Women’s Health/Men’s Health Bluetooth Dual Handle Rower Review
I’ve tested and reviewed dozens of different indoor rowing machines, and yet I am still amazed when I come across a machine that is completely innovative and unique. The Women’s Health/Men’s Health Bluetooth Dual Handle Rower is impressively designed and in my opinion, provides one of the most realistic rowing experiences on the market. First, the frame is creatively designed and provides stability during intense workouts. The maximum user weight capacity is capped at 250 lbs, which is slightly lower than what I generally like to see. In this price range, I would consider the Teeter Power 10 or the Hydrow rowing machine, if you need some more weight allowance. Another bonus? The Women’s Health/Men’s Health Dual Handle rower comes with a foldable frame, which makes transport and storage much easier to undertake.
Considering the Women’s Health/Men’s Health Bluetooth Dual Handle Rower’s innovative design and usage, the footprint is actually not too overwhelming. Its dimensions measure in at 72” L x 25” W x 51.5” H, so you are only looking at a six foot machine, compared to its peers which can be as long as eight feet. The machine is on the heavier side, tipping the scales at 116.4 lbs, but it certainly does not feel that heavy when wheeling it around on the transport wheels.
The Women’s Health/Men’s Health Bluetooth Dual Handle Rower is in fact a magnetic resistance machine. You can usually tell the resistance of a machine by the resistance mechanism that is attached. Water resistance rowers have a water tank, and air resistance rowers have a turbine. Well magnetic resistance machines often have a magnetic flywheel usually positioned near the front of the machine. The Women’s Health/Men’s Health dual handle rower is impressively silent, even when you manually adjust your resistance levels with the smart knob that is conveniently located in front of you on the frame. This particular model comes equipped with 14 levels of dual transmission fan magnetic tension resistance, ensuring that you can get a wide range of workout difficulties. While the dual handles provide a realistic rowing motion, it also comes with clip-on handles to add variation to your workouts!
Technology is something that Women’s Health/Men’s Health always does right on their fitness machines. With the word Bluetooth in the name of the rower, you already know that this has some sort of connected device integration. In fact, the dual handle rower comes with the company’s trademark fitness app called MyCloudFitness. With the purchase of the Women’s Health/Men’s Health dual handle rower, users receive 30 days of the MyCloudFitness access for free! When that time expires, there is a subscription rate of $14.99 per month. Now you don’t specifically need the MyCloudFitness app to operate the machine, but with the subscription you can track your progress, as well as follow along with real rowing instructors that can take you to classes in locations set all over the world. The machine also comes with a digital monitor which you can use to track stats like time, distance, calories burned, strokes, and strokes per minute.
Assembly is surprisingly easy considering that the look of the dual handle rower can be intimidating to say the least. All of the instructions and tools are included, and while I am definitely not the handiest guy, I managed to build the machine in about 45 minutes. Shipping is free when ordered from the Women’s Health/Men’s Health store on Amazon, but you can order from any of a number of online retailers like Costco or WalMart as well.
The price of the Women’s Health/Men’s Health Bluetooth Dual Handle Rower is where a lot of people are going to shy away. For premium options, you are going to have to expect to pay a premium price. The dual handle rower has a price tag of about $1,816 on Amazon, which certainly places it in the upper echelon of indoor rowing machines when it comes to price. Like with any other fitness equipment from Women’s Health/Men’s Health, the warranty is solid, offering 5-years for the frame, 3-years for the parts, and 2-years for the technology.
Women’s Health/Men’s Health Bluetooth Dual Handle Rower Pros
- Innovative design and unique appearance
- Solid frame provides support and stability
- Bluetooth connectivity allows you to use the MyFitnessCloud app
- Foldable frame and Easy assembly
- Smooth and silent magnetic resistance with 14 levels
- Manually adjustable smart knob technology
- Clip-on handles included for more workouts
Women’s Health/Men’s Health Bluetooth Dual Handle Rower Cons
- The premium price will turn some buyers off
- Paying a monthly subscription fee on top of the price can be expensive
- Low maximum user weight capacity
- Basic monitor if you don’t subscribe to the app
- The machine is on the heavier side
The Women’s Health/Men’s Health Bluetooth Dual Handle Rower is an incredible indoor rower that I believe provides one of the best home rowing experiences on the market. You’re also going to pay a pretty penny for this machine along with a monthly subscription to the MyCloudFitness app. In the end, you will have to weigh whether or not the investment is worth it, or if you can get by with an indoor rower that has less premium features. If you want something similar to the dual handle rower, I recommend checking out the Teeter Power 10 elliptical rower. This is another unique machine that provides a full body workout similar to the dual handle rower, but costs about $500 less!