The Horizon EX65 Elliptical Review — Excellent Under $900


Yes, the Treadmill Sensei is back with regular equipment reviews! I was able to hire a couple of extra young senseis to work here at the DOJO which allowed me to get back to what was important — testing and reviewing treadmills and ellipticals for YOU, my readers. Actually, later on tonight I’ll be posting some photos from the new warehouse/repair bay we’ve set up for the DOJO. More on that later.

For now I want to go over a great new elliptical choice priced under $800, the Horizon EX65 Elliptical. The EX65 is a replacement for the 2005-2006 Horizon EX33 Elliptical and is almost the same exact machine. The specifications are all the same, and the only real changes seem to be cosmetic and 2 additional programs. From the Horizon EX65 we have in the DOJO, Horizon has done an upgrade to the LCD screens since the EX33 Elliptical. The old screens were a little blurry for most users and the new screens are brighter and sharper. A very nice upgrade to an already good unit.

Since I had a bit more time on my hands today I was able to take the new Horizon EX65 for a quick work out. I just did a quick manual workout, checking out the resistance levels and unit response. Then I played around with the very spiffy reverse program.

All in all, the Horizon EX65 held up to the reputation of the unit it replaced, the EX33. Very sturdy, very responsive and loaded with features. Horizon has hit another home run with the Horizon EX65 Elliptical.

As with the unit it replaced, the Horizon EX65 gets 4.5 out of 5 golden buddahs.

The Horizon EX65 Elliptical gets a very strong 4.5 gold buddahs
out of 5 from the Sensei.


**UPDATE** The Horizon EX65 is no longer available for sale, so if you’re interested in a Horizon elliptical 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 EX65 Elliptical Specifications
Stride Length:
Max Weight Capacity: 275 lbs.
Resistance Levels: 10
Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
Heart Rate Control: Yes
Programs: 9
Display Type: Blue backlit LCD screen
Product Size: 56″L x 26″W x 65″H
Product Weight: 160 lbs.
Flywheel Weight: 14.5 lbs.
MSRP $999