The Hydrow Rower is a rower we’ve tested, and there was a lot to admire. There are video tutorials and thousands of immersive on-water sessions to keep you engaged with every workout. The machine itself is smooth, comfortable, and near-silent in use.
And what’s more, there’s a sense of community too, with a dedicated Facebook group and app where you can follow fellow users’ progress. There are three types of rowing workouts to choose from, including beginner, sweat, and drive. Each one provides a tougher test than the one before.
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Dimensions: 218cm/86” (L) x 63cm/25” (W) x 119cm/47” (H)
Smart features: Yes
Workouts: More than 3,000 via the Hydrow app
Warranty: Five years (structural frame and upright storage kit), 12 months (components, screen, and other electronics), 12 months (labor)
Product launched: February 2020
Price history: This is the lowest price we’ve seen in the last 30 days at Amazon. Both Amazon and Best Buy are offering similar prices, with a $200 saving.
The focus on sport-specific performance, stunning virtual routes (rather than studio sessions), plus top tips from elite-level rowers in the know, make it an altogether more immersive experience than other machines we’ve tried. We found we were fully engaged with each session, encouraged to push for new PBs, and work our way up the virtual leaderboard.
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Buy it if: A huge library of immersive workouts is something that you’re looking for. You can be transported to some of the world’s most scenic rivers and lakes via the display, and also, learn rowing techniques from a collection of elite athletes and former Olympians. Each stroke is extremely smooth, and we loved how sleek and futuristic the design was.
Don't buy it if: One of the main downsides we found was that the Hydrow Rower isn’t foldable, unlike many other magnetic rowers. This means that it can be tricky to find a space to accommodate it. There’s no ‘just-row’ option either, and it is fairly heavy to move around. You will need a monthly subscription to the app to make the most out of it, too.
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Ravi Davda is a freelance writer, specializing in health & fitness, digital marketing, science, and more. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with Economics from Aston University in England and is a qualified personal trainer. In addition to writing for Live Science, Ravi has written for Health, Verywell Fit, Garage Gym Reviews, and other health publications.