YOSUDA H-185 Magnetic Rowing Machine | Unbelievably Smooth

The YOSUDA H-185 Magnetic Rowing Machine features heavy-duty commercial-quality steel, which is very sturdy and durable. In addition, the approximate 43.3-inch slide rail is also very sturdy; the maximum user weight limit is 350 lbs (158.7 kg). The user inseam length of 49.2″ (125 cm) accommodates users up to 6’6″ (198 cm).

The H-185 rowing machine has a 10 lbs (4.5 kg) flywheel and eight levels of manual magnetic resistance. In particular, the magnetic resistance system creates unbelievably smooth and nearly silent rowing. As a result, you won’t have to worry about disturbing your family and neighbors.

In addition, YOSUDA H-185 magnetic rowing machine comes equipped with an ergonomically designed seat cushion to provide a comfortable row experience. Furthermore, the oversized foot pedals comfortably accommodate nearly any shoe size. In addition, the non-slip textured pedals also have adjustable straps to ensure your safety.

Learn more in my complete review below!

Product: YOSUDA H-185 Magnetic Rowing Machine

YOSUDA H-185 Magnetic Rowing Machine
YOSUDA H-185 Magnetic Rowing Machine

Price: For a great deal on this rower, merely go here to YOSUDA.com

Warranty: 2 years free replacement parts

My rating: is 9/10

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Details and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 74.8L x 19.3W x 27.5H inches (190L x 49W x 70H cm)
  • Shipping weight: 70 lbs (31.7 kg)
  • Flywheel weight: 10 lbs (4.5 kg)
  • Weight capacity: 350 lbs (158.7 kg)
  • Frame: Steel
  • Footrests: Pivoting, with straps
  • Resistance type: Magnetic, eight levels
  • Fitness Monitor: Time, count, total count, distance, calories, scan
  • Warranty: 2 years free replacement parts

    YOSUDA H-185 Magnetic Rowing Machine

H-185 Frame Construction

The YOSUDA H-185 rower features a rectangular tubing steel frame with oval stabilizing bars. In addition, it comes equipped with a reasonably long rail, approximately 43.3″ (110 cm), and offers an applicable user inseam length of 49.2″ (125 cm). Therefore, the machine comfortably accommodates users up to 6’6″ (198 cm), allowing a complete range of motion.

The rail inclines slightly forward. Thus, the machine provides a better leg workout, especially during the push phase. The rail is also sturdy; this rower’s maximum user weight limit is 350 lbs (158.7 kg).

The fully assembled trainer is not too large compared with other models, such as the PowerBoostConcept rower. It is approximately 74.8″ (190 cm) long and 19.3″ (49 cm) wide. Plus, allowing at least 24″ (61 cm) on each side and at the rear of the unit is advisable for ease of access and safe usage.

The machine can fold up. The rail secures to the front section of the rower via a large knob, allowing you to quickly disengage it and fold it up along with the seat. With the rail folded up, the unit’s footprint is approximately 28.7″L x 19.3″W (73 x 49 cm), while its height reaches approximately 46″ (117 cm).

In addition, this YOSUDA rower is not super heavy, weighing approx—65 lbs (29 kg). Therefore, one person can carry and assemble the rower. Once completed, it is easier to move as its front base stabilizer features transport wheels. In addition, both base stabilizers also have adjustable levelers.

Seat and handlebars

The YOSUDA H-185 magnetic rowing machine features a seat similar to other rowing machines. Its base is steel-made and integrates three sets of wheels.

Two wheels slide over the rail, while the third slides under it for extra stability. The wheels have high-grade internal ball bearings for smooth motion and a rubber coating on the outside for reduced noise.

YOSUDA H-185 Magnetic Rowing Machine
YOSUDA H-185 Magnetic Rowing Machine

The top of the seat is a high-density foam material, so it’s not completely hard; it provides a bit of shock absorption for your tailbone. In addition, it has contours and texturing for better positioning. Finally, it is relatively large, approximately 14″ (35 cm) wide and 11″ (28 cm) deep, so it provides plenty of contact surface.

