Wondering which is the best model for you?
These are two popular, affordable rowing machines in the Nordictrack lineup. They both come iFit-compatible to give you a more immersive rowing experience.
With iFit you can row famous waterways all over the world and even take rowing fitness classes from your home.
And they both give you an impressive HD, full-color, touch-screen console so you can watch the scenery as you row.
Nordictrack updated the RW700 model this year with a more streamlined look and a few other design changes. The RW600 model has not been updated and keeps the classic look and design that made these machines so popular.
So which is best for you? They each have their own benefits to consider.
This post will show you the key differences between the Nordictrack RW600 vs RW700 rowers to help you decide.
Nordictrack RW600 vs RW700: Price
As of this writing the Nordictrack RW600 rower has the edge here, coming in at around $999 direct from the Manufacturer.
The Nordictrack RW700 is the next model up and comes in a bit higher – around $1499 with Free Shipping here.
So from a budget perspective the RW600 has a leg up.
What exactly do you get for the extra money with the RW700? Let’s start with the console.
Nordictrack RW600 or RW700: Console
Both machines give you full-color, HD, touch-screen consoles, which you can use to watch iFit world workouts, take classes or just view your rowing stats.
Both screens are the same size as well – 10-inches across.
However there’s a slight difference in design and layout. The Nordictrack RW600 console is here:
And here’s the RW700 console layout:
You’ll notice that the RW600 has the quick-change resistance buttons along the bottom of the screen.
This option has been removed on the RW700. On the RW700 you change the resistance right from the touch-screen console as you can see below:
So the RW700 console is a bit more streamlined.
You also get an upgraded sound system on the RW700 that you don’t get on the RW600 model. You have clearer sound through the premium 30 W audio speakers in RW700 console.
Nordictrack RW600 vs RW700: Design Upgrades:
Nordictrack upgraded the design on the RW700 rower this year.
You get a new, more stable sliding system with an inertia-enhanced flywheel and SMR Silent Magnetic Resistance.
So you’ll get a smoother rowing motion with this design than with the older design on the RW600 rower model.
The base design is also constructed to be more stable and hold up to heavier or more intense use.
Nordictrack RW700 vs RW600: Folding
The RW600 does have one main advantage over the RW700 machine: it folds up.
Some people want a folding rowing machine since it makes things easier space-wise.
Because Nordictrack is still using the older design on this model, you can fold the RW600 up for easier movement. This can be really convenient if you live in an apartment or condo – or if you have a smaller workout area.
While you can still move the RW700 machine around, you can’t fold it up like you can with the RW600 model. There are however wheels on the bottom of this unit, so it’s easier to pick it up and move it around.
With the design changed on the RW700, Nordictrack also upgraded the rowing handles.
They’re curved and a bit more ergonomically friendly that the RW600 handles. It’s easy to miss this small difference.
Here are the handles on the RW600:
And here are the upgraded handles on the RW700:
All things being equal, a heavier machine – while more challenging to move around – usually gives you a more stable, solid feel. The added weight helps to anchor the machine.
The RW600 Rower comes in at 117 pounds vs the RW700 rower which comes in at around 146 pounds.
So the heavier weight on the RW700 model may help to make it feel more stable as you’re rowing.
So what’s the bottom line when comparing the Nordictrack RW600 vs RW700 rowers?
Well, each one has benefits.
The RW600 is more affordable and still gives you the iFit workouts for a fun, more effective experience. It also folds up for easier movement and cleaning.
The RW700 comes with an upgraded design to give you a smoother-feeling ride. The curved ergonomic handles add comfort for longer workouts.
Plus, you get better sound with the improved sound system on the console.
So it really comes down to what you want at the end of the day.
Want to learn more? Check out the links below for more details on either machine.