Using a water rowing machine is the next best thing to on-water rowing. Here we explain the machines’ popularity, describe how water rowers work, and link to some of the best water rowing machines and brands, some of which you may have seen on our list of the best overall rowing machines by price.
Of the four types of rowing machines or ergometers, water rowers are best at reproducing the sensation of on-water rowing. Their stroke cycles hold true to the dynamics of real paddling, and each stroke is punctuated with a splash! Water rowers have sliding seats to allow full-body cardiovascular workouts. (With cheaper rowing machines, in contrast, the seats don’t move.) These fitness machines tend to feature high quality parts and can last a lifetime.
How does a water rowing machine work?
A water rower has actual paddles. These are housed in a water tank, creating a ”water flywheel.” When the user pulls on the handlebar, the paddles push the water.
How powerful is the resistance?
Water rowing machines are sold with residential and commercial warranties. Here are overviews of each leading brand.
WaterRower is the global leader in water rowing machines. The company makes its products in the USA and has 11 international offices. Its products are available for rent and for purchase.
Most WaterRower frames are made from hardwood, creating a natural look that many shoppers find appealing. Classic examples are in the WaterRower Natural Series, which has residential and commercial models made from ashwood.
Sleek metal WaterRowers are popular too. A luxury option is the brushed stainless steel S1, which is a limited edition model in the Designer Series.
WaterRowers are available with different monitors. The S4 Monitor includes advanced programming for preset workouts and heart rate monitoring. The A1 Monitor is a simpler version of the S4. The GX monitor has the least programming and is designed for use in Indo-Row group rowing classes with GX WaterRowers.
HCI Fitness – H2O Fitness
HCI Fitness manufactures the H2O Fitness line of rowing machines, the most affordable brand of water rower on the market. These residential and commercial H2O rowers feature metal frames with lifetime warranties.
H20 rowing machines have translucent blue bulletproof polycarbonate tanks, easy-to-read computer screens, and footrests that pivot for rider comfort.
Monitors on H2O rowers do not have preset workouts.
Like WaterRowers, H2O Fitness rowing machines use exclusively natural resistance; there are no preset levels to choose from.
First Degree Fitness
First Degree Fitness makes the only water rowers with digital resistance control. These are designed for home use, commercial use and medical settings. The precisely calibrated resistance can especially be advantageous in physical therapy.
Besides offering variable resistance, First Degree Fitness is unique for featuring upper body ergometers. These let the user cycle with the upper body.
Monitors on these water rowers include preset workouts.
Like other water rowers, those by First Degree Fitness require minimal maintenance. Basic care includes treating the water with tablets, oiling the chain and dusting the rail.
Top 3 Best Water Rowing Machines
WaterRower GX Home Rowing Machine
WaterRower GX Studio Rower
First Degree Fitness Trident Challenge AR Rower
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