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It may not be easy to evaluate the differences between the two exemplary rowers. But we will try to do it by listing the positives and negatives of both with a hope that this will help you pick the right one easily.

Concept 2 is a wind-resistance rower that can be used almost in any setting. The intensity of rowing determines how much resistance you will get.

You can regulate the level of resistance manually using a damper.

WaterRower is a water-based rowing unit that has “water flywheel” which allows getting a true-to-life feel while rowing.

This machine is rather intended for sports-oriented workouts but it can also be used by those who practice rowing every day. It gives you a feeling of sitting in a boat while the resistance rate can also be controlled. The harder you move, the greater the resistance will be.


Concept 2 rower has an ability to handle 500 pounds while WaterRower can sustain not more than 350 kg which translates into approximately 770 pounds. It boasts of having 1.5 times greater weight capacity.

Performance Display

It is much simpler to keep track of your progress if you have a display at hand that does the whole job for you. Both rower models are excellent in terms of this aspect, and it depends on your personal needs which one to choose.

But Concept 2 rower has a great pro –> you can keep track of your heartbeat!

PM5 display added to Concept 2 can be used to track your workout progress. It allows you to see the heartbeat as it is fully compatible with Bluetooth and ATN. It supports Wireless connection, and the fitness coach will be able to easily extract the outcomes of each workout.


Water-resistance rowers are less loud so in this case WaterRower definitely wins. But wind-resistance rowers are not very loud either.

Value for Money

Both producers provide top-quality models but WaterRower is a bit more expensive. Once again, you might not like certain features in it. If to compare these two models, Concept2 will be a winner this time!

Nonetheless, if you can afford to spend more cash for a more elaborate and modern-looking design or less loud performance, WaterRower might also be a good choice. Concept2 Model E model, however, is also costly.

Storage and Transportation

You can easily position WaterRower vertically as it has a rolling wheelbase and can be carried easily.

In general, it will be a nice option to consider for those users who want something compact and less bulky.

It is not difficult to separate Concept 2 into two halves. The storage is also easy, and you won’t need any particular instruments. It has a wheelbase at the front side for easier transportation.

Level of Preparation

You can regulate the intensity of training in both units. If you have WaterRower, you can set the notifications in case you don’t want to look at the screen every so often. Although it was initially designed for sportsmen, it is suitable for all levels of preparation.

Concept 2 is also packed with many programming options, and it also has the capacity to adapt to each level including elementary users and expert professionals. But it best suits CrossFit and gym workouts due to the specifics of its performance and outer look.

It also tracks your heartbeat but you need to look at the display each time, and there are no notifications here.

Final Thoughts

Making a comparison of Concept 2 and WaterRower can be a big problem for many users. So now it’s time to give out the score and find out which product received better scores!

15 aspects were evaluated.

Concept 2 wins according to its value for money rating, storage and transportation, and slide bonus feature available on demand (not present in WaterRower).

WaterRower wins according to its size, measurements, weight, and loudness.

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