Best Horizon Fitness Treadmills of 2018
Horizon Fitness offers true treadmill values for walkers, joggers and runners.
Horizon treadmills all share some key traits, such as being foldable and having advanced three-zone cushioning. Most of them can send your workout data to various fitness apps too, and most are equipped with Virtual Active™ technology. Virtual Active™ syncs high-definition videos to your workout speed and intensity.
Use this FitRated.com chart to make Horizon treadmill comparisons then scroll down for more guidance from our Horizon treadmills buying guide.
Top 5 Best Rated Horizon Fitness Treadmills
|Motor||3.0 CHP||2.75 CHP||3.25 CHP||2.5 CHP||2.5 CHP|
|Speed||0.5-12 mph||0.5 - 12 mph||0.5-12 mph||0.1 - 10 mph||0.5 - 12 mph|
|Incline||0 -15%||0 - 15%||0-15%||0 - 10%||0 - 12%|
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Horizon Fitness Treadmills Buying Guide
Horizon Fitness is one of FitRated.com’s favorite home treadmill brands. This wasn’t always the case but the brand has taken big strides. Its products still cover a wide price range, but now even the cheapest Horizon treadmill (T101, just $649) combines durability with special features. The top-of-the-line Horizon treadmill carries a five-year parts warranty among other protections. Customer service is commendable too: Horizon’s parent company, Johnson Health Tech North America, has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Horizon treadmills are manufactured in Taiwan. Customer service is based in Wisconsin.
How strong of a treadmill do you need? Below we present Horizon’s five current offers in order of continuous horsepower or CHP. This treadmill guide includes:
- The T101 Treadmill with 2.25 CHP, a good match for walkers
- The Adventure 3 Treadmill with 2.5 CHP, just right for joggers
- Three Elite Series treadmills, which are Horizon’s best treadmills for runners, with up to 3.25 CHP
The same manufacturer also builds treadmills for Vision Fitness and Matrix Fitness, which are higher-end treadmill brands. Vision treadmills are for home use and priced $1,999 up. Matrix treadmills are meant for elite health clubs and luxury home gyms.
The Typical Horizon Treadmill
Before exploring the differences between Horizon’s five newest treadmills, it’s helpful to know what they have in common. Similarities include:
- Easy assembly. Plan to spend about 30 minutes on machine assembly.
- Space-saving. All Horizon treadmills have FeatherLight™ folding frames. Hydraulics make it easy to store a treadmill deck upright to save floor space.
- Quiet belt motors. Johnson Drive motors are quiet to help you exercise without disturbing your household. They have lifetime guarantees, even with the cheapest Horizon treadmill.
- Three-zone suspension. Three-zone deck suspension on Horizon trainers is inspired by the typical high quality running shoe, which provides different amounts of cushioning to different parts of your foot. Horizon’s system helps make exercise more comfortable and promotes endurance.
- Power incline. We tend to favor treadmills with inclines, as they literally ramp up your potential for calorie burn and muscle toning. Each new Horizon treadmill has an incline maximum of 10, 12 or 15 percent.
- Amenities. Each new Horizon has speakers, a reading rack, a fan and a bottle holder.
Most Horizon treadmills (just not the T101) also have ViaFit data tracking and can use immersive Virtual Active video workouts:
- ViaFit data tracking. ViaFit Connect makes it easy to track your long-term fitness progress by automatically storing your workout data in the ViaFit mobile app. You can pair an Apple or Android device to sync whenever it’s in range of your fitness machine. The ViaFit app can also connect with wearable fitness trackers to log daily step counts and other fitness data.
- Virtual Active video. Virtual Active video is an optional workout format for all new Horizon treadmills. Basically a Virtual Active video program lets you exercise with synchronized sights and sounds of scenic destinations, and it controls your treadmill incline to copy topographical changes. Using a Passport Player (similar to a standard DVD player), you can connect the programming to your treadmill and home entertainment system. The bigger your TV screen, the more each Virtual Active exercise session can feel like a mini vacation! Examples of DVD titles are American Southwest Run, Chicago Run and Wild California Run.
Horizon T Series Treadmills
The T Series features Horizon’s lowest-priced treadmills. Historically these machines have been good values for walking but not running. Now that pattern continues with the Horizon T101, the only T Series treadmill in production. This folding treadmill has a 55″ track and 2.25 CHP belt motor. With power controls or preset workout programs, the track speed can reach 10 mph and the incline can reach 10 percent. Overall the machine is a good buy at $649, a price that reflects a big price drop from when the T101 was a newer kid on the block.
Dashboard technology is a bit “old school” on the T101. The machine’s 4.5” LCD is the smallest screen in Horizon’s lineup, and it only provides five preset workout programs. On the bright side, the simple technology helps make a $649 treadmill price possible… and the console does have “Passport ready” status. The T101 can connect with a Passport Player to show Virtual Active exercise videos as described above.
This purchase is protected with a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor, two years of parts protection and one year of labor.
Horizon Adventure Series Treadmills
Horizon’s mid-level treadmill collection is the Adventure Series. Adventure Series treadmills are stronger than the T Series treadmills for walkers, but not as powerful as Elite Series treadmills built for runners. Currently the only model in production is the Horizon Adventure 3, which has a 55” track and 2.5 CHP belt motor. It now sells for just $899 with a competitive warranty.
Besides offering a bit more power than the T101, the Adventure 3 Treadmill has a higher quality belt system for improved longevity. It also has a higher top speed of 12 mph and a slightly steeper maximum incline of 12 percent.
Like the T101, the Adventure 3 is short on built-in programming but is Passport ready. Integrating a Passport Player for Virtual Active videos would cost $199.
The Horizon Adventure 3 carries lifetime warranties on its frame and motor. Buyers also get three years of coverage for the parts and cushioning, and one year of labor.
Horizon Elite Series Treadmills
The Elite Series features Horizon’s best treadmill parts and electronics. Compared with lower series’ models, these cardio trainers have larger displays, provide more horsepower and are more durable. They also have steeper inclines, with each maxing out at 15 percent. Prices range from $1,199 to $1,999.
Leading this Elite Series collection is the Elite T9-02. Meant for runners, it features a spacious 60” x 22” workout surface and has a 3.25 CHP motor. A backlit 8.5” screen gives access to 40 preset workout programs. Like all new Horizon treadmills, the T9-02 is Passport ready as well.
This purchase is backed by a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor, five years of parts and cushioning protection, and two years of labor.
More Horizon Fitness Treadmills
The following did not make the Top 5 Horizon Fitness Treadmills, but are still worth a look: