your opinion of Apollo Ap-601h rowing machine? I am tempted to buy it but have found no credible review of the machine on the internet.
    I will appreciate your help.
    Thanks!
    Umair

    1. Umair,

      What country are you located? It doesn’t look like this rower is offered in many countries which is probably why there are no reviews. I have not personally come across this rowing machine or found a site that provides enough information so it’s hard for me to give an opinion. What site were you going to purchase it from?

  12. Hi, Thank you for your great site. I live in France and want to buy one for my husband who used to be a rower (Lake Geneva) and my son (a boxer). (And for me, but that’s a secret.)

    I can pay up to 400euros but the ones you mentioned are not on Amazon France.

    Here are some of the ones in that price range:
    V-Fit AR1 Artemis 2 Air Rameur
    V-fit Rameur Air Tornado
    Skandika Regatta Oxford Pro
    Hammer Cobra Rameur
    BH Fitness Boston Rameur
    Powerpeak Energy Line Rameur
    Skandika Regatta Pro 5 Neptun
    Rameur Rameur Favorit Kettler
    AsVIVA Cardio XI Rameur ergomètre

    Thanks for your advice. I do want to get something my husband won’t scoff at.

    Sarah

    1. Hi Sarah,

      Thank you for the compliment! :) That is very nice of you to be buying a rower for the family! Seeing that your husband and son are both athletes, I would definitely choose an air rower. They supply the most resistance and are the rowers of choice for athletes.

      With that being said, it narrows the rowers you have selected down quite a bit. Going through all the rowers I would choose either the V-fit Rameur Air Tornado or the V-Fit AR1 Artemis 2 Air Rameur. Both seem like very solid rowing machines and are the best rowers in this price range. I would read the reviews on both and choose which one you like better. Both are great!

      I hope this helped and enjoy your new rowing machine!! Let me know if you need anything else :)

    1. Tina,

      Looks like a nice rower and after reading about it a little it seems like it would be a great machine. How much would you be purchasing the machine for and from what distributor?

      The LifeFitness Row GX is very similar to some of First Degree Fitness’s Rowers. You can check out different user reviews on Amazon to get a feel for how people like them and compare pricing by clicking here.

      Also, check out my reviews on other water rowing machines here. Let me know any information you can so I can help point you in the right direction and make the best decision! Thanks for the comment!! :)

  13. Please help – I have a long term ankle injury and can only exercise sitting down. I’ve found the best machine for me is a rowing machine. But I want to buy one for home use but my budget it max at £300 (preferably a bit less). It also needs to fold away and not be too noisy.
    Last Christmas I got a York for about £250 – it broke within 3 months and so was sent back (It also arrived with a damaged seat which was quickly replaced).
    I’ve spent ages searching reviews on the internet but they all have such conflicting reviews – some people say they’re great then others talk about their disastrous experiences – it’s very off putting as they are not easy things to get rid of once you’ve bought them (I have a cross trainer that I can’t use and can’t get rid of).

    1. Hi Carol,

      I understand your pain and I’m sorry to hear that finding a good rower has been difficult for you. With everyone having their own unique preferences it can be hard to choose a great rower that fits your needs. What is good for some may be bad for others. Hopefully I can help steer you in the right direction! :)

      So your preferences are less than £300, foldable storage, and not very loud. (By the way, I am not extremely familiar with all the UK brands but I will do my best). Looking at all of the rowers it seems like the magnetic Marcy rowing machines would be a good fit for you.

      Marcy Regatta Folding Rowing Machine
      Marcy RM413 Henley Magnetic Foldable Rowing Machine

      Both machines have great reviews, are under £300, foldable, and magnetic so they won’t be loud. If you want you can also go to the Amazon Top Seller list to see what some of the top selling rowers are. You can then narrow down your search by price, foldable storage, and resistance (magnetic, air, hydraulic piston, water). I have an article about the 4 rowing resistance types if you want to read.

