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Horizon Fitness T202 Review


Horizon T202 Treadmill

The Horizon Fitness T202 is a noticeable upgrade from the T102, which was a pretty well received model in the treadmill world a few years back.

The T202 features several new add-ons and is equipped with a dependable 2.5 CHP motor, 20″ x 55″ running surface, sturdy frame (supports 325 lbs. max user weight) and PerfectFLEX cushioning system.

The Horizon T202 is also compatible with Nike and iPod as well as advanced goal tracking.

Learn more by reading our full Horizon Fitness T202 treadmill review below…


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Model Horizon T202

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

0.5 - 12 mph

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).


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.

2.5 CHP

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 55"

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.

PerfectFLEX™ PLUS Cushioning
(1.4 mm)

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


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

Max. Weight

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

325 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.

Pulse Grips

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

70" x 33" x 58"
Weight: 196 lbs

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

Backlit 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.


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).


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: 1 Year
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 68.5%

Full Review

Quick Summary
Rating: 68.5/100. Rare treadmill with priority toward entertainment, including not only the traditional iPod compatibility but access to Nike as well. Sophisticated system is designed to keep you pleasantly distracted while exercising.

– Adequate size running surface (20″ x 55″)
– PerfectFLEX Cushioning System for less impact
– LED display monitors exercise data
– Music friendly (iPod dock, built-in speakers)
– Compatible with Nike for further customization
– FeatherLIGHT makes folding a breeze

– Motor is adequate, but slightly undersized
– Not compatible with iFit Live
– Parts and Labor only covered for one year


The Horizon Fitness T202 has most of the standard specs you would expect from a quality treadmill, offered at a very reasonable price.

The $500 to $1,000 price range is always competitive in the treadmill world and it appears that Horizon Fitness has done its best to offer a competitive option.

The motor and frame is pretty durable and both are backed by a lifetime guarantee. The T202 supports speeds up to 12 mph and 12 percent incline, making it optimal for a lot of recreational users.

The Horizon Fitness T202 also has a number of electronic toys, surely not to be overlooked in the digital climate we enjoy today.

Workout Programs

The Horizon Fitness T202 offers 30 workout programs, including an effective 31-day goal training program that assists you in achieving long-term fitness goals.

Additionally, users can record their workouts and download them onto via their iPod or iPhone. It’s a great way to monitor your plan for the 31-day training period, and a nice substitute to iFit Live which features many of the same qualities.

Horizon Fitness’ “Advanced Goal Center” includes three different targets (time, distance, or calorie) and four workouts (manual, weight loss, hills, or intervals).

Maximize your workout every time with a challenging heart rate approach with built-in pulse grips that track your heart rate whenever you wish.

Treadmill Features

Some treadmills like to skip the extras and focus on the motor, deck, frame, etc. Others, like the Horizon Fitness T202 are more inclined to specialize on a number of attractive toys.

The T202 is compatible with iPod players and your tunes sound fantastic on their Sonic Surround speakers.

Also, a lot of treadmill experts think that LED display is superior to LCD display and that certainly appears to be the case with the T202, which has a great display unit.

The Horizon Fitness T202 is really separated from its competitors, though, with Nike + iPod. Workout data is easily stored on your iPod, and access to is a really great feature not a lot of treadmills offer.

Owners of the treadmill will really like all the customizable workout options, but will probably overlook the dependable PerfectFLEX cushioning system that is designed to reduce strain on your knees.

When not in use the Horizon T202 folds with FeatherLIGHT technology.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Horizon Fitness T202 treadmill features a standard warranty (below) as well as extended 1-Year and 2-Year options:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Motor: Lifetime
– Parts: 1 Year
– Labor: 1 Year

Contact (800) 244-4192 for general inquiries.


The Horizon Fitness T202 treadmill has gone the extra mile with the workout programs and features. The T202 does not support iFit Live, but their collaboration with Nike has created a pretty good alternative for this day and age where consumers want more than just the pre-defined built-in exercises.

Still not sure? Compare the Horizon Fitness T202 to other treadmills $500 to $1,000.