Most Trustworthy Brands of Rowing Machines


One of the most annoying and unsettling things about making a bug purchase online is the uncertainty of knowing whether or not you are getting a good deal. Price, manufacturer warrantee, and design quality are all things that should be a factor when considering a big buy. With indoor rowing machines, there are a few brands that stand above the rest in all of these factors and more.

Brands of Rowing Machines

For a Smaller Budget

Stamina is a brand that offers low-priced rowers. The brand offers many different pieces of equipment and accessories, all for much lower prices than you’re likely to find anywhere else on the market. They are a company that has constantly received rave reviews for those who are more budget-conscious. One rower in particular, the Body Trac Glider 1050 is great for beginners. It has twelve levels of resistance and mimics a real rowing motion with the arms. However, a low price is not always a smart idea for every buyer. It is true that most rowers are a bit pricier, but if you are a professional athlete or a fitness guru, you may want to go with one that is more costly. The reason for this is that the more expensive machines will offer a tougher workout, a more stable base, and better warrantees.  The best mid-range brand is LifeSpan Fitness. Their rowers are a few hundred dollars more expensive, but they have better reviews, a better monitor, and stronger customer service. Beginner rowers and newbie exercisers will get great enjoyment out of Stamina’s various low-priced machines. People who are more advanced would probably want to go with the better-rated LifeSpan Fitness machines.

Good Business

One huge factor that determines a company’s customer value is the varying warrantees that they offer. Nearly every rowing machine manufacturer offers some warrantee or another, but there are some brands out there that have vastly superior policies. One in particular is the H2O Fitness Company. Their focus is on water-resistant rowing machines. These machines in particular are touted all over the rowing community as being the best for several different reasons. The fact that the resistance is created by water means that it is very similar to the real activity. Professional athletes prefer to use these machines when training in winter months because the transition from indoor to water is nearly the same. It also can be used by several different people consecutively because there is no need to manually adjust resistance levels. The level depends on how fast or slow the user chooses to row. The ProRower H2O RX-750 is expensive and it takes up a decent amount of space. But you cannot beat this company when it comes to the warrantee it offers. Most companies offer anywhere from a one to five year warrantee on the frame. Other types of machines also have several electrical parts, so you might be lucky to find a parts warrantee in addition to a frame warrantee. A water resistant machine typically only has a few parts: the frame, the tank, and a few stationary parts like the seat and handle. H2O offers a lifetime warrantee on the frame, which is virtually unheard of. This combined with the other benefits of owning the water resistant rower make H2O one of the best brands on the market.

A Trustworthy Build

The last thing you want to look for when purchasing a rower is the design quality. There are two companies that consistently have amazing parts quality and a comfortable design. These are Velocity Exercise and Concept2. First, the Velocity brand mostly makes rowers that have a magnetic resistance design. Many rower enthusiasts will tell you that this is the best design, because of the difficulty level it provides, ease of use, and quietness when in use. This brand uses high-quality aluminum for the frame. The frame if comprised of any different parts. This design is beneficial over one solid piece of metal for a frame. If one part breaks, dents, or rusts, the multi-part design of the base allows for only that one piece to be replaced, rather than having to shell out the money to replace an entire frame. Another brand, the Concept2, is a favorite among health clubs, gyms, and universities. The Concept2 brand was the first brand to come up with a successful, smooth, and realistic motion of rowing. The brand has been around since the ‘80s, so if you buy into this brand, you are buying into a proven history of success and tradition. Conept2 was the first to come up with a successful flywheel and dampener system to provide resistance to the user. The revolutionary design also allows for weights up to 500 pounds, which is rare in the indoor rower market.

Remember to Consider Everything

These five brands are proven on the market to be the best for various reasons. Decide which benefit is most import to you, and try it out for yourself. Whatever you choose, you will not be disappointed.

Here’s a video of the ProRower in action!


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