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Horizon Elite T7-02 Review

Quick Summary

Horizon’s most affordable new Elite Series treadmill with extended workout space is the mid-priced T7-02. Like other Elite Series treadmills, this 2018 model is compatible with a Passport video player for simulating virtual outdoor tours. Also like its series members, the Elite T7-02 is a foldable treadmill with advanced cushioning, max 15 percent incline, and Bluetooth for data sharing. Unique to this model are a 3.0 CHP drive and a selection of 42 preset exercise programs. Details are below in our full Horizon Elite T7-02 treadmill review.

Specifications

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Model Elite T7-02
Rating

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92%
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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$1,499
Speed

Treadmill Speed is measured in Miles Per Hour (mph). Average running speed is 5-9 mph.

0.5-12 mph
Incline

Treadmill Incline measures the angle of the deck, and how steep it is relative to the floor (0% is flat, and 15% is like a steep hill).

0 -15%
Motor

The Treadmill Motor is what turns the belt as you run. We recommend at least 2 HP (Horsepower) motors, 2.5+ HP for jogging, and 3.0+ HP for running.

3.0 CHP
Deck

Treadmill Deck dimensions are measured in inches: Width x Length. The wider and longer the deck, the safer it is (55-60 inches long recommended for running).

20" x 60"
Belt

The Treadmill Belt is the surface you run on. The thicker the belt, the less impact on your joints. At least 2-ply (1 inch) recommended.

3-zone Variable Response
Cushioning
Folding?

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

Programs

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

42
Max. Weight

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

350 lbs
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
Dimensions

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

77" x 35" x 60"
Display

Treadmill 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
Cooling Fans

Treadmill Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout.

Accessory Tray

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

Speakers

Treadmills that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (no headphones).

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 a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.

Frame: Lifetime
Motor: Lifetime
Parts & Cushioning:
5 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 92%

Our Rating

Rating: 92/100. The Horizon Elite T7-02 with 3.0 CHP is a versatile treadmill with a long warranty for home use. It’s part of the 2018 Elite Series, which is Horizon Fitness’s best line of cardio equipment, and it’s the cheapest Horizon Fitness treadmill with a long track to suit tall runners as well as walkers. For many shoppers the Horizon brand’s biggest appeal is its compatibility with Passport Player. When a fitness machine connects with a Passport Player, it can use video workout programs that simulate training in scenic tourist destinations: national parks, tropical island coasts and other favorite getaways.

Each Horizon treadmill supports standard workout programs too. Choosing the Elite T7-02 you’ll get 42 built-in selections including calorie goal workouts, distance goal workouts, a customizable heart rate control treadmill workout, and more. Details are below in the section “What We Like.”

Other highlights include a 60” x 20” track, three-zone cushioning, 15 percent power incline, wireless pulse tracking, and Bluetooth for storing workout statistics in a mobile app.

This trainer is an update to the Horizon Elite T7 treadmill from 2016. The main difference is an improved frame design, which gives the machine even better durability and a user weight limit of 350 pounds rather than 300.

Full price for the new Horizon T7-02 is $2,099. Discounted for online promotions it sells for $1,599 including delivery and a wireless chest strap heart rate monitor.

Pros:

  • Standard track size for running (60” x 20”)
  • Folding frame to conserve floor space
  • Passport ready (Compatible with Virtual Active workouts)
  • 3.0 CHP drive
  • Power incline to a max of 15 percent
  • Variable Response cushioning for support plus shock deflection
  • 42 built-in workout apps
  • 8.5” LCD screen with backlighting
  • Bluetooth connection for ViaFit Connect workout logging
  • Polar wireless receiver and chest strap
  • Contact heart rate sensors
  • iPod-compatible port and speakers
  • Shelf for a tablet computer or magazine
  • USB charging port
  • 350-lb user weight capacity
  • Transport wheels

Cons:

  • Horizon customer service is sometimes difficult to reach by phone– Passport Player costs extra ($199)
  • Passport Player costs extra ($199)

Introduction

With its strong motor, long track and three-zone cushioning, the Elite T7-02 competes as a home treadmill for runners and walkers alike. Its hardware is durable for the price class, and the electronics offer excellent workout variety plus wireless heart rate monitoring and wireless data sharing. Below are details about the new Elite T7-02’s built-in workout programs, optional Virtual Active videos, belt motor and more.

