Horizon Evolve SG Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
From the standard Evolve model, the biggest update seems to be a cosmetic application. If you need a small treadmill and aren't planning on doing serious training on it, the Evolve unit makes a lot of sense.
An impressive machine that is so small when folded (10" of vertical height) that you can literally put it under a bed. If you are someone who wants serious training, look elsewhere, but for $600 and if you need an ultra-compact machine, this one makes inordinate sense.
The Horizon Evolve SG Treadmill sells for $599. It's not a bad idea if you don't weigh too much and don't plan on using it for anything other than light walking. It also folds up small enough to fit under a bed, so it's great for those that need to get it out of the way when not in use.
The walking area of this model is very small. The belt measures in at 17" x 45", which is significantly smaller than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt that comes on most of today's treadmills. This may be too small for larger people to use comfortably. Luckily, this model will only be used for walking, which requires a smaller stride than running does.
Inside this machine you'll find a pathetic motor. Even at such a low price, it doesn't impress. There are very few models that have such little power producing capabilities. The maximum speed this treadmill can reach is 6 mph, which is very low. Still, you're probably not going to be able to use this machine at its full speed and expect the structure and drive system to hold up for long.
The cushioning system is about what you would expect at this price. You can easily find more comfortable and longer lasting cushioning systems that this one, but at least you're getting more protection from your joints and back than you would if you were to run on pavement.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this model is pretty bad. Many of the treadmills in this price range are expected to last longer than this one. If you want to get a long life out of this machine, you're going to have to really baby it. The quality of parts is bad, as well. Cheap components make up cheap treadmills.
The warranty on the Horizon Evolve SG is one of the worst we've seen. Labor, parts and electrical components are covered for 1 year; the motor is covered for 5 years; and the frame is covered for 10 years. Horizon doesn't appear to be willing to back this machine, and we can't say we blame them.