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|Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine||Magnetic||500 Pounds||Easy to Store, Separates in two pieces||Yes||No||14||5 Star||5 year Frame Warranty||900|
|Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine||Air||500 pounds||Easy to Store, Separates in two pieces||Yes. Performance and Heart rate||No||20||4 Star||5 year Frame Warranty.||1260|
|First Degree Fitness Commercial Pacific Challenge Fluid Rower||Water||Not Provided||Stores Upright||Yes||Yes. Adjustable Resistance||18||4 Star||Not provided||865|
|Stamina Avari Magnetic Exercise Rower||Magnetic||Not provided||Easy to Store.||Yes. Time, stroke count, speed, calories||12 workout programs||18||5 Star||Not provided||699|
|Kettler Favorit Rowing Machine||Hydraulic||250 Pounds||Easy to Store||Yes. Time, stroke rate, speed, distance covered.||Yes||10||4 Star||Not provided||399|
|Lifecore R100 Commercial Rowing machine||Magnetic||600 Pounds||Easy to Store||Yes.||16 levels of resistance. 15 preset programs||19||4 Star||5 Year Warranty on Parts||1299|
|Stamina 1215 Orbital rowing machine with Free Motion Arms||Hydraulic||Not provided||Easy to Store||Yes. Speed, distance, time row count, calorie||Adjustable Tension controls||14||5 Star||5 year frame, 90 parts warranty||237|
|Stamina Air Rower||Air||Not provided||Easy to Store||Yes. Speed distance, time, calories||No||14||4||3 Year on Frame, 90 days on parts warranty||265|
|WaterRower A1 Home Rowing Machine||Water||Not provided||Yes. Intensity, stroke rate and heart rate||No||20||5 Star||5 Year on Frame, 3 Year on components warranty||895|
|Velocity Fitness Magnetic Rower||Magnetic||N/A||Easy to Store||Yes. Heart rate monitor||No||16||4 Star||Not provided||474|
Though price and warranty are good considerations you need to make sure your purchase gives good value for money. A beginner’s model though cheap may be quickly outgrown creating the need for a high performance model. Best practice suggests a good buy is a combination of both price and performance requirements.
The best rowing machines use four primary methods to create resistance; hydraulics, water, air and magnetic varieties. Each has specific advantages and is best suited for specific exercise programs and environments.
Hydraulic Machines – Shock Absorbers
These typically come equipped with shock absorbers such as those found in cars. This range of rowers is compact and typically smaller. The machines are considerably versatile as resistance can be adjusted. Their main disadvantage is the generally offer a lower range of motion in comparison to other machines. The hiss that comes with the compression shocks may also be unsuitable for some environments.
These machines are equipped with an adjustable fan or wheel to simulate a rowing shell. The machines are considered versatile as the fan can be adjusted to suit both beginners and serious athletes. On the down side the fan is noisy and may not suit all environments.
These machines are most favoured due to their silence. The machines are capable of providing a smooth and even resistance through the range of motion. However, these machines are often quite expensive.
These machines use a water flywheel and provide the most authentic rowing experience. The machines compliment the user with the sound of water which may be may be soothing or in some cases distracting. These are also the most expensive machines.
Additional considerations for the best rowing machine
Range of Motion – This is a term that describes to which a joint or muscle group can safely be extended. Rowing as with most exercises is aimed at increasing this range and promotes flexibility. Be sure to select a machine that comfortably accommodates your range of motion.
Height – Depending on mobility considerations and condition of one’s knees a machine with a higher seat may be more comfortable and fun to use in the long run.
Storage – No one wants something too bulky or difficult to move around, especially if you have kids or old people in your home. Where possible, select machines that you can reassemble.
Weight Capacity – Most of the machines listed are designed to support people within a certain weight range. Exercising is great for losing weight but you need to be sure your machine can support your weight. A broken machine is likely to kill your spirit to exercise so ensure you stay positive.
Programming – Especially for a beginner, machines with designed programs may be better. These programs will give you a good workout and most are designed to suit a variety of needs. They will help build strength fast and provide the variety required to make exercising fun.
Durability – Though the machine selected in this list are all durable, frame materials and strength are a good way to identify a reliable machine. Aluminium is both light and strong, making it a good choice.
Service and Warranty – Depending on how much the machine will be used; products that provide buyers maintenance services are often a suitable choice.
User Reviews – Products with good reviews have been tested and should be considered reliable products.
With that in mind browse through the top ten rowing machines on Amazon and select what best suits your pocket and exercising needs.
*Note: The top ten compiled comprises the ten best buys on Amazon. The machines are not ranked in order and represent the best 2-3 machines from each category (Air, Water, Hydraulic and Magnetic).