Sunny Health & Fitness SF t4400 Treadmill Review – For Dad

by Jack on October 26, 2017

Notes on choosing a budget starter treadmill:

Over the next couple months, starting September 2017, hopefully, ending by November 2017, we will review and compare different “budget” treadmill choices to find the best fit for our father.

Dad just had his 70th birthday and is moving back to Michigan from Florida. The weather in Florida allowed him to exercise year-round outside by walking in mornings and/or afternoons. But Michigan weather is not as friendly, especially during the winter months.

The Sunny Health & Fitness SF t4400 treadmill is the first model we review.

How not to buy a treadmill

Dad gave specific requirements: He wants to spend around $300 and wants a model with both incline and exercise programs.

Of course you should know how much you are willing to spend.

But choosing a treadmill based on whether or not it includes certain accessories, incline and exercise programs, is not the best approach.

No matter if you are spending a few hundred dollars or a few thousand, we recommend narrowing down your choices by first looking at core specifications:

  • Motor
  • Frame
  • Tread Belt
  • Cushion System
  • Warranty

Listed above are the most important qualities you need to look at before buying any model based on what extra accessories it may or may not provide.

After researching which models perform well in the 5 areas list above then you can start narrowing down your choices on which of these models include the accessories you desire.

How to buy a treadmill

You need to be looking at the amount of horsepower and style of motor, what the frame is made from, the dimensions of the tread belt, how other users rate the cushion system and how many years the warranty provides on the motor, frame and parts.

What can we say about the Sunny Health & Fitness SF t4400 treadmill in these 5 important areas?

Motor – Provides a 2.20 horsepower (hp) motor with a top speed of 9 miles per hour (MPH). Controls on the center console allow the speed to be adjusted in 0.5 MPH increments. The SF t4400 is not a high performance machine for runners, the motor is built for walking and jogging.

Frame – A metal frame rated for a 220 pound user weight capacity. This is definitely a model built for lighter weight users.

Tread Belt – The dimensions of the belt, 48.82 x 15.75 in inches (Length x Width). The 48.82 length is good for a walker’s and even a jogger’s stride length.

Cushion System – It does have a built in cushion system but its nothing to write home about and the same can be said for every treadmill in this price range.

Warranty – Provides 3 years on the frame and 90 days on parts. Although the warranty is not a functional part of the machine it still is very important. You should take the time to compare warranties of treadmills you are interested in purchasing.

Better or longer (in years) warranties usually mean higher quality.

What we like about the SF t4400 treadmill

Overall, in core areas (motor, frame, cushion, tread belt, warranty) this model compares well to other models in the price range.

But what we really like is it does a good job at satisfying what our dad wants, incline and exercise programs.

This would be a good match for a person looking for a starter budget treadmill that offers both exercise programs and incline settings.

This model provides 9 different exercise programs or it can be used in the manual mode where the user can manually control the exercise routine.

It also provides incline, there are three different incline settings. It also can calculate BMI (Body Mass Index) and folds up if you need to save space.

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