Rowing Machines- The Ultimate Whole Body Workout Machine
If you need a whole body workout to burn some calories, get your body in better shape, and wanna ensure equal pressure on related body parts, leaving no pain on any several parts, there’s no better workout equipment than a Rowing Machine.
Rowing machines are a smooth way to burn calories. But you
- Weight loss
- Cardiovascular benefits
- Muscle toning
- Stress Reduction and more....
Harvard Health Publications noted that a vigorous workout on a rowing machine is able to burn about 377 calories in 30 minutes for someone who weighs closer to 185 pounds. Sounds awesome, right?
While burning calories, one of the best thing I love about rowing machines is that they are designed to put equal pressure on both upper and lower part of your body, ensuring equal improvement on both parts and you won’t feel any unwanted pain in any several parts of your body due to unequal pressure
Picking the best rowing machine – Name of the game
Well, these things that I discussed are pretty obvious and I think you already knew that, didn’t you? Knowing the usefulness of a rowing machine is not the challenge.
The challenge is knowing the actual performance of a rower that you’ve chosen if that works according to it’s specification on your paper. Knowing it’s bad sides along with the goods, that the manufacturer doesn’t reveal.
Another challenge is finding the best rowing machine for you according to your fitness level and goals, your budget, and your overall situation, isn’t it?
Don’t worry. That’s what this blog focuses all about.
Here, I’ve discussed all the good and bad sides of all the best rowing machines available in the market, their buy-worthiness and all, by using them in real time and researching them a lot. I’ve also done the hard work for you to find what might be the best rowing machine for you.
And guess what, I’ve shared some pro tips about using a rower properly to get the most out of it and some other useful workout tips to get your body in perfect shape, from my vast experience in this era.
I’m gym trainer and a fitness enthusiast by the way and I’m also connected to a network of gyms and fitness clubs. So I get to use all the top fitness equipment available in the market as any individual or gym own them.
But, before getting started, I suggest you have a look at how this total process works, How I actually review a rowing machine!
‘Why’ and ‘How’ do I review the best rowing machine? Am I trustworthy? Let me tell you my story.
The question is, why and how am I reviewing all these best rowing machines without any interest of mine?
Well, me being a fitness enthusiast, I want people to stay fit and healthy. And choosing the best rowing machine for themselves is an important part of it. A wrong pick of a rowing machine, or any other workout machine can be disastrous, both for their health and wallet.
I know choosing the best rowing machine is not an easy task, as there are so many types, brands and models out there, having their unique good and bad sides. And if you are new in this era, there’s a huge possibility of getting yourself miss-leaded by attractive ads of rower manufacturers.
And also, I had many people come to me on a regular basis and ask me about a rower, whether it is good or bad according to me on my experience of using it practically, as they pretend me as an expert.
So I thought many people also may be asking the same question over the internet and possibly aren’t getting the correct answer. That’s where they idea of writing a review blog of best rowing machines in the market came to my mind.
Quick Comparison Table of Best Rowing machines:
Still Confused? Let me show you a quick Comparison table on the features of Best Rowing Machines available.
- Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5
- Max. User Weight: 227 kg
- L 244 x W 61 x H 14 cm
- Fold Away : Yes
- Price: $$$$
- 5-year frame warranty 2-Year Limited Warranty
- Stamina Air Rower (Black, Chrome)
- Max. User Weight: 114 kg
- 45 x 24 x 9 inches ; 55 pounds
- Fold Away: Yes
- Price: $$
- 3-year frame warranty 90-day parts warranty
- WaterRower Club Rowing Machine in Ash Wood with S4 Monitor
- Max. User Weight: 454 kg
- 83 x 24 x 21 inches ; 117 pounds
- Fold Away: NO
- Price: $$$$$
- 5-years on the frame 3-years on the components
- LifeSpan RW1000 Indoor Rowing Machine
- Max. User Weight: 137 kg
- 87 x 19 x 23 inches ; 75 pounds
- Fold Away: Yes
- Price: $$$
- 5-year frame warranty 2-year parts warranty.
Reviews on Best Rowing machine, My best picks:
Let’s be more specific about my best picks-
How to pick the best rowing machine, things to consider:
Now I’ve discussed my top picks, it’s time to let you know what makes a rowing machine good or bad. I’ve discussed those things below which I keep in mind while judging a rowing machine and thus you can pick the best rowing machine for you
Type of Resistance
Rowing machines come with different types regarding resistance. What technology was used to create the resistance on the machine, determines this. This is a point you should not forget while picking a rower. The types of resistance include:
- water resistance
- air resistance
- magnetic resistance
- piston/hydraulic resistance.
Each type of resistance has its unique benefits and different rowing feel. Water and air rowers operate almost in the same way, and resistance of both is auto adjusting. The resistance level is determined by how hard you row. The harder you row, the more resistance you’ll feel. But the difference is water rower are quieter than air rowers. Air rowers create a little noise. But performance-wise, its very good. To mention, one of the most popular rower Concept2 Model D is air resistant type rower.
While magnetic and hydraulic resistance system is manually adjustable. You’ll need to set the specific resistance level according to your fitness levels and goal. Both are very quiet and easy to operate.
