With 8 resistance levels, a durable build and an easy-to-use console, the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-E3804 makes a great addition to any home gym. Its compact footprint allows it to be used even in small flats, and quiet operation makes it a pleasure to use. Although not perfect, the SF-E3804 will help you improve your stamina and endurance while helping you build muscle.
Features and Specifications
- 33cm stride length
- 8 magnetic resistance levels
- Non-slip pedals
- Pulse grips
- Supports up to 130kg
- Transport wheels
Assembling the SF-E3804 is a relatively straightforward process that takes less than an hour. The machine itself only weighs 36.9 kg, so assembly can be done solo. If you are someone who has experience assembling cross trainers or other big pieces of cardio equipment, you shouldn’t have a problem putting this cross trainer together.
However, the included instructions are written poorly, and it may take longer to assemble this machine yourself. Be patient and take your time.
The process will go more quickly and smoothly if you have another pair of hands to help.
It is recommended that you assemble this cross trainer in the room you plan to use it in. Yes, the machine has built-in transport wheels, but it will be difficult to move this machine a far distance, especially on soft flooring.
Depending on your location, professional assembly may be available.
Design and Build Quality
The SF-E3804 is designed to help you achieve a full-body workout. Moving handlebars and the generous 33 cm stride keep your legs and arms in motion throughout your entire workout. When using the full-motion handlebars, you will work your:
The stride length allows for natural movement forward and backwards. The longer stride length also allows you to work your thighs, calves and glutes more effectively.
The frame of this cross trainer is made with heavy-duty steel to maximize durability and accommodate most users (130 kg weight limit). Movement is quiet and smooth, so you won’t disturb others during your workout.
Non-slip footpads improve safety and make your workouts more comfortable. The plates are oversized to accommodate all sizes.
The SF-E3804 has two sets of handlebars: full-motion and static. The static handlebars are outfitted with pulse sensors, so you can keep track of your heart rate throughout your workouts. It’s important to stay within your target heart rate to burn the most calories and fat.
The pulse sensors on the grip will measure your heart rate and display it on the console for easy tracking. The sensors on this machine are highly accurate, which is a rarity. In many cases, pulse monitoring is very inaccurate. Chest straps are usually preferred. However, the sensors on this machine work well and the rate displayed on the console can be trusted.
Built-in transportation wheels make it easy to this cross trainer whenever necessary. Weighing just 36.9 kg, the SF-E3804 isn’t especially heavy, and the wheels allow you to tilt the machine for easy movement. If you want to move the machine into a corner in between uses, you can. Just tilt the machine towards you and guide the cross trainer to your desired position.
Along with transportation wheels, the SF-E3804 also has floor stabilizers to help you achieve a stable workout no matter what type of flooring your machine sits on. If you are placing this cross trainer on carpeting or uneven flooring, the stabilizer can be adjusted to prevent rocking and other movement during your workout.
The SF-E3804 has eight levels of magnetic resistance, which you can adjust using the tension knob. The knob is conveniently located underneath the console for easy access. You won’t have to stop your workout just to change the resistance level.
Resistance will make your workouts more challenging, so you burn more calories and improve your fitness level.
Although there are only eight levels of resistance, these levels are difficult. Beginners and intermediate users will get great workouts on this machine. Advanced users and athletes may find the highest resistance level to be too easy. Most people will be able to use this machine for years and still get great workouts each time.
The SF-E3804 comes equipped with a large console to help you keep track of your workout stats. The screen displays your:
- Heart rate
The display is easy to read and will help you keep an eye on your workout progress.
The console also has a device holder, so you can use your tablet or smartphone while you’re exercising. Use your device to listen to music, watch videos and more during your workouts.
When purchasing fitness equipment of any kind, especially a cross trainer, cost is always a concern. The SF-E3804 is a budget cross trainer that will cost you around £250.
The highly durable, all-steel frame and robust features of this cross trainer make it an excellent value for the money.
Another important consideration when buying a cross trainer is the warranty. The SF-E3804 is backed by a 3-year structural frame warranty. All other parts and components are backed by a 180-day warranty.
Sunny Health & Fitness has excellent customer support and will quickly respond to your inquiries if your machine has defective parts or other problems.
- Smooth operation
- Multiple resistance levels
- Large console with device holder
- Stabilizers keep the machine steady
- Assembly instructions are poor
The primary complaint with this machine is that the assembly instructions are written very poorly. This makes assembly more challenging and time-consuming.
The SF-E3804 is an excellent budget cross trainer with a compact footprint, durable build and multiple resistance levels. Quiet and smooth operation make working out a pleasure, and you can even use your tablet or smartphone during your workouts thanks to the device holder.
Overall, the SF-E3804 offers the features you’d expect in a higher-priced cross trainer. With the right care, this machine should provide you with years of use, and the resistance allows you to progress in your fitness levels.