RW900 Rower Review
Overall Score 9.8
Nordictrack RW900 Rower
Nordictrack’s RW900 rowing machine should top the list for any athlete or active individual thanks to its electromagnetic resistance—which makes it incredibly smooth to row — and it’s wide 22-inch touchscreen which allows you to stream and follow along to iFit rowing workouts led by some of the best motivational instructors, like Olympic rower Alex Gregory or Jay Wein and Alex Silver-Fagen, both of City Row fame.
Choose from over 200 rowing studio classes and trainer led destination rows all powered by iFit. While you visually row a river in Kenya, Croatia, Slovenia, the UK and more or decide to be part of a rowing studio class, the RW900 will automatically increase or decrease the levels of resistance you experience in sync with your trainer for a truly interactive rowing workout experience. Alternatively you can select from thousands of iFit trainer led cross-training classes from yoga, boot-camp, kick-boxing to stretching and weights.
SMR the silent magnetic resistance technology combined with a Manual Air Resistance option makes the RW900 quieter and smoother than other rowers. The warranty is outstanding value with 10 years on the frame, 2 years parts including electronics and 1 year labor.
The RW900 is a highly recommended rower by maybe.yes.no review team. The iFit rowing workouts with Olympians like Alex Gregory really make this rowing machine standout. The RW900 rower delivers aerobic endurance and strength building in one workout keeping or getting you fit in less time.
A Total body workout Rowing Machine
Rowing is an extremely effective total body workout with 84% of your muscles being involved while exercising. There are 26 levels of resistance on the RW900 for a good challenge to work up to and build your endurance level. Additionally this rowing machine has 10 air resistance options to further intensify your workout to burn more calories.
As a full-body exercise a rowing machine provides a motion of physical exercise that can help build and tone muscles, improve cardiovascular function and increase stamina. Another key aspect aspect to keep in mind, rowing is low-impact exercise and easy on joints. Rowing is also highly recommended as a cross training option especially if you spend time more predominantly on your favorite activities such as cycling or spin biking for example. “Cross-training is important to to add variety to CHALLENGE YOUR BODY and muscles which in turn prevent injury by strengthen the muscles you don’t use on the bike” according to Alex Fagan.
WHAT WE LOVE
22 inch HD touchscreen • Ergonomic • iFit Trainers • Resistance levels
You get a wide 22-inch HD touchscreen console for a better visual workout experience on this rower. The console also displays your workout stats plus iFit destination sessions exploring famous waterways all over the world and gives you a more immersive interactive training experience.
Strong, Ergonomic Design
The RW900 rower was made to give you a smooth-feeling, comfortable motion. The inertia-enhanced flywheel and the silent magnetic resistance give you a smooth, quiet workout.
The molded seat and pivoting foot pedals offer a super-flexible motion. And the soft touch, ergonomic handle help reduce hand and wrist fatigue throughout longer workouts.
You get two types of resistance and over 36 levels of resistance. First SMR, Silent magnetic resistance with 26 levels plus you can add air resistance with an additional 10 levels. You are unlikely to run out of challenges with the RW900 as you build and increase strength and stamina.
Row the World with iFit
Connect to iFit through your touchscreen and choose from over 200 different destination rowing workouts to try. Row spectacular rivers and lakes around the globe with iFit Trainer led destination rowing. Your iFit rowing instructor will coach you through the workout, pointing out landmarks and friendly inhabitants, as iFit uses a 1-take film production technique when filming —so you never know who or what you may see along the way. This make iFit destination workouts more spontaneous and fun to do.
You can row anywhere you want using the Google maps feature and watch the scenery on the screen as you row. To display your RW900 rower touchscreen on a wider screen TV or monitor, you can simply plug an HDMI cable (not included) into the port on the rower’s console – pretty Awesome!
WHAT TO KNOW
TWO TYPE OF RESISTANCE
The RW900 has 26 levels of silent magnetic resistance that you can control and adjust from the console.
You can add more intensity with the air resistance option. As you improve you can challenge yourself by increasing the resistance. There are 10 levels of adjustable air resistance giving you a combined 36 levels in total for the RW900.
The RW900 collects, stores and displays all the statistics you need to maximize your workout and track progress. Some of these stats include SPM (strokes per minute), Time per 500 meter (split) Total time, total distance, avg. split time, avg. WATTS (power output), and BPM (beats per minute if wearing a chest strap).
The RW900 rowing machine easily folds up with wheels on the bottom front so you can move it out of the way when you’re done.
The RW900 rower is fairly heavy and that makes it very stable. Good for putting extra effort into your rowing with no concern about it tipping over like some inexpensive options that are just way too light.
30 Built-In Workouts
The RW900 rwing machine comes with 30 built-in workouts that are designed to challenge you and help you burn more calories and increase your strength. We think once you start with iFit training workouts you will find those more motivating but you always have a choice.
iFit Trainer Led Workouts
There are hundreds of interactive iFit rowing workouts available on the RW900 and new ones are added frequently. There are also thousands of off the rower classes like yoga, kick boxing, boot camp and more for cross training.
