The Horizon Fitness T74 Treadmill can reach speeds of up to 12 miles per hour, and inclines as high as 12 percent. It comes factory-installed with eight exercise programs to choose from: weight loss, interval, manual, rolling, heart rate, hills and two customizable programs. The console features two cubbyholes for items like your keys and wallet, and two cup holders. The main LCD screen displays your progress, and two smaller screens on either side show you your current speed and incline. There’s a main stop button as well as an emergency stop magnet, which, when dislodged, immediately shuts the machine off. There are two handles with built-in heart rate monitors and an electric fan to keep you cool while you work out. The T74 model is currently available on Amazon for about $725.
Typical reviews for this treadmill are generally quite good. Here are some of the highlights:
- Simple and Affordable: The Horizon T74 is a good choice for those who want a sturdy machine at a price that doesn’t cause more pain than a five-mile run. To put this in perspective, the Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill is currently selling for $5,499.99. It’s got all the bells and whistles for sure, at roughly the same price as a used car.
- Easy Storage: This treadmill folds vertically to allow for easy storage.
- Quiet: The T74 has a continuous duty motor that uses large magnets to control the RPM speed. The result is a quiet run, similar to what you’d expect of a treadmill in a gym. It also uses two hydraulic shocks to raise and lower the platform, making for a smooth transition.
- Multiple Programs: The eight different exercise programs help spice up your workouts, which not only keep you from getting bored but help you target different muscle groups as well. Having two customizable programs allows you the freedom of designing your own workout and setting your own unique goals.
- The Safety: Key Parents especially appreciated the safety key feature the T74 offers. The treadmill won’t start without the safety key, meaning curious toddlers can’t accidentally fire it up and send themselves flying across the room.
- Effective Customer Service: Customers who did have issues with their treadmills — which usually had to do with missing or damaged parts at delivery — largely said they were able to receive quick and friendly help from Horizon’s customer service. Reviews on the delivery itself were mixed; some were dissatisfied when they had their treadmills left at their doorstep, while others were surprised the delivery men set their machines up fully in the rooms of their choice.
Here are the stand out negative points:
- Difficult to Assemble: In some cases, the delivery person assembled the treadmill. In others, the customers had to do it themselves and quite a few of them complained that parts didn’t match up, pieces were missing and screws were mis-threaded. In several of these incidents, customers had to request replacement parts.
- Speed Increments: Too Large The T74 is designed to increase in speed in 0.5 increments. A typical gym model increases by 0.1, allowing the user to have great control over how fast he wants to go. A comfortable pace of 3.0 quickly becomes a brisk walk at 3.5, with no room in between.
- Emergency Magnet: Too Loose Imagine running at full speed only to accidentally dislodge the emergency magnet. You’ll come to a stop sudden enough to shock you. A few customers were worried about the ease with which the magnet comes off.
- Large Console: While some appreciated the size of the console and the double cup holders and cubby holes, others found it to be too bulky, especially those who are petite.
On the whole, the Horizon T74 Treadmill is a sound investment for someone who wants an affordable treadmill that is relatively quiet and easy to use. It isn’t as high-end a model as something you’d find in a luxurious gym, but the company itself, Johnson Health Tech, is certified by the International Organization for Standardization, a standard by which the industry measures quality and commitment to excellence. The T74 by Horizon also comes backed by a lifetime warranty on the frame. The motor is guaranteed for 15 years, and parts and labor are covered by a one-year warranty.