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Horizon T202 Treadmill Review

treadmill Doctor Note :

Another beautifully packaged machine from Horizon... too bad- as often is the case- beauty is only skin deep.

Horizon T202 Treadmill Review



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Overall Rating: 5.49

Features favoring the Treadmill...

Better motor, better performance

The 2.5 HP Motor puts on a better show powering a nice 20" x 55" walking belt pretty smoothly in a fairly noise free ambiance. Walkers can step on the pedal and do a lighter jog and max 12 mph speeds, yet the treadmill still hasn't reached full running capability.

A good walking belt for bigger users

A reasonably good walking surface measuring 20" x 55" that is large enough for bigger users. This is a good 5" shorter than the standard 20" x 60" size, yet walkers can follow a fairly serious routine comfortably without breaking step.

Cushioning presents a decent and forgiving surface

The cushioning system is just right for users pursuing a brisk clean walk and there's good protection for joints and exercising muscles. But for something superior you need to move beyond $1,000.

Decent incline variation and fitness programs

A package of 24 workout apps and modest incline variation up to 12% make for a challenging workout for the beginner and casual walker.

Better value for money coming from Horizon

This is a popular treadmill at the $800 price point and users are not paying more than necessary for component quality and additional features.

The criticisms...

Warranty is hugely disappointing

Parts and labor get 1 year, while the frame and motor have lifetime coverage as you dial the serviceman.

Machine can't handle heavier users

With the treadmill weighing in at 165 pounds you can't expect it to accommodate users weighing over 300 pounds without accelerating wear and tear and early service calls.

Folding treadmill that consumes some space

Machine dimensions of 70" L x 33" W x 58" H underscore the fact that you need larger space to accommodate the treadmill when it unfolds in a smaller home or tiny apartment. Needs advance space planning.

The running area may disadvantage taller users

With the console intruding into the running surface we may be 5" too short for the really taller users.

The final analysis

The Horizon T101 that is $100 cheaper appears to be a better choice delivering better quality parts, offering more value for money than the T202. Users will also have the satisfaction of knowing that the T101 is the only Horizon model to walk away with a Best Buy Award.

When you see the components, this beauty falls short of what you would want in a treadmill. To get a treadmill to this price point, you must make some serious compromises.