GOOD TO KNOW
IFit saves your workouts on the iFit portal and on the RW900. This is great for showing what you did in a week, month, year. Stats include the heartbeat monitor results if you use a chest strap.
The ergonomic molded seat, handle and touchscreen are adjustable for different heights so you can find a comfortable position. Additionally the touchscreen has the ability to swivel 180° left or right and is adjustable in a vertical direction (up and down) which makes this rowing machine more versatile for off the rower cross-training classes.
The touchscreen has an auxiliary music port. So you can also plug in your phone or other device and play your workout music through the built-in 2" console speakers.
The foot-pedals pivot for easy movement. They are adjustable with nylon straps to make sure your feet stay put throughout the motion and offer quick release. We got positive feedback on the foot pedals from current users.
While you exercise, the console will display continuous exercise feedback. You can also measure your heart rate using an optional chest heart rate monitor.
The RW900 warranty is: 10 years on the Frame, 2 year Parts including electronics and 1 year Labor. You can add extended warranty and service by selecting one of the following options at checkout:
3 Year Extended Warranty $179.95 or a 3 Year Maintenance Service Plan that includes an onsite annual equipment check-up for $339.99.
Length: 7 ft. 3 in. (221 cm) Width: 1 ft. 10 in. (56 cm)
or 86.5 inches x 22 inches x 50.4 inches
RW900 Weight: 120 pounds
User Weight: 250 lbs.
POINTS OF DISTINCTION
The RW900 rower provides a more immersive experience giving the feel as if you are rowing on the water. It is really enjoyable, motivating and entertaining. The trainers are engaging and workout flies by quickly. Each stroke should be about 60 percent legs, 30 percent back, and only 10 percent arms, so you are getting more of a total body workout. About 84% of your muscles will participate in a rowing motion during your workout.
The RW900 has a 22” HD touchscreen that shows your live statistics and iFit streamed rowing classes which you select via the touchscreen as well.
The first year of iFit is included. (a $396 value)
The RW900 has two types of resistance Silent Magnetic and Air. This combination provides plenty of challenge for the beginners and advanced rowers making this rowing machine appropriate for all skill levels.
The RW900 rower folds up and has wheels to move it out of the way when not in use.
Who Should buy a Nordictrack RW900 Rower
People who are looking for a low impact, calorie burning workout should consider the RW900, especially those that like motivation from a trainer during a workout. iFit rowing trainers are the world’s best with a collection of Olympic, Collegiate and professional champions.
Active sports individuals looking for cross training like runners, cyclists, or swimmers should definitely consider the RW900.
Folks with knee/joint issues should consider the RW900. Because rowing is low-impact, it is an ideal workout for anyone with knee issues. There is no impact and a lot less stress on your knees when using this rower.
People looking to burn calories should consider working out on the RW900 rowing machine for 15-30 minutes. Rowing is a full body workout for anyone looking to get fit or burn a lot of calories.
The RW900 machine is a excellent addition to anyone’s home gym and it’s one of the best especially for the $1,599 price with 1 year of iFit included. (a $396 value) Rowing is a non-impact, total body, aerobic workout. It strengthens arms, legs, shoulders and back while also being an excellent cardio workout. Rowing can make you very fit and especially strengthens your core.
If you are short on space for fitness equipment, consider the RW900 rower as its design enable it to fold up and can be easily moved out of the way when not in use.
The RW900 rower is $1599 with free shipping. There is an option to add White Glove Delivery and Assembly for $249. The RW900 is easy to assemble but if you are not into DIY take advantage of the assembly option. The delivery will place the rower in the room of your choice and set it up and test. If you want to save some money you can also go with the RW500 which comes with a 10 inch smart tablet.
Your first year of iFit is included. (a $396 value) This gives you access to the full library of over 10,000 workouts on and off the rower. If you add additional equipment to your home gym, you will not need to purchase an extra iFit licenses. One iFit subscription is good for up to four individual accounts to be added where each account’s settings and statistics are tracked individually.
AT THE END ── Final thoughts
The RW900 has one of the largest HD touchscreens you’ll find on a home rower today. And with the iFit streamed classes and trainer led destination rowing workouts, you’ll never run out of fun things to do on this machine.
Plus the 2 different types of resistance give you the ability to continuously challenge yourself and build endurance. The ergonomic design ensures you’ll have a more comfortable workout. The RW900 rower is a solid addition to any home gym at an affordable price for a feature packed indoor rowing machine. It is stable, comfortable and the iFit rowing workouts are amazingly entertaining and keep you motivated. The RW900 rower is a definite recommended buy.
The extended warranty seems like a good add-on to protect your investment for $179 for 3 years which works out to about $5/month we would recommend that purchase as well.