Peloton Rower: My Experience

When Peloton announced a rower in 2022, I knew I had to have one. Plus, when I visited the Peloton NYC studio in October 2022, I tried it out, and I loved it.

So, I decided to write this review of my experience buying the Peloton rower, including how much it cost, what delivery was like and what you need to know today.

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Here I am trying out the Peloton Rower in NYC. Photo credit: Leah Ingram

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What you need to know about the Peloton rower

The biggest difference about the Peloton rower this year versus last? Now you can take rowing class on the Peloton app. In fact, I need to update my app article to reflect this new content option.

However, when the rower came out in 2022, that was not an option. And Peloton made it seem like it wasn’t ever going to be an option. Since I’d been wanting to add rowing content to my workout routine, we reviewed our budget and realized we could make a Peloton Row work for us. So, we bought one.

In the meantime, I’ve had readers ask lots of questions about this new machine. So, I’ll do my best to answer all of them here.

Will Peloton be delivering the Row?

As far as who will be delivering the Peloton rowing machine, here is what the Peloton FAQ says about deliveries:

“Your new Row will be delivered to your home and set up by our team of professionals. We’ll place it in the perfect spot you’ve already picked out, finish assembly, connect it to power and Wi-Fi and walk you through the basics…”

However, my Row came via RXO, an XPO subsidiary. Unlike many people who’ve complained on the Official Peloton Facebook page, I had a very good experience getting my Bike Plus delivered by XPO.

And the same happened with RXO–a positive and professional experience.

Row delivery with RXO or XPO

After Peloton emailed to let me know it was time to schedule my Row delivery, I chose my date. Then, like with my bike, I was able to figure out the tracking page for RXO. Technically, it’s called the RXO Order Tracker.

The day before delivery I logged on. I tracked my order using my phone number and my delivery date. It showed a 13-hour delivery window, which, of course, is ridiculous.

I recalled that the Peloton email had said that I would get an automated call after 4 p.m. the day before delivery. But when that didn’t happen, I opened the Chat window on the RXO site. They informed me that, actually, the automated call would come between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. the night before.

At 6:08 p.m. I got the call letting me know that my delivery would be between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. the next morning. Also, the delivery driver would call me when they were about 30 minutes away.

After that the RXO website updated to show my delivery window.

Finally, at 8:38 a.m. the next day, the driver called, and within 30 minutes the truck was in my driveway.

The very square box in the truck contains rowers. They’d already offloaded mine and the box is in the bottom left of the photo.

You can see they had a lot of deliveries that day. I counted four Bike Plus machines and at least three other rowers.

There were two delivery people for my rowing machine. They were able to get everything into my house and set it up in under 30 minutes.

The Row was ready to use. Then, they removed all of the boxes and trash, and were off to their next delivery.

FYI, I tipped them both $15 for their time.

Can you buy this rower on Amazon?

While you can buy apparel, accessories and shoes on the Peloton store on Amazon, the only hardware for sale is the original Peloton bike. 

Peloton hasn’t said if they will be selling the rower on Amazon.

How much does the Peloton rower cost?

Peloton keeps changing the price of the rower. In addition, they keep adding (and taking away) promotional packages with extra accessories.

For example, because I bought my rower before the holidays last year, I was able to take advantage of the Peloton Black Friday sale. At that time, they were offering $300 off accessories with the Row. Because my credit card was charged on November 24, I was able to chat with Peloton support and get Peloton to honor the $300 off accessories package. Here’s what I was able to get.

Therefore, I was able to order the Ultimate package for just $70 out of pocket, plus tax. All of it arrived in separate shipments earlier this week.

The first box of Peloton accessories to arrive had everything but the weights. I was so excited, I took this picture.

This included the reversible Peloton workout mat. They are black on one side and red on the other. The red side is supposed to work well with the Peloton Guide. My mat is black on one side and red on the other, just like at the studio. Plus, it’s super cushiony.

FYI, you can buy the accessories mentioned above all on Amazon.

Unlike the bike or Tread, you don’t need a lot of accessories with the Peloton Row. However, one thing I would strongly recommend–especially if your hands sweat like mine do–is a rower handle cover.

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What are the rower’s specs?

Here’s what you need to know about the size, weight and more of this rowing machine.

One, it has an eight foot by two foot footprint. So you’ll need to make sure you have enough room for it.

Two, the machine weighs 156 pounds. By comparison the Peloton Bike weighs 135 pounds and the Peloton Tread (not the original Tread Plus) weighs 290 pounds. 

Here is what the set up Peloton Row looks like in my exercise room. This was before I did the form calibration and took my first class.

Three, it stores upright. It comes with a Peloton branded anchor that you’ll mount on the wall to hold it. In fact, Peloton will not mount this anchor or bracket when delivering the Row.

However, if you don’t put it in a room with at least eight-foot ceilings, you won’t be able to store it vertically. Maybe that doesn’t matter to you, though.

Four, the Row comes with a swivel touchscreen tablet. Strangely, the screen has a camera on it like the Bike Plus. Weird since Peloton has discontinued your ability to video chat during class.

Here are overall specs for all Peloton equipment.

User specs for the rower

Five, Peloton has height and weight limits for this equipment. It says you need to be at least 4’11” tall or no more than 6’4” tall to use it. Also, the maximum weight is 300 pounds. 

