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Which treadmill to get from Horizon fitness?

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Feb 21, 2021 8:34:04 AM

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Which treadmill to get from Horizon fitness? 

 
This is an overview of the Horizon fitness treadmill lineup covering the Elite, Studio, and Go series. This article will walk you through the pros, cons, and alternatives for each model. Follow the links for more details. The treadmills are presented in declining order from highest to lowest price per category. There are an Index and quick reference at the start for the impatient.
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Index

 
This is an Index of the treadmill models discussed in this article in descending order:
 
 
Just scroll until you reach the model you want to dig deeper into or that fits your budget best. Prices might vary depending on sales or price changes that have not been included in this article yet.
 

Quick reference

 
Best for the serious home runner
 
Best to be used in a studio/commercial gym
 
Best value for money overall
 

Comment about noise and treadmills

 
Some vendors advertise their treadmills to be silent and noise-absorbent. Please don't buy into any of that. Yes, some machines are more and others are less noisy and I applaud the engineers who work hard to make their belts and motors less noisy.  However, the noisy part about running is that your feet continuously hit the belt and no treadmill under $3.000 will fix that problem. And even if you get the massive $5.000 rigs with a huge frame for impact absorption under them you will still not eliminate that fully.
 
A bigger, heavier frame helps with less vibration on the machine itself to have a better run, but does little for noise cancellation. So please, do not shell out another $500 or $1000 to get a bigger model, because you think your little ones will sleep better while you run. You will regret it. If you invest more money look for better motors, wider incline ranges, or better multimedia options depending on your needs. If you want to do your cardio with minimal noise pollution for your home, get a ski erg or a Rogue echo bike.
 

 

Overview of the Horizon Fitness Elite T9 $1999

 
The Horizon Fitness Elite T9 is the flagship treadmill from Horizon. Its main distinguishing features are the most powerful engine at 3.25 CHP, the side rails, and the touchscreen which the other models from the Horizon elite line do not have. While it is lightweight build and comes in at 275lbs, it is still the heaviest of the elite series. This makes it more stable and resistant for serious runners, but might be overkill for walkers. The full list of specifications runs as follows:
 
 
Frame Type: Feather-Light Folding
Running area: 22"x60"
Cushioning: 3-Zone Variable Response Cushioning                      
Drive Motor: 3.25 Horsepower
Belt: 1.4mm, Silicone
Deck Thickness: .75
Roller Size: 2.4"
Speed range: 0.5 - 12 mph
Incline Range: 0% – 15%
Extras: Aluminum Side Rails, Built-in Speakers, Energy Saver Mode, Passport Ready, Tablet Rack, Water Bottle Holder
Weight: 275 lbs
Assembled dimensions: 78.75" x 39.38" x 63"
Folded dimensions: 47.25" x 39.38" x 71"
Max User Weight: 350
Electrical Requirements: 110 - 120V
Home Warranty Frame: Lifetime
Home Warranty Motor: Lifetime
Home Warranty Parts: 5 years
Home Warranty Labor: 2 years
 
This machine appeals to a wide range of walkers and runners and is best chosen in a commercial setting or when you are a serious runner who has to travel far to get to a good area for running long distances. If you want to walk only it is overkill. The same goes for anyone who does not need a lot of technology or rails on their treadmill. Here you might get a better motor for less money with other treadmills if you strip back on some other features.
 

Pros of the Horizon Fitness Elite T9

 
The pros of the Horizon Fitness Elite T9 are:
 
  • Folding mechanism
  • Belt tested up to 21.000 miles
  • Touch Screen
  • Sidebars
  • Automatic incline / decline
  • Polar heart rate monitor included
 
The folding mechanism of the Horizon fitness T9 elite is smooth and also protects you from falling onto you. The frame is reinforced compared to other Horizon models which make it a good pick for serious runners or heavier athletes.
 
The belt has been tested up to 21.000 miles without a need of change. For someone who runs 100 miles a week, this means that you can for 210 weeks or 4 years without changing the belt. The motor also needs no cooling as it runs with magnets.
 
The touch screen is another bonus over the other models from Horizon which have classic button navigation. The included sidebars make it family-friendly or more appealing when placed in a gym.
 
The automatic incline goes with the running programs that Horizon has included in the package. You can also purchase some extra courses in scenic locations which will make use of the INcline options too.
 
The whole package is rounded up by including a polar heart rate monitor which you can strap to your chest and connect to the machine for heart rate training. Walkers can also use the bars which come with heart rate monitors inbuilt.
 

Cons of the Horizon Fitness Elite T9

 
Cons for the Horizon fitness elite T9 are:
 
  • High Price
  • Outdated technology
  • Not fit for HIgh-intensity interval training
  • Can not be stored under the bed
 
$2000 for a treadmill is a big bankroll. If you are savvy with craigslist and Facebook groups you might get an entire gym with several machines and a treadmill for this budget. Of course, this takes time and connections and not everyone is a hustler like the cowboys in the good, the bad, and the ugly or patient as Nelson Mandela. But if you are into used goods and sourcing them, spending $2000 is a lot to shell out for one piece of equipment in a private setting. For a commercial setting, it depends on how many you are going to buy and who will use them. If you have a very varied clientele and only need a few treadmills to make your community happy, this is the buy and do not think about it again option. If you have to buy in bulk and cater to a narrower fitness community you might want to consider more focused / cheaper options.
 
