Which one is best for you?
These rowing machines are both built to give you a more immersive rowing experience with iFit.
You can explore famous waterways all over the world from the comfort of your own home. Or take your training to the next level with a range of rowing studio fitness classes.
Nordictrack updated the RW900 rower this year with a more streamlined look and upgraded features.
The RW600 model has not been updated and keeps the classic look and design that made these machines so popular.
So which model is best for you? How do break down the differences between them?
This post will show you the main differences between the Nordictrack RW600 vs RW900 rowers to help you decide.
Nordictrack RW600 vs RW900: Price
As of this writing the Nordictrack RW600 rower is the lowest priced of the two machines. It’s more of a starter model, coming in at around $999 direct from the Manufacturer here.
The Nordictrack RW900 is the premium rowing machine in the lineup. It comes in higher, at around $1799 with Free Shipping here.
So what do you get for the extra money on the RW900? Let’s start with the console.
Nordictrack RW600 or RW900: Console
Both machines give you full-color, HD, touch-screen consoles, which you can use to watch iFit world workouts, take classes or just track your workout stats.
But there’s a big difference in the size of the screen.
The RW600 comes with a respectable 10-inch screen seen below:
The Nordictrack RW900 outshines it with a much larger 22-inch screen seen here:
Screen to screen comparison, that’s more than double the size. Most people much prefer the larger screen on the RW900.
The larger screen helps to give you a much more immersive, enjoyable rowing experience. It’s one of the largest screens you’ll find on any home rower right now.
Just to give you more perspective, here’s another view of the console on the RW600 rower:
And here’s the console on the RW900 rower:
As you can see, that’s quite a size difference.
Note that both consoles do tilt and swivel. So you can get off the machine and continue your workout beside the rower if you want (for the iFit yoga, strength or stretching classes.)
Another difference between consoles?
You also get an upgraded sound system on the RW900 that you don’t get on the RW600 model. You have clearer sound through the premium 30 W audio speakers in RW900 console.
Nordictrack RW900 vs RW600: Design
Nordictrack upgraded the design on the RW900 rower this year.
You get a new, smoother sliding system with an inertia-enhanced flywheel and SMR Silent Magnetic Resistance.
The sleeker design also includes new, slightly-curved soft-grip handlebars – another feature to make your workouts more comfortable.
If you look at the base on the RW900, you’ll also notice that it’s been redesigned to be more stable and hold up to heavier or more intense use (vs the older base design on the RW600)
Nordictrack RW600 vs RW900: Folding
The RW600 does have one key benefit over the RW900 rower: it folds up.
Because Nordictrack is still using the older design on this model, you can fold up the RW600 for easier movement and storage. This can be handy if you live in an apartment or condo – or if you have a smaller workout area.
While you can still move the RW900 machine around, you can’t fold it up like you can with the RW600 model.
There are wheels on the bottom front of the RW900 for easier movement. But you’ll still have to be more careful when moving this model around – vs the RW600 machine. Also remember to make room for the larger screen when moving this machine.
Rowing Machine Weight/Stability
In general with rowers, a heavier machine – while harder to move around – usually gives you a more stable feel. (The added weight helps to anchor the machine).
The RW600 Rower comes in at 117 pounds vs the RW900 rower which comes in at around 163 pounds.
So the heavier weight on the RW900 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 RW900 rowers?
Each one has advantages.
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 storage – which the RW900 does not do.
The RW900 rower comes with a much larger screen (more than double the size). This really pulls you into the action and gives you a more immersive experience.
You also get an upgraded design to give you a smoother-feeling ride and a better sound system. Plus it’s a heavier machine, which can give a more stable feel to the rower.
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.