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Let’s be real for a minute. We all like to look at pretty things: art, cars, sunsets, the beach. Heck, even sleek looking smart home gym equipment can be appealing. In the past couple years, I’ve seen an emphasis placed on companies making exercise equipment that is aesthetically pleasing and functional. The Ergatta Rower is definitely one of those creations.

In this Ergatta Rower review, I’ll tell you what I love about this beautiful-looking rowing machine, and what I wish they would have done differently. Although I do like this rower, I think I would generally recommend others over the current version of the Ergatta. Keep reading to find out why.

Ergatta Rower
Ergatta Rower
Ergatta Rower

For those who like the latest and greatest in technology-based fitness equipment, the Ergatta Rower will likely be a big hit. This rowing machine is designed with data and unique programming at the forefront. Plus, it is crafted using cherry wood to give it a streamlined appearance (for those of us who might have to store our rowing machine in our living room). Even better? The Ergatta is accommodating for a variety of heights and weights. This makes it an ideal choice for a wider range of people. Plus, if you're familiar with WaterRower, you'll find the Ergatta to be quite similar. This is because the Ergatta is actually simply a WaterRower with an attached touchscreen to view programming. It has the technology today's cardio machines demand with the quality you may be already familiar with due to the WaterRower components.

Why You Should Trust Us

Listen, I’ve tested pretty much every rowing machine under the sun. It is important to me to give Garage Gym Reviews readers an accurate and realistic picture of what they’re getting themselves into with each piece of equipment. I go through the process similarly to you; I order, assemble, and test every single feature available. I compare the price, warranty, materials, and programming to similar options to give a complete look at the machine. 

A Quick Look at the Ergatta Rower

The Ergatta Rower is made of high-quality cherry wood and crafted in the USA. If you’re someone who places a high priority on purchasing things made in the United States, you’ll appreciate that the company’s founders kept the manufacturing process in the country and leaned on WaterRower for the manufacturing of the hardware. Ergatta is still a somewhat new company, having been founded in 2019, and already has a product worth talking about.

Sam moving the Ergatta rowing machine.

Coop’s Tips:

  • Don’t stress about having to put together this rowing machine; professional assembly can be tacked on for a fee.
  • Be sure to change the water on this machine every so often to avoid leakage.
  • If you prefer gamification in a rower over live studio classes, you will love the programming on Ergatta.

My Favorite Things:

  • Smooth rowing experience 
  • Lots of useful data 
  • Aesthetic style 
  • Gamified programming

My Callouts:

  • Water has to be replaced every so often
  • Resistance cannot be changed 
  • Although the gamification is fantastic, I know many people would love the option of trainer-led workouts.
Sam putting his feet into the Ergatta Rower.

Is the Ergatta Rower Worth It?

The Ergatta Rower has a lot going for it on paper. However, it isn’t the ideal selection for everyone looking to add a cardio machine to their home gym. Check out who I think should take a closer look at the Ergatta and who should pick something else. 

Great For:

  • People who plan to leave their rowing machine out in the open
  • Those who want engaging, gamified programming 
  • Individuals who want a water-based rowing machine

Not Recommended For:

  • People who want mostly trainer-led programming 
  • Those who don’t want to do any maintenance 
  • Individuals who don’t want to pay a monthly subscription for programming

Ergatta Rower Specs

Weight103 lbs
Weight without water76.5 lbs
Dimensions86“ x 23” x 40“
Warranty5 year warranty on frame, 3 years on parts, 1 year on tablet
Weight limit500 lbs
Max height6’8″
Inseam40″
Dimensions stored86” x 23“ x 22.5”
Resolution of touchscreen1920 x 1080 full HD
Touchscreen type17.3” android-powered
Frame typeCherry wood frame
Wi-fi connection requiredYes
Ergatta rowing machine folded down.

Using the Ergatta Rower 

As most of you know, I have a pretty tricked out home gym with quite a lot of space. However, I know the struggle of the average home gym owner. You probably have to stick your rowing machine in your living room or against the wall in your bedroom once you’ve run out of space in your garage or spare bedroom. Don’t even get me started on you poor people that live in New York City with a postage stamp for an apartment. Sheesh. 

The nice thing about the Ergatta Rower that you small-spaced folks will like? It’s made of cherry wood and looks pretty dang aesthetic in almost any space you have to put it in. If this machine was to win any award with me, it would be the best looking rowing machine on the market.

