I bought this rowing machine because I used to row in college, and that was the fittest I've ever been in my life. I'm in blobby winter shape right now. I live in an area of the country with harsh, crappy winters that prevent me from wanting to ever leave my house unless I have to, so my gym membership gathers dust. I'm also pretty naturally lazy, so I need to be able to get obsessed with something to do it consistently. This product fit my needs perfectly in the following ways:
-When I rowed in school, we used fancy concept2 ergs for training purposes. I always found them lacking the romance of why i started rowing to begin with -- wanting to be out on the water. Concept2 is an amazing machine but I have come to associate it with a certain kind of self torture that I wanted to get away from. The water rower makes a pretty good replica of being in a boat. The only thing missing is the CHUNK CHUNK of the oars on each stroke and the fact that rowing is a sport that takes place so early in the morning it may as well be the middle of the damn night.
-I have a decent amount of floor space in my apartment but this thing is pretty long. It takes up a fair amount of real estate when it's deployed. I leave it out. All the time. Right in the middle of everything. I encounter it just chilling in my living room and rather than climb OVER it to the couch, i climb on and row a couple KM. Thus, it is more convenient to row than to just lounge on the couch. Optimal for combatting my laziness with more of my laziness. That way my future couch dwelling is well earned.
-The stand. I have a few annoyed things to say here, and i almost shaved off a star because of what a pain in the beans the stand was to assemble, but the stand winds up being a net positive despite what an enormous pain in the rear putting it on was. Other people have noted that the stand is a challenge and that was a bit of an underestimation. Here's what has to happen for the stand. You have to take off the little rubber feet that are already on the bottoms of the rails. The screws are in the center of them and they are in TIGHT. But getting them out by hand with a screwdriver is possible. Now you'd think that having just extracted the exact screws from the unit would mean that reattaching screws into the same holes with a bracket instead of little rubber feet would be a relatively simple to-do. You would be wrong. The wood is very hard and placing the brackets with just a screwdriver would be impossible for most humans. It was a challenge with a power drill. The instructions say to assemble the unit itself (which is really crazy easy, more on that later) and THEN swap the feet for the stand. I don't think that's the best way to do it. I did that and I had to be extra gentle so as not to mess with the tank assembly or hurt it. I don't know who the giants are who can do the stand assembly with the unit standing on end, that's like 7 feet in the air. I know most rowers are very tall but I'm not one of them. I had to lay it down. I'd do the stand on the rails after you get the rear spacer on but before the tank assembly. I don't think placing the tank and footboard would be any harder on the stand than on the floor level but doing the stand after is very hard. You don't want to drive screws against gravity so flipping it over first and just doing them with the rails flat on the ground is the way to go. ONCE THE STAND IS ON it makes a huge difference. My mom who is ageing is able to use the machine a lot easier now that it's up off the floor. Getting on the floor can be rough on the knees so the elevation of the stand is a must.
- The assembly of the body of the machine was very easy. It would have taken about an hour if not for the stand. I was able to do it all by myself up until the feet got involved. (I am a 5'2 lady.) You might have to push or pull or lean on pieces to get the holes lined up exactly, but I didn't have to bring in any extra tools.
-Filling the tank is fairly easy. No muss no fuss. I recommend having a 5 gallon bucket present. that amount provides a decent starting point for rowing with. You can always add more. That filled the tank to about the "16" mark. I'm not really sure what the 16 represents. It provides a good starting point if you're just getting back into rowing or just getting used to the machine.
-The sound it makes is so soothing. Very meditative. Part of why I got this particular machine was to enjoy that water sound again without needing to actually find a rowing club.
-the monitor is just fine for my purposes. I need to figure out the details of it and I will hopefully update going forward.
-The unit is very well made. The one thing that I think might break down over time is the bungee/strap that is actually bearing most of the load. The clip that holds the strap to the bungee is plastic. That looks like the most likely failure point. I will update if that happens.
-previous commenters noted that the hardware came in a jumble. Clearly, the company sorted this out because mine came beautifully packaged and clearly labelled.
