Dripex Magnetic Rowing Machine Review + Comparisons
The Dripex Magnetic Rower offers users an excellent entry level rowing machine that looks great, and offers a quality workout. The steel frame is highlighted by Dripex’s patented double aluminum railway that offers an ergonomic rowing motion combined with stability and silence. Although the frame feels sturdy, I was disappointed by the suggested maximum weight capacity of 265 lbs. In a similar price range, check out the Joroto MR35 magnetic rower which can accommodate up to 300 lbs. The 3D cushioned seat and ergonomically placed hand grip ensure that you use the proper rowing method, which helps to prevent the chance of unintended injuries. As with most indoor rowers in the entry-level price range, the Dripex Magnetic Rower does not offer a foldable frame, so you will need to find space to store this vertically if needed.
One good thing about the Dripex Magnetic Rower is that it has been designed with saving space in mind. Compared to other magnetic rowers, the Dripex comes in with compact dimensions of 70.47” L x 20.87” W x 30.04” H, which is actually quite reasonable for the indoor rower industry. The aluminium rail also helps with a lighter overall frame as the Dripex Magnetic Rower only weighs 60.63 lbs, which is certainly user friendly and helps make moving the machine less cumbersome.
The Dripex magnetic resistance system allows users to adjust their workout to 15 different levels of magnetic resistance using the conveniently placed knob. Unlike water resistance rowers which require you to either fill or empty the water tank to change resistance levels, magnetic rowers generally have the ability to change the resistance levels in the middle of a workout. Personally, as much as I love the realistic feel of the water resistance, being able to have full control over the difficulty of my workout without having to stop is a luxury that I always enjoy with magnetic resistance rowers.
As someone who enjoys integrated technology, the Dripex magnetic rower definitely comes up short in my books. At an entry level price point, most indoor rowers do not come with any integrated technology or Bluetooth connection, and that is definitely the case for the Dripex magnetic rower. This model does come with an intelligent LCD display monitor which provides users with an active way to watch your stroke count, time, calories burned, and distance. If you are looking for a rowing machine that can integrate with fitness apps and your connected devices, I recommend paying up a bit for the Men’s Health/Women’s Health Bluetooth magnetic rower.
Even if you are not the handiest person with tools, the Dripex Magnetic Rowing Machine is simple to assemble, and only took me about 30 minutes to complete. The instructions are clear and all of the tools and parts are included in the package. Dripex is a popular sporting equipment company that operates in the UK and the US, so it has a dedicated site that can ship you the magnetic rower directly. It is also a company that utilizes Amazon as one of its main eStores, so if you have an Amazon account, it is usually easier and faster to get it shipped through them.
In terms of price the Dripex Magnetic Rower is definitely a model that is easy on your wallet. Priced at only £309 on the Dripex website, it certainly fits into the value range of indoor rowing machines, especially if you are the type of user that does not need all of the bells and whistles. As for the warranty, Dripex provides its standard one-year warranty that all of its fitness equipment come with. It’s not a great warranty, but it’s definitely better than nothing, and the Dripex customer support is available seven days per week by phone or email.
Dripex Magnetic Rower Pros
- Great value price point for a quality workout experience
- Double aluminum slide rail is strong and silent
- Compact, space saving design
- 15 levels of fully adjustable magnetic resistance
- Ergonomically designed hand grips
- 3D cushioned seat
- Easy assembly
- Quick anti-skid pedals
- Adjustable monitor holder
Dripex Magnetic Rower Cons
- Zero connected technology or integration
- No Bluetooth or WiFi connectivity
- The intelligent LCD display is basic
- Low maximum user weight capacity
- Warranty could be better
Dripex Magnetic Rower Final Verdict
When looking at entry-level fitness machines, you always have to sacrifice some features, whether it is technology, quality, or the overall experience. To be honest, with the Dripex magnetic rower I wasn’t expecting much. I thought it would just be the same entry-level indoor rower as the rest of them. I was surprised at how responsive the magnetic resistance system was, especially when I raised the difficulty in the middle of a workout. The technology is lacking, but the workout experience is of higher quality than the price tag indicates. If you want the bells and whistles, you’re going to have to spend up in this industry. But if all you want is a solid workout on a responsive rowing machine, the Dripex magnetic rower checks off all the boxes for me.