Ergatta teamed up with WaterRower to outfit a rower with a techy-screen. Thus, the Ergatta was born. As the name WaterRower suggests, the rowing machine is water-powered. This can be both a positive or negative, depending on personal preference. I personally prefer a magnetic rower, because you can mess with the resistance level and jack it higher when you’re really trying to get a full-body strength row in. However, the water powered rowers can more closely mimic the feeling of being on the water (and it can create less catch in the middle of the rowing motion). 

Plus, the whooshing noise is a lovely reminder when you really need to pee in the middle of a workout. Reminds me of when my sibling would try to make waterfall noises on road trips when we were 25 miles from the nearest bathroom to make me pee my pants. Ah, good times. 

Sam using the Ergatta Rower.

After the machine is set up in your desired position, you do have the ability to move it pretty easily. At only 103 pounds with water in the tank, it can generally be moved by one strong individual to any area you choose. It can also rest against the wall, similar to the CITYROW GO Max. I do think the Ergatta is way prettier to look at compared to the more austere look of the CITYROW.

In terms of the actual programming, once you’ve paid the $29 per month subscription fee, you’re ready to get started. In terms of the subscription’s price, that’s fairly standard, if not slightly under the price of other rowing machines. However, I don’t know if I think the subscription packs enough of a punch for the $29. 

The first thing the Ergatta will put you through is a baseline rowing test of sorts for calibration purposes. The machine wants to see where you are fitness level wise. It reminds me of the Bowflex VeloCore, which required a similar baseline with different interval workouts. I personally think this machine might be hard for a beginner to get started on because there isn’t a ton of proper direction (if you’ve never rowed before). 

The graphics are nice and the color palette has been well-thought out. I did notice pretty quickly that the screen is smaller than other smart rowers in a similar price bracket. The 17 inches is definitely a deviation from the semi-standard 22 inches I’m used to seeing with other home rowing machines. 

The built-in Bluetooth is a nice touch. You’re able to connect things like an AppleWatch, Bluetooth headphones like AirPods, your WHOOP strap or a regular heart rate monitor for a more in-depth workout experience. 

Training Programs

The Ergatta offers four different types of workouts with your subscription. I don’t like that there isn’t any instructor-led programming. If you’re someone who is accustomed to the sort of programming Peloton is famous for, you might not like that it isn’t an option (as of now) with the Ergatta. 

  1. Open Rowing: This is the most basic of the four options. You can row at your own pace and view various stats as you go.
  2. Pulse Workout: I like this type for practicing more skill-based pieces of rowing. For example, they may ask you to hit a certain target with your split time or strokes.
  3. Meteor Workout: Similar to the Aviron Tough Series Rower, Ergatta offers arcade style/video game-esque programming to keep you engaged as you row.
  4. Race Workouts: I thought I would like this section best, but I found out you aren’t actually competing with people in real time, which kind of eliminates some of the fun for me.
Ergatta rowing machine stored upright.

Accommodating Many Body Types

One of the real winning pieces of the Ergatta? The sheer amount of people it can accommodate. Although I don’t think the cherry wood will hold up over time as well as aluminum, Ergatta clearly has faith in its durability. The weight limit on this rowing machine is 500 pounds, which is one of the highest I’ve seen, making this an inclusive choice for many.

What if you’re really tall? The Ergatta is also on stand-by to accommodate people up to 6-foot-8, or with a 40-inch inseam. This is another impressive feat and an area where other rowing machines fall short. 

Ergatta vs. Hydrow

Both the Ergatta and the Hydrow are two of the most aesthetically pleasing rowing machines I’ve ever seen. I’d classify the Hydrow as having more of a sleek, modern look versus the mid century-modern vibe of the cherry wood clad Ergatta, but I digress. I know this isn’t a home styling website, but some people care about how things look, OK? 

Anyway, the Ergatta comes in at around $2,200 and $29 per month for the programming subscription. The Hydrow (without all the extras) is about $2,300 and $38 per month. Although the Hydrow is slightly more expensive than the Ergatta, I personally prefer the programming the Hydrow offers. Not only does the Hydrow have instructor-led classes on water, but they also offer the portability of an app with their subscription. This means you can bring your workout on the go (unlike the Ergatta, which is limited to the rowing machine). Plus, the Hydrow offers other types of fitness classes for you to do besides rowing like strength workouts, as well as yoga and pilates. 

