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Horizon 7.0 AE Elliptical Machine Review

Quick Summary

The Horizon 7.0 AE elliptical machine is Horizon’s most recent entry into the home gym market. Released in early November 2018, it’s a durable mid-range machine for most everyone, and its 23 lb flywheel makes for a sturdy, smooth and quiet workout. It has 20 resistance levels and 20 incline levels—enough to challenge and tone muscles for beginners and the most advanced users alike. The stride is the standard 20,” which makes it comfortable for anyone between 5’3 and 6’5.  The display has a 7” LCD screen to view and monitor your workout as well as access media and apps from devices that you connect via Bluetooth. The heart rate monitor is the easily accessible grip pulse. You can also connect your devices to on-board speakers via Bluetooth or plug-in to the USB port. The warranty is good with a lifetime for frame and motor, three year parts and one year labor.

Another item that keeps earning Horizon a couple extra points is the fact that they’re offering 0% interest financing on their machines, on terms between six months and two years. If it was something with interest we wouldn’t really care, but when you’re building out a home gym things get expensive fast, and being able to stretch some payments out isn’t a half bad idea.


Model Horizon 7.0AE

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

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).


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

Oversized with rubberized insert

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

15 levels

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

23 lbs

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

User Profiles

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

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.

Grip Pulse and BT 4.0 ready

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

7" LCD
Max. Weight

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

350 lbs

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

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.


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.


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).


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

Frame: Lifetime
Parts: 3 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 84%

Our Rating

Rating: 84/100. The Horizon 7.0 AE Elliptical’s front-wheel drive makes it more compact and space-friendly. The 23 lb flywheel makes for a smoother and quieter glide. The heavier flywheel is also conducive to supporting heavier users up to 325 lbs. The stride length is very important as it affects the type of workout you will experience depending on your height. The 20” stride length will accommodate those 5’3 to 6’5, which means just about anybody will feel comfortable using it.  The wide range of incline levels (20) and resistance levels (20) means an extensive assortment of challenging combinations, which is good for both beginners and more advanced users. This means the Horizon 7.0 AE will be continually useful throughout your fitness journey or for users of different fitness levels in the same household. Heart rate monitoring is easily done with the grip pulse. Connect your devices to speakers via Bluetooth and enhance music, shows, podcasts—whatever motivates you and gets you going. The elliptical’s app compatibility allows for both Android and Apple users to sync their fitness apps of choice. Additionally, via the 7.0 AE’s own free app, you can push your workout data to your fitness apps to keep track of your progress. One downside: the 7″ screen size is a little small considering the average screen size of new machines are about 10″.


  • Flywheel: The 23 lbs.  flywheel makes for a smoother and quieter workout.
  • Warranty: The 3 yr. for parts is a decent period of time.
  • Incline levels: 20 levels of power inclines
  • Resistance level: 20 resistance levels
  • Weight capacity: The machine can accommodate users up to 325 lbs.
  • Fitness App/App compatibility: Various apps and compatibility allows all users to sync with Apple or Android.
  • Bluetooth compatibility: Listen to music or watch something great while you work out.
  • Device holder and & USB port: Keep your phone or tablet near and fully charged.
  • Interest-free financing: 0% financing available on terms of six to 24 months.


  • Screen size: It’s a little small compared to the new screen size standard of 10”.


The Horizon 7.0AE Elliptical is made to perform—better yet—to build your performance and fitness levels. 20 resistance and incline levels make for intense training sessions, if that is your goal. The 20” stride length is ideal for most users. You can stream programs through either your Android or Apple fitness apps. It’s a strong, durable machine that will cater to various fitness levels and will go the distance to push you beyond your current level, whatever that might be.

Workout Programs

On-board exercise programs include 5k, Calorie, Distance, Fat Burn, Manual and Max Heart Rate. You can also download the free AFG app to your devices which allows you to track your progress and push that data to other fitness apps you may rely on like MyFitnessPal and others.

Horizon Fitness 7.0 AE Elliptical Machine Features

Exercise Programs: 5k, Calorie, Distance, Fat Burn, Manual and Max Heart Rate are all on-board programs or connect to workout apps through your devices

On-board feedback: Speed, Distance, Time, Heart Rate, Calories, Incline %

Extra features: device rack, dual speakers, fan and water bottle holder

Flywheel: 23 lbs

Stride Length: 20”

Incline: 20 levels

Resistance: 20 levels

Heart rate monitoring: Grip pulse

Console: 7” LCD

App Compatibility: AFG, MyFitnessPal, Record by Under Armour and more

Audio: Connect to your devices via Bluetooth and stream audio through the speakers on the machine

Weight capacity:  325 lbs

Warranty & Guarantee

The Horizon 7.0 AE includes:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Parts: 3 Years

– Labor: 1 Year

Horizon Fitness also provides a 30-day trial period on its ellipticals.


The Horizon 7.0 AE Elliptical, with its 23 lbs flywheel, 20 resistance levels, 20 incline levels and 20” stride length will definitely give you a good lower body workout and even push you to your limits if you want it to.  The compatibility with Android and Apple apps and devices allows you to choose and monitor all your workouts and progress. It is a good-mid range machine, suitable for all fitness levels at a competitive price considering all of its features.

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