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.