Peloton Row vs. Hydrow: A Comparison

Kelly Johnson

Disclaimer: Yes, this is an article from Hydrow. And yes, we’re going to talk about how incredible the Hydrow experience is. But we also recognize that Peloton also produces engaging content and has selling points of their own for their platform. So, what can you expect from this article? A face-to-face comparison between the new Peloton Row and the Hydrow rowing machine.

For those exploring the different rowing machines on the market, it’s important to compare apples to apples. You’ll find a wide range of rowing machine costs, from a few hundred dollars at popular online retailers to several thousands of dollars. It’s also worth comparing features, materials, size, and even the warranties of these machines.

The Peloton Row and Hydrow have similarities in that they are both top-of-the-line at-home rowers that feature beautiful touchscreen displays for member-exclusive training content. 

So, bow-to-bow (if you will), how do they measure up?

Hydrow vs. Peloton Row: A quick-reference comparison

Peloton Row


Hydrow Wave


$3,195 USD

Starting at 0% APR with Affirm**

$2,495 USD

$52/mo through Klarna*

$1,895 USD

$40/mo through Klarna*


Anodized and powder-coated aluminum rail with molded plastic hub

Contemporary aluminum and steel frame

Black polycarbonate with industrial swirled finish


23.8” adjustable screen

22” adjustable screen

16” fixed screen


Electronically controlled

Electromagnetic drag: 50–300

Patented electromagnetic resistance mechanism

Electromagnetic drag: 50–300

Patented electromagnetic resistance mechanism


• Wide variety of classes, including yoga, pilates, strength, running and more

• Thousands of classes

• Live classes daily

• Form Assist provides real-time feedback on form

• Workouts on waterways around the world (not in a studio)

• 4,000+ rowing workouts

• Live rows daily

• Pilates, yoga, strength and mobility workouts

• Personal 1:1 coaching available

• Workouts on waterways around the world (not in a studio)

• 4,000+ rowing workouts

• Live rows daily

• Pilates, yoga, strength and mobility workouts

• Personal 1:1 coaching available


94” L × 24” W

86” L × 25” W × 47” H

80” L × 19” W × 43” H


8’ ceiling height for vertical stowing

7.1’ ceiling height for vertical stowing

6.9’ ceiling height for vertical stowing


156.5 lbs

145 lbs

102 lbs


300 lbs

375 lbs

375 lbs


36" inseam

36" inseam

36" inseam


Free (5–6 weeks)

Free (2–3 weeks)

Free (2–3 days)


Setup included

Under 30 minutes

Professional in-home assembly available

Under 90 minutes

Professional in-home assembly available


Upright Wall Anchor

Setup for this not included; professional installation recommended

The Hydrow Upright Storage Kit


Hydrow Wave Vertical Anchor



12-month limited warranty

12-month limited warranty

Optional extended warranty

12-month limited warranty

Optional extended warranty





*Pending approval from Klarna

**Pending approval from Affirm

Key Peloton Row Benefits: All-access membership can be shared across other Peloton equipment along with an extensive library of classes for other fitness equipment. 

Key Hydrow Benefits: Hydrow offers an extensive library of Live Outdoor Reality workouts, with rowing workouts on the water (never in a studio). Hydrow also has an extensive background in rowing (our CEO coached the U.S. National Rowing Team), and world-class rowers and Olympians guide your workouts.  

Deep dive: Peloton Row vs. Hydrow rowing machines

We know that both Peloton and Hydrow are leaders in home fitness equipment, providing high-quality machines to people who are ready to commit to their health and fitness journey from the comfort of their homes. 

So, what sets them apart? How do these machines compare?

Hydrow vs. Peloton Row: Price

  • Peloton Row: $3,195 or monthly financing with Affirm (Pending approval from Affirm)

  • Hydrow: $2,495 or $52/mo with Klarna (Pending approval from Klarna)

  • Hydrow Wave: $1,895 or $40/mo with Klarna (Pending approval from Klarna)

Takeaway: At this price point for the Peloton Row, you can purchase the original Hydrow and a one-year Hydrow Membership for less money. You could also get a Hydrow Wave and over three years of Hydrow Membership.

