EVO is a subsidiary of Smooth Fitness, the company that also produces ellipticals with the Smooth brand name. With the exception of the EVO REV600, EVO ellipticals generally don’t provide the good value that Smooth is known for. There are three elliptical trainers in the EVO REV series: the REV300, REV400, and REV600.
Features of EVO REV Elliptical Trainers
- Heart rate monitors – All EVO REV ellipticals include heart rate monitors to help users optimize the cardiovascular benefit of workouts. The entry-level model includes a grip pulse monitor but the REV400 and REV600 have wireless options.
- Full body exercise – Moving handlebars help users exercise the whole body.
- Sturdy frame – EVO’s REV600 has a durable steel frame. At 210 pounds, this machine weighs significantly more than the cheaper members of its series. It has a user weight capacity of 350 pounds.
- Average stride – EVO’s top elliptical has a 19” or 21” stride (depending on the year it was made). That’s pretty good, but the other REVs have substandard 16” strides.
- Few programs – EVO’s top elliptical trainer, the REV600, has a manual mode, a fitness level test, an interval mode, and a few other programs. There are 16 resistance levels.
- Light flywheel – Topping out at 15.4 pounds, EVO REV flywheels are relatively light. That means the machines won’t provide enough resistance or challenge for some users. LifeSpan, Spirit, and LiveStrong are some brands offering heavier drives that are more suitable for larger users.
- Fair warranty – Buyers get lifetime warranties on the frame and brake, two or three years on other parts and electronic systems, and a year of labor.
Overall Rating for EVO Elliptical Trainers
EVO’s current lineup of ellipticals is disappointing overall. The most worthwhile model — the EVO REV600 — is a smooth-running machine with a well-designed stride. Still, even this machine doesn’t offer the attractive and practical features of competitors in its price class. The Smooth brand is a good place to start for comparisons, and NordicTrack also offers good value.