Click on the links below to read rowing machine reviews by resistance type or read the top rated rower review in each category!

To learn more about the different resistance categories, you can visit the post I wrote breaking down each category here.

I also have comparison articles comparing air and water resistance and another article comparing air and magnetic resistance.

After reading those, you should be an expert on each resistance type!

Air Resistance

Concept2 Model D Review

Best in Class: Concept2 Model D

Hydraulic Piston Resistance

Stamina 1215 Orbital Rowing Machine with Free Motion Arms

Best in Class: Stamina 1215 Orbital

Magnetic Resistance

Stamina Avari Programmable Magnetic Exercise Rower

Best in Class: Stamina Avari Rower

Water Resistance

WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine

Best in Class: WaterRower Natural

That’s it! The 4 different rowing machine resistance types and the best model in each category.

There are air/magnetic combination rowers, which are not included on this page. Basically, they are a blend of both resistance types, which helps offer a stronger resistance.

Drop a comment below if you need any recommendations or if you have any questions!