If you really are competitive, the Ergatta experience is slightly less rewarding than the Hydrow one. With the Hydrow, you can compete in real time against friends and other users for rankings on the leaderboard. Ergatta users don’t get real time competition. Instead, you’re rowing against other people’s times, but not actually with them. 

If you’re looking to get a full-body workout out of your subscription service, you’ll likely prefer the Hydrow. In terms of the actual rowing machine, it will likely come down to personal preference. The Ergatta is a WaterRower, and the Hydrow is a magnetic resistance rowing machine. Some people prefer the smoother drag of a water resistance rowing machine, but keep in mind you will have to do maintenance of some sort on a water rower (I.E changing the water in the water tank). 

Ordering and Assembling the Ergatta Rower

Getting the Ergatta Rower delivered was one of the more seamless processes I’ve had. Granted, you are paying $199 for it to be set up in your home by professionals, but I’ve seen steeper prices for similar services. If you really think you’re Bob the Builder, I think you can forgo professional assembly and save your $200, but if you’re already paying over $2,000 for a machine, I’d personally recommend coughing up the extra cash. 

If the idea of paying this much money all at once makes you cringe deeply, you can finance your purchase on the Ergatta website through Klarna. You’ll be able to check if you’re pre-qualified/eligible before making your purchase. Once you’ve placed your order, it’ll take a week or two before you get the machine. 

Ergatta Rower water tank.

Customer Reviews

With over 450 reviews on the Ergatta website, this rowing machine receives 5 stars out of 5. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: when I see a product with an average rating of 5 stars, I am a little wary that the brand is deleting reviews they don’t love. Nonetheless, customers do have a lot of positive things to say about this rowing machine. They love the sleek look, fun programming, and the constantly new challenges the Ergatta adds to the system frequently. 

In terms of negative reviews, there were very few present, with one of two in the 2-star category. The customers in question were having difficulty with the connectivity of the software, and someone else said they didn’t like the “competitive nature” that the Ergatta promoted versus a more “relaxed rowing experience.” Not going to lie, that’s the first time I’ve ever heard someone complain about the competitiveness of a piece of cardio equipment, but there is a first time for everything I guess. 

Final Verdict of Our Ergatta Rower Review

Overall, I like the Ergatta Rower. Would I personally choose to use it over the Hydrow? Honestly, no. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t like it. I think the machine is aesthetically-pleasing (which is an often overlooked attribute for equipment that lives in peoples homes) and the programming is interesting and engaging. If you’re looking for a water-powered rowing machine and want programming that’s different from what’s typically offered, you’ll be a fan of the Ergatta. 

Ergatta Rower Rating

Ergatta Rower

The Ergatta Rower is a WaterRower crafted out of cherry wood with a 17" HD touchscreen attached.

Product Brand: Ergatta

Product Currency: $

Product Price: 2200

Product In-Stock: InStock

Editor's Rating:
3.9

Ergatta Rower

Footprint and Portability – 4

Delivery and Setup – 4

Durability – 3.5

Customizations – 3

Adjustability and Ergonomics – 4

Tech Capabilities – 4

Dynamic Programming – 3.8

Customer Reviews – 5

Value – 3.3

Warranty, Financing, Returns – 4

Customer Service – 4

Ergatta Rower FAQs

Does the Ergatta Rower work without a subscription?

You can use this without a subscription, but I really wouldn’t bother spending this much money if you’re not going to really use the touchscreen. You’re better off getting the Concept 2 Model D Rower if you just want to row with zero interactive programming.

Did WaterRower become the Ergatta Rower?

Ergatta actually teamed up with WaterRower to use the WaterRower machine with the Ergatta technology and screen attached. Think of it as the best of both worlds.

What kind of rowing workouts can I expect to do once I join the Ergatta Community?

There are a variety of full-body workouts you can expect to do with your new rowing machine. Ergatta is constantly posting low-impact new workouts.

What other workout equipment would you recommend I have in my home gym besides something like an Ergatta rowing machine?

For a well-rounded workout program, I’d recommend getting your hands on some dumbbells, a barbell, weight plates, a jump rope for HIIT, and (depending on your floor space) possibly something like a full-rack or another workout machine if you like switching up your cardio.

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