BEST ROWING MACHINES OVER $1000
Concept 2 Model E
A slight step above the Model D, the Concept 2 Model E offers the same benefits and more. The biggest difference is the higher seat height. At 20-inches off the ground, the Concept 2 Model E is easier to get into and out of if you have knee issues or are sliding onto the machine from a wheelchair. The seat height is the same as your standard chair height to provide comfort and stability. Concept placed the seat on a rail with a one-leg design to enhance the stability of the machine. It is available in two colors, light gray and black. The paint is double powder coated which reduces scratches on the metal. This rowing machine uses a nickel-plated chain that requires little lubrication. It has a 54-inch rail that is comfortable for those with inseams up to 38 inches. The Model E uses a flywheel and damper to provide your resistance. In an effort to provide the ultimate in comfort and personalization, the monitor arm and footrests are adjustable for your height. The handle has a 10-degree bend for grip comfort. The machine assembles within 30 to 45 minutes and uses 10 screws. For storage, the quick-release level separates the rower into two pieces that easily move on caster wheels. It requires a 9-foot by 4-foot space for safe usage and supports those who weigh up to 500 pounds. You can easily monitor your distance, speed, pace, calories and watts on the backlit monitor that requires 2 “D” batteries. The battery life is extended as the machine is made to draw power from your workouts to replenish the batteries. The monitor also has games to keep you motivated. This indoor rowing machine is made to withstand daily use from multiple participants. Often found in fitness centers, the Model E has the quality and stability needed to go the distance. The Concept 2 Model E comes with a 30-day money back guarantee so you have nothing to lose by trying this rowing machine. It has a 2-year limited warranty on all parts and a 5-year warranty on the frame.
- Sturdy and will withstand use from multiple fitness participants
- Monitor and foot pads are adjustable
- Tension is adjustable
- Ergonomic handle
- High seat height for easy access by those who have difficulty getting onto the floor
- Requires little maintenance
- Does not monitor time
- Requires a large space in which to operate
The Concept 2 Model E deserves 5 stars. With its ease of use and high seat height, beginners to advanced rowers can quickly begin their workouts. The warranty and money back guarantee are also a plus with this indoor rowing machine.
WaterRower Natural in Ash
The WaterRower Natural machine is an all-wood rower made of solid ash wood from sustainable sources. The beautiful look of this rower is ideal for use at an office or if you want to keep the rower in your family room instead of a workout area in the basement. The resistance is a water flywheel. You fill the wheel with water and the paddles inside the wheel provide resistance. This water-driven machine is the most equivalent to rowing on water. You experience a smooth ride that changes intensity level quickly. The faster you paddle the higher the resistance. Since the tension is not adjustable by a lever, it is completely under your control and adjusts with your speed. The water wheel and wood glides are quiet. However, some users report a squeaking sound that occurs when the four wheels of the seat slide over the two rails. Ash wood is known to absorb sound and vibration making this rowing machine a good choice for offices, apartments and early risers. The recoil belt and pulleys do not require maintenance and are made to last. The handle is comfortable and the company offers a wider handle upgrade if needed. The foot pads are adjustable depending on your body type. You can monitor intensity, time, distance, stroke rate, heart rate and a zone bar as you exercise. Included with your purchase is a training DVD and water purification tablets. The unit does not fold, but it stands upright for storage. The WaterRower Natural supports users who weigh up to 1,000 pounds. The unit comes with a 1-year warranty, but you can upgrade to a 5-year warranty when you fill out the product registration.
- Similar to the feel of on the water rowing
- Beautiful Ash wood finish
- Sturdy and built to last
- Non-adjustable tension levels
- Squeaky wheels under the seat
- Does not fold
- Water container requires maintenance to avoid bacteria growth
The WaterRower in Natural Ash ranks at 4 out of 5 stars. The limitations with this machine is the cost and inability to fold. Although it is beautiful, you have to leave it out in the room or stand it up in a closet or against a wall for storage.
The WaterRower Club is a step up from the WaterRower Natural. The Club is designed for club use and is able to withstand hours of daily use by multiple users. Using water as its resistance, the Club brings a quiet and efficient rowing workout directly to your home or office. Made from sustainable Ash wood, the Club is quiet and sturdy. This machine is a two-toned color of rose and black and the paint is designed to minimize scuffing. The monitor offers 6 pre-selected workouts and displays time, intensity, distance, stroke rate, heart rate and a zone bar. You can purchase the optional chest strap to track your heart rate response to the rowing workout. The seat glides on four rolling wheels and adds to the smoothness of your workout. The WaterRower Club measures 84 inches by 21 inches by 22 inches and the beautiful wood compliments any home decor. You can leave this machine out as part of your living room which may also encourage you to use the machine on a daily basis. The sturdy construction of the WaterRower Club makes it an ideal purchase if you already know you enjoy rowing and are planning on using the machine for years to come. It flips upright for storage when not in use. The Club supports users who weigh up to 1,000 pounds. The standard warranty is 1 year, but the company will increase it to 5 years on the frame after you complete the product registration. Although the WaterRower Club is on the higher price end, it is beneficial for serious athletes who know they will use the machine. You can easily add the WaterRower Club to your at-home gym as it is quiet, visually pleasing and does not require a lot of maintenance.
