Whereas Europe is known to be home to many of the global brands that manufacture ellipticals, the Horizon Fitness brand is proudly Asian and actually one of the largest manufacture of fitness equipment in the whole of Asia. It belongs to Johnson Health Tech, a great manufacturer that has maintained its decent reputation that dates back to the 70s when the company began its operations.
Matrix, Tempo and Vision are all reputable brands that also fall under Johnson Health Tech. Horizon Fitness brand’s badge is not only found on elliptical machines but also on treadmills, rowing machines and exercise bikes.
Horizon is known for many things but one that is common to almost any person is the superior quality, innovations, and the durability that always accompany their elliptical trainers. Other great common features of Horizon’s machines include the brake resistance system and solid frames that add to making them sturdy and equipping the machines with the capacity to offer the smoothest elliptical motions.
In recent years, much focus has been put on the design which has actually seen many of the elliptical trainers from this brand come with a front drive design. And one great thing about this design is that it makes it easy for one to use the machine, on top of making it compact. As you climb up the price ladder, you will realize that a good number of the trainers there pack more advanced features.
Horizon Fitness brand has a total of three series under the ellipticals category.
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Quick Start Series
Elliptical trainers in this particular series are known to be largely affordable. And even though they don’t pack dozens of features, when it comes to performance, they deliver just like the top ellipticals and also come with added comfort. EX-59 is a popular elliptical trainer that belongs to this series. It doesn’t come with so many features but it still does it job so well.
The fitness machines in this series feature a folding frame design. Not only that but also an electronically adjustable stride, ViaFit Wireless connectivity, LCD display with a blue backlight, and a Passport media player. Evolve 5 and Evolve 3 are two common models that fall under this series. For just $1500 or thereabouts, you can be a lucky owner of one of them.
Just as the name suggests, at the elite Series is where you will actually find the best elliptical trainers. One thing that is similar about all of them is the super heavy flywheel. Also worth mentioning is the electronically adjustable stride, extra wide LCD display with a blue backlight, and a slew of other advanced features. For about $2000, you can own any model that is part of this series. Elite E9 and Elite E7 are popular models belonging to this series.
Common Features of Horizon Fitness Ellipticals
- Sturdy SixStar Certified Frame
- Via Fit Wireless connectivity
- Customizable Features
- Diverse work out options( resistance levels, workout programs, console design)
Horizon’s Weak Points
A good number of users who’ve used ellipticals that feature a front-drive design often complain about back pains and experiencing less of a realistic and natural feel. When it comes to storage, only evolve series trainers pack a design that allows for easy storage. Lack of a lifetime warranty on frames and a considerably long year warranty on parts and labor also take away some of the glamor from the machine as well. A few users have also had concerns with the displays particularly when it comes to readability.
One smart thing about the Horizon Fitness brand is that they’ve put focus on creating something for everyone. Whether you want an affordable trainer or a high-end trainer, Horizon has made things simpler for you. Note that the basic elliptical trainers don’t pack as many features and innovations like the high end fitness machines so when you set out to having one always keep that mind. However, all trainers under this brand are reputable for their solid construction, smooth and quiet motion, and reliability implying that regardless of which trainer you buy, you will set get some good value for your money.