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 roughly $150, 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.
There are plenty of elliptical trainers at this price point, but many of them fail to provide enough comfort and reliability to be considered viable alternatives to the trainers that are several hundred dollars more expensive. When it comes to exercise machines, cheap simply isn’t enough; there has to be some substance.
Using magnetic resistance, the Sunny Magnetic Elliptical Trainer is a lightweight trainer that facilitates users up to 220 lbs. with large anti-slip pedals and allows users to keep track of time, speed, distance, calories and even heart rate. It all sounds great, but can the Sunny Magnetic Elliptical Trainer really compete with the big girls?
Key Specs for Sunny Magnetic Elliptical Trainer
- Compact 11″ stride length
- Hand pulse monitor for heart rate readouts
- 8 Magnetic resistance levels
- Durable transportation wheels
- Max User Weight: 220 lbs.
- Product Dimensions: 28L x 17W x 57H
- Product Weight: 60 lbs.
Sunny Magnetic Elliptical Trainer: The Pros
Great Starter Machine: An elliptical training machine is not something that suits everyone. While many people find elliptical trainers to be extremely comfortable and efficient, others prefer to vary their workout. For this reason, the Sunny Magnetic trainer is ideal. Reasonably small, light, easily moved and very affordable, the Sunny Magnetic offers buyers the chance to invest in a home use exercise 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 speeds up proceedings, 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 Magnetic 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 at the $150 price point…what else is there to say! Many people spend thousands on elliptical trainers and do so unnecessarily.
This is not a professional or gym standard elliptical trainer, nor does it claim to be. However, there are many users who neither require gym standard machines nor use the machines they have to their full capacity. Many people have a tendency to spend heavily on exercise equipment in the hope that it will make their fitness training easier, but these people should not discount less costly machines on price alone. For moderate usage, the Sunny Magnetic is more than capable.
Sunny Magnetic Elliptical Trainer: The Cons
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.
Is the Sunny Magnetic Elliptical Trainer Worth Buying?
It entirely depends on what you plan on using it for. Tall users and experienced exercisers will undoubtedly find the Sunny Magnetic elliptical lacking in performance. It is not suited to those with very long strides, nor those looking for heavy duty cardiovascular exercise.
However, those looking for an introductory elliptical machine at an affordable price will be pleasantly surprised by the Sunny Magnetic. The resistance levels offered increase very gently, so users can gradually build up their resistance. The machine is easy to assemble, light enough to relocate and far more affordable that most elliptical trainers. For those reasons, the Sunny Magnetic is sure to prove popular among those looking for moderate exercise at moderate prices.