Proform Performance 400 vs. Horizon Evolve SG

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In the ring today is the Proform Performance 400 and the Horizon Evolve SG. Both are currently priced at just $599, so they’re on level ground.

Let’s start with the basics. Which can hold more weight? Horizon is experienced in producing low-cost treadmills, but for some reason, their treadmills are still a little wobbly and rickety. The proform treadmill has a much sturdier feel to it than the Horizon. That feel says a lot. The actual weight capacity of the proform is 300lbs, which is impressive for a $599 treadmill. For the Horizon it’s 250 lbs, which isn’t bad for the price class, but not like quite as strong as the proform.

The motors are very different. I am not sure how horizon can expect to pull off a 1.5 CHP motor as a real motor meant for adults. It just doesn’t have what it takes. The Horizon Evolve SG is marketed as a small compact machine meant for small spaces. So they make it lighter, smaller, and weaker, and mark up the price. Doesn’t make much sense to people who want a treadmill that actually works. The motor of the Proform is 2.25 which still isn’t very big, but can at least handle a normal sized adult and won’t break down in a year or two.

The size of the Horizon’s belt is 17″ x 45″. This is one of the smallest belts on the market. It is simply impossible to run comfortably on a belt so small if you’re an adult. Especially if you’re tall. The Proform has a 20″ x 55″ belt which is much closer to the full sized 20″ x 60″ that most standard treadmills have. That size belt is very common, and at least tolerable. 17″ x 45″ is too small and cramped.

The speed on the Proform reaches 10MPH, and on the horizon it reaches 6MPH. 6 MPH is like a slow jog, and is a warm up speed to most people. The Horizon has no Incline at all, while the proform reaches up to 10% Incline. I don’t know how long I can go on with this… It’s looking a little grim for the Horizon Evolve. Looks like a 1 round TKO to me. The Proform Peformance 400 is victorious here.

Here’s a little comparison table:
Weaker specs are shaded out.

Proform Performance 400

  • 2.25 CHP
  • 20″ x 55″ treadbelt
  • 300 lbs weight limit
  • 10MPH
  • 10% Incline
  • Proshox Cushioning
  • Ifit Live Compatible
  • Fold Up
  • Dual Grip EKG Heart Monitor
  • 15 Built-in Workouts
  • Ipod/MP3 with speakers
  • Lifetime Frame, 25year motor
  • 1 year parts, 1 year labor
Horizon Evolve SG

  • 1.5 HP Motor
  • 17″ x 45″ treadbelt
  • 250 lb weight limit
  • 6MPH
  • no incline
  • COMFORTzone
  • No Ifit
  • Tight Fold Up
  • Thumb Pulse Heart Monitor
  • 2 built in workouts
  • No Music or Speakers
  • 10 year frame, 5 year motor
  • 1 year parts, 1 year labor

Well, I think that pretty much sums it up. The Proform Performance 400 is the winner.

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