The WaterRower Oxbridge Rowing Machine is among the higher priced rowing machines available, but this is well warranted due to the extremely high quality build quality and materials used, not to mention the range of features. By buying a rowing machine towards the top end of the market this will also help make sure that you get plenty of use out of it as well as being sure that the rowing action is nice and smooth and makes your rowing a more enjoyable experience.
With many rowing machines, it is often quite obvious that they are a piece of exercise equipment which may make you more likely to try to put it in a spare room or the garage out of sight and less likely to use it. With the WaterRower range they have been designed in such a way as to look great in almost any room where you have the space to store it thanks to the solid Cherry Wood material used for its construction.
If you have used any type of rowing machine before, particularly in a gym then it is likely you have used a rowing machine with a belt or chain that attaches the handle to the resistance wheel. The main difference with the WaterRower Oxbridge model can be seen from the name, ‘Water’Rower. The resistance is created entirely by a tub of water in the front section. This not only makes sure it has a smooth action, but also that the sound isn’t clunky and mechanical, helping to ensure you enjoy your session on the rower.
When not in use, the WaterRower can be stored upright, so although it is very long you could stand it on end behind a door to help keep it out of sight.
A large number of rowing machines require mains power to power the display panel. This isn’t necessary with the WaterRower range, allowing you to position it wherever you like and you aren’t tied down to having it near a power point. All you need is a couple of batteries for the display.
Being powered by water is a nice touch and certainly helps make sure the rowing motion is smooth and machine looks great, but increasing resistance isn’t exactly simple, as you need to either pour more water into the front container or let water out by removing the bung.
The WaterRower Oxbridge is available in ash and other wood and metal finishes. There is very little difference between the actual workings of the rower; it’s down to what sort of wood you prefer. The ash is the lightest colour and the cheapest option, and over time the wood tends to darken naturally. You can pay more for a different finish, but you’re not getting any operational improvement for the extra money.
WaterRower Oxbridge Cherry Wood – Features Summary
- Brand: WaterRower
- Assembly: partial assembly tools provided
- Display: LCD S4 Monitor
- Guarantee: 3 years & 3 years frame
- Heart rate monitoring (via chest strap): Yes Heart rate receiver and transmitter required
- Heart rate monitoring (via sensors): No
- Manufactures guarantee: 3 years parts & 5 years frame upon registration
- Polar Compatible: Yes T31 transmitter not included
- Extras: PC Cable provided
Like all woods, Cherry wood may vary in colour from a red-brown to deep red. The wood will darken in colour with exposure to light. For this reason all WaterRower Cherry wood components are kept in light free rooms to protect from shadowing.
A new WaterRower Oxbridge will therefore appear quite light in colour. The wood will however darken over time reaching a rich reddish hue. Each machine has been hand finished with three coats of Danish Oil giving a deep lustre and warmth to the wood.
The WaterRower Oxbridge gives users a stroke action unrivalled in its replication of rowing on water. The effect of water itself is central to the smoothness but the specialist components including the polypropylene drive strap and dual- rail extrusions create the most incredibly smooth stroke from start to finish.
Your seating position and handle placement is designed to suit your body’s biomechanics which means no unnecessary aches and pains.
The WaterRower Oxbridge rowing machine requires very little maintenance. Unlike chain driven air rowers there is no need to oil chains or clean vents. Wiping the machine down after each use and changing the water every twelve months is all that’s necessary to keep it running smoothly and looking smart. To keep the tank clean, we provide every machine with three water purification tablets. We recommend adding one purification tablet every six months.
Easy to store
While catering for even the tallest users, the WaterRower stores conveniently upright when not in use, it takes up no more room than a dining room chair. It’s small footprint means that it may be used in even the tightest of spaces and built in Dolley Wheels mean it is incredibly easy to manoeuvre when necessary.
The WaterRower Oxbridge is designed to be non- intrusive, distinctly quieter than air resistance rowers, mechanical treadmills and other cardio equipment. The tranquil flow of the water is soothing and means you won’t cause any unwanted disturbance.
This particular range of WaterRower rowing machines are handcrafted in the USA from sustainably managed Appalachian Forest hardwoods.
The WaterRower Oxbridge range of rowing machines each come with a 3 year warranty as standard on the frame, and 1 year on the components. If you would like to extend this then you can increase the frame to a 5 year warranty and the component warranty to 3 years simply by registering your WaterRower.
The S4 Performance Monitor
Designed with user friendliness in mind, the S4 has been designed for easy Quick Start of most functions, simply press the on button and away you row. Delve a little deeper and there are many more advanced functions for the novice through to the elite user. The S4 Monitor displays intensity in m/s (meters per second), mph (mile per hour), /500m (time per 500 meters), /2km (time per 2 kilometres), watts and calories per hour.
It Displays Stroke rate, Heart rate (with optional heart rate attachment), Distance in units of meters, kilometres, miles and total strokes and duration. The S4 monitor is included with all machines (except A1 models, which include the quick start monitor).
Each Series IV monitor comes with a USB connection lead and has PC interface capability. There are several commercially available software products for the WaterRower Oxbridge, including:
- We- Row, WaterRower’s Online Rowing Community
- NetAthlon, a VR training and racing system
- UltraCoach, an industry leading training software
- RowYo, Cadence Training Software
WaterRower Oxbridge Rower
Overall, the WaterRower Oxbridge Rowing Machine has been designed with aesthetic appeal in mind, to blend into a natural home or gym environment as softly as possible without standing out as an obvious piece of fitness equipment.
Being able to fold it away also makes for easy storage and using water as the resistance replicates the natural rowing action and feeling as closely as you will find in a rowing machine.
Product weight: 30kg when dry or 47kg when the front resistance section is filled with water
User weight limit: 200kg
Size when constructed: 209cm (L) x 57cm (W) x 51cm (H)
Size when folded for storage: 51cm (L) x 57cm (W) x 209cm (H)
Update September 2021
This product is no longer available for purchase online. To find current alternatives, please see the recent reviews of Rowing Machines.