The ProForm 440R Rower is a discount rowing machine that can also be used as a stand-up pulley station. Both modes have eight levels of resistance to support cardiovascular training, strength training and calorie burn. The rowing machine is low to the ground and has a rail long enough for people up to 6’2” tall. It can be folded for compact storage.
ProForm’s 440R is a dynamic fitness machine that serves as a rower and a stand-up pulley station. Demanding very little space, it can support cardiovascular training and low impact strengthening exercise for your whole body. It operates quietly and can be folded up after your workouts. It has made our list of best rowing machines for it’s price category.
How it works: The rower and pulley station use a light flywheel for resistance. Tension is controlled with a knob and has eight levels, letting you start lightly and see your progress over the next weeks and months. An LCD shows large readouts for elapsed time, distance, strokes per minute, total strokes and calories burned.
The monitor is battery powered so the rower can be placed anywhere in a room or even on your patio. When exercise is through, you can fold the 440R vertically to reclaim floor space. It has wheels for easy transport too.
Originally this hybrid rowing machine cost $999, but ProForm now sells it online for just $399. Compared with most other top rated rowing machines it has a significantly lower cost but offers less resistance and durability.
The ProForm 440R can comfortably fit people up to 6’ tall. Here are some features that riders like.
- Two In One: Exercise options are multiplied with the 440R’s pulley station. While standing, you can pull its handle upward to do a variety of strength training exercises for your upper body. While seated, you can row for overall strength and cardiovascular fitness.
- Low Seat Height: The seat height is low, which some exercisers prefer.
- Easy-to-Use Console: The ProForm monitor is easy to use and shows distance, time, calories, stroke count and strokes per minute. It is battery powered, so the machine operates without a power cord.
- SpaceSaver: This rower is just 76.6″ long, making it slightly smaller than average, and it can be made more compact for storage. The rail can be folded vertically with ProForm’s SpaceSaver design.
The ProForm 440R Rower isn’t ideal for everyone. Here are some possible drawbacks.
- Light Resistance: ProForm’s website advertises the resistance on the 440R as being “light, medium and heavy.” Many customers would disagree; the resistance is relatively light even at the strongest level. It isn’t a good fit for people who are already in good shape.
- No Programs: ProForm’s rower doesn’t have preset workout programs. More expensive rowing machines include dozens of workouts that automatically adjust the machine’s resistance. With the 44R Rower, the rider makes all the adjustments manually.
- Cheap Parts: This unit weighs about 60 pounds, which isn’t so substantial, and contains some lower quality parts. In particular customers have complained that the tension cord is prone to fraying and snapping, and a broken cord costs more than $100 to repair. The 400R isn’t built for heavy use.
- Mechanical Resistance: This rower uses a light flywheel with mechanical resistance. Mechanical resistance used to be very common on fitness machines, but nowadays magnetic resistance is more popular. Magnetic resistance doesn’t have wear parts, so it is likely to be quieter and more durable than the resistance system used here.
- Small Seat: The seat is rather small. It is uncomfortable for bigger people.
- Weight Capacity: The weight capacity is 250 pounds. That is light compared with the competition.
- Warranty: The warranty is very short, with ProForm hoping you’ll pay for an extended version. Parts and labor are only covered for 90 days. There is a five-year frame warranty.
The ProForm 440R could be satisfactory for the sale price of $399. Its resistance is best for people who are new to rowing, and its size is most appropriate for people with smaller bodies.
If you have good upper body strength already, or want a rowing machine with better durability, then we recommend choosing a more expensive model.
ProForm 440R Rower Specifications:
|Weight Capacity:||250 LBS|