XTERRA Fitness Rowers
The XTERRA Fitness line consists of a variety of fitness equipment including treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, rowers and a seated stepper. Taiwan-headquartered Dyaco (who design, manufacture, and distribute fitness and physical therapy equipment internationally) became a brand license partner with XTERRA in 2009 and acquired rights to the brand in 2013. XTERRA have an impressive range of rowing machines including water, air and magnetic models. Check out our top XTERRA rowers, and learn about the pros and cons of the brand’s rowing machines below.
Top XTERRA Fitness Rowing Machines
XTERRA Fitness Rowers
XTERRA Fitness produces a variety of rowing machines covering nearly every indoor rower category including magnetic, water and air rowers. Each XTERRA rower has a conveniently foldable frame. The magnetic and air rowers fold in half for storage and the water rowers can be folded upright against a wall. Their most affordable rower (MSRP priced, not sale priced) is the Amazon-exclusive ERG200 rower. This 72″ long rower has 8 levels of magnetic resistance, with up to 9 lbs of force. Next in line is the ERG220 rower, which also features 8 levels of manually-controlled magnetic resistance. Like the ERG200, it has an easily foldable frame, but it is longer (80″) and has a built-in heart-rate receiver (chest strap not included) and a high seat height (9.5”) for easier access.
XTERRA’s most affordable air rower is the 72″ long ERG500 with 8 resistance levels. The other air rower on their books is the more advanced ERG700. This has double the levels of resistance (16 as opposed to the ERG500’s 8) and 10 preset workout programs (the ERG500 does not have any).
Finally, XTERRA has two water rowers. Their more affordable water rower—the ERG600W—is very competitively priced for a rowing machine in this category. It has 6 water-based resistance levels, based on the fill level of its water tank. Its 5.5” LCD console can be programmed for 5 different types of training programs including Race, Manual Time Countdown, Distance Countdown, Strokes Countdown, and Calories Countdown. The more advanced and pricier ERG650W also has 6 water-based resistance levels, but has over 15 programmed workouts. It also ups the warranty coverage. The ERG600W offers 5 years of coverage on the frame, 2 years on parts and 90 days on in-home labor. The ERG650W ups this to lifetime coverage on the frame and a year of in-home labor. The parts warranties are the same for these models (2 years of coverage).
- Water Rowers: XTERRA’s water rowers feature variable water resistance, which makes them a perfect fit for any skill level.
- Air Rowers: Much like the water rowers, their air rowers offer a sort of ‘infinite resistance’ depending on user effort. It will be hard to outgrow these models.
- Magnetic Rowers: If you’re looking for a quiet XTERRA rower on a tighter budget, you should opt for one of their magnetic rowers. Their virtually silent operation means you can use them at all hours without disturbing the rest of your household.
- Smooth Resistance: The ERG500 air turbine rower has very smooth resistance. This is mirrored across the more advanced ERG700 as well as the water and purely magnetic rowers from XTERRA.
- Foldable: All of XTERRA’s air and magentic rowers in their current line are foldable for easy storage. Although their water rowers do not fold in half, they fold vertically allowing them to be stored upright against a wall.
- Data: All of the models have at least an LCD window if not a console for you to monitor your workout data.
- Weight Capacity: The lowest weight capacity in XTERRA’s current line of rowers is 250 lbs (on the ERG200). The highest weight capacity is 350 lbs (on the ERG650W).
- Price: All of the current XTERRA rowers are relatively, if not very affordable for their categories. The water rowers especially shine here.
- Warranties: With XTERRA, the warranties vary from machine to machine. For example, the ERG200 and ERG220 only have a 1-year frame and parts warranty. However the ERG700 has a lifetime frame warranty and a 5-year parts warranty. The ERG650W also has a lifetime frame warranty coupled with a less impressive 2-year parts warranty.
- Easy Assembly: Most models should be easy enough to assemble at home. For example, the XTERRA ERG500 rowing machine has clear assembly instructions and most new owners report that it only took about half an hour to put together.
- Wireless Heart-Rate Monitoring: Some, but not all of the models have wireless heart-rate receivers (with chest straps sold separately).
- Helpful Customer Service: Customers report being able to make returns without any hassle. XTERRA’s customer service receives stellar reviews in general.
- Warranties: As noted above, XTERRA Fitness warranties differ vastly depending on the machine. As noted, the ERG200 and ERG220 only have a 1-year frame and parts warranty. Although this is expected for the cheaper price, this does raise red flags in terms of their durability. What’s more, a labor warranty (even a very short one) isn’t listed, so it’s likely that labor coverage is not included with these models.
- Heart-Rate Monitoring: Not all models have a wireless heart-rate receiver for pulse data.
- Preset Workout Programs: Not all models feature preset training programs. Some have a healthy amount for their respective price points, but a handful lack any on-board programming at all.
XTERRA Fitness offer a very inclusive range of affordable rowers in nearly every indoor rower category. There really is something for everyone looking for a new rowing machine from this brand. Whether you’re looking for a budget magnetic rowing machine for near-silent workouts, or you want the real-rowing feel from an indoor water rower without breaking the bank, XTERRA delivers. Just keep in mind that every rower really differs here: even within the same category. When comparing models, also be sure to double check warranty information, as this differs vastly from model to model with this brand.
1. ERG500 Air Turbine Rower
The ERG500 Air Turbine Rower tends to earn enthusiastic customer reviews, which is surprising for such a low-priced fitness machine. At $699 the XTERRA ERG500 costs hundreds less than the typical air rower – and sometimes XTERRA drops the price to just $499 with delivery included. Even so, the factory-direct warranty covers parts replacement for two years, which is a good sign of the machine’s durability.Read the Full ERG500 Air Turbine Rower Review
2. XTERRA ERG600W Water Rower
The ERG600W water rower is extremely well equipped for the price. Its resistance can be modified based on the fill level of its water tank. It has 6 water-based resistance levels. Its 5.5” LCD console can be programmed for 5 different types of training programs. Its weight limit is higher, and its warranty longer, than anything in its competitive field—all for an entry price of only $599.Read the Full XTERRA ERG600W Water Rower Review