Two minutes of review
The Hydrow is a smart, modern rowing machine that offers live and on-demand workouts that you can follow in our home. However, it’s not a simple peloton clone and it’s the best rowing machine we’ve tested so far.
While other rowing machines create resistance through fans or water, the Hydrow works with the world’s first algorithm that simulates the gentle feeling of rowing on water. This technology means that it is barely audible when in use and that even the seat does not make any noise as it slides smoothly up and down thanks to its built-in 12 foam rollers.
In terms of functions, the Hydrow covers everything that we would expect from a premium digital training device: It has a 22-inch touchscreen display, an electromagnetic computer-controlled pulling mechanism that automatically adjusts itself up to 240 times per second to it mimics the feeling of rowing on the water and has front-facing speakers. The music system is of the highest quality and the built-in speakers ensure that the sound is crystal clear and you can hear both the music and the instructor as you row.
Everything about the machine is aesthetically pleasing. The curvaceous and slim design is so eye-catching that it doesn’t look as bad as other large fitness equipment even when not in use.
There are over 2,000 available for classes, from beginner lessons to advanced rowing competitions. And if you want to take a break from rowing, the Hydrow app also offers you numerous mat exercises.
The price is definitely top notch, especially when you factor in the monthly subscription fee on top of the machine’s initial cost. However, it is important to remember that the Hydrow has the leading technology in the market and is betting on it.
Price and release date
The Hydrow is available in the US and UK and costs $ 2,245 / £ 2,295 (with a monthly subscription of $ 63 / £ 38). It was launched in March 2019 in the US and March 2021 in the UK.
The hydrow arrives in a large box and requires two people to assemble. Although it is quite a heavy device, it is mounted on wheels so that once it is set up it can be easily moved around the room. Note, however, that the machine is 2.2 m long and therefore a little difficult to maneuver.
The standout design feature of the Hydrow is the built-in 22-inch touchscreen, but the overall machine is also aesthetically pleasing. The compact aluminum and steel frame was designed to look super slim and elegant. The frame itself rests on soft, rubberized feet to prevent scratches on the floor.
The Hydrow has adjustable footrests and a comfortable, padded seat that supports users up to 375 pounds. It is specially designed with 12 castors to make it smooth and quiet when the seat slides up and down. Because it is 16.5 inches above the floor, it is easy for the user to get on and off the seat.
Unlike other rowing machines, which often look quite bulky due to the air fan that powers them, the Hydrow uses a computer to control resistance.
Before you begin, you’ll need to sign up for Hydrow Monthly Membership, which gives you access to all of the available classes. It’s very easy and only takes a few minutes.
Once that’s done, you can use the touchscreen to scroll through the classes. As a beginner, we found it useful to start with the 15 minute introductory course, where you can watch the instructor in his boat and learn to mimic his movements to understand what the hydrow is all about and become familiar with the rudder mechanism do .
Once you click on a class you will be given a one minute countdown which will give you plenty of time to clip your shoes into the foot pads and get ready. The seat rolls back and forth smoothly, and since there is no wheel to drive the machine like there are other rowing machines, it’s a seamless process.
The class videos are chic, with most showing an athlete rowing on a specific body of water and filmed so close that you can match them stroke by stroke. Depending on which location you choose, row along the Charles River in Massachusetts, the East River in New York or – for a few sessions – even next to the Houses of Parliament on the Thames.
During each class we selected – from Beginner to Intro to Strength Training – we loved to be motivated by the readings on the screen, including your 500m split time (speed), rhythm count (beats per minute) and the average 500 meter split, total meters covered, estimated calorie consumption and heart rate.
There are a couple of live rowing sessions a day, led by an instructor on the water, when you can compete against other people. On the right side of the screen is the ranking list, which you can optionally filter by gender and age group. Live rates definitely need to be increased to make the high price more affordable.
To complement your rowing training, Hydrow offers a number of mat-based courses that you can access by downloading the free app. There are functional exercise, mobility, pilates, strength and stretching sessions. Most are only 5-10 minutes, although there are some 30-minute mat classes. The app also lets you keep track of your activity, read blog posts, and check the live schedule. You don’t need the app to actually do a hydrow rowing workout on the machine, which is a good thing
Buy it when
You want a sleek design
The hydrow is an attractive device and will not dominate the room it is in.
You canceled your gym membership
Unlike many other exercises at home, rowing gives you a full body workout.
Don’t buy it, though
You don’t plan on using it regularly
It’s hard to justify the high price of this machine if you don’t plan on using it frequently.
Money is short
There are so many other rowing machines on the market that can do the same job. They may not have the built-in interactive experience, but in terms of a full body workout, you can get the same results
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