BodyCraft VR200 Pro Rower Review

The BodyCraft VR200 Rower is a simpler and more compact version of the VR400, yet it can comfortably accommodate a trainee up to 6’2” tall. Highlights include a smooth aluminum rail and wireless heart rate monitoring. Six levels of resistance are provided with a fan that also cools the rider. Session data are provided but this machine is limited to manual mode. The seat is positioned at 15.5”, which is a bit lower than chair height. The footrests pivot to support a natural rowing motion. ...
7.5 Total Score
BodyCraft VR200 Rowing Machine

Comfort
8
Console
5
Stability
9
Value
7
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BodyCraft VR200 Pro Rower Review
BodyCraft VR200 Rower Review

The BodyCraft VR200 is a simple air resistance rowing machine with residential and light commercial warranties. It has some of the same features as the VR400 and VR500, but it’s very light on programming and has a compact size for rooms with space constraints.

The BodyCraft VR200 Rower is a simpler and more compact version of the VR400, yet it can comfortably accommodate a trainee up to 6’2” tall. Highlights include a smooth aluminum rail and wireless heart rate monitoring. Six levels of resistance are provided with a fan that also cools the rider. Session data are provided but this machine is limited to manual mode.

The seat is positioned at 15.5”, which is a bit lower than chair height. The footrests pivot to support a natural rowing motion.

The BodyCraft originally sold for $999 and is now discounted to $799 online. It’s sold with two warranties. The residential warranty protection is lifetime for the frame and one year for parts, wear items and labor. The light commercial warranty (up to five hours/day) cuts the free labor agreement down to 90 days.


Positives:
  • Data: A pivoting monitor shows time, distance (meters), calories, time for 500m, strokes per minute and total strokes.
  • Handlebar: The handlebar is made from aluminum and has an ergonomically correct grip.
  • High Seat: The seat height of 18″ is comfortable for most rowers.
  • Adjustable: The seat travels 34.25″, making this rowing machine a good fit for people up to 6’2″.
  • Foldable: BodyCraft rowers can be folded to save space. The folded dimensions for the VR200 are 43.25″ L x 21.25″ W x 69.25″ H. The frame has wheels for easy repositioning.
  • Strong Frame: A high-strength extruded aluminum beam supports a smooth glide. The frame is powder coated and the support legs are heavy gauge powder coated steel.
  • Energy Saving Mode: The console powers off after 75 seconds of inactivity.
  • High Capacity: The maximum user weight is 300 pounds.


Negatives:

The BodyCraft VR200 Rower is durable yet entry-level. Here are some potential drawbacks.

  • Resistance: The resistance is manually controlled. Some riders would prefer digital controls. There are only six levels of resistance. The resistance is from air and magnets, which is smooth but not very realistic for crew training.
  • Cloth Drive: The handle drive has a nylon belt that looks something like a seatbelt. A preferred alternative is a low-maintenance chain.
  • No Workout Guidance: This rower only has manual mode. Other rowers have built-in programs.
  • Wireless Strap Sold Separately: BodyCraft advises that the VR200 might not work with your own Polar compatible strap. They sell chest straps on their website.


Our Conclusion

The BodyCraft VR200 Rower offers good durability for the price and supports efficient calorie burn. It’s best for someone who isn’t interested in getting workout guidance; the lack of programming helps bring a lower cost. Still, the lack programming and limited resistance contribute to an overall blah review for the VR200. A better choice? The Concept2 Model D is a significantly better buy in the same price category.

BodyCraft VR200 Pro Rower Specifications:

Overall Score:7.5
Resistance:Air
Monitor:Basic
Upright Storage:Yes
Programs:Yes
Weight Capacity:300 LBS

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