Sunny Health & Fitness (SF-RW5515) Magnetic Rowing Machine

Stable and relatively economical, the Sunny Health & Fitness (SF-RW5515) Magnetic Rowing Machine is good home-gym erg, especially as an entry-level model for beginning rowers. It has eight levels of magnetic that can be adjusted for various intensities. Users report level two is good for warming up before progressing to levels three and four for […]

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Sunny Health & Fitness (SF-RW5515) Magnetic Rowing Machine

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Stable and relatively economical, the Sunny Health & Fitness (SF-RW5515) Magnetic Rowing Machine is good home-gym erg, especially as an entry-level model for beginning rowers.

It has eight levels of magnetic that can be adjusted for various intensities. Users report level two is good for warming up before progressing to levels three and four for a harder workout.

Levels five and above are more intense, with someone suggesting levels five or six for cardio-building long rows and level seven for endurance and sprints. Interestingly, we also found feedback from several users (who claim to NOT be professional athletes) that the highest levels of resistance aren’t strong enough.

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We also encountered conflicting opinions on the Sunny Health & Fitness (SF-RW5515) Magnetic Rowing Machine’s suitability for tall rowers.

A few people believe this model may be too short for people over 6’2”.

However, several comparable and taller users (e.g., 6’1” with a 36” inseam, 6’3” with a 34” inseam, 6’4”, even 6’7”) like this model and are able to straighten their legs and maintain proper form.

Smooth operator?

The Sunny Health & Fitness (SF-RW5515) Magnetic Rowing Machine’s seat glides smoothly for the most part.

While some describe the resistance smooth as well, a couple reviewers think the magnetic resistance is a bit “jerky”.

While the rowing mechanism itself is very quiet, the seat’s rolling action make a little (but not much) noise.

The seat is padded and comfortable for most users, better than with many rowing machine models we’ve investigated.

The Sunny Health & Fitness (SF-RW5515) Magnetic Rowing Machine folds up and has built-on transportation wheels for easy moving and storage.

It is reportedly easy to assembly (within 15 minutes) and accompanied by a manual with well-written instructions.

Okay, here’s the not-so-good part:

The three components that draw the most criticism are the monitor, the “exit hole” for the cord connecting the handle and the flywheel, and the footrests and straps.

Why?

Sunny Health & Fitness (SF-RW5515) Magnetic Rowing Machine’s monitor tracks stroke counts, time, and calories burned. However, users question the accuracy of the calorie counter and dislike the monitor’s inability to track the number of meters rowed.

The display is small and not easy to read.

In fact, its low position makes it difficult to read during workouts, unless the rower breaks proper form and leans down.

Also:

The machine’s design puzzles some consumers.

Several note when the nylon cord comes out of the flywheel’s casing/housing, it rubs the upper lip of the “exit hole”.

A person would need to lift his or her arms a little to prevent this rubbing, which compromises proper form. In other words, what’s good for the machine may not be best for the body.

Many users wonder how long the cord will last before fraying and breaking.

Finally...

Some describe the footrests and Velcro foot straps as cheap.

Just imagine:

Two users report this erg actually rows across the floor. Okay, that may be an exaggeration, but to prevent the machine from scooting, they suggest using a mat to keep it in place.

We recommend one like the ProSource Puzzle Exercise Mat to protect your floor.

For an introduction to the Sunny Health & Fitness (SF-RW5515) Magnetic Rowing Machine, take a look at this video.

Features

  • Dimensions: 82” long x 19” wide x 23” high
  • Weight: 59 pounds
  • Maximum user weight capacity: 250 pounds
  • Built-in transportation wheels for easy portability
  • Eight levels of magnetic resistance
  • Three-year warranty on frame, 90-day warranty on parts
  • Made in China

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