Top 5 Best Rowing Machines under $500

Working out is one of the most important forms of exercises that everyone is required to undertake in order to stay healthy. In the recent past, the need to exercise has resulted in the eruption of numerous work-out gyms. More people are signing up at gyms now, more than ever. It is however possible to undertake effective work-outs at the comfort of your home. Rowing machines come as all-round effective work-out kits that enable you to engage in numerous work-outs without the need to go to the gym. Here is a review of the top five best rowing machines under $500, with their features and cons.

RankRowing MachinePriceQualityEditor Rating
1SF-RW5515 Magnetic$A+
2Stamina ATS Air 1399$A+
3Stamina 35-1405 ATS Air$$A
4Stamina 1215 Orbital$A
5LifeSpan RW1000$$A

1. SF-RW5515 Magnetic Rowing Machine

According to numerous customer reviews, this is one of the best rowing machines in the market within the said price range. This machine will enable you to undertake exercises that will help you build almost all the muscles in your body. It comes with 8 levers of adjustable resistance for the optimum work-out. It is fitted with LCD screen which displays time, count, calories, total count and scan for the entire work-out session. With Magnetic Tension System,’ the Sunny Health rowing machine enables you to do work-outs easily and equally effective. The seat is comfortable and the handle bars and foot pads have non-slip grips. It comes with portable wheels and can support up to 250 Lbs.

Features

  • LCD console displays time, count, calories, total count and scan
  • 8 Levels of adjustable resistance for optimum work-out
  • Fully padded handle-bars and foot bars for comfort
  • Built-in transportation wheels for portability
  • Full body exercise targets all major muscle groups

Cons

  • There’s no way to track how many meters you’ve rowed

2. Stamina ATS Air Rower 1399

This is another machine that you should consider when looking for a good rowing machine. The Stamina ATS rower comes with smart technology that enables you to take strenuous work-outs with ease. The machines makes use of wind resistance to give you a smooth rowing stroke during use. It is also fitted with a monitor that displays speed, distance, time, and calories burned. This rowing machine is made of strong metal to withstand work-outs for people who weigh up to 250 Lbs. It weighs 55 pounds and is fitted with wheels for easy portability. The foot-pads and handle bars are well gripped for a comfortable work-out.

Features

  • Monitor displays: speed, distance, time, and calories burned
  • Padded, upholstered seat and handle-bars
  • Built-in wheels for portability
  • Floor protectors prevent skidding
  • Sturdy steel frame construction for durability
  • Built-in fan for refreshing during work-out

Cons

  • The fan can be a little loud

3. Stamina 35-1405 ATS Air Rower

Another rowing machine worth considering is the Stamina 35-1405 ATS. Just like many other Stamina machines, it is a durable and effective work-out machine that will give you results in record time. This rowing machine comes with an electronic performance monitor displays speed, distance, time, and calories burned during your work-out session. It also has a comfortable foam padded molded seat and padded foot pads and handle bars for a comfortable work-out. It weighs 73.8 pounds and fitted with wheels for portability.

Features

  • Built-in fan for refreshing during work-out
  • Floor protectors prevent skidding
  • Padded, upholstered seat and handle-bars
  • Monitor displays: speed, distance, time, and calories burned
  • Built-in wheels for portability
  • Sturdy steel frame construction for durability

Cons

  • The digital readout is hard to read and is always flashing between display options

4. Stamina 1215 Orbital Rowing Machine

If you are looking for a rowing machine that will give you the best results in terms of the work-outs, then this is the machine you are looking for. The Stamina 1215 Orbital enables you to undertake smooth work-outs that mimic even swimming. It is fitted with a smooth hydraulic cylinder resistance for easy and effective work-out for a longer period of time. The frame is made of steel to withstand pressure of up to 250 Lbs. A well placed monitor is fitted to show speed, distance, time, row count, calories burned, and miles rowed. For easy storage, the rowing arms can be folded for storage.

Features

  • Smooth hydraulic cylinder resistance
  • Single button multi-function monitor shows speed, time, calories burned etc.
  • Adjustable tension controls
  • Comfortable, thick padded seat and handle bars
  • Rowing arms fold for storage

Cons

  • It is too heavy for some customers

5. LifeSpan RW1000 Indoor Rowing Machine

This is another rowing machine that made it to the top five list within the $500 price range. The Lifespan rowing machine will enable you to undertake effective work-outs for your entire body muscles. It is fitted with a smooth and quiet drive system with a 16.5-pound flywheel. The solid frame made of steel for durability and to handle over 300-pounds. It is fitted with three LCD monitors and consoles that provide distance, calories, time, strokes, and strokes per minute. It weighs 80 pounds and is easily portable.

Features

  • Easy to use console and monitor for all your work-outs
  • Quiet, comfortable and effective
  • It is easily folded for storage
  • Adjustable tension control
  • Sturdy steel frame construction for durability

Cons

  • After few work-outs it becomes noisy

A good rowing machine should be effective, durable and easy to use. it should also be easily portable and be able to show you how much you have worked out. That is why the above five made it to the top five within the said price range.

Disclaimer: We check & update the list every month. Some product prices may have changed since our latest update. Last Date of Update: 2nd October, 2017

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