The technology on this treadmill seems a little outdated and needs a facelift. If you look at the newest peloton and Nordictrack models the entertainment options far surpass the ones on offer on the horizon flagship. In fairness, there is also a $1000 gap between the Elite T9 and the X32i, but if you are already considering $2000 for what is basically a convenience upgrade within the Horizon portfolio, then you might as well go all the way.
 
High-intensity interval training, or ins short HIIT, has been quite a rage in the fitness industry as of late. What most treadmills have in common is that they are not particularly well suited for this type of training as the motor and belt do not accelerate and decelerate naturally. The models which come closest to a proper stop-start sprint experience are the Assault air runner and the True Form runner. Personally, I am a huge fan of Airbikes as these are great for HIIT and do not take up a lot of floor space. They are also a lot cheaper than treadmills. The model I own is the Rogue Echo Bike and its direct copycat competitor is the TITAN fan bike.
 
This treadmill is a beast that is great when you are serious about running and willing to give up the necessary space in your home for your hobby. If you are just an occasional runner or walker you can not store this treadmill under the bed, sofa, or in a cupboard after use. Therefore it is not recommended for use in apartments with limited space unless you also want to use it as a bed. 
 

Alternatives to the Horizon Fitness Elite T9

 
Alternatives to the Horizon fitness elite T9 are:
 
 
The elite T7 has a 3.00 CHP horsepower motor and no railings. It also has no touch screen. This might be the better option for home athletes who are serious but do not want to fast for very long periods of time. If you are willing to compromise on the motor power and railings you can save yourself $500 on the sticker price within the Horizon portfolio by going with the Elite T7 instead of the T9. Definitely, the better option if there are no walkers to be expected to use the treadmill or someone who goes full throttle for an hour and weighs 200 pounds or more.
 
The elite T5 has a slightly smaller belt than the T9 and a 2.75 CHP motor. If you also feel that you need to save a little space because the treadmill will just about fit into your home space, then this is the one to make. You will also make some considerable compromises with the T5 on the warranty so it might not be the best option in a commercial setup. On the positive side, the T5 brings you far away from the $2000 mark and very close to the $1000 mark at $1199 retail price.
 
If you are willing to spend $2000 on a treadmill the Nordictrack 1750 might be a desirable option for you. This treadmill not only has incline but also a 3% decline inbuilt. The IFit software subscription for your runs is a little more up to date than what Horizon has on offer and you will get a more powerful motor at 3.75 horsepower. The warranties are also longer than with Horizon, too. The only downside is that negative feedback about the Nordictrack brand is more readily available than for Horizon. Whether this is due to a higher sales volume and therefore a higher likelihood for complaints or down to product quality and design is a matter of opinion.
 

Conclusion for the Horizon Fitness Elite T9

 
The Horizon Fitness Elite T9 is the best that Horizon has to offer. If you want a great, durable treadmill for commercial use or the very serious home athlete that presses 100 miles a week or more, this is the one to get. It might not be at the forefront of the current market developments anymore, but you are getting a lot of belt, frame, and miles for a relatively small price. All other flagship treadmills in the market usually come in at $1000 more with a massive screen included. Not everyone wants that.
 
 

Overview of the Horizon Elite T7 $1.599

 
The Horizon Elite T7 is the middle of the Horizon treadmill elite product range with a reinforced frame for serious runners. It has a middle motor size and no touch screen. It is considerably lighter than its bigger brother the T9 and comes in the dimensions. This makes the T7 a good deal for anyone that is serious about running, is big but does not want to spend close to $2.000on on their treadmill. The full specifications of this treadmill are:
 
Frame Type: Feather-Light Folding
Running area: 22"x60"
Cushioning: 3-Zone Variable Response Cushioning   Drive Motor: 2.75 Horsepower
Belt: 1.4mm, Silicone
Deck Thickness: .75
Roller Size: 2.4" rear 1.8"
Speed range: 0.5 - 12 mph
Incline Range: 0% – 15%
Extras: Built-in Speakers, Built-in Speakers, Energy Saver Mode, Fan, Passport Ready, Tablet Rack, Water Bottle Holder
Weight: 236 lbs.
Assembled dimensions: 77" x 35" x 60"
Folded dimensions: 44" x 35" x 69"
Max User Weight: 350
Electrical Requirements: 110 - 120V
Home Warranty Frame: Lifetime
Home Warranty Motor: Lifetime
Home Warranty Parts: 5 years
Home Warranty Labor: 1 years
 
You make minimum concessions on the warranty and power while still getting close to the best from Horizon. If you are a budget-conscious buyer who still wants to enter the premier league, this is a good model for you.
 

Pros of the Horizon Elite T7

 
The pros of the Horizon Elite T7 are:
 
  • Big belt in a smaller frame
  • Good warranty package
  • Good value for money
 
The best feature about this treadmill is that you get a big belt in a smaller footprint compared to the T9. Combined with a price tag that is $500 lower this makes it a great option to buy in bulk for a commercial gym that is able to install some televisions within the vision of the treadmill park. If you are rowing up 5 to 10 in a line this does make a difference to other bigger models.
 
You are also getting a good value-for-money treadmill for serious runners who do not need all the bells and whistles. This is a sturdy and reliable treadmill that will go along
 

Cons of the Horizon Elite T7

 
  • No touch screen
  • No Bluetooth
 
The biggest con of the Elite T7 is Technology. The screen is not a touch screen. If you want to use the digital enhancements of the Horizon fitness brand you will have to hook this treadmill up to a television. This means you have to add the cost of that television to the overall setup to get to where the Elite T9 already is. Never mind that the setup with a TV and earphones will be a bit of a pain as there is no Bluetooth available.
 

