Sunny Health & Fitness Rowing Machine ReviewThis Sunny Health and Fitness Rowing Machine review will go into detail about why this is such a great value, compact rowing machine.

If you are new to rowing or an elderly person looking for a great low impact workout, then this is the rower for you!

Users who were just looking to get a little extra workout in during the day or warm-up before a more strenuous workout, said that this was the best piece of exercise equipment they have purchased.

For under $100 the Sunny Health Rower is really a fantastic purchase that can help you burn over 600 calories an hour and whip you into shape!

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Table of Contents
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1. Resistance Type
2. Monitor/Control Panel
3. Build Quality
4. Comfort
5. Storage
6. Capacity
7. Dimensions
8. Assembly
9. Pros and Cons
10. Consumer Reviews
11. Warranty
12. Price

Resistance Type

The Sunny Health and Fitness Rowing Machine is a hydraulic piston rowing machine.

This rower is a single-centered piston rower which is a little different than other hydraulic piston rowers.

Most hydraulic piston rowers have 2 pistons attached to arms that act like oars in a boat.

The single-centered piston, like the Sunny Health Rower, is attached to a center rowing arm that provides a smooth, even rowing motion. It also makes the rowing machine cost less and weigh less.

The single-centered piston allows the machine to avoid the problems of dual-piston rowers such as uneven wearing of pistons and getting each piston to match resistance levels.

Here is an article with an example of a dual-piston rowing machine.

If you want to read more about hydraulic-pistons and other rowing machine resistance types check out my resistance article.

The Sunny Health and Fitness Rower has 12 different levels of resistance that can be adjusted by turning a knob. The resistance can be adjusted while sitting in the machine which is a great benefit.

The hydraulic piston is also very quiet so users can easily watch TV while rowing and not have to worry about neighbors complaining. Users in small apartments or with people living below them love this rower for this reason!

Sunny Health and Fitness Rowing Machine ReviewMost users commented that they were happy with the amount of resistance the rowing machine offered and didn’t complain about it being too easy.

I do however feel that if you are in very good shape or an athlete, that this machine is not going to provide you with a tough enough workout.

This machine is great for beginner rowers, elderly, and people looking for a good cardio workout. Rowers that provide very strenuous workout are at least 5X more expensive.

One complaint about the Sunny Health Rower is that the hydraulic piston does get hot after about 15-20 minutes of use.

The manufacturer does state to workout for about 15 minutes and then let the piston cool down for 5 minutes, but most users have rowed for longer periods of time without any problems.

Other users rowed for 15 minutes then did 5-10 minutes of another workout and then went back to rowing to avoid this problem.

When the piston heats up it also loses its viscosity which causes the resistance to lessen. In other words, as you row and the oil heats up, it become easier to row. However, most users just turned the resistance knob to a higher level and continued their workout.

The only other problem I came across was that on a few rowers (less than 1%) users complained that their piston began to leak oil. When this happened Sunny Health & Fitness replaced the piston immediately with no questions asked. Other users put down a rowing machine mat to protect their floor from leaks.

The Sunny Health Rowing Machine also offers an inclined seat rail which adds another layer of resistance. This means that when you are in the “catch” position with your knees bent, you will have to push your body weight up a slight incline making it a better workout.

Overall, users thought the Sunny Health and Fitness Rowing Machine resistance was great for beginners and offered a quiet, smooth row at an affordable price!

Monitor/Control Panel

The rower comes quipped with a simple to use electronic monitor that tracks:

  • Time
  • Count (accumulation of rowing strokes for current workout)
  • Total Count (accumulation of rowing strokes from all workouts)
  • Calories Burned
  • Scan (scans through all functions displayed)

Sunny Health and Fitness Rowing Machine MonitorThe Sunny Health and Fitness Rowing Machine monitor is a simplistic monitor on an inexpensive machine.

You cannot expect much from a monitor on a rower that costs around $75 and users should see the monitor as a bonus more than anything.

The monitor comes with 2AA batteries so there is nothing required for setup.

The Sunny Health Rower monitor does have a few drawbacks. Some users said that the monitor skipped some rowing strokes or added two strokes when only one was complete.

