The budget priced Horizon EX-59 elliptical trainer is the most affordable trainer available from Horizon that includes the patented SixStar Certified™ technology.
On the console’s 4.5" yellow/green LCD display, you get readouts for time, speed, distance, calories, heart rate, level and watts. The Horizon EX-59 elliptical machine offers 10 programs options including targets (Time, Distance, Calories) and workouts (Hills, Weight Loss, Reverse Train, and Custom). On-the-fly changes lets you select different programs and resistance at any time.
The list of features includes:
As the upgraded replacement to the EX-58, the Horizon EX-59 elliptical trainer has a heavy 154-pound frame based on the new SixStar Certified™ technology for optimum body posture and ergonomic comfort.
This includes several key points including Q-Factor ZEROgap™ overlapping pedal motion, foot path which mimics a natural walking gait, pivoting pedals, an 18" stride length, and a low step-on height.
Other features include the Sonic Surround™ speakers with MP3 compatibility, a cooling fan in the center of the console, and hand grip monitors for heart rate readouts.
Reviewers are very pleased with the entry level EX-59, just as they were with its predecessor, the EX-58 elliptical trainer, which was a significant improvement over the EX-57 model of years past.
If you will keep in mind that the Horizon EX-59 is a budget machine that won’t be as reliable and as comfortable as a $2000 machine, you will like it a lot. It packs a lot of value for such a low price.
However, it is strictly for light use, although it does seem to hold up well for larger users. The 275-lb weight capacity seems accurate without being overstated.
All this for just under $700: articulating foot pedals, 18" stride, 14 pound flywheel, a 145-pound steel frame, and easy assembly.
The Horizon EX-59 is a good-looking elliptical trainer with an attractive console that offers many of the same components as the higher priced Evolve and Elite models.
As for competitor models, the Horizon EX-59 elliptical compares favorably to other cross trainers in the under-$700 range, and even offers a better warranty: one year compared to just 90-day coverage on many units.
The EX-59 easily beats what Proform and Nordictrack can offer, and time will tell if the EX-59 will enjoy the fan following that the Schwinn 430 has.
Overall, this is a quiet trainer that feels great. If you can get the Horizon EX-59 elliptical trainer at around $650, it rates a Good Buy.
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