The Horizon EX22 Elliptical Review — Good performance on a budget under $600

Because the Treadmill Sensei has been a bit lax on his reviews for the past couple of weeks, I have decided to leave the DOJO for the day to write up a few extra ones for our readers. Today I am going to be focusing on some ellipticals for those of you on a budget. Every day your Sensei gets numerous request for recommendations on “cheap” ellipticals that are still worth buying. Unfortunately, there really aren’t all that many but there are a few.

One of the brands that is always at the top of the list when it comes to good quality, budget fitness equipment is Horizon Fitness. Now I know a few of you who are regular readers of this site are going to say “Wait a minute…you talk about Horizon an awful lot.

Are you getting kick backs from them?” Alas, your poor Sensei gets absolutely nothing in the way of kick backs or sponsorship from Horizon or its parent company, Johnson Tech. The Sensei wouldn’t mind getting something from them but all he actually gets is less work because Horizon builds some damn fine treadmills and ellipticals. That’s right, I wind up with LESS repair business each time someone buys a Horizon elliptical because they just don’t break down very often.

The same “high quality on a budget” line of thought continues with Horizon’s lowest cost elliptical, the Horizon EX22. The EX22 was first introduced at the end of 2005 to replace the rather iffy Horizon T51 and T52 ellipticals. Thank heavens Horizon learned from the mistakes made by those units when they were designing the EX22 elliptical. The little man of the Horizon lineup set the standard in performance and design for its bigger brothers.

The first difference you’ll notice in the EX22 over its predacessor is the large boxy front shrouds of the unit. These shrouds enclose a rather beefy 14 pound flywheel and help to give the unit a very solid footing and center of gravity. Finally, a budget elliptical gives you some of the stability and sturdiness that have been sorely lacking from ellipticals under $1000. When you get on the Horizon EX22 you can actually focus on working out instead of worrying about falling over!

Another great feature the Horizon EX22 has which is not often found in ellipticals in this price is an 18″ stride. Horizon gives you the full, comfortable stride of a more expensive unit and saves you from the stumbled step feel of almost all other units at this price.

All in all, the Horizon EX22 elliptical is a great purchase for someone interested in getting in shape on a budget. I’d have to say the only real downsides to the unit are the low number of programs (4) and meager 8 levels of resistance. I know that these lower end units don’t have all the features of more expensive units, but I would have like to have seen at least 8 programs and 16 levels of resistance on the EX22 elliptical…but I’m probably just nitpicking.

The Treadmill Sensei wholeheartedly endourses the Horizon EX22 with 3.5 out of 5 Golden Buddahs.

For making great work outs available under $600, the
EX22 Elliptical by Horizon gets a 3.5 out of 5.

Horizon EX22 Elliptical Specifications
Stride Length: 18″
Max Weight: 250 lbs.
Resistance Levels: 8
Heart Rate Monitor: Pulse grip
Programs: 4
Product Size: 56″L x 26″W x 65″H
Weight: 125 lbs.
Flywheel: 14 lbs.
Cost: $598.95