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Horizon Fitness Elite T7 Review

Quick Summary

The Elite T7 with maintenance-free track is Horizon’s most affordable Elite Series treadmill.

Highlights include a 60″ track powered by a 2.75 CHP motor, a 15 percent incline, 42 workouts plus Passport readiness, and a FeatherLight folding design.

The Elite T7 carries a five-year parts warranty and costs just $1,499 (down from $1,999).

Learn more from our full Horizon Elite T7 review below.

Specifications

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Model Elite T7
Rating

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91.3%
List Price

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

$1,999
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.

2.75 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 plus a free Polar Chest Strap
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 36" 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: 5 Year
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 91.3%

Our Rating

Rating: 91.3/100. The Horizon Elite T7 is built to deliver comfortable, enjoyable cardio sessions. As the simpler model in Horizon’s Elite Series it lacks a touchscreen but shares many other specs with the top-of-the-line T9. Key points are a 60″ x 20″ training area, a top speed of 12 mph, a maximum 15 percent incline and lots of workout support. Training guidance comes from 42 built-in programs, plus the machine is Passport Ready. Passport Ready treadmills can be used with Virtual Active videos that simulate outdoor training. These video workout programs respond to your workout intensity and show scenic paths from famous destinations worldwide.

Sale priced at $1,499 with a five-year parts warranty, the Horizon Elite T7 is up there as a solid contender for a best treadmill under $1,500. Here are pros and cons to consider.

Pros:

  • Maintenance-free belt
  • Spacious workout space (60 x 20)
  • Power incline (Maximum 15 percent)
  • Variable cushioning (Three zones)
  • iPod-compatible (Dock and speakers)
  • 42 built-in workout apps
  • 8.5-inch display with backlighting
  • Passport Ready (Virtual Active workouts)
  • ViaFit connectivity (Data management)
  • Polar wireless chest strap and receiver
  • Contact heart rate sensors
  • Rack for a tablet computer
  • Easily folds to conserve space (Folds to a 44″ x 36″ footprint)

Cons:

  • Uses older display technology (Not a touchscreen)
  • Large footprint before it’s folded (71″ x 34″)

Introduction

With three-zone cushioning and 42 built-in workouts, the Horizon Elite T7 is impressive from its deck to its console. Its specs include a 60 track, a 2.75 CHP motor, a power incline up to 15 percent, and an expandable workout library with Passport video. Extra motivation is offered with its tablet computer holder and iPod-compatible sound system. Like other Horizon treadmills, this unit also uses wifi for data sharing with ViaFit Connect. The treadmill’s sale price is $1,499 with delivery and a long warranty included.

Workout Programs

Making it easy to start each session quickly, the Horizon Elite T7 has 42 preset workout programs. These can control the treadmill’s speed and incline to help you reach specific training goals. The 8.5″ LCD with blue backlighting shows Time, Distance, Laps, Calories, Speed, Incline and Heart Rate. Heart rate can be measured with a wireless chest strap (included) or contact sensors on the handlebars.

The Elite T7 is Passport Ready too, so it can be used with a Passport player (sold separately) and home television to show interactive Passport video workouts. These high definition videos immerse you in the sounds and sights of beautiful destinations in North America and Europe, such as the Rocky Mountains and California’s Death Valley. The videos adjust to your workout intensity to create virtual reality training experiences.

Passport players are sold preloaded with paths through Northern Italy and the American Southwest. Some destinations in separately sold Travel Packs are British Columbia, the Rocky Mountains and Paris.

Horizon Fitness Elite T7 Features

Music helps keep a spring in your step, so bring your iPod along and enjoy high fidelity sound. The Horizon Elite T7 is an iPod-compatible treadmill with an MP3 player port and sound system. Elite treadmills have tablet computer racks too.

Variable cushioning on the Horizon Elite 7 helps you avoid injury and perform more efficiently. Three firmness levels are used across the treadmill deck to give different amounts of flex for different points in your stride.

To add challenge the Elite 7 has a power incline with maximum 15 percent angle. Use this feature to burn more calories and target different muscle groups.

This treadmill also has an integrated water bottle holder.

A FeatherLight hydraulic system makes it easy to fold the Horizon Elite T7 after workout time. With its deck folded upward, the machine has a footprint of just 45″ x 34″.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Horizon Elite T7 Treadmill warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Motor: Lifetime

– Parts: 5 Years

– Labor: 1 year

Horizon Fitness also includes a 30 day trial with all its treadmills.

Conclusion

The Horizon Elite T7 is a very good value at $1,499 with five-year parts warranty. It’s built to serve for many years and has enough programming options to keep workouts varied. Also ready to support your own tablet computer and play MP3s, this treadmill can easily become a reliable training buddy.