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It’s come time again for our Horizon elliptical reviews as there have been so many new models introduced and older ones no longer manufactured by the company. So we thought why not take a brand new look at Horizon and see how their elliptical trainers have changed since our initial review several years ago.

Horizon Elliptical Reviews 2018 - Elite E9 High End Model

The Horizon brand is part of Johnson Health Tech, one of the world’s leading exercise equipment manufacturers. The company started in the mid-70’s, and has built a great reputation for making well-built, durable machines.

Other brands found under the Johnson Health umbrella are Matrix and Vision, both well-regarded companies.

The Horizon Fitness badge can be found on treadmills, exercise bikes and rowing machines in addition to their wide selection of elliptical trainers. They have become a great choice for those looking for quality without the hefty price tag.

Check out the entire new lineup on sale up to 40% off at the official company store

Horizon Ellipticals – Current Lineup

The company is currently offer four different series types, with something for every budget level and fitness need.

There is the Quick Start Series, currently featuring only the EX-59, which is their entry level machine with basic features that are ideal for the beginner.

The EX-59 features an 18″ stride, 10 different resistance levels, 10 built in workout programs, a 14 lb. flywheel and a 4.5″ LCD display console.

Moving up you have the brand new Advanced Series, with the 7.0 AE bridging the gap between the EX-59 and the more advanced Evolve Series.

The 7.0AE increased the flywheel to 23 lbs, the stride length to 20″ and adds 20% incline capability, something missing on the base EX-59 model.

You then have the Evolve Series, including the Evolve 3 and Evolve 5, which are a step up in terms of price and features and have a rear-folding frame.

The Evolve 3 features an 20″ stride, 20 different resistance levels, 32 built in workout programs, an 18 lb. flywheel, a 5.5″ LCD display console and workout tracking capability through ViaFit.

The Evolve 5 improves upon the Evolve 3 with 39 built in workouts, a heavier 23 lb. flywheel and a larger 6.25″ display.

At the top of the Horizon elliptical line you have the Elite series, with the Elite 7 and Elite 9, which are more feature-rich, including some additional programs, incline capability and entertainment options.

The Elite E7 features an 20″ stride, 20 resistance levels, 42 built in workouts, a 23 lb. flywheel, an 8.5″ LCD display and incline up to 10 degrees.

The Elite E9 is the top of the line elliptical in the series, improving upon the Elite E7 with 43 workouts, a 30-lb flywheel and a 7″ touch screen display with onboard Passport HD destination videos.

Horizon ellipticals are often featured along with their sister ellipticals under the Vision and Matrix Fitness names. Vision and Matrix are the more club quality machines…Horizon is more residential. The priciest model in the Horizon line is the Elite 9 at around $1,599 on sale. The priciest model in the Matrix series is the A50 Ascent Trainer, at $3,499 or so on sale.

All of the ellipticals are very well made, so it’s really a matter of figuring out how much you are looking to spend and what features you want/need to have included. As with all ellipticals, the lower priced ones tend to have shorter stride lengths, so if you are taller you’re definitely going to need one of the more expensive models.

If you already have a model in mind, you can read more specific Horizon elliptical reviews on the model pages. But here is an overview of what you will find on all of the machines:

1. The SixStar Frame (TM) – Horizon developed six features to ensure a natural, comfortable workout. To that end, all machines have overlapping pedal placement to reduce hip/back stress, straight body posture, easy to access pedals, optimal spacing for handles, a flatter elliptical motion to naturally mimic your run/walk, and smooth motion with a large drive to pulley ration.

2. Oversized foot pedals

3. At least 10 workout programs

4. MP3-compatible speakers and audio-in jacks

5. Water bottle holder, reading rack and accessories tray

Those 5 features will be found on all of the Horizon elliptical models, and as you move up in the lineup you can expect to find even more capabilities, programs and workouts.

Below you will find full reviews of all of the current models.

Horizon Elliptical Reviews

Horizon EX-59
Horizon EX-59
PRICE: $649
RATING: Three and a Half Stars
Read My Horizon EX-59 Elliptical Review
Horizon Evolve 3
Horizon Evolve 3
PRICE: $1,199
RATING: Three and a Half Stars
Read My Horizon Evolve 3 Elliptical Review
Horizon Evolve 5
Horizon Evolve 5
PRICE: $1,399
RATING: Four Stars
Read My Horizon Evolve 5 Elliptical Review
Horizon Elite E7
Horizon Elite E7
PRICE: $1,399
RATING: Four Stars
Read My Horizon Elite E7 Elliptical Review
Horizon Elite E9
Horizon Elite E9
PRICE: $1,599
RATING: Four Stars
Read My Horizon Elite E9 Elliptical Review