Water Rower Natural Rowing Machine

Hopefully, you’re not a Machiavellian sociopath like Frank Underwood, but you might want his rowing machine as shown on House of Cards. It’s the Water Rower Natural Rowing Machine, an elegant erg with an ash wood frame with gorgeous aesthetics and solid construction. Users gush this lovely piece of exercise equipment actually looks like art […]

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Water Rower Natural Rowing Machine

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Hopefully, you’re not a Machiavellian sociopath like Frank Underwood, but you might want his rowing machine as shown on House of Cards.

It’s the Water Rower Natural Rowing Machine, an elegant erg with an ash wood frame with gorgeous aesthetics and solid construction. Users gush this lovely piece of exercise equipment actually looks like art or a fine piece of furniture. Even though it’s easy to store upright, it doesn’t need to be hidden from sight.

Beauty is more than skin deep.

The Water Rower Natural Rowing Machine isn’t just a pretty face.

It’s quiet enough to watch television as well as stable with a seat that rolls easily for a fine workout. The flywheel’s paddles engage water in a tank to sustain smooth resistance.

Rowers like water resistance because it creates a natural feeling of tension as well as “hypnotic” and “meditative” soft whooshing sounds.

On the other hand...

People seem less pleased with the “basic” S4 monitor. It displays how long and far someone has rowed and the calories burned.

For the Water Rower Natural Rowing Machine’s high price, however, consumers expect more from its monitor/computer: more functions (e.g., a heart monitor), a higher quality and higher positioned mount, and greater visibility.

They also expect a leak-free tank (we found three reports of leaking) and better footrests with straps to keep small feet in place and prevent heels from slipping off the platforms.

It did get some mixed views...

Some people find putting together the Water Rower Natural Rowing Machine reasonably easy without tools and appreciate the included assembly instructional DVD. Others describe fitting parts together as “tricky”.

Filling the tank with water via a siphon pump is straightforward but “slow.” A few users feel this model’s resistance isn’t strong enough for high-intensity workouts.

Care and feeding

The machine comes with an owner’s manual that contains use, assembly, and maintenance directions; S4 monitor instructions; and warranty information.

As the wood expands and contracts due to environmental conditions, bolts may need tightening every once in a while.

Also, water purification tablets (put in the water tank every six to twelve months) helps keep the water clear.

To protect your floor, users advise putting a mat under the rowing machine.

For an introduction to the Water Rower Natural Rowing Machine, watch this video.

Features

  • Solid ash wood with honey oak stain
  • Includes S4 Performance Monitor, home training DVD, owner’s manual, siphon pump, water purification tablets, and Allen key
  • Dimensions: 82.25” (209 cm) long x 22.25” (57 cm) wide x 20” (51 cm) high
  • Weight: 66.5 pounds (30.5 kg) when dry; 103.5 pounds (47 kg) with 17 liters of water
  • Three-year parts/five-year frame warranty

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