This is my (honest) review of the Aviron Impact Series Rower. So, if you’re looking to see if it’s worth the money, you’ll love this post as I reveal everything there is to know about the brand, the rower, how much it costs, best alternatives, and if it’s legit.
Ever since we opened our indoor rowing studio (Coastal Rowing Studio), we have provided rowing classes with the ever-so-popular Concept2 Model D rower. The fitness and rowing enthusiasts, or better yet our students, love the Concept2, just like thousands of other positive reviews out there.
But our neighbors up North (Canada) have a pretty sweet company called Aviron, which makes two smart indoor rower models that people are going absolutely crazy about. Those two models are called:
- The Impact Series Rower – Home Fitness (check current sale)
- Tough Series Rower – Commercial Fitness (visit avironactive.com)
With all the buzz around smart indoor rowing machines, I wanted to see if Aviron’s rowers lived up to all the hype. In addition, I’m going to compare the Impact Series Rower in short, concise sentences to top competitors such as Hydrow, Ergatta and Concept2. Jump to the comparison table here.
Today, I bring you the hotly anticipated Aviron Impact Series rower and a review. So, just like the movie Top Gun, we’re about to “Take Flight” and see if it’s a legit indoor rowing machine and worth your money.
What Is The Aviron Impact Series Rower?
Aviron was put on this planet for one reason – to “End Boring Workouts!” After using it myself, I describe this indoor rower to my friends as powerful, fun, exciting, addicting and bad ass. The Aviron Impact Series Rower is equipped with a 22” HD Touchscreen that is completely vibrant and really goes a long way in making you feel like you’re part of both the cardio and strength training workouts.
The best part about all of this? It’s rowing, which means you’ll work more muscles in less time than traditional workouts.
When you order the rower on Aviron’s website, you’ll then be prompted to purchase their membership. The Impact Series Rower costs $2,299, but they are running a sale ($150 off), bringing the total down to $2,149. In addition to that promo, they have free shipping on a limited-time only basis.
Aviron’s Personal Membership is the next thing you’ll want to “add to cart,” costing only $29 per month, which is less than most connected home gym memberships. It’s a very simple process setting it up and you’ll need an email address and billing information.
One of the best things I loved was that the membership billing didn’t begin until I activated my membership with my machine (and it’s activated by logging in). That said, you won’t be paying the membership cost until you actually receive your rower.
Aviron’s Impact Series Indoor Rower is made with high strength aluminum. It’s got almost a steel-like feel, which is nice if you want to do tricep dips on the machine. The rower is very compact and can fit in small spaces folded up. Otherwise you’re looking at the following specs (make sure it can fit in your apartment or workout area):
|Dimensions:||97” L x 22” W x 43” H|
|Folded Dimensions:||54” L x 22” W x 62” H|
|Weight:||93 lbs / 42 kg|
|Max User Weight:||397 lbs / 180 kg|
|Frame:||High strength aluminum|
|Resistance:||Dual air and magnetic (16 levels)|
|Seat:||Extra rear support (Ergonomic)|
Other awesome features and benefits I love:
|Screen:||22” 1080p touchscreen|
|Camera:||Front-facing 2 megapixel camera|
|Speakers:||2×2 watt stereo (the sound is really good)|
TLDR; Aviron's Indoor Rowing Machine
The only prerequisite is, DO YOU WANT IT? Not do you need it, not can you have it… but, do you want it? Well, I did want it and all I have to say is two words: “No regrets.”
Next, I’ll cover the types of workouts you can be expecting from the Aviron Personal Membership.
Comparison: Aviron vs Hydrow vs Ergatta vs Concept2
|Compete vs Community||✔️||❌||✔️||❌|
|Pros vs Joes||✔️||❌||❌||❌|
|Resistance Type||Fan & Flywheel||Magnetic||Water|
Fan & Flywheel
|Interactive Touchscreen Display||✔️||✔️||✔️||❌|
|Warranty||2-Year Limited||1-Year Home Use Warranty||5-Year Warranty on Structural Frame, 3-Year Warranty on Parts, 1-Year Warranty on Tablet||5-Year Limited Warranty on Frame Parts, 2-Year Limited Warranty on All Parts|
|Starting Price||$2,149||$2,520 (check lowest deal)||$2,199||$900 (PM5)|
Monthly Membership Price
What types of workouts does Aviron’s Fitness Membership offer?
Remember when I said Aviron’s entire mission is to ‘End Boring Workouts?’ Well, my entire family, including two young kids and my husband have been obsessed (nearly addicted) to the Impact Series indoor rowing machine. But, here’s the secret – I am and they are obsessed with the types of workouts, A.K.A. the Aviron Personal Membership.
Here’s the deal, the membership gives you access to exciting games, competitive (fierce) races, strength programs and a cool feature that my husband loves – Pros vs. Joes. One of the pros is a CFL player named Fabion Foote. Well, he’s super strong and beats my hubby every time. But, he keeps coming back for more (I guess he’s trying prove something) 🤷.
