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Horizon Fitness EX79 Elliptical Review

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Based on Johnson's Livestrong design the EX79 is a very solid machine. Click Here for 2015 Review

Horizon Fitness EX79 Elliptical Review


2013 Model





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Overall Rating: 4.8

The EX79 has excellent quality for the money. The only drawback of this machine is the warranty in comparison to what you can get from Sole or Epic.

The Horizon Fitnesss EX79 is the best of all the Horizon models that we reviewed. At $999, you get good quality components at an affordable price. If you want a nice design to go along with a durable machine that won't break the bank, this one is worth taking a look at.

Ergonomically speaking, this elliptical isn't bad. There are several models in this price range, however, that offer a more natural range of motion. The adjustability of this machine is better than most of the sub-$1,000 ellipticals you can find. You get 20 levels of resistance, but the stride length is fixed at 20". This means you'll have some options to adjust this machine to your fitness levels, but unfortunately, you won't be able to adjust it to your body type.

As far as projected reliability is concerned, this elliptical is good. It's extremely rare to find models in this price range that have a longer life expectancy than this one does. The quality of parts is also hard to top at this low of a cost. These areas are what's most impressive about this elliptical as compared to the competition that's similarly priced.

The noise levels are about average. Most ellipticals make about the same amount of noise during operation, but it's a little harder to find ones that aren't loud when you're looking at models that sell for less than $1,000. If you are on a tight budget, and you want a quiet machine, this one is certainly worth looking at.

The warranty on this model isn't great. The elevation motor and labor are covered for 1 year, parts are covered for 2 years, and the brake and frame are covered for life. This isn't terrible coverage, but Sole and Epic make it look bad by comparison.