Review Summary and Best Price
Ease of Folding
Value for Money
Great All Rounder!
Comfortable and smooth. A great choice for mid/high end treadmill.
In the past few years treadmill technology has advanced rapidly. While the exteriors may look familiar, underneath there have been some big improvements. In this review we look at the new Horizon Fitness Elite T7 Treadmill, a new machine for this year and see what Horizon have done to make this model special and stand out from its competitors.
With an RSP of $2000 this is a firm Mid to High Level Treadmill, as such it is up against competition from the likes of the Lifespan TR4000i and the Sole F85 Treadmills, both of which also retail at about $1500. Both of these are great treadmills, however they are a little older now and the Elite T7 is new to the market.
Read our Full Horizon Elite T7 Review >>>
Features of the Elite T7 Treadmill
New Motor for Improved Reliability and Performance
A the heart of the treadmill lies the motor. Its the single most important thing that will ultimately govern your treadmill performance and feel of the machine. To simplify their offer Johnston Fitness (the Owners of Horizon) have gone back to the drawing board for the motor design and have come up with a single unit that will power their full range. This new motor is smoother and more reliable than ever before. We love the quiet, and when running this motor even at high speed it makes barely a whisper. You can also be sure that it will be reliable with its lifetime warranty.
Large, Low Maintenance Running Area
Another area to have seen an upgrade by Horizon is the running deck. Most treadmills need messy maintenance every month or so, with some special treadmill lubrication being added. With its new Infinity Drive system this treadmill can go 21,000 miles before being serviced. They have done this by impregnating the mat with some specially formulated hard wax that takes far longer to wear out compared to traditional methods. The advantage is that you can keep running without worrying if you are overloading your treadmill with a poorly fitting belt.
The treadmill belt is also full size. This is really what separates the Elite T7 from lower level models in the Horizon Range such as the T101 Treadmill Reviewed Here. If you are intending to run or jog at higher and higher speeds (upto 12mph) then you will want a treadmill that is at least 60″ long. Any shorter and you have to keep thinking about your feet position and can never settle properly into your run.
One feature we really love is the Passport Player, when you add in the media box you can use your treadmill to run the world on your home TV Screen! There are some built in tours, such as the beautiful Italian mountans and South West America. Whats brilliant is how it interacts with your workout. If you run up a hill on screen the treadmill adapts and raises and lowers with the contours on screen. Also all your workout data is shown on your TV, so you don’t need to look away from the stunning scenery. The media box is a little more expensive, but it really adds an extra dimension to the workouts that keeps you wanting to come back time and again.
All if this would mean nothing of the treadmill was uncomfortable to run on. However we found no issues with the quality or comfort of the treadmill the running deck is well cushioned through the mat and special shock absorbers built into the bast of the treadmill. The quiet running of the motor, the smooth 15% incline tech features such as the Player, and iPod connectors make this a great place to spend time working out.
What it Like to Use?
The first thing you notice about this machine is its big! That’s not unsurprising given the specs, but you can really feel this presence of this treadmill, reminding you to get your work out in. If you have folded it up then the first thing is to lower the deck down. This is easy enough with the hydraulic lifts that take the weight so even someone with slight build can manage.
It needs to be plugged in, so locating the treadmill near a socket is essential. But you have to be careful not to push the treadmill right up to the wall or you might struggle to reach the master power switch.
Firing up the machine you are greeted with a nice looking console, well laid out and fairly logical The console has built in speakers (reasonable quality) and fans, which are not really powerful. The display itself looks clean and modern, with all the controls easily laid out and well placed so you know exactly what each button does.
Best of all is that the console is arranged so there is a good sized ledge that will hold your phone/book or tablet, so you can read while you run. Or you can go for one of your virtual tours which are great fun, if a little repetitive (and quite expensive)
Alternatives to the Elite T7
|Horizon Fitness Elite T7 Treadmill||Click to see|
|LifeSpan TR3000i Folding Treadmill||Click to see|
|NordicTrack C 1650 Treadmill||$1,260.42|
|ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill||$999.90|
|Schwinn 870 Treadmill||Click to see|
|Sole Fitness F85 Folding Treadmill||$1,999.00|
Summary of Elite T7 Features:
Elite T7 Preview Video:
What are other review saying about the T7 Treadmill?
“Just replaced my old Pro-Form treadmill, and this one is so much more quiet!”
“So far, I love my new Elite T7 Treadmill. It replaced a Horizon 5.3 T Treadmill that I have had for 8 years”
“My wife and I purchased the Horizon T7 on a recommendation… and we could not be more pleased!”
Horizon Elite T7 Treadmill review Summary:
With all the new tech Horizon have packed into the Elite T7 Treadmill this is hard to beat! With its high top speed, full range of incline and a great comfortable running track it eases ahead of the older models from the competition. This is a great pick for a mid to high end treadmill that will stretch you to the limits for years to come.
Horizon Fitness Elite T7 Treadmill Review Summary:
- Feather Light Folding saves space and is easy tstore away after your workout. Folded Dimensions (L x W x H): 44" x 36" x 69"; Assembled Dimensions(L x W x H): 77" x 36" x 60"
- Integrated synthetic hard wax in the belt eliminates the need for routine lubrication. Running area: 60" x 20"; Incline range: 0-15%; Speed up t12mph;
- 8.5" extra-wide blue LCD display updates you on time, distance, incline, speed, calories, heart rate, and laps. Warranty: Lifetime on frame and motor, 5 year on parts, 1 year on labor.
- Geasy on your joints with our three-zone Variable Response Cushioning system that provides the ideal amount of flex and support. User weight capacity: 350 lbs.
- Track your workouts with ViaFit, which automatically shares them with your favorite fitness apps and social networks. Stay motivated by taking your workout on a trip with Passport Media Player, which syncs your treadmill tstunning entertainment on your TV.