Best Rowing Machines 2014
Here is our list of what we believe are the best rowing machines money can buy. This list shows our top picks of four of the best indoor rowers in four different categories. Do take the time to read the full reviews and use our comparison chart to compare these rowers with other models in your price range.
Best Overall Rowing Machine 2014
The Concept2 Model D is a commercial-grade rower that is so affordable it makes a great investment for home users. This is one of the best rowing machines ever built, and is the same one you will find in health clubs and professional sports team facilities. The $900 rower needs a 9' by 4' space and has a user weight capacity of 500 pounds while weighing just 57 pounds. At-home assembly is easy with the illustrated instructions, and it has castor wheels so it is easy to move and store. This air resistance indoor rowing machine is maintenance-free and doesn’t have much on it that will break, but if you do need assistance it's good to know that Concept2’s customer service support is supplied by in-house rower and oar service technicians. See if a club or rec center in your area has one, and go give it a try before ordering one online.
Best Water Rower 2014
What could be more natural than rowing using a combination of the world’s best woods from sustainable forests with the resistance of water? It is an experience that recreates the peacefulness of real on-the-water rowing. The WaterRower Natural rowing machine is a stunning piece of fitness equipment and offers an amazing simulation of the feel of on-the-water rowing. Two paddle blades in the polycarbonate water tank provide the drag (resistance). The Spragg clutch in the water flywheel engages immediately as you begin to pull the handle so there is no lag in the resistance you feel at the beginning of the stroke. For higher resistance, all you have to do is simply pull harder to increase the intensity of your workout. Additionally, if you want to add more resistance to the rower, you can add more water to the tank. The WaterRower Natural is one of the best rowing machines of all water resistance rowers and our preferred choice of the company’s four premium hardwood designs simply because it is lowest priced and the best value at $1,095.
Best Budget Rowing Machine 2014
The solid and quiet Kettler Favorit made it on our list of the best rowing machines simply because it’s the best value for your money. If your budget is limited to $400 at the most and you are a casual rower who need some combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercise, this machine is a good choice. The German-made Kettler Favorit rowing machine has two industrial strength hydraulic pistons to provide tension on each rowing arm. The 12 levels of resistance are manually adjusted by moving the piston’s clamps to the different “knurl” marks on each arm. The handles rotate inward and outward which helps to recruit more muscles activity in your arms and upper torso. If you are a serious rower, however, a piston rower is not for you.
Best High-End Rowing Machine 2014
If money is no object, the First Degree Fitness Fluid Rower fits the bill as the best rowing machine money can buy. This water resistance rower is a high quality performance machine used in health clubs, college facilities, and wellness centers, and is available for demanding home users who want the best. The rower uses two inner chambers contained within a tank. The inner chamber provides passive water storage. The variable resistance is created by impeller blades churning water in the outer chamber, with water moving back and forth between the inner and outer chamber when the user adjusts the level of resistance. The user controls the VFR intensity from “Feather Light” to “Olympic Sprint” with an instant adjustment.
This machine offers a real-water rower experience that has no equal thanks to the natural catch and full resistance momentum throughout the stroke, as well as the soothing sound of the water slosh and the benefit you get from that sensory feature as well. At $2,189 it is pricey for a rowing machine, but if you want to own the same type of commercial water rower used in fitness centers and clubs, the First Degree Fitness Fluid Rower is one of the best rowing machines there is.
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