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Proform 440R Rowing Machine Review

The 440R Rower is one of Proform’s entry-level rowing machines made specifically for people looking for a low priced machine that can provide a casual and comfortable workout in front of the TV.

Not only that, but the Proform 440R Rowing Machine is small, light and foldable for anyone looking to buy a cardio machine that doesn’t take up too much space.

Overall Rower Rating: 2/5

Pros

  • Simple and easy to use
  • Foldable to save space
  • Quick to assemble
  • Small and compact

Cons

  • Users report it’s unreliable and the cord is susceptible to breaking
  • Max user weight limit is only up to 250lb
  • Fitness fanatics unlikely to be happy with the resistance
  • Short warranty

Key Features

  • 8 levels of resistance
  • Space saver design allows for easy storage
  • Large LCD monitor tracks strokes, distance, time and calories burned
  • Soft non-slip handles
  • Strength station and rower in one machine

Price: 3/5

The price of the Proform 440R Rowing Machine seems to vary a lot depending on where you buy it. On the official Proform site it costs $399, however on in most places, it’s much cheaper at around the $250 mark.

If we were to rate the Proform 440R Rowing Machine at its price of $399 we’d have to say that it’s poor value for money based on its reliability (more on this later). You can get much better rowers for that price.

Even if you still wanted to buy the Proform 440R Rowing Machine for $250, we would still suggest that you put this decision on hold and consider adding an extra $50 to get the Stamina X Rower, which is a much better machine. Or another rower you may want to consider is the Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Rowing machine which is cheaper than the Proform 440 and has much better reviews.

It seems that even at its lowest price the Proform 440R Rowing Machine is never going to top any ‘best value’ lists.

Reliability & Warranty: 2/5

The reliability of the Proform 440R Rowing Machine has been called into question multiple times by Amazon reviewers, particularly when it comes to the cord.

Owners frequently report that the cord starts to fray quickly and ends up breaking/snapping with some people managing to totally pull out the cord from the wheel. It would have made sense for Proform to not use Bungee cord but instead switch to a chain or simply to use something that doesn’t snap.

To make matters worse, users usually experience these breakages around the 90-day mark just after the warranty expires leaving many having to pay for the repairs. At this point, many simply give up on the machine. A 90 day parts and labour warranty is extremely short and you’ll want to proceed with caution when purchasing this machine.

Stability and Quality: 2.5/5

Most rowers can usually handle up to a maximum user weight of 300lbs, however, the Proform 440R Rowing Machine max weight is 250lb and by looking at the machine you can see why. The quality isn’t the best and larger users may feel the rower straining to accommodate them, however, it’s unlikely to break completely.

Size: 4/5

The Proform 440R Rowing Machine is slightly on the smaller side compared to other rowers which has its advantages and disadvantages.

Firstly, it’s footprint is quite small and the fact that it’s foldable also is a plus. To fold it up all you have to do is remove a pin from the centre and lift the back end up. It’s also a fairly light rower and can be wheeled around easily using it’s transport wheels on the front.

Conversely, as we discussed earlier, it’s compact and lighter design mean taller and heavier users may feel they are too big for the rower.

The Proform 440R Rowing Machine has 8 levels of resistance

Resistance: 3/5

The Proform 440R Rowing Machine has 8 levels of resistance controllable via a tension knob. Although 8 levels is a good number it’s unlikely that fit people are going to be satisfied with the resistance of the 440R long-term, as even at the highest level it can be quite easy. However, anyone who is looking for a more casual workout will find that the 8 levels are more than enough.

The Proform 440R Rowing Machine can be used as a rower and a strength trainer

Features: 2.5/5

The Proform 440R Rowing Machine comes with the basic LCD console to track your workout metrics such as distance, time, calories burned and strokes. The unit itself is what you would expect from a machine of this price; a plastic, battery operated, non-backlit cheap display. It’s also worth noting that it doesn’t measure heart rate.

One of the other advertised features is the Proform 440R Rowing Machine’s ability to act as a ‘Strength Station.’ This means that if you stand in front of the rower facing towards it, you can use the handles to exercise somewhat like a dumbbell raise.

It’s hard to imagine that before Proform begun the design process of the 440R Rowing Machine that they all agreed that it was also going to be a strength station as well, but rather the case that they stumbled upon the idea in the marketing phase of their product. I would be extremely surprised if anyone would buy the Proform 440R Rowing Machine over another machine because of this feature.

Should I Buy the Proform 440R Rowing Machine?

Based on the advertised price of $399 on Proform’s website we’d have to say ‘no.’ You can get much better rowers for that price and it’s somewhat strange to fathom why Proform price the 440R Rowing Machine as a mid-level machine when it’s quality isn’t even close.

At $250 we are nearing what it’s real price should be, however once again there are better options than the Proform 440R Rowing Machine at that price such as the Stamina X Rower, or the Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Rowing machine.

However, it should be noted that there are reviewers on Amazon who have managed to get the 440R for as low as $120 in Lightning Deals and during Black Friday sales on Amazon, and it’s not surprising that it’s these individuals who are satisfied with the Proform 440R Rowing Machine. I would say that at this kind of price the Proform 440R Rowing Machine has some appeal.

The reliability and quality of the Proform 440R Rowing Machine lets it down from ever being value for money at its normal price. The one thing it does have on its side is that it is small and light, and will please casual exercises looking for a rower that doesn’t take up too much space.