The Horizon E30 Elliptical Review — Decent Folding Elliptical for under $600


One of the questions the Treadmill Sensei gets asked a lot here at the DOJO is: what about folding ellipticals? Truth be told most of the folding ellipticals on the market today are poorly made and shoddily constructed. They really are meant for people who will rarely if ever use them.

That being said, if you’re short on space and need an elliptical of the folding variety, then make sure to take a look at the Horizon E30 Elliptical. This is a fairly heavy duty unit for a folding elliptical and doesn’t scrimp on quality like some of its cousins over at Proform do. The unit I was able to get my hands on belonged to the sister-in-law of one of the other Senseis here at the DOJO. She was nice enough to load me her E30 for a week so I could put together a review for you, my loyal readers.

The three most important things to know about the Horizon E30 elliptical are its sturdiness (right at 160 pounds…an excellent weight for a non folding elliptical under $600 and fantastic for a folding one), the large flywheel (just over 20 pounds) and the durable folding joints. Horizon has obviously listened to all of the complaints about folding ellipticals and addressed each one of them very well. This is a solid, sturdy elliptical and very comparable with non folding units in its price range. When compare to folding ellipticals at the same price, the Horizon E30 blows them all away.

The max user weight of the Horizon E30 is listed at about 300 pounds. I’d downgrade that and say don’t use this unit if you’re too far in excess of 200 pounds. The e30 elliptical stood up well to my 170 pounds and to a fairly extensive set of 45 minute workouts over the course of 6 days.

The only real down side to the unit is the stride length. At 16″ the stride on the Horizon E30 is a bit short for taller people, but should do well for anyone 5’9″ and under. 10 programs and 20 levels of resistance round out a very good offering from the fine folks at Horizon Fitness. For being a surprisingly good folding elliptical, the Treadmill Sensei gives the Horizon E30 Elliptical 3.5 out of 5 Golden Buddahs.

A folding elliptical that doesn’t suck? Who would have thought?


**UPDATE** The Horizon E30 Elliptical is no longer available for sale, so if you’re interested in a Horizon Fitness elliptical trainer check out the official Horizon Fitness site and get free shipping on new models.

Horizon E30 Elliptical Specifications
Stride: 16″
Flywheel: 20lbs
Programs: 10
Resistance: 20 levels
Display: LCD
Readouts: Time, distance, speed, calories burned, heart rate, pulse, resistance level, watts, program profile
Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
Heart Rate Control: Yes
Max User Weight: 300lbs
Elliptical Weight: 160lbs