Sunny Health & Fitness Treadmill is it a good choice for running

by Jack on May 26, 2016

The Sunny Health & Fitness Treadmill is an inexpensive home treadmill that has received good ratings from current owners. We have rated this model in an overall review. One question we have been asked many times is whether or not we would recommend the Sunny Health & Fitness Treadmill running?

Sunny Health & Fitness for runnersOur answer to this question is NO, we would not recommend this model for the average size person to run on. There are two main reason why.

Reasons why it’s not for runners

This is not to say this model would not make a decent affordable option for a person who may only want to exercise by walking or some light jogging. However, for running there are two main features, or lack thereof, which stick out.

The first, the size or horsepower of the motor. We a person asks us to recommend a good but cheap treadmill for running the lowest amount of horsepower we will consider is a model with a 2.5 horsepower motor.

Sunny Health & Fitness has a 2.2 horsepower motor so it is well below this limit.

The second, the second important characteristic to look at are the dimensions of the tread belt (exercise platform) obviously compared to walking a person’s stride length increases when they begin to run. So this means the length of the tread belt is a very important consideration in order to run comfortably.

As we have already described wit motor and horsepower, there is also a minimum tread belt length a model must meet in order for us to recommend for running. This length is 55-inches.

Sunny Health & Fitness falls well below this limit with a tread belt only 48.5-inches in length.

Good budget choices for runners

If you are a person on a budget who wants to buy a decent home treadmill for running what is the least amount of money you should expect to spend?

In 2016, three of the cheapest models for this purpose are:

  • Nordictrack T 6.5 S Treadmill
  • ProForm 505 CST Treadmill
  • ProForm-Performance-400i-Treadmill

While we are not saying the three choices listed above anywhere near the best quality available but they do meet the minimum requirements 2.5 horsepower motor and 55-inch long tread belt.

How much do these cost? We wrote this review in 2016, prices can and do change but as we published this article the three models lists above were in the around $500- 600 range.

Should you buy the Sunny Health & Fitness Treadmill

The information above was in no way written to talk bad about this model. It was simply to answer whether or not this model would be a good choice for a person looking to buy a home treadmill model for running. In our opinion, the answer is NO for the reasons we explained above.

With that said this Sunny Treadmill does receive very good reviews and ratings from current owners. Also, in our opinion, considering it’s low cost it does hold value for people who want to exercise by walking and maybe also by jogging.

If your goal is to find a decent home treadmill for walking you may find this list of reviews helpful.

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