Water Rower WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine – Ash Wood : Don’t waste time looking at cheaper rowers.

A good quality piece of kit which works well to aid keep-fit for a complete amateur to rowing. Looks good and takes up little room when stored upright. Why not 5 stars -1) understandable that a hrm is not included but you should not have to buy a separate receiver to use any of the much vaunted heart rate features of the supposedly superior s4 monitor. 2) we-row software does not exist at present – ‘being rewritten’. . (same with row2go?)3) assembly instructions are clear but it is not easy to assemble. These are large pieces of wood we need to ‘coax’ together with little tolerance. 4) re: filling with water – the supplied syphon pump does not work – it is not fit for purpose. Remember the access point is directly under a beam so it is not easy.

We have had various gym equipment over the years and have concluded that it is well worth shopping around and spending a decent amount if you want something which is going to last. This was certainly the case with this machine. I looked around for a long time before i chose the water rower, and i’m very glad i did. I managed to put it together with minimal shouting (once the delivery man had returned with the second box he had failed to deliver initially) as the instructions were clear and easy to follow. We did have a small problem in that something had slipped slightly meaning that the counter wouldn’t work properly, but that was fairly easily solved with the addition of a cable tie to lift it up a bit. The machine is easy to use and very comfortable; you can’t do it in bare feet, however, as the foot rests are bumpy. It is quiet and i love the sound of the water swishing as i row. I would definitely recommend this machine, i absolutely love it.

I bought this some years ago, having tried it out in the shop and found it stood out among the exercise machines for how pleasant and easy it was to use, and that strange swoosh of water with each stroke. Now i am not an exercise/sport freak at all, so when i decided to buy it i was all too aware of the risk of spending a huge sum on what could potentially become a proverbial white elephant, gathering dust as i did the samei’m pleased to say that my concerns were unfounded. I use the rower nearly every day for just under fifteen minutes, and it has made a huge difference to my life. Keeping fit has become part of my routine – something i had really struggled with before. I think the waterrower’s strengths boil down to two things: firstly, the fact that water rather than air is used for resistance produces the pleasant pull of real oars (you don’t get this at all with conventional rowers, in fact i don’t find them that pleasant to use due to the differently distributed resistance the air gives). And secondly, there is just one level of resistance, it is beautifully simple. While others may not be daunted by the array of settings, and endless ways in which you can customise those settings to your own preferences found in most gym equipment, i am. The only variables are how fast you row and how long for, which makes establishing an exercise routine more accessible i think. As i say – beautifully simple.

Fantastic rowing machine for home use. The waterrower has to be one of the best, if not the best, rowing machine for the home. It’s not perfect, sure, but it is likely to be better for most home users than the concept ii. Its strengths are those mentioned by others here. Firstly, it’s quiet, with only the sound of water moving around the tank, in welcome contrast to the demented chain-and-hairdryer sound of the concept ii. That makes it far less likely to bother other occupants of your home, in turn meaning you’re more likely to use it – great. Secondly, it stands up easily and securely on its end, unlike a concept ii which totters at best, and has to lean against a wall at worst. In the limited space of the home (as opposed to the abundant space of a gym) this feature is really helpful, allowing you to free up your floorspace quickly so you can stretch out. Not a killer feature sure, but still something you’ll appreciate when it’s part of the furniture.

A joy to use, easy to set up and it looks great. Well worth the cost and i hope will give us many years of good exercise.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Fantastic rowing machine for home use
  • Handsome and practical home exercise machine
  • Stylish and smooth rowing machine

I had been used to the concept2 rower at my gym and my original intention was to buy that because i was used to, and liked, the feel of it. The only problem was that the rowing machine was to be set up in a room that would need to be used occasionally as a guest bedroom, probably not an uncommon issue. I then came across the water rower, the initial attraction being the fact that it can be tipped upright when not in use (without draining the water tank) and it is a lot more attractive than most rowing machines. Although the online reviews were all very positive, i decided to check out the machine before buying at the nearest sports equipment supplier (about 40 miles away). After a trial i had no hesitation in ordering the water rower. The machine is beautifully engineered and solidly made; the seat moves smoothly on its runners and the rowing action is also very smooth. My first introduction to rowing was on the river, rather than in a gym; the gentle ‘swishing’ noise and the rowing action are very like rowing in water, which feels slightly different to the usual gym rowing machine. There is a monitor showing distance, time, strikes per minute, etc. There are much cheaper rowing machines on the market but in my experience the cheap ones are cheap for a reason – jerky action, flimsy construction.