- Water resistance is a natural and smooth workout
- Beautiful finish resists scratching
- Commercial quality and supports up to 1,000 pounds
- Squeaky wheels
- Does not fold for storage
- Does not display watts
The WaterRower Club earns 5 out of 5 stars. This beautiful machine offers a smooth, quiet and sturdy workout that is comparable to real rowing. The look of the Ash in combination with the sound of the water encourage you to use this exercise machine on a daily basis.
Kettler Coach E Rowing Machine
If budget is not a concern and you are looking for a quiet indoor rowing machine, check out the Kettler Coach E. The Coach E uses magnetic resistance for a smooth workout session. The magnets do not produce friction, so your sound is also minimal. You can adjust the resistance level to customize your workouts according to watt level. The Coach E has tension levels between 25 and 500 watts. The Coach E has 12 workouts to offer exercise variety and stimulate muscular change. You can also set the rower to monitor your heart rate and keep you exercising within your target heart rate range. The padded seat offers a thick cushion of protection for your backside as you glide along the two chrome-plated rails. The rollers on the seat are quiet and will not give you a jerky feeling to the stroke. The frame is made of high carbon steel and is powder coated to resist scratches. The foot plates pivot as you row for full mobility and comfort. However, the straps may sit a little low on your feet so be aware of foot slipping or foot numbness. The monitor uses LCD to provide a high resolution display of strokes, time, distance, energy, heart rate and frequency. The Coach E comes with a heart rate chest strap. It requires a power connection of 110 V or 120 V. The Coach E does not fold up, but it is easily moved on the attached wheels. It supports users who weigh up to 285 pounds and comes with a 3-year warranty.
- Quiet and adjustable magnetic resistance
- Pre-set workouts
- Heart rate monitoring
- Adjustable foot pads
- Placement of foot straps
- Does not fold
- Limited warranty
- Requires an electrical connection
The Kettler Coach E earns 3 out of 5 stars. Although the machine is quiet and has adjustable resistance, for the price it should also have other conveniences such as fold-up ability and an extended warranty. The Coach E also has to remain plugged in which limits where you can use the rowing equipment.
BodyCraft VR400 Pro Rowing Machine
This commercial grade machine offers a high quality workout with a combination of air and magnetic resistance. While the feeling may not be as natural as a water-resistance rower, the VR400 provides a smooth workout with various resistance levels. Compared to a water rower, in which the resistance levels cannot be changed, the VR400 uses air only for its Level 1 and then a combination of air and magnetic for Levels 2 through 16. Once you select your resistance level, you are ready for an intense workout. The handlebar is lightweight so all your energy is reserved for a powerful stroke. The handle is rubber-coated for your comfort and minimizes slipping from sweaty hands. Be mindful if you have a latex allergy as the rubber may irritate your skin. The seat also appeals to your comfort as it is molded and slides easily on the wheel bearings. The seat is 18 inches high for easy on and off of the rowing machine. The aluminum track supplies a firm base for even the strongest rowers and allows for a 38.5 inch length of travel for taller users of up to 6 feet 8 inches. The foot holds pivot for a full range of motion workout and your feet are securely fashioned by a strap. You can adjust the monitor for height and vision requirements. The display tracks your time, distance, calories, pulse, 500 m split time, strokes, strokes per minute, total strokes, watts, resistance and your recovery. The monitor shuts off after 4 minutes of no activity, if you forget to turn off the machine when finished. The VR400 rower is one of the fastest fold away machines that slide on built-in wheels when you need to move the machine out of your way. It measures 21.25 inches by 98.5 inches and supports weights of up to 350 pounds. The VR400 provides quality use for up to 5 hours a day. It comes with a lifetime residential warranty.
- Adjustable resistance levels
- Flexible foot pads
- Folds for storage quickly and moves easily on the wheels
- Light weight handle
- Monitors important calculations
- Medium seat height for easy entering and exiting the rowing machine
- Those with latex sensitivities may not be able to use the rubber-coated handle
- Slightly louder noise level
The BodyCraft VR400 earns 5 out of 5 stars. It is a semi-quiet rowing experience for a combination air and magnetic resistance trainer. The indoor rowing machine is sturdy and supports hours of daily use. The light weight handle and warranty add to its benefits.