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Horizon Fitness Elite T5 Treadmill

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Horizon Elite T5

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L:73"
W:35"
H:61"
350 lbs2.75 CHP,
1-12 MPH
38 programs,
WiFi enabled,
ViaFit capable,
Passport capable
Motor: lifetime
Frame: lifetime
Parts: 3 years
Labor: 1 year

The Horizon Fitness Elite T5 is one of the treadmills released in 2017. It has a similar design and range of features to the Elite T7 model that we’ve already covered here. However, it doesn’t have Bluetooth, has a smaller running surface, and lacks the USB port feature. It also has fewer workout programs.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 73L x 35W x 61H inches (185L x 89W x 155H cm)
  • Running surface: 55L x 20W inches (140L x 51W cm)
  • Assembled weight: 227 lbs (103 kg)
  • Max. weight capacity: 350 lbs (159 kg)
  • Deck cushioning: 3-Zone Variable Response Cushioning
  • Motor: 2.75 CHP motor, 0.5 – 12 MPH
  • Incline: Automatic, 0-15%
  • Console: 38 programs, WiFi connectivity, Passport ready
  • Amenities: Sound system, cooling fan, bottle holders, tablet rack
  • Warranty: Frame lifetime / Motor lifetime / Parts 3 years / Labor 1 year

Frame construction

The Horizon Elite T5 treadmill features a pretty sturdy construction. Its frame is made of steel, combining oval and rectangular tubes. All the steel tubes in its construction are double-coated with a durable paint finish. The colors used are gray and black, these being the only colors available for this treadmill. Also, the machine integrates several plastic parts. The most notable ones are the motors cover, the side rail covers, and the console dashboard.

The treadmill is fairly large. With all the parts assembled it is approx. 73″ (185 cm) long, and 35″ (89 cm) wide. The top of its console reaches approx. 61″ (155 cm) above the floor. It is also recommended to allow at least a few feet of clearance on each side and at the rear of the machine, for easy access and safe usage.

The treadmill has a folding design. The deck portion can be folded, so not only that you can save some space when it is not in use, you can also vacuum and clean easier underneath it when necessary. The folding mechanism uses a hydraulic cylinder that slowly lowers the deck when unfolded to prevent damage. With the deck folded up, the machine’s footprint remains approx. 43.3″L x 35″W (110 x 89 cm), while its height gains a few inches.

Finally, this Horizon Elite treadmill is pretty heavy. Its net weight is 227 lbs (103 kg). Therefore, it requires at least two people for transport and assembly. However, once it is assembled, it can easily be moved by only one person when it is folded, as its front base frame features transport wheels. The rear base stabilizers also have wheels.

Deck construction

The Horizon Fitness T5 treadmill is equipped with a sturdy running platform. Similar to the superior models, it is rated for a maximum user weight limit of 350 lbs (159 kg), which is great for a home-use machine. Also, its running surface is 55″L x 20″W (140 x 51 cm) so it should accommodate users up to 6’5″ (196 cm) with no problem, allowing a complete range of motion.

The unit’s belt is multi-layered and has a thickness of 1.4 mm. The top layer is made of silicone rubber; it is textured in order to provide a superior grip for any type of running shoes. The bottom layer is made of a polymer designed to stick better to the rollers, while the inner layers contribute to the overall cushioning of the running surface.

The internal rollers are pretty large in diameter which is a plus, because they require less tension on the belt, reduce wear on the bearings, and promote a long belt lifespan. The front roller is 2.4″ in diameter; the rear roller is 1.8″. They’re both crowned, have high-grade sealed bearings, and they’re pre-lubricated with industrial-grade lubricants.

The machine’s deck is equipped with a 3-Zone Variable Response Cushioning system. The front and mid-sections have a bit of extra flex to absorb more of the shock generated during each foot strike. The rear section is a bit firmer, for a better push-off. As a general idea, the unit’s running platform reduces up to 35% of the running impact on your joints, resulting in a comfortable ride and less workout-related pain.

Incline system

The Horizon T5 treadmill is equipped with a motorized incline system. This means that you can adjust the incline from the console in mid-workout, without the need to pause the treadmill, as is the case for a model with a manual incline system, like the RUNOW 3305EB. It also means that the console can adjust the incline automatically, depending on the program in use.

The unit’s incline system consists of a motor (different from the drive motor) and a small lift placed under the front section of the running platform. Thus, when you make incline adjustments, or when the console automatically adjusts the incline, the lift slowly elevates the front part of the deck.

The machine makes available an incline range of 0% – 15%. The incline increments are 0.5%. The console has controls for gradual incline adjustment, but it also has a numeric keypad (0 – 9) that allows you to quickly select a custom incline level.

