Cheap rowing machine?
So what is the Best Cheap Rowing Machine?
We’ve seen this question asked many times and to be honest, defining ‘cheap’ is very difficult; everyone has a different budget after all!
We’re going to assume that this question refers to new (unused) rowers, if you want to know more about the second hand market for rowing machines please see this article.
So, let us show you a selection of the best cheap rowing machines priced under $300.
But before we start, do you have a more flexable budget?
Best inexpensive rower?
The truth of the matter is, if we’re talking about cheap rowing machine under $300 and new ones at that, you’ll be looking mainly at piston rowers (although we did find one air rower, review below!).
If you’re looking for a compact design, easily stored and with little maintenance required, these rowers are absolutely ideal. They can however lack some of the realism of other rower types; check out our article on different rower types to find out more.
Our top 3 best Cheap Rowing Machines:
Stamina 1215 Orbital Rowing Machine with Free Motion Arms
The Stamina 1215 Rowing Machine has free motion arms and mimics (surprisingly well!) the on-water rowing experience. What we really love about these machines is how compact they are.
It’s great having a large, high quality rower (budget permitting) but if space is an issue then they soon start to clutter up the place and double as clothes dryers!
With this cheap rowing machine you shouldn’t have that problem, great space saver.
The machines rowing resistance is controlled by adjusting the tension controls on the hydraulic cylinders and you get your workout data displayed on the digital monitor which gives you the usual distance, speed, time, row count, miles & burned calories information.
This is the crunch though! Will it last? Customer opinion is slightly divided on this but mostly in favor of the machine. There is feedback which questions the build quality after extended use but we are looking at the lower end of the rower market here and can’t really expect ‘industrial’ specs.
Of interest, the frame has a 5 year warranty, other parts are covered for 90 days, and we think a lot of punishment could be dished out in the first 3 months!
Stamina Air Rower
The Stamina Air Rower is one of the best Air Rowers to match this $300 budget, and its actually very good!
Again the build of this cheap rowing machine is adequate and it feels good to exercise on. We did find that it tended to work the arms more than the legs but that might have been a height issue and not a fault of the rowers.
Please be aware that the Stamina Air Rower does not have adjustable resistance settings, it works on the principle of air resistance so the harder you work, the harder it gets. There’s nothing wrong with this approach and it does go on to give you a good workout.
Customer feedback suggests that this model holds together very well and is suitable for people who want a rowing machine that will last if looked after! Worth considering if you want a cheap rowing machine.
Sunny Health and Fitness Rowing Machine
We’ve tried to stay away from the bottom end of the market but this cheap rowing machine caught our attention quite quickly and for some people it is going to be ideal.
The Sunny Health and Fitness Rowing Machine really is the answer if you want a casual rowing machine that you can hide away when it’s not in use.
For the price it feels surprisingly comfortable, the seat is contoured and suitable for most body shapes and the steel frame seems sturdy when the machine is in use.
Don’t get us wrong here, it’s not a Concept 2 but it really does feel ok to use. You have a digital monitor for basic rowing data; this is very basic stuff but ok for a casual user.
For the money though, this is a good option.
Cheap Rowing Machine Summary
Can we cut straight to the chase; the best inexpensive rower is going to be a second hand one! If that route interests you, check out our guide here.
If you really need a new one, maybe for yourself or as a gift for a friend? Then we would recommend one of the Stamina rowers and in particular the Stamina 1215. All 3 rowers mentioned above are good for their price, but the Stamina 1215 comes with the added bonus of a 5 year guarantee on the frame (and 90 days on other parts of course!), nothing like peace of mind!
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