Top 10 Best Portable Rowing Machines
for October 2022

Rowing machines, also known as ergometers, are a great way to get fit, improve heart health, and build muscle. Rowing machines work your legs and glutes, as well as your arms and back, as you're pulling on a handle. You'll feel a burn in your legs and glutes, but rowing machines are also great for weight loss.

Rowing machines come in various sizes, with portable models being the most popular. They fold up easily, making them easy to take anywhere. Portable rowing machines are also lightweight, making them easy to move. Our testing Lab has tested numerous portable rowing machines over the years, including rowers from RowMaster, Stamina, Landice and Stamina.

For the best portable rowing machines, our Lab evaluates performance, such as how fast the rower moves, its noise level, and how easy it is for a novice or expert to row. We also evaluate ease of use, such as how easy it is to fold up and move, and how easy it is to adjust the resistance.

Here are the top 10 best portable rowing machines of 2022, according to Different Guide Reviews testing and popular reviews:

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KEVCHE Hydraulic Rowing Machine Ultra Quiet Rower 12 Resistance Level for Home Use, Small & Portable Body Training Equipment with LCD Monitor, Weight Capacity 660Lbs

KEVCHE Hydraulic Rowing Machine Ultra Quiet Rower 12 Resistance Level for Home Use

by KEVCHE
What We like

The KEVCHE rowing machine offers a solid construction with high-end features such as a heart rate monitoring system and digital display. At $600, it's the most expensive model we tested, but it supports higher weights than some of the other rowers we tested.

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9.7
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Stamina BodyTrac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine | Compact, Portable Rower | Smooth Hydraulic Resistance

Stamina BodyTrac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine

by Stamina Products, Inc.
What We like

The Glider 1050 is a space-saving machine that doesn't require much space - perfect for an apartment. Assembly of the machine isn't difficult, and it only weighs 82 pounds, making it easy to move.

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9.4
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Sunny Health & Fitness Dual Function Magnetic Rowing Machine w/ Digital Monitor, Multi-Exercise Step Plates, 275 LB Max Weight and Foldable - SF-RW5622

Sunny Health & Fitness Dual Function Magnetic Rowing Machine w/ Digital Monitor, Multi-Exercise Step Plates, 275 LB Max Weight and Foldable

by Sunny Health & Fitness
What We like

This Sunny Health & Fitness rower is the best at targeting the upper back muscles, and the least expensive rower we tested. It's also the only rower with a backrest.

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9.3
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Merax Rowing Machine Indoor Home Rower Magnetic Rowing Machine with Magnetic Tension System, LED Monitor and 8-Level Resistance Adjustment Fitness Equipment for Home Gym Exercise, Golden Black

Merax Rowing Machine Indoor Home Rower Magnetic Rowing Machine with Magnetic Tension System

by Merax
What We like

The merax rowing machine is affordable enough for a beginner, which makes it a worthwhile budget pick, but it's by no means a cheap piece of equipment. The rowing machine's handlebars made our testers' hands feel achy at the end of a workout, but it's not excessively harsh.

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8.9
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ECHANFIT Magnetic Rower Rowing Machine for Home Use Foldable w/16 Level of Quiet Magnetic Resistance with LCD Monitor and Adjustable Console Angle for Cardio Training (CR49)

ECHANFIT Magnetic Rower Rowing Machine for Home Use Foldable w/16 Level of Quiet Magnetic Resistance with LCD Monitor and Adjustable Console Angle for Cardio Training (CR49)

by ECHANFIT
What We like

This little rower is quiet, stable, and responsive -- especially for the price. It is also the only rower we reviewed that has a folding console.

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8.6
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Ativafit Magnetic Rower Rowing Machine 8 Level Adjustable Resistance Exercise for Whole Body with LCD Monitor for Home Use Folding Magnetic Rower

Ativafit Magnetic Rower Rowing Machine 8 Level Adjustable Resistance Exercise for Whole Body with LCD Monitor for Home Use Folding Magnetic Rower

by ATIVAFIT
What We like

Ativafit rowing machine ranks the winner for its sleek design & sturdy build, build quality, comfortable rowing stroke, full range of resistance, LCD monitor, strong warranty, thick, sturdy foot mat & smooth, quiet magnetic resistance.

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8.5
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Yovital Foldable Rowing Machine for Home Use, Rowing Machine Rower Exercise Equipment, Row Machine 8 Level Adjustable Magnetic Resistance with LCD Monitor, Full Body Fitness

Yovital Foldable Rowing Machine for Home Use

by Yovital
What We like

The Yovital foldable rowing machine features a no-touch magnetic resistance system; it's quiet, smooth and extremely quiet compared to other rowing machines we tested. It's also quiet enough to not disturb other house noise. A solid iron flywheel provides a little extra flywheel resistance.

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8.5
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GYMAX Hydraulic Rowing Machine, Full Motion Rower with Adjustable Resistance & LCD Monitor for Cardio Exercise, Home/Office/Apartment (Silver)

GYMAX Hydraulic Rowing Machine

by GYMAX
What We like

Rowing can help you exercise your upper body, lower body, and core for a full-body workout. This hydraulic rowing machine uses hydraulic resistance, so it is more comfortable than traditional rowing machine. The LCD screen displays the count, distance, calories burned, and total count.

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8.5
SCORE
ShareVgo Smart Rower Folding Magnetic Rowing Machine with Free APP for Indoor Full Body Workout Log and Performance Track, Bluetooth LCD Monitor & Tablet Holder, Max Weight 300 lbs Ergometer - SRM1000

ShareVgo Smart Rower Folding Magnetic Rowing Machine with Free APP for Indoor Full Body Workout Log and Performance Track, Bluetooth LCD Monitor & Tablet Holder, Max Weight 300 lbs Ergometer

by ShareVgo
What We like

The ShareVgo Smart Rower During our research, we found very few rowing machines on the market that had a folding design. The ShareVgo is the only rowing machine that folds small enough to pack into your trunk and take it with you on a road trip or to take with you to the gym.

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8.3
SCORE
Sporfit Hydraulic Rowing Machine- Full Motion Rower, Foldable Rowing Machines w/Adjustable Resistance & LCD Monitor for Cardio Exercise, Home/Office/Apartment

Sporfit Hydraulic Rowing Machine- Full Motion Rower

by Sporfit
What We like

The positive reviewers on this item either love it or hate it. It's durable, stable, and solid at the same time. It's certainly not for the weak of heart (or stomach, for that matter).

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