Rowing machines are not as popular as exercise bikes and treadmills but they’re definitely worth considering. You’ll often see these machines in 9 Round and Crunch Fitness. These machines build strength and tone your arms, shoulders, back, legs and core while giving you an exciting workout experience.
There are many kinds and brands of rowing machine options out there. If you’re not sure where to start then this guide can help you. We’ve listed the best rowing machines in the market right now, along with features, pros and cons to help you make an informed decision.
1. Hydrow Rower
This rowing machine has a beautiful design, with adjustable footbeds and smooth strokes. The seat rail is long enough to give you a full range of motion.
The Hydrow Rower uses an electromagnetic resistance drag mechanism that that can be adjusted from 1 to 300. The default is 104 which is suitable for most workouts. You can also download their app to fully immerse yourself in a rowing experience.
2. NordicTrack RW900
With the NordicTrack RW900 you get a really immersive experience with many smart features and a 22-inch touchscreen. You get live resistance control with iFit trainers having the means to change your fitness reality experience every time you work out. This machine combines air and magnetic resistance for better intensity.
Aside from having an ultrasmooth glide, the RW900 gives you full range of motion, a soft-touch handle and pivoting pedals. You also get to connect your iFit membership which gives you access to trainers that can guide your workouts.
3. The LIT Strength Machine
The LIT Strength Machine is not just rowing machine – it’s a rower, resistance trainer and reformer in one. You can use it as a simple and straightforward rowing machine that glides smoothly and give you full range of motion. The foot pedals are adjustable and comfortable, and your movements will feel natural.
This machine uses actual water resistance so you really get to mimic the feel of outdoor rowing as if you’re in open water. You can also customize resistance levels to suit your needs.
The LIT Strength Machine comes with an accessory pack and there are various kits to choose from. You have the option to add different strength and power bands when doing resistance exercises. It does not have any smart features but it comes with an app and a digital platform which gives you access to many kinds of workouts.
4. ProForm 750R Rower
The ProForm 750R Rower features a Space Saver design and can fold up easily converting it from a 7 feet machine to no more than 3 feet. Using it is also very straightforward, and you get a full range of motion without any jerkiness or wobbling.
The price is budget-friendly, but it doesn’t feel or look cheap at all. You can view your time, distance and calories. For a more immersive workout you can connect to iFit and connect your tablet to the included holder.
5. Stamina ATS Air Rower
Stamina ATS rower is a basic machine without any frills. Its digital interface is straightforward showing you calories, speed, time and distance. You can’t digitally change the resistance but what it does is it automatically adjust to match your speed since it uses air resistance.
For around $320 you get a basic machine that gives you a good workout with fairly smooth glides and strokes.
6. Concept2 RowErg
The Concept2 is an indoor rower consistently getting high ratings from customers. It’s from a reputable brand and perhaps the most popular maker of rowing machines. It may be lacking in advanced technology but it’s smooth and can certainly handle daily use. What’s great about it is that it’s easy to use and very durable, plus it can be stored easily. On the other hand, it can take a lot of space when in use and also a bit on the pricey side.
Below is a comparison review of the two most popular brands of rowing machine – Hydrow and Concept2: