Avari Fitness is a division of Stamina—a brand we frequently praise for its bang-for-buck offerings in the rowing machine category. They are an international company that first gained fame via infomercials for exercise products in the 1980s. Stamina’s fitness equipment is manufactured overseas and is priced for budget-conscious shoppers. The Avari Fitness collection includes rowing machines, treadmills, elliptical trainers and more. Quality for this brand is variable, so it’s wise to read honest reviews before committing to a purchase.
Top Avari Rowing Machines
Avari Fitness Rowing Machines
Though there used to be several machines on the market, and a few can still be found via Amazon and some brick and mortar fitness outlets, there is currently only one Avari rowing machine in the brand’s present lineup.
The Avari Programmable Magnetic Rower is a mid to upper-tier offering in the magnetic rowing category, that can carry a total of 12 workout programs on-board. These include 6 pre-programmed workouts, a manual mode, a heart rate based mode, and room for 4 customized workouts that users can configure on their own. Though not inexpensive (averaging between $600 and $700), it’s a well-built machine, and one of few that comes equipped with a chest strap heart rate monitor.
- Resistance Ranges: Avari has a rower for every strength level. The magnetic rowers have a good range of preset resistance, and the hydraulic rowers are surprisingly powerful at the upper levels.
- Programming: Workout programs are included on the Avari Programmable Magnetic Rower. The other rowers from this brand do not have preset programs, but they do track session data.
- Fit All Heights: Although Avari rowing machines are compact, most are designed to accommodate people with longer inseams.
- Strong Frames: Avari rowers are built from steel and aluminum. Customers have observed that the frames can hold more weight than the advertised 250 pounds.
- Value: The Avari Programmable Rowing Machine delivers a good amount of features, especially for those looking to get into rowing for the first time.
- Cheaper Wearable Parts: Avari rowing machines are not premium-spec units by any stretch. They use components that will get the job done, but don’t expect the bells and whistles that you’d get from a WaterRower, Concept2, or NordicTrack machine.
- Short Warranties: Avari rowing machines have some of the shortest warranties in the industry. The parts are under warranty for just 90 days.
Avari Fitness has a history of offering a good variety of home rowing machines with low to moderate prices. At present their one machine offers a solid value proposition, though not without its downfalls. The tradeoff of a shorter warranty period is of concern for those who intend on working out daily, but we wouldn’t be too worried if you only plan on rowing a handful of times per week.
1. Avari Programmable Magnetic Rower
At $699, the Avari Programmable Magnetic rower is an affordable machine that delivers great cardio workouts at home. Customer reviews are very positive, citing the machine’s easy assembly and quiet operation. It’s built with extruded aluminum that looks good and holds up well. The rower uses near-silent magnetic resistance controlled electronically with buttons on the console. As well as featuring a selection of preset workout programs, the console allows you to wirelessly monitor your heart rate (chest strap included) and displays all your essential exercise data. At 81” long by 20” wide, it’s a medium-sized rower, but it can be folded for storage if space is a concern for you.Read the Full Avari Programmable Magnetic Rower Review
2. Avari Conversion II Rower Bike
The Avari Conversion II Rower Bike is one of few hybrid machines on the market that is surprisingly well executed for the price of entry. It comes in just under $700, and aside from having a very short warranty, the few negatives we found with this machine can’t really be counted as dealbreakers. So often with these machines we see brands cutting corners in other places in order to deliver this added functionality, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here outside of some shorter than standard warranty terms. Given the price range there’s little surprise that this machine is only rated at a weight capacity of 250 lbs—pretty much standard until you get into rowers closer to $1,000.Read the Full Avari Conversion II Rower Bike Review
3. Avari Easy Glide Rower (Discontinued)
The Avari Easy Glide Rower is yet another budget rower that has since bit the dust. This hydraulic rower was about as cheap as they come, and we couldn’t help but question the fact that the entire machine weighed less than 30 pounds. It did get points for being incredibly compact, and for offering variable resistance adjustment though (something much easier to do on a budget hydraulic rower than an air or water resistance rower). You may still be able to find the model online or at a factory discount outlet.Read the Full Avari Easy Glide Rower (Discontinued) Review