-it's kind of expensive. I'm not even saying that's a bad thing. It is definitely sturdy and high quality, and I believe you get what you pay for. But the expense of it was part of my own manipulation of myself. I can't very well step over a thing that cost as much as a used 2001 honda civic and not sit on it and row, now can I? Exactly.
Overall I recommend this machine to anyone who is needs a little push to get motivated and loves rowing on real water.
I have a bad left foot and had to get total foot reconstruction surgery in October 2018. As a result, I am only allowed to do low impact cardio for the rest of my life. I had been eyeing a WaterRower for many months and I am so glad I went ahead and got it. The risers are much appreciated unless you want to crawl on the floor to mount and dismount the machine. They weren't fun to put on, but I recommend watching a YouTube video on how to do it properly as it helped a lot. The assembly of the machine took two people about 20 mins after watching a video to ensure we understood how to do it (also highly recommend); the risers took significantly longer but THEY ARE WORTH IT. This is a beautiful machine. Very easy to stand up and store, also. Gorgeous finish. Very easy to use, meditative in sound and soothing for the soul. I love it already! Get it! Also, this seller is GREAT to work with! You can't go wrong.
This is a beautiful rower, I love the wood design and feel of this machine. The sound of the water in the drum is 10 times more relaxing then an air rower IMHO. Build quality is very good, the machine is very sturdy and does not squeak or creak at all. The only gripe I have about the design is the foot straps, I would love to have a little more of a gap between feet. Could use a little more of a gap between thighs. The feet rests are a little cheap and don't make it a nice experience if you wanted to row without shoes. Overall a great design, the ease of lifting up the unit and storing it upright is a huge space saver as well.
We ordered two rowers but one of the monitors is not working. We were connected to the manufacturer who sent us the new parts and everything is working now. We were very pleased with the follow up and support.
My husband and I decided to purchase this row machine because I have to have everything matching and / or blending with my decor. We are getting older ... et em and well, need to tone up a bit but didn’t want a piece of equipment that likely would end up being a hanger for the clothes that don’t make it into the closet.
Not only is this a beautiful piece of furniture that blends nicely when out (in the living room I might add) and stores quickly and easily, but we LOVE using it. The sound of the water takes you outside your living room to a serine spot to just row. You forget where you are - or maybe that’s because I am getting dizzy from my workout - in any event, it is low impact, easy to use, nice to look at and gives you a good workout without much effort. We absolutely love it and highly recommend. Top quality. Worth the investment!
Really love this rower! Arrived promptly, was exactly as described and the main rower was easy to assemble. We are really happy with the product. The sound is just mesmerizing and the action is flawless. The reason it is not a 5-star review is that we also purchased the stand and that was a real pain to install. The first step is to remove 16 rubber floor protectors from the bottom of the rower and they had clearly been installed by a machine because they were nearly impossible to get off. The only way we got them all was to cut off the rubber and use vise grips on the screws. The next step is to screw a mounting plate into the "same" holes, needless to say they didn't line up and we had to drill all new holes. Unless you have vise grips, a power drill and good screwdrivers, I would recommend you pay for the setup. That being said the stand is awesome and enhances the rower.
After a month and change of owning, I couldn’t be happier. The instructions for assembly were complete and easy to understand. Functionally it’s a great machine. The freely available WERow software (through the WaterRower website) turns your progress into a game that’s easy to track and improve upon.
If you have your machine in front of a tv, I suggest getting a streaming device and casting youtube rowing videos. There’s a ton of folks that have recorded their session on camera and it helps with immersion.
This rower seems to be extremely well made, with very solid wood and metal parts. The seat slides smoothly and the water blade gives the handle a good solid (and quiet) action with variable resistance based on how hard you pull it. Ours arrived with a broken computer (the box itself was undamaged) and the manufacturer promptly sent us a replacement. Highly recommend. Plus it apparently makes a good cat tree when standing upright.
i was torn between this rower and a concept 2 rower. apparently the concept 2 has a better computer, but they both do the same thing. I bought the WaterRower because it doesn't look like a piece of gym furniture in my place.