Horizon Evolve SG Compact Treadmill Review

The Horizon Evolve SG Compact Treadmill genuinely stands out when compared to its market competitors for a couple of reasons.

Horizon Evolve SG Compact Treadmill

Horizon Evolve SG Compact

  • Firstly, unlike some other treadmills, when Horizon say compact they really mean it. The Horizon Evolve SG Compact truly is a compact treadmill – when not in use it folds down to a tiny 59 x 10 inches, making it comfortably one of the most compact treadmills available.
  • Secondly, the Horizon Evolve SG Compact has no assembly requirements…none. It arrives fully assembled and ready to go; all you need to do is lubricate the belt. Most compact treadmills claim to be easy to assemble, but Horizon have taken it one step further and removed the assembly requirements altogether.

The Horizon Evolve SG Compact Treadmill is unlikely to be the treadmill of choice for any serious athletes, but is it a genuine option for the more casual treadmill user?

Key Specs For The Horizon Evolve SG Compact Treadmill

  • RRP: $599.00
  • Maximum Weight Capacity: 250 lbs
  • Top Speed: 6 mph
  • Foldable? Yes
  • Number of Programs: 2

Horizon Evolve SG Compact Treadmill: The Pros

Assembly: Many treadmills are rightly praised for the quality of their assembly instructions, the ease with which they can be assembled and for having an assembly time of less than two hours. However, the Horizon Evolve SG Compact is in a completely different league. The Evolve SG arrives fully assembled, and the only thing you need to do is unpack it, lubricate the belt, plug it in and let it warm up. At roughly $600, you will not find many other fully motorized treadmills that arrive ready to use.

Storage: Just like with the lack of assembly, Horizon have taken the Evolve SG Compact to a new level when it comes to storage. The Evolve SG Compact folds down flat, and is just a mere ten inches high when completely folded. Folding the treadmill is extremely simple, and the treadmill can then comfortably be stored underneath a bed, in a wardrobe, and even under many couches. This makes it absolutely ideal for prospective buyers who are limited by space, or wish to store the treadmill out of sight.

Great Beginners Treadmill: The Horizon Evolve SG Compact Treadmill is not a fancy or confusing treadmill. It offers users speeds of up to 6 mph which are ideal for someone just starting to use a treadmill for the first time. The Evolve SG Compact offers two programs – a free program and a structured program. The buttons are simple to use and are completely intuitive.

The price is around the $600 mark, and for someone who is looking to invest in their first treadmill, the Horizon Evolve SG Compact treadmill is exactly what you’re looking for. In addition to its ease of use, the Evolve SG Compact can accommodate weights of up to 250 lbs. For a treadmill with a 1.5 horsepower motor, this is no mean feat.



Horizon Evolve SG Compact Treadmill: The Cons

No Incline: One of the more basic features that most people look for in a treadmill these days is the range of incline that the treadmill offers. The Horizon Evolve SG Compact has no incline option. While this may suit many people, even most manual treadmills have some sort of adjustable incline settings. Horizon put so much effort into making the Evolve SG Compact easy to set up, easy to use and easy to store. They would have been well advised to spend a little more time on the functionality of the treadmill once it was in use.

Heart Rate Monitor: While many treadmills do not have a very reliable heart rate monitor, the Horizon Evolve SG Compact has one of the worst. The LCD display screen can only show one statistic at a time, whether it be time, speed, calories burned or heart rate. Unfortunately, it often fixes on heart rate even when the user is not using the heart rate monitors. Other treadmills with heart rate monitors that are inaccurate are annoying, but in most of their cases they have a separate heart rate display. On the Evolve SG, the faulty readings take over the entire screen.

End Displays: Most treadmill users like to use their treadmills to set goals and targets, and measure their performance against these targets. The Horizon Evolve SG Compact does not help users in doing this, as once you come to the end of a cycle all the statistical info resets to zero. Users who wish to take a record of their stats need to do so while still moving at the end of their cycle, and if you are not paying attention you can easily miss the training program’s end approaching.

Is the Horizon Evolve SG Compact Treadmill Worth Buying?

If you’re a first time treadmill buyer, or if simplicity and extremely compact storage is very important to you, then the Horizon Evolve SG Compact might be ideal. Requiring no assembly and folding almost flat, the Evolve SG is ideal as a beginner’s treadmill for someone with a lack of space in their home. However, for anyone who is a slightly more experienced athlete, or someone who needs a treadmill that they can jog or run at speeds greater than 6 mph, then the Evolve SG is not the treadmill for you.


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Horizon Evolve SG Compact Treadmill