The RW200 is the only rowing machine offered by NordicTrack, one of the most popular fitness equipment brands in the world. Although not the most advanced rower we've come across, it's a very good machine for the price.
The RW200 features a steel rail, inertia-enhanced flywheel and a large backlit display offering stats such as strokes per minute, time, calories, distance and watts.
Let's take a look at some of the relevant specs...
The NordicTrack RW200 has received pretty good reviews, as it offers a lot of features for the price. It's not the most durable machine we've seen, but for light rowing it is perfectly servicible.
You get a basic console showing you all of your relevant workout metrics. There are 20 built-in workouts designed by personal trainers: 10 watt workouts and 10 calorie workouts. That's more than you typically get at this price level.
You create your own resistance, controlled by the fan blades. The faster you go, the more the resistance. As you slow down the resistance decreases as well.
The RW200 features an oversized steel rail and the handle is ergonomically designed and comfortable to use. The motion is smooth and natural with the inertia-enhanced flywheel.
It's very easy to fold and store with NordicTrack's Space Saver design, a feature you'll also find on some of their treadmills and elliptical trainers.
We like the fact that there is a lot of adjustability here. You can adjust the angle of the console to fit your needs, and you can adjust the pedals as well for a perfect fit. You can also plug in your iPod to listen to your favorite tunes while you work out.
Anything we did not like from out RW200 reviews? The display was very basic, but that's to be expected on a lower priced rowing machine. Also, it is not as sturdy or durable as some of the more expensive rowers...but again, you're only paying $599 for this one.
Most user reviews mention the fact that despite the low price the construction is quite decent on these machines. They were expecting to get a low grade machine but were pleasantly surprised.
The RW200 is a very good choice for those looking for a basic, entry-level machine with a few extra features and capabilities. NordicTrack has been in business for a long time, and is always striving to include more without raising the price of their equipment too much.
So for those looking in the $600 range for a new rower, the RW200 is certainly a viable option.