Rowing as an exercise has been proven time and again to be a low-impact, effective full-body cardiovascular workout. And when you can bring such an effective workout into the convenience and comfort of your own, you may be more likely to sustain that activity and ultimately attain the physique you desire.
Get stronger and leaner with these machines whether you choose the higher-end version or less expensive model. They allow you to row at your own pace, control your workout intensity and track your metrics with a state-of-the-art data tracker or a no-frills monitor while remaining easy to move for out-of-the-way storage. In addition, they will keep you comfortable with their cushioned seating that is upholstered for comfort and large foot plates that will accommodate any size user.
Below, we have sourced some of the best rowing machines, made especially for the home, that will keep you motivated and excited to workout every single day.
1. Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine
The Concept2 Indoor Rowing Machine provides a low impact workout that engages all major muscle groups, works legs, strengthens your core and builds arms with a smooth, high-calorie burning motion. With the Model D, you can track your progress with its Performance Monitor 5 which uses real-time data, connects wirelessly to heart rate belts and apps and is designed to fit most users
PROS: Staying motivated is easy as the Concept2 connects with a ride range of fitness apps, it records and stores workouts on your smartphone, allows you to join online challenges and uses online rankings to compare yourself against others.
CONS: The seat may be uncomfortable for some people.
2. Stamina 35-1402 ATS Air Rower
The Stamina Air Rower uses dynamic wind resistance to make it easy to adjust your workout – simply pull harder for more resistance and ease off for less. An included workout monitor allows you to track your metrics and oversized, textured footplates and foam padded handlebars keep you comfortable.
PROS: Built-in wheels ensure easy portability while a foldable frame makes storage simple.
CONS: This is a fairly basic model and does not come with any preset programs.
3. Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Rowing Machine
The Magnetic Rowing Machine by Sunny Health & Fitness offers all the necessities for an intense rowing workout in the comfort of your own home. Its quiet, magnetic tension system and eight levels of adjustable tension provide a smoother, more enjoyable workout while the large LCD console and fully padded seat provide a convenient yet challenging rowing workout.
PROS: Switch up the intensity of your workout with a convenient tension knob.
CONS: The machine tracks strokes, time and calories, but cannot track distance.
4. Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050
Featuring a minimalistic aesthetic and a full range of motion, this compact rowing machine makes a great addition to your home gym or workout routine. To ensure you’re comfortable throughout your workout, the Trac Glider employs a ball-bearing roller system, giving you a clean and smooth stroke. The rowing machine is made of sturdy steel and comes equipped with a multi-functional LCD screen so you can keep track of your speed and progress as your row.
PROS: Quickly and easily folds up into a thin form to make storage easy.
CONS: Back strap on the foot holds can be a little short, so some users might slip out during aggressive use.