ROWING MACHINE FEATURES
When choosing the best rowing machine for your home or gym it's important to look at these key features:
SMOOTH ROWING MOTION
Your rowing movement should feel smooth and dynamic. Well designed rowing machines will not feel jerky or as if the resistance changes, or falters, mid row. A smooth rowing motion will ensure you get the best fitness results from your rowing machine. Both the seat rollers and the chain quality will affect the smoothness of the row. Look out for features such as a nickel plated steel chain, which can be oiled regularly to ensure a smooth rowing motion over time. Low-quality chains will become stiff quickly and create 'jumps' in the row.
A thick, padded seat will allow you to enjoy extended rowing sessions without unnecessary discomfort. Adjustable footholds will help you make sure your legs are in the optimal position for dynamic rowing. The monitor of your rowing machine should be adjustable so you don't strain to see it while rowing.
MONITOR AND PROGRAMS
Your rowing machine monitor should provide you with all the core stats necessary for you to keep track of your progress. These include distance, time, calories, stroke rate, watts and 500M split time. Extra motivational programs such as inbuilt games or workout modes will vary your workouts and keep you motivated.
STORAGE AND PORTABILITY
The best rowing machine for your space will be one that folds or separates into two pieces. Make sure the rowing machine you buy has transport wheels so you can easily move it around your home or gym.
BUILD QUALITY & WARRANTY
The build quality of a rowing machine determines how long it will last and will affect the quality of your row. You want to buy a rowing machine that can stand up to the most intense workouts time and time again.
It can be tricky to determine the build quality of a rowing machine, so it's always best to look at the warranty offered alongside them. The best rowing machines for sale will offer long warranties, of at least 2 years. If they offer commercial warranties for gyms or clubs, where the rowing machine will be used a lot, this is another great sign of durability. If you're looking for a rowing machine with outstanding durability and a commercial warranty, the JTX Ignite Air: Indoor Rowing Machine could be the gym rower for you. Also, check for hidden extras, such as call out charges for engineers.
MAXIMUM USER WEIGHT
Maximum user weight is another great way of ensuring the build quality of a rowing machine. The best rowing machines will have a maximum user weight above 120kg. Any less than this is a signifier that the rowing machine is not well built, and may break under pressure.
Some cheaper rowing machines have a very short monorail length, which will inhibit rowing performance if you’re over a certain height. There’s nothing more frustrating than having your seat hit the end of the machine every time you row. When your researching rowing machines for sale, look out for one with a monorail length of at least 130cm.