Treadmill experts say runners should avoid sub-$1,000 treadmills, but the Horizon Evolve SG receives a few recommendations for walkers. It gets a nod from a major testing organization and boasts above-average ratings at user-review sites. Owners love that the Horizon Evolve SG treadmill comes fully assembled, and the compact fold earns a great deal of praise -- the treadmill is only 10 inches high when fully folded, so it can fit under most beds. While many owners are satisfied with the treadmill, reviewers note that it is only suitable for walking. The Horizon Evolve SG has a 1.5-horsepower motor, 17-by-45-inch walking belt and a maximum speed of 6 mph, so this is not a treadmill for runners. There's also no incline functionality, and some owners report problems with the built-in speakers. If you want a treadmill with incline for walking, reviewers recommend the LifeSpan TR200 (*Est. $700), which has 10 different incline levels.
The most credible review of the Horizon Evolve SG comes from ConsumerReports.org, which tests the treadmill on ergonomics, construction, ease of use, exercise range and safety. Unfortunately, this review is no longer available online. TreadmillDoctor.com and Treadmill-Ratings-Reviews.com also offer specific recommendations on this treadmill. User reviews are also helpful, especially at Amazon.com, where the Horizon Evolve SG treadmill receives more than 60 reviews. Only a few reviews are posted so far at Sears.com.
ConsumerReports.org tests 29 treadmills in its latest test. Each treadmill is scored on a variety of criteria, and each receives a numerical rating. The best treadmills are selected as recommended models.
Review: Treadmill Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Feb. 2009
While the Horizon Evolve SG treadmill gets low ratings for its power and warranty, TreadmillDoctor.com says it's a good choice in its class. "If you need a small treadmill and aren't planning on doing serious training on it, the Evolve unit makes a lot of sense," says TreadmillDoctor.com.
Review: Horizon Evolve SG, Clark and Jon Stevenson, Not Dated
The Horizon Evolve SG earns an overall four-star rating (out of five)after more than 60 reviews at Amazon.com. Most say the treadmill is perfect for their needs, and they love that it comes fully assembled. A few critics report problems with various components.
Review: Horizon Evolve SG Compact Treadmill, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Oct. 2010
4. Treadmill-Ratings- Reviews.com
Fred Waters says the Horizon Evolve SG is a "contender" among inexpensive compact treadmills, but he cautions that you will sacrifice power and stability for compactness.
Review: Horizon Evolve SG Compact Treadmill Review, Fred Waters, Not Dated
Few owners review the Horizon Evolve SG so far at Sears.com, and their opinions are mixed. One reviewer highly recommends the treadmill, while another gives it a poor score, reporting it slips while jogging.
Review: Horizon Fitness Evolve SG Treadmill, Contributors to Sears.com, As of Oct. 2010