A tremendous way to get a full-body exercise is to use a rowing machine. However, I have always preferred air machines over magnetic machines. The reason for this is the resistance system as air machines will adjust to how hard and fast you are rowing. The problem is many of these machines can break your bank. However, if you are willing to accept a less technical piece of machinery then you can still work out with a great rower while saving a lot of money. If you are looking for a brand new air rowing machine but are on a budget, then I highly suggest investing in the rowers listed below.
Stamina ATS Air Rower 1399
I am kicking off this list with a company who knows how to make affordable air rowing machines: Stamina. There ATS Air Rower 1399 is a wind-resistance machine with a built-in monitor that displays several different features: time, calories burned, distance and speed. I would prefer the monitor to have a larger screen because it can be difficult to see from a distance, but it still suffices.
Although this may not be one of the biggest selling points, one of my favorite features to this air rower is how portable it is. The frame is extremely easy to fold up, it has built-in wheels for easy movability and it even has floor protectors to prevent skidding. I have also found that the large footplates and adjustable nylon foot straps are excellent additions. Honestly, the only major downside you will find with this rower is the below-average monitor.
Lifecore R88 Rowing Machine
Let’s turn to a little more advanced, affordable rowing machine: the Lifecore R88 Rowing Machine. Probably the coolest aspect to the Lifecore R88 is it actually combines air and magnetic resistance. Previously, I mentioned that I prefer air over magnetic, but this combines the best of both worlds. It also is built with a tremendously solid aluminum frame and silent drive system. This machine also excels in comfort as its ergonomically designed seat will please even the pickiest of you.
However, the greatest feature of the Lifecore R88 is its computer monitor. You will find eight different air and magnetic resistance levels to choose from, race programs, a recovery program, and various other basic features on its large LCD display. I don’t know about you, but for me, a great computer can separate the good machines from the great ones. Overall, the Lifecore R88 is incredibly simple to use, is very well constructed, and is smooth in motion.
Stamina ATS Air Rower 1405
This is the second Stamina Rower to make its way on this list. The ATS Air Rower 1405 is very similar to the ATS Air Rower 1399. It is designed with an over-sized chrome seat rail, as well as a molded seat that is extremely comfortable. The metal rowing chain is mixed with the perfect amount of durability and strength. No matter how hard you want to work on this machine, it can perform it as its resistance system is above-average. I would say that the ATS Air Rower 1405 is a little better than the ATS Ari Rower 1399 for intense workouts.
Much like the ATS Air Rower 1399, the computer on this machine is not going to impress you. The screen is a little easier to see, but it still serves the same basic functions: distance, speed, time and calories burned. If you have no concern about the technical aspects of air rowing machines, then this is not an issue for you.
Stamina X Air Rower
Remember when I said Stamina knew how to make affordable rowers? Well, here they are again! However, the Stamina X Air Rower might be their best entry on this list. There is no doubt that this has the superior monitor of the three. I think it has the best visibility combined with displaying your total distance, time, speed, calories burned, and the number of strokes and strokes per minute.
Although all three are very durable, the X Air Rower might also have the best durability. The rowing chain is said to last for years and the strong steel frame can support up to 250 pounds. One of the more subtle features that stands out, however, is the design. I have not mentioned this with the previous entries because they all had a basic design. This is not the case with the X Air Rower as it has an amazingly eloquent red and black exterior.
Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5623 Air Magnetic Rower
Steering away from Stamina, the last entry on this list is the Air Magnetic Rower from Sunny Health & Fitness. Much like the Lifecore R88, it combines air and magnetic resistance. The magnetic resistance features eight levels of adjustable resistance, while the integrated fan provides additional resistance to create a unique response with every single stroke you take. This machine also has very convenient non-slip handlebars to prevent you from hurting yourself while pulling.
The dual magnetic and air resistance system is incredibly awesome, but there are two features that may decide if this isn’t the rower for you. Firstly, the digital computer is not very advanced. Does this sound slightly familiar? In case you haven’t figured it out yet, the most affordable machines tend to lack the technology. In this case, this rowing machine is lacking the option of total distance. You also might find the pull to be a little rougher, although not unbearable, due to it using a belt rather than a chain.
Unfortunately, when you are shopping for affordability you sometimes have to substitute it for quality. This does not mean, however, you can’t find a good bang for your buck. This is the case with all of the rowers that I mentioned. They may not be technologically advanced, but they will all give you a fantastic workout. I am hoping that if you are planning on looking for a cheaper machine, I helped narrow your decision!