Horizon Fitness t101-04 Treadmill Review

by Jack on August 23, 2015

Horizon folding treadmill review

Home Fitness:Walking, jogging, running

In 2015, when rating the best overall home fitness treadmills priced under $1000, the Horizon Fitness t101-04 treadmill (Price: $799) comes in a respectable 3rd place.

It does lack certain qualities when compared to the top two models but considering it costs $200 less than these, it’s a good value buy for home fitness (walking, jogging, running).

  • Continuous duty 2.25 horsepower (HP) motor, providing speed up to 10 MPH.
  • Large 20 x 55 running platform.
  • Incline treadmill, increases to a 10% grade.
  • Folding treadmill for space saving. Unfolded dimensions are 70 x 33.5 x 55 inches. When folded the dimensions reduce to 45.5 x 33.5 x 61.
  • Center control console with digital screen, touch button controls
  • Winner of the Good Housekeeping “Best Value Buy” Award and name one of the best buys in its category by Treadmill Doctor.

This 2.25 horsepower folding treadmill also provides 30 programmed workout options (weight loss, endurance training, general fitness, interval workouts), surround sound speakers and a pulse grip heart rate monitor.

The maximum weight for this model is 300 pounds and it comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor. A two year warranty for parts and a 1 year warranty for labor.

Horizon Fitness T101-04 Treadmill review

Folds to save on space

Who should buy it

This model does have a lot of positives for the price. But who is it best suited for? It’s suited for anyone with fitness goals, whether it be weight loss, general health or improving endurance or running speed.

In 2015, we do believe this model to be the best option for $799 or $800.

However, as we remarked at the top of the page, we rank this Horizon model, 3rd overall for treadmills in the under the $1000 price point.

The two models we rank higher:

Compared to the Horizon Fitness t101-04, both models listed above, the LifeSpan and the ProForm are a little better in just about every feature.

Both models provide a larger motor, larger running platform, better more durable frame and better center console controls. Overall, both are better built and more durable.

The only feature we can say the Horizon t101-04 model wins is for the surround sound speakers. But before you get too excited, this is not a true surround sound high tech speaker system. But these speakers are better than what’s included with either the LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill and ProForm Power 995i Treadmill.

If someone is basing which treadmill to buy on the best speakers then their priorities are upside down and backwards. We don’t think too many people, if any are thinking this way.

Which should you buy 

The Horizon Fitness t101-04 treadmill has a price tag of $799 if this is absolutely the most money you can spend then this model is the best for the money at this particular price level in 2015.

However, if you can afford to spend a bit more, we recommend the ProForm Power 995i model at $850, if you can spend a couple hundred dollars more, we recommend the LifeSpan TR 1200i model at $999, this is our top rated model for under $1000.

Maybe you are looking for something even less expensive? Take a trip over to our homepage to see what we recommend.

The bottom line rating

The Horizon Fitness t101-04 treadmill provides a digital console with touch buttons controls, for incline (10% grade), speed, workout programs, as well as other options. This is also a folding treadmill, allowing the owner to save space when not in use.

The model supplies a 2.25 horsepower motor which can reach a speed of 10 MPH, great for runners. The model also has a fairly large platform (20 x 55 inch) for running, walking, jogging. Not as large as the models you might find at your local gym but definitely large enough.

The model has received best buy and great value awards from both Good Housekeeping and the Treadmill Doctor.

Overall, we consider this model to be a good choice for home fitness. However, we also must point out, if you can afford to spend a little more, the two other options we have mentioned through-out this review are higher quality machines and recommended. If your intent is to spend no more than $1000 then you should visit our home page where we have listed the best options in this price range.

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