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Horizon Evolve 3 Elliptical Trainer Review

Brand:Horizon
Expert Rating:3 stars

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Quality Engineering & Ergonomically Designed to Reduce Stress to Your Joints

Horizon Evolve 3 Elliptical Trainer ReviewThe Horizon Evolve 3 elliptical trainer recently launched combines their unique ergonomic features with some appealing interactive applications.  The push in the fitness equipment industry is to allow your machine to communicate with the Internet and in the process motivate your to achieve your fitness goals.

Horizon Fitness has joined the fray with their new ViaFit that allows your elliptical trainer to upload stats to your online account and combine that data with other popular fitness and health applications. The combination of the quality, ergonomic design and interactive features make the Horizon Evolve 3 an attractive package.  You may also want to check out the Horizon Evolve 5 for some upgraded features.  Horizon is brought to us by the same company that produces Vision Fitness and Matrix Fitness ellipticals.

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Horizon Evolve 3 Elliptical Trainer Features

Evolve 3 ConsoleSixStar Certificate – The Horizon elliptical trainer adhere to a SixStar Certification.  These are engineering features that focus on giving the user a more ergonomic experience.

The SixStar features include:

  • Close pedal distance to reduce stress on your joints.  In particular, for woman wide pedal distance can be a strain on hip joints.
  • Easy step up onto the machine because of low pedal height.  This is in comparison a rear drive elliptical trainer can be awkward to mount and dismount.
  • The Horizon Evolve 3 elliptical trainer is design to place you in an upright position.  Other front drive ellipticals tend to make the user lean forward during the workout.  With the Evolve 3 you find you have a more natural stance.
  • Handgrip that are ideally positioned for a dual action workout.  Once again, you find with many front drive machine that handle bars are too far forward, forcing you to lean while you workout.
  • The Horizon Evolve 3 is has a more natural feeling foot pattern that feels a lot like you’re actually walking.
  • You’ll find the Evolve 3 has a smooth momentum due to the large drive pulley ratio.

18 Lbs. Flywheel — The weight of the flywheel on the Horizon Evolve 3 contributes to a smooth and natural elliptical motion.  An 18 lbs. flywheel  is not excessively heavy, but is adequate in providing a smooth stride.

20” Stride Length — This is about standard at this price range.  20” seems to accommodate the majority of elliptical users.  If you are very small you may want to consider a machine with a shorter stride length.  Conversely, if you are excessively tall you may want to find a machine with a 22” stride length.

Horizon Evolve 3 FoldedFolding Mechanism — With the Horizon Evolve 3 elliptical you can fold it upright, thereby reducing the footprint significantly when not in use.   When folded you reduce the length by 28”.  The Evolve 3 uses a hydraulic system, making is easy to fold and unfold.

175 lbs. Unit Weight – About an average weight for the price.  Unless you are excessively heavy your will find that the Horizon Evolve 3 elliptical trainer will feel very solid and stable.

Warranty – Lifetime frame and motor, 3 year parts and 1 year labor.  This is typical for this price range.

See a complete comparison chart of Horizon Ellipticals here.

Interactive Feature on the Horizon Evolve 3 Elliptical

ViaFit — ViaFit allows the Horizon Evolve 3 elliptical trainer to communicate with the Internet through Wi-Fi.  You can connect with their ViaFit app and other popular fitness apps.  ViaFit lets you set your own fitness goals (like number of workouts, calories, time, or distance) so you can better track your progress.  As you workout your stats are uploaded to your ViaFit account which allows you to track your progress.

One area where ViaFit distinguishes itself from competition platforms is in its compatibility with your existing tracking programs.  You can import info from popular fitness apps like MapMyFitness and MyFitnessPal.  This way all of your workout and nutrition stats can be in one central location.

Research has shown that people are able to make better progress towards their goals if they use some sort of tracking program.

Passport Player — This virtual feature allows you to simulate running outdoors through famous landscapes.  The Passport player lets you connect your elliptical to your TV for larger viewing.  This module is sold separately.

Our Review – Horizon Evolve 3 Elliptical Trainer

The Horizon Evolve 3 elliptical offers a sweet package by combining the SixStar features with the ViaFit and Passport applications.  In particular, we really like how ViaFit acts like a clearing house for other  fitness, nutrition and health applications.  All other fitness equipment companies are utilizing  proprietary applications. And consequently you cannot include stats from other programs and get an overall picture of your health, fitness and nutritional profile.

The Horizon Evolve 3 elliptical is one of the top three ellipticals at the $1,300 price range.  In addition, it is backed by one of the best customer services in the industry.   We can comfortably recommend it for moderate single and multiple users.

You may also want to check out the Horizon Evolve 5 elliptical, although we feel that the Horizon Elite E7 and E9 are better values.

To learn more, check out the HorizonFitness.com.


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