At first glance, water rowing machines can look quite intimidating, yet there are some of the effective cardio fitness machines in the world. Designed as calorie busters, rowing machines can help you lose about 280 calories in less than 30 minutes of proper exercising. They also provide you with a good leg and core workout, while helping you develop a natural resistance to back injuries.
Among the many different types of rowing machines to choose from, water rowing machines provide you with the most stability, given the fact that they create resistance using an actual paddle moving around in a tank of water. Even so, there are many models to choose from, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the ten best water rowing machines on the market right now.
10ProRower H2O RX-950 Club Series Rowing Machine
This heavy-duty commercial rowing machine uses an innovative Hydr0oPower Drive system with a polycarbonate water tank for a more realistic experience. It features an easy to read oversized display panel that tracks time, distance, calories, and much more. It also features a fully adjustable pivoting footrest with a ‘sure-grip’ footpad and an optional lumbar seat. As for its resistance, this water rower has a capacity of 550 lbs.
9WaterRower GX Home Rowing Machine
Handcrafted using premium Ash hardwood, this is one of the most stylish water rowers on the market. It features an aluminium monorail design that makes it more resistant and lightweight at the same time. It is also fitted with a patented quick start system for ease of use and simplicity. We should also point out that it is equipped with standard 17-inch handles made from resistant materials, along with the notion that every component of this rowing machine is hand-made.
8First Degree Fitness PACIFIC Challenge AR
Equipped with height adjustable footplates and straps, you can adapt this particular water rower to fit your every needs in order to provide you with a comfortable rowing position. It also comes with a pulley system designed to increase the range of resistance with no dead spots while retaining constant tension throughout your exercising session. You can also adjust its fluid resistance with the turn of a dial.
7First Degree Fitness Newport Adjustable Resistance Water Rower
This water rowing machine features four adjustable levels of resistance and no need to change the water level, along with an upgraded performance monitor among a variety of equally interesting features. Among them, the capacity to program time, stroke count, tempo signal, watts, and calories via its programmable monitor. It also features an ergonomic handle that prevents strains and Air-Glide Delrin low friction seat rollers for greater comfort.
6WaterRower Classic Rowing Machine in Black Walnut
This is yet another handcrafted rowing machine from WaterRower, a machine that features a water flywheel designed to replicate the feel of actual rowing. This flywheel sits in an enclosed water tank as part of a system intended to provide smooth, quiet, and self-regulated resistance. It also comes with a performance monitor that tracks workout intensity, heart rate, stroke rate, and a lot more. Furthermore, it has a solid black walnut construction that absorbs sound and vibration, ensuring a very quiet workout.
5WaterRower Oxbridge Rowing Machine
Made with a solid cherry wood construction designed to absorb vibrations and sound, this handcrafted water rower is one of the most exquisite rowers money can buy. This is not only due to its sleek and stylish design, but also thanks to its well-made flywheel that provides smooth, self-regulated resistance while making almost no sound at all. As you would expect from such an exquisite rower, it too features a performance monitor intended to track workout intensity, heart rate, stroke rate, and pretty much everything of interest throughout every workout session.
4ProRower H2O RX-750 Home Series Rowing Machine
Similar to the RX-950, this much more popular water rowing machine uses the same dynamics as actual rowing, including the capacity to allow users to adjust the intensity of their workout with natural adaptive resistance according to their speed. It also features an innovative Hydro-Power Drive system that mimics all the dynamics of actual rowing, along with a polycarbonate water tank with an internal paddle system for good measure.
3LifeSpan Fitness RW1000 Rowing Machine
This particular rower has an easy to use console that includes readouts for distance, time, calories, stroke count per minute, thus providing you with all the information you require to make perfect sense of how your workout went. Its patented Eddy Current Drive System is designed to deliver smooth and quiet resistance using a slack-free belt retrieval system. Also, we should point out that you can fold the RW1000 easily for transport or storage, without using any tools whatsoever.
2WaterRower Club Rowing Machine
Like we would expect by now from WaterRower, this ash wood rowing machine is also entirely handcrafted and stylish, like most other rowers they make. This water rowing machine uses the same principles that govern the dynamics of a boat on water, which is a result of its well-made water flywheel that consists of two paddles fitted inside an enclosed tank of water. In fitness terms, this particular rower works more than 80 percent of your muscle mass, helping you tone and strengthen core muscles while burning a lot more calories than you would with another type of fitness machine.
1WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine
The Natural Rowing Machine from WaterRower is by far their most popular water rowing machine and rightfully so. Handcrafted using solid ash and stained honey oak for consistency of color, this rowing machine is one of the most stylish and elegant rowers on the market. Its clever construction allows it to absorb sound and vibrations, thus enhancing its quiet performance and smooth operation.
It is also equipped with a Series 4 performance monitor with six QuickSelection buttons and three navigation buttons intended to display workout intensity, heart rate, zone bar, duration, stroke rate, distance, and pretty much any information you require about the efficiency of your workout.