I’ve now been using my waterrower (a slightly earlier version than the one shown here) for over two years and am still very, very pleased with it. I did a lot of research before buying it. I’m an experienced gym user and have owned a gym-quality exercise bike for a decade. I discovered ages ago that it’s worth buying high quality kit for use at home because if you buy a cheap option then it is very often clunky, uncomfortable to use and fragile. If you invest a lot in a decent bit of kit then it should last for years plus you’re more motivated to use it. I can’t stand the thought of spending that much money and letting it go to wastethe waterrower is unlike most other rowing machines in that it is very handsome to look at. It’s going to sit in your living room (or where ever) and the wooden finish and design make it much easier on the eye than the usual lots of metal and white plastic. The waterrower is also very different in that you’re not pulling against cogs or chains, but a tub of water.

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WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine - Ash Wood
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4.0 of 5 stars, based on reviews
Price
£949.00

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  1. This review is from : WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine – Ash Wood

    Great, came on time, service impressive. Bought as i pulled achilles heel hit training, runningwhat a machine feel fitter already, simple to put together. Looks good even when lent against wall, should of purchased one years agogreat addition to my training programme.
    1. Great, came on time, service impressive. Bought as i pulled achilles heel hit training, runningwhat a machine feel fitter already, simple to put together. Looks good even when lent against wall, should of purchased one years agogreat addition to my training programme.
      1. Me and my husband decided to lose weight this year so we did a little research and decided to purchase a rowing machine. We picked waterrower as it is a quiet machine and looks great in our flat. I use it every day while watching tv and my husband in the morning when i am asleep. I love how it looks and it gives me a great work out. Its definitely worth the money as it is very well made and looks like part of furniture. I already recommended it to all of my friends.
  2. This review is from : WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine – Ash Wood

    Me and my husband decided to lose weight this year so we did a little research and decided to purchase a rowing machine. We picked waterrower as it is a quiet machine and looks great in our flat. I use it every day while watching tv and my husband in the morning when i am asleep. I love how it looks and it gives me a great work out. Its definitely worth the money as it is very well made and looks like part of furniture. I already recommended it to all of my friends.
    1. Beautiful, elegant, ecofriendly. It spent a lot of time deciding if the water rower was worth the cost. One week in and i am really convinced that it is. It’s a beautiful piece of kit, it’s fun to use and because it can be folded away, it means that you can place it in a position where you will really use it, like the living room or the bedroom. I have used it more so far than anything else so far. It has no motor so is really quiet and it means i can use it in the evening whist watching tv, without disturbing the kids in the next room.
  3. This review is from : WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine – Ash Wood

    Beautiful, elegant, ecofriendly. It spent a lot of time deciding if the water rower was worth the cost. One week in and i am really convinced that it is. It’s a beautiful piece of kit, it’s fun to use and because it can be folded away, it means that you can place it in a position where you will really use it, like the living room or the bedroom. I have used it more so far than anything else so far. It has no motor so is really quiet and it means i can use it in the evening whist watching tv, without disturbing the kids in the next room.
  4. This review is from : WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine – Ash Wood

    Gym quality piece of fitness equipment, perfect for using at home. Looks great and takes up very little space when standing away on its end.
  5. This review is from : WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine – Ash Wood

    Gym quality piece of fitness equipment, perfect for using at home. Looks great and takes up very little space when standing away on its end.
  6. This review is from : WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine – Ash Wood

