The 2020 Guide to Purchasing Sunny Health and Fitness Rowing Machines

The diverse selection of Sunny Health and Fitness rowing machines enables prospective buyers to find the right rower to fit their health and fitness needs and budget.

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The 2020 Guide to Purchasing Sunny Health and Fitness Rowing Machines

Sunny Health and Fitness rowing machines are some of the most highly reviewed rowing machines available for in home fitness enthusiasts. The diverse selection of rowing machines enables prospective buyers to find the right rower to fit their health and fitness needs and budget. Those new to rowing can choose a rower that won’t break the bank while still providing a quality rowing workout experience. For those that have a desire to increase their rowing performance, there is an assortment of rowing machines that can give more experienced rowers the features needed to take their rowing to the next level and beyond. There are rowing machines that will satisfy the needs of both in home and commercial users. You can find rowers that vary in the type and level of resistance, workout data tracking, slide rail length, and foot pedal design. Below you will find 10 highly rated rowers that will ensure a great rowing experience to help you move towards your health and fitness goals.

So, what kind of Rower is right for you?

Rowers can be categorized by resistant type. Rowers usually have between one or two types of resistance, such as magnetic, air-magnetic, or water. And the best part? All these machines can help you achieve a full-body workout.



One of the best things about magnetic resistance is that it requires virtually no maintenance during the life of the rower. You can adjust the intensity on magnetic rowers by turning the resistance level dial. With each turn of the dial, you’ll control the distance of the magnets from the flywheel. When the magnets are close to the flywheel, the repelling force generated by the magnets makes it harder to pull against the flywheel during your exercise.

Magnetic resistance is measurable, but it’s not infinite. Most magnet rowers have a fixed limit, such as 8, 12, or 16 levels of resistance. However, once you reach the max resistance setting on the rower, you won’t be able to apply additional force to the flywheel.

Individuals of all fitness levels can use magnetic rowers. But if you’re preparing to buy a rower for light, in-home cardio activities, a basic magnetic rower, like the SF-RW5515 Magnetic Rower, will be more than enough to power your cardio. If you prefer something that simulates real rowing, look at our SF-RW5864 Full-Motion Magnetic Rowing Machine. Magnetic rowers like these have versatile row arms that allow you to row backward and forward.



Air-magnetic rowers offer more resistance than standalone magnetic rowers. Air-magnetic rowers have dual resistance: two mechanisms that work against you as you pull against the rower’s flywheel. In the case of the air-magnetic rower, it has the finite benefits of a magnetic rower, but adds progressive air resistance.

Progressive air resistance is the capability of displacing air based on the strength of a rowing stroke through an onboard fan. The harder you pull, the more resistance you’ll feel. Most rowers use some form of a fan for air resistance. Simply put, larger fan blades can displace more air, and therefore provide more resistance.

Like standalone magnetic resistance, you can also control the baseline resistance on air-magnetic rowers. For additional resistance, you can pull harder against the fan blade to displace more air. In most rowers, you’ll have to engage both forms of resistance at the same time.

A rower with progressive resistance would work best for individuals that want more than a light cardio exercise and believe that their strength may quickly outgrow the resistance of the magnetic mechanism.


Water Resistance

Water resistance gives you more control over progressive resistance. Much like how a fan can displace air, a water rower has blades that displace water inside of a controlled tank. The user can determine how much water is in the tank to control the level of resistance (which tend to have marked levels). The more water there is to displace, the more resistance you’ll endure during your exercise.

Unlike its magnetic counterparts, the levels of resistance are not fixed, and it can be hard to measure. However, water rowers may offer a great experience to those who prefer the natural pull and feel of water when rowing.


