Horizon Treadmills Review

Horizon Treadmills

Horizon Treadmills

Horizon treadmills are known for having low price tags. Most of these machines are entry level units.

However, like most budget treadmills, expect some questionable quality and durability. But not all Horizons are created like this. There are also a few current treadmill models that offer excellent value for your money.

Are They For You?

If you’re looking for cheap treadmills that would look good in your home, then this brand can provide you that. Horizon models may be priced like a budget treadmill but they are far from looking like one. But don’t let their excellent designs fool you. No matter how good they look, they are still budget treadmills, and budget treadmills are not for serious runners.

The Company behind the Brand

Horizon Fitness is a division of Johnson Tech, Inc. Johnson Tech is also the producer of the brands Vision, Cateye, and Matrix. They had been manufacturing fitness equipment for both home and commercial use for the last 25 years. In 1995, their production facility conformed to the ISO9001 standards for design, development, production, installation and servicing.

Horizon T202 Treadmill

Currently, Horizon treadmills are being manufactured in China. This is one way for the company to keep their expenses low in order to maintain their price advantage over their competitors.

Price Range

As I’ve mentioned above, Horizons are sold for very low prices. Their machines range from $500 to $2,000. And with prices like these, I believe most people can find something that they can afford.

Weakness

Since treadmills from this brand are built in China, their quality and durability are definitely weaknesses. China made products have a reputation for being both low priced and low quality.

Recommendation

If you're looking for a budget treadmill, then Horizon treadmills are worth checking out (especially their latest $1,000 models). The quality, features and power of their machines has improve dramatically these last few years. But I still don't think it would be good enough for serious runners since these are still entry level treadmills.(See our best treadmill page if you want a treadmill for hardcore runner)


Where to Buy?

If you’re going to buy Horizon Treadmills, I suggest you get them directly through Horizonfitnessoutlet.com. They offer some of the best prices on the net.

Click here to visit Horizonfitnessoutlet.com

As an alternative, you can also buy this brand from Amazon. Just look for "Horizon Treadmill" using the search box on the right.

But before you buy, please read our reviews on individual Horizon treadmills below. It will help you better choose the fitness equipment that suits you best.


Horizon T100 Treadmill
Cost:$499.99
Motor Size: 1.75hp continuous duty
Maximum Speed: 10mph
Running Surface Size: 52in x 20in
Heart Rate: yes
Folding: yes
Others: Probably the best looking treadmill today below $500.


Horizon T101 Treadmill
Cost:$599.99
Motor Size: 2.25hp continuous duty
Maximum Speed: 10mph
Running Surface Size: 55in x 20in
Heart Rate: yes
Folding: yes
Others: One of the better new treadmills from Horizon released last 2010 with a new model for 2012. This is also the best selling treadmill from Amazon at the time this was reviewed.


Horizon T202 Treadmill
Cost:$799.99
Motor Size: 2.5hp continuous duty
Maximum Speed: 12mph
Running Surface Size: 55in x 20in
Heart Rate: yes
Folding: yes
Others: Another beautifully packaged treadmill from Horizon.


Horizon T203 Treadmill
Cost:$999.99
Motor Size: 2.75hp continuous duty
Maximum Speed: 12mph
Running Surface Size: 60in x 20in
Heart Rate: yes
Folding: yes
Others: Comes with extra long running surface and a big motor.


Below are some of the older treadmills from Horizon that have been discontinued. I would keep the reviews here as most of these machines are still being sold by some websites.

Horizon T51 Treadmill Discontinued
Cost:$699.00
Motor Size: 1.75hp continuous duty
Maximum Speed: 10mph
Running Surface Size: 50in x 18in
Heart Rate: yes
Folding: yes
Others: This is one of the cheapest models from Horizon a few years ago.


Horizon T52 Treadmill Discontinued
Cost:$899.00
Motor Size: 2.0hp continuous duty
Maximum Speed: 10mph
Running Surface Size: 55in x 20in
Heart Rate: yes
Folding: yes
Others: This is another low quality entry level treadmill from Horizon.


Horizon Elite 1.1T Treadmill Discontinued
Cost:$899.00
Motor Size: 1.75hp continuous duty
Maximum Speed: 10mph
Running Surface Size: 55in x 20in 2-ply
Heart Rate: yes
Folding: yes
Others: This is actually the only Elite model being sold below $1,000.


Horizon T1201 Treadmill Discontinued
Cost:$999.99
Motor Size: 2.5hp continuous duty
Maximum Speed: 12mph
Running Surface Size: 60in x 20in
Heart Rate: yes
Folding: yes
Others: One of the best treadmills ever produced by horizon. It is also included as one of the best treadmills below $1,000 in our best buy list last 2010.


Horizon T53 Treadmill Discontinued
Cost:$1,099.00
Motor Size: 2.25hp continuous duty
Maximum Speed: 12mph
Running Surface Size: 55in x 20in
Heart Rate: yes
Folding: yes
Others: This is one of the few treadmills in the Horizon series to have a price tag above $1,000.


