Aviron Strong Series Rower Review: The Best At-Home Rower?

By Tami Smith, CPT, Nutritionist

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FHM standing with aviron stong series rower

Fit Healthy Momma Rating: 9.4/10

Aviron’s Strong Series Rower delivers a powerful punch, both in its hardware and software. From its sleek design and premium quality build to its abundance of programming and streaming options, there’s something for everyone on the Strong Series Rower.

As a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and fitness addict, I love staying on top of industry trends. And one of the biggest trends over the last few years is connected at-home rowing machines.

I’ve tried them all - Aviron, Hydrow, Ergatta, CityRow Go

But nothing excites me more than when I get to experience a new brand, or better yet, a new launch. That's exactly what went down recently when I got the opportunity to try out Aviron’s brand-new rowing machine, the Aviron Strong Series Rower.

I have been an avid fan of Aviron ever since I first tried their Tough Series Rowing machine about a year and a half ago. To be honest, it quickly became my favorite rowing machine ever simply because it was so different from the others. So when I heard about the Strong Series rower, I knew it would be groundbreaking. Plus, there are so many benefits that come from rower workouts, I knew my audience would love to hear about this new rower.

Aviron takes a completely unique approach to connected fitness, with the goal to “end boring workouts,” which they 100% did with their initial rower launch. But how does the new Strong Series Rower match up? What’s different? What’s the same? Is the Strong Series a good match for your rowing needs?

In this article, I’m talking all about the Strong Series Rowing Machine by Aviron based on my own experience with the machine. Let’s find out what the Strong Series is made of!

Quick Rundown of Aviron Strong Series Rower Review

Product:

Screen:

22" HD Rotating Touchscreen

Can it be stored:

Yes, includes 2 wheels in the front and stores upright

Resistance technology:

Dual Air & Magnetic Resistance System

Workouts to choose from:

Games, Live competition, Coached programs, Power Play, Guided Programs, Scenic Rowing, Pros vs. Joes

TV streaming apps:

Yes, you can stream Netflix, Prime, Disney+, Hulu, YouTube, etc.

Price:

$2,499 (Get $200 here, taking the price down to $2,299)

Membership cost:

$25 per month

Avg. User Rating:

4.8/5 (Over 200 reviews)

FHM Rating:

9.4/10

Introducing Aviron’s Newest Rowing Machine (Strong Series)

fit healthy momma rowing with aviron strong series rower

The Aviron Strong Series Rower is poised to be the best at-home rower to date. By combining all of the best features that a connected rower can have, including a ton of Aviron-exclusive (patent pending) innovations, Aviron has created a machine that’s hard to beat when compared to anything else on the market.

This latest rowing machine brings with it all of the best features of their original machines, like their unique game-led software approach, while also packing in a ton of new features and benefits that take this rowing machine over the top. Aviron’s goal is to surpass its competitors in both the hardware and software arenas so that its customers never feel as though they’re compromising or missing out. Aviron’s Strong Series Rower delivers a full-body workout experience that you won’t find anywhere else.

Pros

  • Wide variety of unique, gaming-inspired programs and workouts
  • Premium construction
  • Modern design
  • Compact and lightweight to accommodate small spaces
  • Independent upright storage
  • Competitive price point with financing available
  • Exciting and engaging games
  • Coach-led training programs
  • Virtual rowing classes
  • Streaming options (YouTube, Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, and Hulu)
  • Short, high-intensity workouts that are extremely effective
  • Perfect for the whole family
  • Combination of strength and cardio in one
  • Incredible and supportive community
  • 10-year warranty on the rower body
  • Aviron’s commitment to constantly improving and releasing updates and optimizations
  • Amazing customer service from a company that cares about its customers

Cons

  • The Strong Series Rower feels slightly larger because it doesn’t fold down in the same way as the previous models
  • It’s not a rowing machine designed for your living room (aesthetically), it’s best suited for a home gym area

The Design (Hardware)

aviron strong series rowing machine design

While we all know that programming tends to be our favorite part of a connected rowing machine, the hardware and design are equally important. And when it comes to Aviron, they’ve really upped their game with the Strong Series Rower. The following features and highlights make Aviron’s design hard to beat:

