Horizon Elliptical Reviews
Among budget machines, Horizon elliptical trainers are one of the leaders of the pack. The company is known for producing great machines and it continues to maintain its reputation of high standards for quality, construction, manufacturing, and design.
Horizon is a brand of the Johnson Health Tech group which has been in business since the 1970s. In addition to Horizon and its sister brand AFG, Johnson Tech also puts out the Matrix and Vision brands. One of the things consumers notice first about these trainers is the sleek design and beautiful consoles. Not only are Horizon elliptical trainers aesthetically appealing when compared to competitor models, they ride as well as they look and they come loaded with features.
Horizon ellipticals are value-driven machines that consumers love to own and are buying them up as fast as they can; Horizon Fitness has gained a 17 percent share of the elliptical trainer mass market the past few years. The company loads their eye-catching trainers with snazzy features -- but don’t let appearances be your only criteria for purchasing one. It’s what’s “under the hood” that’s most important and, in that regard, Horizon’s new line-up of machines deliver again and again.
Value for Your Money
Horizon makes quality elliptical trainers with 17-lb front drive flywheels that offer value and solid performance at low prices ranging from $699 to $1899. They have a no-fuss, feature-friendly marketing approach, and continue to raise the bar by offering new budget models with advanced features such as pivoting footpads and power-driven inclines.
What We Say
A few years ago we remarked that Horizon Fitness was making a couple of outstanding elliptical trainers mixed in with some average models. At the time, we thought that the strategy of offering so many models seemed confusing to the buying public. Well, it seems as if they listened to feedback from trainers and consumers as they now limit their line to just a few great machines.
Just keep in mind that the company sells the popular E-series models -- the EX57, EX68, and EX78 -- online exclusively through their e-goods store. The other series of Horizon elliptical trainers -- the E701, E901, and E1201 -- are sold at Dick’s Sporting Goods but you can also order them online at the Horizon Fitness website. Best of all, both series have the same sleek design so it’s simply a matter of matching features and price in order to find an elliptical trainer that’s right for you.
Horizon EX-59 - A lot of value for such a low price; an affordable trainer with articulating foot pedals, 18 inch stride, 14.3-pound flywheel and easy assembly.
Horizon Evolve 3 - A step up from the entry level EX-59 with a larger display, ViaFit to sync workouts, Passport to run around the world and plenty of options.
Horizon Evolve 5 - The mid-range model improves upon the Evolve 5 with a heavier flywheel and more workouts, among other features and comfort touches.
Horizon Elite E7 - One of two top end models from the company, offering incline capability and free Polar heart rate chest straps, among other additional features.
Horizon Elite E9 - The top of line model featuring 44 built in workouts, incline capability plus ViaFit tracking and Passport integration.
Horizon CE4.4 - For a budget to mid-range elliptical trainer priced around $1500 this model is little more than a sheep in wolfs clothing.
Horizon EX-69 - Easily lands among our top choices at this price point for its value, quality, and features: large flywheel, entertainment system, cooling fan, good selection of programs.
Horizon EX-79 - Comfortable, smooth, quiet, well built, and well engineered. Enjoy a good investment that should give you years of calorie-blasting workouts.
Horizon EX-57 - Attractive and relatively small, making it ideal for someone with an apartment or smaller home.
Horizon EX-58 - The smooth gliding motion and stout frame beat any other under $600 front-drive machine on the market.
Horizon EX-68 - Decent budget model; rates better than average for engineering, noise level, comfort, quality, and reliability.
Horizon EX-78 - Exciting new model with Power Incline Ramp and FLATellipse™ pedal motion; an attractive, solid machine, good value for the price.
Horizon AT1501 Ascent Trainer - A decent alternative to higher priced center-drive ellipticals and Dynamic Motion Trainers; rates average for ergonomics and components.
Here is your chance to rant or rave about the elliptical you use at home or at the fitness center.