If you’re planning on purchasing a rower, you may need a guide to help you choose which exercise machine will be most beneficial for you. There are so many options available today, and for the most part, these machines don’t necessarily come cheap. That’s why it’s essential to get it right the first time.

When investing in exercise equipment, knowing the different features and benefits that each brand offers would go a long way in helping you make an informed decision.

Concept 2 Rower and Nordictrack are among the most popular brands of rowing machines. Let’s look at and compare their unique features that contribute to your workout progress. We will also touch on how ergonomic they are, their performance monitors or touch screens, and if they are easy to assemble and store.

Concept 2 Rower

Concept 2 Rower | Live2Row Studios

Concept 2 is one of the best-known rowing machines around because they are built to last. It’s durable, reliable, and it will last for years. That’s why most gyms all over the world use a Concept 2 Rower.

Special Feature

Concept 2 uses air resistance, which is the closest replication to rowing on real water. Using air resistance also means that it will match your strength: the faster the rowing, the higher the resistance. It will adjust to your effort and match your strength.


The seat has ergonomically designed features, resulting in a comfortable sitting and rowing position, even during long sessions. Some models also have higher seats, which would make it easier for you to get on and off it.

Performance Monitor

Its performance monitor doesn’t just track your distance, speed, pace, watts, and calories burned; it can also connect to wireless heart rate monitors and the ErgData app via BlueTooth. It’s compatible with USB flash drives, which you can use for machine-to-machine racing.

Assembly and Storage

Everything you need for a quick assembly is in the box, including easy-to-follow instructions. Storing the machine is a breeze since you can break it down into two sections with its immediate release, framelock mechanism.


Nordictrack Rowing Machine | Live2Row

One of the reasons why the NordicTrack is a popular rowing machine is because they offer many challenging workouts. It will also impress you with its live resistance controls, which prevent a plateau in your workout progress.

Special Feature

Its live resistance control increases the resistance to match your strength, so you won’t have to manually do it yourself. It offers a great workout without letting you hit a plateau.


The NordicTrack has a steel seat rail; although it’s ergonomically designed, the steel seat can make long sessions uncomfortable.

Touchscreen Display

Their touchscreen display tracks your metrics in real-time. And it will connect you with iFit studio classes, which have an annual free trial and paid content after that.

Assembly and Storage

Assembling the rowing machine would require a specialist to do it for you, which comes with a certain fee. You will also need to find a roomy storage space for it due to its seven-foot length. But it does fold up into something compact, which uses some tools and a lot of force.


Exercise machines are a huge investment. That’s why it’s better to compare some brands and their features before taking the leap. It would be practical to look at all the features and how they contribute to the benefits. The Concept 2 Rower has proven to be more advantageous in almost all aspects than the NordicTrack. But the choice is still up to you.

Once you have purchased a rowing machine, why not sign up for rowing classes to help you get started? Head on to our Live2Row Studios website at live2rowstudios.com. If you have any questions, you can give us a ring at 407-970-1855 or send us an email at info@live2rowstudios.com.