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WaterRower A1 Home Rowing Machine (American Ash)

Entry level, low-impact model, handcrafted in premium ash hardwood, features a simplified monitor with one-touch buttons, and differs from the dual-rail machine with its unique mono-rail. Its single aluminum beam provides quiet and smooth strokes.

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Designed to replicate the physiological and aesthetic dynamics of rowing in a boat, the A1 has the build quality and materials that make it a pleasure to use with the aesthetic motivation to train. WaterRower is known for best-in-class German design and quality American manufacturing. The A1’s resistance with even just half a tank of water is a challenge for most rowers. Its simple features make it a user-friendly machine for all ages. Foldable, you can fold it up to “storage mode” making the rower’s footprint equivalent to a dining room chair.


Benefits of Water Resistance

Water resistance is often considered the smoothest of the rowing resistance types and WaterRower makes impressive water resistance models, like the A1. The rowing experience and impact can be further modified on the A1 by adjusting the level of water in the tank.

Performance Monitor

The A1 comes with an A1 multi-functional performance monitor. The monitor can track the following fitness data: time, distance, intensity (watts), strokes per minute, and stroke rate (500m split). The tracked fitness data is displayed simultaneously on the A1 monitor.

Build Quality

The A1 model is handcrafted with ash wood and treated in a clear Danish Oil. Ash is a premium hardwood that stands the test of time and is extremely durable. Wood is the ideal design for rowing machines because it’s aesthetically pleasing, and it absorbs sound and vibration.

Durable water tank

The water tank is made from polycarbonate, a virtually indestructible plastic. This means you don’t have to worry about it breaking on you during a workout.

Comfort Features

The A1’s moulded seat is padded and comfortable to sit on while rowing. The handle is durable and easy to grip due to its ergonomic design. The footrests provide security while rowing and the nylon straps can be quickly adjusted to secure or loosen your feet.


One of the biggest comfort features is the spacing between footrests. The spacing on the rower A1 is 8.0” apart, compared to 5.5” on the other WaterRower models, it provides the space needed to be wider for the monorail to fit between the footrests.

Space-Saving Storage

The A1 has a slim footprint while in use, and, it can be easily stored upright in just a few seconds to save plenty of floor space. While in “storage mode”, the rower’s footprint is equivalent to a dining room chair.

Product Overview


Ideal For
Low-impact workout
Max limit weight is 325 lbs.


Assembled Dimensions
84.0” x 21.0” x 22.0” (L x W x H)
117 lbs (with full water tank)
Space Saving Feature
Can be stored upright to maximize space. Stored upright the A1’s footprint is of a dining room chair
It has wheels so it can be wheeled around and folded up.


Console Features
The A1 has a basic Quickstart monitor. The monitor can track the following fitness data: time, distance, intensity (watts), strokes per minute, and stroke rate (500m split). The tracked fitness data is displayed simultaneously on the A1 monitor.
Resistance Type
Water resistance
Material & Finishing Features
Ash wood finished in Danish oil
Device Holder
Training Apps
You can download LiveRowing or WaterRower Connect on your iPhone and it will enable you to race others and connect to a community of rowers.


3 Year Parts / 5 Year Frame
Maintenance Requirements
Weekly: inspect for any dust build up. Clean dust tank and belts regularly. Every 3 months: Clean seat wheels. Every 6 months: Check water condition. Every 1 to 2 years: Replace the batteries.
Service & Repairs
Fitness Town Service offers experienced maintenance and repairs for this product

Compatible Apps

WaterRower Connect
CityRow Go

Detailed Specifications

Shipping Dimensions
52.76 x 28.35 x 22.83 inches (L x W x H)
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Fitness Town chose Water Rower because of their dedication to manufacturing fitness equipment that is both stylish and built to last, while maintaining their commitment to environmental sustainability. Water Rowing machines are made using only the finest sustainable hardwood from replenishable sources. They are functional fitness furniture, designed to be displayed proudly in your home and not hidden away. They can be stored in an upright position no wider than a dining room chair, making them the perfect piece of equipment for a compact living environment.

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Buyer’s Guide

Why you should bring Cardio Equipment home?

  • 4-season / 24HR training safely – No limitations or concerns due to weather or time-of-day
  •  Reduced or controlled impact for injured, recovering, or aging bodies
  • Steady/safe/controlled terrain for injured, recovering, or aging bodies
  • Health benefits of cardio exercise equipment include: improved heart/cardiovascular health, lower blood pressure, helps to regulate blood sugar, can reduce asthma symptoms, can reduce chronic pain, can aid in sleep, increases daily caloric burn to reduce fat, can strengthen the immune system, shown to boost your mood, contributes to a reduced risk of falls.

