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Horizon Fitness Elite E7 Review

Quick Summary

The Horizon Elite E7 elliptical offers a boost: Use its power ramp to achieve great-looking muscle tone and extra-fast calorie burn!

Workouts with the Elite E7 are efficient, feel comfortable, and can fly by quickly thanks to program variety and features for entertainment.

Learn more from our full Horizon Elite E7 review below.

Specifications

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Model Horizon Elite E7
Rating

Our custom rating considers all of the elliptical's features, specs, warranties, and 100's of user & expert reviews, to save you time!

86.8%
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$2,099
Best Price

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$1,399
Resistance

Resistance is what determines calories burned per stride. The more levels, the more precisely you can control the difficulty.

20 Levels
Resistance Type

The type of resistance affects the performance of your elliptical. Magnetic and Eddy-Current are the most common types.

Electronically Adjustable
Stride Length

Stride Length is important for comfort and smooth strides. A stride length of 18-21 inches is ideal for most heights (5'3 - 6'7).

20"
Pedals

Elliptical pedals can be cushioned and adjustable for maximum comfort and minimum impact on joints for injury prevention.

Oversized
Incline

Some elliptical trainers can be set at an incline to increase difficulty and burn more calories.

10 degrees
Flywheel

The flywheel controls the smoothness and resistance of your workout. In general, the higher the better.

23 lbs
Programs

Elliptical Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

42
User Profiles

For each profile the elliptical allows, you can create a custom user account with saved programs and goal settings.

n/a
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

Contact Grips and Free Polar Chest Strap
Display

Elliptical Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

8.5" extra-wide blue LCD
Max. Weight

Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

325 lbs
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this elliptical will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

75” x 24” x 66”
Upper Body

Most ellipticals have handles to hold while you're working out that provide an upper body workout.

Accessory Tray

Some ellipticals include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Speakers

Ellipticals that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (without headphones).

Cooling Fans

Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout on your elliptical.

Folding?

Some ellipticals are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).

Warranty

The warranty is an important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs.

Frame: Lifetime
Parts: 5 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 86.8%

Our Rating

Rating: 86.8/100. The Elite E7 is the lighter and lower-priced elliptical in the Horizon Elite line, which also features the E9. The Elite E7 in this review can be the best value for novices and people with mid-level “elliptical skill.” Its performance basics are a 23-pound flywheel, a maximum 10% incline and an ergonomic 20″ stride. To help you train efficiently the Horizon Elite E7 arrives with 42 workout programs, plus it’s Passport Ready for use with Virtual Active workout videos. These videos (sold separately) let you virtually exercise in scenic destinations: High-definition sights and ambient audio adjust to the intensity of your workout. Other specs for the Horizon Elite E7 are iPod compatibility, a wireless connection for the ViaFit app, a rack for a tablet computer, and a water bottle holder. Here are pros and cons to consider.

Pros:

  • Automated incline
  • Wireless heart rate monitor
  • Grip pulse monitor
  • Moving arm bars
  • Optimal handlebar spacing
  • Ergonomic pedal spacing
  • 20″ stride
  • 23-pound flywheel
  • 42 built-in workouts
  • Passport Ready (Interactive video)
  • ViaFit mobile fitness tracking
  • iPod-compatible (Port and speakers)
  • Tablet computer rack
  • Water bottle holder
  • Workout fan
  • High user weight capacity (325 pounds)
  • Long warranty for the parts (5 years)

Cons:

  • Passport player with Virtual Active videos costs extra
  • Not foldable for storage; footprint is 75″ x 24″

Introduction

The Horizon Elite E7 is a well-built elliptical trainer with a competitive warranty. To take you past beginner status it has one of Horizon’s heavier flywheels and is loaded with pro-designed workouts. For extra engagement you can add interactive Passport workout videos. With Passport, high-definition footage of scenic destinations can adjust to match your pace. Virtually tour the Rockies, Paris and other popular tourist spots in North America and Europe. Here are more details about the E7’s workout programs and special features.

Workout Programs

With the Horizon Elite E7 you can choose from a long menu of standard workouts or invest in high-definition video workouts that adjust to your workout pace.

For standard training 42 programs are built into the console. Each can control the elliptical’s resistance and incline. Session data are shown on an 8.5″ LCD with blue backlighting. The data fields are Heart Rate, Time, Speed, Distance, Calories, Resistance, Incline, Laps, Watts and RPM. These data can be exported for online sharing and advanced fitness tracking.

For HD video workouts the Elite E7 is Passport Ready. Passport videos show high definition footage of scenic destinations in North America and Europe. These unique videos are played on your home TV and respond to your motion on the elliptical trainer; they adjust to fit your pace. The Passport player (sold separately) has two videos for virtually experiencing Northern Italy and the American Southwest. Additional destination videos are sold separately as Travel Packs.

Horizon Fitness Elite E7 Features

The Horizon Elite E7 is an iPod-compatible elliptical. It has a dock and sound system for your iPod or other compatible MP3 player.

A tablet computer rack is also built into the machine. Play your favorite shows to help time speed by!

ViaFit connectivity makes it easy to export your fitness data to fitness apps and social media. The ViaFit app for Android and iOS not only tracks elliptical workouts, but can also include your exercise completed outdoors. With all of your activity combined on one app, you can get a great picture of your overall fitness activity.

The screen for showing built-in workouts is an 8.5″ LCD with blue backlighting. If Passport videos are used, these are shown on a home television.

For heart rate monitoring the Elite E7 arrives with a wireless chest strap. It also has grip sensors on the handlebars.

To help you stay cool this elliptical has a fan and a water bottle holder.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Horizon Elite E7 warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Parts: 5 Years

– Labor: 1 Year

Horizon Fitness also includes a 30-day money back guarantee on its ellipticals.

Conclusion

The Horizon Elite E7 offers big benefits and is reasonably priced for its quality. It’s a good choice for mid-level trainees and for beginners with lofty goals. While the full price of $2,099 seems high, the online sale price of $1,399 brings good value. Still, some readers might prefer the Elite E9 with a heavier drive; it’s only priced a bit higher and includes Virtual Active videos.