I always tell people that it’s worth paying extra for a top-end rower such as a WaterRower or a Concept 2 rower because these are built to last and will give you a great workout every single time.
However if you cannot afford to pay $1000 or more for one of these machines, there are cheaper alternatives available, one of which is the Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower.
This was included in our list of the best mid-range rowing machines, so let’s take a look at this particular model in more detail.
Features And Benefits
- electronically controlled resistance
- 12 workout programs
- large easy-to-read LCD display
- track time, distance, stokes, pulse, calories, etc
- large PU molded saddle
- non-slip foot plates
- includes chest strap heart monitor
- foldable space-saving design
- accommodates users up to 275 pounds
This rowing machine has dimensions (in inches) of 80.3 (L) x 20.1 (W) x 29.3 (H), but if you are worried about it taking up too much space in your home, it has a foldable space-saving design so that you can store it away when it is not being used.
There are several reasons why you should consider buying this Velocity rowing machine.
For a start, it is one of the few rowing machines in this price range that provides you with electronically-controlled resistance and a number of workout programs.
If you want to increase the resistance, you simply adjust the program to one that will give you a tougher workout or adjust it as required, and it’s all at the touch of a button.
In addition, you should find that the workout itself is smooth and quiet thanks to the efficient drum magnetic control system, and it is comfortable enough to use thanks to the large foam-padded seat and the non-slip foot pedals.
In order to monitor your performance, there is an easy-to-read LCD display that indicates time, distance, stroke count, strokes/minute, calories burned, watts and pulse rate (which is measured using the chest strap monitor that is included).
This Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower has a space-saving foldable design if you want to fold it away at any point, and if you want to move it from one room to another, there are transport wheels attached that make this task a lot easier.
If there are any negatives, this machine runs on electricity instead of batteries, so you do obviously need to be near a power outlet.
Furthermore, a few people have complained that they received defective parts when it was delivered to them, and they had to subsequently return the product and request a replacement.
Finally, although there is a wide range of resistance available on this machine, you will find that some of the top-end air rowers will have tougher resistance, but this obviously comes at a cost.
If you would like to buy a good quality rowing machine without spending a small fortune on one of the commercial-grade machines, then the Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower appears to be an excellent choice.
Whilst you could argue that an air rower is preferable to a magnetic rower, this particular rowing machine still has a wide range of resistance and a decent choice of workout programs, and is guaranteed to deliver a smooth, quiet and comfortable workout.