The Horizon Oxford 5 Rower Review - Some Nice Design Touches

The Oxford 5 is the only rowing machine currently offered by Horizon Fitness, a brand well-known for quality exercise machines at competitive prices.  

With a pivoting console and adjustable foot straps, the rower comfortably accommodates any sized user.

Let's jump right into our expert review to see what this unique rower is all about...

Oxford 5 - The Rower

The Horizon Oxford 5 rower has a 5.4" LCD display showing heart rate, watts, strokes, meters and time.

Let's take a look at some of the best features...

Horizon Oxford 5 Rower
  • Air resistance
  • Ergo comfort seat
  • Easy folding frame
  • 5.4" LCD monitor display
  • 30 workout programs
  • Polar Wireless Receiver
  • Adjustable console/foot pedals
  • Transport wheels
  • Maximum User Weight – 300 lbs
  • Warranty: 10 year frame, 2 year parts, 1 year labor

The Buzz

UPDATE:  As of 2017, the Horizon Oxford rower has been discontinued.  Check out of Best Rowers section to find a comparable model.

The Horizon Oxford 5 rower gets good reviews from experts as well as users, and it has a lot of interesting features that make it appealing.

The air resistance provides a very natural motion, and the machine feels very sturdy.  The console is much nicer than you find on many other rowing machines, and the fact that you can adjust it is something that you typically do not find.  The consoles are usually fixed on most rowing machines, and other exercise equipment for that matter.

You get a very generous 30 workout programs to choose from, and eay-grip foam handle, adjustable oversized pedals and a comfortably designed cushioned seat.

Another nice feature is the water bottle holder, which is conveniently located above the tension knob for easy access while you work out.  There is a Polar wireless receiver that you can use with a wireless chest strap to monitor your heart rate more accurately than you can with the contact grips.

The long monorail can accommodate taller users, and the machine can easily fold up and be wheeled away for storage.  At 121 lbs the Oxford 5 rower isn't too heavy, and it can accommodate up to 300 lbs.

What We Say About the Oxford 5 Rowing Machine

The Horizon Oxford 5 rower is a well-built machine with some very nice features.  At around $899 when it is on sale, it is priced similarly to the Sole SR500 as well as our top pick the Concept2 Model D rowing machine, both of which you should consider as well.

We definitely like the fact that you can adjust the console to fit your eye level so you're not looking up or looking down while you row which can sometimes be annoying.  We also like the smooth, natural feel and the large clean looking display.

All in all, the Oxford rower is a solid choice and Horizon is a well-regarded brand in the industry.

UPDATE: Spring Rowing Machine Sales are now on!


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