Sole SR500 Rower

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  • Folding frame 
  • Compatible with the Sole Studio workout platform 
  • Adjustable pedals with various heel angles 
  • Multiple workout programs 
  • LCD monitor displays rowing-specific stats
  • Eddy current magnetic and air resistance
  • 16 levels of resistance
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In-Depth Review

Sole SR500 Rower Review (2024): It’s No Concept2, But It’ll Do

Sole SR500 Rower Review (2024): It’s No Concept2, But It’ll Do

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Pros & Cons

What we like ...
  • Folding frame design
  • 11 pre-programmed workouts
  • Wireless technology to change resistance
  • Impressive max user weight of 515 pounds
  • Financing available
  • Studio membership accessibility providing access to to over 3,000 workout routines, leaderboards, real-time Sole fitness data, and training programs specific to your fitness goals
What needs improvement ...
  • Narrow seat
  • Larger footprint when not in standing position

Product Summary

The Sole SR500 Rower is a well-made, extremely sturdy, and efficient rower featuring some impressive specs. Sole consistently manufactures quality cardio machines, and the SR500 is no different. With a massive user weight capacity of 515 pounds and a long aluminum rail that accommodates users of varying heights, this machine is a good option for larger and smaller athletes alike. What’s more, the SR500 has a folding design with front transport wheels which makes it easy to move and store it when not in use.

Both air and magnetic resistance mechanisms work together to create a smooth, challenging, and quiet workout. The 11 pre-programmed workouts can keep you motivated and add variety to your rowing experience. Unique to the SR500 is a new wireless technology that includes resistance adjustments on the rower handlebar. Users can seamlessly change resistance from a range of 16 resistance levels without letting go of the handlebar.

The SR500 boasts a higher sitting position, which makes getting on and off the rower easier. This is a particularly good feature for those with limited mobility. The seat itself runs on the narrow side but it does come with ergonomically designed contours so is comfortable for most. Adjustable foot pedals are designed to fit multiple users.

The small backlit LCD monitor is a bit of a let down given the price point of this rower. But, it does have all the critical fitness metrics you would want to monitor a workout: 500M split, total time, strokes per minute, total strokes, calories, speed, distance, and pulse. In addition, the monitor houses the 11 pre-programmed workouts.



46” H x 94” L x 18” H

Item weight

115 lbs

Max user weight

515 lbs

Resistance type

Eddy air and magnetic resistance

Resistance levels

16 levels


1 onboard workouts


5.5” backlit LCD


Access to Studio training platform, integrated tablet holder, wireless technology to adjust resistance, folding frame design


Lifetime frame, 3-years electronics and parts, 1-year labor and light commercial use for frame, electronics, parts and labor

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      The SR500 is a good rower with an impressive weight capacity. Its folding design, 16 levels of resistance, and 11 pre-programmed workouts may be attractive to new and experienced athletes alike.