The WaterRower Classic Rowing Machine – Most Expensive of the 4 Models

Aesthetically designed for elegant homes, the WaterRower Classic rowing machine offers first class fitness performance as well as charm and appeal.

The Rower

The Series 4 performance monitor displays workout stats including stroke rate, distance, time, intensity, heart rate, and zone bar. Other features include six QuickSelection buttons, and the monitor is compatible with a heart rate chest strap (not included).

The specs of the WaterRower Classic rowing machine are:

WaterRower Classic Rowing Machine
  • Frame Length/(Seat) Height: 82.25" x 20"
  • Weight: 66.5 lbs dry / 104 lbs with water
  • Water Flywheel Technology
  • Seat at Normal Chair Height
  • Dual slide rails to absorb sound
  • Transport wheels; folds to store vertically
  • Maximum User Weight – 1000 lbs
  • Warranty: 5 years frame, 3 years components

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WaterRower Classic Indoor Rower

The WaterRower Classic rowing machine is handcrafted in Warren, RI, using quality Black Walnut from forests in the Appalachian Mountains. Because the properties of wood allow it to absorb sound and vibration, it is a good choice for a rowing frame. It is not just aesthetically appealing and beautiful, it is remarkably quiet, stable, and durable. The wood is hand-finished in Danish oil for a classic look that will look great in any room.

Unlike the use of air or magnetic flywheels found on other rowing machines, using water as the source of resistance closely simulates the drag of a boat moving through water. The WaterRower Classic has an enclosed water tank which contains two drag paddles to provide resistance. Like an air fan, the harder you row on a water rower, the harder your workout becomes as resistance increases according to stroke rate. In addition, you can change the workout intensity by adding or decreasing the amount of water in the tank.

The footrests having a floating heel-rest design that rises with the heel at the beginning of each stroke. The handle is attached to a drive strap made of high-density polyester webbing that is guided by nylon pulleys. The strap is maintenance-free so there is no steel chain to oil. With a seat height of 20" (about the height of an office chair), it is easy for anyone to get on and off the rower.

What We Say About the Classic Rower

WaterRower offers four rowing machines and all are equipped with the S4 monitor. You can select from the Classic (Black Walnut wood), the Natural or the Club (Ash wood), or the Oxbridge (Cherry wood). The specs on each are exactly the same but the price can vary up to $500 based on the wood frame.

The WaterRower Classic rowing machine is the most expensive, while the Ash wood models cost less than $1,100. Since you will be buying the rower based on your preferred choice of wood as well as the color scheme of your room, we don’t recommend one over another – the WaterRowers are all the same. They are well-designed rowers that will give you years of invigorating daily workouts.

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