Alternatives to the Horizon Elite T7

 
Alternatives to the Horizon Elite T7 treadmill are:
 
 
The elite T9 is the better alternative if you want to make sure that you are at least somewhat connected to the modern age. If you just want a machine to run on for miles and listen to your music via your phone the T7 is great. If you want to make use of Peloton-ish gamification of your runs the T9 has at least Bluetooth and a touchscreen accommodate better for this type of training.
 
The Elite F5 has the smallest motor out of the Horizon fitness Elite setup, drops considerably in warranty, and has a smaller belt than the T7 and T9. If you are a serious runner on a budget who is mainly interested in a sturdier frame on a foldable treadmill then this is the right option. Otherwise, you might look for one of the higher-priced adventure models of Horizon fitness that offer more entertainment options on a less sturdy frame.
 
The Nordictrack 1750 sits bang in the middle of the Nordictrack lineup and is in my opinion one of the strongest competitors to the Horizon elite line. If you are willing to spend up to $2000 you get a longer warranty, a more powerful motor, and a connection to the IFit subscription to make your runs more interesting. IFit seems a bit more up-to-date than the digital alternatives from Horizon. The only downside is that you will find more negative feedback about NordicTrack as a brand than about Horizon. Whether this up to higher sales volumes or poor quality is a bit hard to judge for definite.
 

Conclusion for the Horizon Elite T7

 
The elite T7 is a great buy for commercial gyms that want to get a sturdy treadmill for all types of runners and walkers and already have TVs installed for entertainment. A home gym owner looking for a treadmill to put more than 100 miles a week on should ask themselves whether they want entertainment included in the treadmill or not. If yes, wait for a month or two and add the extra $500 to get to the T9. If you don’t need entertainment go for the T5. Before you make your final decision, have a look at the Nordictrack 1750 for availability and whether you like the look and feel of it.
 
 

Overview of the Horizon Elite T5 $1.199

 
The Horizon Elite T5 is the smallest of the Horizon Elite lineup of treadmills which come with an extra sturdy frame. Compared to its two bigger brothers, the T7 and T9, it has considerably less warranty and a smaller belt to run on. In exchange, it hugs the $1000 price tag tightly while the other two models cost $1.599 and $1.999. The list of specifications for the T5 can be seen below:
 
Frame Type: Feather-Light Folding
Running area: 20"x55"
Cushioning: 3-Zone Variable Response Cushioning                      
Drive Motor: 2.75 Horsepower
Belt: 1.4mm, Silicone
Deck Thickness: .75
Roller Size: front 2.4" rear 1.8"
Speed range: 0.5 - 12 mph
Incline Range: 0% – 15%
Extras: Built-in Speakers, Energy Saver Mode, Fan, In-reach Resistance Controls, Passport Ready, Tablet Rack, Water Bottle Holder
Weight: 227 lbs
Assembled dimensions: 73" x 35" x 61"
Folded dimensions: 43.3" x 35" x 65"
Max User Weight: 350
Electrical Requirements: 110 - 120V
Home Warranty Frame: Lifetime
Home Warranty Motor: Lifetime
Home Warranty Parts: 3 years
Home Warranty Labor: 1 years
 
The Horizon Elite T5 is a good option when you want a sturdy frame but do not particularly care about the warranty, extra digital features, or the motor. All these compromises bring the price down to a little over $1.000 for a treadmill that can take up to 21.000 miles without a problem.
 

Pros of the Horizon EliteT5

 
The pros of the Horizon Elite T5 are:
 
  • Price
  • Frame
  • Folding mechanism
 
For this price, you are getting a formidable running machine for your home that is convenient to use and to collapse depending on your needs. Most runners at home will not put the treadmill through the same abuse as in a commercial setting and unless you are an elite runner yourself the motor will most likely be more than enough for you. The folding mechanism is easy and you do not have to worry that the treadmill comes crashing down on your kids or they can catch a finger in the mechanics easily.
 

Cons of the Horizon Elite T5

 
The cons of the Horizon Elite T5 are:
 
  • Smaller warranty package compared to other Elite models
  • Limited Entertainment options
  • Smaller belt
  • Smaller motor
 
The Horizon Elite T5 saves you money which comes at a cost for convenience and entertainment. The warranty package has been stripped compared to the Elite models which make it a less attractive buy in a commercial setting or in a home gym where multiple elite runners will throw everything they have at this treadmill. The biggest downside for a machine for $1.000 is the limited multimedia functions. No Bluetooth hurts in these modern days. A smaller belt and motor round off the cutback on features to deliver the low price tag of the Elite T5.
 

Alternatives to the Horizon Elite T5

 
Alternatives to the Horizon Elite T5 are
 
 
The Horizon Elite T9 is the flagship treadmill out of the Horizon lineup. Compared to the T5 it has a bigger belt, a touch screen, and a more powerful motor. This is the option for commercial gyms that want to cater to all types of runners and walkers or for the home gym athlete that does not want to compromise and pay no more than $2.000 for their treadmill. There are other options above $2.000 in the market that basically come with a massive television attached, but not everyone needs that.
 
The Horizon Elite T7 is a good compromise between the T9 and the T5. It has a smaller footprint than the T9 and better warranty options than the T5 while still having the same belt size as the T9. If you are a serious runner who already has a Television in their gym or a commercial buyer who wants to buy in bulk where televisions are already installed in the facilities then this is a good buy. If you want the latest and greatest in entertainment technology you have to give the T7 a pass as it has no Bluetooth.
 