    Easy to follow self-assembly instructions and it looks and performs superbly.
    1. Don’t waste time looking at cheaper rowers. . Assembly is simple with clear instructions. Mine is now approaching seven years use and its really as good as new. Robust yet easy to manoeuvre when placed in the storage position, comfortable in use. High wear areas like the seat cushion and grips are still completely intact and showing none of the creases or tears often associated with lesser machines. The water reservoir demands a little more monitoring and care. If exposed regularly to high levels of daylight, algae can occur due to photosynthesis. The manufacturer supplies chlorine tabs that should be replaced every six months. These are available for resupply free of charge for the lifetime of the machine. Its sensible to cover the reservoir with a sheet or similar to help prevent a build up.
      1. Don’t waste time looking at cheaper rowers. . Assembly is simple with clear instructions. Mine is now approaching seven years use and its really as good as new. Robust yet easy to manoeuvre when placed in the storage position, comfortable in use. High wear areas like the seat cushion and grips are still completely intact and showing none of the creases or tears often associated with lesser machines. The water reservoir demands a little more monitoring and care. If exposed regularly to high levels of daylight, algae can occur due to photosynthesis. The manufacturer supplies chlorine tabs that should be replaced every six months. These are available for resupply free of charge for the lifetime of the machine. Its sensible to cover the reservoir with a sheet or similar to help prevent a build up.
  7. Great quality rower backed up by great service. This is a very high quality piece of kit built to take serious use over many years. It’s easy to assemble, easy to store upright and also looks great in the wood finishes. I got a call from the supplier and waterrower themselves as soon as i’d ordered to check delivery dates with me – fantastic service. The rower has a smooth and quiet action, quite similar to the resistance i used to get when rowing as part of a four man crew.
    1. Great quality rower backed up by great service. This is a very high quality piece of kit built to take serious use over many years. It’s easy to assemble, easy to store upright and also looks great in the wood finishes. I got a call from the supplier and waterrower themselves as soon as i’d ordered to check delivery dates with me – fantastic service. The rower has a smooth and quiet action, quite similar to the resistance i used to get when rowing as part of a four man crew.
      1. A good quality piece of kit which works well to aid keep-fit for a complete amateur to rowing. Looks good and takes up little room when stored upright. Why not 5 stars -1) understandable that a hrm is not included but you should not have to buy a separate receiver to use any of the much vaunted heart rate features of the supposedly superior s4 monitor. 2) we-row software does not exist at present – “being rewritten”. . (same with row2go?)3) assembly instructions are clear but it is not easy to assemble. These are large pieces of wood we need to “coax” together with little tolerance. 4) re: filling with water – the supplied syphon pump does not work – it is not fit for purpose. Remember the access point is directly under a beam so it is not easy.
  8. A good quality piece of kit which works well to aid keep-fit for a complete amateur to rowing. Looks good and takes up little room when stored upright. Why not 5 stars -1) understandable that a hrm is not included but you should not have to buy a separate receiver to use any of the much vaunted heart rate features of the supposedly superior s4 monitor. 2) we-row software does not exist at present – “being rewritten”. . (same with row2go?)3) assembly instructions are clear but it is not easy to assemble. These are large pieces of wood we need to “coax” together with little tolerance. 4) re: filling with water – the supplied syphon pump does not work – it is not fit for purpose. Remember the access point is directly under a beam so it is not easy.
  9. This review is from : WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine – Ash Wood

    14 years old and still going strong. . After 14 years hard use i’ve just traded my waterrower in – for a new waterrower. It’s an unbelievable machine, used daily by most of the family and the only thing that broke was a foot strap after 10 years, wr just sent me a replacement. In use it’s a fantastic way to keep fit and so much more satisfying than the concept 2 at the gym. Whereas the concept 2 is all metal, chains and whirring noise with the wr you feel like you’re on the water with a much more natural snatch at the start of the stroke and the sound of the water. If you buy one bit of kit to keep fit make it a wr, it works about every muscle in your body but leaves you feeling good afterwards.
    1. 14 years old and still going strong. . After 14 years hard use i’ve just traded my waterrower in – for a new waterrower. It’s an unbelievable machine, used daily by most of the family and the only thing that broke was a foot strap after 10 years, wr just sent me a replacement. In use it’s a fantastic way to keep fit and so much more satisfying than the concept 2 at the gym. Whereas the concept 2 is all metal, chains and whirring noise with the wr you feel like you’re on the water with a much more natural snatch at the start of the stroke and the sound of the water. If you buy one bit of kit to keep fit make it a wr, it works about every muscle in your body but leaves you feeling good afterwards.
  10. This review is from : WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine – Ash Wood

