May 2024

Rowing Machines: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of rowing machines rankings posted by key online experts, as of May 2024.

Summary

On 9 May 2024, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 100 rowing machine endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

52 rowing machines were endorsed in total, only 17 made it into this month's ranking. (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included)

As of 9 May 2024, Concept2 RowErg takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed rowing machine with 7 expert endorsements. 4 experts out of 7 recommended it as the '#1 rowing machine' this month.

Brand breakdown
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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking rowing machines start at $98.43 (Sunny Row-N-Ride) and go up to $2995 (Peloton Row). Median rowing machine costs $709 (Stamina Conversion II).
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At a glance - May Ranking

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Rank Change Price Rowing Machine
SELF
Verywell Fit
The Trend Spotter
Healthline
Popular Mechanics
The Strategist
The Home Gym
greatist
Business Insider
CNET
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Concept2 RowErg
The Concept2 RowErg is a highly regarded indoor rowing machine known for its durable build, ergonomic design, and versatile features, making it suitable for serious rowers, Olympians, CrossFit enthusiasts, and athletes at all training levels.
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- $2400
NordicTrack RW900
The NordicTrack RW900 is a top-of-the-line smart rowing machine that offers a premium rowing experience with its wide touchscreen display, adjustable resistance levels, and immersive workout options.
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Hydrow Rower
The Hydrow Connected Rower is a durable and high-quality magnetic resistance rowing machine that offers a smooth and comfortable rowing experience for users of all skill levels.
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Sunny Health SF-RW5515
The Sunny Health SF-RW5515 rowing machine is a magnetic resistance machine that offers smooth and quiet operation, adjustable resistance levels, and a compact design, making it a reliable and efficient option for users of all fitness levels.
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Echelon Row-S
The Echelon Smart Rower is a highly praised rowing machine that combines traditional rowing features with smart technology, offering adjustable magnetic resistance, workout tracking, live classes, and a compact design.
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Hydrow Wave
The Hydrow Wave is a compact and customizable smart rowing machine that offers a realistic and comfortable rowing experience, making it ideal for individuals living in smaller spaces.
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WaterRower Ash
The WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine is a highly recommended water resistance rowing machine that offers a realistic and smooth rowing experience, with customizable intensity, comfortable seating, and durable construction.
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The Ergatta Rower
Water rower that provides a realistic and enjoyable rowing experience, with adjustable resistance based on stroke intensity, a tablet display for tracking progress, and a compact design suitable for limited spaces.
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Peloton Row
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Stamina Trac Glider 1050
The Stamina Trac Glider 1050 is a budget-friendly hydraulic rowing machine that offers a smooth and consistent rowing experience, with adjustable resistance levels and a compact design.
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Peloton Row Basics
The Peloton Row Basics Rowing Machine is a smart and durable indoor rowing machine that offers a connected fitness experience with interactive classes and features, providing a comfortable and customizable rowing experience for users of all levels.
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ProForm 750R
The ProForm 750R Rowing Machine is a versatile mid-range option that offers a smooth and comfortable workout experience, with adjustable resistance levels and a range of features to enhance your training.
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MaxKare Magnetic Tension
The MaxKare Magnetic Tension Rowing Machine is a highly regarded and compact rowing machine that offers a smooth and challenging workout experience with adjustable resistance levels.
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Aviron Impact Series
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Stamina ATS Air
The Stamina ATS Air Rowing Machine is a basic, compact, and foldable rowing machine that provides a smooth and effective workout with adjustable air resistance, but lacks advanced features and has mixed reviews on durability.
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Sunny Health Obsidian Surge
The Sunny Health Obsidian Surge is a water rowing machine that offers adjustable resistance levels, a comfortable seating experience, and a space-saving design, making it a great option for home gyms.
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Schwinn Crewmaster
The Schwinn Crewmaster Rowing Machine is a versatile and durable option for individuals looking to improve their fitness in a limited space.
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#10 $171.48 Stamina Trac Glider 1050
#4 $249 Sunny Health SF-RW5515
#18 $259 Stamina ATS Air
#5 $699.99 Echelon Row-S
#7 $1129 WaterRower Ash
#15 $1199.99 ProForm 750R
#6 $1445 Hydrow Wave
#3 $1744.99 Hydrow Rower
#2 $2399.99 NordicTrack RW900
#9 $2995 Peloton Row

