The Horizon CE4.1 elliptical is an entry-level trainer with pivoting foot plates and an 18” stride. While the low price of this elliptical is attractive, it’s definitely a cross trainer for beginners.
Elliptical Hits: What You Get with the Horizon CE4.1
- Standard stride – The 18” stride length is comfortable for many users – but be aware that other ellipticals, such as the Horizon CE6.0, are adjustable to accommodate shorter and taller users. Adjustable strides also let people target different muscle groups from the calves to the glutes.
- Pivoting foot plates – This special feature is rarely found on discount ellipticals. It helps people make healthier movements by supporting their natural ankle rotation.
- Upper body exercise – The machine’s handlebars give users the option of exercising their arms and legs simultaneously. Note though that these are not ideally placed for shorter users.
- Heart rate monitor – A hand grip heart rate monitor makes it easier to exercise at just the right level for maximum cardiovascular benefits.
- Quiet – Some ellipticals in this price range make a racket, but the Horizon CE4.1 has a reputation for running smoothly and quietly.
- Small size – At 29”Wx55”L, this elliptical machine has a relatively small footprint.
- Fair Warranty – The Horizon CE4.1 is sold with a lifetime warranty on the frame, a fifteen year warranty on the brake, and a year of coverage for other parts and labor. This is a pretty good warranty for a low-priced cross trainer.
Elliptical Misses: Drawbacks of the CE4.1 Cross Trainer
- Resistance – With only 8 resistance levels and an average flywheel, the CE4.1’s resistance system is best for light exercisers.
- Programming — The CE4.1’s nine programs pale in comparison to the options available with many other brands. Again though, these could be enough for light exercisers or beginners.
Overall Rating for the Horizon CE4.1
The CE4.1 is a very basic cross trainer. It offers enough program variety for beginners, but overall it’s not a challenging machine. Examples of upgrades include the Horizon CE6.0 – which features 20 resistance levels, an adjustable stride, and an audio entertainment system – and the Horizon EX-78 with a power incline and special certification for its ergonomics.