Why you want this: If you’ve historically taken a more casual approach to working out, you may feel intimidated at the thought of purchasing home equipment, facing the full spectrum of options. Fortunately, experts seem to agree that a rowing machine is an easy solution for full-body exercise. While rowing, you are using a majority of your muscle groups and also getting a cardiovascular workout. If you have any injuries or joint pain, rowing is a low-impact exercise, meaning that the movements don’t put too much pressure on your body.
What the experts say: Business Insider writes that the Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Rowing Machine boasts: “a comfortable, cushioned seat; anti-grip handles; an LCD monitor that tracks stroke counts, time, and calories burned; and eight levels of knob-adjusted magnetic resistance for various intensities.”
What the people say: Good for small spaces. (“The footprint of the machine is minimal. When the seat bit is folded up, it barely takes up any space. I leave mine unfolded because I have the space for it, but if you wanted to keep its square footage to a minimum, this would certainly beat out the floor space of an elliptical (snooze-machine) or a treadmill.”)
Easy to assemble and easy to use. (“Great equipment. I did not opt for professional assembly, it was easy to assemble. Easy to use and quiet. My cats hang out with me while I use it, and we all know how easily cats can be startled.”)
The Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Rowing Machine is now $243, or 39 percent off the regular price.