Finally, the step-up height of the deck is approx. 10″ (25 cm). If you set the incline to maximum, the front section will raise by a few inches. Therefore, it is recommended to place and use this treadmill in a room with a ceiling that is at least 20″ (51 cm) higher than the height of the tallest user.

Drive motor

The Horizon Fitness Elite T5 is an electric (motorized) treadmill. This being said, it requires an external power source. It comes with a power cord (not an adapter) which has a U.S. standard plug. The connector for the cable is at the front of the deck. The unit also has an On/Off power switch next to the cable connector.

The machine is equipped with a 2.75 CHP motor which is quite great for a home-use treadmill. This motor should be able to sustain a constant belt motion even if you run a full marathon at a high speed, without losing performance or overheating. It is also equipped with a small flywheel for improved motion stability.

The unit’s motor offers a speed range between 0.5 MPH and 12 MPH. The speed adjustment increments are 0.1 MPH, so you can easily adjust your pace. Just like for the incline, you can adjust the speed gradually, from the +/- keys on the right of the console, or select a desired speed from the numeric keypad under the display.

The motor itself doesn’t generate too much noise. However, depending on your running technique, your running shoes and other running gear, your weight, room resonance, and other factors, your cadence may generate more or less noise. Thus, especially if you will be running at a high speed, other people may hear you using the machine.

Console

The Elite T5 treadmill is equipped with a multi-function console. To begin with, it features an 8.5″ diagonal LCD display with LED backlight. It shows time, speed, distance, speed, incline, calories, and pulse. Speed and distance are by default set to imperial units, but they can also be set to metrics. For the pulse reading function, you can either wear a heart rate chest strap or hold on to the integrated sensors. The display also shows the distance as a 400 m race track with a lap count function, as well as the program profiles.

The console has 6 workout modes which summarize 38 workout programs plus the manual program. To begin with, the manual program allows you to adjust the speed and the incline as you like during running or walking. The Distance workouts cover 13 pre-set programs from 1 mile, to marathon. The Calories mode has 9 programs, with calories values pre-set from 100 to 900. The Intervals mode offers Speed Intervals, Peak Intervals, and Endurance Intervals. The Performance mode allows you to target performance workouts choosing from Run/Walk, Hill Training, or Sprint. And finally, the Steps mode has 10 pre-set programs from 1000 steps, to 10,000 steps.

The console unit does not have Bluetooth connectivity but does connect to WiFi and is compatible with ViaFit. This platform allows you to save your workout data online, sync your data with various other apps, and keep track of your progress.

The unit is also Passport compatible. “Passport” is a Virtual Active technology that can make your workout more enjoyable, providing high-definition footage from various places around the world, with coordinated ambient sounds. But since the console doesn’t have an advanced monitor, in order to use Passport with this treadmill, you will need a Passport player to connect to your TV. This accessory is not included.

Among other notable console features, we can count two built-in speakers, a workout fan, bottle holders, and a reading rack (or tablet holder). The speakers do not have Bluetooth connectivity, but the console has an AUX port to which you can connect your phone or tablet to play your music through them. Also, this treadmill does not have a USB port.

Assembly and Maintenance

The base of the treadmill with the belt, rollers, motors, incline system, and other parts, comes pre-assembled. You only need to attach the two upright masts, the console, and several covers. This may take more than an hour, but the process is pretty simple. Plus, the manual provides clear assembly instructions and all the tools are included.

For maintenance, all you need to do is keep the machine clean, especially the belt. The belt also requires lubrication, but it comes pre-lubricated so you shouldn’t need to lubricate it right away. Other than this, it is also recommended to periodically inspect the machine to make sure that all the parts function properly and all the bolts still hold tight in their places.

The Pros

  • Sturdy construction – can support users up to 350 lbs;
  • Folding deck design – soft drop hydraulic mechanism;
  • 3-zone variable response cushioning system;
  • Fairly large running area (55″L x 20″W);
  • 2.75 CHP motor, for prolonged workouts;
  • Speed control in increments of 0.1 MPH, allowing you to easily adapt your pace;
  • Automatic incline, 0% – 15%;
  • 38 pre-set workout programs;
  • Wi-Fi enabled, and ViaFit capable;
  • Passport compatible;
  • Various amenities, such as a sound system, device holder, cooling fan, bottle/accessory holders;
  • Pulse sensors and telemetry enabled console;
  • Easy to assemble;
  • Smooth and considerably quiet operation;
  • Little maintenance required;
  • Excellent warranty.

The Cons

  • A Polar chest strap is not included;
  • No USB port;
  • No Bluetooth.

Summary

The Horizon Fitness Elite T5 is a treadmill made for home use. It is equipped with a 2.75 CHP motor offering speed settings up to 12 MPH, a power incline system, a 3-zone cushioned deck, and a console with 38 workout programs. The console is also ViaFit and Passport compatible. In all, it’s a pretty sturdy machine, great for users of all levels.

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