The Nordictrack 1750 is a strong competitor to any treadmill in the below $2000 budget arena. It outperforms the Elite series on the length of the warranty, the strength of the motor, and entertainment functions. You should have a look at this treadmill which is right in the middle of the Nordictrack portfolio. Nordictrack has recently done a facelift of their product line providing models with integrated television and working hard on their Ifit software to catch up to Peloton who are sweeping the market. The only downside to Nordictrack is that there is more negative customer feedback readily available online. This could be done to higher sales numbers or worse product quality compared to Horizon fitness.
 
The Assault air runner is a cheaper model in the area of self-propelled treadmills. These treadmills run on bearings instead of an electric motor. This means you can determine the pace yourself and it makes them superior to traditional treadmills for Interval training and start-stop sprints. The only downside is that these haven't been standardized in production like most of the treadmills you see, so they are usually north of $3.000 in price.
 
The Rogue Echo Bike and the TITAN fan bike are two different air bikes that I highly recommend as an alternative to a treadmill for your home gym. Air bikes are easier to move around, lend themselves better to HIIT training, and take up much less space in your home gym or garage gym. I prefer to run outside and as long as your circumstances allow for it, I would recommend that. On top of that, they are also more affordable at around $700 sticker price.
 

Conclusion for the Horizon Elite T5

 
The Horizon Elite T5 is a good budget option for the serious runner who does not want to waste money on technology and maximize the lifetime of the treadmill. Commercial buyers might want to opt for the T7 instead of they already have entertainment as the warranty is better. If Bluetooth is a must you can go for the T9, but then you are also just at the brink of $2.000 for your treadmill. The Nordictrack 1750 is always worth a look as an alternative.
 
 

Overview of the Horizon 7.8 AT $1.799

 
The Horizon 7.8 AT is the Horizon treadmill with the most powerful motor and the sturdiest frame. The console has been pared back for longevity and therefore sacrifices a touchscreen. Comapred to the Elite line from Horizon the AT line has been designed with more compatibility with different Apps in mind and more cushioning. The full spec sheet is attached below:
 
Frame Type: FeatherLight Folding
Running area: 22" x 60" XL Deck
Cushioning: 3-Zone Variable Response Cushioning
Drive Motor: 4.0 CHP RapidSync Drive System
Belt: 1.6mm, Silicone
Deck Thickness: 0.8" (20mm)
Roller Size: 60mm/46mm Tapered
Speed Range: 0.5 – 12 mph
Incline Range: 0 – 15%
Extras: Accessory Tray, Aluminum Side Rails, Audio In/Out Jack, Bluetooth Speakers, Energy Saver Mode, Fan, Multi-position Tablet Holders
Weight: 330 lbs.
Assembled Dimensions: 76" x 37" x 64"
Folded Dimensions: 42" x 37" x 71"
Max User weight: 350 lbs.
Electrical Requirements: 60Hz - 120V
Home Warranty - Frame: Lifetime
Home Warranty - Motor: Lifetime
Home Warranty - Parts: 5 years
Home Warranty - Labor: 2 years
 
This is the machine to get if you want the biggest and meanest treadmill that Horizon has on offer. It will also integrate with most apps out there like the Peloton and Ifit app.
 

Pros of the Horizon 7.8 AT

 
The pros of the Horizon 7.8 AT are:
 
  • Motor
  • Frame
  • Compatibility
  • Warranty
  • Price
 
If you are looking for a very strong motor for HIIT training or interval runs this is the machine for you. This type of training puts more strain on the engine and therefore you want to have a powerful motor that can take the beating. The 7.8 AT delivers in this department and you can throw a brick and then some at it.
 
The frame of the AT line of Horizon is sturdy and powder coated. This makes it easy to clean and it will also take some falls or bumping into. Compared to hollow plastic this is a big step up for longevity so if you run a commercial gym where you expect a lot of movement of weights around the treadmill you might want to invest in the AT line.
 
The AT has also Bluetooth and is designed to send data to other Apps like Peloton and IFit if you wish to do so. Controlling the treadmill via the own Horizon app ok a tablet can be tricky but the data for your runs can be extracted. You can see that Horizon thought a little more about being compatible with this line than with the Elite.
 
The lifetime warranty on the frame and motor is a Horizon fitness staple. Parts come with five years and labor with two years which is the best warranty package that Horizon has on the shelves.
 
For the price, you are getting a lot of treadmill with a great motor. There is not a lot you can do wrong with the AT 7.8, if you have the budget.
 

Cons of the Horizon 7.8 AT

 
The cons of the Horizon 7.8 AT are:
 
  • Weight
  • Size
  • Console
 
The Horizon 7.8 AT is a beast of a treadmill. If you have to navigate it around narrow corners often or put it in a tiny room it is not the best choice. You need a big room and once you put it there it will most likely stay. The console has no touchscreen and no internet connection. Some companies tend to put more modern bells and whistles to their treadmills at similar price points.
 

Alternatives to the Horizon 7.8 AT

 
Alternatives to the Horizon 7.8 AT are:
 
 
The Horizon Elite T9 is the flagship of the Elite product line. Compared to the AT 7.8 it is very close in the two main differences are that it has a touch screen and is lighter. The Elite T9 is probably the better option to be used in a home gym. However, it comes at a slightly higher price.
 
The Horizon 7.4 AT is very similar to the 7.8 except for the motor which is smaller. The footprint is also slightly smaller. The 7.4 is a good option to save a little money on a good design without over compromising yourself.
 
The Horizon 7.0 AT is a good possibility if you want to stay below the $1000. With the smallest warranty and motor, it is my personal idea of too much of a compromise, but if you want the sturdy AT frame at the lowest possible price point this is a good snatch. I would always go for a smaller model with more bells and whistles.
 
