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Horizon Treadmill T202 Review

Brand: Horizon
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horizon t202Recently, we traveled to Madison, Wisconsin to visit the Horizon Fitness headquarters and get a first hand look at the quality of their equipment. One machine that really caught our attention was the Horizon T202.

As the older sibling of the #1 best-selling Horizon T101, the T202 from Horizon offers some absolutely fantastic upgrades, including a larger incline and more powerful motor. Priced at $899, you are getting an exceptional deal on a tried-and-true design.

Designed for walking and jogging, the T202 is a great option for anyone looking for a mid-range treadmill featuring quality construction and an easy to use design.

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The Horizon Treadmill T202 Features

horizon t202 treadmill2.75 CHP Motor – This is a pretty substantial upgrade compared to the 2.25 CHP motor on the T101. As with all Horizon models, this is not an off-the shelf motor purchased by a third party. All Horizon motors are built specifically for their machines which make for less maintenance and perfect integration. Horizon motors are also designed for peak performance at lower RPMs which keeps the machine running smoothly and quietly at all times.

This motor makes the T202 perfect for walkers and joggers, but may not be the best option for more avid runners. Those looking to put in more miles or follow a more strenuous running regimen may want to look at the Horizon Elite series, which provides more powerful motors to withstand serious mileage.

Clean, Simple Design – Boasting a quick and easy 30 minute set-up, what the T202 lacks in bells and whistles it makes up for in ease of use. The hydraulic folding system makes prep for your workout and storage afterward a breeze. Plus, you can easily tuck the T202 away when it’s not in use so as not to take up precious floor space in your home.

horizon t202 treadmillThe straight-forward One-touch speed and incline buttons, along with Quick Program keys get you moving exactly how you want without any hassle.  I can’t stress this enough.  One-touch buttons are definitely WORTH IT!  You will regret not having them if you buy a machine where you need to click the “plus” button over and over again to reach your desired pace.  One-touch buttons add immensely to the running experience.

20” x 60” Running Surface – The T202 running surface is large enough to accommodate most users. At 60” in length this will also be comfortable for taller users

Speed from 0.5 – 12 MPH – This is another area where we see an upgrade from the T101’s 10 mph top speed. This extra capability allows you to push yourself as you meet your fitness goals.

0-12% Incline – The T202 also offers an upgrade on the incline, compared to the 0-10% incline on the T101. Using the additional incline will help you target and tone additional muscle groups and challenge yourself when you are wanting a more intense workout.

325 lb User Weight Limit – While this model does boast a higher recommended user weight than the T101, it is important to note that the actual model weight is 187 lbs. This means that it isn’t going to provide the stability that you will find in heavier models.

Bluetooth Connectivity – Designed with Bluetooth capability you can stream your favorite media from your device on the T202’s integrated speakers.  This is a relatively new feature on Horizon machines and definitely one that we like a lot.  You can watch your favorite Netflix shows and have the sound come through your treadmill’s speakers.

You can also download the free app to your phone or tablet and push your workout data to your favorite fitness apps. These features work in tandem with the convenient device holder and rapid-charge USB port so you’ll never lose your music halfway through your workout.

Contact Grip Heart Rate Monitor – Keep track of your heart rate using the grip monitors on the T202. This does require keeping your hands on the grips in front of you, which can be a little more difficult if you are jogging. You can also purchase the wireless heart monitor that works with the free Horizon app using the T202’s Bluetooth.

3-Zone Variable Cushioning Response – The T202 offers Horizon’s 3-zone running surface to help make for more comfortable use. Horizon DeckThe front portion of the surface is more cushioned to provide increased shock absorption and relieve stress on your joints. The rear of the surface is a bit harder where your feet push off. Honestly, this is one of the more comfortable running decks that you’ll find from the brands out there.

See a comparison chart of all Horizon Treadmills here.

Our Review: The Horizon Treadmill T202

Brad reviewing the Horizon T101 at company headquarters.

Brad reviewing the Horizon T101 at company headquarters.

If you are in the market for a budget treadmill that also has some great features, the Horizon T202 may be just what you are looking for. Building on the success of the T101, Horizon has simply upped the ante with the T202, while only adding $200 to the price tag.

If you are looking to use your treadmill for walking or jogging, the T202 has you covered with a 2.75 CHP motor.  If you are an avid runner who likes to put in the miles, this may not be the treadmill for you. However, the trademark quality we’ve come to expect from Horizon treadmills means that you will get a smooth, quiet workout every single time you step on.

In terms of the belt itself, you will need to be prepared to do regular maintenance, as it will need lubrication. The T202 does utilize a one-ply 1.4mm belt, which is not going to be as durable as the thicker belts seen on more expensive models. However, the 3-zone cushioning technology makes for a comfortable running surface that also helps to protect your joints.

