“Best Value Buy Treadmill” on the Planet…seriously!
The Horizon Treadmill T101 is the #1 selling fitness treadmill with approximately ½ million units sold. It typically sells for around $699. We recently visited the headquarters of Horizon Fitness in Madison Wisconsin in order to give our readers the best insight on one the most popular brand of fitness equipment. In particular we wanted to check out their Horizon T101 treadmill because our impression was this is one of the best values for under $1,000. What makes the T101 an attractive offer for a budget treadmill is the fact that it has a reputation for being very low maintenance. It also received a number of “Very Good” ratings in several categories by a prominent consumer magazine. This included construction and exercise range.
The T101 is also well constructed, as are all Horizon Fitness products. Be aware that the Horizon treadmill T101 is primarily designed for walking, although it should withstand the abuse of moderate jogging.
There are two features that we particularly like about the T101…
Other features on the Horizon T101 Treadmill:
For a budget treadmill, the Horizon T101 is a great value. We would rate it one of the best values at $700, although any treadmill at this price range has some limitations. In fact, it received our “Best Buy” award in this pricing category against the competition. Horizon has excellent customer service and the company’s vertical integration means they make their own extremely reliable parts. We have personally been on this machine and -- for the price -- nobody can beat it.
It falls in the budget treadmill category, since it isn’t as stable as a heavier, more expensive model. In general, it is not built for the abuse that comes from running and heavier individuals.
(Pay special attention to the 300 lbs. maximum user weight capacity! In fact, it’s probably better to keep the maximum user weight down around 230 pounds with this particular unit.)
While mostly low maintenance, the belt on this treadmill is still going to need lubrication every 150 miles or so.
The T101 does come with a few convenient features, including the LCD display, the MP3 docking station with speakers, and the power incline. The speakers add a nice touch, allowing you to listen to inspiring music as you burn the calories.
The cooling fans are also an added extra. It directs the cool air right at your core.
Although the Horizon T101 treadmill comes with a heart rate monitor, you have to grab onto the contact sensors to have your heart rate read. This can be awkward for some individuals to do while they are exercising, and the readings are not as accurate as wireless heart rate monitors can provide. If you are looking for a more sophisticated option for heart rate monitoring, consider one of the other Horizon models with an included Polar Wireless Receiver.
Realize the Horizon T101 is a mid-range budget treadmill. It is not heavy duty and not as durable as more expensive models. If you can afford it, consider a model in the $1,000 price range like the Horizon T202, or Horizon T303. They are more stable and durable with better warranties. But if your budget is limited, then the Horizon T101 is one of the best values at the $700 price range.
To learn more, check out HorizonFitness.com.
Received this treadmill 2 days ago. Very easy to assemble. Quality construction. Very quiet motor. Heavy, but easy to roll to desired location.
I was very pleased with my purchase. I had researched treadmills quite a bit before deciding on the Horizon T101-04. Most of my research stated that this was a good value for the price point and I would have to agree. The unit is sturdy, smooth and quiet. I weigh 230 lbs and the T101-04 didn’t have any issues. You will need 2 people to move the box. Assembling it was straight forward, 3 basic steps took about an 45 minutes to an hour.
I researched alot of different treadmills, but this one seemed to the best for the money and I wasn’t dissappointed. great treadmill and for the price range you can’t beat it.
Go to www.HorizonFitness.com to learn more.