Horizon Treadmills

Horizon Fitness is a popular brand in the fitness equipment market, produced by Johnson Tech, Inc., the same company that makes Cateye, Matrix and Vision treadmills. They have been manufacturing fitness equipment for both home and commercial use for the last 25 years.

Horizon treadmills are known for their decent quality at competitive prices. They are keeping up to the competition by packing a lot of features in their machines. Especially in the 800 – 1200$ price range Horizon has some models which are good overall machines. The production has been moved to China which helps Horizon to maintain a price advantage over other similar models. The designs look good, and the company itself is ISO9001 certified, which says a lot about their dedication to quality,

There is a wide range of models available from the basic motorized treadmills to the heavy duty ones. You can choose the one according to your budget and exercise needs. To help you choose a treadmill, you can refer to treadmill buyers guide.

Horizon treadmills range from basic models like 1.3T which comes with a 1.75 CHP motor or 5.3T which is a heavy machine with a 2.75 CHP motor. Most of the models are priced around 800 – 1200$ range with some exceptions which go into premium segment. Models like 5.3T, T1200 and T6 are heavy duty treadmills for a more intensive workout.

There are some common features available all through the product range like COMFORTzone System which offer cushioning while running, preset programs, console feedbacks and monitors which in making your treadmill workouts more effective.

Though aggressively priced there are some points to consider. Some of the parts are plastic molded, which can easily break with heavier use. And there are users who feel that assembling a Horizon treadmill is rather difficult. Smooth and Proform are the other strong contenders in this segment.

Good warranties are offered by the company which is usually a lifetime warranty on the motor and the frame and a 1 year part and labor warranty.

A few models like Horizon 5.3t treadmill, Horizon t81 treadmill, Horizon t700 treadmill, Horizon club t500 treadmill and Horizon t1200 treadmill are reviewed on this site elsewhere.

Horizon fitness T1200 treadmill

Here is another one from Horizon Fitness, T1200 treadmill, a much talked about model. A good sturdy exercise treadmill. A powerful motor 2.75 motor does the job well but is a bit noisy. An Ipod docking is also provided but that’s an additional feature, a treadmill should be judged on the performance and durability, not on the accessories.

A treadmill must always be installed properly on a perfectly flat surface so that it runs smoothly without any strain on its motor or frame. If you have doubts over installations get some help from the dealer.

 

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Spec sheet is given as under:

MOTOR : 2.75 CHP motor backed by a lifetime warranty.

SPEED RANGE :.0 – 12 mph

ELEVATION RANGE : 0 – 12%(.5% increments)

FRAME : Heavy-gauge steel withstands rigorous, daily use

RUNNING AREA : 20” x 55”

BELT THICKNESS : 1.6mm durable orthopedic belt

CUSHION SYSTEM : Variable 4 zone.

FOLDING SYSTEM : Two hydraulic shocks help make folding and unfolding the treadmill easier and safer.

SCREEN : 6 Amber LED Windows , Brickyard and Clock and Date Windows with Amber Alpha Numeric Back Lit Display

PROGRAM # : 13 programs

PROGRAM TYPE : (Manual, Weight Loss 1, Weight :Loss 2, Power Walk 1, Power Walk 2, Walk/Run 1, Walk/Run 2, Jog/Run 1, Jog/Run2, Incline 1, Incline 2, My Workouts 1, My Workouts 2) with eTRAK™

HEART RATE : Contact heart rate grips make it easy to monitor yourself.

OTHER : Speakers with IN & OUT Jacks, and iPod Docking Station Package (includes Dock, Headphone Jack, Track Volume, Pause Buttons and no Slip by pocket)
 

WARRANTY

FRAME : Lifetime

MOTOR : Lifetime

PARTS : 3 years

LABOR : 1 year

USER CAPACITY : 375 lbs

Powerful machine. Console is big and could do without much plastic.  

Horizon fitness T500 treadmill.

Another good model from Horizon fitness would be T500 treadmill. This one has a nice design with a 2.0 CHP motor which is quiet and does its job well. If you want something that is good for long run at good speed, a motor above this rating would be preferred. As with most of the Horizon treadmills, this has a sturdy design with great controls and is easy to store.

Some people do get issues with installation but a help from the dealer would be a good option and do check out on the price discounts.

 

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Spec sheet is given as under:

MOTOR : 2.00-hp continuous duty motor backed by a 25-year warranty.

SPEED RANGE :.5 – 10 mph

ELEVATION RANGE : 0 – 10%

FRAME : Heavy-gauge steel withstands rigorous, daily use

RUNNING AREA : 20” x 50”

BELT THICKNESS : 1.6mm Durable, 2-ply belt

CUSHION SYSTEM : TriFlex™ cushioning.

FOLDING SYSTEM : Two hydraulic shocks help make folding and unfolding the treadmill easier and safer.

SCREEN : 5 Yellow Green LED Windows

PROGRAM # : 9 programs help add variety to your routine

PROGRAM TYPE : (Manual, Weight Loss 1, Weight :Loss 2, Power Walk 1, Power Walk 2, Walk/Run 1, Walk/Run 2, Incline 1, Incline 2) with eTRACK™

HEART RATE : Contact heart rate grips make it easy to monitor yourself.

OTHER : Speakers with IN & OUT Jacks, and MP3 Pocket

WARRANTY

FRAME : Lifetime

MOTOR : 25 years

PARTS : 1year

LABOR : 1 year

USER CAPACITY : 275 lbs

Though not a top end machine, it serves the purpose well at this price