Is Hydrow worth the money?

Leanne Yenush

If you ask any brand if their product is worth the money, they’re going to say yes. So rather than just telling you “Yes, of course Hydrow is worth the money! We have the best rowing machines to ever exist and you should stop your search right now. Click here to buy,” we want to take this opportunity to get real with you. 

If you’ve landed here, you’ve probably got some questions for us. We’re always happy to chat. We want all Hydrow users to feel empowered and excited to use their rower. That being said, we know that Hydrow is not for everyone. And that’s okay. 

But for those of you who are a good match for Hydrow… it’s one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. Of course, that’s the catch, right? Is Hydrow right for you? 

  • If you’re looking for something that is going to change the way you view your workouts, Hydrow is definitely worth the money.

  • If you’re looking for a basic rowing machine to use every-so-often when you feel like it, Hydrow might not be the right choice for you.

  • If you’re looking to become a part of a community of humans who care, support each other, and are seeking connection, you’ve found what you’re looking for.

  • If you’re looking for a quick sweat session to cheque it off of your to-do list, you can definitely do that with a Hydrow, but you’ll be missing out on what makes Hydrow what we are.

So let’s dive into why a Hydrow is worth the money (for the right person). 

How much does Hydrow cost?

A Hydrow rowing machine could cost you £1,595 or £2,495 depending on which model you choose. You’ll find this same price range for other comparable machines. So this price point isn’t as much of a determining factor as many would think. Buy the Hydrow Rower and Hydrow Wave Rower

A Hydrow Membership is £44/mo (plus applicable tax).

How does this compare to other fitness memberships? 

Peloton’s all-access membership is £43/mo. iFit’s Family Plan (that allows for multiple user profiles like our membership does) is £38/mo. 

How does the cost of a Hydrow Membership compare to a gym membership?

Gym membership prices vary drastically depending on where you live and what type of gym you’re joining. You’ll have your £10/mo memberships at a big national gym with only limited services and machine types. You’ll also see national chains with memberships at £153/mo. When you get into classes and not just a general gym membership, you’ll see costs increase quite quickly. For example, you can get exactly 1 SoulCycle class in New York City, or with an equivalent spin class brand, for the same price as a Hydrow Membership (which has unlimited access to classes)

So when it comes to the cost of a Hydrow Membership, if you take just one class per month on your Hydrow (we hope you’ll do more!), you’re getting your money’s worth.

You’re getting the highest quality rowing machine

Hydrow rowers are top of the line machines designed to last. From the dynamic, quiet, and responsive computer-controlled resistance, to the ergonomic low-stress grip handle, every element of Hydrow rowing machines is designed for comfort, performance, and durability. 

You won’t find any chains, fans, or water tanks to maintain. We use a patented electromagnetic drag mechanism and an industrial-grade web strap that provides an elevated rowing experience that you won’t find anywhere else. 

We use an ergonomically-designed cushioned seat for comfort and support. The foot bed easily adjusts for correct foot placement. Hydrow rowing machines also boast a 170 kg weight limit. 

Last but certainly not least, you’re getting a rowing machine that looks good. When we designed our Hydrow rowers, we wanted them to be something you’re proud to have in your home – not an eyesore. Our rowing machines feature sleek, contemporary designs with clean high-definition touchscreen displays. These machines aren’t ones  you’ll want to tuck away when you have company (but you can easily store them vertically if you need the space). 

You’re getting more than the highest quality rowing machine

When you purchase a Hydrow and membership, you’re getting so much more than a rowing machine. You’re getting access to world-class athletes to row with you. You’re getting access to a community of Hydrow users who encourage, support, and hold you accountable. Yes, you are getting a rowing machine - and a great one at that, but when you choose Hydrow you’re choosing to be a part of something bigger. 

You’re getting personal connection

We happen to do a sport called rowing, but what we really do is personal connection. Hydrow users aren’t getting on their rowing machine just to get a workout in. 

By design, Hydrow workouts are intended to get you connected – to your body, to your fellow rowers who are rowing with you in the workout, to the athletes leading workouts, to the planet (we know that sounds cheesy, but if you’ve seen one of our Live Outdoor Reality workouts you’ll know what we mean), and to the community of Hydrow users too. 

The thing we love most about our Hydrow community is the connection that it brings to members. Through the leaderboards, you can see where you stand compared to others who have rowed the same row. Through scheduled rows with other members, you can row “together” no matter how far apart you live. Through the community group on Facebook, you can connect with other Hydrow users local to you and across the country. We can’t say enough how exceptional our members are. You won’t find a better group of humans on the internet.

You’re getting more than rowing

A Hydrow membership gives you access to both rowing content and our “On the Mat” content. These workouts include strength training, mobility, pilates, and yoga too. The On the Mat content is led by other athletes who specialise in these areas. But not to worry, your favourite rowing athletes like to make an appearance in these workouts too.

So, back to the original question: Is Hydrow worth the money? 

If you’re going to use your rowing machine, if you’re looking for more than just a sweat session, if you’re seeking connection, yes. 100%, yes. 

Buying a Hydrow machine and membership is so much more than just buying a piece of home fitness equipment. It’s an investment in a lifestyle you’re going to love.