Buying a Rowing Machine

Fitness Town has curated a range of quality rowers that pass various tests from our team of experts. After decades in the fitness industry, we’ve developed a good understanding of your needs, regardless of age or fitness level. We consider everything like industry standards, diverse physical statures, and training requirements and goals. When you buy a product from Fitness Town, you can feel confident knowing that it lives up to our high standards. All that’s left is finding the perfect match for you.

Here are some things to consider when comparing our rowing machines:

  • What are the different types of rowers? There are four categories of rowers. Understanding the different characteristics and types of resistance is important in determining which one is right for you.
  • Air resistance is the most common type of rower in home gyms and commercial health clubs. The resistance level of this rower is determined by the user’s output. More intensity=more resistance. Air rowers generally require minimal maintenance and produce a smooth stroke, but keep in mind the fan blades can be a bit noisy.
  • Hydraulic Piston rowers are considered “budget rowers”. They are the lowest-priced of all models, the most compact, and the easiest to store away between use. Hydraulic pistons create resistance that is adjustable with levels or clamps. This type of resistance is relatively quiet, but users will find the stroke isn’t as smooth and requires regular maintenance. Nevertheless, you can still achieve a great overall cardio workout with this rower.
  • Magnetic resistance is the quietest and smoothest option on the market. The resistance level is adjustable through mechanical sliders or by digital console controls and overall requires minimal maintenance. They are also usually smaller than air rowers and water rowers, making them a great option for home use.
  • Finally, water rowers. Water rowers provide the most authentic “open water” rowing experience. A water flywheel tank and paddles create a drag that acts as resistance. Like air rowers, the faster you row, the more resistance you achieve. Overall, they require virtually zero maintenance. If you want to row away your stress, the relaxing whooshing of the water on this one is extra soothing.
  • Are you going to share your rower? The number of people in your house and how often you plan to use your rower will all impact the wear and tear on your machine. We carry high-end commercial-grade models that can withstand heavy use. Also, consider the different resistance strengths of the users in your home (unlimited might be the way to go if everyone’s at different levels).
  • What are your training goals? Someone just starting their fitness journey will have different needs for their rower than a CrossFit competitor, and that is perfectly okay. We just want to make sure we help you pick the best rower for your goals. If you are planning to exercise a few times a week at a low intensity, a value-priced rower might be perfect for you. If you plan on performing HIIT or circuit training on your rower, you will want to opt for a commercial-grade model that can keep up with your training and requires minimal maintenance.
  • Are you training for a CrossFit competition or another fitness event? Most CrossFit and fitness competitions use air rowers during their events. It’s beneficial to practice on a machine that is most like the one you would use during the live event.
    Are you looking for an on-the-water simulation? If you row on the water, it’s important for you to choose a machine that offers a life-like rowing motion and variable resistance that resembles a boat in the water. Off-season rowers should check out our selection of air or water resistance rowing machines for the closest match you can find on dry land.
  • Your weight: Manufacturers post maximum weight limits to keep you safe. It’s important that your rower is stable and can accommodate your weight. If the rower wobbles or shifts back and forth during your ride, this not only puts excessive wear and tear on your machine but is also a safety hazard. Check the weight limit on the rower and if you are at the top end, consider a rower with a higher limit for your safety.
  • Will it fit your space? Rowers are one of the easiest pieces of cardio equipment to fit into your existing space. Some wooden models are designed to blend seamlessly into your home décor, while others can either be stored upright or apart in two pieces to optimize your space.
  • Are you living in close quarters? Different resistance methods create different noise levels. If you cohabitate or enjoy watching tv while you row, you might want to consider a magnetic or water rower that produces minimal noise.
  • Will it fit your height? If you’re tall and need extra leg room or if you struggle with back or knee issues, consider a rower that has a higher entry point. An add-on riser is also a great option to add some height to your rowing machine.
  • Cool features: Finally, cool features. Unlike treadmills, rowers are manual workouts. So, while these features are not necessary to complete your cardio workout, they are what we’d call “nice-to-haves”. The considerations above are important features to narrow down your options. Other factors like a display screen, workout programs, Bluetooth, and heart rate connectivity are not essential, but they will help you nail down the perfect rower to fit you and your goals. Just remember, your rowing machine purchase doesn’t need to be swayed by a cool connected fitness app or program. Nowadays, you can use these apps with any rower, so focus on finding the one that’s the right quality and price for you.


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Expert Guidance To Help You Choose

Fitness equipment is highly personal and studies show that the right fit has a big impact on your consistency, enjoyment, and success. The Fitness Town Difference is our commitment to fitting you with equipment that will go the distance. We want you to build an environment for fitness that removes barriers and makes it easier for you to move more, at any age and every stage. Let us help you discover what moves you.

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