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WaterRower Natural Rower


SKU : 100 NAT

WaterRower has been designing and manufacturing rowing machines of exceptional quality and design since 1988. Designed in the mid- 80s by Yale and US national Team Rower John Duke. Purity by Design - Our overriding design philosophy achieves an extraordinary blend of form, function, design and durability.

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The WaterRower Natural is hand crafted in solid Ash and stained Honey Oak for consistency of color. Each rowing machine has been hand finished with Danish Oil giving a deep lustre and warmth to the wood.

Wood has been chosen due to its marvellous engineering properties, primary amongst these is its ability to absorb sound and vibration enhancing the WaterRower's smooth and quiet operation.

Ash, like all woods used in WaterRower construction, is a premium hardwood with incredible longevity and dimensional stability.

For reasons of ecology, all of our woods are harvested from replenishable forests.


  • HiRise Adaptor              $100     
  • XL Rails                        $100
  • 17" Handle                     $35
  • Footboard Upgrade         $75


Full 82.25" L x 22.25" W x 20" H


Wooden Components 5 Years

Other Components

3 Years

Chlorine Tablets  Lifetime Supply


The WaterRower’s unique WaterFlywheel design uses an specially formed paddle to cup the moving water, reduce slippage and produce an unrivalled simulation of the benefits of rowing;

Self Regulating Resistance - like rowing, the WaterFlywheel resistance varies proportional to the users intensity. The relationship between resistance and speed responds according “the rule of cubes”. The rule of cubes dictates that a doubling of speed requires an eight fold increase in power.

Self Paced - like rowing, the WaterFlywheel does not apply resistance to you, you apply work to it; you are the engine. By the “rule of cubes”, the amount of work you apply dictates the speed at which you row. From a gentle paddle to a “give it your all” workout, you are in control.

Even Stroke - like rowing, the WaterFlywheel uses a relatively slow-moving heavy mass to generate a smooth uniform load throughout the stroke. Air resistance machines, by comparison, tend to be jerky, jarring, and uneven, fading as the resistance is overcome. 

Fluid Connection - like rowing, the WaterFlywheel creates a fluid connection between rower and water using a simple immersed paddle. There is no solid mechanical connection, instead the contact between the paddle face and the water acts to dampen out any mechanical feel. 


Includes Series 4 Performance Monitor


Natural Finish - Ash Wood / Honey Oak Stain / Danish Oil Finish






Can be lifted straight up 

Stored: Depth - 20” / 51 cm, Width - 22.25” / 57 cm, Height - 82.25” / 209 cm

Dimensions/ Weight  

In Use: Length - 82.25” / 209 cm, Width - 22.25” / 57 cm, Height - 20” / 51 cm



One box:28.5 in x 23.5 in x 24.5 in

Two box: 83 in x 6 in x 3.14 in



65.5 lbs



70 lbs


User Weight

500 lbs



Assembled: 8 ft x 2 ft (244 cm x 61 cm)

With Clearance for Use: 9 ft x 4 ft (274 cm x 122 cm)

For Storage: 25 in x 33 in x 54 in (63.5 cm x 83.8 cm x 137.2 cm)


Wooden Components 5 Years
Other Components

3 Years


I cannot believe no one else has reviewed this yet! I got mine more a year ago. I use it at least once a week (usually 2-3 times). Read online about the benefits of rowing---you get the cardio/aerobic plus the muscle toning, with no joint impact. A very, very nice combination. Despite some folks expressed concerns (at least folks tell me they worry), there are no back issues. This rower looks nice, feels great (love the water resistance!), and gets results. It is elegant and functional. Yes, it is a tad pricey. But hey, if you actually use it, you will get results, it is more than worth it. I live in a traffic congested area (Washington DC) and have no desire to fight traffic to get to the gym. For me, this is a perfect solution. Given the quality of this piece of equipment, I expect to be using it for years!

WaterRower vs Concept2..., October 8, 2013

OK. So original I had a written a long multi-page review about my experience with the Concept2 and WaterRower. I decided to simplify it. I did this because my theory is that many people that are going to choose the Concept2 already know it. They are rowers, athletes or participate in rowing competitions and want the advanced features that the Concept2 PM3/PM4 monitor provides. And the Concept2 monitor does provide many more functions and features that allow this. Along with the ability to calibrate each Concept2 so no matter where you use one you can get similar measurements. Those things are not important to me. I am an average Joe who is looking to get into shape and lose some weight. I think the S4 monitor on the WaterRower has more than enough functions for most people. It is large, easy to see and easy to operate.

Otherwise maybe you are on the fence about getting a rower or want to know why to choose one over the other. Besides the reasons above I do not see any reason to not choose the WaterRower. I have them side by side. I have the Concept2 Model D w/PM3 and a WaterRower Natural S4. And I think for fitness the WaterRower is just better. It is smoother, quieter, more enjoyable to use and I actually get better results from it. I also prefer the handle and seat of the WaterRower. With similar effort I am able to get my heart rate up faster and higher using the WaterRower. And that is the point of an aerobic workout. Remember I am an average Joe and this is just my experience and opinion. Your mileage may vary and I certainly encourage you to try them both out before you buy, even if that means driving a couple hours to a gym or fitness dealer. You are going to have the rower for a very long time. I think these are both great rowers and you can't go wrong with either one.

And if you get a WaterRower you probably will not be able to stop looking at it. It really is a good looking piece of fitness equipment. But for me that is just a bonus. Back to the Heart Rate; the reason I think I am able to get my heart rate up better on the WaterRower if for several reasons. Your feet are closer together on the WaterRower and the body position is slightly different and I feel this allows me to get a better push with my legs. This along with the fact the resistance from the WaterRower engages instantly as you pull. With the Concept2 there is a slight delay before the resistance engages. And 60% of the power is supposed to come from the legs, 20% body and 20% arms. Again this is just my experience but it seems to work for me.

Please remember the key to getting the most out of these rowers and avoiding injury is to learn and practice good technique. There are many videos on the web to help with this from Concept2 and WaterRower.

As far as spending the money for one of these rowers it is worth it. Many people have had their rowers for over 10 years. A high quality treadmill or elliptical could cost 2-3k or more. And I feel the rower will provide you with a better full body workout.