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Horizon Fitness Elite T9 Review

Quick Summary

It’s clear in a glance that the Elite T9 is Horizon’s top treadmill.

Most distinguishing is its 10″ touch screen, which beautifully displays interactive video tours across scenic landscapes.

Additionally this treadmill has a generous incline, dozens of preset workouts, iPod compatibility and other perks.

The Elite T9 carries a five-year parts warranty and is sale priced at $1,899 with delivery included.

Learn more from our Horizon Elite T9 review below.

Specifications

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Model Elite T9
Rating

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93.7%
List Price

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

$2,499
Best Price

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$1,899
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.

44
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.

10" Touchscreen
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: 2 Year

Rating: 93.7%

Our Rating

Rating: 93.7/100. The Horizon Elite T9 features its brand’s top treadmill parts and electronics. Unlike the others, the Elite T9 has a full-color touchscreen capable of showing high definition video workouts. It’s preloaded with two scenic video tours to get you hooked on interactive Virtual Active workout technology too; these special videos showing the American Northeast and the Northern Rockies will automatically adjust depending on your stride. Additionally there are 44 standard treadmill workouts built into the treadmill’s computer.

Other highlights of the Elite T9 are a 60″ x 20″ training area, a top speed of 12 mph, a maximum 15 percent incline, iPod compatibility and a tablet computer holder. Sale priced at $1,899 with a five-year parts warranty, is it your best buy under $2,000? Here are lists of pros and cons.

Pros:

  • 10″ touchscreen display
  • Maintenance-free track (InfinityBelt™)
  • Spacious workout area (60″ x 20″)
  • Power incline (Maximum 15 percent)
  • Variable cushioning (Three zones)
  • iPod-compatible (Dock and speakers)
  • 44 built-in workout apps
  • Virtual Active workouts built in
  • ViaFit connectivity (Workout data app)
  • 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:

  • Large footprint before it’s folded (77″ x 36″)
  • Additional Virtual Active workouts cost extra

Introduction

The Horizon Elite T9 leads an impressive home treadmill series. It’s the only Horizon treadmill to combine the durability of the Elite Series with a touchscreen and built-in Virtual Active workouts. Its immersive high definition video workouts through the Rocky Mountains and the scenic northeastern US can be shown on the 10″ touchscreen, with sights and sounds adjusting with your speed down the path… But it’s not all about flash. This treadmill also has sensible basics starting with a 2.75 CHP motor and three-zone track cushioning. Below are details about its workout programs and other features.

Workout Programs

The Horizon Elite T9 has 44 standard treadmill workout programs that control the track’s speed and incline. Its 10″ touchscreen shows nine readouts during workouts: Date, Time of Day, Time Elapsed, Distance, Laps, Calories, Speed, Incline and Pulse. Pulse can be measured with a wireless chest strap (included) or grip sensors on the handlebars.

The Elite T9 is also equipped with Virtual Active video workouts. (With other Horizon treadmills, using Virtual Active would require a separate $199 purchase.) These high definition videos create virtual reality experiences along scenic paths in the northeastern US and the Northern Rocky Mountains. Enjoy the high definition views and rich audio that respond to your workout intensity. Some other virtual destinations sold separately are Northern Italy, Paris and the American Southwest.

Horizon Fitness Elite T9 Features

The Elite T9 is Horizon’s only treadmill with a 10″ touch screen, which can show the high definition video workouts described above.

Music is often the secret to treadmill success, and the Horizon Elite T9 is iPod-compatible. It has an MP3 player port and a speaker system.

Watch your favorite programs, read blogs and check social media by bringing your tablet computer along. The Elite T9 has a secure holder for your tablet.

A big advantage of treadmill training is the smart cushioning. Cushioning for the Elite T9 has three zones just like a good running shoe does. This helps you get a better balance of firmness and support at every point in your stride.

To add challenge the Horizon Elite 7 has an automated incline with maximum 15 percent tilt. Use this feature to torch extra calories and isolate different muscle groups.

This treadmill also makes it convenient to keep hydrated thanks to its integrated water bottle holder.

A FeatherLight hydraulic system helps you easily fold the Horizon Elite T9 after workout time. With its deck folded vertically, this machine has a footprint of just 44″ x 36″.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Horizon Elite T9 Treadmill warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Motor: Lifetime
– Parts: 5 Years
– Labor: 1 year

A 30 day trial is also included when the Elite T9 is shipped from Horizon Fitness.

Conclusion

The Horizon Elite T9 is a top contender among home treadmills at the $2,000 price point. It’s well engineered, is loaded with engaging workouts, and carries a five-year parts warranty.