Hydrow vs. Peloton rower: Quality materials

When you’re investing in new home fitness equipment, you want something durable that will last for years. It’s true that you get what you pay for! 

When comparing the Peloton Row with Hydrow rowing machines, you’ll see quality materials used across the board. 

Peloton Row features an anodized and powder-coated aluminum rail with a molded plastic hub. It uses a woven strap, ergonomic seat, and textured rubber handle for a secure grip, along with adjustable footbeds that feature velcro straps.

Both the Hydrow and the Hydrow Wave boast impressive quality materials. The original Hydrow has a sleek, contemporary aluminum and steel frame, bringing an elevated and elegant appearance to your living room or other workout space. The Hydrow Wave features a black polycarbonate frame with an industrial swirled finish. Both Hydrow models use a high-quality polyester webbing strap for quiet operation, along with an ergonomic, low-stress grip handle. 

Both Hydrow rowing machines also use the same ergonomically designed cushion and adjustable foot beds. The Hydrow Wave uses a two-roller and two-idler system for smooth operation. The original Hydrow uses a 10-roller slide system for an extra-smooth row.

Hydrow vs. Peloton Row: Resistance mechanism

Resistance mechanisms vary drastically from rowing machine to rowing machine, including water tanks, fans, electromagnetic drag, and more. Each has its own unique selling points, and each rower has their own preference.

Peloton Row uses electronically controlled resistance for a quiet, smooth row. Hydrow uses a True Drag™ patented electromagnetic resistance mechanism that provides the most realistic on-the-water feeling you’ll find on the market. 

If you’re looking to feel like you’re actually rowing on the water, you can’t beat what Hydrow provides (we say that humbly — this has been verified by Athletes and members alike!). 

Hydrow vs. Peloton Row: Size and storage

Most high-quality rowing machines will be pretty comparable in size. While you’ll see some variation in the size of the rowing machine, you’ll see more variety in how rowing machines are stored than you will in the size of the machine itself. 

The Peloton Row’s in-use footprint is 96”L x 24”W. It features a 23.8-inch screen that rotates 45 degrees in either direction and folds for storage, with a camera that captures both photo and video. It can be vertically stored with the use of the Upright Wall Anchor. 

Hydrow offers two different size options. The original Hydrow has a 86″L x 25″W x 47″H footprint, while the Hydrow Wave comes in more compact at 80″L x 19″W x 43″H. Measuring six-inches shorter in length, six inches narrower, and four inches shorter in height, the Hydrow Wave is the preferred Hydrow model for smaller spaces. 

While stored vertically, the Hydrow has a 25″W x 33″D x 86″H footprint, taking up less than six square feet of floor space when not in use. The Hydrow Wave has an equally impressive small footprint at 26.5″W x 30″D x 82″H, a mere 1.5 inches wider but three inches shallower than the original Hydrow.  

Both Hydrow models require a vertical storage kit for upright storage (sold separately from the rowing machine itself).

Hydrow vs. Peloton Row: Shipping, delivery, Assembly, and warranty

The Peloton Row shipping timeline varies depending on your location. Delivery and setup is included in the purchase price, but delivery fees may apply to some areas of the U.S.

According to Peloton’s FAQ page, the Row will be delivered and set up by a team of professionals, including finishing assembly, connecting to power and Wi-Fi, and walking you through the basics of usage. The installation of the Upright Wall Anchor is not included in delivery and setup. 

Peloton offers a 12-month parts and labor warranty that covers the touchscreen and other original components. Peloton also offers a protection plan that provides 48 months of total coverage, including accidental damage and surge protection.

Peloton’s 30-day home trial provides the opportunity for free pickup and full return if you decide you don’t like your machine. This return is at no cost to you.

