Yes, it’s expensive — but this Ergatta Black Friday rowing machine deal isn’t like the others

The Ergatta Rower set up in the Live Science testing centre
The Ergatta Rower set up in the Live Science testing centre (Image credit: Future)

This top rated Ergatta Rower (opens in new tab) is reduced by a whopping $350 at Best Buy (opens in new tab) for Black Friday weekend. If you hate cardio, or struggle to focus for long periods of time, Ergatta have set out to make fitness fun with a range of games and races based on the addictive principle of mobile gaming. The cherry wood rower is stylish, natural in color and an adds interest to any room it sits in. 

There is no shortage of Black Friday rowing machine deals (opens in new tab) this year, but the Ergatta rower ranks highly in our guide to the best rowing machines. If you're not sure if it's worth the money, just look at the reviews: 95% of Ergatta customers give it the full five stars, with users describing it as a "game changer". 

There are many benefits of using a rowing machine (opens in new tab), such as a good rower's ability to provide a comprehensive low impact, full-body workout (something that can’t be said for the best treadmills (opens in new tab) and exercise bikes). But Ergatta also knows that not everyone finds racking up the miles on a rower particularly enjoyable. After putting this machine to the test, we think it succeeded, promptly placing it in our round-up of the best rowing machines. 

Now: $2,149.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)

Ergatta Rower Was: $2499.99 Now: $2,149.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)

The Ergatta rower is built for anyone who wants something different from a workout. It makes fitness fun using a platform that's crammed with addictive games and races against other members of the Ergatta community. It’s rarely on sale, so we think this $350 discount at Best Buy is worthy of your consideration. 

Rather than standard interval or HIIT sessions, you are challenged to reach targets or chase down high scores. Brightly-colored graphics on the 17.3-inch Android-powered touchscreen distract you from the physical task at hand, and you can compete against fellow members of the Ergatta community. 

These features combine to provide added motivation to get back on the rower, and our writer found the engaging games meant they were covering thousands of meters without even realizing.

It’s for this reason that we think the Ergatta Rower’s discounted (but still undoubtedly high) Black Friday price of $2,149.99 (opens in new tab) could be great value for some people. After all, if a piece of fitness equipment can keep you coming back for more and contribute to a healthy lifestyle, then it’s worth its weight in gold. 

That’s certainly what our tester found with the Ergatta Rower’s racing feature. It pits you against several fellow Ergatta owners in a head-to-head sprint to the finish, all shown on the touchscreen through exciting real-time graphics. 

This is brilliant for anyone with even one iota of competitive spirit, whether that’s one previously been awakened by sport or gaming. Our writer repeatedly found themselves squeezing in a race here and there to improve on their results. 

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Another feature setting the Ergatta apart is its customized training. When you set up your account, you're asked to perform a short test and you're assigned a “class” depending on your performance. 

From this point onwards, all games, races and training sessions will be tailored to your fitness level, with the Ergatta platform recognising improvements in performance and changing the difficulty accordingly. The result? Challenging but achievable workout goals that always hit the spot. 

The final thing to note about the Ergatta Rower is its design. While the platform itself is very much future-facing, the handcrafted cherrywood frame is more classically styled, making it a sleek addition to any home workout space. It can also fold flat and be stored upright against a wall, if you’re looking to save floor space between workouts. 

Even so, there’s no denying that avid exercisers might benefit from a more traditional machine like the ever-in-demand Concept2 RowErg (opens in new tab). Meanwhile, beginners that want to get to grips with the sport of rowing may prefer the exemplary Hyrow Rower and its more affordable cousin, the Hydrow Wave, which have both had their prices slashed in the Black Friday sale (opens in new tab). But if you’re tired of traditional workouts and need something new to refresh your relationship with fitness, I think the Ergatta Rower might just do the trick.  

More rowing machine deals

Now: $1,495 at Hydrow (opens in new tab)

Hydrow Wave Was: $1,695 Now: $1,495 at Hydrow (opens in new tab)

The Hydrow Wave offers a similar premium performance to the original Hydrow Rower but it comes in a smaller, more affordable package. It’s now cheaper than ever too, with the brand slashing the price by more than $100 on its website.  

  Now $1,994.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)

Hydrow Connected Rower | Was $2454.96 Now $1,994.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)

Save $500 on the Hydrow Connected Rower, one of the most advanced machines on the market. It connects to live and on-demand classes led by world-class athletes, and offers routines across yoga, stretching and resistance training for a totally holistic workout. 

  Now: $749.99 at Echelon (opens in new tab)

Echelon Row Connected Rowing Machine Was: $999.99 Now: $749.99 at Echelon (opens in new tab)

This smart Echelon rower is down 25% as part of Black Friday sales. The brand is known for making more affordable alternatives to expensive exercise machines and that's definitely the case with the Connected Rowing Machine. It doesn't have a touchscreen, but you can access smart features by connecting to the Echelon Fit app on your phone or tablet.  

There are several other rowing machines on sale this Black Friday, but if these deals don't float your boat there are also plenty of treadmill deals and exercise bikes on sale to take advantage of. 

Harry Bullmore
Fitness writer

Harry Bullmore is a fitness writer covering everything from reviews to features for LiveScience, T3, TechRadar, Fit&Well and more. So, whether you’re looking for a new fitness tracker or wondering how to shave seconds off your 5K PB, chances are he’s written something to help you improve your training. 

When not writing, he’s most likely to be found experimenting with a wide variety of training methods in his home gym or trying to exhaust his ever-energetic puppy. 

Prior to joining Future, Harry wrote health and fitness product reviews for publications including Men’s Health, Women’s Health and Runner’s World. Before this, he spent three years as a news reporter with work in more than 70 national and regional newspapers.