Sunny Health & Fitness Rowing Machine with Full-Motion Arms Review
November 18, 2015
What We Like
Anyone in the least familiar with rowing machines will do a double take at seeing the Sunny Health & Fitness Rowing Machine’s price. It is the ideal choice for anyone looking to get fit on a budget, certainly its best feature and its biggest draw.
For the low cost, you get a rowing machine with a very small footprint – ideal for limited spaces. The Sunny Health & Fitness Rowing Machine weighs just 20 lbs (9.9 kilograms). It is just 53 inches (132 cm) long and an almost anorexic 20 inches (51 cm) wide. Yet it can handle a maximum user weight of 220 lbs (100 kilograms).
The downward-angled chassis and basic layout allow users to easily find their ideal rowing position on the Sunny Health & Fitness Rowing Machine very easily. Coupled with the large anti-slip footrests, adjustable foot straps and thick, padded seat, using this machine is quite comfortable.
What We Don’t Like
For the price, you get a machine with the bare basics. The Sunny Health & Fitness Rowing Machine is a no frills option and this is most severely obvious with the console. Already limited to only time elapsed, stroke count and calorie count, the last of these seems to not be quite accurate. There is no connectivity option to allow you to download and track your performance to fine tune your workout.
Although the Sunny Health & Fitness Rowing Machine comes with twelve levels of preset resistance, the majority of these are absolutely of no use for the average adult. It is only the last few notches that offer a semblance of actual performance resistance, meaning the user will outgrow the machine reasonably quickly.
The Sunny Health & Fitness Rowing Machine was designed with a limited range of user heights in mind. Individuals under 5 feet 4 inches (1.63 m) will find that they will not be able to push backwards far enough to obtain the benefit of the full range of movement.
The warranty for the Sunny Health & Fitness Rowing Machine comes as a bit of a shock. For a piece of equipment that might see strenuous exercise activity every day, it seems unreasonable to only have 90 days of warranty coverage on parts. Although there is a one year warranty on the frame, it seems the manufacturer itself is not very confident about the product’s build quality.
The Sunny Health & Fitness Rowing Machine is a combination of extremes. On one end is the very affordable price tag that puts it within the reach of virtually anyone looking for a low impact aerobic workout, and the small footprint that will fit into small areas. On the other is the rather low-quality components that are only covered for three months. Coupled with the limited functionality of the display screen, the Sunny Health & Fitness Rowing Machine seems to be marketed at the novice fitness enthusiast on a very tight budget.
It may turn out to be a losing gamble if you experience a problem a few months into your purchase.