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The Horizon T101 is a popular treadmill for all kinds of runners. It’s not ridiculously expensive, and it comes with a solid array of features that will (hopefully) keep it from becoming a coatrack.
Thinking about buying? Here’s whatcha need to know about the Horizon T101.
Cost and setup
The T101 is pretty middle-of-the-road in terms of price. Depending on the day and whether there are any promos or coupon codes available, you can expect to pay between $600 and $700 for one (with free shipping too). The brand also provides an interest-free financing option.
Once it arrives you’ll need to assemble it, which shouldn’t be as daunting as it sounds. It comes with all the tools you need, and — according to the owner’s manual — assembly involves just five steps. Most reviewers agree that assembly is pretty easy, taking only 30 minutes.
Although there are plenty of less expensive treadmills on the market, this one’s pretty tricked-out for a midrange model. Features include:
- Bluetooth speakers. Whether you like to jam out, cry while watching “This Is Us” (*slowly raises hand*), or stream fitness videos, you can wave bye-bye to headphones and earbuds, thanks to the Bluetooth speakers on the T101. It does have an audio in/out jack if you need it, though.
- Tablet holder. Because Horizon knows you’re gonna use those speakers, the treadmill has a tablet holder too. Best of all, it doesn’t block the treadmill display or controls, as unfortunately placed tablet holders often do.
- USB charging port. Wait, you can charge your phone with this thing? SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!
- Solid speed and incline options. It offers incline up to 10 percent (whew) and speeds from 0.5 to 10 miles per hour.
- 2.5 continuous duty horsepower motor. Not an expert on horsepower? Same. But according to Horizon, the motor is like Christian Bale’s Batman: powerful and quiet.
- Cushioned deck. The “Variable Response Cushioning System” divides the deck into three zones, each of which provides a different support level to make your run easier on your feet.
- Easy to store. The treadmill deck easily folds up, so it takes up less precious real estate on your floors when not in use.
- Fan and water bottle holder. It’s the little things that show they really care.
- Display. The display consists of three LED windows and tracks your calories burned, distance, heart rate, and time. It also displays your speed and incline level.
- Heart rate tracking. A heart rate tracker is built into the grips on the T101 handles.
As far as specs go, this treadmill features a 55-inch-long deck and a 300-pound weight capacity.
Horizon offers a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee — if you don’t love the T101, you can return it within 30 days of purchase. Just make sure to hold on to the original packaging and prepare to pay for return shipping.
Other perks include a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor, plus a 1-year warranty on parts and labor.
If you’re looking to finance, you’ll click the “Check Out with Financing” button instead of entering your billing info during checkout. You’ll receive an immediate decision and find out what your monthly payment will be.
Additionally, you may live in an area where “room of choice” delivery is available, which means that — instead of having your giant heavy treadmill box dropped unceremoniously at your front door — you can pay extra to have it delivered straight to the room you’ll set it up in.
What reviewers think
Reviews for the Horizon T101 are overwhelmingly positive on both the brand’s website and Amazon.
Most reviewers agree the treadmill is quiet and a good value for the price. Although there aren’t many negative reviews, the majority of unsatisfied buyers report that the treadmill motor died shortly after purchase. (Rude.) Thankfully, there’s a lifetime warranty on the motor.
Another important note: Most reviews are from beginner runners or folks using the treadmill to help with weight loss. One reviewer says the Horizon T101 doesn’t reach speeds high enough to accommodate her son, a track and field runner.
TL;DR: This treadmill has plenty of sparkly features and is ideal for beginner to moderate runners, but it may not be the best fit for competitive runners who need those extra speed options.
The T101 is a legit piece of equipment, but it’s not Horizon’s only treadmill. The T202 and T303 are “upgrades” on the T101 (the three are collectively referred to as the Go Series), and the Studio series is specifically designed to use with streaming classes. Don’t worry — we’ll review the specs for each below.
You’ll pay about $100 more for the Horizon T202, but it may be worth it for the improved specs. Here’s what you’ll get from the T202:
- Longer deck. The deck is 5 inches longer than the T101’s, totaling 60 inches. If you’re tall or long-legged or you have a long stride, you may want to think about springing for the T202.
- More speed and incline options. This treadmill lets you turn up the burn, topping out at 12 percent incline and 12 miles per hour.
- Increased weight capacity. The max weight this treadmill can hold is 325 pounds, compared with the T101’s 300-pound limit.
- More powerful motor. It features a 2.75 continuous-duty horsepower motor, which gives it more power for its higher speed options and weight capacity.
- App connectivity. The T202 can interface with the free Sport app for Apple or Android, which can sync your workout data to fitness apps like Fitbit.
The T303 is the Cadillac of the Go Series, with the most features — and the highest price tag. You’ll pay about a grand for this model. In addition to all the features of the T101 and T202, it has:
- Even more powerful motor. The 3.0 continuous-duty horsepower motor helps ensure that it’s even quieter and more reliable.
- Custom interval buttons. Perfect for high intensity interval training, this treadmill lets you create your own interval workouts and save them directly to the machine.
- Accessory tray. For the jewelry you, of course, forgot to take off before your workout, and now it’s annoying you. Or snacks.
- Adjustable tablet holder. Whether you’re on the taller side or the shorter side or you’re just trying to get the annoying glare off your screen, you can adjust the tablet holder for a more comfortable workout.
- Extended parts warranty. With the T303, you get a 3-year parts warranty, rather than the 1-year warranty that’s standard with the T101 and T202.
- Bluetooth heart rate receiver. This lets you connect a Bluetooth heart rate monitor, which is supposed to be more accurate than the hand sensors.
These premium treadmills have a premium price tag too. They start at $999 for the 7.0 AT model, and the uber-premium 7.8 AT model will set you back $1,999.
These treadmills feature a more powerful, responsive motor than the T101, along with a wider range of speed (0.5 to 12 miles per hour) and incline (0 to 15 percent) options. Because they’re designed for app connectivity, they have QuickDial controls that let you easily change your speed and incline to keep up with your classes.
They also come standard with a 60-inch deck, several built-in programs (including a 5K run), and extended parts warranties. The 7.4 and 7.8 models also feature progressively more powerful motors, more workout programs, and longer parts and labor warranties.
For the price point, it offers a surprising array of features that can make using a treadmill way more fun and less miserable for you anti-runners. (Oh hi, Bluetooth speakers and tablet holder!)
But if you’re a competitive runner or sprinter or you’re gonna be putting some serious miles on your treadmill, you may want to spring for one with a stronger motor.
If you’re looking for a Peloton Tread experience but don’t have an extra $2,500 lying around, you can consider investing in one of the Studio Series treadmills.
Overall, if you’re shopping for a treadmill on a budget, the features of the Horizon T101 can’t be beat.
It’s the most basic treadmill Horizon offers, but it has more features than many similarly priced treadmills — and mostly glowing reviews (so, it’s no Basic B). If you’ll be using it for walking or jogging noncompetitively, you can’t go wrong with the Horizon T101.