If the thought of flat pack assembly fills you with fear, and you have been putting off getting a treadmill because you have heard of the tremendous back ache associated with it, and don’t really fancy a whole week screaming at screws and other fittings, then don’t lose heart.
The Sunny Health Fitness SF-T4400 comes pre assembled, and most reviewers have stated that it really doesn’t take that long to slot into place.
We do think that some of the instructions in the manual could be a little clearer, and several users were left somewhat baffled by some of the diagrams and instructions, but on the whole the thing got built in about thirty minutes or less. This is a relief to those of us who turn a whiter shade of pale when confronted with words such as “flange” and “monkey wrench” and other such technical terms.
HOWEVER, and this is a big however, in shouty capital letters, it is VERY heavy to lift, and even handle, as you are trying to assemble it. You will need help, most definitely. At just over a hundred pounds, this is like lifting another person, and one that is a pretty awkward shape to boot.
For many customers, the challenge starts on the doorstep, after the parcel delivery guy more or less drives off laughing as you are left with a hundred pound deadweight on your driveway. So yes, you will want to get someone to help you lift it into place.
Because of its weight, it is not going to be a synch to move around the place whilst it is in operation, so despite the fact that it has wheels on it, you really want to get this into the position that you intend to keep it.
It does fold away, but will still take up a reasonable amount of space. So if you were looking for something as easy as pie to move around and fold, then this probably is not it.
So having gotten this behemoth up and assembled, how easy did users find the actual operation of the Sunny Health? This treadmill review is pleased to say that the overall user experience and confidence level in this product is high.
It consistently scores high in terms of customer feedback, with over 80% of respondents giving it either four or five stars in ratings – more than 60% are the top score. This is a pretty good statistic, to put it mildly, and we can take heart from this, that the Sunny Health is unlikely to disintegrate on us, or completely fail anytime soon.
Coming in just under the $300 mark, this is firmly on the lower end of the price scale for an electric treadmill. We know that there are cheaper ones, and some of these work pretty reliably, but on the whole we think that for only $300, this is a fairly good deal.
It comes with three manual inclines, and can handle up to a 9 mph run. So unlike some of the lower priced models, this is a running and jogging treadmill, and not just for walking. Yes, you are not going to challenge Usain Bolt’s world record on this, but it should be just fine for everyday fitness and running.
In terms of breakages, apart from a very small minority of machines which will always either be damaged on arrival, or slightly defective, there are no significant concerns about durability. When talking about machines that are simply dead on arrival or broken from the get go, we should say that all makes and models can have these problems- this treadmill review does not think that this affects the Sunny Health particularly.
This comes with nine workout programs included, and there is space for your drink/ tablet etc to be placed as you work out.
The thing that really impresses our testers about this treadmill, is the ease of assembly, as already mentioned, because this can be a very big turn off to a lot of people not in love with DIY (Destroy It Yourself). We also like the fact that this treadmill runs a lot more quietly than some others do.
We were rather excited to find that almost everyone agrees that this is a very smooth running machine that won’t sound like the concord taking off, and should be okay to hear the T.V. as you work out. Obviously, it does make some noise though!
Generally the answer here is yes. This treadmill review is satisfied that the Sunny Health ticks all the boxes that really matter in terms of durability, quality and value for money. We think that for the price, this is as good as you are likely to find.
It is not tiny, but not enormous either. It is certainly heavy enough, but there are heavier models out there. It seems to stay the distance and perform the basics competently. In fact, it offers a bit more than the basics, with three incline positions and nine workouts.
One or two murmurs abound about the handles making it difficult to run- but this is more a question of getting used to it. Most people reported that they did like the fact that the handles have the controls on it.
If there was one gripe we had about this model, it is simply that the warranty could be a bit longer. However it is a fairly reliable machine, so in most cases it won’t be needed.
It provides a nice, comfortable user experience that makes very little noise, which is enough for us, considering its relatively low price tag.