There are 6 different ways to work out with Aviron’s smart indoor rower. Let’s take a look at those below:
Compete within the community.This can be head-to-head matchups, 10 person race (Grand Prix), and a Lap Knockout.
Learn the proper technique, tips and tricks, as well as improve your previous high records.
All games range from old school attare to new school graphics. It’s literally like a video game.
Pros vs. Joes:
Aviron’s stomping grounds is Canada, so most of the Pros are athletes that play in Canada. You’ll come across MMA fighters and Boxers, CFL stars, Hockey players, Baseball players, world-class sprinters, Olympic Snowboarders and Skiers and of course Olympic Rowers.
Here, you can choose from a variety of guided workout programs designed by legit trainers and athletes.
And finally, they have scenic rides through some of the coolest places on planet Earth.
Which Rowing Workouts Have I Tried?
So far, I’ve been toggling back and forth between Games and Competition.
My favorite games are “The Hunted,” where you work as a team with other rowers to outrun the wolves, and “Shark Bait,” where you try to escape the shark or you become the bait!
I pretty much have done all the Competition games, but I especially like “Grand Prix,” where you race vs 10 other rowers, and “Lightning Lap Knockout,” where the slowest person at the end of each lap gets knocked out until there’s one last rower remaining.
Technology and fitness is probably my saving grace when it comes to getting back into shape, looking and feeling my very best. It’s also been a blessing with my family. Thanks to Aviron, it’s brought us closer together, makes fitness fun and improves our competitive spirit.
Folks, I’ve tried Hydrow, I have Ergatta and the Concept2, and all I have to say is Aviron is without question the best smart indoor rower available right now. But, there’s something for everyone and that’s what makes life great – there are always options. That said, let’s see which rower is better head-to-head.
Alternatives to The Aviron Rower
There are three main alternatives to the Aviron rowing machine if you’re in the market for a smart, interactive indoor rower. Those three smart rowers are:
What I’ll do next is tell you, in my humble opinion, how Aviron stacks up against it and which is better – based on what you’re looking for. Let’s begin.
Which Is Better: Aviron or Hydrow?
Hydrow is the better option for those looking for fitness classes like Peloton, whereas Aviron would be the best choice for people who prefer competition rowing races, interactive games and a boost in strength training, as Aviron’s resistance can go up to 100 lbs (far superior than Hydrow’s resistance).
What’s The Better Rower: Ergatta vs Aviron
Both Ergatta and Aviron are gaming inspired indoor rowing machines that provide rowing races, interval workouts, and scenic rows. Aviron, though, offers even more than Ergatta with Aviron’s Pros vs. Joes, better gaming workouts with amazing graphics and just as good, if not better, racing competitions.
Is Aviron or Concept2 Better?
The Concept2 rower is the better option for those who prefer to just row for their workout without too many bells and whistles. The Aviron rowing machine is best for rowers who are looking to get more out of their workout experience through gaming, training programs and competition.
Is Aviron’s Rower Worth The Money?
The Aviron rowing machine is definitely worth the money if you can afford it. The rowing experience is totally unique and a step above many of the smart rowers out there. In addition, the membership gives you access to compete vs members of the Aviron community, as well as live classes, high-tech (and cool graphic) games, and their Pros vs. Joes match play.
Aviron Rower Reviews from Reddit and Trustpilot
This is a newer indoor rowing machine on the market and a very large purchase, but they have already sold a plethora of their rowers and they have a thriving facebook community with over 700+ members as I write this. After seeing that many loyal customers, I decided to read reddit and trustpilot and provide a detailed summary of the reviews right here. Overall, customers are wicked excited about Aviron’s Impact Series Rower helping provide killer at-home workouts. In addition, many reviewers (especially on reddit) go on to say that the games, Pros vs. Joes, competition, scenic rides and training programs are an added bonus. People love how quiet the rower is, it looks good and it folds up to save space. So far, there aren’t any negative reviews out there. However, no smart indoor rower is perfect so be sure to keep that in mind when you hit that “add to cart” button.
View the verified buyers testimonials to get a good feel for how people like it so far.
Final Thoughts: Is The Aviron Rower a legit choice for an indoor rowing machine?
Wellness is the new craze these days and in order to keep our bodies healthy, we should strongly consider a workout program that can help us become physically fit. As any rowing instructor or fitness enthusiast would tell you, there is no such fitness equipment that is “magical.” In other words, you can’t purchase a smart rower, hit the easy button and expect that it works you out. You’ll still need to get on that rowing machine and row your heart out, watch the foods you eat and commit to better wellness.
That said, I believe that Aviron rowers are a legit choice for an indoor rowing machine and worth your money if you also commit to working out with it consistently, while also getting proper sleep and nutrition. That combination will absolutely help your overall fitness and wellness.