If silence is golden in your household, then magnetic rowers are your best option for indoor rowing. That’s why these machines commonly make our list of the top rowers. These fitness machines cover a wide price range. Shoppers can choose between commercial and residential models.
Magnetic rowing machines stand out their having friction-free resistance. Their design operates almost silently, which many users prefer over the gentle splashing of water rowers or the humming of air rowers. Magnetic rowers are also relatively affordable, 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, the flywheel is stopped with physical force. This can be noisy and wears components down over time. In contrast, magnetic rowers control their flywheels with electromagnets. These are placed near the flywheel, but do not actually make physical contact.
How powerful is the resistance?
The 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 resistance levels. In contrast, many water rowers and air rowers do not have preset levels. They adapt to user effort instead.
Overall, resistance varies by model. Our magnetic rowing machine reviews consider consumer comments about whether a rower is too easy to use, too difficult, or just right.
Which magnetic rowers are best?
Our favorite magnetic rowing machine is the Coach E by Kettler. It has the best combination of ratings for durability, programming, price and more. In terms of 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 for low resistance levels and magnets for the more challenging levels.
The 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