The Horizon Evolve SG Compact Treadmill is an award winning, budget treadmill which has many impressive and extensive features for its $750 dollar price tag. The machine boasts 30 different preset programs, 3 zone variable cushioning, incline and speed adjustments, a compact folding frame, 6 feedback options, a heart rate sensor, an inbuilt fan and an MP3 compatible music system.
You get a lot of great features for the low price, but are they all good quality and most importantly, are they all usable? Are all 30 preset programs well thought out? Can the machine be used to its full capacity?
Dimensions & Technical Specifications
- 33.5 (width) x 70 (length) x 55 (height) inches (85 x 178 x 140 cm) assembled
- 33.5 (width) x 45.5 (length) x 61 (height) inches (85 x 116 x 154 cm) folded
- 300 pounds (136 kg) maximum user capacity
- 165 pounds (75 kg) assembled weight
- 192 pounds (87 kg) shipping weight
- Folding Frame for easy compact storage
- 3-Zone Variable Cushioning for comfortable tread
- 0.5 – 10 MPH speed
- 0 – 10% incline
- 11.5 cm / 4.5″ Backlit LCD Display screen
- Feedback – Speed, Incline, Distance, Calories, Time, Heart Rate
- 30 Programs – Manual, Steps (1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, 7000, 8000, 9000, 10,000), Calories (100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600), Distance (1mi, 2mi, 5k, 5mi, 10k, 8mi, 15k, 10mi, 20k, Half Marathon), and Intervals (Speed, Peak, and Endurance)
- Contact Grip pulse sensors for heart rate monitoring
- MP3-Compatible Speakers, Audio-In Jacks
- Extras-COOLfit™ Personal Fan, Water Bottle Holder, Reading Rack
“It does not appear to me that it is large enough or sturdy enough for running. It is definitely great for home use where space is limited.” – Click here to read the full review on Amazon
The Horizon Evolve SG Compact Treadmill is considerably more sturdy than you might imagine for such a compact, lightweight machine. The compact nature of the product does however have a few drawbacks; the short deck is probably too short for those approaching 6 foot and over, and is possibly a little too short for running altogether. The machine also moves a lot if you use it for jogging or running which doesn’t feel safe.
The actual tread cushioning is noticeable and does feel comfortable, but is a little wasted if you’re just using the machine for walking (which seems to be its main use). The handlebars could also be a little longer to create a more supportive feel for users with limited balance, especially as the deck is so short.
The main performance feature of the treadmill is based around the 30 different programming options which are; Manual, Steps (1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, 7000, 8000, 9000, 10,000), Calories (100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600), Distance (1mi, 2mi, 5k, 5mi, 10k, 8mi, 15k, 10mi, 20k, Half Marathon), and Intervals (Speed, Peak, and Endurance).
“It does not incline, but offers a variety of options to keep track of the speed, distance, heart rate, calories burned etc. of your exercise program.” – Click here to read the full review on Amazon
Unfortunately, a lot of these programs are simply unsuitable for the machine itself because it is so short and un-sturdy. A lot of users would more than likely feel uncomfortable using this machine at full speed and incline which renders the majority of these programs unusable unless you use them for walking only.
The feedback options are adequate and allow you to track; Speed, Incline, Distance, Calories, Time and Heart Rate. The pulse sensor on the machine is inaccurate which is common with these types of sensors, although it does provide a decent rough estimate. Unfortunately the machine is not telemetry enabled which means you can’t use a more accurate chest strap with it.
Overall it seems that the performance of the machine is somewhat stunted by its innovative, compact design.
Ease Of Use & Convenience
The manufacturer claims you can have the treadmill up and running in 15 minutes. Unfortunately this is not the case for most people and will almost certainly take a little longer. The main issue in the instructions is the confusing treadbelt lubrication section, which is unclear.
“I took less than five minutes to turn it on, no need to do anything other than taking it out of the box, open it and plug it in the outlet.” – Click here to read the full review on Amazon
According to the replies from Horizon, you should not lubricate the belt until 150 miles has been done on the machine or 6 months has passed, whichever comes first, and there is a small bottle of lubricant included to facilitate this. Unfortunately the instructions do not make this fact clear.
The convenience of the machine is both its winning factor and its downfall. The compact nature has created undesirable restrictions with the machines capacity and performance abilities, but it does mean that those with space restrictions are able to use a treadmill that will easily foldaway and use a small amount of space.
The treadmill has MP3 compatible speakers and an audio jack. The speakers are of a good quality considering the price of this machine too.
The exercise entertainment features of this machine are restricted because of the size issues stated above.
- Frame and Motor- 1 year
- Parts- 1 year
- Labour- 1 year
The Final Verdict
“I absolutely love this machine and would recommend it to anyone.” – Click here to read the full review on Amazon
Unfortunately, the Horizon Evolve SG Compact Treadmill falls short (quite literally) at the first hurdle. It has all the capability of being a great machine with its incredible range of programs and adequate adjustability options, but really is a little too compact to enable you to safely enjoy all of its features.
We’d recommend that you purchase this machine if you have very restricted space, budget and don’t mind using it for walking, otherwise invest a few more dollars in a more spacious machine and less compact machine. You might also want to purchase the Horizon Evolve SG Compact Treadmill if you’re an exercise newcomer and this is your first machine. The added entertainment system is a nice touch for a machine of this price.
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