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WaterRower Oxbridge Rowing Machine Review

WaterRower Oxbridge Rowing Machine Review

WaterRower Oxbridge Review
WaterRower Oxbridge Review

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WaterRower Oxbridge Rowing Machine in Cherry with S4 Monitor Review

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The WaterRower Oxbridge Rowing Machine in Cherry with S4 Monitor priced at around the $1,500 mark, is undoubtedly expensive, but with its handcrafted design and solid cherry wood construction, as well as its ability to offer a very true, lifelike rowing experience, the high price tag may just be justified.

Build Quality

As the Oxbridge features a unique resistance system, there are no movable parts that can wear out over time; therefore, it (along with another model by WaterRower, the WaterRower Club Rowing Machine with S4 Monitor) is likely to last for many years to come.

Furthermore, due to its solid cherry wood construction that it is able to absorb both sound and vibration, the WaterRower is very quiet when in operation, making it a good choice for apartment dwellers and for those who like to workout with the TV on or with music playing.


While many rowers, even the ones that cost over $1,000, come equipped with a magnetic or digital resistance system, the WaterRower Oxbridge Rowing Machine differentiates itself from other models by coming with a water flywheel. The flywheel sits in an enclosed water tank and is able to provide a smooth, quiet resistance.

The resistance is self-regulated, which means that you have complete control over the level of resistance and do not have to fiddle around with electronic controls or turn an adjustment knob to change the level of resistance. Instead, the WaterRower mimics rowing on the water – paddle faster and the increased drag provides more resistance, and vice versa. This results in a very lifelike rowing experience.

Computer MonitorWaterRower Oxbridge Rowing Machine Computer Monitor

The WaterRower computer monitor features a total of six QuickSelection buttons, six information and programming windows, as well as three navigation buttons. Distance, duration, stroke rate, workout intensity, and pulse are all recorded, although we find it a bit strange that there is no calorie counter.

It’s also worth noting that the monitor is compatible with a heart rate chest strap and receiver, although this must be purchased separately. While this will improve the accuracy of the heart rate readings, the built-in heart rate monitor is still quite accurate, and the difference between the two probably isn’t enough to justify the purchase of a heart rate chest strap and receiver.

ComfortWaterRower Oxbridge Rowing Machine Seat

The Oxbridge is able to provide users with a very comfortable workout experience. This actually comes as no surprise; not only because when you consider the price of the WaterRower you expect a certain level of comfort, but also because all other rowers designed by WaterRower are also very comfortable to use.

While the seat could probably do with a bit more padding, it is still padded enough to ensure that your behind won’t become sore, even after long, intensive rowing sessions. The seat smoothly glides along its dual railings, largely in part due to the 4 horizontal and 4 vertical bearings that sit on the seat. And the handle has been designed in a way so to minimize wrist torque.

StorageWaterRower Oxbridge Rowing Machine Folded

While many have called the Oxbridge Rower a “work of art”, you will still probably want to store it away and keep it out of sight every once in awhile. Thankfully, the machine can be stored upright when not in use and takes up no more space than a dining room chair. Wheels can also be found on the the bottom of the rower to make things even easier.


The WaterRower is backed by a 3-year warranty on the frame and 1-year warranty on the components. However, this can be extended to a 5-year warranty on the frame and a 3-year warranty on the components by simply filling out a registration form.


84 x 21 x 22 inches

117 pounds (water tank filled)

WaterRower Oxbridge Rowing Machine User Reviews

WaterRower Oxbridge Rowing Machine Side-on view, WaterRower Oxbridge Rowing Machine Review
WaterRower Oxbridge Rowing Machine Review

Users have praised the machine’s quietness in operation, as well as it’s very smooth stroke motion. It’s no surprise that it’s been called a “piece of art” and “beautifully designed” by a couple of users, either. The generous warranty and excellent customer service are a couple of other things that users have mentioned as strong points.

However, a couple of users have found some negatives. For example, the inclusion of a calorie counter would have been nice.

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Any Complaints?

There is very little to complain about; however, we would’ve appreciate the inclusion of a calorie counter on the S4 monitor. The display can also be hard to see unless you’re using the rower in a well-lit room.

Anything Else You Should Know?

We were surprised to learn that the Oxbridge Rowing Machine has a maximum user weight capacity of 1,000 pounds, which attests to its build quality. Besides this, all you need to know is that, while the WaterRower is undoubtedly expensive, its high price tag is justified. While the exclusion of a calorie counter is a bit disappointing, one user puts it best when he says: “This rower is rock-solid, whisper quiet, comfortable and beautifully designed,” making it worth the investment.

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