Portability is the main benefit of the Sunny Health & Fitness Mini Stepper with Resistant Band -- so if you're looking for a model to take to the office or on the road, it makes a handy choice. Don't expect it to replace your gym membership; several users say it's not that vigorous. Still, it's inexpensive, and the resistance bands will work your arms.
Won't duplicate your gym workout. Reviews are mixed regarding the conditioning benefits of the Sunny Health & Fitness Mini Stepper with Resistant Band. Several owners say they get a good cardio and lower-body workout, and some add that the band is good for the arms. Still, many say it's best used to supplement a more vigorous workout because the stepping action isn't steep enough. On the plus side, the model offers adjustable resistance and a display that tracks calories, steps, speed and time. Even though it's small, it can handle a maximum weight of 250 pounds. A handful of reviewers find it slightly noisy to use.
Design and portability are key benefits. Reviewers like that the Sunny Health & Fitness Mini Stepper with Resistant Band requires almost no assembly; you simply attach the bands, which users say is simple, and then you're ready to go. And with its small dimensions -- roughly 17 inches long, 13 inches wide and 8 inches high -- and a weight of just over 14 pounds, many say it can be conveniently taken to the office or even brought along on a trip. We read almost no complaints about ease of use, although one self-described "older citizen" says that because there's no handlebar, it can be hard to maintain balance.
Solid and sturdy. Reviewers widely regard the Sunny Health & Fitness Mini Stepper with Resistant Band as a sturdy, well-built device. In addition, some praise the metal clips that attach the bands, noting that in the past, these were made of plastic and tended to break. A fair number of reviewers comment that the product makes noise, but this does not appear to be indicative of a malfunction. We read very few complaints about breakdowns and virtually no reports of customer-service problems. There were just a couple of complaints about screws loosening over time or other mechanical problems. It comes with a 90-day warranty.
More than 120 users review the Sunny Health & Fitness Mini Stepper with Resistant Band on Amazon.com, earning it an average 4.1 stars out of 5. Most applaud its compact design, ease of use and portability. Some say the parts don't hold up, while one finds it hard to maintain balance.
Review: Stair Steppers, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014
More than 55 reviewers post about the Sunny Health & Fitness Mini Stepper with Resistant Band on Walmart.com, giving it an average rating of 4.3 stars out of 5. Most like the compact size and low price, but some find the workout not strenuous enough, and a few say the product is noisy.
Review: Sunny Health and Fitness Mini Stepper with Resistance Band, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of April 2014