As mentioned earlier, the rail slants forward slightly, so the seat does not maintain a constant height. As a result, its highest point is approximately 12 – 13 inches (30 – 33 cm) when it is close to the rear of the rail.

The YOSUDA H-185 rower comes equipped with oversized footrests made from a durable thermoplastic material. They have a textured surface, heel guards, and adjustable straps for maximum foot stability. In addition, they are non-adjustable but large enough to accommodate athletic shoes of all sizes.

The footrests have a pivoting design. Therefore, they can tilt back and forth on their axis. This way, they can adapt better to the pressure you apply during each stroke. In addition, they have stoppers at the heel, so they won’t tilt back past an angle of approx. 60°.

The pulling handle is a simple, straight bar. It has rubber foam sleeves for an improved grip. It’s attached to the machine’s resistance system via a heavy-duty, braided nylon strap, highly resistant to stretching and abrasion. Unfortunately, it does not have any controls or HR pulse sensors.

H-185 Resistance system

The YOSUDA H-185 comes equipped with a manual magnetic resistance system. Therefore, you don’t have to connect it to an external power source and don’t need a power cord or adapter. However, the fitness monitor does not have pre-set workout programs and cannot adjust the resistance automatically.

The machine’s resistance system is similar to magnetic resistance exercise bikes. It involves a magnetic brake attached to the internal flywheel system and the tension knob on the front unit of the rower.

YOSUDA H-185 Magnetic Rowing Machine

When you turn this knob, the magnets on the brake move closer or farther from the flywheel, increasing or decreasing the rowing resistance. As a result, the flywheel is not too heavy; it weighs approx—10 lbs (4.5 kg).

The main advantage of the magnetic brake is that the magnets do not touch the flywheel, and the rowing motion is smooth and quiet compared to air or water resistance rowers.

Unfortunately, the machine does not produce a dynamic response during rowing. Thus, the resistance does not depend on how fast you pull the handle, like water or air resistance rowers, which provide a more appropriate rowing sensation to rowing a real boat.

Nevertheless, any magnetic rower still provides a consistent full-body cardio workout, great for toning muscles, improving stamina, and losing weight.

The machine makes available eight levels of resistance. The first level provides a reasonably light workout difficulty, great for a warmup. Conversely, the 8th level offers distinguishably more tension.

However, the machine does not provide a super tough workout load as a general idea. It’s great for beginners or mid-level users but may not be the best choice for a professional athlete.

Fitness monitor

The YOSUDA H-185 rower comes equipped with a pretty simple fitness monitor. It features an LCD (without a backlight) that tracks time, distance, strokes, total strokes, and calories burned. However, it does not show strokes per minute (SPM) or split time (time/500 m). Unfortunately, it also does not have a pulse reading function.

The monitor is straightforward to use. It only has one button, which covers two functions. First, you can repeatedly press it to select the workout metric you want to view.

YOSUDA H-185 Magnetic Rowing Machine
YOSUDA H-185 Magnetic Rowing Machine

Or, you can select the scan mode, which enables it to automatically scroll through the metrics showing each one for a few seconds. Secondly, the button covers the reset function. So, you can press and hold it for a few seconds to clear all the values to zero.

The battery-powered unit requires two AAA batteries, which come included. It starts up when you press the button or when you begin rowing. In addition, it also automatically turns off to save battery after a few minutes of inactivity on the rower.

H-185 Assembly and Maintenance

The resistance unit of the rower comes pre-assembled. You only need to connect the front base stabilizer, insert the seat on the rail, connect the rail to the front unit, add the rear stabilizer to the footrests, put batteries in the fitness monitor, and install the device holder.

Therefore, it shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes of your time. Furthermore, the task is straightforward, and the manual provides precise assembly instructions. In addition, all the necessary tools also come included.

It is advisable to keep the machine clean, especially the rail, to prevent any damage to the seat wheels for maintenance. The internal parts do not need any lubrication. It’s also advisable to periodically check for loose bolts and parts and retighten or replace them.


