The Bodycraft VR200 replaces the VR100 as the base rowing machine from the company, with a combination of air and magnetic resistance and a compact design that fits in most home gyms.
The VR200 features a basic computer with distance, time, calories, strokes per minute and total strokes, as well as a Quick Start feature.
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The BodyCraft VR200 gets decent reviews, and it is a good choice if you can get it on sale at $999 or $899. It gives you 6 levels of resistance, starting with air resistance at the first level and moving onto air and magnetic as you increase it.
The track is a single monorail made of extruded aluminum. Taller users will appreciate the 34" of travel. The seat is deep and countoured. The foot pedals are large and pivoting with adjustable straps for a good fit.
There is a maximum user weight of 300 pounds and the machine folds for storage, which makes it a good fit for smaller spaces. It's also relatively easy to assemble out of the box.
It's important to mention that this is more of a beginner's rower than a serious one. If you want something with a more accurate computer, a better, more natural feel you should take a look at the up-level Bodycraft VR500 model, which is the commercial model in the series. However, that one is considerably more expensive, so if you are not a serious rower you don't necessarily need that caliber of a machine.
It's also worth mentioning that for the same price as the VR200 you can get the Concept2 Model D, one of the finest rowing machines you can buy and consistently one of our top rowing machine recommendations. Definitely take a look at that one if you are in this price range.
Still, the VR200 gives you a decent rowing machine with enough to help you reach your fitness goals.
Although we like the VR200, knowing that it is the same price as the Concept2 Model D makes us hesitate to recommend it. Why get a decent rower when you can get a great one for the same price?
The only head to head comparison can be made with the VR500, but that one is $500+ more than the VR200 and Concept2, so it's touch to justify a purchase despite the fact that it does have some advantages.
So look at all three and make your decision based on your personal needs.
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