The E901 is a basic elliptical trainer by Horizon Fitness. This remarkably dependable yet inexpensive machine features a 19” stride, pivoting footpads, 16 resistance levels, and an iPod docking station with speakers.
Elliptical Hits: What You Get
The Horizon E901 elliptical has some good basics and appealing extras:
- Resistance –With 16 resistance levels, the E901 can challenge a wide range of users. (Many elliptical machines have 20 resistance levels, and cheaper models sometimes have only 10.)
- Long stride –The 19” stride length lets tall and average-height exercisers use a full range of motion.
- Lower pedal height – Compared with other elliptical trainers, Horizon’s E901 lets users exercise closer to the ground.
- Pivoting footpads – Pivoting pedals on the Horizon E901 encourage healthy natural movement. The narrow pedal spacing is also designed with comfort in mind.
- Entertainment – The E901 elliptical includes an iPod dock and speaker system.
- Warranty – The Horizon E901 is sold with a lifetime warranty on the frame and brakes, 2 years on other parts, and one year of labor. This beats the warranty packages of comparable brands.
Elliptical Errors: What’s Missing
- Reliable brakes – Some users have complained that the resistance levels on the E901 don’t change immediately; they require a second or two to kick in.
- Programs – With just 7 preset workout programs, some users will quickly tire of this machine.
Overall Rating for the Horizon E901
Some users have complained about weak brakes on the E901, but since the machine comes with a lifetime warranty on the brakes, buying purchasing this model seems like an OK gamble.
The Horizon E901 seems to be an average-quality elliptical and an overall good buy. It includes good exercise basics and a bit of entertainment, but it’s short on programs. Horizon’s next step up, the E1201 elliptical, is similar but adds a power incline and a heavier flywheel for more resistance.