Of the four types of rowing machines, 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 even punctuated with a satisfying splash. Water rowers have sliding seats for full-body cardiovascular workouts (cheaper rowing machines have stationary seats). 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 some overviews of the leading water rower brands:
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 or purchase.
Most WaterRower frames are made from hardwood, creating a natural look that many shoppers love. Classic examples are in the WaterRower Natural Series, which has residential and commercial models made from ashwood.
Sleek metal WaterRowers are popular as well. 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 rowers have 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 exclusively use natural resistance with 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 is especially advantageous in physical therapy.
Besides offering variable resistance, First Degree Fitness is unique for offering 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 designed 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 Studio Rower
WaterRower GX Home Rowing Machine
First Degree Fitness E920 Medical UBE – MDD
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