The SNODE RW-8 Rowing Machine provides high intensity yet low-impact whole-body cardio workout. The unique design allows full-body, effective training for every major muscle group – including the back, legs, arms, abs, and glutes. Rowing is also widely known to aid in improving cardiovascular health and burning calories.
The RW-8 water rowing machine simulates the real stroke on water, making your rowing experience more authentic and challenging. The water resistance creates a smooth and steady rowing experience with every stroke. In addition, the resistance level of this rowing machine depends on water capacity and rowing speed.
The SNODE Rw-8 rowing machine comes equipped with a fitness monitor with an LCD that monitors Time, SPM, Distance, Strokes, Calories, and Pulse. In addition, the monitor has Bluetooth connectivity. You can sync the fitness monitor to your smartphone or tablet through the FitShow app. The app offers standard workout programs and tracks your progress online.
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Product: SNODE RW-8 Rowing Machine
Warranty: 1 year
My rating: 8.25/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 77L x 20W x 19H inches (196L x 51W x 48H cm)
- Supported weight: 287 lbs (130.2 kg)
- Net weight: 68 lbs (31 kg)
- Frame: Beechwood
- Footrests: Adjustable
- Resistance type: Water
- Fitness Monitor: Time, strokes per minute, strokes, total strokes, distance, calories, pulse, intervals, recovery, Bluetooth
- Extras: Device holder
- Warranty: 1 year
RW-8 Frame Construction
The SNODE RW-8 water-resistance rower features an oiled beechwood wooden frame. The water tank is a polycarbonate material, while several other parts, such as the footrests and the rail covers, are durable thermoplastic materials. The frame joints are steel-made.
Like most other rowing machines with a wooden frame, the RW-8 features a dual rail system that improves the sturdiness of the structure and improves the seat’s stability. However, the seat may be wobbly for some rowers with a monorail.
The SNODE RW-8 rower is approx—77″ (196 cm) long and 20″ (51 cm) wide. The applicable inseam length for this machine is approximately 34″ (86 cm). Therefore, it may not be the best choice for users taller than 6’4″ (193 cm).
The machine’s frame is foldable. The rail system has a set of hinges in the middle, which allows you to fold the rower in half. With the frame folded, the machine’s dimensions are 23″L x 20″ x 38″H (58.4 x 51 x 96.5 cm). Also, if you’re wondering, the water can remain in the tank when the rower is folded and stored.
The fully assembled machine isn’t too heavy. Its net weight (without water in the resistance tank) is approx—68 lbs (31 kg). Therefore, one person can carry and assemble the rower. Also, once completed, it’s easily moved as its front and rear bases come with transport wheels. Also, the machine rests on four large rubber pads; these are non-adjustable.
Seat and other parts
The SNODE RW-8 rowing machine is equipped with a standard seat similar to most other wooden rowers. In addition, the top of the seat features a small cushion with a urethane cover with contouring to provide better positioning for the user.
The base frame of the seat is also beechwood, like the rest of the structure. It integrates two sets of wheels (eight total). Four wheels slide on top of the rails, while the other four slide on the inner sides for extra stability.
The wheels integrate ball bearings for a smooth seat motion. In addition, they also have a rubber layer on the outside to reduce noise.
The top of the seat is approximately 12″ (30.4 cm) above the floor. This height is not an issue for most users, but users with specific disabilities may find it challenging to take a position.
Also, the machine’s rails are perfectly horizontal, so the rowing motion is neutral; the leg push doesn’t require extra effort, such as in rowers with an inclined rail system.
The rower has a set of adjustable footrests and is made of durable thermoplastic material. They attach to a wooden board with an angle of approximately 45 ° for optimal foot positioning. In addition, they have heel guards and adjustable straps so you can perfectly secure your feet on them.
The machine’s pulling handle consists of a short straight bar with oval grips. It features PVC foam sleeves for improved comfort, and it connects to a heavy-duty nylon strap that attaches to the inner drive mechanism of the machine. It does not have integrated pulse sensors, but the fitness monitor does have a pulse reading function.
RW-8 Resistance system
The SNODE RW-8 is a water resistance rowing machine. This type of resistance system comes with a few advantages. First, it provides a dynamic response during rowing, which means that the resistance depends on how fast you pull the handle.
