As more and more people look to save money and time by working out in the comfort of their own home, there is a definite market for affordable home use elliptical trainers. Available for less than $200, the Sunny Magnetic Elliptical Trainer is aiming to be the elliptical trainer of choice for those looking to invest in a home workout exercise machine without breaking the bank.
In the picture: Sunny Magnetic Elliptical Trainer (SF-E3416)
Features of the Sunny Magnetic Elliptical Trainer
Dimensions: 37.8 x 26.6 x 60 inches
Weight: 61 lbs
Weight Capacity: 220 lbs
Stride Length: 13-inch
Pros of the Sunny Magnetic Elliptical Trainer
Great Starter Machine: Reasonably small, light, easy to move, and very affordable, the Sunny Magnetic offers buyers the chance to invest in a home elliptical machine without breaking the bank. This is a gentle elliptical trainer that is perfect for introducing beginners, and allows for scaling of difficulty and resistance nicely.
Assembly: Assembly is reasonably simple, and while one person can complete it in around 90 minutes, a second pair of hands helps, especially when it comes to attaching the cable.
Lightweight: The Sunny Magnetic Elliptical is comfortably one of the lighter elliptical trainers on the market. At 68 pounds, the machine can be relocated or put in to the corner with relative ease. This lightweight design also helps with assembly and makes it far easier for one person to put the machine together.
Surprisingly, the Sunny Elliptical Trainer is also reasonably sturdy and balanced for such a light machine. There is definite movement when it comes to higher speeds, but for walking or jogging pace there is very little movement. It is worth noting that the bars at the bottom are quite hard, and it might be wise to put down a mat to protect wooden floors.
Price: The Sunny Magnetic Elliptical Trainer is a reliable home use exercise machine available for less than $200.
Cons of the Sunny Magnetic Elliptical Trainer
Short Stride: The most important downside of the Sunny Magnetic Elliptical Trainer is the short stride of the machine. If you are a tall man, this is not the machine for you. Users up the height of 5’5 or so will find the Sunny Magnetic to offer the perfect stride length. However, taller users will find the stride length unnaturally short. This does not mean it is not usable, although those over 6 feet should probably look at other options. It does mean that the Sunny Magnetic will take some getting used to, and this should factor in when making the decision to buy.
Speed Limitations: For the very reasons that make the Sunny Magnetic elliptical attractive to new users and slower paced exercisers, the machine is not suited to those looking to exercise at high speeds. The Sunny Magnetic is simply not heavy enough, nor suitably balanced for high speed use. Most users that would be looking to exercise at these speeds would not be looking at $150 elliptical trainers anyway, so the point may be moot, but it is worth noting.
Worth the Money?
It really depends on what you plan on using it for. Tall users and experienced exercisers will probably find the Sunny Magnetic elliptical lacking in performance. It is not suited to those with very long strides, or for those looking for a heavy duty cardio workout.
My Bottom Line Thoughts
The Sunny Magnetic Elliptical Trainer packs plenty of features for a budget-friendly price. And for those just starting out, the resistance levels offered increase very gently, so users can gradually build up their resistance. The machine is easy to assemble, light enough to move around and far more affordable than most elliptical trainers.
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