The Horizon T91 Treadmill – Good for Light Workouts

The Horizon T91 treadmill is a very attractive machine in profile and viewing the console, but it’s what’s under the hood the counts and this model is let down by its lack of quality and reliability.

The Machine

(This model has been discontinued)

The workout programs on the Horizon T91 treadmill allow the user to choose from Goals (Time, Distance, Calories) and combine it with Terrains (Manual, Intervals, Rolling Hills).

The specs on this machine include:

Horizon T91 Treadmill

  • 2.0 CHP Motor
  • 0.5-10 mph
  • 0-10% Incline
  • 20" x 50" two-ply belt
  • 9 Workout Programs
  • Air Cell™ Cushioning System
  • Hand Grip Pulse Heart Rate Monitor
  • 275 lbs. max. User weight
  • Blower fan
  • Lift Assist Folding mechanism
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame and motor; 1 yr parts & labor

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Horizon T91 Console

The Buzz

Experts cite Horizon’s excellent variable cushioning systems in all of their models. It’s called COMFORTzone™ Air Cell™ Deck Cushioning, and it provides good shock absorption for each foot strike as well as firm support at the rear deck for when you push off. This low impact feature is easier on joints in your knees, hips, and back than walking outdoors on concrete sidewalks. As for the Horizon T91, it is basically the same as the T81, which came out in the fall of 2007. Horizon changes the model number every year for marketing purposes, but this new treadmill model is a name change, not an upgrade.

Treadmill reviews consistently comment on the good comfort on the deck, the solid feel, quiet ride, and attractive design of the machine, but they also mentions some issues like the short 50" tread belt, some cheap plastic parts used, and the overall poor quality. The Horizon T91 is a basic model for casual walkers or those looking for a light workout, and not for heavier people who need to run daily to lose a lot of weight. The parts and labor warranty is short (1 year), but since you pay only $699 for the machine, buying an extended warranty would be affordable as well as a good idea.

What We Say

While we are fans of the higher end Horizon treadmill line that ranges from $1000 to $2000, we feel Horizon has had trouble getting the right mix of components, features, and quality in the entry-level budget line. The Horizon T91 isn’t a bad machine at all, but we would feel more comfortable recommending a Proform at this price level over the Horizon T91 treadmill. If you can afford a little more, you can also consider one of the upper model Horizon treadmills, such as the Horizon T901, which is an incredible deal when they have a sale and you can land one for up to half off.

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