Summary: This walking treadmill is incredibly popular – the Sunny Fitness Manual Treadmill has sold more units than the ‘big brand’ electric counterparts. It fills a gap – there are millions of people who want to start getting fitter, without splashing out big money on gym-style treadmills. This one works using foot-power. It has a display, which tracks your progress. It has a top speed of 8km / hour, so you can use it for walking or break into a jog / light run.
That feedback is hugely positive. Check it out – along with the picture gallery and explanatory video – over on this dedicated amazon.co.uk product page now!
You can call this unit ‘compact’ or simply say ‘small’. It is 124.5cm long, by 127cm tall and 58.4cm wide. The running surface is 42 inches by 12 inches. Setting aside the fact that Sunny Fitness switch between inches and centimetres a lot, this treadmill is small enough that you won’t need a dedicated gym room.
You will see from the pictures that the running surface is on a slope. This is a key element in the design of manual treadmills. The mechanism works using inertia, you start the belt turning by pushing down for those initial steps. As the belt starts moving it gets easier – you then choose whether to walk at your current speed or to get the belt moving quicker by pushing down. There is no run-away speed going on here. If you stop treading down, the belt will slowly lose momentum.
Sunny Fitness has capped the speed at 8km / hour. This is more than enough for a light jog, though if you want to run, you will need an electric model that gets to 10km / hour or more. Check out the options on my main treadmill reviews page.
This manual treadmill comes with a basic console that tracks your progress. It is battery powered. This scrolls between different information. It shows; time, speed, the number of calories burned, and steps taken. It does not remember your progress between sessions, though it comes in useful for setting daily targets / goals.
A lot of feedback for this model – plenty enough to get a clear picture of the pros and cons. The size gets plenty of mentions. Many of them are positive, saying it does not take up too much room. Feedback on moving it around is mixed. Some people thought it was too heavy and left their machine in place, others had no problems.
Older people (and their families) provided a lot of the comments. People found this easy to use, and a great way of providing gentle exercise at home.
Negatives were scarce for this treadmill. Aside a few broken parts, only the odd person that expected something bigger for the price left negative feedback.
Sunny Health and Fitness have an excellent reputation for customer support – replacements will be sent if you have any bigger issues.
Check the latest feedback before you buy any fitness equipment – including manual walking treadmills – as you never know when this will change.
Manual walking treadmills are perfect for users that want to keep active – though are not keen runners or fitness fanatics. The lack of mains electricity keeps the price down. It also makes this treadmill safe and simple. The downside is that it only reaches 8km/ hour. That is a light jog, plenty enough for gentle exercise, though not enough if you are training for the London Marathon.
There is an LCD console to keep track of your sessions. This is a basic unit – it tracks speed, distance, and steps, along with the calories burned.
Feedback for this treadmill has been overwhelmingly positive. Many older users and those starting their fitness journey were super-happy with what they got for the money.
See the full picture gallery, along with the latest feedback from current owners, over on this dedicated amazon.co.uk product page now!
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