We ranked Concept2 RowErg #1 in May 2024 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best rowing machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 4 experts ranked Concept2 RowErg as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 31 Aug 2023)
The Concept2 RowErg is a highly regarded indoor rowing machine known for its durable build, ergonomic design, and versatile features, making it suitable for serious rowers, Olympians, CrossFit enthusiasts, and athletes at all training levels.
Critic endorsements:
Verywell Fit

Best Commercial

Customizable resistance
Built-in device holder
Two heights to choose from

Large footprint

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The Trend Spotter

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Healthline

Best overall rowing machine

accommodates users of many sizes and weights up to 500 pounds
easy to assemble
two seat heights
can be separated into two parts for easy storage

needs a large footprint for use and storage
pricier than other rowing machines
requires some tech skills to operate

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Popular Mechanics

Most Reliable

Smooth, quiet flywheel
Used by commercial fitness centers
Super durable

Monitor is very basic

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The Strategist

Snooping: Jason Statham’s rowing machine

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greatist

Best air resistance

Easy to assemble, Bluetooth connectivity

Air resistance can be noisy, resistance levels might not be tough enough for more advanced athletes.

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Business Insider

Best rowing machine overall

Smooth gliding operation
ease of assembly
large size to accommodate tall people

Pricey
requires a bit of space (9 feet by 4 feet) but worth it

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We ranked NordicTrack RW900 #2 in May 2024 because:

  • 8 independent experts mentioned it in their “best rowing machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 31 Aug 2023)
The NordicTrack RW900 is a top-of-the-line smart rowing machine that offers a premium rowing experience with its wide touchscreen display, adjustable resistance levels, and immersive workout options.
Critic endorsements:
SELF

Best for Beginners

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Verywell Fit

Best for Cross-Training

Quiet, even at high speeds
Adjustable screen
Large workout library with membership

App isn’t as intuitive as others
Can’t be stored vertically or folded

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Healthline

Best high tech rowing machine

adjustable touch screen for off-rower workouts
silent magnetic resistance technology for a smooth and quiet ride
automatic resistance adjustment feature
quiet and smooth ride with upgraded flywheel and sliding rail system

requires monthly subscription to access live and on-demand classes
high sticker price
requires a large space for use and storage

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Popular Mechanics

Best Resistance Options

Large, full-color touchscreen
Membership-based group classes
Manual and air-resistance options

Expensive
Servicing and support questionable

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The Strategist

Men’s Health editors’ pick

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The Home Gym

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greatist

Best for classes

1-year iFit membership with purchase, large touch screen, easy to store

Membership requires payment after the first year (currently $396 annually), air resistance can be noisy

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Business Insider

Best digital resistance

Interactive workouts
easily folds up
utilizes a dual resistance design

Expensive
iFit membership costs $39 per month (after the first free year)

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend rowing machines.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of rowing machines, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for May 2024 ranking

We ranked Hydrow Rower #3 in May 2024 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best rowing machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Hydrow Rower as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 31 Aug 2023)
The Hydrow Connected Rower is a durable and high-quality magnetic resistance rowing machine that offers a smooth and comfortable rowing experience for users of all skill levels.
Critic endorsements:
SELF

Best for Classes

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Popular Mechanics

Best "Reel Water" Feel

375-pound weight limit
Close to real-water feel
Sleek and quiet

Expensive
Need add-ons for storage

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The Strategist

Strategist-tested: Senior writer Karen Adelson’s pick for all-in-one rowing at home

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The Home Gym

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greatist

Best splurge

Real rowing feel, built-in speakers, large touch screen

Expensive, membership required

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Business Insider

The best smart rowing machine

Extensive library of motivating classes and rowing events
delivers a full-body workout
features quiet
electromagnetic resistance

Expensive

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We ranked Sunny Health SF-RW5515 #4 in May 2024 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best rowing machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 31 Aug 2023)
The Sunny Health SF-RW5515 rowing machine is a magnetic resistance machine that offers smooth and quiet operation, adjustable resistance levels, and a compact design, making it a reliable and efficient option for users of all fitness levels.
Critic endorsements:
SELF

Best Foldable Rower

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The Trend Spotter

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Healthline

Best budget rowing machine

affordable sticker price for a quality, entry-level rower
eight resistance levels
extra-long slide rail to accommodate various body sizes
wheels for easy transport

may not be suitable for larger bodies
louder than other rowers
might not be challenging enough for very advanced users