Workout Programs

The Elite T7-02 treadmill console arrives with 40 preset workout programs, including a customizable heart rate control workout, and has space for storing two routines that users design from scratch. Additionally Horizon Elite treadmills are Passport ready; take Virtual Active outdoor trips! Preset programs and Virtual Active video programs can control the belt speed and deck incline to support specific treadmill exercise goals.

First, the on-board workout menu includes the following 42 programs:

  • Manual: Starting with zero incline and 0.5 mph, you set the workout speed and incline.
  • Calorie: Nine calorie-focused treadmill workouts have goals of burning 100 calories, 200 calories and so forth up to 900.
  • Distance: Thirteen distance training programs have goals ranging from one mile to a marathon.
  • Interval: Horizon’s three interval training programs are named Speed, Peak and Endurance.
  • Performance: The three performance training programs are named Run/Walk, Sprint and Hill Training.
  • Steps: Ten programs help you achieve daily step count goals. Choose from treadmill routines for 1000 steps, 2000 steps and so forth up to 10,000.
  • Heart Rate: A customizable program helps you exercise within your specified heart rate zone for the duration of a workout.
  • Custom: Treadmill users can design two programs with customized speed and interval settings.

Second, a Passport Player ($199) can link the T7-02 treadmill and your home TV, letting them work together to simulate outdoor-like exercise experiences. As your TV shows scenic footage at your walking/running pace, the treadmill moves its incline to mimic the topography. Ambient audio helps create virtual escapes from your home workout space.

The two Virtual Active video sets included with purchase of a Passport Player show Northern Italy and the American Southwest. In each region you can virtually exercise solo or with an in-screen window that shows a personal trainer and tour guide. Additional Virtual Active video trips are sold separately.

Horizon Fitness Elite T7-02 Features

This fitness machine measures 73” long and 35” wide when in use. A patented hydraulic system makes it easy to fold the frame to conserve floor space after workouts. Folding the treadmill drops its footprint dimensions down to just 44” long and 35” wide. Transport wheels are attached.

For smooth walking and running the T7-02 is equipped with a 3.0 CHP Johnson Drive motor. This motor meets the industry standard for general-purpose home treadmills in 2018, and it carries a lifetime warranty.

This treadmill has a belt maintenance recommendation of liquid silicone treatment every 300 miles. The workout belt surface measures 60” long x 20” wide, which is the standard size for health club treadmills. Top speed for the belt is 12 miles per hour.

Variable Response cushioning on Horizon Elite treadmills helps minimize the impact stress that runners naturally place on their knees. This advanced cushioning system can also help extend your running endurance, as your body is more efficient with less shock to deflect.

For added challenge and muscle toning, the Elite 7 has power incline settings up to 15 percent. Incline can be controlled manually, by built-in programs, and by Virtual Active video programs.

Virtual Active workouts (sold separately) are shown on your own home entertainment system.

If you exercise with Virtual Active video you’ll probably let yourself get immersed in the sights and ambient sounds of far-off locations. However, if you train with the standard workout programs or in manual mode, then you might like to add a magazine or multimedia entertainment. Each Horizon Fitness Elite Series treadmill has a ledge to hold a magazine or mobile device. Also built into each T7-02 treadmill console is a USB port, an iPod compatible port, and a stereo speaker set.

For the 42 built-in workouts the console has an 8.5” LCD monitor with backlighting. It simultaneously shows calories, distance, time, speed, incline, pulse and ¼-mile laps. A racetrack graphic shows your progress in 50-meter increments as motivation.

Wireless data sharing is supported with a Bluetooth connection to the ViaFit Connect mobile app. The ViaFit app for iOS and Android devices lets you automate the logging of your treadmill workouts, plus it’s compatible with other fitness apps and wearable activity trackers.

Heart rate monitoring is made simple with a Bluetooth wireless chest strap. Wireless monitoring is the most accurate, but alternatively you can grip heart rate sensors on a console bar.

A safety key is included for emergency shut-off during exercise and to prevent unauthorized use of the treadmill.

Other features include a water bottle holder and a cooling fan.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Horizon Elite T7-02 Treadmill warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Motor: Lifetime

– Parts and Cushioning: 5 years

– Labor: 1 year

A 30-day refund period applies to all factory-direct purchases.

Conclusion

The Horizon Elite T7-02 is a more robust version of the older Horizon Elite T7, a cardio trainer that earned high review scores. This new model likewise gives you a good mix of hardware for the price, and the built-in workout variety is excellent. Sold with a competitive warranty it’s an overall top value under $2,000. Just keep in mind that integrating Virtual Active training environments will add another $199 or more to your home fitness setup cost.