Rowing Machine Reviews

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ROGUE

Rogue prides itself on its made-in-the-USA rowers, and America has returned the favor by making them the hottest name in rowing machines. Especially in the Crossfit world, their Concept 2 rowers have set the standard for getting an excellent all-body workout over 10 levels of resistance. Rogue is our top pick for rowing machines for home or gym use.

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HORIZON

As part of the Johnson Health Tech brand, Horizon Fitness has a solid reputation spanning more than 40 years and an "A+" rating with the Better Business Bureau. Although they're best known for other types of cardio equipment, their Horizon Oxford 5 rowing machine has an impressive 30 programs and a more generous return policy than many competitors.

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LIFE FITNESS

LifeFitness is one of the most recognized brands for fitness equipment. Their rowing machines are well-constructed and often found in homes and health clubs alike. They offer two models of rowers, both of which include resistance using a water tank system. Their prices are on the higher side, including a restocking fee of up to $500 if you choose to return your rowing machine.

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NORDICTRACK

NordicTrack is a well-known name when it comes to home fitness equipment. Their rowing machine, the RW200, provides a good entry-level workout for exercisers new to rowing but may not offer enough of a challenge to experienced rowers. A 250-lb. weight limit also makes it an unsuitable option for larger individuals.

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SOLE FITNESS

Primarily targeting the hotel workout room market, SOLE has been providing exercise equipment throughout North America for decades. Their SR500 rower is the only rowing machine we found that conveniently allows exercisers to control the resistance levels from the handlebar. However, its parent company, Fitness Equipment Services LLC, had a "D-" rating with the Better Business Bureau at the time of our review, with numerous unresolved complaints that could mean trouble for customers.

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PRO FORM

If you're looking for rock-bottom prices on a basic rowing machine, you'll find it at Pro-Form. A 30-day money back guarantee and free shipping also make it a good deal. But, major issues with Pro-Form's outdated website will probably have you looking for your next rower with one of their competitors.

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Rowing Machines

If you're looking for a great all-body workout that won't kill your joints, a rowing machine may be exactly what you need. Although rowers aren't usually as popular or well-known as treadmills and ellipticals, they are an excellent choice for virtually every type of exerciser.

In fact, rowing machines have seen a rise in popularity lately, largely due to their use in Crossfit workouts. Why First, using a rowing machine allows you to work on cardio and strength at the same time - which saves YOU time as well. As you push with your lower body and pull with your upper body, your heart rate increases while building strength in your legs, abs, and arms. And, using your whole body means that you're easily burning the same amount of calories as a workout on a treadmill or stair climber.

Also, rowing machines give you a low-impact workout. Whether you're an avid exerciser looking to mix up your training routine or you're new to working out, you'll find that rowers don't pound your knees and ankles like many forms of cardiovascular exercise. Rowing is also a common choice for people recovering from an injury, specifically because it offers an all-body workout while still being gentle on the joints.

Rowing machines provide resistance in one of three ways: air, fluid (water), magnetic, and hydraulic. Air resistance is the most common: your workout will turn a flywheel, which creates the resistance you need. These tend to be somewhat noisy compared with other kinds of resistance. Water resistance rowers can provide a quieter, smoother workout; instead of turning a flywheel against the air, you turn paddles in a water tank. Many people find that the action of using this type of rower more closely imitates the feel of rowing on an actual body of water. On the other hand, magnetic resistance rowing machines don't replicate the feel of rowing on water, but they tend to operate even more quietly and to be more compact than water resistance models.

As you shop for a rowing machine, you'll find quite a range of options and price points among the available retailers. What should you keep in mind as you compare rowers Consider the following:

  • Cost. Does the retailer offer a rowing machine that fits in your budget
  • Resistance. Does the machine use air, water, or magnetic resistance Do you need a rower that closely imitates the feel of rowing on the water, or are you just looking for a good workout How many levels of resistance are provided
  • Storage. Can the rowing machine be stored vertically, saving you floor space when it's not in use
  • Return Policy. Does the retailer allow you to return the rower If so, will you get a full refund or will you be charged a restocking fee
  • Warranty. How long will the company cover the machine - parts, labor, console, and so on - if something breaks

TopConsumerReviews has reviewed and ranked the best rowing machines available today. We hope these reviews help you find the best rower to help you achieve your fitness goals!



Rowing Machines In The News

Why you should make friends with the indoor rowing machine (just like Bradley Wiggins)

Last Saturday, the world witnessed one of the more peculiar sporting career changes in recent memory. Cyclist Bradley Wiggins, the 2012 winner of the Tour de France, made his debut bow in his new sport of choice - rowing. Wiggins looked almost ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:35:00 GMT



Wiggins swaps bike for rowing machine at British championships

LONDON (AFP) - Five-time Olympic cycling champion Bradley Wiggins is set to return to competitive action in London on Saturday - on a rowing machine. The 37-year-old former Tour de France winner is due to take part in the elite men's 2-kilometer ...

Published:  Fri, 08 Dec 2017 10:08:00 GMT



Bradley Wiggins rowing debut ends in disappointment but former cyclist vows to continue Tokyo 2020 quest

Sir Bradley Wiggins stepped off the rowing machine, cursed under his breath, shrugged his shoulders at his celebrity coach, and stomped off down the blue-floored tunnel and, surely, out of serious rowing before he had entered it. There were many kindly ...

Published:  Sat, 09 Dec 2017 09:33:00 GMT



Bradley Wiggins' Olympic rowing bid hits rocks on indoor debut

Only he was not on a bike but a rowing machine, taking part in the British Indoor Championships. Wiggins has always daydreamed about being an Olympic rower but only took up the sport seriously nine months or so ago. He discovered he had such a talent for ...

Published:  Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:21:00 GMT



Experts predict indoor rowing to boom in 2018

Gregory won coxless four gold at both London 2012 and Rio 2016 in an international career that spanned 12 years - a period of his life that regularly saw him sat on a rowing machine, churning out the kilometres in search of success. But while the indoor ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:03:00 GMT



Urban fitness center focuses on rowing and running

Rowing sessions here involve water-based stationary rowing machines, designed to simulate the experience of outdoor rowing on the open water. Their flexible schedule includes 30- and 45-minute classes as early as 5 a.m. and as late as 7 p.m., with open ...

Published:  Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:34:00 GMT



This Upper-Body Machine Will Give You a Great Low-Impact Cardio Workout

Which is why I was actually excited when I heard about the SkiErg, an upper body-focused cardio machine that's been popping up in more and more gyms recently. What is a SkiErg, you ask It's kind of like an upright rowing machine, but it simulates the ...

Published:  Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:13:00 GMT



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For the rowing team, more growth leads to success

Each January they participate in the Pittsburgh Erg Sprints, a race between local rowing clubs on rowing machines as opposed to on the water. They are also planning a fundraiser for the Pittsburgh Children's Hospital this coming February; the event will ...

Published:  Sun, 03 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT



Wiggins swaps bike for rowing machine

LONDON: Five-time Olympic cycling champion Bradley Wiggins is set to return to competitive action in London on Saturday (today) - but this time on a rowing machine. The 37-year-old former Tour de France winner is due to take part in the elite men's two ...

Published:  Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:08:00 GMT




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