Sunny Health & Fitness T7643 Heavy Duty Walking Treadmill
Sunny Health & Fitness T7643 Heavy Duty Walking Treadmill is designed for melting fat big time. It comes with a great maximum user weight of 350 pounds (~159 kg), wide walking deck and although it is labeled as 'Walking Treadmill', with a maximum speed of 6 mph (slightly less than 10 km/h), it is fast enough even for light jogging.
It doesn't feature some 'fancy' details like Google maps, user profiles, or anything similar, but it easy to use, has simple controls, few important safety features, etc. Everything one needs to burn fat and increase stamina in the privacy of home.
Published: July 14, 2018.
Sunny Health & Fitness T7643 Features and Specifications
When the unit arrives, it must be assembled - it can be done rather quickly since the bottom frame with the walking/running deck and belt, and electric motor comes fully assembled.
Just to be sure, prior to assembly and the first use, be sure to thoroughly read the manual/instructions.
When assembled, unit physical dimensions are (L x W x H) 60.6 x 32.3 x 52.4 inches (~154 x 82 x 133 cm) and it weighs 143 pounds (64.8 kg) which is rather light for 350 pounds maximum user weight.
In order to save on storage space, the unit can be folded - the walking deck can be lifted upwards. Unit comes with the soft drop hydraulic mechanism which assures safe, almost hands-free folding and unfolding.
Also, the unit comes with transport wheels to help with moving the unit around. Nonetheless, it is recommended to place the unit on a permanent location and use it whenever one has time.
Sunny Health & Fitness T7643 treadmill comes with 43.3 inches long and 19.5 inches wide (~110 x 49.5 cm) walking/running deck.
Note: here we use 'walking' and 'running' often interchangeably since Sunny Health & Fitness T7643 treadmill speed ranged between 0.5 and 6.0 mph (0.8 - 9.7 km/h) and can be used not only for walking but also for light jogging.
Running treadmills have a larger running deck, but the 43.3 x 19.5 inches deck is more than large enough for comfortable walking.
Also, to protect joints, especially the ankles, knees, and hips, the unit comes with shock absorbers built into the walking deck - very important since large and heavy people already have joints under large load and stress.
Unit comes with a 2.5 Peak HP motor, which is more than strong enough for a walking treadmill. For example, a good running treadmill with 350 lbs maximum user weight must have at least 3.5 CHP motor in order to provide smooth and reliable operation.
Sunny Health & Fitness T7643 Controls and Display
Sunny Health & Fitness T7643 comes with simple, yet very effective controls.
When the unit starts, if the magnetic safety key is at its position, the unit will start a 3-second countdown and start with default 0.5 mph speed.
To adjust the speed, the user can use Quick Speed buttons and set 1 mph, 3 mph, or 5 mph speed, or +/- buttons can be used to adjust the speed in 0.1 mph intervals.
When pressed once, the Stop button pauses the running belt and current workout data, while pressing the Stop button again terminates the workout session.
Unit uses backlit LCD monitor to display current workout data. Although at first LCD monitor looks small, it shows all data simultaneously and is easy to read:
- Speed: displays current speed or setting mode (more on that later),
- Time: depending on the selected mode, it displays exercise time from 00:00 to 99:59. When the workout reaches 99:59, the belt stops smoothly, 'End' is displayed and the unit goes into standby after 5 seconds. If countdown mode is chosen, time counts toward 00:00 and when it is reached, the belt again stops smoothly and 'End' is displayed.
- Distance: displays the distance traveled during exercise and ranges from 0.0 to 99.9 miles. When in countdown mode, it counts from set distance to 0.00. Again, when the unit reaches the desired goal (distance!), the belt stops smoothly, 'End' is displayed and after 5 seconds, the unit goes to standby mode.
- Calories: displays the calories burned during walking (from 0 to 999 kcal). Also, when in countdown mode, it starts from set value down to zero, and when it reaches 0, the unit stops slowly, displays 'End' and after 5 seconds the treadmill goes to standby mode.
A calorie counter is not the most accurate one since it doesn't take into account the age of the user, weight, heart rate, and other important details for counting calories. However, calorie counter is good for comparing current exercise with previous ones.
The console doesn't feature cooling fans, a multimedia center, or anything similar. But, it has two water bottle holders and a wide tablet/smartphone (not included, of course) holder - one can stay well hydrated during long power walks and can listen to favorite music or watch content on the tablet, smartphone, or even TV into the room since the unit is relatively quiet.
Sunny Health & Fitness T7643 comes with a 3-Year structural frame warranty and 90 days warranty on other parts and components. IMHO - Frame warranty is good, but this 90 days 'other parts and components' warranty could be better.
Long Story Short: Sunny Health & Fitness T7643 lacks few features that are almost commonly found at treadmills in this price range, like heart rate monitor, preset programs, automatic or at least manual incline, cooling fans, online connectivity, multiple users, sound system and similar.
However, it is a very sturdy machine, designed for walking and melting fat and increasing stamina and general strength in really large people (up to 350 pounds), without busting one's budget. Maximum speed is fast enough for light jogging, running deck is foldable, controls are easy to use, power consumption is relatively low, etc.
If you need a simple to use treadmill for walking and light jogging, consider Sunny Health & Fitness T7643.
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