The best rowing machines of 2023, recommended by experts
Choosing the best water rowing machine means choosing the water rowing machine that best fits your space and wallet. Trevor Franklin, a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor in New York, tells us about the main criteria for choosing a rower: “It’s all about price and size. Maybe it’s because I live in New York, where square footage is at a premium, but I think most people share that concern.”
Sarah Sponaugle, sports chiropractor and owner of Sponaugle Wellness Studio, suggests considering the functionality of a rowing machine. Some models are foldable or compact, while others offer smart features and a handcrafted aesthetic. “All rowing machines will give you a great workout if you get on them and use them,” she encourages.
While people prefer water rowing machines because of the consistent and constant resistance, Sponaugle also makes a case for air rowing machines. “If budget and space are top priorities in your decision to purchase a rowing machine, an air rower may be the best option. Many air rowers are lighter in weight, which makes them easier to move around, and they generally cost less than $1,000 for a good machine,” she adds.
Of the water paddlers, Franklin says, “The water on the water paddlers is also much smoother and the sound of showing off is very nice.” So, if you do choose a water sports rower, you can expect a slightly faster time than your air rowing friends.