Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5856 Magnetic Rowing Machine Rower [2021 Edition]

The Sunny Health & Fitness Flywheel Rowing Machine can help you get a better cardio workout at home. While gliding on the 44.5-inch slide rail with 42.5-inch inseam, use the belt-drive system to produce smooth and forceful strokes.

To develop muscles in your shoulders and core, pull against the robust 5.5 pound flywheel. To change the intensity of your training on the indoor rower, adjust the 16 levels of magnetic resistance.

Cycle through the digital monitor to track time, calories burnt, and stroke count by looking at the easy-to-read digital meter. During each training session, use the mode button on the digital meter to tailor individual workout goals.

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5856 Magnetic Rowing Machine Rower REVIEW

Its magnetic resistance motorized by servomotor brings you comfort and flexibility of use during your workouts.

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5856 Magnetic Rowing Machine

Sunny’s quest for world dominance in the rowing world continues apace with the release of yet another affordable model. We’re not sure how many Sunny rowers they have today, but this is the 16th one we’ve evaluated on this site.

The Sunny SF-RW5856 won’t win any awards for its appearance, but its beauty may lie within! When you see that flywheel jutting out of the end, you can’t help but think of a scene from Saw :0) Below is further information on this feature. Anyway, enough with the looks, let’s get to the rowing machine.

Unpacking and assembling anything from flat-pack furniture to home fitness equipment might be intimidating for some people, but this one shouldn’t be. If you have basic DIY skills, you can complete this project in around 30 minutes. However, keep in mind that the tools provided aren’t the best, so you’ll be better off bringing your own.

After that, you’ll notice that the rowing position isn’t that horrible. The seat is well-padded and contoured to fit most people’s backsides:0) And it’s more than capable of keeping you at ease for a 20-minute workout. The seat is rather low, which can be difficult if your knees or lower back aren’t as strong as they once were. The handle is padded, has a suitable diameter, and fits comfortably in the palms of the hands.

The footrests are wide, and the straps are sturdy, allowing even the largest feet to be held securely in place during a workout. The rower is well-made and has levelers to compensate for uneven floors. When you’re finished, tilt it up and roll it away using the front transport wheels. The beam can also be folded up to save space (see photo below).
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Then there’s the crucial resistance mechanism. First and foremost, let’s discuss the exposed flywheel. While some people prefer the mechanical look, it can be harmful if you have toddlers around because it rotates quickly and can injure their hands. It would be preferable if the housing could be made a little larger to accommodate it. It may not be the most significant factor, but it is something to think about before making a purchase.

The benefit of the flywheel is that it increases resistance as you pull harder. This simulates the sensation of rowing on water and can help to improve cardio-vascular health. The knob beneath the screen is used to select the magnetic resistance levels (there are eight). If you’re a strong rower, however, you could discover that the highest level isn’t as challenging as you’d want. Because of the magnetic resistance and the flywheel, this rowing machine is really quiet – something to keep in mind depending on where you’ll be using it.

Display Unit/Monitor

When working out, the LCD screen is modest but clear and easy to see. It shows the standard information like time, calories (estimated), stroke rate, and distance. However, the distance is displayed in miles rather than the more common rowing unit of meters. This isn’t an issue for most people, but most workout programs are in meters, and if you want to know your split timings over 500, 1000, or 2000 meters, you’ll have to convert it yourself.

A holder for a smartphone or tablet is located beneath the screen. To be honest, I never see the point unless you have a good tablet workout program. ​

Overall, it’s a good rowing machine for the money. It’s silent, has a strong steel frame, and can withstand heavy use. However, with so many other rowers in this price range, it doesn’t have much to distinguish itself. For more ideas, see our ‘Also worth a look’ section below.



Magnetic Motorized



Type of movement

Central draw

Max user weight

130 kg



Folded dimension (LxWxH cm)

118.5 x 56.5 x 192.5 cm


223 cm




102 cm


45 kg

Carton dimensions

1.425 x 0.245 x 0.76 (L x W x H)


DESCRIPTION OF Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5856 Magnetic Rowing Machine Rower

Resistance on 16 levels. The forced air cooling which keeps the magnets as close as possible to the ambient temperature, eliminates any loss of power. The double resistance provides FLEXIBILITY and COMFORT of use. A system that avoids any friction, limits wear, and makes the device EXTREMELY QUIET and FLUID.


A simple and patented folding system allowing the rower to be folded easily and quickly to save space.


Tilting backlit LCD console for better visibility of information.

The console permanently displays 10 functions :
– The DISTANCE traveled,
– TheCALORIES consumed,
– The training TIME ,
– The total number of ROWING STROKES ,
– The RESISTANCE level display (1 to 16),
– The RPM : rowing strokes per minute,
– The AVERAGE DURATION over 500 meters,
– WATTS display : Power developed at each stroke of the oar,
– HEART RATE in BPM (Beats Per Minute if the chest belt is used).


• 12 pre-defined programs allowing you to work the split.
• 4 HRC programs (55%, 75%, 90% and target value),
• 1 competition mode program (RACE),
• 1 user program,

• 1 RECOVERY test , this is a calm RECOVERY program which automatically assesses your fitness level with a fitness score from 1 to 6:
F1 = Excellent,
F2 = Good,
F3 = Average,
F4 = Lower average,
F5 = Poor,
F6 = Poor .


Possibility of obtaining his heartbeat thanks to the optional T31C chest belt.


• Transport wheels for easier movement and storage at the end of the session.
• Fluid, secure and patented folding system with pedal to unlock the security system,
• Transport handle for easy movement,
• Comfortable seat for a pleasant sitting,
• Rigid structure with aluminum rail of 128 x 11 cm,
• Adjustable support straps on the footrests,
• Footrests adjustable on 6 levels,
• Two level compensators at the rear which allow stabilization on uneven floors.

Min and max user height : 1.50m to 1.95m.

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