Looking to get a first rowing machine for your home gym or planning on replacing one? Take a look at the 3 best rowing machines you can currently buy in 2017, all available in the UK from Amazon.
Why buy a rowing machine?
Of all the home gym equipment available, the rowing machine can sometimes seem to be the most confusing to use correctly. Most people will have had a go at running and cycling before, but few will have been rowing! Don’t let this put you off- with a little perseverance in learning the right rowing machine technique you can enjoy the great benefits of a rowing workout.
A rowing machine is low stress on joints and gives you both a cardio and strengthening workout that targets your full body. Many rowers are also smaller to store so are perfect if space is tight. Make sure you take a good look at all our top picks for different budgets.
Less cash to splash? Have a look at the best cheap rowing machines under £100.
Best Rowing Machine Under £250
The Marcy Regatta Rowing Machine really does pack in a lot of great features into an affordable and compact piece of home gym equipment, providing a great entry level machine for beginners and experienced rowers. This rower operates with a magnetic resistance system from a 4 kg flywheel to keep the machine silent and steady. You can vary the resistance for up to 8 levels of intensity so can set the pace and difficulty of your workout using a dial.
An easy to read and operate LCD screen on the rowing machine gives in workout variables (speed, time, calories, strokes per minute) so you can gauge how your workout is progressing and change your output accordingly.
The rowing machine has wheels for easy manoeuvrability to get the machine to your desired location and can be folded for clever storage if you don’t have space for a permanent piece of equipment.
Satisfied users of the Marcy Regatta Rowing Machine have been saying:
“My wife and I have had the rower for about 2 months now and have both found it perfect for our fitness needs.”
“Been using it every day for 3 weeks now & very impressed. Just as good as the ones I used to use at the gym.”
Best Rowing Machine Under £500
The Kettler Axos Rowing Machine is an update on the ever popular Kettler Premium Magnetic Rower which has been a previous top 3 machine on CycleRunRow.
This rower has a 4 kg flywheel to give great comfort and a fluid workout with a rope pull system. The machine provides 16 levels of computer controlled magnetic resistance so you can exercise at the level of intensity you require. The machine comes fully equipped with an easy to read LCD display that has sweat resistant buttons (for when you’re really pushing the workout!) feeding back information such as time, distance, speed and calories.
Connecting the Kettler Axos rower to a heart rate monitor gives you another control over the intensity of your workout and has an alarm when your pulse has reached the upper limits thus keeping you within your optimum workout zone.
No user reviews are available for this machine yet, however users of the previous model have said:
“I have waited 8 months before posting a review so that I can give a longer term view of the rowing machine, It is a high quality piece of equipment showing no signs of wear and tear in spite of being used 3 times a week.”
“nice quality product, good clear assembly instructions, smooth operating rower with good variation in resistance settings.”
Best High-End Rowing Machine Under £1,000
The Concept2 Model D Rower really is designed to optimise your full-body workout with a gym comparable build quality and feel. In fact, Concept2 also provide these rowers to commercial premises so you may be using one of these at your local fitness centre!
The flywheel design minimises any operating noise and contributes to a smooth workout even at high resistance and stroke rates. This rower is so high quality and dependable that it is used by Olympic-level athletes performing high-intensity training rows day after day.
An inbuilt Performance Monitor 5 accurately tracks and displays your progress giving you comparable results for your workout. The monitor comes with pre-set workouts and games for a really varied and interesting workout, something other rowers won’t have. Language can also be set depending on your needs. Bluetooth connection allows you to connect to wireless heart rate monitors, set up machine-to-machine racing, and connect to smartphones and computers.
The rower can be easily separated into two pieces that can be wheeled away for simple storage. Assembly is quick with full instructions and a tool is included by the suppliers.
Users say about this rower:
“After months and months of research into various makes of rower I purchased the Concept2 Model D rower in black and I am so glad we did.”
“Support from the Concept2 website is also great and a brilliant motivational tool is the daily email of a new workout so that you are mixing it up.”
This machine is the priciest of all 3 in the review but it certainly delivers a hard to beat workout for the committed rowing enthusiast. Find out more about the Model D with our in-depth buyer guide.
Best Rowing Machines Round-Up
With a bit of practice if you’re a first time rower, you too can get all the many benefits of using a rowing machine with one of these 3 great picks. For all budgets, these are the best rowing machines available in 2017. From the easy folding Marcy Regatta to the smooth running Kettler Axos and finally the all-conquering Concept2 Model D, with one of these machines you will be hitting your exercise goals in no time.