Sunny Health & Fitness SF-E905 Elliptical Trainer
Sunny Health and Fitness are a company that builds low-cost cardio machines for home use; they are one of the only companies you can trust to deliver a high-quality machine at an affordable price.
There are a lot of under par ellipticals in the under $200 category, so we need to be especially careful. Low prices usually lead to unstable frames, weak resistance, and durability issues.
Thankfully the Sunny Magnetic SF-E905 isn’t plagued by such problems. It is one of the top 2 machines in this price range, with users praising both the build quality and strength of resistance. Plus, this thing takes less than an hour to assemble, which is always nice to hear!
Sunny’s entry-level elliptical boasts a sold build, smooth magnetic resistance, and the opportunity to tone your entire body thanks to the handle levers.
The handles are pushed and pulled in synchronization with the leg movements allowing you to target the biceps, triceps, deltoids, lats, your lower belly, hips and thighs, thus offering a full-body workout.
For under $200, you can work your entire body while getting an excellent cardio workout at the same time.
So, if you have been looking for a low impact cardio machine that not only tones and builds muscle strength but also will help you burn calories. The Sunny Magnetic SF-E905 Elliptical trainer is an excellent choice for those with limited funds.
Before we get on with the review, let’s take a quick look at the product specs!
Product dimensions – H 60″ – W 26.6″ – L 37.8″
Weight – 68lb
Resistance Type – Magnetic
Resistance levels – 8
Frame – Light gauged steel tubing
Weight Capacity – 220lb
What Do We Like About The Sunny Magnetic SF-E905?
One of the major problems people encounter when buying a piece of home gym cardio gear is the actual size of the machine.
Most cardio machines have large footprints, especially if the machines doesn’t include a foldable feature; they can take up a lot of room. This is typically true with ellipticals, which is why we loved the compact design of the Sunny SF-E905 elliptical trainer.
The Sunny elliptical trainer has a desirable compact design. The compact design is going to make Sunny appealing not only to apartment owners but for anyone who has limited space to workout.
What we also loved about this machine is the price. There’s no other cardio machine out there apart from a rowing machine that can offer you a full-body workout, and to find a machine for under 200 bucks, which is both durable and stable, is a great deal.
And lastly, a convenient feature for those of you who may not want to use the moving handles is the second set of non-moving handles.
The second set of handles( fixed) are great if you only want to exercise your lower body, you can just grab the fixed set handles for some extra support while you walk or run—a handy feature for beginners who need some time to get used to the elliptical motion.
There are a couple of ways ellipticals create resistance; one is air. The other is magnetic. Which one is better? Both have their advantages, but for home use, most people prefer magnetic resistance.
Why? Because magnetic resistance is very quiet when in motion compared to air. Magnetic resistance lets you watch your fav programs on Netflix listen to music all without being disturbed by the sound of the machine.
Air resistance is noisy because it uses a fan to create resistance, so for home use, especially if you do not want to disturb yourself or others around you with the sound of your exercising, magnetic is the way to go.
Plus, one other significant advantage of magnetic is that it lets you walk or run at a slow pace on your elliptical in a high resistance setting, something that is impossible with air.
The Sunny SF-E905 has eight levels of smooth magnetic resistance, while this isn’t a huge amount of resistance levels. Eight levels will be enough for most fitness levels, although seasoned runners will need a machine with stronger resistance; this is, after all, an entry-level elliptical machine.
So far, the Sunny Health and Fitness elliptical has come up trumps with an excellent build and resistance system for the price. However, we encounter our first problem with the Sunny SF when we take a closer look at the stride length!
The stride length is the measurement between the front pedal to the heel of the rear pedal while the pedals are at their widest stride. This measurement is essential to get right as it determines how naturally you will be able to stride. And with a 13″ stride length, the Sunny SF-E905 is going to be unsuitable for some users.
If you are over 6ft, I do not recommend purchasing this machine because even at a slow pace, this thing isn’t going to let you achieve a full stride.
The Sunny SF-E905 elliptical machine is best suited for smaller users 5’10” and under I’m not saying taller people wouldn’t get any use from it at all, but you will have trouble running or walking at a fast pace.
Users over 6ft need a stride length of at least 18-22,” and sadly, you’ll have to pay a few hundred bucks more for a machine with a longer stride length.
As with all budget level cardio machines, the machine control panel is nothing to shout home about. There’s no pre-programmed workouts or Bluetooth options, and at this price, you wouldn’t expect there to be.
What this monitor does include is all the essentials such as scan, elapsed time, speed, distance, calories burned, total distance, and pulse rate thanks to the pulse sensors built into the fixed handlebars.
Although basic this is a useful monitor, it tracks all the vital stats and has a nice big display screen so you can easily keep an eye on your heart rate and other essential workouts stats. Overall one of the better monitors in this price range.
Good quality build for price
8 levels of whisper quiet magnetic resistance
Easy to read monitor
Easy to assemble, avaerage build time under 60 minutes
Full body workout
Large anti-slip foot pedals
No workout programs
Short stride length, best for users 5’10” and under
To Sum Up
The Sunny SF-E905 ticks a lot of essential boxes. This elliptical presents a low impact way of exercising excellent for people with joint problems.
When you exercise on the SF-E905, it will feel like you are walking on air thanks to the smooth elliptical motion that many users have praised. The stress on your lower body, including your lower back, is close to zero—an excellent alternative to the high impact treadmill.
And not forgetting calories! An average-weight person can loose somewhere between 150-400 calories for every 30 mins on an elliptical such as the Sunny SF-E905. Thirty minutes a day-every day, and you can quickly burn 1000 calories a week on your elliptical trainer. And to think you can reap all these health benefits from a machine that costs under $200.
The Sunny SF-E905 is an excellent compact elliptical that offers all the basics you need for a low impact full-body workout—built by a company with a ton of experience in this space.
If you are 5’10” or under and have a limited budget, the Sunny SF-E905 is certainly worth some serious consideration.