      Also remember that people are always more likely to go online and leave a negative review than a positive one. Just think that most people who receive a great rower use it and are happy while people who receive junk are angry and want to let the company know.

      If you need more help please feel free to leave another comment or send me a personal email! [email protected]

  14. Hello,

    This is a wonderful source/website! Please advise thoughts on Nordic Track RW200 Rower. Seems like a rower is the right start to getting in shape. Thanks, Sharlyn

    1. Hi Sharlyn,

      Thank you for the wonderful compliment! I have not reviewed the Nordictrack RW200 so it is tough for me to make a recommendation. I will look into this rower if you can give me some of the following info: Where will you buy the rower from? How much $$? How did you find this rower and why did it peak your interest?

      I am asking these questions so I can try to give you the best advice possible or advise on a different rower. The Nordicktrack RW200 is a fairly new rower which is sometimes a scary thing because the company has not worked out all the kinks and initial malfunctions that can happen. I would usually advise on getting a rowing machine that has a long track record of positive reviews from happy customers :) but depending on your circumstances it could be the right rower for you!

      Always glad to help so just let me know!

  15. I’m looking to purchase a rower and have been considering the Stamina 1215. Is it a good choice? Do the free motion arms make a difference? Thanks for you input.

    1. Hi Diane,

      Yes the Stamina 1215 is a great rower, especially if you are looking for a hydraulic-piston rower (my top choice). If you are going to purchase a hydraulic-piston rower then I like to have the free motion arms. This gives you the ability to mimic rowing on water and also targets different muscles by being able to row at different angles.

      If you want an air rower I would look into the Stamina Air Rower 1399. Here is a link to my article about the difference between an air rower and hydraulic-piston.

      If you already know you want a hydraulic piston rower then you have picked the right one! If you are unsure about the resistance type I would read my article about the different options.

      Thanks and let me know if you have any questions!

  16. Hi Edwin,

    I need help choosing a good rowing machine for me. I think I’ve read too many reviews on different kinds of rowers so now I can’t decide anymore. I’m looking for one that’s less than $500, not loud, lasts long and won’t break down easily, doesn’t take up space, but will help me burn fat and get a good workout. I’m looking to purchase from a site that can deliver like amazon. Thanks for your help.

    1. Hi Lisa,

      I know how tough it is to choose a rower and it seems like the more you read the more confused you get! Hopefully I can help point you in the right direction.

      Normally I tell people to purchase the Stamina Air Rower 1399. I feel it is the best rowing machine under $500 and I even wrote an article about it here or you can check out my full review of the rower by clicking here. My only worry is that you mentioned you wanted a quiet rower. Air rowers are not known to be quiet but it just depends on how much noise you can deal with? In my opinion they are worth the noise.

      If you opt out of getting an air rower you are then limited to getting a magnetic or hydraulic piston rower. The best magnetic rower under $500 is the Lifespan Fitness RW1000 (see review here) and the best hydraulic piston rower is the Stamina 1215 Orbital Rower (see review here).

      I would choose between those 3 based on your preferences. I believe the Stamina Air Rower is the best because it provides the highest resistance and has less mechanical parts that can fail but it is the loudest of the 3.

      I hope I was able to help and if you have any other question please ask. Just give me as many details as possible so I can help find the perfect rower for you. Good luck!!

      1. Thanks for the awesome suggestions! Can you send me the link where I can order through your site? I will take a look at the three you suggested but most likely I will choose the first one you mentioned since you know a lot more about them than me. I don’t mind the noise as long as it’s not crazy loud. I just want to be able to hear my music or movie through headphones. LOL

        1. Awesome, yeah you will have no problem with headphones on. You can order through this link here.

          Thank you so much and I hope you enjoy your rower! Let us know how it works out for you :)

  17. What do you know about the NordicTrack RW200 Rower? I have the NordicTrack spin cycle and am very happy with it.

    1. Hi Jenny,

      I have not reviewed this rower but I have come across it a few times. NordicTrack usually makes great equipment so I’m sure it is a great machine.

