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How do I Choose the Best Home Rowing Machine?

Harriette Halepis
Harriette Halepis

Before purchasing any home rowing machine, it's important to conduct a bit of research. The first thing that you'll want to decide is whether you want an air rowing machine or a magnetic rowing machine. Air machines provide a smoother workout, and these machines are extremely similar to water rowing. Magnetic rowing machines are generally quieter than air rowing machines, and are also more compact.

Once you have decided upon the type of machine that you want to purchase, think about whether or not you want to view a display screen while working out. Commonly, a home rowing machine will include some type of electronic display, though it's important to remember that electronic displays tend to break down after many years of use. If you don't care about a display screen, consider purchasing a home rowing machine that does not have one.

Rowing machines mimic the motions used when rowing a boat.
Rowing machines mimic the motions used when rowing a boat.

If you do not have a large amount of space for a home rowing machine, look for a machine that is compact. While some machines can be folded, other machines do not have this option. A home rowing machine that does not fold is usually six feet (1.82 meters) long. Measuring your space before buying a rowing machine is a good idea. Otherwise, you may not have enough space to exercise comfortably.

Lastly, make sure to purchase your home rowing machine from a reputable retailer. While many online fitness stores may offer great prices, it is best to test a machine in person. This way, you can determine whether or not you like the look, size, and feel of a machine before you purchase it. It's also a wise idea to find out what type of warranty comes with the machine that you are about to purchase.

Most rowing machines come with a solid manufacturer's warranty, though this is not always the case. If a retailer does not list warranty information, make sure to ask about a machine's warranty. Many secondhand machines may not come with strong warranties, which may become problematic should the machine that you purchase break.

Purchasing a home rowing machine is a great way to gain a challenging cardiovascular workout. Anyone who enjoys rowing will likely enjoy rowing on a machine at home. Keep in mind the aforementioned details before purchasing any kind of rowing machine, and you will be sure to buy a machine that functions well for years to come.

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    • Rowing machines mimic the motions used when rowing a boat.
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      Rowing machines mimic the motions used when rowing a boat.