NordicTrack RW900 Rower Review

Row across the globe with the NordicTrack RW900's tilt display and included iFit classes.

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The NordicTrack RW900 is one of the more high-tech options on the market when it comes to rowers. If you’re used to using rowers at the gym that show you your watts and split time on a tiny display screen, you’ll be blown away with the 22” inch display on the NordicTrack RW900. Outside of that, it’s much quieter than basic rowers and has a free year of iFit that comes along with it, making it a great option for at-home workouts

Main Takeaways

  • This rower has a 22” tilting touchscreen display for projecting your stats and streamed classes.
  • It’s belt-driven making the drive super smooth and quiet.
  • There are 26 resistance levels, giving you tons of options when it comes to upping the difficulty of your sessions.

NordicTrack RW900 Rower
NordicTrack RW900 Rower
NordicTrack RW900 Rower

The NordicTrack RW900 is a durable 108-pound machine that features a 22” touchscreen display, a quiet belt drive and large pivoting pedals to fit pretty much any shoe size. You’ll also get a free year of iFit classes with your purchase, which you can view on your tilting display as you row virtually across the globe. 

NordicTrack RW900 Rower Highlights

When it comes to choosing your own rower, you want to make sure you’re putting your money in the right place. If you’re just starting out and need some extra guidance via iFit instructors, or you just want the added bonus of coached workouts, this is a great option for you. But if you don’t want to be bothered by the technology, there are also plenty of other rowers out there without the modern frills. 

Who Should Buy the NordicTrack RW900

  • Beginner rowers who want to utilize guided classes and improve their rowing technique and stamina. 
  • Anyone who’s looking to challenge themselves with extra levels of resistance. 
  • Those who want to keep their home gym on the quiet side with a belt drive instead of a chain. 

Who Shouldn’t Buy the NordicTrack RW900

  • Advanced rowers who aren’t looking to add distractions to their 2k tests or long endurance sessions. 
  • Heavier rowers who need a higher weight capacity — this rower can only handle 250 pounds.
  • Shoppers looking for a machine that comes with a heart rate monitor included.

Price

This rower costs $1,599, which is definitely on the higher end when it comes to rowers — you can certainly find rowers for cheaper. But with the RW900, you’re paying for the advanced technology, an included virtual training experience, and a sturdy machine built by a manufacturer with a track record of producing quality cardio equipment. 

Overall Build and Quality

This is a great rower for anyone who’s already addicted to streaming workout classes on a bike or a treadmill—you’ll love how this rower seamlessly and automatically incorporates its iFit class instructions into your workout. It has a huge display screen and a smooth stroke, as well as stat tracking so you can keep up with all the aspects of your workout to track improvement. 

Features

This rower features a 22” tilting touchscreen that can stream iFit classes and stats throughout your row. On top of the free year of iFit classes, you’ll also find 50 iFit classes permanently programmed into this machine. It has a smooth drive, large pedals and your basic stat tracking, but it doesn’t come with a heart rate monitor, so you’ll have to sync your own fitness tracker via Bluetooth if you want to see that particular stat.

Stats Tracking and Metrics​ 

You can track your watts, calories, time, strokes and distance (in meters) on the screen as you progress through your workout. You can also follow your resistances, split time and heart rate on an on-screen chart to see how they compare. 

Display

There’s a 22” tilting and rotating touchscreen, so you can adjust its positioning based on your height and still take full advantage of how large the display is.

Included workouts

There are 50 workouts included on the NordicTrack RW900, which is a pretty solid number when it comes to pre-programmed workouts on rowers. The Automatic Trainer Control will even adjust the resistance throughout the workouts as you row. 

Workout Apps, Compatibilityand Subscription Options

You’ll get a free year of iFit classes with your purchase. The iFit membership includes access to over 12,000 coached workout videos. Each workout will sync with your rower and resistance will change automatically as the instructor calls for it in the workout. On top of that, you have the option to row on all sorts of virtual waterways around the world.

