Horizon Fitness Rowers
Horizon Fitness is a leading fitness brand who specialize in budget exercise equipment for home use. They are owned by Johnson Health Tech (JHT), an international company headquartered in Taiwan. JHT also own Vision Fitness, Matrix Fitness and various other fitness equipment brands. Horizon Fitness was established in 1998 in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin. They offer a variety of affordable but durable fitness equipment including indoor rowers, treadmills, elliptical trainers and other home gym products. Check out our top Horizon rowers, and learn about the pros and cons of the brand’s rowing machines below.
Top Horizon Fitness Rowing Machines
Horizon Fitness Rowers
Horizon currently produces two rowers: the Oxford 3 and the Oxford 6. Both rowers use magnetic resistance, although note that the higher-spec Oxford 6 has more resistance levels. Their long aluminum beams can accommodate people with long inseams, and you can tilt them vertically after use for easy storage. Although the monitors aren’t flashy, they still provide an impressive range of workout feedback and offer a variety of workout programs. The Oxford 6 has 12 preset programs for you to choose from and the lower-spec Oxford 3 has 5 programs. They are both shipped with an impressive warranty for their respective prices including lifetime coverage on the frame.
- SMR (Silent Magnetic Resistance): Rather than using air or water, the Horizon Oxford rowing machines use magnetic resistance to control your rowing experience. This makes your workout equal parts smooth and silent, which is ideal if you have roommates or a full household; you won’t disturb them when you’re using these machines.
- Comfortable Handlebars: The foam-covered handlebars are designed for comfortable gripping through long rowing sessions.
- Ergonomic Seat: The Oxford rowers’ seats are molded for good comfort. According to customer reviews, they are better cushioned than the seats on other indoor rowers.
- Oversized Footpads: The extra-large footpads are made to accommodate almost any shoe size. They have adjustable heel rests with adjustable footstraps.
- Preset Programs: Both rowers offer preset workout programs. While the Oxford 3 has 5 programs, the Oxford 6 has an impressive 12 preset programs. The Oxford 6 rower adds in a Fat Burn program, Training Intervals, Performance Intervals and heart-rate training into the mix.
- Console Angle: Both consoles can be tilted for easy viewing.
- Wireless Heart-Rate Data: The Horizon Oxford 6 rower has a Polar wireless heart-rate receiver for pulse data (note, the Oxford 3 cannot track heart rate). The chest strap for this system is sold separately.
- ViaFit: The Horizon Oxford 6 rower includes ViaFit connectivity (note, the Oxford 3 does not).
- Easy to Tilt & Move: Both machines can be tilted upwards to be stored vertically to save space. You can also move the machines with the help of the attached transport wheels.
- Good Warranty: Both rowers are shipped with a generous warranty for their respective price points. This includes a lifetime frame warranty and a 1-year parts & labor warranty. The Oxford 3 has a 2-year electronics warranty, and the Oxford 6 ups this to 3 years of coverage.
- Weight Capacity: Both Oxford rowers can hold up to 350 lbs.
- Size: At around 80″ long by 25″ wide, both rowers are pretty large. That said, they can both be stored vertically to save space.
- Heart-Rate Data: The Oxford 6 does not have a wireless heart-rate receiver for you to track your pulse data. This is why it does not offer any heart-rate workout programs.
- Oxford 3 Console: While the Oxford 6 console is backlit for night-time viewing, the Oxford 3 rower’s console is not.
Horizon Fitness rowing machines can train just about anyone. The Oxford rowers are sized for people of most heights, have plenty of preset workout programs, and are shipped with generous warranties for peace of mind. Overall, they are very enticing products for the price. Just keep in mind that there’s a lot of high-quality competition at this price point, so be sure to check out other brands like Concept2 before committing.
1. Horizon Oxford 6 Rower
Horizon’s top-of-the-line rowing machine—the Horizon Oxford 6—is very closely priced to the Oxford 3, but with some fairly significant upgrades that more than justify the $200 price difference. It uses the same magnetic resistance setup as its counterpart, though with double the number of resistance level settings (20 compared to 10). This magnetic resistance is controlled electronically rather manually, though the physical adjustment is still done via a knob located below the console and handlebar. As we also mention in our review of the Horizon Oxford 3 Rower, the use of magnetic resistance coupled with its high-strength nylon drive belt make both of these new Oxford rowers very quiet overall. This is a great perk for those who live in apartments or shared households where you don’t want to disrupt your family, roommates or neighbors.Read the Full Horizon Oxford 6 Rower Review
2. Horizon Oxford 3 Rower
Priced under $1,000, the Horizon Oxford 3 Rower is a welcome entry into the growing field of affordable rowing machines. While by no means the core category of Horizon Fitness, this isn’t the brand’s first foray into the category. The original Oxford Rower came out a good 5+ years ago and wound up in the middle of the pack. It was also relatively affordable, but lost some points on account of a lack of programming and slightly less sturdy construction. Both of those concerns were addressed with the Oxford 3, which is the lower tier of two new Horizon rowing machines (see also the Oxford 6). Though its design and construction have improved, Horizon also managed to lower its price of entry, with the current sale price of the Horizon Oxford 3 Rower coming in at $799.Read the Full Horizon Oxford 3 Rower Review