ShareVgo SRM1000 Magnetic Foldable Rower Review
Do you ever find that you get bored when you work out at home? Hey, I don’t blame you, especially if your home fitness machine is in a room you spend a lot of time in already. It sounds like you may benefit from a connected fitness rowing machine that can allow you to challenge your friends and family, as well as offering Bluetooth connectivity for entertainment. The ShareVgo SRM1000 offers you all of these features and more for a magnetic resistance rowing machine under $500. The frame is built solid out of quality steel with an extra long slide rail that can accommodate users of all heights. The ShareVgo SRM1000 has a maximum user weight capacity of 300 lbs, which puts it ahead of other high-end magnetic rowers like the NordicTrack RW200 which only accommodates up to 250 lbs. The sleek and colorful appearance of the ShareVgo SRM100 magnetic rower is refreshing, and the bright green really brightens the room, especially compared to the bleak grey coloring of most other home rowers. Another plus? The ShareVgo SRM1000 has a foldable frame, which makes it ideal for smaller living spaces or even to store in your office at work.
Foldable or not foldable, all rowing machines come with a substantial footprint that must be accounted for, no matter where you place it. The ShareVgo SRM1000 has measured dimensions of 82.25” L x 18.75” W x 32” H when in use, so you are going to need at least eight feet of space to operate the machine. I understand that some users simply cannot accommodate this type of space, so if you are looking for something a little more compact, I recommend checking out the HouseFit home magnetic rower which is only 65” long, or nearly a foot and a half shorter. Out of the box the ShareVgo SRM1000 weighs only 62 lbs, which makes it roughly half the weight of the NordicTrack RW series of magnetic rowers. Magnetic rowers have a tendency to be lighter than water resistance rowers which require a water tank and air resistance rowers which require a turbine. If you need to move the ShareVgo SRM1000 from room to room, it does come with some very convenient transport wheels.
The ShareVgo SRM1000 magnetic rower offers users eight levels of manually adjustable magnetic resistance that is as quiet as it is challenging. The magnetic resistance can be adjusted on the fly with the conveniently placed resistance knob, which really adds to the difficulty levels of your rowing experience. This is ideal for users who love to challenge themselves, compared to air and water resistance rowers which use a variable resistance system, meaning once users are engaged in a workout, the resistance levels cannot be changed. Eight levels of resistance are great, but the ShareVgo does come up short when compared to the NordicTrack RW200, which has 26 levels of digital resistance as well as the dual resistance magnetic flywheel and air resistance system.
If you like connected technology, you are going to love using the ShareVgo SRM1000 everyday as your primary fitness machine. While the digital LCD monitor is quite small and builty into the frame, it still provides users the ability to track their calories burned, strokes, distance, and time. Best of all, you can sync your monitor to your smartphone or tablet to keep track of your workouts and how much you improve over time. You can even use your stats to compete against other users, by integrating your device with the ShareVgo Fitness App which is free to download for Apple and Android users. There are no workouts or virtual trainers with this app though, as it really just operates as a virtual way to keep track of your performance, and how you stack up against other ShareVgo users. The SRM1000 comes with a large tablet holder as well, in case you wish to be entertained during a longer workout routine.
Unlike a long rowing workout, the assembly for the ShareVgo SRM1000 magnetic rower is quick and painless. Based on our experience and according to many other online user reviews, assembly of the ShareVgo SRM1000 indoor magnetic rower only takes users about 45 minutes to complete, and ShareVgo includes all of the relevant instructions and tools. As for moving the machine around, although the frame can fold and it is equipped with transport wheels, it is always easier to have someone help. When purchasing the ShareVgo SRM1000 from the ShareVgo site, you are automatically redirected to its online store on Amazon. No problem there as Amazon is the easiest and fastest free shipping you can find for online fitness machine deliveries!
The price of the ShareVgo SRM1000 ranges depending on which site you view, but the consensus seems to be right around $400. Considering the foldable frame and the technology you get with this model, $400 is a surprisingly good price point. Compared to other models in this range like the HouseFit magnetic rower and the Sunny Health and Fitness SF-RW5515 magnetic rower, the SRM1000 comes with way more premium features for just a few dollars more. It also comes at quite a discount from the NordicTrack RW series which start at about $1,300 on Amazon. One thing to note before buying the ShareVgo SRM1000, the warranty isn’t great. The company stats on the Amazon page that its warranty is 90 days for any parts, but after that it looks like you may be on your own for repairs.
ShareVgo Rower Pros
- Great price for a mid-range rower with premium features
- Bluetooth connectivity
- ShareVgo smartphone app allows you to easily track your progress and performance
- Foldable frame makes storage a breeze
- Convenient transport wheels
- Large tablet holder for entertainment during workouts
- Silent 8-levels of magnetic resistance
- Extra long slide rail for taller users
- 300 lbs user weight capacity
- Large non-slip foot pedals
- Foam-grip handlebar
- Easy assembly and delivery
ShareVgo Rower Cons
- Monitor is quite limited, despite Bluetooth connectivity
- Terrible warranty for the machine
- 8 levels of magnetic resistance may not be enough for some people
- The substantial footprint means it may take up too much room
It is hard to find faults in the ShareVgo SRM1000 at its $400 price tag. Sure, it may not come with the top of the line features, but in reality, you are paying an entry-level price and still getting some premium additions. Bluetooth connectivity is great. As a fan of technology I love that I can check the ShareVgo app and see how I have improved my performance over the weeks. The tablet holder is a nice touch as well, given the lack of a formal digital monitor screen. On top of that, you get a foldable frame, and an excellent rowing experience that is silent and easy to stow away. If you want a larger monitor, expect to pay over $1,000. At that price, I would stick to the ShareVgo SRM1000 and just attach your tablet if you wish to be entertained.