Whether you’re doing cardio, or you’re a professional rower, the best rowing machine is a great addition to your home gym. For professional rowers, this machine is a must have, as you will probably need to prepare for the next competition. And what better way to prepare than to have an actual device that faithfully copies all the conditions of rowing, and a device that requires you to use proper technique to use it.
For casual rowers, or simply for those who want to use… the machine for a workout, a rowing machine is a great choice, as rowing burns a lot of calories and works out many of your muscle groups, increasing strength as well as building up your endurance.
So whatever you decide to use the machine for, if you’re seeking one, this is the right place. We’ve gone ahead and made a list of the top ten best rowing machines on the market. These are the best of the best, and we sure hope to see you using one of these beauties in the near future.
10. Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5515
And our final product is a magnetic type rower from Sunny Health & Fitness. In case you’ve forgotten how a magnetic rower works, here’s a quick reminder. A magnetic rower has a powerful magnet mounted inside the drum that acts as a brake, thus creating the resistance you need to overcome.
These are the quietest of all the… rower types, and require little to none maintenance. This rower is no different – it is a top notch device, sturdy, light and reliable. It even has built in wheels that let you transport the machine with ease.
This rower comes with plenty of levels and features for a comprehensive workout. It has 8 different levels and modes you can try out, allowing you to customize your regimen the way you want to, and to the level most suitable to your skills. It operates very smoothly and silently, making it great for indoor use and personal use.
The machine has a great, soft and sturdy seat that is mounted on a monorail that moves up and down very easily, removing additional, unnecessary strain on your lower back, avoiding, thus, potential injury. It also features large footpads with adjustable straps that fit all but the largest of feet. The handlebar is lined with an awesome anti-slip grip.
And finally, the machine has been outfitted with a great all-purpose LCD monitor. It is made to be easy to read, as all the numbers displayed are of substantial size. It displays all the vital information, like calories burned, distance, stroke count, and, if you wish to know, total stroke count across all sessions. All in all, this is a very well built machine that will serve you well and, hopefully, bring about a much desired change in your life.
9. Stamina 1215 Orbital
Coming in at number nine is another Stamina product. However, this time it comes as a hydraulic piston operated machine, and with an outrigger layout. This machine, due to the type, is perfect for professional athlete rowers as it near perfectly simulates real-life rowing. The outrigger layout has arms placed on the side of the machine, and not in front, that simulate real oars being tugged.
Naturally, this is a machine of… great value even to non-professional rowers and regular people, as it will provide you with an excellent workout. The machine is piston operated, and the pistons have adjustable difficulty levels, so you can customize the intensity level you work out at. It features a heavily padded seat that is very soft and sturdy, and provides a lot of support to your buttocks, preventing soreness after a long period of sitting.
The rower has a pair of footpads with straps so you can secure your foot well while you work out, so you can really get the feeling you’re in a real boat. They also pivot, and are fully adjustable, so you can set them to any size and position you want.
The machine is fitted with a superb single-button monitor. This monitor will display, at the touch of a button, all the major parameters that you need to know when you’re working out. These include calories, stroke speed, stroke count, strokes per minute, distance traveled, etc. which is especially helpful to professional rowers preparing for the race.
The machine will require some assembly one you’ve received it. This mainly refers to pistons, although they are mounted easily enough. You also get a three year warranty on the frame and a 90-day warranty on the parts.
8. Kettler 7978-900 Favorit
Another Kettler product, this machine is yet another hydraulic piston operated rower. Not only that, but it retained a similar outrigger design. In case you’ve forgotten what an outrigger design is, it is a special type of rower that, instead of having a handlebar attached to a chain or a nylon rope, this machine features two oar-like handlebars that you are required to stroke to your sides.
This helps facilitate an… authentic experience of real-life rowing, along with all the exercise that comes with it. The pistons provide a constant strain on your arms and body, allowing a greatly intensive workout that will get you in shape in no time.
The seat of the machine is made especially comfortable because of the nature of the machine itself. Since you will be doing less sliding, sitting for a long time can get very uncomfortable, so the seat is made ergonomic and very soft.
The handles too have been lined with a great gripping tape to disallow discomfort when using the machine for a long period of time. It also prevents slipping, and enables you to grip the handles firmly in order to execute proper technique, which is vital if you seek to avoid injury.
The machine also features an excellent monitor that keeps track of your vitals and other useful parameters. Those include the heart rate, calories, stroke speed and count, and distance traveled. All of these parameter have been displayed in oversized, easy-to-read numbers for convenience, so you can track your progress as you work out. It also features a great number of visual and audio cues that allow for even easier reading and keeping track of important measurements.
7. Stamina Air Rower
And coming in at number seven is the Stamina Air Rower. This is yet another air operated rower, second on our list so far. As we have stated when we talked about Concept2 Model D, air operated rowers feature a fan that increases the resistance as you start stroking with more and more intensity. However, there are some drawbacks to his system. Mainly, the fan tends to be quite loud when it spins.
Another drawback is, since your strokes determine the… resistance, the difficulty settings are often redundant, as they do not add to the resistance at all. However, these machines are usually very light, and don’t require nearly as much maintenance as a water operated rower does, and it performs at the same level as a water rower.
As far as Stamina Air Rower goes, this is a sturdy and well-balanced machine that strives to provide the best possible experience and as comprehensive as possible. The rower has been fitted with a boat-like seat and features foot straps that are meant to resemble those found in a real boat.
This also serves the purpose of making you use the proper rowing technique in order to avoid injury of the lower back. The seat is set upon a monorail that allows for smooth sliding up and down to facilitate the unimpeded movement that can cause unnecessary strain, and, again, injure your back. Overall, the machine does a great job at offering an extensive training regimen that will help you get fit in no time.
As with the other machines on this list, this rower wouldn’t be complete without a proper monitor. This monitor on this device features a rather large LCD screen with big numbers that are easy to read, especially on the fly. It measures how much calories have you burned, the speed you’re traveling at and how much strokes you’ve made per minute, and many more vital parameters essential for your workout.
6. Kettler Kadett Outrigger Style
Moving on to number six. Here we have a very unique rower, the Kettler Kadett Outrigger Style rower. This is a hydraulic piston type machine, where resistance is generated by the attached to the oars.
The outrigger style means that this machine does not have… a single handlebar, attached to a rope or chain, but two fixed oar-like handlebars that you pull to your sides. This, in turn, simulates actual rowing very closely, because of the movement of your arms and the nature of the bars. The pistons have difficulty levels, so the resistance can be adjusted to your liking.
The rower has 12 difficulty levels that allow for a very extensive range when you’re setting up your own regimen. The pistons are very quiet, making this rower perfect for indoor and personal use. Not only that, but the rower is fully foldable so you will have no trouble putting it away somewhere where it won’t take up space and be in your way.
Furthermore, the machine is made of some very light material, allowing for great mobility of the device. To further simulate actual rowing experience, the rower has adjustable footpads that are much like the ones in a rowing boat. The seat is also made to closely resemble a rowing boat seat, and is made reasonably adjustable to suit your own height. The handlebar has been fitted with a nice rubber grip that will disallow it to slip from your fingers and potentially hurt yourself.
The rower is also fitted with a monitor that helps keep track of the physical condition of your body. It tracks very accurately your heart rate and calories burned, as well as the interval of your strokes, and displays the distance you have traveled on the machine. It also has numerous audio and visual signals that will help you keep track of particular parameters to help you customize your workout.