Rowing Machine Reviews
Rowing Machine Reviews | Best Rowers for 2017
Our most important criteria for ranking these rowing machines is what others think of them – i.e. their average rating. Our opinion is all very good and well, but when there are dozens, and sometimes hundreds of users who have given their thoughts on the rowing machine, it gives you an even better idea of the model’s strengths and weaknesses.
We consider rowing machines that offer the best value for money to retail for under $400. While these rowing machines don’t come equipped with as many technological features, and the rowing motion isn’t as smooth as more expensive models, they are reliable, and are perfect for people who just want to stay in shape or lose a bit of weight.
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Best Value for Money Rowing Machine Reviews
- 4.3 – Phoenix 98900
- 4.3 – Stamina 1215
- +++ Top gear +++
- 4.1 – Kettler Favorit
- 4.1 – Stamina 1205
- 4.0 – Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050
- 4.0 – HCI Fitness Sprint Outrigger Scull
- 3.8 – Stamina Air Rower
- 3.5 – Body Solid GSRM40
Mid-Price Rowing Machine Reviews
Mid-priced rowing machines ($400-$999) is where things start to get interesting. Typically, these rowing machines come with more technological features, such as more programs, as well as the ability to measure your pulse, than lower-priced models.
Furthermore, the rowing motion is smoother, and there are more resistance levels to choose from, which is something that those who want to continuously be challenged are sure to appreciate.
- 5.0 – Stamina Avari Rower
- 4.8 – WaterRower A1
- 4.8 – First Degree Fitness Newport Rower
- +++ Top gear +++
- 4.6 – First Degree Fitness PACIFIC Challenge AR
- 4.5 – Velocity Fitness Magnetic Rower
- 4.4 – First Degree Fitness WR-N Neptune
- 4.4 – ProRower H2O RX-750
- 4.1 – Kettler Kadett Outrigger Style Rower
- 4.0 – LifeSpan Fitness RW1000
- 4.0 – Proteus PAR-5500
- 3.9 – Lifecore R88
- 3.7 – BodyCraft VR100
- N/A – Kettler Stroker Rower
The Best of the Best Rowing Machine Reviews
The following rowing machines are the best the industry has to offer. When you’re paying over $1,000 for a rowing machine you want your expectations to be exceeded.
All of these rowing motions are very well-constructed; if using a magnetic resistance system, they offer a wide array of programs; if not, then the resistance system is usually water-based, to deliver the most true, lifelike rowing experience possible – or in other words, it feels as if you are rowing on the water.
- 5.0 – WaterRower Oxbridge
- ‘5.0 – First Degree Fitness Viking Fluid Rower
- +5.0 – Kettler Coach E
- +++ Top gear +++
- 4.9 – Concept2 Model D
- 4.8 – ProRower H2O RX-950
- 4.6 – Concept2 Model E
- 4.6 – BodyCraft VR500
- 4.5 – Lifecore R100
- 4.5 –WaterRower Club Rowing Machine in Ash Wood with S4 Monitor
- 4.2 – H2O Fitness Seattle WRX-1000
- N/A – First Degree Fitness E-520 Fluid Rower
How to Use a Rowing Machine With Correct Technique
By far the most important factor that determines the effectiveness of your workout on a rowing machine is your technique. It really doesn’t matter how fast you’re rowing, how high the resistance level is, or how much effort you’re putting in- all that matters is using the correct technique.
The first thing most people do when using a rowing machine for the first time is pull the bar back as hard as they can, in the belief that the more noise and sweat they make the more effective the workout. However, this is plain wrong.
Correct technique is all to do with using a smooth motion, and there are three components to every rowing stroke; the finish, the slide and the drive, all of which must be executed perfectly, or as close to perfectly as possible.
Keep the handle drawn to your body, legs flat, and then lean back slightly. While keeping your forearms horizontal, extend your arms and rock your body forward from the hips.
The moment the body has rocked forward and the arms have extended, slide forward. However, make sure to maintain the same arm and body position.
Your shins must be kept vertical with your body pressed up to the legs. Make sure you keep your arms straight and relaxed. If you’re doing it right, this position feels smooth and comfortable.
While this technique may feel unnatural at first, after a few sessions it will soon become second nature, and your body will thank you for it.