The calorie counter is also just an estimate and should only be used to compare between workouts. If you want to track calories accurately check out my article on tracking rowing machine calories.

Overall the monitor provides fairly accurate data and enough information to perform a good workout.

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Build Quality

The Sunny Health and Fitness Rowing Machine is built with a sturdy steel frame and users felt that the rower was of high quality for the price. The rower comes with rubber caps on the bottom to protect floors and increase sturdiness.

There were very few users who complained about quality issues but some issues were the hydraulic piston leaking and pins wearing out. Users were able to contact Sunny Health & Fitness and get the parts replaced immediately.

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Sunny Health and Fitness Rowing Machine Foot PedalsThe Sunny Health Rower comes with a comfortable, smooth running padded seat. Users mentioned the seat was comfortable but seemed to wiggly a little if you were not centered on the seat.

The rower also comes with oversized pivoting foot plates with adjustable velcro straps. This allows any user to comfortably place there feet wherever they like and feel secure.

The padded handle allows for a soft grip that doesn’t fatigue your hands or cause blisters.

Overall, users said the Sunny Health & Fitness Rowing Machine was a very smooth, quiet, and comfortable row.

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The Sunny Health Rower is extremely lightweight making it very easy to move around and store. While the rower is not able to fold flat it can be stood up vertically and stored in a closet.

Vertical storage will take up about 6 feet of height and a 2.0′ x 2.0′ square of floorspace.

If you want to store the rowing machine under a bed then it is possible but just requires a little more work. To fold the rower flat all a user has to do is remove the bolt that connects the rowing handle and pump, then remove the rear support knob.

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The manufacturer weight capacity is 220 lbs. but users have claimed to weigh up to 290 lbs. and use the machine fine. I would not recommend using the rower if you weigh a lot over 220 lbs. but anywhere in that ballpark and you should be ok.

Taller rowers may have an issue with the Sunny Health Rowing Machine due to it being a compact rower.

Users as tall as 6’2″ have used the rower but it all depends on your inseam. If you are 6″2″ or taller I would worry that you may not be able to perform a full row or that your knees may hit the handle.

There is no low end height limitation and can also accommodate children.

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Rower Weight: 23 lbs.

Shipping Weight: 24 lbs.

Assembled Dimensions: 53.2″ x 20.0″ x 21.5″ (L x W x H)

Boxed Dimensions: 53.0″ x 7.5″ x 13.5″ (L x W x H)

Seat Height Off Ground: 7.0″

Seat Dimensions: 12.0″ W x 9.0″ L

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Sunny Health and Fitness Rowing Machine AssemblyOwners of the Sunny Health Rower noted that assembly was extremely easy!

Most users, who were not even mechanically inclined, were able to set the rower up in about 10 minutes.

Setup requires 3 bolts and can even be done without looking at the instructions.

The rowing machine comes almost completely assembled (as shown in the photo) which is such a benefit for people who do not want to deal with a million parts and complicated instructions.

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Pros and Cons


  • Great for beginners
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy assembly
  • Smooth, quiet, and sturdy
  • Compact
  • Lightweight


  • May be insufficient resistance for experienced rowers
  • Simple monitor
  • May be small for tall users

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Consumer Reviews

Owners of the Sunny Health & Fitness Rowing Machine love this rower and some have said it is the best piece of exercise equipment they have purchased. It has received very high ratings but keep in mind the very low cost has a lot to do with how the rower is judged.

Consumers noted that the machine is not like more expensive rowers but for the price it is an excellent buy.

Owners also mentioned that Sunny Health & Fitness had great customer service and replaced broken parts immediately. If you are new to rowing or looking to get a little extra workout in during the day then this is a great rowing machine.

Click to see full Sunny Health and Fitness Rowing Machine Reviews here.

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Average Rating: 4.2


Sunny Health and Fitness Rowing Machine Model # SF-RW1205:

  • 1-Year Frame
  • 90-Days Parts

Great customer service.

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Sunny Health and Fitness Rowing Machine Price

The price of this rowing machine varies depending on where you buy it but Amazon tends to have the lowest price.

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I hope you enjoyed my Sunny Health and Fitness Rowing Machine Review! If I missed anything or if you have any questions please leave me a message in the comments section below. Thanks!

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