The T202 features a standard LED display, but you can take advantage of the Bluetooth capability and the free app to view your workout stats and sync them with your favorite fitness apps. Plus, the Bluetooth works with the speaker system so you can listen to your favorite playlist to keep you motivated.

The 12% incline and 12mph max speed also give the T202 an edge, allowing you to push yourself and do a wider range of workouts than you can on many other budget treadmills.

Overall, the Horizon T202 is a reliable, quality treadmill that offers some fantastic features not always seen in this price range. If your budget is limited, but you still want a treadmill that you can count on to help with your fitness goals, this is an option you won’t want to miss.

To learn more about the Horizon T202 treadmill, check out HorizonFitness.com.


34 thoughts on “Horizon Treadmill T202”

  1. Jeffrey Ross

    Hello, Just now shopping for a reasonable treadmill. My weight is 285 pounds, 5 foot 8 inch 58 old male. I’m comfortable walking flat and uphill around 3 mph. The T 202 seems like a good fit more my wife and I. Only one year on parts and labor?

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    1. Brook Norris

      Hi Jeffrey, it does sound like the T 202 would be a good fit for you. Yes, Horizon only offers 1 year parts and labor warranty, however they do offer lifetime warranty for the frame and motor.

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  2. Louis

    My wife walks up to 2 hours daily primarily at a slight faster pace than normal walking how will the T202 fit her regiment. My question is belt thickness and durability, any potential over heating concerns?

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    1. Vanya

      You mentioned that the T102 is not for AVID runners, im not saying im that but if i wanted to run for 40mins at a lvl 6-8 speed. Would that be an issue?

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  3. steve schullery

    My T202 needs professional help. Stops after a minute or so; no message on console; lights still on. Constant beep after unplugging or on/off cycle.

    Service in Kalamazoo, MI?

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  4. Nico

    I’m trying to figure out if the T202 will fit my needs. I keep reading that you need 2.5 CHP for jogging and 3 CHP for running, but I’m not clear on what the distinction between jogging and running is. I’m about 6’1″, 160lbs and I’d like to at least be able to go 8mph for an hour. Would the T202 be enough or do I need something stronger?

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    1. Site Admin

      Hi Nick! For running, I wouldn’t suggest the T202. It’s more suited for joggers/speed walkers. The T303 has a 3.0 CHP motor, which would be better for what you’re looking for. Hope this helps

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  5. Annette Ward

    I just would like clarification on the same thing people seem to be asking. I definitely jog (as opposed to run), BUT, I do it 6 days a week, 3+ miles a day. Would the T202 be OK for that?

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    1. Site Admin

      Hi Annette, the Horizon T202 has a 2.75 CHP motor – which is decent. If you’re jogging that much, I might would upgrade to the T303, it’s a couple hundred bucks more and you get a 3.0 CHP motor to hold up better for your long periods of jogging. Hope this helps

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  6. Florence Taliercio

    looking to purchase the T202 Treadmill. I walk/run up to 5 to 6 miles A day 6 days a week.
    Would this treadmill be OK for me ? I’m also looking to do the 6 months free Financing and I would like to speak with a sales rep. do you have a 1-800# ?

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  7. Gary Walker

    I just bought the T202 and it to be delivered Thursday morning. My question is does it have to be put together?

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    1. Site Admin

      Hi Gary. Yes, Horizon advertises a 30-minute easy set up with the T202. We have not personally set this particular treadmill up. Please let us know how it goes for you!

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  8. Matt

    First time buyer for a Horizon T202. I chatted with a service rep online. He took care of all my questions and did a great job. This company, service and products are TOP NOTCH in my book. Very easy to deal with. Cant wait to get the treadmill in 2-3 weeks.

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  9. PAMELA

    I’m seriously considering purchasing the T202. My space is limited based on information on your site it will be fine extended while in use but I would need to stow it after each use. Can the T202 be stored against the wall while in use?

    Do you offer assembly at an additional costs when its delivered?

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    1. Site Admin

      Hi Pamela, the T202 folds and you can certainly store it against a wall. We don’t delivery the machinery – only write reviews to help consumers make their decisions. Horizon offers free delivery, but I don’t think they are doing assembly during COVID unfortunately.

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  10. Fernanda

    Hi, I am a bit confused as to why the 2.75 CHP motor is not good enough for running. In average, I run 30-40 mins in 5-6 MPH speed. I would like to go up to 60 mins every now and then. Is this treadmill right for me?

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  11. Arlene

    My salesman showed me the 7.0AT but sounds like it’s more than I need. I only need a treadmill for walking only, no running, jogging or inclining. Would the T202 be sufficient for my needs?

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