Therefore, the faster you pull, the more resistance you will get. Second, due to the dynamic response, the rowing sensation is close to rowing a real boat. And finally, the machine doesn’t generate a loud noise like some air resistance rowers.
The RW-8 comes with a polycarbonate water tank. Its exact capacity is not specified, but it’s probably between 3.5 and 4.5 gallons (13 – 17 liters). Unfortunately, the tank does not have any mechanical resistance adjustment elements. However, you can adjust the overall resistance by removing or adding water, provided that you don’t exceed the maximum fill mark on the tank.
The main resistance-generating element is the 16-blade impeller inside the water tank. The impeller connects to the rower’s pulley system. Thus, when you pull the handle, it spins inside the tank, generating resistance.
A siphon pump and a pack of chlorine pills come with the rower. The pump is manual, not motorized. The chlorine pills keep the tank water clean and prevent the formation of algae or other microorganisms. You should add a chlorine pill to the tank water every six months.
The SNODE RW-8 rowing machine comes equipped with a multi-function fitness monitor. It features an LCD that tracks time, strokes, SPM, calories, distance, and pulse. Unfortunately, the pulse reading function requires a wireless HR chest strap which does not come with the rower.
The monitor has three workout modes – Manual, Interval Custom, and Target. The Interval Mode allows you to create a custom workout interval with rest/work periods.
The Target mode allows you to select targets for various metrics, such as time, strokes, calories, etc. After choosing a target, the monitor will countdown until it reaches zero, indicating when you have completed your set-up goal. And finally, the Manual mode allows you to row, and the monitor will display your SPM, strokes, the time elapsed, etc.
The monitor also has Bluetooth connectivity. Via the Bluetooth connection, you can sync the rowing monitor to your smartphone or tablet through the FitShow app. In addition, a scannable QR code comes with the machine that facilitates easy installation of the app into your phone.
The app is compatible with both Apple and Android devices. In addition, the app offers standard workout programs and allows you to track your progress online.
Last but not least, the monitor features a device holder consisting of a small shelf at the base of the unit that can support your tablet or smartphone. It is battery-powered, and the batteries come with the rowing machine.
RW-8 Assembly and Maintenance
The front unit of the machine with the water-resistance tank and the other drive elements comes pre-assembled. Therefore, you only need to attach the rear part of the rails and the seat and fill the tank with water.
Consequently, it shouldn’t take more than 30-40 minutes. All the tools are included, and the manual provides proper assembly instructions.
It is advisable to keep the machine clean, especially the rails, to prevent any damage to the seat’s wheels for maintenance. In addition, the box includes a bottle of chlorine pills to treat the water inside the tank.
Other than this, you only need to periodically inspect the machine to ensure that all its parts still function correctly and all the screws remain tight in their places.
- Sturdy frame – can support users up to 287 lbs;
- Beechwood frame with an aesthetic design;
- Folding frame;
- Easy to handle and transport;
- Rubberized stabilizers for extra floor protection;
- Water-resistance system, providing the most natural rowing feel that you can get;
- Padded and contoured seat;
- Adjustable footrests;
- Multi-window fitness monitor included;
- Three workout modes on the fitness monitor (manual, target, and interval);
- Bluetooth connectivity and compatibility with the FitShow App (for iOS and Android);
- Smooth and quiet operation;
- Water pump included;
- Assembly tools included;
- Water purification pills included;
- Device holder integrated into the fitness monitor;
- Little maintenance is required;
- Easy to assemble.
- The fitness monitor LCD does not have a backlight;
- The HR chest strap for pulse reading does not come with the rower.
SNODE RW-8 Rowing Machine Summary
The SNODE RW-8 is a home-use water resistance rowing machine. It features a folding beechwood frame, a ~4.5-gallon water tank, a set of adjustable footrests, and a comfortable seat. It also includes a fitness monitor with three workout modes and Bluetooth connectivity, compatible with the FitShow app.
Moreover, it’s a decent machine for a full-body cardio workout, muscle toning, interval training, stamina development, and weight loss.
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Please remember that you should consult your physician to determine if you have any medical or physical conditions that could risk your health and safety or prevent you from using the equipment properly. In addition, your physician’s advice is essential if you are taking medication that affects your heart rate, blood pressure, or cholesterol level.