Sunny Health and Fitness Top Rowers

  1. SF-RW5910 Phantom Hydro Water Rowing Machine
  2. SF-RW5801 Magnetic Rowing Machine - Synergy Power Motion
  3. 8580 Ventus Air Magnetic Rower
  4. SF-RW5515 Magnetic Rowing Machine Rower w/ LCD Monitor
  5. SF-RW5713 Obsidian Surge Water Rowing Machine
  6. SF-RW5854 Magnetic Rowing Machine Rower w/ High Weight Capacity, Dual Resistance, Programmable Monitor
  7. SF-RW1205 12 Adjustable Resistance Rowing Machine Rower w/ Digital Monitor


1) SF-RW5910 Phantom Hydro Water Rowing Machine

The Sunny Health & Fitness Phantom Hydro Water Rowing Machine SF-RW5910 offers a unique 60° angle water tank design. The 16 hydro blade design gives you a higher quality rowing experience with more consistent resistance. Advanced digital monitor helps track time, time for a standard 500M session, spm (strokes per minute), distance, strokes, total strokes, calories burned, monitor pulse (with chest strap), calendar, temperature & clock. You will have confidence sitting on the durable design with a 300LB max user weight limit.

This folding water rowing machine is a must-have for people who want a home gym but don’t think they have the space. Folding the transportation wheels will allow you to easily move the machine for storage. The on-board mobile device holder that swivels will let you watch your favorite training videos. Equipped with a bottle holder to stay hydrated, you can endure longer cardio workouts. With secure strap your feet will feel secure while pressing through the 2-way adjustable foot pedals. Pressure when seated is limited because of the molded seat, which provides comfortable workouts. Transportation wheels provide easy movement and storage. Overall this rower is sure to test even the most avid rowing enthusiast and give anyone who loves the feel of on water rowing a great workout experience every time.


2) SF-RW5801 Magnetic Rowing Machine Rower, LCD Monitor W/ Bottle Holder - Synergy Power Motion

Tackling your fitness goals is no problem for this low impact, full body workout machines. The SF-RW5801 Synergy Power Motion Magnetic Rowing Machine by Sunny Health and Fitness with help you engage your quads as you propel your legs back and forth on the ergonomic pivoting foot pedals. The oversized foot pedals move forward and backward with your feet to promote a powerful push that is sure to fire up your leg muscles. Grasping the foam padded handlebar will feel great as you are being your workouts. You have the choice to crank up to 16 levels of magnetic resistance providing a smooth and silent rowing stroke each time you pull. The large, sweat-resistant seat supports you during long exercise sessions while keeping you comfortable and focused. The sturdy slide rail and frame will support users up to 250 LBS. With 43 inches of slide rail length, there is ample room to extend and retract your legs to help promote form and efficiency during each stroke.


3) 8580 Ventus Air Magnetic Rower

This high-performance rowing machine will help you discover new ways to challenge yourself. You can produce powerful strokes along the 45-inch aluminum slide rail inseam while feeling comfortable and secure seated on the ergonomic seat pad. Strapping your feet onto the adjustable foot plates that sport sliding heel pads helps accommodate any users shoe size. Rowing with this machine feels smooth as you engage the belt-drive system which pulls against dynamic oversized fan and the 12 levels of adjustable magnetic tension. The performance display tracks time, distance, stroke rate, wattage output, calories burned, heart rate, and real-time exercise data. Intensifying your exercise routine is simple with the 3 preloaded workout modes. Folding the aluminum slide rail upright creates more space for easy storage. Using the transportation wheels make transporting this machine from room to room a breeze. The 330-pound weight capacity makes this rower suitable for a variety of different users.


4) SF-RW5515 Magnetic Rowing Machine Rower w/ LCD Monitor

Rowing into shape is made convenient with this top of the line magnetic rowing machine. This rower offers all the necessities for an intense yet enjoyable rowing workout in the comfort of your own home. With an improved smoother and quieter magnetic tension system with 8 levels of adjustable tension, convenient large LCD console, fully padded seat, larger anti-slip foot pedals and built-on transportation wheels, this rower is designed for convenience while also providing the challenging feel of an outdoor rowing experience. The quality of its heavy-duty steel frame is built to withstand time and go the distance with users of all sizes and levels!


