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Horizon Fitness Treadmill Reviews and Comparisons

Horizon Fitness treadmills are produced under the same parent company as Vision Fitness and Matrix Fitness, known as Johnson Health Tech (JHT). The US headquarters of JHT are located in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, but the main headquarters are in Taiwan. This is where they have their own factories producing the key components and have the economy of scale to create affordable home fitness equipment.

Because they’re a global company, Horizon tend to produce different treadmills for the USA compared to the rest of the world. This means you may find a treadmill on the official Horizon Fitness website that you’re unlikely to find in this country, such as the Elite T5000 or Omega 2.

Here at USA Home Gym, we’ve focussed our reviews on North American models only. This currently includes the T101, Adventure 3, Adventure 5, Elite T7, and Elite T9. Because they’re both owned by the same parent company, you’ll often find the treadmill technology overlaps between Vision Fitness and Horizon Fitness.

Both treadmill brands use a Johnson Drive System to minimize noise and enhance durability of the motor, and share much of the same advanced console technology. The only difference is Horizon builds all of this technology into a single package with one console per treadmill, whereas Vision lets you choose a console (Classic, Elegant+, or Touch+).

Horizon Fitness vs. Vision Fitness vs. Matrix Fitness

Although Horizon have excellent treadmill warranties, they always seem to offer slightly less than the Vision or Matrix brands. This tends to be limited to the cushioning and parts warranties, where the Horizon Elite T7 covers 5 years on cushioning and the same on parts. That’s compared to lifetime coverage on cushioning and 7 years on parts for the Matrix T50 and Vision T80. However, the Horizon model costs half the price of the Vision treadmill, and around $700 less than the Matrix model.

Even at the best Horizon treadmills have a slightly lower weight capacity than Vision or Matrix, supporting up to 350 lbs on their top tier Elite T9 model, compared to 400 lbs on the Vision T80 and Matrix T50.

But Horizon does manage to stay level with the other two brands in terms of running area size, incline range, and belt speed. The running area size ranges from 20″W x 55”L on the entry level T101 through to 20”W x 50”L on the top-of-the-line Elite T9, while belt speed stays at 12 mph for their Adventure and Elite series machines.

Each Horizon Fitness treadmill in these collections also uses a three-zone cushioning system, Passport for immersive real-world location workouts, FeatherLight folding, and ViaFit Connectivity for tracking your workout performance.

Virtual Active integrated consoles
The Elite T7 and Elite T9 treadmills also include Virtual Active, which means you don’t need to buy Passport Player separately (saves you $199) to experience these real-world destination workouts. They’re also fitted with an Infinity belt, which has been integrated with synthetic hard wax to eliminate lubrication and reduce maintenance.

The most affordable Horizon Fitness treadmill is the T101, while their most advanced model is the Elite T9, which has more preloaded workout programs than we’ve seen on any other home treadmill (44).

Horizon Fitness T101-04 Treadmill

Horizon Fitness Treadmill T101-04

The Horizon T101 is currently their most affordable treadmill, with a FeatherLight folding frame to create a more compact footprint that’s perfect for home gyms.

Whereas Vision Fitness let you choose one of three consoles for your treadmill, Horizon have different technology behind every display. This means there’s a much bigger difference between the top-of-the-line Elite T9, and the entry level T101.

If you’re looking for high-tech workout tracking and a wealth of entertainment options, this probably isn’t the treadmill for you. But if you’re looking for clear feedback of your workout performance, Variable Response cushioning, and a mid-range 20”W x 55”L running area, you won’t be disappointed.

So how does the T101 compare to Horizon’s Adventure series treadmills? Which model represents the best value for money and is there enough workout variation for you to achieve your fitness goals?

  • Workout programs: 30
  • Running area: 20″W x 55″L
  • Incline: 10%
  • ViaFit: No
  • Passport Ready: No
  • Belt speed: 10 mph
  • Weight capacity: 300 lbs
  • Virtual Active integrated: No
  • Motor power: 2.25 HP
  • Heart rate monitoring: Touch and telemetry

Our in-depth review includes a complete guide to the 30 preset workout programs, warranty coverage, design features, and technology behind the console. We’ve also included some important information around the assembly and maintenance routine, and key comparisons between other treadmills at this price point.

Horizon Fitness Adventure 3 Treadmill

Horizon Fitness Adventure 3 Treadmill

Horizon’s Adventure 3 treadmill is designed as an upgrade to the T101, with a more powerful motor, longer warranty, and steeper maximum incline. This is partly due to the size of the front and rear rollers, which have both increased in size and help reduce the amount of wear on the tread belt.

Unfortunately for taller users there’s no increase in belt length, and if you’re over 6ft tall, the 20”W x 60”L running area of the Adventure 5 would be a better option.

The Adventure 3 also features a folding frame, with the same 3-zone variable response cushioning system that’s included on all Horizon treadmills. This helps provide a solid base from which to push off from at the back of the running deck, with a softer cushion at the front to absorb the impact of your foot striking the belt.

