Horizon Fitness Treadmill Reviews 2018

Last Updated: 1/5/2018

Horizon Fitness is one of the leading competitive treadmill makers. Their company excels at creating low-budget products. Their treadmills are usually less expensive than competing treadmill brands. Also offered are also ellipticals and exercise bicycles as part of the Horizon line of cardio exercise equipment.

Horizon Fitness is also a part of the larger Johnson Health Tech company which gives them some credibility and consistency when developing treadmills. The treadmills are now all made with Johnson-patented drive motors, giving more consistent action to these treadmills.

Horizon Treadmill Product Line Summary

Horizon Fitness’ 2018 treadmill line comes in a range of prices to cater to various budgets. Each category takes a jump in features as it takes a step up in the price range.

Horizon T Series Reviews

The entry-level treadmill series is the T series. Ranging up to $700, these treadmills have up to 10% incline, 2.25 CHP Johnson drive motors, and LCD screens. Some of the out-of-stock T series treadmills have slightly different specs.

Horizon Adventure Series Reviews

The Adventure series starts at $900 with 2.5 CHP Johnson drive motors. Starting with 55” by 20” running areas, they have wide, back-lit LCD screens, and EKG handlebar grips. While these treadmills are fairly affordable, they are not always the most sturdy when working out.

Horizon Elite Series Reviews

The Elite treadmill series is the final treadmill series for Horizon. These treadmills start at $1,500 and are Bluetooth-capable. They have 2.75 CHP Johnson drive motors, 60” by 20” running area, and over 30 workout programs. There are new iterations on the Elite treadmills, improving the motor size and other aspects. We are looking forward to reviewing these new Elite treadmills.

Out-Of-Stock Horizon Treadmills

Some treadmills which we have been able to review have gone out-of-stock on both Horizon’s website as well as on the Johnson Fitness & Wellness website. However, they are still available through some third-parties online such as eBay and Amazon. If you are curious about these older Horizon treadmills, feel free to read our reviews on them.

Common Features On Horizon Treadmills

Like with all treadmill brands, it is difficult to say there is a set of common features as they vary so widely in price. Since that is the case, we have broken down the common features each of the Horizon treadmill series shares.

Common features on Horizon T series Treadmills

  • 2.25 CHP motor
  • Incline ranges 0% to 10%
  • Max speed 10 MPH
  • 20” x 55” running area
  • 3-Zone Variable Response Cushioning
  • Featherlight folding
  • 30 workout programs
  • Heart rate contact grips
  • Lifetime warranty on frame and motor, 2-year parts, 1-year labor

Common features on Horizon Adventure series Treadmills

  • 2.5 CHP motor
  • Incline ranges 0% to 12%
  • Max speed 12 MPH
  • 3-Zone Variable Response Cushioning
  • Featherlight folding
  • Heart rate contact grips
  • Passport-enabled
  • ViaFit Connect ready
  • Lifetime warranty on frame and motor, 3-year parts, 1-year labor

Common features on Horizon Elite series Treadmills

  • 2.75 CHP motor
  • Incline ranges 0% to 15%
  • Max speed 12 MPH
  • 20” x 60” running area
  • 3-Zone Variable Response Cushioning
  • Passport-enabled
  • ViaFit Connect ready
  • Featherlight folding
  • Heart rate contact grips
  • Wireless heart rate monitoring chest strap
  • Weight capacity 350 lbs

Pros To Owning A Horizon Fitness Treadmill

Compact design – These treadmills are compact and fairly light, which makes them ideal for households where space is a premium. This does affect their stability when it comes to faster speeds combined with inclines.

Budget treadmills – The T-series and Adventure treadmills come in at more affordable prices than competing treadmills. The T101, in particular, has received our Best Buy for the price range between $500-$700. It has an excellent ratio of features to price.

Passport and ViaFit – The higher-end models from Horizon are enabled to work with both Passport and ViaFit. The Passport can sync up with your TV to allow you to run virtually in locations around the world. It must be purchased separately. ViaFit is Johnson Fitness’ health tracking app, where you can log and track your workouts.

Cons Of Owning A Horizon Fitness Treadmill

Motor size – The Horizon treadmills which we have reviewed have smaller motors than other competitors’ treadmills. There are three new Horizon treadmills coming out in 2018 and they seem to have large motors. We will be sure to update if they prove to be equal to other higher powered treadmills.

Elite prices – The Elite series can be costly without an equal trade-off in features, especially when compared to treadmills of equal price. Even when you compare the Elite T7 and the Elite T9, you will notice that there is very little difference between the two machines, yet the Elite T9 is around $400 more expensive.

Warranty length – While the frame and motor have the lifetime warranty expected of all top brand treadmills, Horizon is not as generous with their parts and labor warranties. Both the parts and labor warranties are generally a year shorter than their competitors’ offered warranties.

When laid out side-by-side, it is clear that Horizon treadmills lack significant upgrades that other treadmill brands have as the Horizon treadmills increase in price. We encourage you to learn more about Horizon’s specific treadmills by reading their individual reviews.

Our Ruling On Horizon Treadmills

We have mixed feelings when it comes to Horizon’s treadmills. The more affordable end of their treadmills, the T series and Adventure series, are of good quality and decent price. However, we can’t say that the Elite series.

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