Horizon T202 Treadmill Review – 2019

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Features

7.5/10

Tech Specs

7.5/10

Build Quailty

7/10

Treadmill Review

The Horizon T202 treadmill is a revived treadmill that Horizon has brought back with new technology. Our treadmill reviewers here atTreadmill Reviews had previously reviewed the 2014 Horizon T202, and they were excited to see some of the changes on the 2019 Horizon T202.Some key feature changes which have improved the T202 are the increased running area of 20” wide and 60” long, meaning taller users and those with longer strides can more comfortably use it. The motor is also stronger, with a 2.75 CHP motor built-in, which still makes this treadmill better for walkers than other types of users.In general, if theHorizon T101 falls a little short of what you need in a treadmill, the T202 is similarly-priced with slightly stronger features so that joggers and walkers can use it successfully.

   

Price

Usually, the T202 costs around $899.

The T202 Treadmill Is Built For Users who:

  • Enjoy a mix of tech and simplicity - The user interface for the T202 is relatively simple, with the speed, incline, and program buttons easily accessible and labeled for quick use. However, you can sync the T202 with your smart device for entertainment access and use the USB port to keep your device powered all through your workout.
  • Want to walk or occasionally jog - With a 2.75 CHP motor, the T202 is not meant for regular running and is best for casual joggers as well as daily walkers.
  • Need a compact treadmill - Much like the T101, the T202 is a compact treadmill which easily folds up and can be rolled away when it is not needed. So, for those who need more space but want a treadmill, the T202 is a good option.


Why The T202 Treadmill earned 3.7 stars

While the T202 is a good treadmill, it is still a budget treadmill, which limits our reviewers’ ability to score it higher. However, it is still a good treadmill and earned its stars.
  • Well-priced budget treadmill - Price plays a large part in choosing a treadmill, and the fact that the T202 is usually priced at $899 makes it a great deal.
  • Is built for a specific demographic - Rather than try to appeal to everyone, the T202 is built for those who want a well-built treadmill with a straightforward interface.  
  • Can be too simple when compared to others - Other treadmills in the T202 price range offer more workout programs and a greater variety of workout data, which can leave the T202 looking a little too simple.


Overall, the T202 is a good treadmill for those looking to walk or lightly jog and comes at a good price for the included features.
 

Main Specs - 7.5/10

Specs “Quick Review”:
  • Motor Size: 2.75 CHP
  • Running Area: 20” W x 60” L
  • Weight Capacity: 325 lbs
  • Folding: Yes
  • Footprint In Use (W, L, H): 34” x 70” x 56”
  • Footprint When Folded (W, L, H): 34” x 46” x 61”
  • Incline Range: 0-12%
  • Max Speed: 12 MPH
  • Treadmill Best For: Walkers, Jogger
  • Electrical Requirements: 120V


Motor Size - With a larger motor than the old T202 treadmill, the 2019 T202 treadmill has a 2.75 CHP motor. The motor is still smooth when running and works quietly so the household and neighbors won’t be disturbed when you workout.Running Area - To help accommodate those users with longer strides, the T202 has a running area of 20” wide and 60” long. That way, you won’t have to feel cramped as you jump on this treadmill.Weight Capacity - A slightly higher weight capacity comes with the T202 and can accommodate a user who weighs 325 lbs. This allows users of higher weight to easily use a budget treadmill, which may cheap treadmill have too low a weight capacity.Folding  - A hydraulic folding system comes with the T202, allowing you to lift the deck one-handed. It will also lock into place without you needed to do anything beyond lifting the deck high enough for the lock pin to engage. Also, when you choose to release the deck, all you have to do is depress the lever, and the deck can descend hands-free.Space / Footprint -  Even when in use, the T202 only measures34” wide, 70” long, and 56” tall, which will fit into most homes easily. When folded, the compact T202 measures 34” wide, 46” long, and 61” tall.Max Speed - You can reach a max speed of 12 MPH on the T202, though we do not recommend you use the higher speed ranges often, as this treadmill was not meant for heavy running.Incline - Improving on the T101, the T202 has a greater incline range, allowing you to set your incline anywhere from 0% to 12%. This range will increase your calorie burn even if you stick to walking.


Features - 7.5/10

Features “Quick Review”
  • Display: Blacklit LCD
  • PreInstalled Workout Apps: 12
  • Speakers: Yes
  • Fans: Yes
  • Heart Rate Monitoring: Handlebar pulse grips
  • USB port: Yes
  • Audio Jack: No
  • Water bottle cubbies: Yes
  • Device holder: Yes


Workout Apps - There are 12 different workout programs to choose from, which allow you to focus on either calorie burn, time, distance, weight loss, or manual setting. You can also use the AFG Connected Fitness app to access more training programs. The app is free but has some issues.First, you can only really run the app from a tablet. Though the developers have attempted to make it compatible with smartphones, it does not run well and mostly crashes when you try to use it. Even when run off of a tablet, issues arise with overlay interference which requires you to completely close out the app. When the AFG app does work, it allows you to access fitness tracking and sync some of your favorite apps like MyFitnessPal and MapMyRun. Display - With black backlighting, the T202 has a muted LCD screen, on which you can track your distance covered, current speed, time elapsed, calories burned, current heart rate, and incline level. The interface is fairly simple and will appeal to those who don’t care for all the bells and whistles that come with other machines like the ones from NordicTrack and ProForm.Speakers - Bluetooth speakers are embedded into the T202, which allows you to connect various smart devices to stream your media through the speakers. The speakers are more clear than speakers which rely on audio jack connections. Fans - Like the T101, the T202 has a tiny fan near the base of its console, and it does not put out much air. A treadmill walker may enjoy a slight air current, but a jogger will not benefit much from this fan.Heart Rate Monitoring - There are two handlebar pulse grips on the T202 which can check your heart rate. However, these pulse grips are not overly accurate, which is common among most pulse grips no matter what treadmill you are using them on.Other Tech Features
  • AFG Connected Fitness app
  • USB port to charge devices
  • Device shelf

Build Quality - 7/10

T202 Review: Build Quality
  • Warranties - Lifetime frame and motor coverage, 1-year labor, cushioning, and parts.
  • Belt - 1.4mm
  • Roller Size - Front/back 46mm/42mm
  • Cushioning - 3-Zone Variable Response Cushioning
  • Customer Support - Phone, email
  • Return Policy - 30-day guarantee


The build quality of the T202 is very similar to the T101, with a light metal frame and plastic console casing. It will stand up under daily walking and light jogging, but was not built to withstand the pounding a runner would put it under.As for the cushioning, the 3-Zone Variable Response cushioning comes on almost all Horizon treadmills is not the springiest but is fairly comfortable for walkers on the T202.To return the T202 to Horizon, you will need to contact their customer service within 30 days of receiving your treadmill. They will issue you a return merchandise authorization number and will refund your purchase minus the shipping and assembly charges.

Bottom Line Review Of The T202 Treadmill

Overall, the T202 is a good budget treadmill which is meant for users who want an easy-to-use machine that will allow them to walk or jog daily. If you aren’t sure the T202 is the right treadmill for you, go ahead and check out some of thebest treadmills and see if they might suit your needs better.  

Best Place To Buy The Horizon T202 Treadmill

To ensure you are able to purchase the updated T202 treadmill, it is important to buy your treadmill through Horizon directly. That way, you will be sure to receive the 2019 model of the T202 as well as direct customer and warranty support.
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