When silence is golden, magnetic rowers are the best choice for indoor rowing and that’s why they commonly make our list of the top rowers. These fitness machines cover a wide price range. Shoppers can choose from commercial and residential models.
Magnetic rowing machines stand out for having friction-free resistance. Their design brings virtually silent operation, which some riders prefer over the gentle splashing of water rowers and the humming of air rowers. Magnetic rowers are also chosen for being relatively low cost yet more durable than hydraulic rowing machines. Their stroke cycles are also more true to life compared with those of hydraulic machines.
How do magnetic rowers work?
With old-fashioned rowers a flywheel is stopped with physical force. This can be noisy and wears components down. In contrast, magnetic rowers control their flywheels with electromagnets. These are placed near the flywheel but do not make physical contact.
How powerful is the resistance?
Resistance on magnetic rowers is preset from light to heavier levels. For example, on a cheap rowing machine a rider might choose from five resistance levels. On a better model they might choose from 20. In contrast, many water rowers and air rowers do not have preset levels; they adapt to user effort.
Overall the resistance varies by model. Our magnetic rowing machine reviews consider customers’ comments about whether a rower is too easy to use, too difficult or just right.
Which magnetic rowers are best?
Our favorite better-quality magnetic rowing machine is the Coach E by Kettler. It has the best combination of ratings for durability, programming, price and more. As for low budget magnetic rowing machines, Stamina leads the industry.
We’ve also given favorable reviews to hybrid rowers from Stamina, LifeCore, Sole and other brands. To keep operation quiet, these models use air resistance only at low resistance levels. They use magnets at the more challenging levels.
Top 3 Best Magnetic Rowing Machines
Sole SR400 Rower
|Magnetic||Yes||5.5" LCD display|
Kettler Coach E Rower
|Magnetic||Yes||SIEMENS Electronic LCD|
BodyCraft VR400 Folding Rower