Talking about performance, each system has its own unique good and bad sides. So as far as there are more goods than bads, and it fulfills your requirements of creating good resistance, its okay, no matter of which Resistance system it is.
This is an issue which you should pay good attention too. No matter how hard you wanna work out, you would love to do this from a comfortable position. A good rower should have good seats, handlebar, smooth seat movement etc. To help yourself more, Check the checklist below-
- Does the rower have padded and soft seats, well gripped handlebar that is easy to grab on?
- Is its seat movement smooth along the seat rail? are there any jerks?
- Does it have a large and good footrests?
- How’s the overall positioning and combination? Do other users have found it to be comfortable?
I’ve answered all these questions about a rower in my every single rower review. So it’ll help you to determine.
You might wanna have an eye on which performance monitor a rower includes. It is important, as you wanna know about every single information of a workout session. It helps you to calculate your plans well and how your progress is going. A good performance monitor should at least track-
- Distance covered
- Total time
- Calories burnt
- Workout intensity
- Strokes per minute
Anything more is better. And if its a backlit enabled monitor, its a plus point for you as you can see the data even in low lights. Whether it’s automatic or not, does not matter much if it shows enough data after turning on.
No one in this earth will want to last his machine lesser, and so is you, I know. It’s obvious. So you should have a good look at how good the overall build quality of a machine is when judging on. The sturdy feeling of a machine will give you much confidence on it while rowing. And good build quality also ensures durability.
The first thing to look for is the frame. It should be made of a good and tough material, like steel or tough woods. The frame is like the backbone of a rower, so to make the rower last long and feel sturdy, the frame is very important. Its the most important thing of a rower to determine its build quality.
Next, comes the other several parts. Starting from the chain you pull, to the resistance box,foot pedals and other should be made of good materials.
And another important thing is the finishing. You don’t want any sharp edges that might hurt you while working with the rower. The manufacturer should ensure there are no such things as this on a rowing machine. It should be smoothly finished. But you can’t find this ‘edge type’ information from a specification paper. The only way you can find it is from reviews of consumer who’ve used this product. I’ve tried to include them in my individual reviews if there was such an issue found on a rower.
Price and warranty:
The price is a point you will be paying attention too, I know! Everyone does, I do! Our intention is to find a rower that is affordable, not to costly, yet good in performance. There are such rowers available in the market, trust me! To help you on this, first, let me show you the average price ranges. Then you can determine in which price range your budget fits.
- ~$400 and under – “Low-End”
- ~$400 – $700 – “Mid-Range”
- Over $700 – “High-End”
Okay, now determine your price range, go to the top of this page, where I’ve shown you my best picks, and the best products in a price range.
Though I always say, “you get what you pay for”. So you can not expect a 400 bucks rower to perform like a 1000 bucks rower. Yet there is such good rower in the “Mid-Range”. And if the price does not bother you, I suggest you go for a rower that will give you ultra performance and satisfaction, like the Concept2 Model D.
Another thing you should be paying attention to is warranty. You’ll love a good after sales service, won’t you?A good rower should have a good warranty on it, individually on frame and parts. There can be little problem in any rower after a year and couple of years, a lengthy warranty will keep you tension free in this cases.
Even for the best rowing machines that are supposed not to break down quickly, you wanna have a good warranty still. Because there can be a little manufacturing defect on an individual one, you can do nothing with this, not the manufacturer also. But unluckily if you get that defected one, good warranty and after sales service can be a savior for you.
Other things Like Storage and Assembly:
A rower that folds, and folds into a small piece will be helpful for you to save space. Most of the consumers do not have all the space of earth in their house, so a rowing machine with low storage space will be very useful for them. In this case, you want to make sure that the rowing machine is fold-able and takes low storage space. I’ve talked about this issue in my reviews.
Last but not least, a rowing machine that is easy to assemble is something you’d love. Most of the consumers do not have that vast knowledge on putting these things together. So, a rowing machine that is east to assemble and comes with a good user manual showing how to assemble it for first time, and fold it after usage, is one that any consumer will like. Though it is not that important, as you’ll have to assemble this machine once or twice, if you don’t shift your place too often.
Final Words on picking the best rowing machine:
Rowing machines are definitely an ideal equipment to get a whole body cardiovascular workout. But to serve the purpose properly, you need to find the best rowing machine out there, that is suitable according to your performance.
For this, I recommend you to do enough research on them, read reviews from real-time consumers. I’ve reviewed the best rowing machines I’ve come in touch with, and broken their detail on 100 percent real-time performance, along with reviews from other consumers who’ve used those machines from pretty long time that I’ve talked with.
I believe all the information you need to pick the best rowing machine for you is provided here. So don’t move here and there, read the reviews you are looking for. And if you need any further assistance, Shoot me an email from Contact us page, or in the comment section of a specific review. Trust me, I’ll be happy to help. I love seeing people in shape, getting the most suitable machine for them and getting the most value for their money while buying a rowing machine, or any workout machine in fact.
Happy rowing. Hope you’ll reach your fitness goals very soon.