Rowing Machine Buying Guide 2022

R200 rowing machine imageWhether you are aiming to lose weight, tone up or just improve your overall fitness, a rowing machine can be a very effective tool. Rowing machines provide a full-body workout because the rowing movement engages many muscles at once. Therefore, rowing is regarded as an extremely efficient form of exercise, building both power and endurance at the same time.

Rowing is also considered a low-impact movement meaning that there aren’t any isolated body parts that take excessive stress. As a result, Rowing machines are suitable for all fitness levels.

So, you know how beneficial a rowing machine can be, but where do you start when looking for the best one for you? That’s where we come in. We have compiled a list of things to consider before you make a rowing machine purchase.


Rowing Machine Resistance Types

The resistance of any exercise machine is essential as this is what alters the intensity of your workout. With regards to rowing machines, there are 3 types of resistance that you can usually choose from, these include Magnetic resistance, Air resistance and water resistance.


Magnetic Resistance Rowing Machines

Most of the rowing machines that you will find on the market will have magnetic resistance. This works by placing a magnetic brake next to the metallic flywheel, the closer the magnet the greater the resistance. This is the most popular type of resistance due to the smoothness of the resistance and the lack of noise created whilst in use.

A reliable magnetic resistance rowing machine that has been chosen by many on Amazon is the JLL fitness R200 rower. Boasting a 4.4 out of 5 rating on Amazon, with over 1000 positive reviews, this could be considered the perfect option.

JLL R200 Rower


Air Resistance Rowing Machines

Rowers with air resistance create their resistance using a specially designed fan placed within the rowing machine’s body. The resistance fan then spins faster or slower depending on the user’s effort and the faster it spins, the greater the resistance. Hence, with this resistance option, the harder you work, the greater the resistance which is perfect for those hoping to improve performance.

The JLL Ventus Pro rower is a commercial quality home rower that utilises air resistance to increase intensity.

JLL Ventus Pro Air Rower


Water Resistance Rowing Machines

For the most authentic rower experience, you may want to select a machine with water resistance. This simulates the resistance that would be felt when rowing out on the open water. Like air resistance models, the harder you row, the more intense the resistance experienced.

The JLL Aqua 1 is an excellent example of a water resistance rower, with a quality build and affordable price.

JLL Aqua 1 Water Rower



Dual Resistance Rowing Machines

We have one for of resistance when you can have two? This is the case with some of the rowers on the market that incorporate both Air and Magnetic resistance. These machines have the smooth and quiet benefit of magnetic resistance along with the air resistance benefits of increasing resistance with output.


The JLL Ventus 2 and Ventus 3 both have Air and magnetic resistance. So you get the best of both worlds with these choices.

JLL Rowing Machines


Rowing Machine Monitors

When assessing what monitor is most suitable for you, the 1st point of call is to ponder how many functions the monitor has. The typical rower monitor will have at least 4 functions; Total Row Count, Calories, Distance & Time. As you can expect, the more expensive rowers will provide more functions for you to track.

Another aspect of the monitors that should be considered is the convenience of the user interface. When you are midway through a workout, the last thing that you will want is to have to compete with the monitor to find the data you need.

Monitors in JLL’s selection of rowing machines range from 5 functions on the R200 rower to 11 functions on the Ventus 2, Ventus Pro and Aqua 1 rowers.

JLL Rowing Machines


Rowing Machine Build Quality/ Max User Weight

The build quality of the rower needs to be considered when selecting the perfect machine for you. More expensive rowers will in theory have more stable frames, but this isn’t always the case. A good way to judge the quality of the frame, if you are unable to physically test the machine, is by checking the max user weight. Rowers with higher max user weights will most likely have better quality frames.


Dimensions/ Storage / Available area

It may seem like an obvious point but before you start looking for your perfect rowing machine, it is essential to measure the area that you plan to place it. You can then use these figures to eliminate any machines that do not fit these criteria. There are some Rowers that are built with storage in mind and can be folded away to store, so look out for this if you are tight on space.


App Compatibility

Technology is everywhere these days, so when it comes to rowing machines, this is no different. Fitness apps can be very beneficial when looking for tips and motivation but also when tracking your progress.

The Ventus 3 rower is compatible with Kinomap, a well-respected fitness app that allows you to do the things mentioned above.

JLL Ventus 3 Rower


After-Sale Support

Once you have made your decision and your purchase, things can still go wrong with your item. So, with this in mind, it is important to buy from a reputable company. JLL Fitness provide at least a year’s warranty on all fitness machines. We also have a UK based after sales team to assist you with any queries.

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