Horizon Fitness EX-57 Elliptical Trainer Review

The Horizon Fitness EX-57 Elliptical Trainer is a budget elliptical with a basic range of workout features and adjustability options. It falls into the budget elliptical category but doesn’t have many of the extras that similar elliptical machines in the same budget do have.

The machine itself has 9 basic workout programs, 8 resistance levels and an 18-inch stride length. At under $500 dollars, the machine has a few varied features and an accessible price point, but does it deliver on quality and most importantly; is it good value for money?

 

Dimensions & Technical Specifications

  • 29 (width) x 55 (length) x 67 (height) inches (74 x 140 x 170 cm)
  • 275 pounds (125 kg) maximum user capacity
  • 163 pounds (73.9 kg) assembled weight
  • 178 pounds (80.7 kg) shipping weight

 

Key Features

  • Front-Drive Elliptical Frame
  • Feedback options; Time, Distance, Speed, Calories, Heart Rate, Incline, Watts
  • Flywheel weight; 6.5 kg / 14.3 lbs
  • 9 Programs – Choose Goal Option (Time, Calories, Distance) and Terrain Type (Manual, Hills, Reverse Train)
  • Contact Grips for heart rate monitoring
  • Water Bottle Holder
  • ECB Magnetic Brake
  • 8 Levels of resistance
  • 18-inch Stride Length

 

Comfort

The fact the Horizon Fitness EX-57 Elliptical Trainer has a flywheel at the front means it feels generally sturdier than those which have the wheels placed at the back.

“I’m 220 lbs and 5’5 and I feel very comfortable on it.” – Click here to read the full review on Amazon

The arm reach is fairly comfortable and allows for full extension which is great for optimum full body workout results and inclusion of key target muscle areas such as biceps and triceps. As mentioned, the trainer has an 18-inch stride length which is the same as most standard elliptical machines; unfortunately it can make working out a little uncomfortable for those who are taller or who have longer strides.

The foot pedals are also standard and basic (no real grips or cushioning)  which means longer workouts can start to hurt the bottom of your feet.

The elliptical movement itself is generally quite smooth and solid feeling although the parts do need greasing often and the components need to be tightly connected to prevent any knocking. The machine can also knock around a little if used to its full capacity which detracts from the overall feeling of quality and safety.

 

Performance

Unfortunately, you don’t have a lot to play around with in the way of exercise on the Horizon Fitness EX-57 Elliptical Trainer. There are 9 basic programs available which are; Choose Goal Option (Time, Calories, Distance) and Terrain Type (Manual, Hills, Reverse Train) but they really lack innovation and variation.

“You can get an intense workout from this machine and I feel it is very comparable to the ellipticals I use in the gym.” – Click here to read the full review on Amazon

The programs would more than likely get a little boring and repetitive over time but are adequate for a good, overall workout and are particularly suitable for those new to elliptical machines or on the start of their fitness journey. he programming doesn’t seem to incorporate much imagination which is fairly obvious during the repetitive workouts. This doesn’t really make the most of the machine or show it off to its full capacity which is a real shame.

The heart rate sensors on the handles are poor and don’t really give an accurate reading; it’s unfortunate that the machine doesn’t have a chest strap and telemetry features as some lower priced ellipticals do; these offer a much more accurate reading.

The feedback options are; Time, Distance, Speed, Calories, Heart Rate, Incline and watts which are basic but adequate. Overall, the Horizon Fitness EX-57 Elliptical Trainer really doesn’t stack up that well in terms of performance as there as much better options out there.

 

Ease Of Use & Convenience

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The Horizon Fitness EX-57 Elliptical Trainer is easy and convenient to assemble and operate. The console is incredibly simple to use and isn’t confusing in the slightest.

You can quite easily get started on your workout with ease as soon as your machine is assembled and greased. The fact that the screen is not backlit means it is fairly difficult to read and would be very hard to see in a room that is not well lit.

 

Entertainment

“There is a small lip on the console which allows me to put my Kindle Fire 8.9 inch or iPhone 4S there as I listen to music or watch television, which is very nice.” – Click here to read the full review on Amazon

Unfortunately, there are no bells and whistles with the Horizon EX-57 trainer and it shows. More often than not, if the basic machine shines through, the extras are just an added bonus and aren’t the main feature. The programs and feedback options available are adequate and give a decent workout but may not entertain more seasoned elliptical users long term.

The machine itself is pleasurable to use, it is just a shame the programs available aren’t a little more innovative. The 8 levels of resistance go some way towards customization capabilities, which means you can make the workouts more difficult for yourself if you want to and also vary your exercise routines as well.

If it’s any consolation, there is a ledge on the console that could be used for a book, e-reader or tablet PC.

 

Warranty

  • Frame – lifetime
  • Parts – 1 year
  • Labour – 1 year

 

The Final Verdict

“All-in-all, I’m very happy with this machine. I especially like the 1 year electronics and parts and the 1 year labor warranty.” – Click here to read the full review on Amazon

For under $500 dollars, the Horizon Fitness ex-57 Elliptical Trainer definitely falls into the budget price range. It is a well-rounded machine with basic, well designed features that work well. Unfortunately, when compared to other ellipticals in the same price category, it does fall a little short in the way of extras, customization and adjustability capabilities.

It is best suited to those new to elliptical training or those who may not feel the need for all the extra bells and whistles when it comes to their exercise machine. It’s good for the price, but it definitely doesn’t stand out as the best value elliptical in its price range.

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