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There are few machines capable of delivering the same kind of calorie-burning, full-body workout as an at-home rower. In the span of just 30 minutes, you’re able to enjoy a low-impact, high-cardio exercise that’s fit for people of any age or fitness level. As long as you know how to properly row, this versatile workout not only serves as a quality complement to a pre-existing routine but it can also stand on its own as a prime source of weekly exercise.
It’s because of that effectiveness, and the fact many people prefer working out at home, that rowing machines are more popular now than ever — and are increasingly becoming staples in people’s home gyms. If you don’t like running on a treadmill or aren’t particularly fond of stationary bikes, a rower is the next best thing — and to some, it’s regarded as an even better form of exercise.
I tend to agree. There’s just something wholly different about finishing up a grueling 45-minute rowing workout that feels far more taxing and exhausting than a run on a treadmill or a streamed Peloton class. Those two do deliver tiring workouts, no doubt, but I walk away from a row routine truly noticing its full-body results.
But while all rowers deliver similar cardio benefits, not all are designed the same. In addition to a range of resistance types and rower sizes, there are models that are easily stowable, as well as a new crop of smart rowers touchscreens and access to on-demand, streamable classes. In other words, there’s plenty of variety.
To find the best currently available, I tested a number of machines that span every use case, resistance type, and price point. My goal was to find rowers that delivered a serious cardio workout while proving to be a valuable addition to a home gym setup — and I came away with a strong list of favorites.
At the end of this guide, I’ve also included some tips on how to shop for a rower, answers to a series of FAQs, and a rundown of the testing methodology I used in deciding which rowers made the cut.
Here are the best rowing machines:
Best overall: Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine
Best on a budget: Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine
Best interactive: The Ergatta Rower
Best smart rower: Hydrow Rowing Machine
Best digital resistance: NordicTrack RW900
Best water resistance: WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine
Best for beginners: Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Rower
Updated on 6/9/2021 by Rick Stella: Overhauled the entire guide with a new introduction, updated picks and reviews, and new testing methodology. Also added a section with a series of FAQs. Our testing …read more
Source:: Business Insider