Horizon Fitness T101 Treadmill Review

Overview: This review has been fully updated to the latest 2014 model T101-04. The original review was based on the 2012 model.

Rated as one of the “Best Buys” by Treadmill Doctor, the Horizon Fitness T101-04 treadmill is durable, reliable, and loaded with valuable features, helping you walk, jog, or run with confidence in the comfort of your own home. T101-04 combines a powerful 2.25 CHP, quiet motor and a stable, comfortable platform with comprehensive console and Sonic Surround speakers with MP3 input so you play music through the console speakers.

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The large, heavy frame is stable during the most intense exercise sessions, and the PerfectFLEX deck cushioning provides the right mix of shock absorption and support. And the coolest fitness fan keeps you cool as you walk, jog or run. It’s easily stored, thanks to Horizon’s exclusive FeatherLIGHT lift, which incorporates two hydraulic shocks to assist you when raising and lowering the deck.

Treadmill Specifications & Features

Frame

  • Frame Type: Folding Frame
  • Running Area: 20 x 55 inches
  • Cushioning: 3-Zone Variable Cushioning
  • Belt Type: 2 plies, 1.4 mm Thickness

Drive

  • Motor: 2.25 CHP (Continuous Duty Horsepower)
  • Incline Range: 0 – 10%
  • Speed Range: 0.5 – 10 MPH

Console

  • Display Type: 11.5 cm / 4.5″ Backlit LCD
  • Workout Feedback: Speed, Incline, Distance, Calories, Time, Heart Rate
  • Programs: 30 Programs – Manual, Steps (1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, 7000, 8000, 9000, 10,000), Calories (100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600), Distance (1mi, 2mi, 5k, 5mi, 10k, 8mi, 15k, 10mi, 20k, Half Marathon), and Intervals (Speed, Peak, and Endurance)
  • Heart Rate: Contact Grips
  • Speakers: MP3-Compatible Speakers, Audio-In Jacks

Other Specs

  • Power Requirements: 110 – 120 Volt
  • User Weight Capacity: 300 pounds
  • Assembled Dimensions (L x W x H): 70 x 33.5 x 55 inches
  • Folded Dimensions (L x W x H): 45.5 x 33.5 x 61 inches
  • Assembled Weight: 165 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 192 pounds
  • Extras: COOLfit personal fan
  • Warranty: Lifetime warranty on frame and motor, 1 year on parts and labor
Pros
  • Affordable price for the quality.
  • Easy to use.
  • Easy to set up and unfold to put away with HF’s hydraulic folding technology.
  • The 2.25 CHP motor is super quiet.
  • 30 Programming options that include a manual workout.
  • 10 step-goal workouts.
  • 10 distance-based workouts.
  • 6 calorie-goal workouts and 3 intervals workouts.
  • Other positive scores: Sturdy design.
  • automated incline.
  • Lifetime frame and motor warranty.
  • Good customer service as reported by owners.
Cons
  • It’s quite a large machine – 70″ L x 33.5″ W x 55″ H and weighs 165 pounds.
  • You may find it bulky.
  • Annoying beeping sound when you turn on the treadmill
  • Even if the volume button is set to the minimum level.
  • The speakers and beeping are set to the same volume level.
  • As long as you want to listen to music via the speakers you have to deal with deafening beeps.

The Bottom Line:

Finally, the Horizon Fitness T101-04  can be considered as one of the best entry-level treadmills on the market. At below the $700 price tag it’s an excellent buy. This treadmill is best used for heart rate training, weight loss, low impact exercise, and performance training. You can also browse the other best exercise equipment for seniors from the senior citizen website as well.

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