Horizon Fitness Evolve 5 Elliptical Review

Horizon Fitness Evolve 5 Elliptical Rating

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Detailed Overview

Given it’s heavy flywheel, the Evolve 5 affords a level of resistance appropriate for every member of your family. Enjoy the diverse programming options on your large console while giving your body an advanced, results-focused workout. Best of all, this elliptical folds up small, providing a compact measurement of 41 inches long, by 28 inches wide, and 69 inches high, when stored, with expanded dimensions measuring 69 inches, by 28 inches and 69.

Featuring a heavy 23-pound flywheel, the unit brings a much more advanced workout opportunity to the floor. The weight of flywheel determines, among other things, how smoothly and quietly the mechanism will function. Most ellipticals feature flywheels between 18-20 pounds, with 18 really being the lowest users would want. A 23-pound flywheel is among the heavier offered in the industry, particularly for those units used in homes.

The SixStar folding frame offers a stride length of 20 inches, and height of 10. Resistance range is electronically controlled and reaches up to 20. The 181-pound machine also affords users built-in speakers, an energy saver mode, tablet rack, and a water bottle holder. Workout information is manifest by way of a 6.25-inch blue backlit LCD, with 10 in-built distance programs, 10 step workouts, two custom, three interval, four performance, nine calorie, and one manually determined. Other data afforded users includes calories burned, a cardio compass, distance moved, heart rate, resistance level, RPM, speed, time, and watts.

The Evolve 5 also features ViaFit technology which allows the machine to connect wirelessly to workout apps and other fitness devices. A couple downsides, the Evolve 5 is neither Bluetooth-enabled, nor does it have a USB port.

Our Favorite Features 

Some of our favorite parts of the Evolve 5:

  • Longer stride means more usability among all family members
  • Online workout tracking
  • Workout feedback through Cardio Compass™
  • One-step folding frame, which makes the Evolve 5 very travel friendly.
  • Heavy flywheel for a better, more stable workout.
  • Easy three-step assembly that you can easily complete at home
  • ViaFit connectivity to track your workouts efficiently.
  • Natural motion that keeps your body healthy and safe from injury
  • Comfortable frame allows for an easier workout
  • Compact design makes elliptical fitness a reality for those with smaller homes and spaces.

Horizon Fitness Evolve 5 Elliptical - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:5-stars
Compact / Folding:Yes, patented front drive, rear-folding
Stride Length:20 inches
Flywheel:23 LBS
Programs:37 programs
Weight Capacity:300 LBS
Dimensions:69" L x 28" W x 69" H

Our Least Favorite Features

A few downsides to the Evolve 5:

  • This is an elliptical geared toward someone ready to take steps toward a serious workout. If you are an elliptical novice, this might not be the best choice.
  • The longer stride is great for most shapes and sizes, but may prove a struggle for especially petite individuals.
  • Compact design can potentially eliminate some stability.

The Bottom Line

The Evolve 5 will certainly take the exercise world by storm with its feather light folding capabilities despite the ability to be used by a wide variety of body types. This machine is a winner for those who want the daily results of regular elliptical use but do not have a lot of room in their home – simply fold and unfold each day. The easy three-step assembly makes it a smooth process for any homeowner, saving you time and money. Best of all, the Evolve 5 comes equipped with the latest in tracking software including cardio monitoring and progress logs.

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