      Before I gave you a recommendation I would need to know: Where will you buy the rower from? How much $$? What about this rower peaked your interest?

      Thanks for the comment and I look forward to your reply!

      1. Hi Edwin,

        Initially, I was interested in the NordicTrack Rower because I have a NordicTrack spin bike and grew up exercising on the NordicTrack skier. Today, I’ve done some more research and think I want the Stamina Air Rower. I want to mix up my workouts between spinning and rowing. The price tag on the Stamina rower is attractive. What are your thoughts on the Stamina Air Rower? I’ll buy from Amazon prime.

        1. Hi Jenny,

          That is exactly why I was asking those questions! haha. I wanted to see if your preferences matched up with the Stamina Air Rower.

          For people who are looking to spend under $500 on an air rower I always recommend this rower. I even wrote an article, if you want to read, about the best rowing machine under $500. You can also click to check out my full Stamina 1399 Review

          Please let me know if you have any questions about purchasing this rower and as always, thanks for the comment! :)

    1. Hi Alana,

      I know I spoke with you already through the Concierge Service Page but I will reply for other visitor reading this.

      The Concept2 Model D has a 500 lb weight capacity and is the best rowing machine overall in my opinion.

      Also, most of the WaterRower models are rated for weight up to 1,000 lbs.

      Thanks!

  18. Jill Alperstein

    I am wondering why more rowers don’t have an oar-type system, as appose to a single bar and pulley system. Does this make a difference? I am looking trying to find a system with a wide hand position that would engage the more central back muscles, as in real life. It seems that it would be more fun, comfortable, and beneficial.

    1. Hi Jill,

      I know I responded to this in your email but I will answer for other readers as well.

      From my experience there are not a lot of “great” rowing machines with the oar function because in order to get that movement the resistance has to be hydraulic-piston. Hydraulic-piston rowers may mimic the “rowing motion” closely but they feel the least like rowing on water. On hydraulic-piston rowers you set a resistance level and the level stays the same no matter how fast you row. This is the opposite of how resistance acts while actually rowing on water. When rowing on water, the faster you row, the more resistance is created between the boat and water, and the harder it is to row. This type of resistance is exhibited by air and water resistant rowing machines, which is why they are very popular.

      When Olympic athletes train on rowing machines they are not looking to perfect their “oar” technique. Their technique work is done in a scull. So a rowing machine is used to train their rhythm, speed, power, endurance, etc.. This is best done on an air rowing machine, specifically the Concept2 Model D.

      I hope this answer helps!

  19. My name is Lou. I am 71. My legs are extremely weak. what type of physical equipment would you recommend to restore strength to my legs . Thanks

    1. Hi Lou,

      I know I answered your question via email but I will answer again for other readers.

      Rowing machines are perfect for building leg strength as a perfect rowing stroke should use about 60% legs, 20% core, and 20% arms. They are also very low impact which makes them great for building strength and avoiding injury.

      If you need help narrowing down your search visit my Start Here Page or ask me via the Personal Rowing Machine Concierge!

  20. I ordered a Lifecore R90(good price) rower, but there are no reviews online anywhere. Do you have any info in this rower?

    1. Hi Steve,

      What info are you looking for on this rower? Sorry I have not done a full review on it but have done one for the R100 and R88. LifeCORE provides great rowing machines but they just live in the shadow of the Concept2 rowers in the U.S.. Mainly because they are priced similar but the Concept2 has a better monitor and is more widely used.

      You can read the LifeCore R90 webpage for most of the info. Also if you already ordered it then there really isn’t much left to research that won’t be figured out on your first session. There is a 30-day money back guarantee if anything goes wrong so that is very comforting.

      Hope you enjoy your new rower! I’m sure it will perform well, so if you are happy with the price it should be a great purchase!