The Hydrow Wave ships in two to three days via UPS, while the original Hydrow takes two to three weeks to arrive via an independent carrier. Both of Hydrow’s machines ship for free. In-home assembly is available for an extra fee but is not required. The average user can assemble a Hydrow Wave in under 90 minutes, while the original Hydrow rower can be assembled in under 30 minutes.

Hydrow has a 30-day risk-free trial period, where you can return at no cost to you (should you decide rowing isn’t right for you). Both Hydrow machines also come with a one-year warranty, with the option to purchase additional warranties. Hydrow also offers a 30-day free trial of our app to test the experience.

Deep dive: Peloton vs. Hydrow membership and experience

Both Peloton and Hydrow strongly encourage the use of their membership platform with their machines. While both do offer their own version of a “Just Row” mode, the member-exclusive fitness content is what sets these rowing machines apart from the rest. 

It’s important to note a fundamental difference between the Peloton subscription and Hydrow membership. 

Peloton originally started with cycling and has since expanded beyond to include a variety of workouts to use both on and off their lineup of fitness equipment. Their focus is getting users on their machines and investing in the Peloton community.

Peloton’s content is designed to simulate an in-person fitness class, giving you access to high-quality trainers, coaches, and instructors you may not otherwise be able to have as an instructor. 

Hydrow, on the other hand, was founded by rowers, for everyone. Our focus has always been on bringing accessibility to rowing and allowing more people to enjoy this incredible sport. Hydrow’s Membership focuses on introducing users to rowing, connecting their mind and body, and creating a supportive and encouraging community for all. 

One of the biggest differences between Hydrow and other fitness subscriptions is Hydrow’s Live Outdoor Reality™.  Hydrow’s content is designed to simulate a realistic on-the-water experience. Prioritizing the immersive nature of the workouts, Hydrow aims for authentic human connection. The Athlete leading your workout is not in charge — they’re rowing with you, motivating and encouraging you through each stroke.  

With Hydrow, you won’t see microphones on faces, sunglasses, or anything else that creates a barrier between you and the Athlete. Community and connection is in the DNA of rowing — and in the DNA of Hydrow. 

Peloton vs. Hydrow: Membership cost

Priced at $44/month for its “all-access membership,” Peloton allows unlimited profiles for your household and access to its entire library of both live classes and on-demand classes. 

Also priced at $44/month, a Hydrow Membership provides both live and on-demand access to the Live Outdoor Reality™ content that makes it unique, as well as an entire library of rowing, circuit training, strength training, mobility, yoga, and pilates workouts.

Peloton rower vs. Hydrow: Variety of workouts

Peloton’s platform features a mix of cycling, running, yoga, meditation, strength, stretching, and rowing workouts. The majority of Peloton’s classes are filmed in a studio setting on Peloton machines, though it does offer outdoor running workouts that are not filmed in a studio.

Hydrow’s platform features primarily rowing content, but also includes hundreds of strength training, pilates, yoga, running, mobility, and cross-training workouts, too. Rather than being filmed in a studio, the vast majority of Hydrow’s content is filmed on-location, either on the water or in a scenic location for On the Mat content.

While there are a few select workouts (like the Learn to Row series) that are filmed on a Hydrow rowing machine in a studio, you’ll see that most of Hydrow’s content is filmed in beautiful locations around the world. 

Hydrow’s workouts are developed with a deep understanding of fitness and health. Each workout utilizes whole-body movements to maximize the benefits you’ll receive for the time you spend exercising. Workouts are structured and graded to ensure the delivery of a quality benefit, delivering results to members over time.

Peloton vs. Hydrow: Rowing workouts

Peloton’s rowing workouts include guided rowing workouts, Row Bootcamp classes, and scenic workouts, along with training programs and challenges. Guided workouts are led in a studio setting on the Peloton Row. The Row Bootcamp classes feature full-body workouts on and off the Row. Here, you’ll see a combination of rowing and strength training. Scenic workouts are unguided rows through different waterways.

Most of Hydrow’s rowing workouts are filmed on the water, giving you the most realistic virtual rowing experience. Hydrow offers a variety of types of rowing workouts including beginner, HIIT, journey (unguided rows), and more. 

