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Sunny Health & Fitness Twist Stepper

*Est. $65
Reviewed
November 2012
by ConsumerSearch
Sunny Health & Fitness Twist Stepper

Pros
  • Easy to store
  • Operates quietly
  • Stable; doesn't move around during use
Cons
  • Monitor is difficult to read
  • Resistance bands may be too long for some
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Bottom line

The Sunny Health & Fitness Twist Stepper is a low cost, space-saving stepper that supplements any home exercise routine. However, some say the Twist Stepper may not provide an intense enough workout to yield impressive results.

Performance

Not for hard-core exercisers: The Sunny Health & Fitness Twist Stepper is small and convenient -- perfect for casual use in front of a television. It uses a unique twisting motion and elastic exercise bands to engage your body. The exercise motion is ssimilar to roller blading where the exerciser's outside foot pushes down and out in order to elevate the inside foot; the user, therefore, "twists" at the waist with each step. The manufacturer recommends limiting use to 15-minute increments to avoid overheating the pistons. Although it has adjustable resistance, this limit on workout time means exercise may not be as effective as on some higher-end models and, therefore, not ideal for serious fitness enthusiasts. One user on Amazon.com complained, "The biggest negative for this machine is that the 'stride' is very small." Most consider this machine to be sturdy and well built for its size, 19 inches long by 17 inches wide. It is quiet and does not move around during use.

Ease of use

A simple, not-so-flashy stepper: The Twist Stepper arrives mostly assembled, so setup is a breeze. The LCD monitor can be tough to read while using the machine. One customer on ZooStores.com commented, "The monitor is hard to see and I have to bend down to read [it]." The exercise bands are useful for a full body workout, as long as they are not too long for your height. This is easily fixed by knotting them to make them shorter or by substituting with free-weights. The adjustable pedal resistance makes it usable for people at varying levels of fitness.

Durability

A small and sturdy machine, but it has its limits: For as cheap as the Twist Stepper is, it is also well built. However, even with a 250-pound weight limit, if you are on the heavy side, it may not last as long as you might hope. One reviewer on Amazon.com had experienced some broken parts after eight months of use. However, this user did admit, "If you aren't especially heavy (I weighed about 185) and you use this machine moderately, it could last for years." It is recommended that the machine only be used in 15-minute increments. Any longer and the pistons will overheat.

Customer service

Short warranty speaks for itself: The Sunny Health & Fitness Twist Stepper comes with a 90-day limited warranty. There is little information available regarding individual's experiences with customer service. Because the company does not sell replacement parts, there seems to be no way of fixing anything that breaks after the warranty expires. One dissatisfied owner states, "... the unavailability of parts that are sure to break makes this an exploitation machine not worthy of more than 1 star."

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Sunny Health & Fitness Twister Stepper

 (395 reviews)
Buy new: $99.99 $54.61   19 Used & new from $47.03

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Our Sources

1. Amazon.com

Review Credibility: Very Good Amazon.com provides over 120 customer reviews on the Twister Stepper. They range between 1 and 5 stars, with an average of 4.3 stars. Some of the user feedback is insightful providing much detail and background information, but mostly comments are brief and not comparative.

Review: Sunny Health & Fitness Twister Stepper, Contributors to Amazon.com, Dec. 2, 2012

2. Buzzillions.com

Review Credibility: Very Good Buzzillions.com provides many consumer reviews collected from other review and retail sites, including Amazon.com and ZooStores.com. The site also includes product specifications and price comparisons. The Twist Stepper receives 75 user reviews, mostly positive with few complaints. This isn't the most reliable source of reviews with the incorporation of other questionable sites, but it does prove useful for gathering general impressions of products.

Review: Sunny Health Fitness Twist Stepper Workout Machine, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of December 2012

3. Buzzillions.com

Review Credibility: Very Good Buzzillions.com provides many consumer reviews collected from other review and retail sites, including Amazon.com and ZooStores.com. The site also includes product specifications and price comparisons. The Twist Stepper receives 75 user reviews, mostly positive with few complaints. This isn't the most reliable source of reviews with the incorporation of other questionable sites, but it does prove useful for gathering general impressions of products.

Review: Sunny Health Fitness Twist Stepper Workout Machine, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of December 2012

4. ZooStores.com

Review Credibility: Fair ZooStores.com contains a handful of reviews, of which only about half are useful. This retail website gives a brief product description and pros and cons, and allows customer reviews, of which there are only six. There are no cons listed for this model. This fact combined with the limited amount of feedback lowers the credibility. However, a few of the customer reviews include some helpful details.

Review: Sunny Health and Fitness Twist Stepper, Contributors to ZooStores.com, As of December 2012

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