Horizon Fitness specializes in budget-friendly, in-home fitness equipment. When it comes to treadmills, Horizon offers affordable alternatives to brands like Matrix Fitness and Vision Fitness that sell higher-end treadmills for home gyms and health clubs starting at around $2,500.
Rather than going the route of creating their own interactive/streaming training programming, Horizon takes the brand-agnostic approach, meaning they provide users the opportunity to sync up with a variety of training apps including Studio, Peloton, Aaptiv, Daily Burn, and others. It’s a clever move that not only saves them from hefty capital investment, but also gives users more variety in terms of their available workout options. Great as Peloton, Echelon, and NordicTrack’s iFit are, everyone has their preferences when it comes to working out and instructor style, and this way if you don’t like one app you can easily cancel and move onto the next. Furthermore, Horizon isn’t scrapping built-in programming to make way for software the way we’ve been seeing from other brands, so you can simply just hop on and work out on these machines without an additional monthly subscription cost.
Sale prices for Horizon treadmills range from $599 for the T101 to $1,999 for the 7.8 AT. Warranties on the parts range from one to five years depending on the machine in the full lineup, which includes:
All Horizon treadmills are foldable, and the entry level GO series treadmills are more geared towards walkers and joggers than runners. The 7.4 AT and 7.8 AT are the best models in the range for running, featuring extended tracks for comfortable running strides. To visually compare all the Horizon treadmills, see our comparison chart below for a quick overview of track dimensions, motor power, and other crucial specs.
What We Like:
- Price Point: Horizon treadmills offer an affordable price point that most home-gym shoppers will appreciate. If you’re just starting your fitness journey, you probably don’t want to spend a small fortune on a machine; Horizon is the perfect place to start. The cheapest option, the T101, can be found on sale for just $599, and from there you can move up to the 7.8 AT model which is priced at $1,999 and offers a five-year warranty on parts and 2 years on labor.
- Rapid Sync Motor Tech: All of the Studio Series treadmills from Horizon use a new breed of electric motors with what the brand is calling Rapid Sync. This allows the treadmill’s motor to speed up and slow down faster than the competition, which is great for high intensity interval training.
- Program Variety: Between the ability to connect to various training apps, and the inclusion of a broad range of on-board training programs, it’s hard to get bored running on any of Horizon’s treadmills.
- Roomy Track Size: Roomy track size is important for runners, and Horizon does not disappoint in this regard. With their lengths ranging from 55 to 60 inches, there’s a machine to suit everyone.
- Variable Response Suspension: This means that you’ll get varying levels of cushioning depending on where you are on the treadmill, which allows for the optimal overall shock absorption.
- Incline: Horizon offers power inclines on its treadmills between 10% and 15% depending on the model. This is great news for anyone hoping to burn more calories, tone their leg muscles, add cardio fitness, or enhance their resting metabolic rate.
- Folding Capabilities: Working out in a small space? Horizon has got you covered. You can easily fold up all of their treadmills for storage with the help of their FeatherLight hydraulic system which makes moving the treadmill into its vertical position a breeze.
- High Weight Limits: These treadmills are able to support users up to 350 pounds, providing a sturdy build despite the light, easily foldable design.
- Easy Media Access: Every Horizon treadmill in the current lineup comes with a tablet rack or multi-position tablet holder as well as built-in speakers (which are bluetooth on some models), bringing a whole host of entertainment options to your workout. Many of the models across the range also offer USB charging ports..
- Excellent Warranty Coverage: Warranty packages vary between models, but Horizon is generally quite generous when it comes to warranties and ensure their customers are taken care of.
What We Don’t Like:
- Phone Wait Time: Horizon’s customer service agents are friendly and knowledgeable, but reaching one can take quite a while.
- Thin Decks: These machines have thin decks, so they aren’t the best at absorbing sound.
- Small Rollers: Horizon’s cheapest treadmills have shorter warranties partly because their belt rollers are small. Smaller rollers put more strain on the belt system. Rollers on the T101 are just 46mm/42mm in diameter whereas those on the Studio series treadmills are a fair bit larger.
- Basic Consoles: Due to the choice of relying on 3rd party apps for streaming services, the consoles on Horizon treadmills are not the same slick touchscreen units seen on many other machines throughout the industry. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as simple tech still gets the job done, but it’s something to keep in mind.
For buyers with small to medium budgets, Horizon treadmills offer good value for money. The compact T101 in particular is one of our best buys for under $1000, as although it saves on horsepower and track space, it benefits from other features not normally found in its price range.
Serious runners who train more regularly and intensely should look towards Horizon’s Studio Series; these machines are large and powerful enough to accommodate the everyday runner’s workout needs. These cardio machines won’t last as long as more expensive options on the market, but they will keep users happy over years of training sessions.