Wondering which is the best value for you?
These two popular rowing machines are built to give you a much more immersive training experience.
With iFit Coach (which works on both machines) you can row famous world waterways. You can even take a high-energy studio workout class from your home.
Both machines have been upgraded this year, with a new, more stable sliding system and soft-touch handgrips. You also get quick-adjust footpedals with quick-release straps on both.
So what’s the difference between these two models?
This post will show you the key differences between the Nordictrack RW700 vs RW900 rowers.
So let’s dive in:
Nordictrack RW700 vs RW900: Price
As of this writing the Nordictrack RW700 rower has the edge here, coming in at around $1399 direct from the Manufacturer.
The Nordictrack RW900 is the next model up and the premium model in the series – coming in around $1799 with Free Shipping here.
So is the RW900 Rower worth the extra money? Let’s find out.
Nordictrack RW700 or RW900: Console
The console is where you see the biggest difference between these two machines.
While they both give you impressive, HD, touch-screen consoles, the difference is found in the size of the screen.
The Nordictrack RW700 gives you a healthy 10-inch screen as seen below:
The Nordictrack RW900 however goes one better than this. The console here is a massive 22-inch, HD, touch-screen console.
This is basically like having a built-in, interactive TV on your machine.
While both screens are impressive – especially for home rowing machines – the larger screen on the RW900 can give you a more immersive, enjoyable experience.
Here’s another view of the Nordictrack RW700 Console:
And here’s another view of the RW900 Rower, just to give you another view to compare:
Both consoles swivel and tilt. So you can continue your workouts (or do new workouts) off the machine, which is handy.
They both also comes Bluetooth compatible with upgraded 30W sound systems. This is great if you need to do a quieter workout.
Both rowers comes with front-mounted transport wheels – so you can move them around your home easier.
This is handy if you have a smaller workout area and you want to be able to move your rowing machine away to clean or make room for something else.
However the RW900 rower is a bit heavier than the RW700 model.
The RW700 rower comes in at around 146 pounds whereas the RW900 rower comes in at around 163 pounds. So the RW900 is heavier to move around and the RW700 will be a bit easier to move since it’s lighter.
On the other hand the heavier weight on the RW900 may help to make it feel more stable as you’re rowing. So it really depends on what you prefer.
This may or may not matter to you. But occasionally, Nordictrack offers special iFit deals on the RW700. (The RW900 is their premium model and in very high demand – they don’t really need to offer too many deals on it).
For example, sometimes you can get the machine for free if you sign up with the full family membership of iFit for 4 years. Sometimes they drop the price a bit for special holiday-only sales.
However, keep in mind that these deals come and go. So depending on when you’re planning to buy, this may affect your decision.
So what’s the bottom line when comparing the Nordictrack RW700 vs RW900 rowers?
Well, each one has their benefits. The RW700 is more affordable – and still gives you the improved design, upgraded sound system, pivoting footpedals, molded seat and quick-release straps.
However, the RW900 gives you all of this and a bit more – mainly a much larger console, which can make your workouts a lot more fun.
It’s also a bit heavier which may help stability.
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.
Related: Nordictrack RW900 Rower Review