  • Workout programs: 30
  • Running area: 20″W x 55″L
  • Incline: 12%
  • ViaFit: Yes
  • Passport Ready: Yes
  • Belt speed: 12 mph
  • Weight capacity: 300 lbs
  • Virtual Active integrated: No
  • Motor power: 2.5 CHP
  • Heart rate monitoring: Touch and telemetry

So as the most affordable Horizon treadmill to offer ViaFit workout tracking, is there any doubt that the Adventure 3 is better value for money than the T101?

In our full review we take a closer look at the design features, console technology, warranty, and assembly process. We’ve also included a guide to each of the workout programs, to help you decide if this is the best treadmill for your own home fitness routine.

Horizon Fitness Adventure 5 Treadmill

Horizon Fitness Adventure 5 Treadmill

As an upgrade to the Adventure 3 treadmill, the Adventure 5 is Horizon’s most affordable treadmill to offer a 20”W x 60”L running area. This is perfect for taller users (6ft+) with a longer natural running stride that want more confidence in their foot placement during sprints and interval training.

The weight capacity is mid-range in terms of what Horizon can offer, with a limit of 325 lbs. It’s a 25 lb increase over the T101 and Adventure 3, but falls slightly short of the 350 lb capacity of their Elite series treadmills.

Motor power, roller size, warranty coverage, incline, and belt speed are all the same as on the Adventure 3, with very similar technology built into the console. This means you can still track your workout performance with ViaFit and monitor your feedback with a larger 7.5” backlit display.

  • Workout programs: 7
  • Running area: 20″W x 60″L
  • Incline: 12%
  • ViaFit: Yes
  • Passport Ready: Yes
  • Belt speed: 12 mph
  • Weight capacity: 325 lbs
  • Virtual Active integrated: No
  • Motor power: 2.5 CHP
  • Heart rate monitoring: Touch and telemetry

So how does the Adventure 5 treadmill compare to their Elite series machines? The Elite T7 is usually listed for $400 more than the Adventure 5, so which model represents better value for money?

In our review you can find a complete guide to the preset and Passport Player workouts, as well as the design features, console tech, and assembly process. We’ve also included important comparisons with other Horizon treadmills, as well as bestsellers from Vision Fitness and NordicTrack.

Horizon Fitness Elite T7 Treadmill

Horizon Fitness Elite T7 Treadmill

First released in 2014, the Elite T7 is an upgraded version of the Adventure 5, and features a folding frame for a more compact footprint that’s perfect for home gyms.

It’s also the most affordable Horizon treadmill to offer the full 15% incline, with a 12 mph belt speed and a larger set of front (2.4”) and rear (1.8”) rollers than their Adventure series machines. This translates to a smoother belt motion and reduced wear on internal components, which is one of the reasons you’re getting an extra 2 years on the cushioning and parts warranties.

The Passport Ready, ViaFit enabled console has also been improved, with a larger 8.5” blue LCD screen and the addition of Performance workouts. These can be set to one of three intensity levels; beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

  • Workout programs: 8
  • Running area: 20″W x 60″L
  • Incline: 15%
  • ViaFit: Yes
  • Passport Ready: Yes
  • Belt speed: 12 mph
  • Weight capacity: 350 lbs
  • Virtual Active integrated: No
  • Motor power: 2.75 CHP
  • Heart rate monitoring: Touch and telemetry

But how does this compare to the Elite T9, which has a much larger display with a high-definition touchscreen?

To find out more about the differences between these two treadmills, it’s worth taking a look at our review. We’ve also included a guide to the workout programs, heart rate monitoring, design features, and even suggested some professional assembly services if you want to start indoor running as soon as possible.

Horizon Fitness Elite T9 Treadmill

Horizon Fitness Elite T9 Treadmill

The Elite T9 is Horizon’s top-of-the-line treadmill, yet carries a price tag that’s less than any of the treadmills from Vision or Matrix. So what do you get for your money?

As you might expect, the maximum belt speed is capped at 12 mph, which is standard for home treadmills (exception being ProForm’s Boston Marathon treadmills). You also have the full 15% incline, and the same 2.75 CHP motor as on the Elite T7.

Compared to the T7 model you do get an extra year’s warranty on labor, but it’s the console technology where you’ll really notice the difference.

Workout tracking is still available through ViaFit, where you can store your results and sync them with your online profile or a range of other fitness apps (Fitbit, MapMyRun, RunKeeper, etc.). But the Elite T9 is the only Horizon treadmill to include a 15.6” high-definition touchscreen.

  • Workout programs: 17
  • Running area: 20″W x 60″L
  • Incline: 15%
  • ViaFit: Yes
  • Passport Ready: Yes
  • Belt speed: 12 mph
  • Weight capacity: 350 lbs
  • Virtual Active integrated: Yes
  • Motor power: 2.75 CHP
  • Heart rate monitoring: Touch and telemetry

So how does this compare to some of the more affordable treadmills from Vision Fitness?

In our full review we walk you through everything you need to know, from a guide to the workout programs through to the best place to find a professional assembly service. We’ve also included important comparisons with other treadmills at this price point, to help you find the best machine for your fitness goals.

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