    Handsome and practical home exercise machine. Eight years after buying it, i’m still very satisfied with my water-rower. I did a lot of research before buying it. I’m an experienced gym user and have owned a gym-quality exercise bike for 20yrs-plus. I discovered ages ago that it’s worth buying high quality kit for use at home because if you buy a cheap option then it is very often clunky, uncomfortable to use and fragile. If you invest a lot in a decent bit of kit then it should last for years plus you’re more motivated to use it. I can’t stand the thought of spending that much money and letting it go to wastei’m not a competitive rower, mind; just someone keen to stay fit into middle age (50 looms large on the horizon. The water-rower is unlike most other rowing machines in that it is very handsome to look at. It’s going to sit in your living room (or where ever) and the wooden finish and design make it much easier on the eye than the usual lots of metal and white plastic.
  11. This review is from : WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine – Ash Wood

    Handsome and practical home exercise machine. Eight years after buying it, i’m still very satisfied with my water-rower. I did a lot of research before buying it. I’m an experienced gym user and have owned a gym-quality exercise bike for 20yrs-plus. I discovered ages ago that it’s worth buying high quality kit for use at home because if you buy a cheap option then it is very often clunky, uncomfortable to use and fragile. If you invest a lot in a decent bit of kit then it should last for years plus you’re more motivated to use it. I can’t stand the thought of spending that much money and letting it go to wastei’m not a competitive rower, mind; just someone keen to stay fit into middle age (50 looms large on the horizon. The water-rower is unlike most other rowing machines in that it is very handsome to look at. It’s going to sit in your living room (or where ever) and the wooden finish and design make it much easier on the eye than the usual lots of metal and white plastic.
  12. This review is from : WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine – Ash Wood

    I really love the fact that you not only buy training machine but also a there is a lot extra – training programmes, online competition possibility etc.
  13. This review is from : WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine – Ash Wood

    I really love the fact that you not only buy training machine but also a there is a lot extra – training programmes, online competition possibility etc.
    1. I have previously used the york magair and concept ii rowers and the waterrower is by far the best. It is a durable and functionally superd piece of equipment which is great to look at and provides the ideal soundtrack to the rowing simulation exercise. I would strongly recommend this product with the usual provisos about ensuring faultless technique to avoid the stress on the lower back and neck inherent in the exercise. I have also seen a lot of comparisons between the wr and concept ii (or other air/mag rowers), and while it is true that the resistance cannot be varied as easily on the wr, resistance in the rowing simulation is meant to be natural and relative to the force put in (and body weight, hence the drag factor variable on some machines), so i personally don’t see this as a necessary part of progression on the exercise (as much as an actual rower might not look to weigh the boat down to progress their ability after a time). The wr gives to my mind the best and most consistent resitance through the drive, the heel to seat height and foot spacing strikes me as more realistic to actual rowing position and the machine itself is far more attractive to look at and listen to. The down side is the display and you will be disapointed if you are looking for anything like the range of display options of a concept ii, infinity r100, but it is functional enough. Ultimately its a question of what you value about the exercise – if its the ability to compare the hypothetical rowing times across a community, then stay away, however if its the experience of a realistic rowing simulation at home, the i would strongly recomment the waterrower.
      1. I have previously used the york magair and concept ii rowers and the waterrower is by far the best. It is a durable and functionally superd piece of equipment which is great to look at and provides the ideal soundtrack to the rowing simulation exercise. I would strongly recommend this product with the usual provisos about ensuring faultless technique to avoid the stress on the lower back and neck inherent in the exercise. I have also seen a lot of comparisons between the wr and concept ii (or other air/mag rowers), and while it is true that the resistance cannot be varied as easily on the wr, resistance in the rowing simulation is meant to be natural and relative to the force put in (and body weight, hence the drag factor variable on some machines), so i personally don’t see this as a necessary part of progression on the exercise (as much as an actual rower might not look to weigh the boat down to progress their ability after a time). The wr gives to my mind the best and most consistent resitance through the drive, the heel to seat height and foot spacing strikes me as more realistic to actual rowing position and the machine itself is far more attractive to look at and listen to. The down side is the display and you will be disapointed if you are looking for anything like the range of display options of a concept ii, infinity r100, but it is functional enough. Ultimately its a question of what you value about the exercise – if its the ability to compare the hypothetical rowing times across a community, then stay away, however if its the experience of a realistic rowing simulation at home, the i would strongly recomment the waterrower.

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