9 Best Rowing Machines, According to Fitness Experts


Designed to provide a connected and immersive rowing experience, Hydrow is a smart rowing machine that features all of the bells and whistles. With its integrated 22-inch touchscreen, this GH Fitness Award winner allows you to view live or on-demand exercises classes led by some of the best athletes in the world.

Although this rower comes at a high price point and requires a monthly subscription ($44/month), it has a library of over 4,000 workouts that are filmed in some of the most stunning destinations from Miami to London to Scotland. “The workouts are fantastic. The diversity in class type is impressive, and I love that I can do a HIIT class in 10 minutes for a great workout and sweat, but I can also do a longer, more methodical distance row if I have the time for that too,” a tester told us. The machine is large and durable, with special features including full HD resolution for sharp and clear picture quality, both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, two USB ports and built-in speakers.

Hydrow uses electromagnetic resistance, which makes it impressively quiet and great for all different types of home gyms (just check the dimensions to ensure it fits in your space since the machine is quite large). But most importantly, the world-class instructors are really what makes Hydrow worth the price point — you’ll get expert guidance for an effective workout, all while having fun and staying motivated during the process. And if you prefer more music or want to tune into the instructor’s cues more intently, you can adjust the balance of sound between the two.

“In general, I leaned into master trainer Nick Karwoski’s classes. An affable storyteller, his rapport would often pleasantly distract me from the rigors of his workouts. For me, he offered an ideal level of positive reinforcement without being overly bubbly or excessively tough,” says Rachel Rothman, a technologist and fitness professional who thoroughly tested the Hydrow for Good Housekeeping. If you’re looking for a full-body workout in the comfort of your home and are able to accommodate a higher price tag, our experts and testers say that the Hydrow is worth it.

READ OUR FULL REVIEW: I Tried The Hydrow Rower For A Year

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