In my quest to find a treadmill that’s affordable but still has the features I’m looking for, I came across the Sunny Health & Fitness Treadmill. On the surface this machine seems to have pretty much everything I’m looking for in a treadmill. It has all the standard features, it’s got a decent- sized running surface, and it has some convenience features that I tend to look for in a piece of exercise equipment. Sounds pretty good so far.
If you’re looking into buying a piece of exercise equipment you probably have a price range in mind and I’m no different – for me I’m trying to keep to a budget of less than $500. The problem with a budget this size is that it’s hard to find a premium treadmill that can stand up to the rigors I’m going to put it through. I’m not a small guy at 250 pounds plus, so any machine I decide on has to be able to handle that kind of weight. The Sunny Health & Fitness Treadmill certainly falls under the $500 budget I’ve set for myself, but I’m not so sure it passes the test in other areas.
One surprising feature that this treadmill has is built-in handrail controls that allow you to adjust your speed as well as start and stop the machine. After looking at quite a few treadmills that are much more expensive than this model, I have to admit this is the first time I’ve come across this feature in a treadmill, and it was a pleasant surprise. I love the idea of being able to control my speed without having to lift my hands off the handrails; it allows you to focus on your workout without fiddling around with buttons and other distractions.
The Sunny Health & Fitness Treadmill also comes with nine different built-in workout programs to keep you motivated. After all, even the best workout programs get a little boring after a while so it’s nice to be able to mix things up a little bit. The different workout program options include cardio focused workouts, speed training, and interval training. If that’s not quite enough variety for you there is also the option to adjust the incline on this machine, although this is a manual adjustment that you will have to stop your workout to set up.
The Sunny Health & Fitness Treadmill also has a standard LCD screen like you’ll find on most treadmills. You can use this display screen to track your heart rate, your speed, your calories burned, the distance you’ve traveled, and the elapsed time of your workouts. There’s also a handy tablet holder if you want some further entertainment options while you work out, and cup holders on either side of the LCD screen.
An important feature of any home workout apparatus is that you can store it conveniently out of the way when you’re not using it – this is especially important when space is at a premium, such as in apartments or shared family spaces. The Sunny Health & Fitness Treadmill folds up conveniently for easy storage and it has something they call soft drop technology which prevents it from landing hard on your floors if it happens to slip out of your hands. This is a good thing, as I wouldn’t want to incur my wife’s wrath for my scratching up the floors as a result of an exercise equipment mishap.
Unfortunately, as enticing as some of the features on this affordable machine are, there are just a few too many potential problems with it for it to be a good fit for me personally. Probably the most serious drawback for me is the fact that the weight capacity of this machine is rated at 220 pounds – that puts me about 30 pounds over the max capacity of this machine. Generally, most machines can handle a little extra weight than what they’re rated for, but why take a chance? This will likely only result in unnecessary wear and tear on a machine that is not built to handle the weight.
This isn’t the only concern I have with this machine though; after scrolling through some of the reviews for this product it’s clear that there are quite a few people with some concerns about it. You’re always going to come across a few disgruntled reviewers for any product, but this treadmill had a few more than most. One of the most common criticisms is that the overall quality of its parts leaves something to be desired, and the motor can be a little bit noisy. The other thing to keep in mind is that the treadmill itself is only about 15 inches wide, which is much smaller than the machine you’d find in the gym.
While the Sunny Health & Fitness Treadmill certainly has some great features, I just don’t think this machine is for me. Its mixed reviews certainly concern me, but there’s enough positive reviews that this wouldn’t necessarily sway me. The price is definitely right, but unfortunately I just wouldn’t be willing to take a chance that a machine with only a 220-pound weight capacity would fit my needs. If you find yourself well under this weight limit, this machine is great value for money and would probably serve you well for years.