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Horizon EX59 Elliptical

The EX59 is an entry-level trainer from Horizon Fitness. Highlights of the EX59 include SurroundSound speakers, 10 built-in programs, and an 18” stride.  This unit has an MSRP of $799, but it sells for as low as $599 online.

Elliptical Hits: What You Get with the Horizon EX59 Cross Trainer

    • Healthy stride – The machine’s 18” stride is relatively long for a budget elliptical. This is the minimum acceptable stride length and is ideal for petite exercisers.
    • Upper body exercise – The machine’s handlebars move to help provide a full-body workout.
    • Adequate programming – Ten programs and an Advanced Goal Center help exercisers reach new heights of fitness. Ten resistance levels offer an adequate challenge for a beginner or lightweight exerciser.
    • MP3 sound system – Integrated speakers accept input from the user’s MP3 player. The EX59 also has a headphone outlet.
  • Good warranty – The Horizon EX59 is sold with a lifetime warranty on the frame and brake plus a year of coverage for other parts and labor. That’s not so bad for budget fitness equipment, but heavy users will be taking a gamble.

Elliptical Misses: Why It’s an Entry-Level Trainer

The EX59 has a very light 14-pound flywheel. This means that it provides relatively low resistance and less challenging workouts. Furthermore, elliptical trainers with heavier flywheels offer a smoother ride.

Overall Rating for the Horizon EX59 Elliptical

This is an entry-level model that provides relatively light resistance. It’s fine for smaller beginners, but other users will either wear out or quickly master this machine. The EX79 is a more challenging and durable option.

Horizon Ellipticals

Horizon Fitness is a subsidiary of the multinational company Johnson Health Tech.

As the world’s fourth-largest manufacturer and distributor of workout machines, Johnson also owns Advanced Fitness Group and other brands associated with low-budget to mid-budget fitness equipment. Current Horizon ellipticals include the CE6.0, the EX 77, and the popular E-series, which features the E901 and E1201 models.

Brand features of Horizon Ellipticals

  • Upper body exercise – Like the vast majority of elliptical trainers, Horizon models are designed to provide upper body and lower body workouts simultaneously. Horizon’s attention to ergonomics shows up in their comfortable handles too.
  • Tilts your world – The Horizon EX 77 and E1201 include power inclines. Incline training exercises a wider variety of muscle groups than does standard training, and it burns calories more quickly.
  • Provides entertainment – All of the Horizon ellipticals featured on our site include iPod docks and speaker systems.
  • Has comfortable pedals – Horizon’s cushioned, articulating (rotating) footpads help make their ellipticals easy on the body.
  • Various strides available –Horizon gets it right with a range of healthy strides. The E901 and E1201 have 19” strides, and the EX 77 and CE6.0 have variable strides to accommodate people from 5’ to 6’ tall or more.

 

  • Has good resistance – Horizon elliptical trainers have 16-20 resistance levels each.
  • Low step-up – The exercise surface of Horizon ellipticals is relatively close to the ground.
  • Good warranties – Horizon has better warranties than other budget and mid-level equipment dealers. One of their best warranties accompanies the E1201 elliptical: it includes lifetime coverage on the frame and brakes and four years on most other parts.

Overall Rating for Horizon Ellipticals

 

Horizon Fitness has built a solid reputation for offering good-quality machines at value prices. They pay attention to both ergonomics and entertainment, providing healthy strides, cushioned pedals, and comfortable handles alongside iPod docks. The power inclines on the E1201 and EX77 make these especially attractive ellipticals for the price.

Horizon LS645E

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.

Horizon GS1050E

The GS1050E is a low-priced elliptical trainer from Horizon Fitness. Highlights include SIXStar certification for ergonomics, 20 resistance levels, and an MP3 sound system.

Elliptical Hits: What You Get with the Horizon GS1050E Elliptical

  • Certified ergonomics – SIXStar Certification indicates that the GS1050 elliptical combines six features for ideal low-impact motion. Some qualities include ZEROGap pedals for optimal hip placement, well-placed handlebars, and a smooth 20” stride.
  • Workout variety – With nine programs plus an Advanced Goal Center, this machine doesn’t have outstanding programming but it fares well against others in its price category. The option of using 20 resistance levels adds variety to workouts and isn’t common on cheaper ellipticals.
  • Oversized footplates – Large footplates on the pedals help keep feet comfortable during workouts.
  • Heart rate grips – Pulse readers are built into the handlebars.
  • Heavy flywheel – The 17-pound flywheel is superior to those on other budget ellipticals, and it provides enough fluid motion to earn SIXStar Certification.
  • MP3 sound system – Integrated speakers accept input from the user’s MP3 player.
  • OK warranty – The Horizon GS1050E is sold with a lifetime warranty on the frame and brake. The parts and labor warranty is relatively short – just one year — but this is a discount machine.

Overall Rating for the Horizon GS1050E Elliptical

The Horizon GS1050 elliptical combines a healthy ergonomic design with an iPod-compatible sound system for extra enjoyment. It also has a heavier flywheel and more resistance levels than other ellipticals in the sub-$1000 category. Although some Horizon ellipticals have been criticized for their cheap made-in-China parts, the GS1050 is a winner that offers good value.

Horizon AT1501 Elliptical

The AT1501 is a higher-end elliptical from Horizon Fitness. It’s engineered specifically to provide low-impact incline training; the “AT” stands for Ascent Trainer. In addition to the ergonomic incline training, other highlights include pivoting pedals and an MP3 sound system.

Elliptical Hits: What You Get with the Horizon AT1501 Cross Trainer

  • Adjustable stride length – The machine’s stride length adjusts automatically with the incline. The stride is initially a full 20” and becomes shorter as the incline steepens.
  • Reversible stride – The same elliptical motion can be used in two directions to target different muscle groups.
  • Articulating footplates — The footplates pivot with the user’s natural body movement to reduce fatigue.
  • Upper body exercise – The machine’s handlebars move to help provide a full-body workout.
  • Stability – At 200 pounds, this elliptical can support a 300-pound exerciser without wobbling.
  • MP3 sound system – Integrated speakers accept input from the user’s MP3 player.

Elliptical Hits: How the AT1501 Could Climb Higher

  • Short warranty – The Horizon AT1501 is sold with a lifetime warranty on the frame and brake, but only a year of coverage for other parts and labor. A longer warranty should be standard considering this machine’s MSRP. Customers can purchase extended service plans.

Overall Rating for the Horizon AT1501 Elliptical

The Ascent Trainer 1501 can provide great workouts for a year or two. After that, customer complaints of broken parts and electronics become frequent. This machine would be a great deal if were more durable and had a better warranty. It could still be worth buying on sale and with an extended service plan.

Some other elliptical trainers with inclines include the HealthRider H95e, the Precor EFX 5.31, and the Cybex Arc Trainer.