WaterRower GX Home Rowing Machine Review

Last Updated on September 10, 2019 by Jeff

WaterRower GX Home Rowing MachineOverview:

So you always wanted a WaterRower, but you’ve been worried about the large investment?  The WaterRower GX Home Rowing Machine is what you’ve been looking for. With the GX Home Rowing Machine you are virtually getting everything that WaterRower has to offer…the beauty, the quality, the durability, the realistic rowing motion…with only a few minor downgrades and at a more budget-friendly price. The biggest downgrade on this rowing machine is the monitor. But don’t let that deter you. For an additional $150, WaterRower will upgrade you monitor and provide you with an additional $75 credit.

Click here to see the price of the WaterRower GX Home Rowing Machine on Amazon.

Technical info:

Assembled dimensions:

  • Height: 20 inches
  • Width: 22.25 inches
  • Length: 83.5 inches
  • Weight: 61 lbs (98 lbs with full water tank)


  • Patented Water Flywheel that replicates the physical dynamics of rowing giving realistic and consistent rowing strokes.
  • Handcrafted solid Ash wood frame and finished with three (3) coats of Danish oil
    makes the frame extremely durable.
  • Ergonomic seat and footrests molded for comfort and stability.
  • Polycarbonate water tank making it virtually indestructible.WaterRower GX Home Rowing Machine A1
  • Maximum User Weight: 325 lbs.

Computer Features:

  • WaterRower A1 fitness monitor to display your workout data.
  • Workout data includes:
  • Workout intensity
    • Stroke Rate
    • Distance
    • Total Strokes
    • Duration


  • Frame: three (3) year warranty
  • Components: one (1) year warranty.
  • However, by filling out the registration form, the warranties will be extended to five
    (5) years and three (3) years, respectively.

Shipping and Assembly:

The GX comes shipped securely and assembly should take no longer than 30 minutes.

Packaging dimensions:

The GX Home Rowing Machine comes shipped in two (2) boxes:

Box 1

  • Height: 20 inches
  • Width: 28.5 inches
  • Length: 24.5 inches
  • Weight: 60 lbs

Box 2

  • Height: 6 inches
  • Width: 3.25 inches
  • Length: 83 inches
  • Weight: 23 lbs

WaterRower GX Home Rowing MachineManufacturer Info:

For more than 20 years, WaterRower has supplied the US and beyond with rowing machines that enhance the physiological benefits of rowing. On top of that WaterRower is committed to being environmentally minded. Their rowing machines are made using only the best hardwoods specially selected from renewable sources.

What We Love About the WaterRower GX Home Rowing Machine:

WaterRower is well known for building superior rowing machines. When you purchase the GX Home Rowing Machine, you are getting that WaterRower quality even if it is at a fraction of the price. In addition to quality and beauty, the obvious advantages of this rowing machine are that it provides a great rowing action, it’s comfortable and it’s simple to use.

Quality & Durability

The WaterRower GX Home Rowing Machine is extremely durable and ideal for absorbing sound and vibration. You don’t get the squeaks and creaking sounds that you typically get from rowing machines. Honestly, one might expect it from a wooden rowing machine, but it’s silent. It has a low center of gravity, which ensures a stable footing. You can workout at a high intensity on the GX Home Rowing Machine and be sure that it’s not going to hurt it. You also get the same polycarbonate water tank found on other WaterRower machines. Like the rowing machine itself, it is equally durable and virtually indestructible. This is a very well built machine.

The WaterRower GX Home Rowing Machine is handcrafted from solid Ash wood, finished in Danish oil. WaterRower also claims to keep the Cherry wood pieces away from light to protect them from shadowing until they’re ready to be put together. You don’t find this type of care and quality in your typical rowing machines.

Ease of UseWaterRower GX Home Rowing Machine

Like other WaterRower machines, the GX Home Rowing Machine is designed for comfort and ease of use. This rowing machine provides a lot of ergonomic features that fit nearly every user for a realist rowing motion. You get the same comfortable seat as the more expensive models along with an ergonomic handle and large footrests to fit nearly everyone. All of these features provide the realistic rowing motion that you can only get in a WaterRower.


Assembly of the WaterRower GX Home Rowing Machine is as simple as it comes. The packaging comes with detailed, step-by-step instructions and tools to put it together quickly. The rowing machine arrives partially assembled. Parts are loosely attached and only need to be aligned and secured. Altogether, the rower can be assembled in as quickly as 15 minutes, and no reviewer commented in taking more than an hour.

WaterRower GX Home and Studio Comparison

Comparison of the GX Home and GX Studio versions.

Other Considerations:


The main downside of the WaterRower GX Home Rowing Machine is the A1 monitor. The basic monitor provides no advanced features at all. You are only getting simple intensity readings with this monitor like strokes, distance and time. That being said, WaterRower provides an upgrade to the more advanced S4 monitor. For $150 you can get this upgrade. Additionally, WaterRower will provide a $75 upon return of the A1 monitor.


WaterRower advertises that quietness of the GX Home Rowing Machine, but some users report that there is still a lot of noise. Even so, the water resistance is still generally a lot quieter than air resistance rowing machines. To many, the sound you get from a WaterRower rowing machine is reminiscent of realistic rowing.

Final Word on the WaterRower GX Home Rowing Machine:

Like all of WaterRower’s products, the WaterRower GX Home Rowing Machine is a top-shelf fitness device. For many people wanting the realistic rowing action of a WaterRower, but not comfortable spending a lot of money, this is the machine to consider. You get all of the beauty and quality of a WaterRower rowing machine with only a few downgrades. The biggest drawback is the A1 monitor that is very basic. However, for another $150 you can upgrade to the S4 monitor that is found on the more expensive models and features a lot more options.



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