The Horizon CE5.1 elliptical is noticeably an upgrade to the entry-level CE4.1. It has a bit more programming, audio features, and SixStar Certification, which means it’s been independently judged to meet high standards for ergonomics.
Elliptical Hits: What You Get with the Horizon CE5.1
- Standard stride – The machine’s 18” stride is award-winning for its smooth feel. Still, be aware that the next step up, the Horizon CE6.0, has an adjustable stride in order to accommodate shorter and taller users. Adjustable strides also let people target different muscle groups from the calves to the glutes.
- Surround Sound – The CE5.1 has an MP3 player dock. Speakers and a headphone outlet are also included.
- Upper body exercise – The machine’s handlebars give users the option of exercising their arms and legs simultaneously.
- Extras– Extra features include a hand grip heart rate monitor and a CoolFit workout fan.
- Fair Warranty – The Horizon CE5.1 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 CE5.1 Cross Trainer
- Size – Measuring 73” long, this machine takes up too much space for some home gyms.
- Programming — Horizon isn’t known for offering extensive programming. This machine includes 10 workout routines and 10 resistance levels.
Overall Rating for the Horizon CE5.1
The CE5.1 is better than its Horizon predecessors, but it’s still a very basic cross trainer. A better Horizon elliptical is the CE6.0, which has 20 resistance levels, an adjustable stride, and an audio entertainment system. The Horizon EX-78 is also appealing for its power incline and heavier flywheel.