  • Beautifully simply, modern, and sleek design (it’s a good-looking rower!)
  • Premium build thanks to the steel and aluminum construction that ensures comfort and durability for the long-term (and it’s backed by a 10-year warranty on the rower body)
  • Compact size that fits smaller spaces (total length is 84” from front to back)
  • Rotating screen for a holistic, full-body workout experience that allows you to go on and off the rower
  • Patent-pending foot/hip width adjustment for maximum comfort across all body types and sizes
  • Dual resistance system that includes both air and magnetic resistance. The air resistance helps users feel like they’re out on the water rowing while the magnetic resistance delivers exceptionally strong and smooth torque that will allow you to get an efficient, customized workout every single time.
  • 100 lbs of resistance allow users to get the benefits of both strength and cardio training all in one machine.
  • An included fan that blows directly on the user while rowing allows you to keep cool and comfortable even through the toughest, sweatiest of workouts.
  • Upright storage that does not require a wall mount (as most competitors do) allows you to store your Strong Series Rower upright when not in use. Plus, there are two locking wheels for safety.
  • Incredibly inclusive for users of all sizes. Aviron’s Strong Series caters to individuals who have mobility restrictions and can accommodate users up to 507 lbs and 6’8” in height, which is industry-leading.
  • Included phone holder positioned on an angle below the handle facing upwards helps to ensure that you don’t miss anything while you row.
  • Patent-pending foot/hop width adjustment mechanism allows users to adjust the width between their feet (legs and hips) for a comfortable workout for users with all body types.
rotating handlebars aviron strong series

Plus, Aviron is now offering upgrades and accessories to make your rowing experience even more comfortable:

  • Cloud Seat is available for those who wish to upgrade to a seat that includes a softer, more comfortable feel.
  • Lumbar support kit add-on is available to offer back support and is designed for those who have back issues and those who are actively aging.

The Experience (Software)

touch screen software aviron strong series rowing machine

The Aviron experience is unlike any other. From the gaming-inspired workouts to the ability to stream from your favorite apps, it’s hands-down the most versatile rowing experience. And it keeps getting better!

workouts to choose from on aviron strong series

Here are the highlights of the software you’ll find on the new Aviron Strong Series Rower:

  • Aviron uses habit-forming psychology and gaming design to get users motivated and keep them consistently using the machine, coming back for more day after day.
  • A simple, easy-to-navigate user interface. 
  • Over 500 individual workout options across 8 very diverse categories to engage users both mentally and physically with multi-player games, team-based competition, guided programs, scenic rows, and much more.
  • Streaming options right on your screen while you row - Aviron has fully integrated apps that allow users to use their Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, and YouTube, all while seamlessly viewing their workout stats and metrics.
  • Live workouts, achievement badges, monthly challenges, add and follow fellow Aviron rowers (friends), victory photos, Aviron coins, and tons of other social features that allow you to feel part of the community.
  • Aviron is committed to releasing 2+ software updates each quarter, each of which is packed with 2-3 major releases and 5+ smaller updates. 
aviron strong series hd screen - rowing games
aviron strong series hd screen - netflix, prime, hulu

What’s the Difference Between the Strong Series and the Tough Series Rower?

Aviron has announced that the Strong Series will be replacing their premium Tough Series Rower, claiming the title of the premium model that will be sold alongside the Impact Series Rower. The Strong Series was designed to improve upon the Tough Series, ensuring that it’s an all-around better machine and a better experience. 

Here’s a table breakdown comparing the new Strong Series Rower to the previous model, the Tough Series Rower:

NEW Strong Series Rower

Tough Series Rower

113 lbs (lighter)

125 lbs

507 lbs Max user weight, 6'7" max height

507 lbs Max user weight, 6'7" max height

Low rail 10' and high seat 20" for maximum comfort and accessibility

Low rail 10' and high seat 20" for maximum comfort and accessibility

Wide 19" handle great for taller individuals

Wide 19" handle great for taller individuals

Rotating Handlebar

Handlebar does not rotate

Includes 2 front wheels and stores upright

Does not store away

Final Thoughts: Is The Strong Series Rower the Best Rowing Machine on the Market?

The Strong Series Rower is making a huge statement by covering the needs and wants of home rowers in nearly every way possible, which certainly earns it the title of “the best.” Aviron is a very unique, highly dedicated company that takes the needs, concerns, and input of its users very seriously, always working to optimize their experience and make it better.

To be honest, I was surprised to hear that Aviron would be launching a new model as I truly love and enjoy the first release. But after getting the opportunity to experience the Strong Series Rower for myself and to check out the new features and design, I am blown away by Aviron’s dedication to constantly improving their user experience. It’s abundantly clear that Aviron took the feedback they’ve received from their users and used that to develop the Strong Series, which appears to address almost every need one might have when it comes to connected rowing.

If you’re looking for a premium quality rowing experience, it really doesn’t get any better than the Aviron Strong Series Rower. Plus, you can rest assured that it will only continue to get better as the team is always making updates and improvements to enhance your experience.

rowing with aviron strong series

About the author 

Tami Smith, CPT, Nutritionist

Tami Smith is a certified Nutritionist and an ACE certified fitness trainer, specializing in pre and post-natal fitness. She studied business and earned her bachelor's degree in Business Economics. Tami is a mom of two and women's health advocate. Her passion is to help people live a fit, healthy life through proper nutrition and exercise!

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