Horizon T101 Treadmill Review

Horizon Fitness has become a well respected brand in the fitness equipment market due to the quality of their products. They specialize in home exercise equipment, so if Horizon T101 treadmillyou are looking for a good quality treadmill that is ideal for home use then Horizon Fitness has some very good options. In this article we are going to review the Horizon T101 treadmill, and answer the questions you may have about this particular model.

The Horizon T101 treadmill is a mid priced model that has a lot of very useful features. It is also very quiet when being used, which is a must for home use. Even when you are really pushing it, not a lot of noise is generated by the treadmill at all.

This is a very sturdy treadmill, a big heavy unit too. It will take two of you to move it into place when you first take delivery of the treadmill, but you will be pleased at the solid build if it once you get it up and running. Working out on a platform that shakes and wobbles does not fill you with confidence, but the Horizon T101 treadmill is extremely stable when being used, even at higher speeds.

Overview of the T101

A closer look at the Horizon T101 treadmill

Assembling the treadmill

The first thing you will need to do when you get your T101 is assemble it. Fortunately it is a fairly straight forward procedure, and although two pairs of hands will certainly be a help, it is certainly possible to assemble it on your own if need be.

The instructions provided with the treadmill are clear and easy to follow. It is advisable to do a quick inventory check before you start to set things up, just to be sure you have everything you need.

Motor type

The Horizon T101 treadmill is run by a 2.25 hp continuous duty motor. This provides plenty of power and even for the heavier people using this treadmill, the speed will be kept at a consistent pace. The motor is also very quiet, as we have already touched on.

Horizon T101 treadmill reviewCushioning system

Whenever you run you are always going to experience impact on your joints, feet and knees, this is unavoidable. Running on hard surfaces like a road can cause problems for some people, especially without the right foot ware. But the Horizon T101 treadmill uses its PefectFLEX™ cushioning system technology to help reduce the stress on your joints.

The cushioning system will absorb a lot of the blows of each step you make and stop it from going up your legs. It is a very effective system, you certainly do not feel like you are running on a hard surface and no stress was noticed even on longer more intense workouts.

Speed and incline capability

If you want to progress in your workouts and improve your fitness levels it is important that you have a treadmill that can provide you with the ability to do this. The T101 has a maximum speed of 10mph, so this will give most people plenty of room to grow and really push themselves each workout.

An incline capability is also important if you want to diversify your workouts. So the T101 has a 0 to 10 degree incline feature that is automated and can be activated from the control panel. This will help you to improve resistance in your workouts and also target different muscle groups.

Running belt size

It is also important that you have enough working room while you run too. Many treadmills simply do not provide a big enough belt to effectively run on without the worry of falling off the side or the back of it. Fortunately the Horizon T101 treadmill has plenty of work space, with the belt being 20 inches wide by 55 inches long. The belt is also a very durable 2 ply belt, that is 1.4mm thick and

User control panel

The control panel on the Horizon T101 treadmill is well laid out and easy to navigate. The orange LED on the black background works very well and provides a very clear and easy to read display. All of the relevant information is neatly laid out so it is easy to read while you are running.


There are two grips just below the monitor that have heart rate monitors fitted onto them. These are not fitted in a location that allows you to run at your maximum speed and hold them for long, so they are not the most effective if you really want to take your heart rate while you are at full stretch.

The control panel also has an MP3 input port, and also features the Sonic Surround™ speaker system to play the music out of. While it is certainly not the highest quality sound you are ever going to hear, it is certainly not the worst either, and it is perfectly adequate for playing your music through and can be heard very clearly.

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The fan built into the control panel does provide quite a good flow of air. This is often an area where even some of the premium treadmills fail in, but the fan on the Horizon T101 treadmill actually does the job of keeping you cool fairly well.

Workout programs

There are nine different workout programs on the Horizon T101 treadmill, which is not the highest amount of all the treadmills in this category by any means. The programs are divided up into three categories, distance, calories and time. So you can choose your program based on the goals you are trying to achieve.

There are three different workout levels that you can run these programs on, manual, interval and weight loss. So there is quite a degree of flexibility there, even if you do not get the greatest number of program choices.

Product dimensions

When you have a large piece of equipment such as a treadmill in your home, you do not want it taking up all of the living space. While the Horizon T101 treadmill is fairly Horizon-T101-treadmill-4alarge, it does fold away for storage purposes. It uses the FeatherLIGHT™ lift system that allows you to raise and lower the running platform when you are not using it. It is a hydraulic lift that makes the platform raise and lower very softly. Here are the actual dimensions for the T101:

  • Length = 71 inches
  • Width = 33 inches
  • Height = 55 inches
  • Weight = 169 pounds
  • Weight capacity = 300 pounds

Final thoughts on the Horizon T101 treadmill

The area that we found slightly lacking in this treadmill was the lack of workout programs compared to some of the competing models. This may or may not be an issue for some people. The programs provided do offer a diverse range of training exercises and focused goals, and you do have the manual settings where you can create your own workout programs.

That aside, we found the T101 to be extremely solid and well built. It runs very quietly, and you can feel the power of the motor, even when a heavier person is using it. All of the features on the T101 treadmill work extremely well and help to improve your workout experience. For the cost too, we think the Horizon T101 treadmill provides exceptionally quality and very good value for money.



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