Sunny Health & Fitness SF-E3607 Magnetic Elliptical Trainer
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|No||Frame: 1 years
Parts: 90 days
The Sunny SF-E3607 elliptical trainer offers the same range of features as the Exerpeutic 1000XL. It does not have the same weight capacity though, but its construction is quite similar. Differently put, this is pretty much a basic elliptical machine, but it’s also available at an affordable price.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 49.5L x 27.5W x 64H inches (126L x 70W x 162.5H cm)
- Product weight: 71.5 lbs (32.4 kg)
- Supported weight: 220 lbs (99.7 kg)
- Stride: 13 inches (33 cm)
- Incline: No
- Footplates: Standard, ribbed
- Handlebars: Moving and stationary (with pulse sensors)
- Resistance: Manual magnetic, 8 levels
- Performance monitor: Basic
- Tablet holder: Included
- Warranty: Frame 1 year / Parts 90 days
Frame construction and parts
This Sunny elliptical trainer features a simple frame construction, with a 1-piece, steel frame. It’s not extremely large compared to other trainers, such as the SOLE E55 for example, which means it can easily fit to a smaller room or apartment. Its assembled footprint is approx. 49.5″L x 27.5″W (126 x 70), while its highest point is given by the mobile arms, which reach a height of approx. 64″ (162.5 cm). However, the machine’s frame is not foldable.
The bases of the frame are simple, cylindrical steel tubes, with plastic stabilizer caps. The front base also incorporates a set of two small wheels, which facilitate the transport of the assembled machine. However, the Sunny SF-E3607 is far from being heavy. When fully assembled, it weighs approx. 71.5 (32.4 kg). Therefore, its handling and transport for storage shouldn’t be too much of a problem for most users.
This trainer is equipped with extra large pedals, made of heavy-duty nylon material, with a ribbed design to provide superior adherence during exercising. They’re placed quite forward on their bars, and due to this fact we can say it offers only light workout possibilities. The range of motion is rather limited, with a stride of approx. 13″ (33 cm). But on the other hand, it promotes a straight posture.
The bars of the pedals are square steel tubes, featuring sealed bearings within their joints to the cranks and mobile arms of the machine.
This elliptical trainer features two sets of handlebars: mobile and fixed. The fixed ones incorporate metallic pulse sensors, thus the machine’s console can track your heart rate if you hold onto them. The mobile arms feature a multi-grip design, offering the possibility to diversify your workouts. Both types of handlebars are covered by a sheet of rubber foam, providing excellent comfort for the hands.
Drive and resistance
The Sunny Health and Fitness SF-E3607 is a rear drive elliptical trainer. In other words the crankset and pulley are situated close to the machine’s rear base, while the flywheel is placed in front of the pulley. Due to this fact, pedaling feels like going downhill on a ramp of a few degrees. The flywheel is not an extremely heavy one, but it’s perimeter-weighted, which means it generates a smooth and steady pedaling motion. The transmission between the pulley and the flywheel is powered by a heavy-duty, rubber v-belt, resistant to stretching. This means it doesn’t require lubrication, and the pedaling motion is quiet.
The machine’s crank arms are made of solid steel. Its crank system is actually solid enough to support users up to 220 lbs (100 kg). Also, pedaling in reverse is possible.
The Sunny SF-E3607 features a manual magnetic resistance system, therefore you don’t have to connect it to a power source in order to benefit from resistance. Differently put, integrates a small magnetic pad, connected to the turn-knob on the handlebar post via a steel wire. As you turn the knob, the magnetic pad’s position in relation to the flywheel changes, and thus resistance is adjusted.
This elliptical trainer actually makes available 8 resistance levels. But keep in mind that it’s a machine for light cardio workouts, and the top resistance level provides a medium cardio at best.
Evidently, since this Sunny elliptical is a basic model, it comes with a rather basic console. It has a simple, non-lit LCD display, and only 3 buttons that cover all its functions, such as SET, RESET and MODE.
The console does not have any workout programs. It can only track your main workout statistics, such as time, distance, speed, calories and pulse. For distance, it also has an odometer function, which basically keeps track of how many miles you’ve traveled. You can view any of the enumerated statistics on screen at all time, or you can use the SCAN function, which enables the monitor to cycle through them, displaying each one for a few seconds.
As we’ve mentioned above, this machine does not require to be connected to a power source. The console is battery-powered.
Last but not least, the console features a tablet holder, placed right under the three keys. Needless to say, this gives you the possibility to watch your favorite shows, surf the web, or read your favorite digital books while exercising.
Assembly and Maintenance
The Sunny SF-E3607 elliptical comes partially assembled. In other words, the resistance and drive systems are already attached to the main chassis, and covered by the plastic shrouds. All you have to do is attach the base stabilizer tubes, the handlebar post, the pedals and handlebars and the console, connecting the wires. A step-by-step assembly manual is supplied, along with the tools required for the task.
When it comes to maintenance, lubricating the joints of the machine periodically is a good idea.
- Solid frame, study overall construction;
- Narrow Q-factor, eliminating any lateral stress on the knees;
- Mobile arms with an ergonomic design;
- Fixed arms with pulse sensors;
- Perimeter-weighted flywheel;
- Large pedals with a ribbed design for maximum adherence;
- 8 levels of resistance;
- Fitness meter included;
- Tablet holder included;
- Extremely quiet operation;
- Easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required.
- Pedals a bit too close to the front of their bars, aspect that reflects a rather short stride;
- A tablet placed on the tablet holder may partially or totally cover the console display.
If you’re looking for an affordable light cardio elliptical trainer, the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-E3607 is definitely one to put on your list. It offers 8 levels of magnetic resistance, smooth and quiet operation, also including a basic fitness meter to keep track of your progress. It’s great for re-gaining and maintaining your cardiovascular shape, for muscle toning, building stamina and even losing weight. You can actually burn at least a couple of hundred calories by exercising 30 min. on it. It doesn’t take a lot of space, it’s easy to put together, and finally, it won’t break the bank.