Bluetooth and Speakers

There are two 2” speakers that will play your iFit workouts or any music you sync through the machine’s Bluetooth connectivity. 

Feel

Though some rowers can be unstable depending on how strong your stroke is, the NordicTrack RW900 is a sturdy 108-pound machine that doesn’t wobble, and its footstraps keep your feet nice and secure throughout your row. Most basic rowers are chain-driven but this rower is belt-driven, giving the stroke a smoother feel overall.

Ergonomics and Comfort

This rower has adjustable nylon footstraps and an ergonomic molded seat that fits to your form, making it both secure and comfortable even as you crank up the stroke rate. In addition, the large pivoting pedals will fit pretty much all feet. 

Heart Rate Monitoring

Though there is no heart rate monitor included, this rower does have Bluetooth connectivity, meaning you can sync the fitness tracker of your choosing to track your heart rate.

HDMI, USB and Other Inputs

This machine doesn’t have an HDMI or USB port, but there is an auxiliary music port if you want to play some tunes. 

Product Specs

This rower is definitely on the heavy side, weighing in at 108-pounds when most rowers weigh closer to 60 pounds. Though that makes it a little more difficult to maneuver, it eliminates any potential for wobbling as you increase your power or speed. It is an air resistance rower, so if you’re used to rowing on the water and want something that feels a little more like that, a water rower may be better for you. 

Rower Type

This is an air resistance rower, meaning it creates resistance through its spinning flywheel. You can adjust the levels to make your workout tougher or easier. 

Track Length and Height

The track is 39” front to back and the height is 15” from the floor to the seat.

Weight Capacity

The weight capacity is very light as far as rowers go. Most basic rowers can hold upwards of 300 pounds, but the NordicTrack RW900 can only comfortably handle 250 pounds.

Folding Options and Dimensions

When in use, the NordicTrack RW900 is 86.5″ L x 22.0″ W x 50.4″ H. This rower folds in the middle to make it shorter, so you won’t need high ceilings to store it. However, that method of folding and unfolding may cause the hinge to wear over time. 

Max Resistance

There are 26 levels of resistance on this rower — far more than the average 10 — giving you plenty of options when it comes to increasing your strength

Electrical Requirements

All it takes to power this rower is your average home power outlet, 120 volts, 15 amps. 

Warranties

There’s a long warranty on this machine — 15 years on the frame, five years on parts and two years labor.

Noise

This machine features a Inertia-Enhanced Flywheel (silent magnetic resistance) and air resistance combination, which makes for a quiet and smooth workout. On top of that, it uses a belt instead of a chain, so your drive is much quieter than basic rowers. 

Places to Buy

You can buy the NordicTrack RW900 through NordicTrack.

Company Information

NordicTrack is known for its iFit subscription, which offers virtual personal training and on-demand classes.. The company produces high-quality rowers, as well as bikes, treadmills and ellipticals. They offer a 30-day trial period, and if you aren’t thrilled with your purchase after a month, you’ll receive a full refund. You can reach their customer service by calling 1-888-308-9616.

FAQs

Is the NordicTrack RW900 a good rowing machine?

Definitely. It’s sturdy, has a quiet drive, a ton of resistance levels and pre-programmed classes as well as high-tech additions that most basic rowers don’t have. You definitely won’t be disappointed with this purchase whether you’re an advanced or novice rower, and you’ll be building those quad muscles in no time.

Can I use the NordicTrack RW900 without iFit?

Yes. The iFit subscription is definitely a perk, and you should take advantage of it while you have it for a year for free, but there are also 50 workouts programmed into the machine that you can use once your free subscription is up. You can also just row on your own if you’re not feeling the added coaching.

Will I get blisters from the NordicTrack RW900?

Anyone who starts rowing is going to get blisters on their hands, no matter the material on the handlebars. If you’ve been rowing for a while, you’ll ease right in here and probably won’t have much of a problem. However, if you’re a novice rower just starting out, it will take some time for your hands to adjust and you may need to bandage up for a while until your skin gets used to gripping the handlebars for long periods of time.