Horizon Fitness T202-3 Treadmill Review

The Horizon T202-03 is a great treadmill designed to provide you with plenty of workout options and an intuitive space saving solution, all for around $1000 dollars. The machine boasts; 12 mph maximum speed, 12% maximum incline, a 20 x 55 inch running surface, 300 pounds maximum user weight, pulse grip heart rate monitoring, FLEX PLUS treadbelt cushioning and MP3 compatibility.

So is the Horizon T202-3 worth $1000 dollars? Is it good value for money? Do all the features work well?

 

Dimensions & Technical Specifications

  • 71 x 34 x 55 inches (180.3 x 86.3 x 139.7 cm)
  • 20 x 55 inch (50.8 x 139.7 cm) running area
  • 300 pounds (136.07 kg) maximum user weight
  • 172 pounds (78.01 kg) assembled weight
  • 198.4 pounds (89.9 kg) shipping weight

 

Key Features

  • 50 horsepower continuous-duty motor; up to 12 miles per hour and incline up to 12 percent for a wide range of workouts
  • Running Area: 20 by 55 inches with Perfect FLEX PLUS cushioning; Feather LIGHT folding lift system for easy fold-up storage
  • 75″ green back-lit LCD display; 30 programming options
  • Sonic Surround speakers with MP3 compatibility; pulse grip heart rate monitoring
  • 300-pound maximum user weight, lifetime warranty on frame and motor, 1 year on parts and labor

 

Comfort

The treadmill feels incredibly solid and sturdy to use and you feel no rocking or swaying even on maximum use of the machine; the safer you feel on a treadmill the more likely you are to intensify your workouts.

The FLEX PLUS cushioning is designed to protect your joints from any negative impact and allow you to enjoy workouts for longer with a comfortable, cushioned treadbelt. You can certainly feel the FLEX PLUS underfoot, particularly when you are pounding the machine a lot during jogs and runs.

The running area is perfectly adequate and only 5 inches shorter than the majority of higher end models. Unless you’ve a very large stride or a less than compact running style you shouldn’t find the running space a problem. The handlebars are not full sized so they don’t get in the way if you use the machine for full throttle runs, users with balance issues should still have enough handlebar available to stabilize themselves.

 

Performance

There’s plenty to play with in the way of performance features on this machine. You can travel up to 12 mph maximum speed which is a good figure as most budget treadmills only go up to 10 mph, you can also use a quick speed button to go up to 12 mph quickly which is useful if you’re already warmed up and want to jump straight into a challenging speed. You can also use the 12 % incline feature which also comes with a quick button which is really useful for intense glute workouts. The treadmill features 30 different programming options which are; manual, 6 calorie goal workouts, 10 distance-based workouts, 10 steps goal-based workouts and 3 intervals workouts. They aren’t the most imaginative, but work well and take the guesswork out of a session if you want a program to run without you having to mix it up yourself.

The pulse grip heart rate monitoring is inaccurate and at this price point there should really be some telemetry features enabling you to use a much more accurate chest strap.

Overall you’re perfectly set up to enjoy plenty of varied and interesting workouts on this machine. As the comfort levels are high, you’ll want to get on it in the first place which is the most important thing.

 

Ease Of Use & Convenience

The Horizon T202-3 is easy to use and has a nifty foldaway option which means it can be stored away easily if you struggle for space.

The cup holder troughs are nice and deep and positioned centrally just above the screen to each side, you can easily store various items in these holders with no issues.

The console is incredibly easy to use but the screen really is very small and the green backlit colour doesn’t look particularly aesthetically pleasing as well as making the digits difficult to see. The layout of the information is also quite badly designed as you can’t see all of your feedback in big, easy to read digits, some of the information like the speed reading is very small and is in a corner of the screen, difficult to read.

The foldaway option is really good but the manufacturer should make it clear that it folds at an angle rather than into a compact box shape. It is still space saving but doesn’t save as much space as you might think.

 

Entertainment

The entertainment on this treadmill comes in the form of Sonic Surround speakers with MP3 compatibility. The speakers work fine and provide an adequate sound considering the machines price point.

You may find the loud beeping on this machine a little offputting during your workout as it randomly resets itself occasionally to its loudest setting which can make you jump.

 

Warranty (again, these can usually be copy + pasted from Amazon or manufacturers website)

  • Frame and Motor- Lifetime
  • Parts- 1 Year
  • Labour- 1 Year

 

The Final Verdict

For around $1000 dollars, the Horizon T202-3 is a decent treadmill with a good, solid motor and useful workout features. It certainly doesn’t have a USP, but it does have everything you need to workout efficiently and successfully over and over again. Avoid if you want a treadmill with style and strong individual features, purchase if you want a reliable, sturdy and comfortable treadmill with adequate features.

 

 

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