5) SF-RW5713 Obsidian Surge Water Rowing Machine Rower W/ LCD Monitor

The Obsidian Surge is a top-quality product for a top-quality workout. The adjustable water resistance will keep your workouts engaging and challenging. Rowing can work up to 85% of the body’s muscular system without the joint impact of other conventional cardio exercises. So, if your goal is to increase overall cardio and muscular endurance while burning a substantial number of calories, this rower will help. If you desire to increase your rowing performance, this rower comes equipped with a 500-meter race mode function that sets you up against various 500-meter times. This way you can race against the computer to see how fast you can row 500 meters. This provides you with a great motivational training tool to help you build your rowing speed and power.


6) SF-RW5854 Magnetic Rowing Machine Rower W/ High Weight Capacity, Dual Resistance, Programmable Monitor

The main highlight of the Programmable Magnetic Rower by Sunny Health and Fitness is the computer controlled magnetic resistance system that enables you to increase the resistance of each pull to a level that is greater than many other rowers on the market. Because of this, conditioning muscles in your back, shoulders, and core can be more challenging as you work towards producing precise rowing motions on this high-powered exercise machine. The rower’s dual resistance acts by pulling against the 11-pound flywheel and adjusts between 16 levels of magnetic resistance which is two times the resistance of some of the other Sunny rowers. Pivoting the workout meter on the indoor rowing machine will help you get the best view of your workout data. The digital meter tracks workout duration, rowing strokes, and calories burned. If you are unsure about what rowing program to start, the rowing monitor comes equipped with program modes that have 7 workout presets, 4 customizable presets, 2 challenge modes, and one recovery mode.


7) SF-RW1205 12 Adjustable Resistance Rowing Machine Rower W/ Digital Monitor

This SF-RW1205 Rowing Machine by Sunny Health and Fitness provides all the benefits of a rowing workout in the comfort of your own home. With a smooth glide seat and 12 levels of resistance variations, you can adjust the intensity of your fitness routine to your exact specifications and needs. This rowing machine has a heavy-duty commercial grade steel frame with a simple design to provide an even rowing experience for both arms and your entire body. It has foot straps to fit your athletic ability and comfort level with pivoting foot plates for added comfort. This is an ideal machine for low-impact exercise when at home. Its compact design makes it easy to store when not in use. Exercising in the comfort of your own home will be easy, convenient, and fun!


8) SF-RW5864 Full Motion Magnetic Rowing Machine Rower W/ LCD Monitor

The Sunny Health and Fitness Full Motion Magnetic Rowing Machine was constructed to give users the free motion feel of dual oars moving through the water. These oaring handles can move independently to help you produce powerful strokes on one or both sides. Your body will move along a long 40" slide rail with 41″ inseam that also provides a smooth rowing experience. You can challenge muscles groups in your upper and lower body with the ergonomic rowing arms that have a wide range of motion. Change your hand positions on the multi-grip rowing arms to easily add variety to your rowing workouts. Staying up to date with your workout information is simple when you use the digital meter that monitors stroke count, duration, and calories burned.


9) 8570 Windmill Air Magnetic Rower

The presentation and aesthetic of this rower matches the precision performance you can achieve. The ASUNA 8570 Windmill Air Magnetic Rower with help you maintain optimal stability on the fitted seat as you glide along the 49-inch aluminum slide rail with 43-inch slide rail inseam. The ergonomic foot plates that feature heel pads and foot straps, will provide maximum balance, support, and force production. As you perform each stroke, the 14lb flywheel provides progressive air resistance along with 10 levels of magnetic resistance. The large clear performance monitor will help you track your duration, distance, stroke rate, wattage output, calories burned, and heart rate on the self-powered digital display. You can also intensify your workouts with challenging preloaded workout programs. This rower is durable and can support users up to 330lbs. It also folds upright for easy storage. It also comes with a unique handlebar resistance changing system that allows users to change the resistance of the magnetic tension while rowing with the up and down buttons built into the handlebar.


A good rower will provide you with a workout experience that can keep you moving towards your health and fitness goals. While each of these rowers vary in features and design, each one will give you a realistic rowing workout that will help you build cardiovascular strength and endurance, and help your improve muscular endurance throughout your whole body while increasing your calorie burning potential. No matter where you are on your health and fitness journey, Sunny Health and Fitness has the rower for you!


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