Costco Proform Rowing Machine, Sport Rower


I just posted about the Costco Proform Bike, which was located right next to this sport rower. Scroll for photos. Costco is selling this proform rowing machine for $399. I’ve been waiting for Peloton to develop a rower, but that may never happen so this may be the next best option. Some of the features I am looking for comes with this Proform Sport Rower. I wanted to be able to connect to an online membership so I can progress through classes, as opposed to just rowing by myself. The great thing about this, as well as the spin bike, is that it comes with a 1 year iFit membership. The online fitness classes are wonderful! The iFit membership can cost upwards of $396 per year, so this is a great value. Here are a few more details about this product……

  • 1 year iFit membership Included
  • LCD Display
  • Device Shelf on Console
  • Space Saver Design (check out the photos of it folded up)
  • Soft Touch Handles
  • Built in Speakers
  • Transport Wheels (So you can roll it into a corner)
  • Model Number: PFRW48120.0
  • **Download the Product Manual Here**

Proform Rowing Machine at Costco


So for those of you who don’t know, the Concept2 rower is the gold standard. It has been around since the late 1970’s & is used in competitions worldwide. Prior to the popularity of “at home gyms” the Concept2 Rower with the PM5 display costs around $1,000, but now they are $1,500+. This Proform rowing machine only costs $399.99 & comes with an online membership. The reason I will recommend the online membership is because it is a GREAT motivator. I lack fitness motivation these days, so having someone tell me what to do is wonderful! I still recommend you check out the Concept2 reviews on Amazon before making a purchase decision. Also check out some of the other highly reviewed rowing machines………

Price: $399.99, Item Number: 1424700

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26 thoughts on “Costco Proform Rowing Machine, Sport Rower

    1. The console also offers unlimited iFit workouts when you download the iFit app to your smart device and connect it to the console. I don’t think you can replace the standard screen with a touchscreen, but you can link your smart device to the console & use that as a touch screen. From the manual “The console offers access to a large and varied library of iFit workouts when you download the iFit app to your smart device and connect it to the console. Note: The console supports Bluetooth connections to smart devices via the iFit app and to compatible heart rate monitors. Other Bluetooth connections are not supported”. I hope that answers your question

  1. I activated my pro form at the website but when I start the machine it always shows the “hello” start-up and never goes past this! Please help

  2. I bought this rower (item 1424700 by Proform) last week. The installation was not too difficult as the assembly instructions are relatively clear. It had a decal on the console that said I needed to “activate” the product by going to “ifit.com/activate” before using it. When I navigated to that site, it was asking for a membership at a monthly cost. So, I called the customer service number on the front of the instructions manual.

    After a 30-min hold, I spoke to someone who registered the rower and instructed me to push and hold the “iFit Sync” button for about 15 seconds for the console to reset. Now, this is NOT documented anywhere!

    I have been using it everyday and seems to be pretty sturdy. However, the seat and the rail seems a bit wobbly. Also, the console arm keeps dropping all the way regardless of how much I tighten the knob. Not willing to exchange the heavy equipment at the store, I have now resorted to using a Styrofoam block to keep the console propped up.

    1. Thanks for all the great information! Is there any way to adjust the seat with either an allen wrench or a screwdriver? I would think it would be able to be adjusted. If not, that’s probably something you will get used to over time. I’m glad top hear the installation wasn’t hard. Thanks so much for the tip on the console reset. That’s GREAT to know in case the machine ever freezes. That’s too bad about the console arm. There’s got to be a simple way to prevent that from slipping. Maybe you can put something rough in between the console arm and knob to give it something abrasive to hold it up. Otherwise the Styrofoam is a good idea! Thanks for the comment

  3. Could this store upright in a step-in closet? I’ve got about 2′ x 3′ of space and hoping it could fit folded in there?

    1. It will be REALLY close. The width of the machine is 1 ft. 10 in. (56 cm). So that will make a tight fit in the 2′ section. The length is 7 ft. 3 in. (221 cm). I’m not sure how tall your space is but it should fit with a standard 8 foot ceiling. As far as how tall the machine is, I’m not sure if it’s under 3 feet to fit the 3 foot section of your closet. You can most likely fold the display down but I don’t think you can get it to under 3 feet. Plus it may be a real pain to get in & out every time. Sorry if that was confusing & I hope it helps

  4. I personally do not care about iFit. I’m just looking for a good machine that will last reasonable use. I want to do a 6K a couple times a week. Does it work well without iFit and what metrics does it keep with regards to the row? Thanks

    1. Then yes, this should work out great. It just matters whether or not you like the machine. Like any piece of workout equipment, you may not like the feel. Here are the metrics this machine has “without” the iFit membership…..

