The Top 5 Rowing Machines of 2017

Why You Should Row & The Best Rowers of 2017

When people head into a gym, they immediately gravitate to the treadmill.  Or elliptical.  Or maybe the free weights.  But they rarely head over to the most underused AND undervalued piece of equipment in the gym: the rowing machine.  Maybe it’s because they feel intimidated by it.  Or maybe they feel like it’s uneffective.  But the fact of the matter is, the rower is one of THE most effective exercises machines that you could use.  About the same price as a good quality treadmill, the rower is a way more efficient and worthwhile machine to consider for your home gym.

If you don’t have much time you’ll find a short list below of the Top 5 Rowing Machines of 2017.  I include a brief description on why each machine is a good rower and a link that will take you to Amazon for the current price and more reviews.  If you have more time and want more information, keep on reading for some more information, workouts, how-to videos, some helpful accessories and some fun facts about rowing and all that it does for your body!

The TOP 5 Rowing Machines of 2017

  • Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5:
    The Concept2 Brand is considered to be the Gold Standard of Rowers.  Used by professionals for its similarity to  the real thing, the Concept2 Model E provides a smooth low impact and total body workout with minimal noise and set up.  It easily separates into two pieces for storage and has a 500 lb. user capacity.  It includes a monitor that provides accurate data for each stroke of your workout. There is also a Model D which caters to a slightly different audience.  Check here for my review on the Concept2 Model D and here for my review and comparison of the differences between the Concept2 Model D and the Concept2 Model E Rowers.
  • Stamina Avari Programmable Magnetic Exercise Rower This Magnetic Rowing machine allows you to program different workouts as well as adjust resistance and workout time with the touch of a button.  It  comes with 12 programs and a fitness monitor that tracks distance, time, calories, watts and strokes per minute.   This is a perfect rower for someone on a moderate budget who wants a great machine for their home gym.





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The WaterRower: The Ultimate Indoor Rowing Experience

What Is a WaterRower?

Quite simply, a WaterRower is an indoor rowing machine that uses water (typically in a small/medium sturdy container) to provide resistance instead of using air or magnetic resistance typically used by other rowing machines.  Because it uses water as resistance it is often boasted of mimicking the feel of a real boat and provides a smooth, natural, rowing feel.  

Average Cost of a WaterRower:

Because of the quality and craftsmanship of WaterRowers,  they are not inexpensive machines.  However, people who use them believe (and I think this as well) that they are well worth the investment.  You’re not only paying for a better and more accurate rowing experience, but you’re also paying for the fact that these machines will practically last forever.  When you weigh that against a cheaper machine that might break down after a few years use, you end up spending less money overall.

That being said, every machine I discuss below typically fall somewhere in the $800 – $3000 range (depending on the machine and current sales).  If you aren’t looking for a indoor rower in this price range, consider checking out the Stamina Air Rower or Stamina Trac Glider which fall into a significantly lower price bracket and are still well-reviewed, good rowers.  Otherwise, keep reading or head on over to Amazon now to see some well-reviewed rowers.

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Is the Stamina Body Trac Glider the Best Rowing Machine under $200?

The Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050: Product Review

Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 (image will take you to Amazon)

Are you someone who wants to build up a home gym but your budget is limited?  Or maybe you are interested in giving rowing a try but don’t want to commit to the cost of a machine like the Concept 2 rower .  In either of these cases, checking out the Stamina Body Trac Glider could be well worth your time!  Continue reading for more information on this low-cost, effective rowing machine or go straight to Amazon here for the current price.

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Concept 2 Model E vs. Concept 2 Model D: Which is better?

If you’re looking for a high quality rower, chances are pretty good that you’re are thinking about getting a Concept 2 Indoor Rower.  In looking around, you may have noticed that they have a Model D and Model E and that although the Model E is approximately 20% more in price than the Model D, there otherwise doesn’t seem to be much difference.

That’s what this article is for: to save YOU your valuable time in researching and give you a clear article on the differences between the two models so that you can make an informed decision before you purchase.

To go straight to current prices on Amazon, check below or keep reading for more information:

Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rower

Concept 2 Model E Indoor Rower

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Equipment under $500: Is the Stamina Air Rower the Best?

Stamina Air Rower (1402 ATS) Product Review:

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The Stamina Air Rower (1402 ATS) is one of the most well-reviewed indoor rowers that you could buy within a $500 budget.  This makes it a great choice for those who want to enter in the world of indoor rowing but are operating within a smaller price range.  If you don’t have a lot of time right now, head on over to Amazon here for more information and the current price.  Otherwise keep reading for more information on this machine.

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