  21. Hi, I filled out the Personal Rowing Machine Concierge a few days ago. How long does it take to get a response back for that?

    Thanks,
    Lisa

    1. Hi Lisa,

      I almost always respond within 24 hrs unless I can’t be at my computer for some reason.

      I responded to a Lisa on Nov 22nd but it was to “[email protected]”(i will delete later). Is this you? If not, I did not receive the form.

      Did you get a follow up email? I have an auto-responder that goes out after you submit it. Also check your spam box in case it got sent there.

      Sorry for the inconvenience but let me know if any of these are the issue. If not I’ll send you a personal email.

      Thanks

  22. I am looking at the Concept2 D/E vs. Waterrowers. Two Adults for at home use, alternately with other gym machines. I like the look and size of the wooden product, but ultimately just want the smoother better machine…opinions or thoughts?

    1. Comparing the two can be tough because each has their own benefits. The WaterRowers will have a slightly smoother stroke and will be quieter than the Concept2’s.

      The Concept2 will have a better monitor and the damper settings will allow you to adjust the feeling of the rowing stroke to be heavier or lighter.

      I like to say that the Concept2 is for fitness enthusiasts who like tracking their data. They are the top choice for Crossfit gyms and training Olympic rowers. WaterRowers can also be used to train hard but are better for using while watching TV and in a living room setting.

      If you are looking to buy the best rower for hard workouts/training I would choose the Concept2. If you want a quieter, more aesthetically pleasing rower then go with the WaterRower.

      Either way you will be getting a top of the line rowing machine.

      1. I have watched a few videos of the Concept2, is it really that loud? Or is it fairly loud and you could still use it when your kids are in bed?… its quite hard to get an idea when you hear it in a small room or gym setting. Noise might very well be the choice tipper of these two models.

        1. It’s hard to say about the noise level because what is considered loud to one person is different from another. The C2 is fairly loud and it depends where you will be rowing in the house compared to where your kids bedroom is located. If you are in the next room it is possible that they could hear it and wake up. If you are down a hall or on another floor then no I don’t think the noise will travel that far.

          Depending on where you live, if you call a few local gyms they should have a Concept2. You could go there and ask to hear how loud it is and I’m sure they would let you test it.

  23. I have seen the video and your review of the Stamina 1110, it looked very good with the 60″ frame, I question the short length,you report it a con. I will use the bike for muscle maintenance not muscle building. What effect does a short frame have on exercise. Have you reviewed the Sunny SF-RW5634?. Thank you,Roger

    1. Hi Roger,

      Sorry if I was not clear in my review but I did not say the shorter overall length is a con (60″). I say the shortened strong length due to the handle not being able to fully extend forward is a con.

      Not being able to fully extend forward means you cannot complete a full rowing stroke. For some, this may not be a problem because they are not very flexible and cannot extend very far forwards anyway.

      For others, it will feel very uncomfortable not to be able to extend all the way forward. Especially for people who have rowed before.

      Sorry but I have not reviewed the Sunny SF-RW5634 yet. Hopefully in the near future I will get a chance.

      Please let me know if you need anything else!

      1. Edwin,If you like to do business with a company that has good costumer service don,t buy a Stamina 1110. That is another “Con” for the stamina 1110. I may have a problem with the meter. I called the Costumer service an hour after it opened. A recording said “leave model and serial number for service. I held a dead quiet phone to my ear for 5 minutes then heard a recording for an operator press “0” then a recording said “leave your name and number we will call tomorrow” I would not recomend that machine or business to anyone. .
        Roger

        1. Hi Roger,

          Sorry to hear about your bad experience. Please send me an email if I can help in any way.

          I have dealt with Stamina before and should be able to get in contact with them.

  24. Hi. I am working on a school project looking at user accommodation of different indoor rowers. I am wondering if there is any information on the “width” across the handles.