Top-Rated Rowing Machines for Home Gyms

how-use-rowing-machineA personal rowing machine is a great help when you want ot shred some weight but you can’t squeeze in going to the gym in your busy schedule. It is a multitasking exercise machine that offers various benefits at a time. In fact, it is more than just a machine for weight loss; it can provide a lot more benefits. It helps you increase your stamina and strength; provides you full-body activity; improves muscle strength and toning; and it does all of these without giving high risk of any injury, which is unlike other machines in the market.

If you’re on the hunt for one, you must keep in mind that out of the many options in the market, only a handful is worth your time and money. There are many different styles and features that you’re going to want to consider before choosing. As always, high quality comes with a price, but there are great, reliable rowers at lower prices as well. Here’s a roundup of the top rated rowing machines on the market today.

Top-Rated Wind-Resistance Rower

The Stamina Air Rower 1399 is a type of rower that uses air resistance wherein the handle of the rower is pulled, which then causes a spinning flywheel with fan blades to spin creating wind.  The harder/ faster you row the more wind you generate; the more wind you generate the harder it is to row. This makes the rower very adjustable to anyone’s level of strength.  If one day you feel like taking it easy, don’t row too hard and the resistance will be minimal.   Conversely, if you feel like having a more intense workout, row harder.

The Stamina 1399 is built with a single-button multi-function monitor that isplays speed, distance, calories burned, and time.  The speed remains fixed on the monitor while the rest of the data is displayed one-at-a-time and can be changed manually by pressing the ‘mode’ button or you can have the monitor in ‘scan’ mode where the monitor cycles through the workout data displaying each for 6 seconds. Stamina is known for building really strong frames, and this model isn’t an exception. Its frame is constructed from steel, and it feels sturdy to the touch. The nylon strap that is pulled to spin the fan blades is durable and will be able to handle the abuse you’ll give it over time. All in all, everything about this model is designed to give you as much comfort as possible, with its padded and upholstered seat and textured handles.

Top-Rated Handcrafter Rowing Machine

The WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine uses a water resistance mechanism to help you with your workout. This mechanism works your muscles with a flywheel spinning in water. Unlike other rowing machines, you can’t select the resistance level. The faster you row, the greater the resistance of the water — just like rowing on a lake. Additionally, it is built for comfort while you work out. The seat is very comfortable and the rowing action very smooth.

This model boasts a S4 Performance Monitor, which is a fairly large LCD screen. It displays all the usual workout data such as time, distance, watts and speed. But if you want to use a heart rate monitor you’ll have to pay extra for the upgrade. The monitor also comes with PC features. You can now plug your monitor into your PC and watch a virtual boat moving along the water. You also have the option of racing online, or against yourself with your previous training sessions. Another big benefit is that you can store your training sessions on your PC and the software will plan your future workouts for you to keep you heading in the right direction. No wonder, this rowing machine is one of the most preferred models in the market.

Top-Rated Digital Rowing Machine

The Kettler Favorit Rowing Machine is a great mid-range rower that is specifically designed for a full body workout. This German-designed equipment ensures users that it can last for many years, thanks to its solid construction and extensive warranty. The powder coated carbon steel frame is nearly indestructible and provides exception protection against normal wear and tear, and just about anything else.

This rower provides a pulse rate reader that clips to the earlobe and transmits the information to its computer. This is a unique feature in itself. Moreover, you can purchase the optional Polar T34 chest strap heart rate monitor that will wirelessly transmit the data to the computer for even more accurate readings. Additionally, this rowing machine provides comfort with its thick padded seat. It is also slightly raised for added comfort and resistance. The foot plaates, on the other hand, are ergonomically designed and pivot for perfect positioning throughout the rowing motions. The sealed ball-bearings allow for an extremely smooth and very quiet movement.

Top-Rated Compact Air Rower

The Stamina 1402 ATS Air Rower is one of the best rated rowers on the market today, and it is easy to know why. For starter, it is very easy to assemble. It also features some points that are normally reserved for more expensive models: a steel frame, a metal chain and smooth ball bearing rollers.

While other rowing machines are raised from the ground, this unit stays low. Is higher or lower better? It’s just a matter of personal taste. A lower height might feel most natural, the most like being in a boat. A higher height is typically better for someone with limited mobility. Additionally, its seat has a good amount of padding and is molded for comfort. Finally, it has a monitor that shows strokes, strokes per minute, distance, time, and calories burned. The monitor has an adjustable height and can be tilted for the perfect view.