The Horizon CSE4.6 Elliptical Review — A downgrade at a higher price?

Sometimes fitness manufacturers completely confuse the Treadmill Sensei. It seems like more and more, some manufacturers are making decisions on product design with little or no regard to logic. You’ll see manufacturers completely drop their top selling model, or paint them weird colors, or lie about specs, or try to sell the exact same model under different names and at different prices. It’s enough to give me a Bowflex-sized headache while I’m working at the DOJO.

Sad to say, but one of my favorite manufacturers has been guilty of doing this. Horizon Fitness, maker of some of the best ellipticals under $1000, has expanded its product line this past year…expanded it a bit beyond reason by renaming and slightly retooling units, giving them a different name and “tweaking” the specs a little for different retail outlets. And, unfortunately, some “review” sites who have never actually touched or worked with the equipment they supposedly review fall for this ploy.

One of the units in question, the Horizon CSE4.6 Elliptical, came in to the DOJO last week. This unit is just a Horizon EX75 frame with a new console and handgrips stuck on to it. The bummer is that the new console has fewer features than the Horizon EX75 while being priced about $100 more.

The Horizon CSE 4.6 itself is very solid and works really well for an elliptical priced under $1000…however, I am downgrading the unit from the 4 golden buddahs of the Horizon EX75 because of it’s $100 more expensive price. Why Horizon thinks they can charge more money for a slightly downgraded elliptical is beyond me.

For being a bit of a let down, but still an ok unit, the Treadmill Sensei gives the Horizon CSE4.6 Elliptical 3.5 out of 5 golden buddahs. I wish Horizon would get back to producing just a few solid ellipticals instead of just retooling units over and over again.

**This model is no longer available, so if you’re interested in a Horizon Fitness elliptical machine you can visit the official Horizon Fitness site and get free shipping on new models.

Horizon CSE 4.6 Elliptical Specifications
Flywheel: 17.6lbs (I believe it is actually the same flywheel 14.5lb as the EX75)
Display: LED
Resistance Levels: 20
Programs: 8
Heart Rate Monitor: Pulse grip and wireless
Heart Rate Control: Yes
Max User Weight: 300lbs
Unit Weight: 150lbs