The Horizon EX55 Elliptical Review — Upgrade and a great buy under $600

About once a year Horizon Fitness, up in the wilds of Wisconsin, releases the newest version of their equipment. Some years the new versions are completely new, upgrade models. Other years all they do is some minor tweaking and cosmetic changes. For 2007 Horizon has just refined its award-worthy ellipticals, polishing off some of the rough edges to give its customers some nice shiny diamonds.

Such is the case with the Horizon EX55 elliptical. Don’t let the model number fool you, the EX55 is actually the new version of Horizon’s cheapest unit, the EX22 elliptical. In truth, you can just read my review of the aforementioned Horizon EX22 (read it HERE) because they are almost the exact same unit…literally. Unlike the extreme change between the Horizon E52 and the EX22, all Horizon has done is some minor tweaking in the paint scheme of the EX55.

The EX55 has the same pulse grip heart rate monitoring, 250 pound user capacity, 8 levels of resistance, great 18″ stride and 14 pound flywheel.

The only major change between the two units is the new console on the Horizon EX55 which gives you 8 programs instead of 4. This is a nice improvement over the pretty impressive Horizon EX22, giving the EX55 quite a bit more versatility. Plus, the new console just looks a lot slicker.

Keeping up with Horizon’s legacy of excellence, the Horizon EX55 is a great choice for budget conscious buyers looking for a good elliptical. A upgraded unit gets an upgraded rating, the Treadmill Sensei gives the EX55 Elliptical by Horizon 4 out of 5 Golden Buddahs.

For improving over last year’s model, the EX55 Elliptical
by Horizon gets 4 Gold Buddahs out of 5!


**UPDATE** The Horizon EX55 has been discontinued, so if you’re interested in a Horizon Fitness elliptical trainer you can check out the official Horizon Fitness site and get free shipping on new models or glance at some of the older models still for sale here.

Horizon EX55 Elliptical Trainer Specifications
Stride Length: 18″
Max Weight Capacity: 250 lbs.
Resistance: 8 Levels
Heart Rate Monitor: Pulse grip
Programs: 8
Display Type: LCD
Product Weight: 125 lbs.
Flywheel: 14 lbs.
Cost: $599