UPDATE: This review of the T92 treadmill produced by Horizon in 2010 is obsolete since this model is outdated and better treadmills are now available. Read the latest Horizon treadmill reviews to learn more about these current models.
Horizon T92 is a $800 machine. This is a small price to pay for a motorized treadmill. And a good price for a known brand such as Horizon.
But from the start, the price explains clearly that on this treadmill you can enjoy only an entry level experience. This translates into having the option to use the Horizon T92 only for your daily 30 minutes of walking/jogging.
With T92, you can follow the rule about minimum 30 minutes of exercise daily required for a healthy life, and this is pretty much it.
How do you feel on this machine? What do you need to do if you want a more challenging experience, such as training for a marathon? See more in our conclusions, at the end of this review.
Click Specifications to see detailed model info
Speed : 0.5-10 MPH (Quick Buttons – 1 Touch), From the console speed and incline can be changed through the same quick buttons (with 1 touch only). The buttons available are from 1-10. If you use the Speed arrow buttons on the console, speed is changed by 1mph increments.
Inclination : 0-10% (Quick Buttons – 1 Touch) If you use the Incline arrow buttons from the console, incline is changed with 0.5% increments.
Motor : 2.25 CHP
Belt : 20" x 55" (50.8 cm x 139.7 cm) The belt is backed by an Adjustable cushion system. This implies you can change the firmness of the belt with the 2 cushion handles positioned on each side of the belt.
Dimensions Assembled : 71"L x 34"W x 62"H (180,34 cm length – 86,36 width – 157.48 height)
Frame : metal
Supported user weight : 300 lbs
Warranty : The machine comes with a lifetime warranty for frame and motor and only 1 year for parts and labor.
Monitor Display with 3 backlight LCDs
On the display the following info is shown:
– Pulse (Heart Rate)
– Distance (miles)
– Program Profiles
– Incline LCD display
– Speed LCD display
Heart Rate readings
through Contact Handles
Same as on all treadmills, to have an accurate reading keep the hands on the contact handles for minimum 15 seconds. For proper maintenance, clean the handles from time to time.
This feature is just a workout aid, not a medical device. Never forget that!
– 1 Manual Workout (Quick Start button)
– 3 Goal workouts: time, distance or calorie goal.
– 6 Terrain workouts: Manual, Intervals (2), Hills, or Weight Loss Terrain (2)
– 1 Custom workout
The workouts don’t have an individual user profile enabled which means that you don’t see burned calories displayed according to your own weight and age.
you have on/off controls.
In the console you have an audio jack which allows you to connect and MP3 and a CD player. The console includes 2 speakers and no volume control. You can control the volume only from the MP3 or CD player.
The folding system is backed by a Hydraulic lift assist which makes this process easier. Still this is a heavy machine. You need a second person to assist you. The same recommendations apply when you want to move the treadmill around. You can use the wheels, but you need 4 hands to make sure the machine is safely moved.
We didn’t have a bad experience on the Horizon T92 treadmill, but we can’t say we had a blast either.
The treadmill has a silent motor. This is a good thing but at the same time your maximum speed is 10 miles per hour, which is a medium speed. Speed level and motor sound level go hand in hand.
The motor is powerful enough to handle 10mph and 10% maximum incline. These values are fewer but the machine is well designed for its capabilities. You don’t need a more powerful motor to run at 10mph.
The adjustable cushion system is a good thing because it allows you to change the firmness of the cushion. As you know, the faster you run or the more you weigh, the firmer the belt must be. We tried this option in all possible versions. What we can say is that when you run at 10mph you can feel the belt’s instability, even at the firmest cushion level.
The workouts are basic. Preset workouts though are thought to help you do a complete workout, from a to z (warm-up included). This is a very important detail especially for those who don’t have a personal trainer.
The entertainment features are pretty simple too. You can connect only an MP3 or a CD player and you have no volume controls for the speakers included in the console. No iPod dock included either.
As a recommendation for those who buy the treadmill to lose weight: the calorie number you see on the console during your exercise is based on a general formula. For the display to show accurate numbers you should enter your own height and weight in the program’s description. This feature is not included on Horizon T92.
All in all, this is a basic training machine with good features for how it was designed to work. The warranty is good, especially for the price you pay.
But if you have high ambitions, you need a machine within the range or $1,500 – $2,000.