The Horizon Fitness T101-04 aims fils the market need for a mid part of the market priced at just over $600. Like the model before this there a lot to like and lots to talk about, especially with the previous model status as an award winning. The odds is good and this one didn’t disappoint by earning his own award. At this price point this has the potential to be the best, it’s time to see if it live up to it’s expectation.
- Folding treadmill with 2.25 HP continuous duty motor for quiet operation
- Speeds up to 10 MPH, incline to 10 percent, 20 x 55-Inch belt size
- 30 program options including: manual workout, 10 Step-goal workouts, 10 distance-based workouts, 6 calorie-goal workouts and 3 intervals workouts
- Sonic Surround speakers with MP3 compatibility, pulse grip heart rate monitoring
- 300-pound maximum user weight, lifetime warranty on frame and motor, 1 year on parts and labor
Assembling as easy, the package comes in four pieces, the deck, two arms, and control panel. Instructions are very detailed and every step is clearly identified. It it could take around 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on your skill but it’s not hard even for a non technical person, though there might be a point that you might need an extra hand to keep it aligned while you screw it together. It’s best to assemble it close to where you will use it because it kinda bulky and heavy but it folds upright easily enough if you’re not going to use it.
Starting and stopping is smooth, it features PerfectFLEX cushioning system which works to add support and shock absorption, it’s ok but not as good as its bigger brother as they have a better system. When running it can stay stable and can accommodate even a big person weighing up to 300 lbs without a problem and the 20 by 55 inch running area is plenty enough space to move around. The unit is powered by a 2.25hp continuous motor that is sufficient for light jogging and brisk walking, the motor and the belt aren’t strong enough for high intensity workouts. But if your work out is just basic and you’re not using it at a blistering pace it should be fine. Also the engine sound is quiet and the unit feels durable and very sturdy.
The console is easy to master, it has two large cubbies convenient holders for a water bottle, and there is a small shelf which will hold your remote controls, phones and gadgets. The panel is pretty good, even if the readout display is relatively small. The built in speakers is ok but won’t win any audiophile awards, it’s probably best to use an earphone or headphone in your workout. The fan is adequate but will not blow you away. A heart monitor system is a good addition plus there’s a 30 workout programs, it’s a good feature specially for newbie who doesn’t know any workout programs. One annoying thing is that you have to input your weight each workout, it’s not a deal breaker though.
I’m very pleased with this treadmill. The price is not cheap and it’s not expensive either, it’s in the middle but the performance is more than you expect and it surely justify it’s price. Because of that hard to see why this is an award winning treadmill, it delivers above expectations in every aspect. The value makes this
best all around bang-for-the-buck treadmill.
Display Type: 4.5-inch backlit LCD
Max. user weight (pounds): 300
Heart-rate monitor: Handgrip only
Length (inches): 70
Width (inches): 33.5
Height (inches): 55
Display Features: Speed, incline, distance, calories, time, heart rate
Motor HP: 2.25 chp
Belt Size (width by length in inches): 20 x 55
Machine weight (pounds): 165