      – Calories
      – Distance
      – Resistance
      – Strokes
      – Strokes Per Minute
      – Time
      – Watts
      – Watts meter
      – Scan

      I hope that helps

    2. I purchased the floor display Pro-form model#PFRW488120.0; however the manual and power cable were not attached. Contacted administrative services to retrieve both, they are current looking the missing items. Is it possible to retrieve all items that should have been included.

      1. I have a link to the manual above. It is model number: PFRW48120.0. You can download it on this site. As far as the cable goes you will have to contact the store or by it directly from Pro-Form website. If that doesn’t work you can always buy it from a company Jameco. As long as you have the size & electrical specifications of the plug they will most likely have an adapter. They’re not that expensive either. I hope that helps. Good luck with the cable

        1. I also bought a floor model, as it was the only unit the store had in stock. They are looking for the power adapter and I hope to be contacted soon about it.

          But seeing that it is also supposed to come with one year of iFit, I’m guessing that a redemption code or instructions came inside the box? (which I did not receive) Any insight on how to make sure I get this? Thanks!

          1. I would contact iFit & show them proof of purchase. They should be able to see you’ve never had an account or that machine was never registered. I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t want you returning the machine to Costco, so I’m sure a rep can help you out. Let me know if that works out

    1. There’s a lot to that question but I will try to answer it. If you are going to spend the money on a Fluid Water Rower, I would just get the Concept2. Take that with a grain of salt because I’ve only used a water rower once & it felt different (I don’t mean that in a negative or positive way…not enough time on the rower to evaluate whether it was good or bad). The concept 2 has been around forever……and for a good reason. It’s a GREAT machine that can withstand years of abuse. If you’re looking for the classes to take…..that’s a different story. Some of the new rowers come with a screen (Hydrow) & classes that log all sorts of stats (speed, calories, distance, etc). That is really important to me because we LOVE these features on the Peloton. For me, the perfect machine would be the Concept2 with the Peloton software. It would be a bullet proof machine with the classes & community Peloton has built. If you’re just looking for a rower without all the bells & whistles I would try this one first. You always have the return policy of Costco & it comes with the 1 year iFit membership…….otherwise, get the Concept2. I hope that helps

    1. Yes. You would need to get the family plan though. on the iFit website they state “There are three options: a Yearly Family Plan for $396/yr, a Monthly Family Plan for $39/mo, and a Yearly Individual Plan for $180/yr”. If you get the individual plan, the answer is “no” you can not add your wife. You would need to buy the family plan for $396 per year or $39 per month. If you pay by the year it will save $72. That’s a big savings. If you want to try it out, maybe pay for 1 month ($39 for the family plan) & if you like it, then purchase the yearly membership. I hope that helps

    2. My wife and i share a membership, but you can only track results with one person. If you pay for a membership yourself thru the ifit app its only $14.95 per month and can cancel at any time

      1. Thanks for that Matt! That’s great to know. I really do enjoy tracking my metrics because it helps with improving/maintaining fitness. If you just want to take the classes, it sounds like you can just use the 1 membership. I’m assuming it will still track both you & your wife, but the results will be combined? Thanks for the comment!

    1. I think that is up to the user. The concept 2 is the gold standard & has been around for a LONG time. They haven’t changed the design much because it is a great machine. They used to sell for around $1,000 but now they go for $1,500. I’m sure this has to do with the pandemic. This rower is less than half the price of that. It’s almost 75% less than the concept 2 right now. Seeing as Costco has a GREAT return policy, I would give this rower a chance. Let me know what you end up deciding.

    1. Absolutely. It can be used as a standard rower that will show you calories, distance, resistance, strokes, strokes per minute, time, watts & watts meter. You don’t need the membership to use it. The benefits of the membership will be to track your analytics & compete with others in classes. The iFit membership will also auto adjust the resistance during a class. The nice thing is that it comes with the iFit membership free for 1 year so if you don’t like it you can just cancel it & keep the rower. Hope that helps

  5. I just bought this rowing machine for my husband. Do I need to buy an accessory to plug into the machine for the IFit besides our iPad we will be using? I know on my Nordictrack Elliptical I have to buy the IFit accessory in order to have my elliptical sync up to the different tensions being used during the classes.

    1. The answer is no. I read the product manual. You only need to connect the device via Bluetooth on your smartphone or tablet. From there it will start the class and auto-adjust the settings for you. It’s on Page 18 of the product manual. I included a link above for the product manual if you’d like to check it out. The one thing they mentioned was that if you are connecting a heart rate monitor to the console “you must connect your heart rate monitor before you connect your smart device”. So back to your question, according to the manual, no you do not need to buy an accessory for the iFit. Hope that helps!

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