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WaterRower Club Rowing Machine with S4 and HiRise Attachment Review

Last Updated on February 10, 2021 by Jeff

WaterRower Overview:WaterRower Club Rowing Machine with S4 HiRise Attachment

The WaterRower Club Rowing Machine with HiRise is a beautiful rower handcrafted in solid Ash and stained to give it its deep color. This water rowing machine is designed for high traffic areas like commercial gyms, studios and rehabilitation clinics. Its black rails have been styled to prevent scuffing and other wooden components are finished in an attractive rosewood stain which are more resistant to soiling that the Natural model. Each rowing machine is hand finished with Danish oil and urethane for protection. This wood was chosen due to its marvelous engineering properties, primary amongst these is its ability to absorb sound and vibration which enhances the WaterRower’s quietness and smoothness during use.

Of course what sets this version of the WaterRower Club Rowing Machine is that it includes a HiRise attachment that allows you to get on and off the machine with ease. Finally, WaterRower equips this rower with the S4 Performance Monitor. This monitor has all of the basic features that you’ll need to track your performance as well as advanced features to analyze your workout and to connect you with other users.

Click here to see the price of the WaterRower Club Rowing Machine with HiRise Attachment on Amazon.

Technical Info:WaterRower-Club-Rowing-Machine-with-HiRise-Attachment


  • Length: 82”
  • Width: 22”
  • Height: 28”
  • Item weight: 114 lbs (full)
  • Max user weight: >700 lbs


  • Greater and safer enjoyment of rowing for a lifetime.
  • Hand crafted in solid Ash and strained Honey Oak for consistency of color.
  • Hand finished with Danish Oil giving a deep luster and warmth to the wood.
  • HiRise designed to raise the WaterRower approximately 8” in order to provide ease of entry and higher positioning when in use.
  • Also includes home training DVD, owner’s manual, syphon pump, purification tablets and Allen key.
  • Maximum user height: Up to 37” inseam

Computer Features:

  • Series 4 Performance Monitor.
  • Many standard features including:
    • QuickStart Feature
    • QuickSelect Feature
    • AutoStore Feature
    • AutoPreview Function
    • Zone and ZoneBar Features
    • Distance Workout Feature
    • Duration Workout Feature
    • Interval Workout Feature
    • PC Interface that allows you to connect to 3rd party and open source software like WaterRower’s Online Rowing Community, WebRacing and WaterCoach FIT.
  • Many advanced features including:
    • Manual Workouts Setting Storage
    • Manual Workout Settings Retrieval
    • Projected Duration
    • Projected Duration
    • Power/Recovery Ratio
    • Advanced Heart Rate Analysis
    • Prognostics
    • Set Tank Volume
    • Total Machine Distance


  • Frame: 5 years
  • Components: 3 years

Shipping and Assembly:

Shipping costs will vary for the WaterRower Club with HiRise depending on where you purchase from and what type of delivery you prefer. However, some retailers, such as Amazon.com, will provide free shipping.

The assembly process is straight forward and goes together quickly. You’ll need to connect the side rails, rear spacer, seat, footboard and tank assembly. WaterRower provides an Allen key, which is all you’ll need for the assembly process. They also provide fully illustrated instructions to complete the process. Assembly should take one person less than an hour to complete.

What We Love About the WaterRower Club with HiRise:WaterRower-Rowing-Machine-with-S4-HiRise-Attachment

Quality & Design

The WaterRower Club with HiRise is a strong rowing machine designed to take abuse. This is the type of machine that you will regularly find in gyms, clubs and rehabilitation clinics. It is well constructed from solid ash hardwood and finished with premium strain and oil. The patented WaterFlywheel provides a realistic intensity that replicates rowing on water. Water is 800 times denser than air and there is therefore no need for extraneous adjustments. Doubling your speed will require an eight-fold increase in power. Resistance is therefore infinite and infinitely variable. Another great design feature with this rower is the HiRise. This allows the rowing machine to sit about 8” off of the ground, which greatly reduces the stress of getting on and off of the rower. It also puts you in an elevated rowing position while in use.

S4 Performance Monitor

The S4 Performance Monitor is WaterRower’s best console. It can measure your intensity (m/s, mph, /500m, /2km, watts, cal/hr) and distance (meters, kilometers, miles, and stroke count) like most monitors. It also has timed workouts, distance workouts, interval workouts and heart rate features. You also get advanced features with the S4 like program storage, projected duration and distance, heart rate prognostics, 2km test prognostics and even tank volume settings. The S4 Performance Monitors best feature is that it is PC compatible. This allows you to connect to programs like WaterRower’s Online Rowing Community, WebRacing and WaterCoach FIT. This monitor will ensure you can track every aspect of your workout and provide extras to make the whole exercising experience enjoyable.

WaterRower-Club-Rowing-Machine-S4-HiRise-AttachmentOther Considerations:

Heart Rate Monitoring

Like all other WaterRower rowing machines, the Club with HiRise does not come equipped with heart rate monitoring, though it does have the ability. What we mean is that if you want to track your heart rate, you’ll need to make another purchase. First, you’ll need to buy a heart rate receiver box. You can find this accessory on the WaterRower website for about $50. After making that purchase, you’ll then need to buy a heart rate chest strap. Fortunately, the receiver will accept either a Polar or ANT+ chest strap. In all, you’ll need to pay another $100 or so to enable the heart rate monitoring on your WaterRower Club with HiRise.

Final Word on the WaterRower Club with HiRise:

The WaterRower Club Rowing Machine with the HiRise attachment is another great rowing machine from a great company. If you’re looking for a quality machine, you can’t go wrong here. This is also a good machine from people with joint issues or difficulty getting on and off of rowing machines because of its HiRise design. The only thing we wish WaterRower would have included is heart rate monitoring with the package.