There is no more natural feeling rower than the Water Rower Club Model. Basically everything you need to know is already in the name. Water Rower does not specify a maximum weight capacity, but they do boast about the durability and longevity of the frame and since it is a club model it is pretty much guaranteed to be weight rated at least at 500 pounds. The other part of the name is what makes this rower especially incredible. Nothing gets more natural feeling than the resistance of water, and it provides a consistent resistance on the eccentric and concentric motion.
The only downside to water resistance is that it is loud and there is not a lot that you can do about it, but the one negative is worth all of the positives. Water Rower spares no luxury with their S4 monitor which is both advanced and user friendly. It has four separate windows to easily read all of your key metrics at a glance and easy to use buttons for more advanced rowers. This device also comes with an optional heart rate monitor which always a benefit no matter the machine.
Kettler’s name is associated with excellence because of their high standards and solid manufacturing. The Coach E has a slightly smaller footprint for its class of rower, but can still support weights up to 300 pounds. This rower uses magnetic resistance which is smooth, nearly silent, and adjustable to continue to challenge you during your workout. Not to be outdone, Kettler has one of the best display screens you will ever find. It shows 8 different windows which puts all of your key metrics and more at your fingertips. Kettler provides a wireless heart rate monitor which is a nice touch. It is also designed to fold for storage and has additional attachments to open up even more workout options.
Concept2 may not be as widely known as some other fitness product manufacturers, but you can bet that their users swear by them. This machine is long, but it has an incredibly slim frame that folds up when you aren’t using it and can still support users up to 500 pounds. It has a small, but heavy flywheel which offers smooth wind resistance with minimal noise. The display is really what makes this rower stand out against other models. The screen is large and backlit which makes it easy to read all of your key metrics and the multi-button system makes scanning through your metrics a breeze. The monitor comes with an adjustable arm to perfectly place the screen at eye level and a USB port to record your workouts. This device also comes equipped with the ability to connect a wireless heart rate monitor.
Water Rower Slider Dynamic Rower
With a name as generic as Water Rower, you would think that their products belong in the trash; but don’t judge a book by its cover as it’s actually the exact opposite. This machine uses air resistance which is smooth and consistent, but tends to be a little on the noisy side. Fortunately, this rower is perfectly designed for both comfort and is just as functional when not in use thanks to the frames folding capability.
Water Rower doesn’t offer a weight capacity for this device which likely means the rower is designed to withstand more than a human being could put on it. Just in case something does go wrong, this manufacturer does offer a warranty up to five years. The monitor on this devices is large and well-lit with a button for each key metric which makes navigating the display simple. The Slider Dynamic also has one of the most impressive features that you will ever find in a rower as it can connect with other Slider Dynamics to simulate an actual team row.
Stamina is well known for delivering quality products at a reasonable price, but even a middle of the line model has their top tier products. The DT Pro puts together all of the features that you would want all in the same package. The steel and aluminum frame makes this frame lightweight and easy to move, but still supports weights up to 300 pounds. When you’re not using the DT Pro, you can fold it up to save space, especially if you’re somewhere where available room is at a premium.
This Stamina rower is unique because it combines both air and magnetic resistance for smooth and quiet movement. As far as monitors go, this one offers of the most advanced on the market. Personally, I love the large blue backlit screen which is easy to read and easy to navigate with its large side buttons. The screen displays all of your key metrics as well as of the 12 workout programs that are built in.
ProForm is a go to company for quality fitness equipment which makes the price of this rower surprising. At just over six feet long it’s not exactly short, but that’s still fairly compact for a rower and it also folds up nicely when not in use. The 440R has a simple turn dial controls eight levels of smooth and quiet magnetic resistance along with an extra setting which allows you to move the bar and use the rower as a strength training machine for hundreds of exercises.
The rowers seat is surprisingly comfortable for its shape and the handle is perfectly padded and non-slip for comfort and safety. While the max support weight of 250 pounds isn’t exactly the best, it’s good for a budget machine and the monitor is large and easy to read with a single button for easy navigation. Backed by a five year warranty, the Proform 440R offers a lot of good stuff at a decent price.
When it comes to rowers Kettler is the gold standard which makes it a pleasant surprise that they have a rower in the budget category. The Favorit uses hydraulic resistance which is nice and quiet and offers smooth resistance on both the eccentric and concentric motions. The resistance is adjustable, but it’s a little more difficult than just turning a dial.
At just 4.3 feet in length this is one of the most compact rowers on the market. The units display screen is large and clear with five separate windows to view all of your key metrics at a single glance. The seat is extra padded for comfort, sliding back and forth with ease while the handles and foot rests are specifically designed for comfort and safety. You’re also getting an optional heartrate monitor which is hard to find on any rower, much less a budget model.
Stamina is a great company when it comes to reliable machines at affordable prices and this rower is no exception. The rowers air resistance offers smooth and infinite because of the wind resistance as well as a creating a cooling breeze around the room; however, the tradeoff here is it’s much louder than magnetic or hydraulic resistance types. At six and a half feet long, it’s not exactly compact, but much shorter than a full-size rower.
This pick is no stranger to comfort either, offering a nicely padded seat, oversized foot pedals, and comfortable foam grip handles which are slip resistant. The screen is a great size and it is easy to read all of your key metrics, which combined with single button scanning, makes it easy to navigate during your workout. This rower does only support weights up to 250 pounds which is a little bit of a drawback but a three year warranty on their solid steel frame makes up for this shortcoming.
The Avari Free Motion Rower is only one of many great rowers in Stamina’s Avari Collection. The free motion rower was chosen out of the Avari collection because of its namesake. The free motion of the handles allows for a very realistic rowing motion while the rowers hydraulic resistance is both smooth and quiet. To give you added variety during your workout, this rower provides both both eccentric and concentric resistance motions.
At just under five feet in length it already sports a pretty small footprint, but this thing folds up tight enough to store in your closet. The screen is pretty basic and fairly small but it works great for a rower of this size, while the single button navigation is perfect for a rower. The only features of this rower that aren’t compact are the seat and foot pedals which are oversized to ensure operator comfort.
This particular model from Sunny is quite the anomaly because it’s both higher quality for a budget model and offers more than many of its competitors. At a little over seven feet in length, it’s the “largest” rower on our list but the increased size does add to the machines overall stability. This device offers 10 levels of magnetic resistance which are smooth, quiet, and easy to adjust.
The LCD screen is large and placed in a perfect position which makes it easy to navigate and even easier to read. There’s also a padded seat and non-slip handle bars which make make rowing for long periods of time something that’s actually enjoyable to do. The most impressive aspect of this machine is its ability to enhance your workout with the addition of a wireless heart rate monitor (sold separately) which is a rarity among budget rowers.