The Horizon T202 Treadmill – An Upgrade of the Reliable T102

The Horizon T202 treadmill is a sturdy model for walkers who don’t want to spend a lot of money on a machine but like an array of extra features.

The Machine

The crisp, easy-to-read console has two bright 4-digit LED windows, an alphanumeric display, and an LED brickyard workout profile. The pre-set programs of the Horizon T202 treadmill include 3 Targets (Time, Distance, or Calorie), 4 Workouts (Manual, Intervals, Hills, or Weight Loss), and you can set long-term fitness goals with the 31-day Goal Tracking feature.

The full specs are:

Horizon T202 Treadmill
  • 2.5 CHP Motor
  • 0-12 mph Speed
  • 0-12% Incline
  • 20" x 55" Tread Belt
  • PerfectFLEX™ Plus Cushioning
  • 12 Workouts
  • iPod® Compatible
  • Sonic Surround™ Speakers
  • Pulse Grip Heart Rate Monitor
  • Coolfit™ Workout Fan
  • 325 lbs User Weight Capacity
  • FeatherLIGHT™ folding lift system
  • Dimensions/Wt: 70"L x 33"W x 58"H / 196 pounds
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame & motor, 1-year parts & labor

The Buzz

Hrizon T202 Console

UPDATE: The Horizon T202 treadmill has been discontinued.  Take a look at the latest available models to find a comparable model.

The Horizon T202 treadmill features a good 2.5 horsepower continuous-duty motor that delivers a quiet workout at any speed, a stable frame, and a good size deck for walking. The PerfectFLEX™ PLUS cushioning system helps take stress off of joints.

The Horizon T202 also features the Nike + iPod® technology that allows you to dock your iPod nano, iPod touch or iPhone 3GS on the console and listen to tunes, as well as save workout stats like pace, distance, time and calories burned.

After the workout, connect your iPod to your PC and iTunes will automatically sync your treadmill workout to so you can track your fitness progress.

The reviews on Horizon treadmills (with the exception of a usual lemon machine now and then), are often quite good. This heavy 196-pound machine holds up well under normal use thanks to quality construction and the durable motor.

The Horizon T202 has some interesting bells and whistles – such as the Nike + iPod capability – that really sweetens the deal. The drawback is the weak warranty of one year coverage on parts and labor.

What We Say About the T202

This T202 model is the 2011 upgrade of the reliable T102 so you can expect the Horizon T202 treadmill to deliver similar results. They made major improvements on the T102 over the prior T92, but there have been no significant changes made to the T202, other than adding the iPod docking port.

At $799, this is a good but not especially great treadmill; it has more motor power than necessary for walkers and not enough deck space for runners. If you want a good walking machine without paying for an iFit feature you don’t plan to use, get the T101 with a 2.25 CHP motor — still priced for 2011 at just $599!

That Horizon chose not to mess with a good thing speaks highly of the T101. For runners, check out the Livestrong 7.9T treadmill at $799 for its better warranty and outstanding value.

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