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Popular Mechanics

Best Budget Pick for Tall Rowers

Portable
Long slide rail
Affordable

Not as durable
Small readout

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The Strategist

Strategist family poll: The rowing machine I bought my dad for Christmas

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The Home Gym

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Business Insider

Best for beginners

Economical with eight levels of resistance
easy to fold and store

Only okay cord quality
rail might be too short for tall people

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We ranked Echelon Row-S #5 in May 2024 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best rowing machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 31 Aug 2023)
The Echelon Smart Rower is a highly praised rowing machine that combines traditional rowing features with smart technology, offering adjustable magnetic resistance, workout tracking, live classes, and a compact design.
Critic endorsements:
Verywell Fit

Best Foldable

32 resistance levels
Adjustable screen
Two water bottle holders

Some users may not like that the resistance controls are on the handle
No dedicated space for devices

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Healthline

Best rowing machine with adjustable resistance levels

180-degree screen rotation for off-equipment training
foldable for easy storage
easy-glide seat
32 magnetic resistance levels

high sticker price
monthly subscription required to access live and on-demand classes
requires a large space

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Popular Mechanics

Best Connected Class Package

Reliable brand
Smooth action
Resistance controls on handles

Heavy
Need to pay for class membership after free trial

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The Home Gym

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greatist

Best magnetic resistance

Quiet, access to rowing and nonrowing classes with app subscription

Extra cost for app subscription, need to use your own tablet or smartphone

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CNET

Best Foldable Rowing Machine

Light and easy to use if you've never rowed before
Versatile for people of various weights and heights
Easy to store upright

Plastic design looks like it may not be the most durable
Function is limited if you don't sign up for Echelon class membership
Warranty only lasts for a year

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We ranked Hydrow Wave #6 in May 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best rowing machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Hydrow Wave as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 31 Aug 2023)
The Hydrow Wave is a compact and customizable smart rowing machine that offers a realistic and comfortable rowing experience, making it ideal for individuals living in smaller spaces.
Critic endorsements:
SELF

Best for Small Spaces

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Verywell Fit

Best Overall

Very stable
Smooth feel
Helpful, engaging videos and classes

Pricey subscription
Screen isn’t adjustable

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Business Insider

Best budget smart rowing machine

Extensive library of streaming classes, incredibly smooth rowing, closely simulates the on-water experience, very quiet when in use, tons of helpful safety features

Smaller screen than the regular Hydrow and it's not adjustable

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CNET

B est Rowing Machine for Smaller Spaces

Small enough to fit in an apartment
Same great features as the original rower
$600 cheaper than the Hydrow

No new upgrades, except for size
Vertical storage kit still not included

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We ranked WaterRower Ash #7 in May 2024 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best rowing machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 31 Aug 2023)
The WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine is a highly recommended water resistance rowing machine that offers a realistic and smooth rowing experience, with customizable intensity, comfortable seating, and durable construction.
Critic endorsements:
SELF

Best Water Resistance

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Popular Mechanics

Best Water-Resistance Rowing Machine

Beautiful design
True water-based resistance

Not foldable

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The Strategist

Expert-approved: A Pilates instructor’s favorite rowing machine

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greatist

Best high weight capacity

High weight capacity, easy to use, aesthetically pleasing design

Assembly requires power tools, resistance level difficult to change

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Business Insider

Best water resistance

Gorgeous appearance,
meditative whooshing sounds
simulation of open-water rowing sensations

Expensive
included monitor is fine but limited

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We ranked The Ergatta Rower #8 in May 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best rowing machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 31 Aug 2023)
The Ergatta Rower is a water rower that provides a realistic and enjoyable rowing experience, with adjustable resistance based on stroke intensity, a tablet display for tracking progress, and a compact design suitable for limited spaces.
Critic endorsements:
SELF

Best Aesthetics

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Verywell Fit

Best Water-Based

Realistic feel
High-quality audio
Seamlessly integrates with other tech

Seat isn’t as comfortable as other options
Handles are short

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The Home Gym

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Business Insider

The best interactive rowing machine

Motivating video game-inspired workout platform
beautiful design
features a folding design for easy stowing

Expensive

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We ranked Peloton Row #9 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best rowing machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Peloton Row as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Business Insider

