The LS645E, a budget elliptical trainer from Horizon, isn’t among the brand’s better offerings. It has an 18” stride, ten resistance levels, and nine workouts. For a similar price, the Horizon GS1050E provides better value.
Elliptical Hits: What You Get with the Horizon LS645E Elliptical
- Ergonomic features – All elliptical trainers are designed for low-impact exercise, but some get it better than others. Some positive aspects of the 645E include narrow pedal spacing, pivoting pedals, and a reasonably long 18” stride.
- Workouts – Nine “Goal to Go” programs are designed for quick access.
- Heart rate monitoring – Heart rate data are displayed during workouts.
Elliptical Misses: Down Sides of the Horizon 645E
- Lighter flywheel – The 14-pound flywheel is advertised as “heavy duty,” but it isn’t. Upgrade to the 1050E for a heavier flywheel and smoother motion.
- Few resistance levels – The LS645E has either eight or ten resistance levels; Horizon’s advertising isn’t consistent. In either case, that’s not sufficient for the average or serious trainer.
- Lack of extras – By paying just a bit more, users can get extras such as integrated fans, sound systems, and motorized training ramps.
- OK warranty – The Horizon LS645E is sold with a lifetime warranty on the frame and brake. The brand’s standard parts and labor warranty is relatively short – just one year – and doesn’t seem worth the gamble on this particular machine.
Overall Rating for the Horizon LS645E Elliptical
With the LS645E, Horizon fails to impress. It might suffice for a lighter-weight beginning exerciser, but many buyers would soon want a replacement for this machine. If you’re considering a low-cost Horizon elliptical, go for the GS1050 instead. Highlights include SIXStar certification for ergonomics, 20 resistance levels, and an iPod-compatible speaker system.