If you’re new to rowing, Hydrow offers a Learn to Row series to get you familiar with the fundamentals of rowing. Whether you’re looking for a quick, five-minute warmup row or an intense 60-minute endurance row, Hydrow has something for you.

Hydrow’s mobile app hosts our extensive library of rowing workouts for use on any rowing machine. With the Hydrow mobile app, you’ll have access to all of your favorite rowing workouts and Athletes to use with any rowing machine you choose — whether you’re at a gym, staying at a hotel, or visiting a friend with a different model rower. 

Hydrow rower vs. Peloton: Instructors and Athletes

Both Peloton and Hydrow feature an impressive lineup of world-class athletes including Olympians, national team members, collegiate athletes, and more.

Peloton’s fitness classes are led by a team of high-energy, motivating instructors who are there to hype you up and get you through your workout. While their entire roster of instructors is impressive, their rowing instructors include: 

  • Ash Pryor, U.S. Rowing coach and Relentless Rowing Academy creator

  • Alex Karwoski (Team USA Olympic rower)

  • Katie Wang (former instructor for Barry’s Bootcamp)

Hydrow’s rows are led by Athletes whose goal is not only to get you through your workout, but to get you fully immersed in it. Each of Hydrow’s rowing Athletes comes with an impressive (and extensive) background in rowing. Hydrow’s On the Mat workouts are led by experts in their field. With Athletes like Dani Hansen (two-time Silver Medalist Team USA Paralympic rower), Aquil Abdullah (Team USA Olympic rower), and Aisyah Rafaee (Singapore’s first Olympian in the sport of rowing) guiding you through your workout, you’ll experience a connection with your Athlete that you won’t find anywhere else. 

Hydrow Athletes, though high-achieving and recognized around the world, are real people you’d want to hang out with. They aren’t taking charge of the workout or yelling instructions as they row. They’re connecting with you while rowing together. The leading Athlete is doing the same thing that you’ll do during the workout — linking with you in the rhythm of the movement.

Peloton Row vs. Hydrow: Which rowing machine is right for you?

So, with all this information, which rowing machine is right for you? Let’s look at a few key factors:

If space is a concern, the Hydrow Wave’s compact footprint is a major selling point. Coming in at 14” shorter and 5” narrower, the Wave fits in tighter spaces and still brings a high-quality connected rowing machine into your home.

If price is a concern, the Hydrow Wave is the frontrunner for getting the most bang for your buck. Priced at less than half the cost of the Peloton Row, the Hydrow Wave brings you a comparable workout experience with a much smaller investment. Hydrow also offers financing through Klarna.

If you enjoy a studio setting, Peloton Row’s classes will provide the studio workout class experience you’re seeking with instructors who will push you through intense workouts.

If you’re looking for a realistic rowing experience, Hydrow’s Live Outdoor Reality™ content will transport you onto the water from the comfort of your home. Hydrow’s Athletes aim to connect with you and support you through your workout.

If you already have other Peloton equipment, either option could be a good fit for you. The ability to use one Peloton membership across multiple pieces of fitness equipment is a selling point. However, the price point of the Peloton Row means you could purchase a Hydrow Wave and several years of a Hydrow Membership for the same price, providing access to a whole new library of content in the process.

If you desire AI coaching, Peloton’s Form Assist can provide real-time feedback on form during your workout through AI technology. The Form Assist displays on your screen while you workout for real-time feedback.

If you desire human coaching, Hydrow’s personal 1:1 coaching is a great option for you. You’ll get to spend time with a Hydrow Personal Coach, who will deliver personalized guidance and feedback in solo sessions designed to meet you where you are and help you reach your unique goals.

If you’re ready to start rowing ASAP, the Hydrow Wave holds the fastest shipping speeds and earliest delivery timeline. You’ll be rowing by next week!

Ultimately, the factors that matter most to you will determine which rowing machine is the best fit for you. And, to take a deeper look at the Hydrow vs. the Hydrow Wave, check out our rower comparison page on our website.