Horizon CT5.3 Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
Absolutely absurd MSRP. We've seen similar models from the same factory for less than $1000. DON'T buy one for list!
If someone holds a gun to your head and threatens to pull the trigger if you don't buy this one for $2000, I guess you don't have a choice, but that's the only rational reason to drop $2k on this treadmill.
The Horizon CT5.3 is a great decision at $1,999 if you enjoy paying twice the amount a treadmill is actually worth. Of course, you still might want to choose the CT7.1, if that's the case, because it costs an extra $200, and it provides very little in return. We're not sure what Horizon was thinking when they priced these models, but we wouldn't recommend buying them without a major discount.
The walking area is okay. The belt measures in at 20" x55". This is a solid 5" shorter than your standard 20" x 60" walking belt found on most of today's treadmills, but it's still large enough to accommodate larger users without the need for them to alter their stride. For $2,000, however, you'd expect a larger belt.
This machine has a fairly average motor. If it sold for $1,000, that would be fine, but most models in this price range offer much greater power producing capabilities. You can reach speeds of up to 10 mph with this treadmill. That's not exactly slow, but at this price, we'd expect a maximum speed of 12 mph.
You'll get a decent cushioning system with this model. PerfectFLEX is used to reduce the impact that running has on your joints and back. Many of the treadmills sold for this price have similar cushioning systems, but it's not exactly hard to find models that offer more durable or forgiving running surfaces.
The projected reliability is pathetic. We'd expect models that cost less than $1,000 to have a life expectancy similar to this one. The quality of parts is equally bad. The lack of quality and durability of this machine really makes you wonder if the guys at Horizon were laughing when they decided where to set the MSRP.
The warranty on the Horizon CT5.3 is bad. Not just bad for a $2,000 model, mind you. It's bad at almost any price. Parts and labor are covered for 1 year, while the frame and motor are covered for life. Horizon is willing to ask you to make an investment in this machine, but they aren't willing to stand behind it themselves.