NordicTrack RW200 Rower Review

NordicTrack RW200 Rower Review

A great head to toe workout, the NordicTrack RW200 Rower is built to deliver a strong and smooth rowing action that suits all fitness levels and ages.

It is a feature-packed machine with an ergonomic molded seat and pivoting pedals for extra comfort while rowing, and an adjustable console to keep in touch with your stats, such as calories burned, watts, time and strokes.

Description of the NordicTrack RW200 Rower Review

The NordicTrack RW200 is a well made and beneficial piece of machinery for those in search of a full-body workout that puts low stress on the joints and back area.

Let’s take a look at the top features of the NordicTrack RW200 Rower:

  • Enjoy an adjustable workout. The NordicTrack RW200 is built with an air resistance flywheel which is fully adjustable to increase the difficulty with any gain in fitness level. Any adjustments are quick and easy to make. You have the option to set the rower to a difficulty level of 1-10 with 1 the easiest for those just starting out and 10 the most difficult and much-like trying to row a heavy boat.
  • Monitor you rowing action. A large, centrally placed console is located at the front of the rower which gives instant access to your accomplishments. Easily use the console to check your data related to distance, calories, time, total strokes, watts, and strokes per minute.
  • Long-term comfort while you row. The NordicTrack RW200 is conveniently fitted with ergonomic seat to minimize the type of discomfort that is common with many of these machines after rowing a short period. Additionally, the pedals are designed with quick-release straps and the Soft Touch handlebar is less stressful on the hands.
  • Technology enabled. You can listen to your favorite songs while exercising by connecting a preferred device to the auxiliary music port. The sound output comes from dual 2-inch speakers which are at a very acceptable standard. Also, this rower has 20 preset workout apps built-in to help encourage more interesting and varied workouts.
  • Easy storage with a compact and foldable design. In its workout position, the NordicTrack RW200 is a total 86.5 inches in length, but once folded it is a more convenient size of 37.2 inches for ease in storing.


The NordicTrack RW200 Rower is built to last and very similar in style to what you may see at a local cross fit gym. In order to get a complete idea of what the NordicTrack RW200 has to offer let’s take a look at the pros and cons of this machine.


The rowing tension is set at an acceptable range for most users. If you start to pull hard and tow faster the tension will instantly increase to make the level of resistance more noticeable.

Central console is very clear and easy to read. The all-round simplicity of the monitor means you can quickly read your stats like strokes or calories burned while working out.

Relatively quick and easy to assemble. It will take approx 30-45 minutes to fully assemble and the only tool needed is a fine cross head screwdriver. Also, you will need 4-D batteries for the console.

Useful workout assortment that makes it possible to vary the type and intensity of the workout to avoid becoming bored.

Great folding action and small wheels to make it easy to roll into a cupboard or similar place of storage when not in actual use.


The is a little heavy at 145 lbs which may make the initial setup more difficult – although it does have wheels which will make it easy to move once fully assembled.

Even though the monitor console does offer plenty of information, it does lack the more advanced features, such as a heart rate function.

The user weight capacity of 250 lbs is at the lower end of the scale.

The total resistance generated by this rower may not be enough for the more advanced users.

You may also like to check Best Rowing Machines 2018 Buyer Guide.

Bottom line

Overall, the NordicTrack RW200 Rower is a very acceptable piece of machinery for home use, but it is not comparable to the best options, such as the Concept2 Model D. However, it is a more cost-effective piece of exercise equipment that is well-designed and delivers on areas like reliability and smooth performance. It has a very comfortable design that enhances the ergonomic aspects and is stable in use. Even after using over the long-term, this rower isn’t likely to give any durability issues.

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