Best Rowing Machines 2017

Here is our expert's list of the best rowing machines on the market today. You'll find our top picks of indoor rowers in five different type categories:  overall winners, water, magnetic, air and hydraulic, as well as two price categories: high-end and budget.

Below each one you will find a link to the best current price as well as a link to our in-depth reviews if you would like to read more about each of our top choices.  You can't go wrong with any of these great rowers...it's just a matter of choosing the one that most appeals to you.

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Best Overall Home Rowing Machines

These are the best rowing machines for home use, based on many different criteria including durability, workout efficiency, ease of use, comfort features, price and value. All are top rated and will be the perfect addition to your home gym.

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Concept 2 Model D

WaterRower Natural

LifeCore R100

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Best Water Rowing Machine

For those of you who prefer the swooshing sounds and the outdoor rowing feel of water resistance rowers, these are the best machines on the market today. They are built strong and solid, and allow you to choose your own resistance levels.

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WaterRower Natural

First Degree Newport Rower

Stamina Wave Water Rower

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Best Magnetic Rowing Machine

If you prefer the quiet resistance and adjustability of a magnetic rower, here are the best rowing machines with magnetic resistance.

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LifeCore R100

Stamina Avari Magnetic

Sole SR500

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Best Air Rowing Machine

Similar to magnetic rowers in many regards, if you prefer an air rower these are the very best choices for you.

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Concept2 Model D

Xebex Air Rower

Stamina Air Rower

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Best Hydraulic Rowing Machine

If you're more into the basic, old-school piston rowers, here are some some great, well-priced machines in this category.  You'll get a consistent, solid workout and a surprisingly smooth motion here.

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Kettler Favorit

Stamina 1215

Sunny Health Rower

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Best High-End Rowing Machine

Looking for something a little fancier?  These are the best high end rowing machines on the market, with sleek design, enhanced functionality and incredibly smooth movement and resistance.

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Matrix Rower

BodyCraft VR500

Life Fitness Row GX

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Best Budget Rowing Machine

Here are your top choices if you're looking to get the best bang for the buck.  These rowers may not have all of the functionality and durability of the higher priced rowers, but they are perfectly fine for getting a good cardio workout in and getting back into shape.

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Stamina ATS Air 1399

Sunny Health Magnetic

ProForm 440R

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Best Rowers - Summary

So there you have the very best rowing machines on the market today.  You'll notice there is a wide range of price points, so it's a good idea to determine what your budget is approximately and then choose a rower that is within that range.

Note that water rowers tend to be the most expensive, followed by magnetic/air and then hydraulic.  For very serious rowers or those who plan to work out daily, you'll be much better served by a higher priced rowing machine.

However, for the casual user, a hydraulic or one of the lower priced air rowers will probably suit you just fine.

If you need help choosing the best rowing machine for your needs, please feel free to contact us and one of our experts will point you in the right direction.

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