Hydrow launches Wave, a smaller and cheaper smart rowing machine

When it debuted in 2019, the developers at Hydrow said they wanted to build the peloton of smart rowers. Now, four years later, the company introduces its second generation ergometer, Hydrow Wave, with a lower price and smaller footprint. What hasn’t changed, however, is the computer-controlled resistance, which is designed to make your row feel as close as possible to being in the water.

The first and most obvious difference is size, with Wave being about 30 percent smaller than its predecessor. To downsize the hardware, the Hydrow’s 22-inch screen was slimmed down to a 16-inch fixed-position HD display. Hydrow has also responded to feedback that the first model was too big to fit into a small apartment by allowing this model to be wall mounted. Granted, you’ll need to invest in a vertical anchor kit, but the company says the device will take up 27″ x 30″ of space when stored.

The other benefit of this size reduction is that the device can now be shipped via UPS instead of using a dedicated delivery service. That could be one of the factors that helped bring the price down a bit, which is significantly cheaper than the first generation Hydrow. While the first model cost a staggering $2,495, its replacement costs an easier-to-swallow $1,495.

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