WaterRower A1 Home Rowing Machine

The WaterRower A1 rowing machine is among the best designed machine on the top ten list. The machine is built from ash wood treated in clear Danish oil giving it a very neat and glossy finish. Its comfortable seat runs on a black steel mono rail and delivers a smooth rowing motion throughout the stroke. The wood finish adds immense engineering quality to the product given that Ash is an extreme durable hardwood known for longevity.

WaterRower A1 Home Rowing Machine

WaterRower A1 Home Rowing Machine, my rating: 5

First, for this price, the quality is above any of the machines in the top ten list. The wood used for construction further enhances the quality of the product as it absorbs both sound and vibration. This makes the A1 rower very quiet and smooth. All wood in the product is sought from replenishable forests. The machine is easily stored in an upright position.

The A1 comes equipped with a monitor designed for quick start of most functions, a simple OK/On allows you to begin rowing. The monitor displays the workout intensity (m/, Mph, etc), distance covered, stroke rate, duration and number of strokes. However, the monitor lacks a heart rate monitor, Pc interface and other advanced controls. The machine uses water technology and is equipped with a water flywheel that replicates actual water rowing conditions.

Why to buy this WaterRower

  • Stores upright
  • Reasonable price
  • Regulated resistance
  • Simple console display
  • Sturdy finish and components
  • Easy to assemble

Why not to buy

  • Stationary footrests (May cause discomfort)
  • No advanced tracking features
  • Bulky

WaterRower A1 Home Rowing Machine: Rating and Analysis

The A1 rowing machine rating was the result of considering size, weight capacity, value for money, value addition and durability. This machine is made from high quality hard wood and is very durable. The wood finis helps in improving overall quality by reducing sound and vibration. Given its price, when compared with competing products it can be said the A1 offers great value for money. It can support large bodied users and heavy use. However, the machine is a bit large and requires adequate space when in use.


Water resistance technology is good for a realistic rowing experience. The sound of the water and vibration is very realistic in this rowing machine. One of the best things about this machine is its quality in comparison to the price. The wood used in construction also serves to make the product both strong and good looking.

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