For me, the Rogue Echo bike is one of the best cardio choices you can make for a home gym. It is compact, easy to move around, sturdy, and allows you to do HIIT like with no other treadmill. I like to go out for my runs so this is the better machine for me that is in my gym. The Titan fan bike is a low-cost copy of the Rogue Echo bike.
 
If you Insist on a treadmill and want to train for sprints and dashes the Assault air runner might be a better choice for you. Classical treadmills are not great for quick starts and stops which the Assault air runner fixes. The belt runs on bearings and therefore the treadmill is self-propelled. This way quick acceleration and decelerations can be done without breaking your feet.
 

Conclusion for the Horizon 7.8 AT

 
The Horizon AT 7.8 is a great option to get the most powerful motor from Horizon in a massive frame. If you are running a commercial gym or if you are a 140kg Rugby machine, this is a good machine for you. The downsides are the price and the massive amount of space it takes up. If you get it be sure where you put it and be prepared that it is going to stay there.
 

Overview of the Horizon 7.4 AT $1.499

 
The Horizon 7.4 AT is the middle version of the three AT treadmills from Horizon fitness. It is slightly smaller than the 7.8 AT and still has the same belt. The main difference is the smaller motor with 3.5 horsepower. This is a big treadmill for commercial or for someone really serious about their running who weighs more than 100kg. The full list of specs is:
 
Frame Type: FeatherLight Folding
Running area: 22" x 60" XL Deck
Cushioning: 3-Zone Variable Response Cushioning
Drive Motor: 3.5 CHP RapidSync Drive System
Belt: 1.6mm, Silicone
Deck Thickness: 0.8" (20mm)
Roller Size: 60mm/46mm Tapered
Speed Range: 0.5 – 12 mph
Incline Range: 0 – 15%
Extras: Accessory Tray, Aluminum Side Rails, Audio In/Out Jack, Bluetooth Speakers, Energy Saver Mode, Fan, Multi-position Tablet Holders
Weight: 318 lbs.
Assembled Dimensions: 76" x 37" x 63"
Folded Dimensions: 42" x 37" x 71"
Max User weight: 325 lbs.
Electrical Requirements: 60Hz - 120V
Home Warranty - Frame: Lifetime
Home Warranty - Motor: Lifetime
Home Warranty - Parts: 5 years
Home Warranty - Labor: 2 years
 
This is a great treadmill in a commercial setting. For home gym owners it is a good pick if you have a basement or garage gym to fill. If you live in a small apartment this might not be the best choice as you can not move it around a lot.
 

Pros of the Horizon 7.4 AT

 
The pros of the Horizon 7.4 AT are:
 
  • Big frame for a modest price
  • Strong motor for a modest price
  • Can be used by heavier athletes
 
The 7.4 AT is a great treadmill for anyone who likes their equipment big and does not want it to cost a leg and an arm. For a proper treadmill, the price is reasonable. I won’t say it’s cheap as any fitness equipment over $1000 is a considerable investment for most. What I do say is that you get a proper commercial standard frame and a massive motor for your money.
 

Cons of the Horizon 7.4 AT

 
The cons of the Horizon 7.4 AT are:
 
  • Size
  • Price
  • Console
 
The Horizon 7.4 AT is a big machine and is north of $1000. This means it is a considerable commitment in space and Money for any home gym. For commercial gyms, I think this is a great option to buy in bulk, as long as there are read TVs in the vicinities for entertainment. The console is sturdy but has little entertainment value. This is probably the biggest downside of the Horizon AT 7.4.
 

Alternatives to the Horizon 7.4 AT

 
 
The Horizon Elite T7 is the middle treadmill out of the elite line. If you want a similar machine that is a little lighter and therefore easier to move the T7 is a good pick.
 
The Horizon 7.8 AT is the big brother of the 7.4 AT. With a slightly bigger frame and a more powerful motor, it builds the Creme de la Creme of the AT Series. In my personal opinion, these are a better pick than the elite series and you still save $300 compared to the Elite T9.
 
The Horizon 7.0 AT is the option under $1000 out of the AT series. It has the smallest motor, belt, and the smallest warranty package out of the series. A commercial buyer might want to stay clear and stick with the 7.4 AT for better warranty options. Budget-conscious home gym buyers can consider this one, especially if they are not particularly heavy or go very fast.
 
The Rogue Echo bike is in my opinion one of the best options for cardio for home gyms. The price is fair, it is overbuilt, easy to move, and you can do proper HIIT training on it. I personally like to run outdoors and therefore do not get a lot of use out of treadmills. A low-budget option of the same idea is the TITAN fan bike.
 
The Assault air runner is a self-propelled treadmill. This makes it a good option for anyone who wants to do sprints but has not the space for a full basketball court or football pitch in their estate. The downsides are the price and the space needed for it. These are even bigger than regular treadmills, so really pay attention to your measurements.
 

Conclusion for the Horizon 7.4 AT 

 
The Horizon 7.4 AT is a great value-for-money treadmill in the upper echelons of fitness budgets. You will get a lot of treadmill with a good motor for a modest amount of money. Be aware that you need quite a bit of space to place it.
 
