Sole SR500 Rower Review

Last Updated on March 2, 2018 by Jeff

Sole-SR500-RowerRower Overview:

Make getting into shape much more enjoyable with the Sole SR500 Rower. It features 16 levels of ultra smooth air and magnetic resistance that replicates a realistic on-the-water sensation. This quality constructed top rowing machine includes a long aluminum rail that is accommodating to multiple users of varying heights. The folding design and transportation wheels make this rower easy to move and store.

Designed for comfort, convenience and reliability, the SR500 Rower features a new advanced way of adjusting resistance during the workout. Powered by wireless technology, the SR500 Rower has the ability to make adjustments in the handlebar. This gives users the distinct advantage of maintaining workout intensity while simultaneously adjusting the resistance. In addition to innovative technology, Sole designed this rowing machine with a high sitting position that allows you to get on and off the machine with ease. It also has adjustable pedals that fit different heel angles for ultimate comfort. The Sole SR500 Rower has an excellent blue, backlit console loaded with pre-programmed workouts, heart rate training profiles and a race profile. This rower has everything you’ll ever need for a fun and intense workout.

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Technical Info:Sole-SR500-Rower-Machine


  • Length: 94”
  • Width: 18”
  • Height: 46”
  • Weight: 115 lbs
  • Max user weight: 515 lbs


  • Delivers a smooth natural pull via a powerful eddy current magnetic/air resistance system.
  • 16 levels of resistance allow for a quiet but intense workout.
  • Users can make resistance adjustments found right on the rower handlebar.
  • The belt drive is durable, quiet and does not require any maintenance.
  • Heart rate chest strap included so that you can exercise in your target heart rate zone.
  • Adjustable pedals fit multiple users at various heel angles and provide comfort and ease of use during rigorous or slower paced workouts.
  • High sitting position that allows users to get on and off the machine with ease.
  • Foldaway design allows users to exercise anywhere in the home and store after use.
  • Includes quick release framework design as well as built-in rollers upfront.

Computer Features:Sole-SR500-Machine-Rower

  • 5.5” backlit LCD display.
  • Recovery function.
  • Programs include:
    • Manual
    • Profiles (12)
    • Heart Rate (55%, 75%, 90% and Target Heart Rate)
    • Race
    • User
  • Workout data includes:
    • Watts
    • Calories
    • Meters
    • Pulse
    • Time/500M
    • Stroke Per Minute
    • Resistance
    • Strokes
    • Time
    • Program
    • User Profile


  • Frame: Lifetime
  • Electronics: 3 years
  • Parts: 3 years
  • Labor: 1 year

Shipping and Assembly:

Shipping costs will vary for the Sole SR500 Rower depending on where you purchase from and what type of delivery you prefer. However, some retailers, such as, will provide free shipping.

The Sole SR500 Rower comes shipped in one package and just the large pieces must be connected. In all there are 24 screws that you’ll need to insert and tighten using the included Allen wrench. That’s all it takes. Using the assembly manual, the process should take you about 30-45 minutes.

What We Love About the Sole SR500 Rower:

Heart Rate Monitoring

The feature we like most is that Sole equips the SR500 Rower with a chest strap heart rate monitor. Where most top of the line rowers require an extra purchase for this equipment, Sole provides it with the SR500 Rower. The computer console also has four heart rate exercise programs so that you can focus your intensity on fat burning, cardiovascular improvement or anaerobic improvement. One of the programs allows you to completely customize your target heart rate zone so you can have the exact intensity that you are looking for.

Quality & WarrantySole-Machine-SR500-Rower

The Sole SR500 Rower is a well built machine that can take some abuse. The mean rail is heavy duty aluminum and can accommodate a maximum weight capacity up to 515 lbs. This is probably the highest weight capacity that you’ll find in this price range. Sole also backs their construction with an excellent lifetime frame warranty. They’ll also back other parts and electronics for 3 years and their labor for a year. This is definitely one the best, if not the best, warranty you’ll find on the market.

Other Considerations:

The console on the Sole SR500 Rower is nice. We like that there are 12 program profiles and 4 heart rate training programs, but it’s missing something for us. There is no ability to track your workout statistics or download data after you’re done exercising. There’s no USB connection so that you can take your exercise data with you to gauge your improvement. There are other rowing machines with this capability, but you’ll need to spend around another $100.

Final Word on the Sole SR500 Rowing Machine:

In terms of quality, the Sole SR500 Rowing Machine is hard to beat. You’re getting a well made piece of exercise equipment with an unmatched warranty. Sole is also throwing in a heart rate chest strap with your purchase of the SR500 Rower. It is well designed with the user in mind and has a quality computer console. We just wish the console had the ability to download and track our exercise statistics. Overall, you can’t go wrong with the Sole SR500 Rower.