The entry-level Horizon T101 treadmill has been a Best Buy award winner and favorite among customers for many years now. This is due to the fact that for the price, less than $700 on sale, you just can't beat it in terms of quality and features.
The Horizon T101 treadmill console has a 4.5" Yellow-Green LCD Display showing time, distance, speed, incline, heart rate and calories. It has 30 workout programs, an energy saver mode and incline capability.
The specs on the Horizon T101 include:
There are a number of cool features that Horizon now incorporates into their cheaper models. For example, you will find the T101 has a slightly larger motor, and the cushioning system has been upgraded over the older T91 and T81 models.
The Horizon T101 treadmill has a decent 2.25 CHP motor, a powered 10% incline, a 300-lb user weight, speakers, fan, variable cushioning system, and a two-year parts & labor warranty.
If you want a little more speed and/or a little more incline, take a look at the up-level Adventure 3 model, which has a 2.5 CHP motor, up to 12% incline and a few more features.
Both of these models are better suited for walkers or light joggers. If you're more of a runner, your best bet is either the Adventure 5 with a longer deck or one of the Elite models, but those are considerably more expensive.
Horizon is serious about staying competitive against Proform and NordicTrack models and it shows in the well thought-out design of this effort.
Treadmill reviews have been mostly positive on the Horizon T101, and there is more good news; the quality for the entire line of Horizon treadmills has improved substantially. The T101 is a heavy unit, easy to assemble, and is of better quality than the machines made by Icon Fitness, which is the other leading budget fitness equipment manufacturer.
Horizon machines are made by Johnson Health Tech which also makes Matrix, AFG and Vision brands. The warranty is good and the Horizon T101 doesn’t have many downsides for being a budget model.
As we mentioned above, we feel the Horizon T101 is more of a walker’s treadmill. While it is sturdy, the T101 weighs just 165 pounds, and not 300 pounds as you will find with a health club machine. It’s a good machine for light workouts or walking on a regular basis but don’t plan to run it into the ground.
Runners should go up a grade to at least the Adventure 5 if you plan to run 30 miles or more every week. Overall, the Horizon T101 treadmill is a very good machine and one of the best treadmills on the market for under $700.