Sunny Health & Fitness is one of the industry leaders in cardio equipment, with a focus on budget-friendly machines that also offer decent quality for home user. The under-the-desk elliptical is filled with high-end features and offers belt-driven magnetic resistance.
Have a look at what this top rated compact elliptical has to offer.
Features and Specs
- Built-in digital monitor
- 8 levels of magnetic resistance
- Transporter handle
- 17.8cm stride
- Dimensions: 60.9cm x 48.2 cm x 27.9cm
- Weight: 10.97kg
Sunny Health & Fitness’ portable design makes it a good choice for an under-desk workout and is easy on the knees and joints. The tension control is offered, with a belt-driven magnetic resistance system controlled via a knob. Switch between eight different tension levels to increase your workout’s intensity.
A large handle is built into the frame of the compact elliptical to allow for easy transport.
Textured pedals boast a non-slip design that can accommodate foot sizes both large and small. Grips keep your feet in the proper position the entire time to allow for a rigorous workout with a lower risk of injury.
Monitoring is offered, with a digital monitor that sits right above the resistance knob. The digital monitor allows you to track your:
A scan feature is included that will cycle through all of the settings automatically. While I like to use scan settings, it’s difficult to bend over and look at the scan feature when you have the compact unit under your desk.
If you’re using the elliptical while sitting on a regular chair or on the couch, scan will work fine, with the display offering a large font to easily view each stat.
What I really like about this model is that it comes with floor stabilizers that are perfect if you’re using the model on carpet or an uneven surface. If you notice that the elliptical wobbles or doesn’t provide adequate stabilization, adjust the stabilizers to be able to confidently pedal on your elliptical.
Since the track is open, you’ll want to be sure to keep it clean and avoid objects touching the track because it will wipe off some of the grease. You’ll need ample grease on the track to keep the wheels from squeaking as you pedal.
I always want to mention the assembly process because a lot of consumers don’t want to assemble a complicated product. The good news is that this model comes fully assembled, so you can literally place it on the ground and begin using it within seconds of unpacking.
The only maintenance it will require is ensuring that the battery is still working.
If or when the battery dies, you can pull the monitor off of the main frame and use a screwdriver to unscrew the faceplate covering the battery. Replace the battery, put the screws back in and snap the monitor back into place.
It’s a simple and easy swap.
- Integrated track and wheel system
- Magnetic resistance
- Large stride for ergonomic workout
- Comes fully assembled
- Frequent greasing required
With no need for assembly, Sunny Health & Fitness is one of my favorite compact ellipticals. You can unpack the box and got started with your elliptical in minutes. But the one thing I do want to point out is that you’ll want to grease the track often to keep the unit from squeaking.
If you do notice squeaking, greasing is what the manufacturer recommends.
Full-size units also need a nice greasing, so it’s nothing new for anyone that owns an elliptical. Otherwise, the build quality is superb, it’s a breeze to begin working out, and the tracking provides you with in-depth statistics on your current exercise session.
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