Horizon EX-69 Review

The Horizon EX-69 has received a lot of positive user feedback, indicating that this is an elliptical that many are happy with. The goal setting feature will be appreciated by consistent users, while some missing console items might discourage potential buyers.

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The Good


Those looking for a budget elliptical will be very happy with the Horizon EX-69. This machine offers some pretty unique elliptical software, nice entertainment features, and some quality workout programs for a reasonable price. With features like these, you can be sure that you are getting a good deal with the Horizon EX-69.

Goal setting feature

Being able to track your workouts and see your progress over time can be a great motivator to help you reach your goals. The Horizon EX-69 has an Advanced GoalCenter™ feature that allows users to set goals based on workout time, distance traveled, or calories burned. They can then see their progress over time through the GoalCenter™. Features like this are not found on many ellipticals so if this feature is something that you are interested in, the Horizon EX-69 may be one for you to consider.

Strong user feedback

Owners of the Horizon EX-69 have had a lot of positive things to say about it, earning it a very high score on Amazon.com. Users have commented that it is easy to assemble and has a very smooth ride. Feedback like this is really good to hear because user reviews are often where unexpected problems with the machine are brought up, if there are any. The fact that these reviews are largely positive says that you can rest easy knowing that you will get the exact product you expect.

The Bad

Some missing console features

One area where the Horizon EX-69 could use some improvement is its console features. Though it does have a built-in console fan, it is missing a chest pulse sensor. This is a more accurate way of measuring your heart rate than using the hand grips on the machine, and is a feature that may be missed by some. Perhaps a larger omission is the lack of a rack on the console for holding books or other reading material while exercising. This is something that may not appeal to everyone, but for those that do like to read while they work out, it is essential. If either of these features are important to you, it may be worthwhile to look into different elliptical models.

Warranties are pretty limited

Though the Horizon EX-69 does carry a lifetime frame warranty, its warranties on parts, labor, and electronics are much more limited. They end after just a year, so if you encounter a problem with your machine after that time, you may end up paying for the repairs out of pocket. While these are certainly not the worst warranties in the industry, they are far from the best, and for those who feel they need really strong warranties, there are better options out there than the Horizon EX-69.

Missing some key frame features

Being able to adjust the stride of the elliptical is key to feeling comfortable while using the machine. The Horizon EX-69 does not offer this option, however. This elliptical also does not offer transport wheels, which allow the user to easily move the machine from one place to another in their home. The lack of these features may come as pretty big disappointments for some, so it is important to weigh these factors in your decision making process.

In-home assembly unavailable

Some people may have no problem assembling an elliptical using nothing more than an instruction guide. Others may have a bit more trouble, and this is why so many elliptical manufacturers offer in-home assembly services for an additional fee. Horizon Fitness is not one of these companies, though, so you have no choice but to assemble the Horizon EX-69 on your own. User reviews on Amazon have commented that it is not that difficult to do, however, so this may not be that big of an omission.

The Details


  • Price : $699.99

Shipping And Assembly

  • Assembly : N/A
  • Front Door : Free
  • In-Home : Free
  • In-Room : N/A


  • Elliptical Machine Length : 73"
  • Elliptical Machine Width : 22"
  • Incline Levels : 5 Levels
  • Max Weight Allowed : 300 lbs
  • Product Weight : 185 lbs
  • Resistance Levels : 20 Levels
  • Stride Length Levels : 20"


  • Electronics : 1 year
  • Frame : Lifetime
  • Labor : 1 year
  • Parts : 1 year

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