If you visit the homepage of this website, you will see a comprehensive guide to some of the best indoor rowing machines that are currently available for you to buy.
However I also wanted to provide a rowing machine buying guide for those people who don’t know a great deal about rowing machines, and the various different rowers that are available.
So here are some of the factors to consider when purchasing an indoor rower for your home:
The first thing to say is that rowing machines can vary in price quite considerably. The top-of-the-range machines, like the ones you might find in your local gym, for instance, can easily cost upwards of $1000, with some costing as much as $3000 or more.
However you can also buy some excellent machines for between $500 and $1000, and there are also a few really good rowers that you can buy for less than $500.
Indeed the first two rowing machines that I ever bought were both simple hydraulic resistance machines that cost no more than around $200, and these both lasted me several years before succumbing to wear and tear.
So whilst cost is obviously an important factor, you can still buy a decent machine without spending a fortune.
Another thing you should bear in mind is that rowing machines all have different ways of controlling the resistance, which in turn affects the smoothness and the overall feel of the rowing action, as well as the overall noise level of the actual workout.
The more expensive machines will often use air/fan resistance, whereby air flows through the enclosed flywheel at the front. These can sometimes be a little noisy, but they do offer one of the best forms of resistance because they will automatically adjust to the intensity of your rowing stroke. Plus they are also extremely smooth, and you don’t really have to worry about wear and tear.
Similarly you can now buy water rowers that offer water resistance, whereby the flywheel is immersed in a water tank at the front, and although these are also quite expensive, they do offer intelligent resistance as well because you simply row harder if you want to increase the resistance, and ease off if you want to make your workout a little easier. These also offer a smooth, quiet and realistic workout.
In addition, you can also buy a rower that uses magnetic resistance (or a combination of magnetic and air resistance), which many people find the most convenient because they tend to offer fixed levels of resistance that can easily be adjusted via a lever or in some cases, an LCD display unit. These are extremely quiet machines, and generally provide a very smooth workout.
Finally you also have the entry-level machines that will tend to use hydraulic resistance to control the intensity of your workouts. These don’t tend to last as long as many of the others, and it can be quite awkward adjusting the resistance because the hydraulic cylinder and the resistance lever are often located underneath the main frame. However they can still provide a decent workout, and are pretty good for casual users and people new to rowing.
If you live in a self-contained apartment, for example, and have limited space in your home, it is always worth looking at the exact dimensions of all of the rowers that you are considering buying because the last thing you want to do is to buy a rower that takes up too much room.
It’s not just the actual dimensions of the rowing machine that you need to consider either because you have to bear in mind that you will require a little bit of extra space behind the machine each time you complete your rowing stroke.
If you don’t want to have a rowing machine taking up space all the time, then your best bet is to buy one that can be folded away when it is not being used.
Just like the seats that you might find on an exercise bike, some of the seats on a rowing machine can be quite uncomfortable. So it’s always worth reading some of the customer reviews and seeing for yourself just how comfortable the seat is, particularly if you are planning on doing lots of lengthy workouts.
It is also worth looking at the weight limits if you are a particularly heavy person, because some of the cheaper machines may not be suitable for large, muscular (or overweight) men. Similarly if you are particularly tall, you want to find a rower that can easily accommodate people with long legs so that you can get a really comfortable workout.
Finally it is also worth thinking about what kind of extra features you might require from your rowing machine, if any.
For instance, if you are a serious elite rower, you may well require added extras such as a heart rate monitor, a series of built-in training programs, and a data export facility to record your performance and monitor your progress over time.
Most users don’t require these kind of features and are just happy to work out for a set period of time or for a certain number of strokes, but once you have become a seasoned rower, you might want to look for some of these features in your next rowing machine.