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Horizon EX-59 Review

Those looking for an elliptical with strong console features and an affordable price may have found their match with the Horizon EX-59. Strong user feedback on the machine offers peace of mind, but the warranties may not live up to expectations. Buy Now

Andre Ashley

Andre Ashley

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Updated: May 21, 2014

The Good

Very strong user reviews:

If there are any common problems with a product or other details that you should be aware of before making a purchase, user reviews are a good place to find that information. This shouldn't be a concern for those considering the Horizon EX-59, however. This elliptical trainer has received very high ratings on the Amazon website from owners of the product, indicating that this machine really does live up to expectations.

Strong console features:

The Horizon EX-59 has a really solid console, including a reading rack for holding books, magazines, or tablets during your workout. It also has a fan built right into the machine with controls located on the console. Features like these can really help make your workout a much more comfortable experience. The only thing that is missing is a chest pulse sensor for measuring heart rate, but as the machine has heart rate hand grips, this shouldn't be a big cause for concern.

Budget-friendly machine:

If you're on a budget, the Horizon EX-59 may be the perfect solution for you. This machine comes with an easy-to-use console with lots of features, a built-in audio port and speakers, and a nice display screen, all for a price that most people should feel pretty comfortable paying.

The Bad

Missing frame and pedal features:

The Horizon EX-59 is missing a lot of features associated with the frame and pedals. It does not have the ability to incline which, while not something that everyone will care about, is sure to be missed by some. Those who are not comfortable with the stride of the Horizon EX-59 are also out of luck as the elliptical does not allow you to adjust the stride to suit you. In addition, if you think you will want to move the elliptical around your home, you may have a difficult time since there are no transport wheels on this machine. It is important before making a purchase to decide whether or not these features are important to you, and if they are, consider looking at another elliptical.

Limited parts and electronics warranties:

The Horizon EX-59 comes with some pretty nice warranties, including a lifetime warranty on the elliptical's frame and a one-year labor warranty. The area where it comes up a little short is in regards to its parts and electronics warranties. Those, too, only last for a year. While there are some machines with even shorter warranties, many of the best ellipticals have parts and electronics warranties of five years or more. If the short duration of these warranties is a cause for concern, perhaps the Horizon EX-59 isn't the best option for you.

No option for in-home assembly:

Although some may feel up to the task of assembling an elliptical on their own, others may find this to be a rather daunting prospect. For those in the latter group, Horizon Fitness may not be the company for you as they do not offer any sort of in-home assembly option for their customers. Though the companies that do offer this service often charge an extra fee, it is still a nice option to have and it would be great to see Horizon Fitness add it to their menu of services as well.

Max user weight only 275 pounds:

Exceeding the maximum user weight of an elliptical trainer can cause premature breakdown of the machine and a huge headache for you. That makes it important to always be aware of what that weight limit is before you purchase an elliptical. In the case of the Horizon EX-59, that limit is on the lower end at only 275 pounds. Though this may be an issue for some, most people will not have any problem with this.

The Details

Price
Price $629.99
Shipping and Assembly
Assembly N/A
Front Door Free
In-Home Free
In-Room N/A
Specs
Elliptical Machine Length 73"
Elliptical Machine Width 22"
Incline Levels N/A
Max Weight Allowed 275 lbs
Product Weight 185 lbs
Resistance Levels 10 Levels
Stride Length Levels 18"
Warranty
Electronics 1 year
Frame Lifetime
Labor 1 year
Parts 1 year

Features

Frame and Pedals

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  • Heart Rate Hand Grips - Hand grips that can measure your heart rate are included.
  • Pivoting Pedals - Foot plates or pedals that can pivot to match your foot movement are included.
  • Resistance - You can add levels of resistance to the stride.
  • Adjustable Stride - You can adjust the stride length.
  • Incline - The elliptical machine can incline.
  • Powered Incline - You can adjust the incline with the push of a button.
  • Transport Wheels - Wheels are included for easy transport.

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