Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5639 Full Motion Rowing Machine Review

This model by Sunny Health & Fitness is definitely a quality rowing machine option that comes in at a very good price. It has various features that make it ideal for the majority of people out there, yet it is not going to cost you a fortune. Durability, functionality, and comfort are all factors which make the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5639 Full Motion Rowing Machine a prime choice indeed.

Overview

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Main Features

Even though the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5639 Full Motion Rowing Machine comes in at a pretty affordable price, it has managed to retain a whole lot of integrity, functionality, and comfort too.

  • Hydraulic resistance.
  • Adjustable to 12 levels of resistance.
  • Comfortably padded seat.
  • Ergonomic non-slip handlebars.
  • Comfortable and adjustable foot rests.
  • Full motion handlebars.
  • LCD monitor – tracking system.
  • Fairly small footprint.
  • Solid construction.
  • 350-pound weight capacity.

Dimensions & Weight

The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5639 Full Motion Rowing Machine is a fairly compact option to go with. While it does not fold or stand on its end for easy storage like some other models, the overall weight and size is fairly small so that is always a good thing.

  • Length: 51.5 inches (131 cm)
  • Width: 24 inches (61 cm)
  • Height: 14 inches (36 cm)
  • Weight: 33 pounds

Warranty

The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5639 Full Motion Rowing Machine does come with a limited manufacturer’s warranty of 3 years.

Assembly

The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5639 Full Motion Rowing Machine is not all that hard to assemble but is indeed a little more challenging than some of the other entry level models on this list. The tools needed are not all included, the instructions are a little confusing, and fitting parts together can be a challenge. It is recommended that you use a partner for assembly, or just pay the extra 100 bucks for expert assembly.

What We Like About The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5639 Full Motion Rowing Machine

This is one of the best entry level rowing machines out there. Even though some info about the warranty is a little unclear, there are still more than enough positive aspects to make it one of the best choices in the entry level rowing game.

One of the most impressive aspects of the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5639 Full Motion Rowing Machine is that it has a very strong steel frame. Usually low end rowing machines won’t have that high of a weight capacity, but the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5639 Full Motion Rowing Machine can actually hold up to 350 pounds with ease. This makes the Sunny Health & Fitness Full Motion Rowing Machine one of the strongest entry level rowing machines out there.

We like the fact that the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5639 Full Motion Rowing Machine has adjustable hydraulic resistance. Hydraulic resistance is fairly reliable, the mechanisms are pretty sturdy, and it is pretty quiet and free of vibration as well. The resistance on this model has 12 different difficulty levels to offer you with a good challenge no matter your current fitness level is. The resistance on the Sunny Health & Fitness Full Motion Rowing Machine can be easily adjusted with a knob.

We do like the full motion arms which the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5639 Full Motion Rowing Machine features. It makes rowing on this thing feel like you are almost rowing on real water. The handlebars are fully padded for comfort and protection, plus they are ideal for good grip. Moreover, this thing is very comfortable for other reasons too. Adjustable footrests with an anti-slip coating as well as a well padded and ergonomically designed seat are both things which make the Sunny Health & Fitness Full Motion Rowing Machine a prime choice.

We also like the fact that the Sunny Health & Fitness Full Motion Rowing Machine has a fairly small footprint. No, it cannot be folded up, but it is fairly small and lightweight. This makes it an ideal choice for anybody who does not have all that much room to spare.

What We Don’t Like About The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5639 Full Motion Rowing Machine

There are obviously a few things which could be better about the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5639 Full Motion Rowing Machine, here are the most important ones.

Not being able to fold up will prevent a challenge for anybody with limited space in their home. The Sunny Health & Fitness Full Motion Rowing Machine is not that big, but being able to fold for storage is a bonus that we do often look for.

We also do not like the fact that assembling the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5639 Full Motion Rowing Machine appears to be fairly difficult, plus the limited info on the warranty is not something we really like. However, based on everything we know about this machine, its price and features, it still managed to secure a top spot among the best entry level rowing machines.

Alternatives To The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5639 Full Motion Rowing Machine

Just for a point of reference, let’s quickly compare the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5639 to a couple of other entry level rowing machine options.

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW1410 Rowing Machine with Full-Motion Arms

Both Sunny Health & Fitness Rowing Machine options are pretty similar. The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5639 Full Motion Rowing Machine is a little bit more expensive than the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW1410 Rowing Machine with Full-Motion Arms, but it does also have some better features. To be fair, both machines are more or less the same except for a couple of details. The SF-RW5639 can withstand 130 pounds more in terms of user weight. Both options have more or less the same resistance options, the same seats and footrests, and the same monitoring system too. However, the big difference is that the more expensive option is also the more durable one.

Stamina InMotion Rower and Stamina Body Trac Glider

Don’t get us wrong, both Stamina Rowing Machine options (the Stamina InMotion Rower and the Stamina Body Trac Glider) are good choices to go with, but we do prefer the Sunny Health & Fitness models a little more. Generally speaking, while the Sunny Health & Fitness models are a little more expensive, they are also tougher, have more features, and are more comfortable to use as well. The Sunny Health & Fitness models generally have more resistance options and are more reliable in terms of their build quality too, but they are also a little more expensive as well.

Final Thoughts On The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5639 Full Motion Rowing Machine

The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5639 Full Motion Rowing Machine is a great option to go with, which is why it has taken one of the top spots for the entry level rowing machines. 12 easy to adjust hydraulic resistance levels, a solid build with a high weight limit, a good LCD fitness tracking system, a fairly small footprint, and a lot of comfort make the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5639 Full Motion Rowing Machine a very good entry level choice.

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