NordicTrack RW900 Rower Review

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NordicTrack's RW900 Rower is their top of the line rowing machine for 2019; for residential use. It stands above the previous models with a few improved features. By far the stand out difference is the 22” interactive touchscreen. This large display makes it easy to view and workout to the 30 built-in programs along with the 12,000 workout sessions available though the iFit Coach subscription. The iFit Coach gives you access to live  and on demand workouts, that actually sync with the RW900; ...
9 Total Score
NordicTrack RW900 Rower Review

The RW900 comes with an endless amount of workouts to keep you motivated for years to come.

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NordicTrack RW900 Rower Review
NordicTrack RW900 Rower Review

NordicTrack’s RW900 rower is a strong contender for the residential market. It’s an experience. It comes with a 22” touchscreen display that works in sync with the 30 built in programs or the 12,000 plus workout sessions available via the iFit app. And by syncing we mean the levels of resistance will increase or decrease with the instructor’s facilitation or if you are virtually rowing up a river in Kenya. The 26 levels of resistance make it a challenge for most – enough to increase your fitness level whatever it might be. The silent magnetic resistance makes it a quieter and smoother workout than usual for a rower. Finding space to store will not be a problem, after your workout it can easily be folded up and hidden in a corner. The warranty is incredible – 15 yrs. frame, 5 yrs. parts and 2 yrs. on labor. The RW900 is a good purchase.

NordicTrack’s RW900 Rower is their top of the line rowing machine for 2019; for residential use. It stands above the previous models with a few improved features. By far the stand out difference is the 22” interactive touchscreen. This large display makes it easy to view and workout to the 30 built-in programs along with the 12,000 workout sessions available though the iFit Coach subscription. The iFit Coach gives you access to live  and on demand workouts, that actually sync with the RW900; the rower will increase or decrease your resistance depending on the instructor’s workout. Or you can row – virtually – on different waterways around the world. How cool is that?

The experience is incredible, but what about the design and structure? Sometimes a rower can be noisy but the silent magnetic resistance makes for a quiet and smooth workout on the RW900. The range of resistance levels at 26 is wide enough to be a challenge to even the most experienced rower.

As for comfort, the ergonomic molded seat and handle are engineered to fit to our physical structures. Oversized pedals make sure it will fit just about anyone’s shoe size. Nylon Velcro straps keep you secure as you increase your speed and watts.

The footprint is not much different than that of a commercial grade rower but unlike a gym that has lots of room, at home you may be limited for space. The spacesaver design comes in handy and allows you to fold the rower and move it on the transport wheels out of the way. Although it may be relatively easy to move, it is sturdy, and will manage anyone up to 250 lbs.

The warranty is great! It comes with a 15-year warranty on the frame, five years on parts and two years on labor.


Positives:
  • 22” Interactive HD touchscreen: the large screen makes it easy to follow any of the onboard or iFit workout sessions and to monitor your stats.
  • 26 resistance levels: This is a wide range of resistance levels that will challenge even the most fit.
  • SMR (silent magnetic resistance): As you transition through the various degrees of resistance and work – it will be quieter and smoother because of the SMR technology.
  • Dual resistance control: The dual resistance lets you experience the intensity of air resistance along with the silence of the magnetic resistance.
  • 30 on board workouts: A good volume of workouts that improve your cardio, endurance and upper body strength.
  • Oversized pivoting pedals: fits just about anyone’s feet size comfortably.
  • Space saver: Rowers although thin are long and can take up much space, but with the space saver design, you can fold it up and store out of the way once you are finished your workout. And since it folds in the middle, you do not require high ceilings to store.
  • iFit Coach Subscription: The iFit Coach gives access to over 12,000 instructor led workout videos. It’s made to sync with your rower and resistance will automatically change according to trainer’s instructions. And if you should decide to row outdoors virtually – you have the choice of various waterways to row on from around the world.
  • Two 2” digitally amplified speakers: Music pumping or hyped instructor  – always motivating through loud crisp speakers.
  • Auxiliary music port: Play your favorite music.
  • Ergonomic molded seat: Made to fit your form – this makes for comfortable movements.
  • Adjustable nylon foot straps: Keep feet securely in place as you increase your watts.
  • Warranty: This a great warranty – 15 year frame, 5 year parts and 2 year labor


Negatives:
  • 250 lbs. user capacity: The norm is generally 300 lbs.


Our Conclusion

The RW900 is a good rower to add to your home gym. It  comes with an endless amount of workouts to keep you motivated for years to come. The 22” touchscreen makes it easy to view and follow the workouts, along with your stats. The warranty is generous and shows that Nordictrack is standing behind it’s latest rower.

NordicTrack RW900 Rower Specifications:

Overall Score:9
Resistance:Silent Magnetic Resistance
Monitor:22” Smart HD Touchscreen
Upright Storage:yes
Programs:30 built it and includes iFit 1 yr. membership
Weight Capacity:250 LBS

12 Comments
  1. Reply Anthony March 21, 2019 at 5:34 pm Location: Maryland
    I have a RW900 rower. Decent rower - but for $1600 you would think it would come with a heart monitor chest strap. Also, the manual says to unplug it when not in use. For $1600, you would think they would include an On/Off switch.
    • Reply Rowing Reviews March 22, 2019 at 5:54 pm
      Hi Anthony. Unfortunately this machine does not come with a chest strap, correct but newer models are often released that will in the future. Some of these machines take a lot of energy which is why they are recommended to be unplugged for safety. Please let us know if you have further questions.
      • Reply Anthony April 3, 2019 at 5:08 pm
        Interesting response from Nordictrack. An On Off switch would solve that, so not sure why it is not included. The only thing that draws energy when not in use is the monitor. However there does not seem to be a power saver mode on it since it stays on as long as the machine is plugged in.
        • Rowing Reviews April 5, 2019 at 12:15 pm
          Hi Anthony, yes unfortunately the machine will continue to stay active when plugged in and on. This is definitely a feature I am sure the company will consider for future models. Thanks!
  2. Reply jake April 27, 2019 at 7:14 pm
    Whats the difference between the rw500 and the rw900....
    • Reply Rowing Reviews April 30, 2019 at 7:57 pm
      Hi Jake, the rw500 comes with a 10inch tablet and multiple workout options. The rw900 has some updated features such as a larger screen, live workouts and a larger workout library. Both machines are excellent it would come down to wanting more perks and a larger screen in terms of features offered.
  3. Reply Jason May 10, 2019 at 11:50 pm
    What are the inputs on the screen? Can I plug in a Roku or stream from my phone? Just curious about options once the one year of classes runs out. Thank you.
    • Reply Rowing Reviews May 13, 2019 at 3:18 pm
      Hi Jason, there is an input for headphones. I do not believe you can stream from your phone as the screen is designed solely to run the ifit program. There are quite a few workouts with ifit so you should find quite a large variety to keep you motivated. The screens on these machines are not designed to use internet browsing if that helps answer your question.
  4. Reply Marcus Posey June 27, 2019 at 2:50 am
    No Bluetooth???
    • Reply Rowing Reviews July 11, 2019 at 7:31 pm
      Hi Marcus, the RW900 does not have a bluetooth function.
  5. Reply Joey July 7, 2019 at 10:57 pm
    The review indicates rowing down a river in Kenya... how does this work? Is there an actual video that plays? Would love to see a YouTube video or something that shows this feature. I would be buy one of it has the ability.
    • Reply Rowing Reviews July 11, 2019 at 7:28 pm
      Hi Joey, through the built in iFit app, you get access to iFit coach-lead rowing workouts from all around the world. Here's their promotional video for the RW900: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43QJFVI-Vv4

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