Horizon Elite 2.1T Treadmill Discontinued
Cost:$1,199.00
Motor Size: 2.0hp continuous duty
Maximum Speed: 10mph
Running Surface Size: 55in x 20in 2-ply
Heart Rate: yes
Folding: yes
Others: This machine has a slightly more powerful motor and better electronics than the Elite 1.1T above.


Horizon T54HR Treadmill Discontinued
Cost:$1,399.00
Motor Size: 2.5hp continuous duty
Maximum Speed: 12mph
Running Surface Size: 55in x 20in ortho belt
Heart Rate: yes
Folding: yes
Others: This machine doesn't provide anything special.


Horizon Elite 3.1T Treadmill Discontinued
Cost:$1,399.00
Motor Size: 2.25hp continuous duty
Maximum Speed: 10mph
Running Surface Size: 55in x 20in 2-ply
Heart Rate: yes
Folding: yes
Others: This is arguably the best treadmill in the Horizon lineup before the 2009-2010 models.


Horizon Elite 4.1T Treadmill Discontinued
Cost:$1,699.00
Motor Size: 2.5hp continuous duty
Maximum Speed: 10mph
Running Surface Size: 55in x 20in 2-ply ortho belt
Heart Rate: yes
Folding: yes
Others: Just another ordinary mid-priced treadmill in the Elite lineup.


Horizon Elite 5.1T Treadmill Discontinued
Cost:$1,999.00
Motor Size: 2.5hp continuous duty
Maximum Speed: 10mph
Running Surface Size: 60in x 20in 2-ply ortho belt
Heart Rate: yes
Folding: yes
Others: This use to be the most expensive treadmill from Horizon Fitness a few years ago.


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Not So Elite - Horizon Elite 5.1T Treadmill 
Four motor control boards have burned up in 5 years. Also had to replace the belt and motor. The company does not service their own equipment, it is outsourced, …

EVOLVE TREADMILL,TEMPO - NIGHTMARE 
I bought a treadmill a week ago. On the first hour of use I noticed that the running belt keep coming of center and the equipment makes to much noise. …

CST 4.5 Do Not Recommend!  
Purchased in 2005 from Dicks for approx. $1000. 15 years warranty on motor. A month ago it just stopped working. Although we had good intentions of …

motherboard 
hi, i just wanted to ask where can we buy the motherboard of our Horizon Elite 4.1T Treadmill. and how much does it cost? thanks! you can email me at …

Horizon ct 7.0 (t 93) 
I bought Horizon ct7.0 for $1000. (reg $2200) ha! at Canadian Tire. Hard to put together, bolt wouldnt go in -weld in hole.Started it up & ipod dock doesnt …

I wish I would of checked this site before buying a Horizon 
I wish I would of checked out this site about Horizon Treadmills - They suck. Bought the T-50, have a technician working on it now - no idea what the …

CT 5.0 toast after 2 years, 3 months 
I bought Horizon CT 5.0 at a Canadian Tire in Toronto, Ontario. It was lightly used and I performed the lube on it as indicated. It started making loud …

horizon performance seires (PST8) 
I bought this treadmill roughly about 4 years ago. I used it quite alot to start with but now that I am trying to use it again, I am having problems with …

Horizon treadmills- Dont Buy one 
They stink, mine breaks every six months and requires a new circuit board to fix it. Horizon has been good about sending new ones during the warranty period …

Would not do it again 
I purchased a Horizon 7.1 treadmill and from the day it was set up it started breaking down. small pieces of black plastic (presumably a roller or guide …

great Horizon home treadmill CT5.3 Not rated yet
This treadmill has worked great for 9 years but I know it's not for anyone over 275#. Much to my dismay the motor burned up after 3 days with someone …

Need a dedicated 20 amp circuit! Not rated yet
I bought the horizon fitness tsc5 treadmill 10 years ago. However, neither the store or the instruction manual said anything about needing a dedicated …

Horizon Elite 4.0T Not rated yet
After 9 years of heavy use, the deck frame broke on our Elite 4.0T. Up until that time it had been flawless, the only maintenance done was lubrication …

Worhless piece of junk . Not rated yet
I own a Horizon CT83 with 180 hrs on it. The motor went when the motor control burnt up. The company advised me that the belt and the deck would have …

PST8 review Not rated yet
My wife and I bought this heavy-duty treadmill second-hand. We then came to find out that it was a refurbished unit! We got a good deal on it, however, …

Horizon Omega 509/ Summit Fitness Not rated yet
Purchased from Summit Fitness, Narellan 1. Was faulty from the first day of use. Heart-rate sensors deliver small electrical shocks and this seems …

Belt Problems on Horizon T100. Have you had this happen? Not rated yet
We are having belt problems, we presume, as the treadmill is running fine, but after I used it the other night, my husband got on it about 30 min later …

Circuit board blows up and NO Warranty Not rated yet
I have a horizon fitness treadmill with less than 50 hours on it. The original circuit board went so it was kept as a clothes rack. Decided to finally …