Best classes

Interactive, motivating, instructor-led classes, premium design, swiveling screen for on-floor workouts, screen can play other media besides classes, comes with a wall anchor for easy storage

Expensive, requires monthly subscription cost to access classes and Peloton content

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CNET

Best Overall Rowing Machine

Quiet
Form Assist teaches you how to row and improves form
Easy to operate if you're familiar with Peloton programs
Foot straps are easy to slip on and off

Expensive
Large and may not fit all spaces

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We ranked Stamina Trac Glider 1050 #10 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best rowing machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 31 Aug 2023)
The Stamina Trac Glider 1050 is a budget-friendly hydraulic rowing machine that offers a smooth and consistent rowing experience, with adjustable resistance levels and a compact design.
Critic endorsements:
Healthline

Best rowing machine for small spaces

good size for apartments and small rooms
very low price
foldable for simple storage
low tech for easy use

limited warranty
can be cumbersome to operate
might be too basic for advanced fitness levels

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Business Insider

The best budget rowing machine

Low price
independent arms for a full range of movement
ease of assembly and folding

Resistance declines as piston heats up during long rowing sessions
short warranty (90 days for parts/one year for frame)

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We ranked Peloton Row Basics #11 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best rowing machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 22 Nov 2023)
The Peloton Row Basics Rowing Machine is a smart and durable indoor rowing machine that offers a connected fitness experience with interactive classes and features, providing a comfortable and customizable rowing experience for users of all levels.
Critic endorsements:
SELF

Best for Technique

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Verywell Fit

Best Investment

Adjustable screen
Gives you tips to adjust your form as you row
Comes with a wall mount

Seat may be too narrow for some
Pricey subscription

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We ranked ProForm 750R #12 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best rowing machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 31 Aug 2023)
The ProForm 750R Rowing Machine is a versatile mid-range option that offers a smooth and comfortable workout experience, with adjustable resistance levels and a range of features to enhance your training.
Critic endorsements:
The Trend Spotter

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Popular Mechanics

Best Budget-Friendly Interactive Rower

Affordable with streaming capabilities
Compact and foldable

Need separate device for streaming

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We ranked MaxKare Magnetic Tension #13 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best rowing machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 31 Aug 2023)
The MaxKare Magnetic Tension Rowing Machine is a highly regarded and compact rowing machine that offers a smooth and challenging workout experience with adjustable resistance levels.
Critic endorsements:
Healthline

Best rowing machine for beginners

foldable for simple storage
large cushioned seat
affordable entry-level rower

might be too low tech for advanced users
maximum user weight of only 245 pounds
only 16 resistance levels

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The Strategist

Self editors’ pick

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We ranked Aviron Impact Series #14 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best rowing machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Home Gym

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CNET

Best Rowing Machine with Unique Programs

Video games make you forget you're exercising
Seat is comfortably padded
Design is even ideal for tall people

Machine plastic design makes it appear less durable
No live classes
Expensive

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We ranked Stamina ATS Air #15 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best rowing machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 31 Aug 2023)
The Stamina ATS Air Rowing Machine is a basic, compact, and foldable rowing machine that provides a smooth and effective workout with adjustable air resistance, but lacks advanced features and has mixed reviews on durability.
Critic endorsements:
Popular Mechanics

Best Budget Rowing Machine

Affordable
Durable materials

No manual resistance options

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The Home Gym

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We ranked Sunny Health Obsidian Surge #16 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best rowing machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 31 Aug 2023)
The Sunny Health Obsidian Surge is a water rowing machine that offers adjustable resistance levels, a comfortable seating experience, and a space-saving design, making it a great option for home gyms.
Critic endorsements:
Popular Mechanics

Budget-Friendly Water Rower

Affordable
Reliable fitness tracking
Smooth water feel

Heavy model

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The Strategist

People’s Choice: Best water rowing machine on Amazon

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We ranked Schwinn Crewmaster #17 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best rowing machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 1 Sep 2023)
The Schwinn Crewmaster Rowing Machine is a versatile and durable option for individuals looking to improve their fitness in a limited space.
Critic endorsements:
The Trend Spotter

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Healthline

Best rowing machine with an oversized seat

foldable for easy storage
affordable sticker price for an entry-level rower
adjustable LCD screen

only 10 resistance levels
maximum user weight of 300 pounds
not Bluetooth-enabled

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