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Cannot be used just anywhere
Reviewed in the United States on May 26, 2020
I spend a fair amount of time at my desktop computer. I saw a commercial for a seated elliptical exercising machine and thought it looked like a good idea. It turned out the price was quite high ($250), so I looked for similar products that cost less. I came across this Sunny Health & Fitness Under Desk Elliptical and thought I would give it a try based on ratings and cost. I see the price varies, as it was $114 the day I bought it.
This elliptical does what it is supposed to do, as it lets you pedal your feet as you sit. The tension can be adjusted anywhere between easy to difficult to pedal. Sounds good, right? However, the problem I found is that this elliptical cannot be used just anywhere; it takes more space than you would think. My computer desk has 2 obstacles that prevent easy use of this machine. First, it has a pull-out keyboard tray attached to the underside of the desk. My knees hit it when using this elliptical. Also, there is a shelf on the inner lower back portion of the desk, so the elliptical can only be pushed in so far or its pedals hit the shelf. At the dining room table, my knees hit the table edge when pedaling. I found the elliptical works best when seated on a chair without a desk or table while watching television, reading or such. However, your legs need to be able to reach the elliptical while your back is firmly pressed against the chair. That can be a problem if your legs are too short.
Something else worth mentioning is that this unit is fairly heavy, weighing about 24 pounds. It is not easy to move from place to place, including moving it aside when done using it if need be.
Bottom line, this elliptical will work for those seated in a proper sized chair with ample space around the elliptical, especially above. Had I realized how challenging it would be to use this elliptical at my desk, I would not have ordered it. I am making it work (although a bit awkwardly) by using a folding chair instead of my usual desk chair.