 

Overview of the Horizon 7.0AT $999

 
The Horizon 7.0 AT is the smallest product in the Horizon AT line. It has the smallest motor and the belt is also downgraded compared to the 7.4 AT and the 7.8 AT. There is also a considerable drop in coverage of the warranty with this model. This makes it a good option for the home buyer who does not want to spend more than $1000 on a treadmill with a powerful motor. Commercial buyers might want to spend a little extra on warranty with the 7.4 AT to sleep better at night and have less hassle if parts break. The full specifications are:
 
Frame Type: FeatherLight Folding
Running area: 20" x 60"
Cushioning: 3-Zone Variable Response Cushioning
Drive Motor: 3.0 CHP RapidSync Drive System
Belt: 1.6mm, Silicone
Deck Thickness: 0.7"
Roller Size: 60mm/46mm Tapered
Speed Range: 0.5 – 12 mph
Incline Range: 0 – 15%
Extras: Audio In/Out Jack, Bluetooth Speakers, Energy Saver Mode, Fan, Tablet Rack, Water Bottle Holder
Weight: 253 lbs.
Assembled Dimensions: 76.5" x 36" x 59"
Folded Dimensions: 41" x 36" x 70"
Max User weight: 325 lbs.
Electrical Requirements: 60Hz - 120V
Home Warranty - Frame: Lifetime
Home Warranty - Motor: Lifetime
Home Warranty - Parts: 3 years
Home Warranty - Labor: 1 years
 
This is a good treadmill, however, if you do not want to break the $1000 mark you might as well make a few more compromises and save even more by going for an Airbike.
 

Pros of the Horizon 7.0 AT

 
The pros of the Horizon 7.0 AT are:
 
  • $1000 Sticker
  • Sturdy frame
 
The biggest pros of the Horizon 7.0 AT are the price of $1000 and the sturdy frame you get for that little money.  Now that’s little money for that type of frame, it is still a bit of money.
 

Cons of the Horizon 7.0 AT

 
The cons of the Horizon 7.0 AT are:
 
  • Smaller warranty package
  • Pretty big for a budget treadmill
  • Small motor
 
Compared to the other Horizon AT models, 7.4 AT and 7.8 AT, the warranty package is considerably smaller. It is also a pretty big treadmill for a machine under $1000. In this section, you might want to look at something smaller that you can fit under the bed or that has a few more multimedia options.
 

Alternatives to the Horizon 7.0 AT

 
Alternatives to the Horizon 7.0 AT are:
 
 
The Horizon T303 is the top model out of the T series from Horizon fitness. These treadmills have a smaller frame than the AT series and also only go up to a 10% incline instead of the 15% the 7.0 AT offers. A smaller version of the T303 is the T202 if you wanted to save even more money.
 
The Rogue Echo bike is a great alternative to a treadmill in your home gym. It takes up less space, is easier to move, and in most cases costs less. It is also more likely to be used by the entire family. I like HIIT training and Airbikes are one of the best machines to get the job done. A budget version of the Rogue Echo bike is the Titan fan bike.
 
The concept 2 ski erg is a great alternative to a tower or a treadmill. It is a novel way of cardio on a minimal footprint. If you want a cardio machine in your closet, the ski erg might be it.
 

Conclusion for the Horizon 7.0AT

 
The horizon 7.0 AT is a great choice if you want a big treadmill for smallish money. If you are a serious home warrior or want to use it for commercial purposes it is probably best to upgrade to the 7.4 or find a line of treadmills with more media options.
 
 
 
 

Overview of the Horizon T303 $999

 
The Horizon T303 is the top end of the home user-friendly treadmills of horizon fitness. This is the treadmill with the most bells and whistles that are geared towards someone using it in the home. If you can stretch your budget to $1000 but not further under any circumstances then this is a great option. The full specifications are:
 
Frame Type: FeatherLight Folding
Running area: 20" x 60"
Cushioning: 3-Zone Variable Response Cushioning
Drive Motor: 3.0 Continuous-Duty Horsepower
Belt: 1.4mm, Silicone
Deck Thickness: 0.7" (18mm)
Roller Size: 46mm/42mm Tapered
Speed Range: 0.5 – 12 mph
Incline Range: 0 – 12%
Extras: Accessory Tray, Audio In/Out Jack, Bluetooth Speakers, Custom Interval Keys, Energy Saver Mode, Fan, Multi-position Tablet Holders
Weight: 194 lbs.
Assembled dimensions: 75" x 34" x 58"
Folded dimensions: 47" x 34" x 65"
Max User weight: 325 lbs.
Electrical requirements: 60Hz - 120V
Home Warranty - Frame: Lifetime
Home Warranty - Motor: Lifetime
Home Warranty - Parts: 3 year
Home Warranty - Labor: 1 year
 
This is a good treadmill for home use in limited spaces. Compared to other Horizon models the frame and belt are less sturdy. In return, the treadmill is easier to transport and takes up less space.
 

Pros of the Horizon T303

 
The pros is the T303 are:
 
  • Strong motor
  • 12% incline
  • Almost studio-grade
 
For the money, you pay you almost get a studio-grade treadmill including a strong motor. The 12% incline also provides extra resistance if you want to challenge yourself even more. This is a great treadmill for the stay-at-home mom or occasional runner that just wants to get their miles in without being cold or in the traffic.
 

Cons of the Horizon T303

 
The cons of the Horizon T303 are:
 
  • Flimsy frame
  • Console
  • Warranty
 
The frame is rather flimsy which leads to more impact being transferred from the belt to the frame compared to the bigger Horizon fitness models. This means that you will have more rattling and inclines might feel a little unstable. If you are more than 100kg and intend to go ballistic at your treadmill I recommend going with the 7.0AT instaed for the same budget. This treadmill will not fall apart, it is well made, but if you really drive in the countryside you get a range rover and not a Qashqai.
 