  • Sturdy rail rated for a maximum user weight limit of 350 lbs;
  • Folding frame, space-saving design;
  • Transport wheels integrated into the front base;
  • Adjustable levelers on both base stabilizers;
  • Padded and contoured seat for optimal comfort;
  • Large footrests with heel guards and adjustable straps;
  • Long rail – the machine can accommodate users up to 6’6″ (198 cm);

    YOSUDA H-185 Magnetic Rowing Machine
  • The footrests have a pivoting design;
  • Tranquil and smooth magnetic resistance system;
  • Eight levels of resistance for light to medium workouts;
  • Fitness monitor included – it tracks time, distance, count, total count, and calories burned;
  • Device holder included;
  • Easy to assemble;
  • Little maintenance is required.


  • The fitness monitor LCD does not have a backlight;
  • The fitness monitor does not have a pulse reading function;
  • The fitness monitor does not have a split time (time/500m) reading function;
  • The fitness monitor has no stroke per minute (SPM) reading function.

YOSUDA H-185 Magnetic Rowing Machine Summary

The YOSUDA H-185 is a standard magnetic rower made for home use. It has an 8-level manual magnetic resistance system, a comfortable padded seat, pivoting footrests, and a fitness monitor that tracks the essential workout metrics.

In addition, it also has a long rail for users up to 6’6″ and a reasonably decent weight capacity of 350 lbs (158.7 kg). Moreover, it’s an excellent machine for full-body cardio training, muscle toning, stamina development, and weight loss.

I hope you found this article helpful and informative. Would you please speak up if you have anything you’d like to share on the topic or any opinions about my website? I look forward to your comments, questions, and the sharing of ideas.

Please remember to 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.

8 thoughts on “YOSUDA H-185 Magnetic Rowing Machine | Unbelievably Smooth”

  1. After a couple of weeks of using a rowing machine, you will see a high difference in your core. The YOSUDA H-185 is a good way to get your daily cardio in when you do not have time for the gym. Another thing I like about this is how the rowing machine targets your back. I always want to find ways to improve muscle density near my thoracic spine.

    • Hi Alex, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us. Would you please let me know if I can assist you with the YOSUDA H-185 or any other exercise equipment? I’m always happy to help.

      Kind regards, Robert

  2. You’ve written an informational review on YOSUDA H-185 magnetic rowing machine. This exercise equipment has a lot of functions, making it ideal for a whole-body workout, and the best part is that you can use it at home. I just checked the price, and I think I have to put this in my budget because this item is a must-have for anyone looking to shed fat or keep fit. Thanks for sharing

    • Hi Bethel, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us. Would you please let me know if I may further assist you with the YOSUDA H-185 rowing machine or any other exercise equipment? I’m always happy to help.

      Kind regards, Robert

  3. They say rowing machines give a great full-body workout. I like that the Yosuda has a comfortable seat and oversized footrests, as our family all have big feet. 
    I also like that it is small, compact, and can fold up to save space. Finally, it’s great that it doesn’t need electricity to function. 

    • Hi Michel, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us. Would you please let me know if I may further assist you with exercise equipment? I’m always happy to help.

      Kind regards, Robert

  4. Sirs,
    I purchased your rowing machine, H-185, through Amazon. I love your product but do have one concern about it. I have noticed during my rowing workouts that part list#30, the plastic chain cover will start to separate under the tension control knob as I do the pulling part of my row. I think this from the bolts holding the foot pedals bending under the strain from my pushing on them. I’m about 280 pounds, well below the 350-pound weight limit of your rowing machine. Is there anything I can do to prevent this separation? Also is there any place to register my rowing machine with your company?

    Rick Butz

    • Hi Richard, I apologize for taking so long to answer. Please contact Yosuda directly at service@yosudabikes.com. It’s the email address of the manufacturer, so you’ll have to shoot them an email with all of the details regarding your rowing machine. This is direct contact with the manufacturer; they would be the best source to resolve your issue. Please advise if I may be of further assistance.

      Kind regards, Robert


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