There are few full-body workouts as effective as what you can get from a rowing machine. With a slight variation in your body movements, you can target muscle groups in your arms, legs, back and of course your core. Rowing machines also provide a good cardio workout in as little as 15 minutes, making them highly effective for those who don’t always have a ton of time. And if time is the thing you are looking to get more of, you could always skip the gym entirely and put a rowing machine in your home. A single machine can make a big difference for multiple people in a home, they are designed to be easily stored at home, thanks to most of them having convenient folding frames.
Rowing machines have evolved in design over the years. Now you have smart rowing machines like the Peloton Row, which are a step up from traditional rowers. We tested different models to determine the best rowing machines on the market. Here are our top picks for rowing machines to keep in your home.
Factors to consider
Make sure you have enough space— lengthwise and widthwise—to hold a rowing machine.
Consider if you need to be able to store the rower upright or if there is enough room to spare.
Compatible with all users
If multiple people are going to be using the machine, make sure it’s user-friendly for all heights and fitness levels.
Rowing machines can be expensive. Determine if your budget fits a standard or high-tech rower.
Types of rowers
There are various rowing machine styles to pick from such as hydraulic, flywheel, water and magnetic.
Best rowing machines
How we chose the best rowing machines
Since rowing machines are very specific machines, there were several factors we considered to determine which were best. We narrowed it down to these rowing machines based on the following guidelines.
- Assembly: We took into consideration how easy it would be for the average person to assemble the machine.
- Ease of use: We looked at how easy it was to set yourself up on a machine as well as the ease of use on the metrics monitor.
- Noise level: We checked to see how loud or silent the machine was during rowing sessions.
- Features: We observed unique features that made the rowing machine stand out and/or improved the user experience.
- Storage: We looked to see how easy it was to store when not in use.
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