Horizon is a value brand, offering entry-level treadmills with quality features. In other words, for users looking for a best value brand, Horizon checks many of the right boxes.
The Horizon Fitness T101-04 treadmill, for example, received Good Housekeeping‘s Value Buy for walking treadmills. This particular T101 model under review is designed for users who are looking for a simple treadmill experience, and its low price reflects that. This model retails online for around $700.
- Length: 70 inches
- Width: 34 inches
- Height: 55 inches
- Running Surface Length: 20 x55 inches
- Weight: 165 pounds
The Horizon T101 is a best value treadmill. It is a reliable, low cost alternative to more expensive manufacturers. As a result, the price tag reflects a focus on solid construction and motor quality, leaving the fancy console and iFit compatibility to other, more expensive brands and models.
- 2.25 CHP Motor – The Horizon T101 offers a motor rated at 2.25 CHP. This horsepower is adequate for most runner’s needs, and it will be an excellent option for walkers as well.
- 0-10 mph Speed – In this price range, the 10 mph range for speed is pretty standard. For most casual runners, this speed range is more than enough. Unless you’re planning to break a 6:00 minute mile pace, this model’s 10 mph should suit you.
- 0-10% Incline – It’s becoming standard for treadmills in this price range to offer an incline option up to 10% for workout variability.
- 3-Zone Variable Response Cushioning – The Horizon best value treadmill comes with a shock absorption system, and users report they can really feel a difference compared to road running.
- Featherlight Foldable Technology – The Horizon T101 is easy to fold and store, which is a plus for this value model.
- Roller Size – The roller size on this treadmill is 1.8 inches in the front and 1.66 inches in the rear.
- Max Weight Capacity: 300 lbs – The max weight limit for this treadmill is about 300 lbs, and this makes it a good option for walkers or users looking to lose weight.
- 4.5-inch Display – The Horizon T101’s console features a basic and practical display with black lettering showing up on a green LCD screen.
- Sound – The Horizon T101 has good speakers and a port for you to plug in your MP3 player, so you can listen to your music. The volume is loud enough for you to hear over the sound of the treadmill.
- 6 Workout Apps – The T101 offers 6 pre-loaded exercise programs. Each of the programs is shown on the console, including a graphical profile of each program to help you visualize it.
- Reading Shelf and Cup Holder – The treadmill offers a reading shelf for magazines or tablets. Another benefit is that the treadmill has not one but two cup holders.
The Horizon T101 is best for walkers or runners looking for a get-on-and-go type of experience.
By focusing on quality basics without a lot of fancy extras, this treadmill succeeds.
It offers quick speed and incline controls. Consumer Reports notes that when they tested the treadmill by simulating half a year of use on it, the model showed very little wear and tear. Users report a quiet motor and comfortable experience.
Horizon offers a lifetime warranty on both the treadmill's frame and its motor. The lifetime warranty on the motor in particular is unusual in this price range. Parts and labor are guaranteed for one year.
Shipping and Assembly Details
This treadmill must be assembled after shipment, and some retailers offer expert assembly. We found Horizon T101 was not too difficult to set up as it came with clear instructions. Some users complain that even though it is easy to fold after assembly, it is difficult to move.
So What Do We Think?
When it comes to this best value treadmill, the following are a few of our favorite things.
- The lifetime warranty on the motor is a definite plus and suggests the confidence Horizon places in their product.
- The cup holders are a handy addition on a basic model, and the pre-programmed workouts really are convenient and easy to access.
- Users appreciate the cushioning and shock absorption that this treadmill offers, and they find that it is easy to set up.
- Its quiet motor is also commented on often in reviews.
The Not So Good:
This is a good solid treadmill, and the drawbacks tend to be in a lack of some features offered on other treadmills that can help exercisers vary their workouts.
- One thing you might miss is a built-in fan to cool you down.
- The console and display are small.
- A similarly minor problem is that if you have anything on the reading rack, you will have difficulty accessing your controls and reading your display without moving your magazine or tablet. In our opinion, these are not majorly inconvenient problems for a foundational treadmill experience.
- Taller users, or runners with long strides, should keep in mind that the 55 inches of running platform may not be enough for you, and you may want to find a model in this price range with 60 inches. This shorter running length is probably our biggest issue with the model.
Final Verdict: Is the Horizon T101 Treadmill a Good Deal?
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