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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Horizon T91 Treadmill Review

Hello Readers,
Read Horizon T91 User Reviews

It’s winter again and that means it’s about time for most treadmill manufacturers to start pushing out their new treadmill and elliptical trainer models and update their old equipment. Once again, I’m here to help you sort through the mess! The first treadmill I want to cover is the Horizon T91 Treadmill. I’m going to say something that will blow your mind. The Horizon T91 Treadmill is exactly the same as the Horizon T81 Treadmill.

Yes, I know. It was confusing to me at first when I got the suck job of sorting out treadmill models and specs at the fitness retailer I used to work for. “WHY ON EARTH WOULD THEY CHANGE THE NAME IF THAT’S THE ONLY DIFFERENCE THEY’RE GOING TO MAKE!?” To be perfectly honest, I don’t know. It’s something we used to gripe about at the water cooler when we realized the price books were wrong and we sold 2000 dollar treadmills for pennies on the dollar.

Here is the Horizon T91 and the T81 side by side. See how identical they are?

On the brighter side, one thing that has not been upgraded is the price. Horizon Fitness has held the line at $599 for the past several years and that’s particularly amazing considering a wide trend across the fitness industry to compensate for rising fuel and commodity prices. I can already tell the Horizon T91 Treadmill is going to be strong contender for my 2009 Best Buy Awards.

Since there’s not really much new to talk about here I’ll just cover some of the highlights of the Horizon T91 Treadmill. I hate repeating myself, but for the sake of writing a decent treadmill review I have to do it. I’m particularly fond of the 275 lb. user weight capacity. Most treadmills for less than six hundred bucks are crap. You will be hard pressed to find a treadmill that can compete with the T91 in user weight capacity and price, the closest you’ll come is 225 or 250 lbs. tops. Trust me, that 25-50 lbs. makes a huge difference on your motor over time.

Speaking of the motor, Horizon Fitness outclasses the competition once more. There is a full 2 horsepower motor to power this treadmill. That means less slipping and a longer lasting treadmill. Be careful, a lot of companies will try to fool you with peak horse power. Pay attention to the continuous duty rating rather than peak horsepower rating, it’s a much better indicator of how well a treadmill will perform over the long haul and with larger users.

The last thing I want to mention is speed. Treadmills in the Horizon T91 Treadmill price range generally offer 8-9 MPH worth of top speed. Not the case with the Horizon T91. You’re a full 10 MPH!!! Once again, and I probably sound like a parrot by now, that’s much better than just about any treadmill in this class. The Horizon T91 Treadmill is a strong buy and it has earned 5 stars out of 5 for a low price, quality frame, excellent fitness programs and a myriad of other features.


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truen wohnrade said...

thank you thank you for the helpful information! i don't feel so confused now.

marble said...

I just got this treadmill last week. It's great but the assembly was an ordeal. The vertical arms are attached by bolts that go through tubes in the botton of each arm. One of our tubes had some rough spots, probably from a less-than-stellar weld. Long story short, took us about 90 minutes to figure out what to do and grind down the bumps and a thick part of the bolt with a Dremel tool. We finally got it assembled, but dang, be on the lookout and keep a grinding tool handy.