Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5515 Review

At the price tag with which Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5515 Magnetic Rowing Machine is offered; it appears to be offering good value for money with a standard fully functional workout machine for rowers. This machine has varied range of resistance levels and a variety of design features that makes it a suitable choice for a range of different users with different needs. Excellent design, solid construction and a basic display makes it an amazing choice for anyone looking for an absolute cardiovascular workout.

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Ease of Assembly:

This machine is really easy to assemble with its simple assembly instructions given with the machine. You can easily follow instruction manual and it gives you 4 basic steps of assembly. Each of the step is labeled with parts needed and those parts are properly bagged. User just needs to use appropriate bag and follow instructions for assembly. It comes with all the tools and parts that may be needed for assembly and in few minutes; you will be good to begin rowing. Its magnetic flywheel is fully assembled along with its strap and handle also in appropriate place. You just need to do the basic seat and rail assembly and can start using machine.

Construction Quality& Design:

This SF-RW5515 Magnetic Rowing Machine has a sturdy stainless steel mainframe construction that gives user an absolutely stable machine for workout. The handle is appointed with a non-slip nylon strap that keeps your hands stable in place and gives you a chance to row smoothly without worrying about your hands fraying. Its design is also large enough to accommodate tall and heavy users. Even a tall person can enjoy completely extended movement of rowing with its larger footprint.

Ease of Use:

This rowing machine is really quiet so if you have a baby sleeping in other room or you would like to work out while enjoying your favorite music, this can be a good choice for you. Moreover this machine works really smooth even with strong level of resistance. The rail of the seat is quite long thus making the machine easier to use for tall people as well. Although comfortable use would only be ensured if you follow height and weight limit with this rowing machine. Apart from that the machine includes transportation wheels built-in on rower front with which you can easily move this machine around.

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With the use of its easily adjustable intensity knob, user can exercise at eight different resistance levels with ease. Its controls are easy to operate and central knob can set a perfect level of intensity according to users need. So if you are an expert athlete, level 7 and 8 can prove to be really challenging for you while first two levels are good for beginners to start rowing. As the knob moves to a higher level, the flywheel magnet goes closer to its drum and thus results in an increased resistance. Thus increasing resistance gives user a chance to grow and enhance their fitness regime. Although the only trouble is that when you need to change the resistance level, you would need to stop rowing which is not required when you have auto preset controls.


The Sunny SF-RW5515 features a fully padded seat along with non-slip comfortable grip handlebars that makes rowing more comfortable experience for rowers. It features large adjustable foot straps with which you can make your feet stay secure in its place.

LCD Display:

Although the price is quite reasonable but this rower still has a basic large LCD monitor included. This display gives you details of calories burnt, rowing time, count, total count and scan. Some users find these details insufficient and complaint that it lacks recording of distance covered and other advanced data that many high-end rowers record such as Stamina Avari Programmable Magnetic Exercise Rower and others. But for a basic monitor, details are quite sufficient. Moreover the display is not backlit so if you are rowing in a low light condition, you will find it difficult to see and read data displayed over it. The display is battery operated so no electrical outlet is needed in order to keep it functioning. The data displayed over this screen is only comparable on the basis of an average user and should not be considered accurate for the person using the rower.

Ease of Storage:

The rowing machine has a design which is foldable and so when the machine is not in use, you can easily store it any corner of your room or in a closet. When in use, the footprint of this machine is large but when folded it reduces its footprint to a large extend that making storage easier. For storage, you just need to unscrew a bolt and take the pin out. Now fold the machine, reinsert its pieces and it is ready to be stored.

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  • This machine offers varied level of strong resistances to suit rowers of varied fitness levels.
  • It comes with an affordable price tag and with all the basic features.
  • It has comfortable padded seat, non-slip handlebars and large foot strap to make rowing comfortable for users.
  • It has a large user weight and height capacity.
  • This machine doesn’t make noise and can be termed as quiet machine.
  • User can fold this machine for simple storage.


  • Although it has a basic LCD display monitor but it lacks advanced features.
  • No programmable functions or preset programs.
  • When in use, the machine is large and would take up space.
  • Warranty is only for 1 year which is short in comparison to other machines.


Thus to conclude, Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5515 is a complete body workout machine that focuses on all the major groups of muscles around your body. It gives you a great low impact aerobic and cardiovascular workout for anyone within the weight of 250 pounds. This machine has an interestingly comfortable and sturdy design that makes working out most convenient and easier within a home setting. Sunny Health and Fitness meets their commitment of giving high quality products with this fitness equipment.

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