The console leaves a lot to be desired for entertainment options. You can put your phone or Ipad on the treadmill, but that technically means a higher cost for the overall build. Especially if you do not want to mix work and downtime or if you do not want to run the risk of having your high-value electronics anywhere near the gym.
 
The last point is the warranty. While this warranty is more than enough for private use it might be ideal for commercial use, especially combined with the lighter build of the T303 compared to other treadmills in the Horizon fitness lineup. If you are a commercial buyer looking for good value for money I personally think the /.4AT is your best betas it combines a cushy warranty package with a sturdy frame.
 

Alternatives to the Horizon 303

 
Alternatives to the Horizon T303 are:
 
 
The Horizon 7.0 AT is the trimmed-down version of the Horizon studio line. This is a good treadmill if you weigh more than 100kg, but do not want to pay more than $1000 for a frame that will hold you. The downside is that this treadmill will take up considerably more space as it is built on a sturdier frame than the T series.
 
If you do not want to go very fast and you are willing to compromise on the warranty options the T202 can be a good option for your home gym to move further away from the $1000 mark. At $799 it is a great treadmill to get your miles in for 5ks and generally staying fit. For anyone who really wants to dig deep into HIIT training and going at high paces for hours, this might not be the right treadmill.
 
The Horizon T101 is the most budget option from Horizon fitness's treadmills. It has the smallest motor and belt of all the products on offer. While it is an option I personally think you are better off looking into walking and foldable treadmills that can go under your bed if you go that low in the Horizon product line. What is the point of having a treadmill with a console that can not be fully folded up, when you are not planning on abusing the heck out of it anyway.
 
The Rogue Echo Bike is my personal recommendation for any home gym owner. I personally like to do my runs outside and this bike dies everything I need for HIIT training. It is easy to move around & sturdy so that my 100kg clunky body can sit comfortably while giving it all I have. The price is also decent. Rogue really build a great product that is competitively priced to make serious home gym owners happy. A budget option of the Rogue Echo bike is the Titan fan bike.
 
If you want to save floor space and still get your cardio in, i personally think that the concept 2 ski erg is one of the best options you can get. It will take up very little space in your home while you are still dealing with a serious cardio machine. Of course, you can not run on it, but why are you getting your treadmill in the first place? Most likely to lose weight and stay fit. The ski erg delivers on that.
 

Conclusion for the Horizon T303

 
The Horizon T303 is a great treadmill for the home user that weighs less than 100kg and does not want to put their treadmill under too much stress. Nicely paced jogs and runs will be best on this treadmill with the comfort of easy incline and speed adjustments. If you weigh more than 100kg or plan on running 10Ks and half marathon s for time on this machine, then you might want to opt for something sturdier. I also would not recommend prolonged use of the incline function to simulate speedy hiking runs.
 
 

Overview of the  Horizon T202 $709

 
The  Horizon T202 is the middle treadmill in the T series of Horizon fitness. It is the middle-of-the-road approach to a treadmill in the lower-cost segment of Horizon fitness. You can go up to 12 miles an hour at an incline of 12% with this treadmill and edge away from the magical $1000 investment that many home gym owners do not want to surpass for a machine. The full specifications are:
 
Frame Type: FeatherLight Folding
Running area: 20" x 60"
Cushioning: 3-Zone Variable Response Cushioning
Drive Motor: 2.75 Continuous-Duty Horsepower
Belt: 1.4mm, Silicone
Deck Thickness: 0.7" (18mm)
Roller Size: 46mm/42mm Tapered
Speed Range: 0.5 – 12 mph
Incline Range: 0 – 12%
Extras: Audio In/Out Jack, Bluetooth Speakers, Energy Saver Mode, Fan, Tablet Rack, Water Bottle Holder
Weight: 187 lbs.
Assembled dimensions: 75" x 34" x 58"
Folded dimensions: 47" x 34" x 65"
Max User weight: 325 lbs.
Electrical requirements: 60Hz - 120V
Home Warranty - Frame: Lifetime
Home Warranty - Motor: Lifetime
Home Warranty - Parts: 1 year
Home Warranty - Labor: 1 year
 
This is a good machine for the occasional use in the home to stay fit. IT will be good for joggers and modest runners. If more than one person in the household will use it on a regular basis you might want to consider upgrading to the T303 for better warranty coverage.
 

Pros of the Horizon T202

 
The pros of the Horizon T202 are:
 
  • Price
  • Motor
  • Incline
 
For a modestly priced treadmill below $1000, you get a decent motor and an incline up to 12%. These are nice perks against the budget of about $700. If you do not want to think too hard about your purchase and have no extra hardcore needs, this is probably the treadmill to get from Horizon fitness.
 

Cons of the Horizon T202

 
The cons of the Horizon fitness T202 are:
 
  • Console
  • Warranty
  • Frame
 
The console of the Horizon fitness T202 is pretty basic compared to the multimedia options you can have with other models from Horizon or their competitors. If you are intending to combine your treadmill with some of your other gadgets to build an experience tailored to you, that is great. Just be ready that you will have to do some Bluetooth pairing or cabling each time you step on and off.
 
The warranty is only 1 year on parts and labor which makes it not a great choice for commercial use. Also if you think that there will be more than one heavy user in the house I would recommend upgrading to the T303 to have a better motor and warranty. If you put more than 200 miles a week on the machine, definitely consider a switch to the T303 or the 7.0 AT.
 
The last thing is the frame. If you already know that you are a berserker that makes treadmills suffer, this is not for you. I weigh 100kg and my fastest 5k was under 18 minutes. The T202 and I probably would not be good friends for long.
 

