Rowing machines are always one of the most popular exercise machines (with both men and women) because they provide you with a cardiovascular workout that can help with fitness, toning and weight loss.
Indeed a typical workout can burn up to 13 calories per minute and can strengthen and tone your arms, shoulders, back, abs and leg muscles, for example. So it really does deliver an effective full-body workout, whilst being easy on the joints at the same time.
If you are looking to buy one of these indoor rowers yourself, there are quite a few to choose from, but here are some of the best rowing machines for home use that are available to buy right now in 2016:
Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine
If you are looking to buy the best indoor rowing machine on the market and have no budgetary constraints, then the Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine has to be the number one choice.
This is reportedly the top-selling rowing machine in the world and it’s easy to see why because this is a firm favorite with gym chains and professional rowers, and is more than good enough for home use.
I have used this machine myself in my local gym and it’s quite simply the best rowing machine that I have ever used because it has intelligent resistance that actually responds to your every stroke in order to give you an optimal workout, and is a very strong and sturdy machine that can withstand regular everyday use.
In addition, it has a really quiet flywheel that delivers a smooth workout every time, and a good quality PM5 display monitor (with wireless capabilities) that provides you with all of the data you could possibly need when performing your workout, such as distance, speed, pace, calories burned and watts, and includes a number of preset workouts and games.
Finally it also comes with a 5 year warranty on the frame and a 2 year warranty on the parts for added reassurance, but this is a very strong machine that can easily accommodate users up to 500 pounds and is clearly built to last.
Also worth considering:
– Concept 2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine (slightly more expensive model that is 6 inches higher off the ground)
WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine
Another rower that you might want to consider is the WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine because this is handcrafted using solid ash wood, and actually includes a water tank in order to offer a very realistic rowing experience.
The flywheel actually sits within this water tank, but is still able to provide a smooth and quiet workout, and the resistance is really easy to control because just like the Concept 2 rowers above, it is determined by the intensity of your rowing strokes.
Plus just like an ordinary rowing machine, it comes equipped with its own Series 4 performance monitor that displays stroke rate, time, distance and pulse, so that you can keep track of your performance when working out.
Finally it is worth mentioning that this machine has no moving parts that can wear out over time. So it should last you many years without any problems.
Also worth considering:
– WaterRower Oxbridge (made from solid cherry wood)
– WaterRower Classic (made from solid American black walnut)
Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower
If your budget can’t stretch to either of the two rowers listed above, you might want to consider the Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower because this is a good quality mid-priced rowing machine.
This one has a large LCD display that indicates time, distance, calories, watts, stroke count and strokes per minute, and comes equipped with a chest strap heart rate monitor so you can measure your pulse.
It also has 12 workout programs (6 pre-set programs and 6 manual programs), and has an electronically controlled resistance system that you can use during your workouts to increase or decrease the resistance really easily.
Plus like many of the top quality machines, it also delivers a smooth and quiet workout, which makes it ideal for home use.
Stamina Avari Programmable Magnetic Exercise Rower
Another excellent mid-priced rowing machine worth considering is the Stamina Avari Programmable Magnetic Exercise Rower.
This has similar features as the model above because it has 12 workout programs (which includes 6 cardio profiles, 4 custom user programs, 1 manual program and 1 heart rate program), a good quality LCD display that displays all the key data such as time, strokes, distance and watts, and an electronically controlled magnetic resistance system. There is also a chest strap included so that you can monitor your pulse.
I particularly like the fact that it has quite a comfortable seat because this cannot be said about a lot of indoor rowers, and I also like the fact that the resistance will adjust automatically as part of your workout program.
This rower is slightly more expensive than the Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower, but is equally as impressive in terms of the overall workout that you get from this machine, and the extra features that are included with this particular model.
Stamina Air Rower
If you are looking for a slightly cheaper model than the Stamina Avari machine, then you might want to consider the Stamina Air Rower because this has received a lot of positive customer reviews and seems to be a really good rowing machine for the price.
This wind resistance rower responds to the intensity and the speed of your rowing stroke and adjusts the resistance accordingly, so it is just like the top-end rowing machines in that respect.
It also comes equipped with a multifunction monitor that indicates time, speed, distance and calories burned, and includes a comfortable padded seat for added comfort.
So when you consider that the rowing action is extremely smooth and responsive, it is easy to see why this machine is said to offer excellent value for money.
Stamina 1215 Orbital Rowing Machine With Free Motion Arms
Finally if you are on a really tight budget, but still want to buy a good quality machine that will give you a decent workout in the comfort of your own home, then the Stamina 1215 Orbital Rowing Machine is a very good option.
There are cheaper indoor rowers available, but many of these are pretty poor quality and are poorly made in all honesty.
This one, however, comes with its own LCD display, offers a full range of workouts with its adjustable hydraulic resistance system and because of its design, offers a very realistic rowing experience. Plus it has a thick padded seat for extra comfort, and is very easy to fold away when it is not being used.
Of course it doesn’t compare with the Concept 2 models or indeed the top-end water rowers, but it is still a good quality entry-level machine that offers good value for money.