Horizon 4.1T Not rated yet
I would not recommend this treadmill. We have had problems after problems. Within the first 6 months of owning our treadmill we replaced 3 parts. Good …

CST5HR  Not rated yet
Love it! The treadmill is like new again after 7 years of heavy duty use. I bought mine in 2005 from Dicks Sporting Goods, this was the top model that …

Horizon 4.2T Not rated yet
I've had this treadmill about 4 years. Bought new. It's been very nice to walk on, although I mostly use it in the winter. I have no complaints in this …

Ridiculous Customer Service Not rated yet
After a bolt broke on one of the handrails, I contacted Horizon online. They responded: Thank you for contacting Johnson Health Tech. For security reason …

STOP WORKING  Not rated yet
GS1035T WAS PURCHASED IN FALL 2005 STOP WORKING IN FALL 2010, TRIED TROUBLE SHOOTING, NEVER GOT IT RESTARTED.

T51 Not rated yet
I've been using it for four years two times a week and it just blew. I don't know what actually the problem is, but I will be buying another treadmill …

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Mother board from hell - horrible running machine  Not rated yet
Stay the F away from these machines. I as well as many other posters just have a heavy piece of metal sitting in their room now due to burnt out circuit …

T-62 4 years old Not rated yet
My T-62 is 4 years old, has about 300 hours on it. I like everything about it EXCEPT!!! The self program mode has never worked from day one. With only …

Elite 4.0T Not rated yet
Not a bad treadmill. I have had it for about 5+ yrs now & it has worked well. I trained for two half marathons using it & everything went well. It is by …

motor is smoking Not rated yet
Running for 5 min on the new machine and started smoking and sparking what the f... I am not that fat only 225 def should have done some more searching …

review for model RCT7.6 not listed here Not rated yet
Overall, its not a bad treadmill; however, having said that it is not perfect either. It gets pretty temperamental when you run at an incline, it will …

Horizon t101, not worth for the money at all Not rated yet
I bought treadmill online from horizon website. Assembled it and plugged it. Does not turn on at all. The new equipment out of the box, does not turn on. …

Horizon Quantum II Not rated yet
Circuit board disaster!! This machine eats circuit boards. I bought this machine 7 years ago. I put about 30 miles on it and the circuit board went …

Love my Horizon Elite 4.0T treadmill! Not rated yet
I bought this treadmill about 5 years ago based on a recommendation from someone I know and trust who has been in the fitness equipment industry for several …

Lube for the mill Not rated yet
I did not know that the treadmill needed to be lube. Not only that once I lube the machine it still give indication to be lube I wasted $16.00 for the …

Yup, heavy duty JUNK Not rated yet
We bought a TSC5 about 7 years ago for $1500. Used once in a while by two old people, no running and not over 3.3mph. At first it was great then in …

Quantum II Not rated yet
I've had my treadmill for 8 years and the motherboard finally began to smoke. I can't even begin to guess how many miles it has on it. This year alone …

52t Not rated yet
Mine burst into flames just after the warranty ran out on the electrical- 2yrs -I have arthritis and use it many times a day. The dealer didnt get anyone …

Purchased an Elite 3.3T $1800 + on sale Not rated yet
So far the worst feature I feel with the treadmill I purchased are the heart rate grips. It takes anywhere from 30 seconds plus to get a near accurate …

Do not buy Horizon treadmills especially from Canadian tires Not rated yet
I bought a Horizon C5 treadmill three months ago. The retailer Canadian Tires had no idea about the treadmill and did not have any ideas or help to offer …

Owner Not rated yet
Bought the T54HR on 7/05, have replaced the board 3 times, twice on Horizon and once on me. Guess what? I need another one. Average on a year, not good. …

Horizon Elite 4.1T treadmill Not rated yet
I have been using the 4.1T for about four years and I have had no troubles. I started out at 253lbs (good stress test for the mill)at 4 times a week and …

Horizon Fitness CST3 Review Not rated yet
I bought this treadmill for our home thinking that it would be a good machine that would last a while. It is very loud. It seems very wabbly even with …

Horizon 620 T Not rated yet
This machine is pure junk. I run 10 Kms a day but only weigh 145lbs. After three months the running deck broke; about a month later the mother board went; …

Never Again Not rated yet
In January 2006 I purchased a CST4.5 treadmill from Dick's for $999.99 + $199.99 4 year "no sweat" extended warrenty. In September of 2008 the treadmill …

Not a reliable machine Not rated yet
Within 3 mos. of me buying this the motor went bad. They replaced it and installed it, but the motor still sounded funny. It worked though, so I went …

Horizon Fitness Elite 3.1T  Not rated yet
I love it! It is reliable, has great features, it is quiet and I love the fold up option.

Horizon Ti 32 and Ti 52 Not rated yet
In 18 months I have had three Ti32 running decks and 1 Ti52 (which I was upgraded to) running deck colapse on me. I also had an electrical problem with …

Machine does not work Not rated yet
We have a Horizon machine but after a year, one of its sensors went bad. It is the one which detects the load on the belt. When you're on the belt it does …

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Folding: Yes
Heart Rate: Yes
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