Alternatives to the Horizon T202

 
Alternatives to the Horizon T202 are:
 
 
The Horizon T101 is the most barebone treadmill you can get from Horizon on the smallest frame they provide. While you can explore this road I would recommend that you might look into walking treadmills instead which are more convenient to store. $600 can buy you a very decent walking treadmill, but you will struggle with a new treadmill that is really good. The T202 already forms the underbelly of that market in my opinion.
 
The Rogue Echo bike is a great alternative for anyone who is getting a treadmill to stay fit and lose weight. If running is not your passion, but only a method to the end of staying fit, consider this airbike. It is sturdy, easy to move, and well suited to proper HIIT training. If you want to go hard at it and not worry about your equipment, this is the better choice than the T202. Some people might find the design intimidating and a little too masculine. A good budget alternative to the Echo bike is the TITAN fan bike, as long as you like the big wheels on it.
 
The concept 2 ski erg is a great cardio machine that saves space in your home and is relatively silent. The beauty of it is that you do not have the footfall. This is the main source of noise out of a treadmill and the concept 2 ski erg eliminates this element of cardio completely. It is still able to give you a savage workout if you are willing to push yourself hard enough.
 

Conclusion for the Horizon T202

 
The Horizon Fitness T202 treadmill is a good option for a jogger who wants to pay the bare minimum for a decent running treadmill. It will take some of the spikes of your training and play along with the occasional incline run. If you are a serious runner or weigh more than 100kg, stay away from this treadmill as you will not become friends, unless you intend to walk on it.
 

 

 

Overview of the Horizon T101 $599

 
The Horizon Fitness T101 is the smallest treadmill you can get from Horizon fitness. It has the smallest belt, the smallest warranty, and the smallest incline of 10%. If you want an overbuilt walking treadmill that you do not need to store away after use, then this is the one for you. Otherwise, go for a different model from Horizon or research deeper into more flexible walking treadmills. The full list of specifications is:
 
Frame Type: FeatherLight Folding
Running area: 20" x 55"
Cushioning: 3-Zone Variable Response Cushioning
Drive Motor: 2.5 Continuous-Duty Horsepower
Belt: 1.4mm, Silicone
Deck Thickness: 0.7" (18mm)
Roller Size: 46mm/42mm Tapered
Speed Range: 0.5 – 12 mph
Incline Range: 0 – 10%
Extras: Audio In/Out Jack, Bluetooth Speakers, Energy Saver Mode, Fan, Tablet Rack, Water Bottle Holder
Weight: 165 lbs.
Assembled dimensions: 70" x 34" x 55"
Folded dimensions: 46" x 34" x 61"
Max User weight: 300 lbs.
Electrical requirements: 60Hz - 120V
Home Warranty - Frame: Lifetime
Home Warranty - Motor: Lifetime
Home Warranty - Parts: 1 year
Home Warranty - Labor: 1 year
 
I am never a huge fan of getting the cheapest of anything with the least amount of features. The same goes for the Horizon T101. If you are a slow jogger or fast walker, this is perfect. Otherwise, get yourself a proper running treadmill from the Horizon studio line or upgrade to the T202/303 if you weigh less than 100kg.
 

Pros of the Horizon T101

 
The pros of the Horizon T101 are:
 
  • Incline
  • Sturdy frame
  • Speed
 
If you look at the T101 as a walking treadmill it has a strong motor and incline. The frame is also sturdy for a walking treadmill. If you were looking for a very robust walking treadmill, this is it. 
 

Cons of the Horizon T101

 
The cons of the Horizon T101 are:
 
  • Not ideal for runners
  • Can not be stored easily
  • Barebone warranty
  • Still has a console
 
When you put everything together about the T101 I would stay away from it if you consider yourself a runner. It is the cheapest Horizon has to offer with the smallest warranty package. If you put 100s of miles on it and weigh more than a feather it will rattle and break. For walkers who want to into the occasional jog, this is a good fit.
 
If we look at the T101 through the walking treadmill lens it can not be stored easily. There are quite a few options out there that can be folded and hung in the closet or pushed under the bed. You do not have these options with the T101 which makes it less attractive if you only use it for walking.
 
The barebone warranty is worrisome if you will run on this. This treadmill is a malfunction waiting to happen if you put it under a lot of stress. Not because it is not well built, but because someone was cheap about what they actually are using it for. This paired with the small warranty is not a great choice if you press more than 100 miles per week.
 
If I am looking at it as a walking treadmill I also have to ask why it has a console at all. You still pay for these parts and on a walking treadmill, an up and down button for speed will more than do. No speakers or other electronics needed as you will use your phone or tablet anyway.
 

Alternatives to the Horizon T101

 
Alternatives to the Horizon T101 are:
 
 
The rogue echo bike is a great alternative to any treadmill for the serious athlete. You will most likely do your runs outdoors anyway to make it more challenging and closer to the real thing. The echo bike will enable you to do great interval training and is easier to move around. It also comes at roughly the same price point as the T101 give or take $100. A budget version of the Rogue Echo bike is the TITAN fan bike.
 
The concept 2 ski erg is a great option for a serious machine that is not as noisy as a treadmill and takes up less space. You will not get a leg workout, but a great deal of cardio. If your goal is to lose weight and stay fit and you do not mind that much which way this happens, give the ski erg a serious look.
 

Conclusion for the Horizon T101

 
In my personal opinion, there are better options out there for a walking treadmill. If you want a running treadmill the Horizon portfolio really starts at the T202 if not even at the T303 and 7.0AT.

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