Also, the “pedals” where your feet go on the rower can accommodate feet as small as a women’s size 5 and as large as a men’s 13.5. And, no, you don’t need special shoes. Sneakers will do.

Now, keep in mind the bike also has similar minimum and maximum height and weight requirements. However, there are plenty of Peloton members bigger and smaller than this who use the equipment successfully. I’m not sure why Peloton includes these specs about users.

Who are the Peloton rowing instructors?

Currently, I’m in the middle of a power zone challenge on the Peloton bike. In a class last week, instructor Matt Wilpers mentioned that during college, he rowed for his school.

So, it’s no surprise that Matt is one of the new Peloton rowing instructors. In fact, there are two existing Peloton instructors now teaching on the rower. One, Matt. And, two, Tread and strength instructor Adrian Williams

New Peloton instructors

In addition, Peloton has added three new instructors to their roster specifically for rowing. They are:

  1. Ash Pryor
  2. Alex Karwoski
  3. Katie Wang
Peloton Rower Instructors low res

Who is Ash Pryor?

Ash (short for Ashley) Pryor is the founder of the Relentless Rowing Academy. According to the Black Coaches and Rowing Association, Pryor is also the owner of Relentless Fit Factory, LLC,  a gym that focuses on body positivity and inclusive practices for everyone. The goal is to provide affordable, competent training for black and brown people by black and brown people. 

In addition, Pryor is a former Big 10 athlete. Finally, she has worked at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, overseeing Ohio State’s women’s rowing.

Who is Alex Karwoski?

Alex (short for Alexander) Karwoski is a member of the Senior National team of US Rowing. He’s also an Olympic rower, having participated in the 2016 Olympic games. He was an alternate for the 2020 Olympic rowing team. Karwoski also rowed for Cornell University as an undergraduate.

Who is Katie Wang?

Katie Wang is a former Barry’s Bootcamp instructor. People who’ve taken her classes there loved her. I’m sure we’ll love her at Peloton, too.

What kinds of classes are on the Peloton rower?

There are instructed rowing classes, rowing bootcamps, guided scenic rowing classes and live rowing classes.

scenic rowing on peloton

To get a better sense of what you can and cannot do with the Peloton Rower, I would suggest taking the You Can Row Peloton Program as I did earlier this year.

Other details about the Peloton rower

Like all Peloton hardware, the Peloton Row comes with a 12-month limited warranty. Also, you’re eligible to add the 48-month extended warranty aka the Peloton protection plan. 

More about the Peloton warranty here.

Also like Peloton hardware, you can use a 30-day home trial to check out this new rowing machine. After 30 days, if you don’t like it, Peloton will take it back and refund your money. I used this home trial when I bought the Peloton Guide.

Speaking of the warranty, Peloton just emailed me that I’m coming up on 12 months since I bought my Rower. So, they wanted to know if I wanted to buy the extended warranty.

peloton row warranty coverage
Email from Peloton about rower warranty coverage.

To be honest, in reading the comments on the Official Peloton Members Facebook Group, the warranty isn’t worth it. Sadly, Peloton doesn’t have the greatest customer service. So people I know who’ve purchased the extended warranty aren’t really getting their money’s worth.

Peloton rower vs Hydrow vs Concept 2 rower

If you’re trying to decide between this rower or those made by other companies, here are some side by side comparisons to consider.

Price of Peloton vs Hydrow vs Concept 2 rowers

Peloton Row: $3,195 plus $44/month all-access membership

Hydrow: Hydrow Wave is $1,695 plus $38/month membership; The Hydrow original Rower is $2,495 plus $38/month membership 

Concept 2: About $1,200 on Amazon

Size of Peloton vs Hydrow vs Concept 2 rowers

Peloton Row: Eight feet by two feet, 156 pounds

Hydrow Rower: 86″L x 25″W x 47″H, 145 pounds; Hydrow Wave Rower: 80 inches long X 19 inches wide, 102 pounds

Concept 2: 96 x 24 x 14 inches, 57 pounds

Classes on Peloton vs Hydrow vs Concept 2 rowers

Peloton Row: Guided rowing, bootcamps, scenic rowing

Hydrow Rowers: 3,000-plus classes of rowing, strength, yoga and more

Concept 2: No classes available as it has no screen.

What else would you want to know about Peloton rower vs Hydrow vs Concept 2 rower? Post a comment and let me know.

Final thoughts on the Peloton rower

One of the best parts of the Peloton rower? Form check. It has helped me become a better rower. In fact, I’ve earned some Peloton badges for my good form!

Finally, like other Peloton equipment, you can watch TV on your Peloton rower.

youtube tv on peloton row with metrics showing
Photo credit: Leah Ingram.

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5 Comments

  1. I’d love to hear more about the way your daughter utilize the peloton tread workouts on a rower, Leah!

  2. Concept2 sells a cell-phone-sized bracket so you can use some apps as you row. It would also seem simple to build a bracket for a tablet for the same purpose.

  3. I have a concept 2 RowErg at home. It’s really the preferred training machine for rowers. So, it always confuses me when they don’t allow us Concept 2 people to hook up via Wi-Fi, no Concept 2 does not have a tv screen, but it does have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and a small digital screen. I’d love to use peloton app for rowing but I’m NOT giving up my Concept 2.

    1. Thank you for letting me know. So you can pair your Concept 2 with your Bluetooth heart rate monitor? Appreciate this additional information.

      Leah