Horizon EX-59 Elliptical Review

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Horizon EX-59 Elliptical Rating

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Pros With the EX-59 by Horizon, users experience a smooth, natural stride and additional comfort features like oversized pedals and a large LCD display featuring MP3 compatible speakers and 10 workout programs. However; the most obvious pro to this model would be the quiet motor and reliable frame. The impressive warranty is also a bonus, covering the lifetime of the frame and 20 years on the motor.
Cons The compact design of this trainer, pre-set stride length, and lower step-on height of 10 inches means that this trainer is definitely not for everyone. With limited customizable options, a shorter stride, and smaller footprint, this machine is really designed for smaller to medium sized people, and not really ideal as a multi-person use machine. With no adjustable options, it may be harder to change up workouts or add additional challenges as well.
Summary The EX-59 shines in the overall design and durability of the trainer with a SixStar ™ certified elliptical frame and a self-propelled no-hum motor, and this model also includes a more advanced console than the model just before it. Where this trainer experiences weakness is in its lack of customizable options. The stride length and pedals are all pre-set and not adjustable, making it hard for everyone of all shapes and sizes to use. In fact, there are essentially no adjustable options on the entire model.

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Horizon EX-59 Elliptical Detailed Overview

The EX-59 is part of EX series of front-drive elliptical trainers by Horizon Fitness. This trainer is the second in the series, offered for $649 online. As with other Horizon models, the EX-59 is equipped with a SixStar(TM) certified frame and a fairly quiet, reliable motor. The EX-59 is designed for in-home use, and is best suited to someone who is looking for a piece of workout equipment that is low impact and really easy to use.

The EX-59 offers very basic entertainment features such as MP3 compatibility and 10 workout programs, but not much else. The console comes with a 4.5” yellow-green LCD display screen with contact grips to monitor your heart rate; there is no wireless heart rate monitoring option with this model. There are 10 built-in workout programs to choose from, as well as built-in speakers, tablet rack, and water bottle holder.

With 10 resistance levels, a self-propelled no-hum motor, and a 14.3 lb. flywheel, you can get a good workout in that is easy on the joints and quiet to use in a home or apartment, but one disadvantage is the compact design and super light flywheel. This trainer is much smaller than a commercial-grade trainer you would find at a gym, making it harder for heavier people to safely and easily use the machine. However, the trainer does have a 275 pound weight capacity and a durable tubular steel frame construction, making the trainer overall a pretty sturdy piece of equipment.

Horizon offers a lifetime warranty of the frame, 20 years on the motor, and 2 years coverage on parts and labor.

 

Our Favorite Features

  • SixStar™ Certified Frame for extra durability, reliability
  • Great price point at well under $1000
  • Limited, shorter stride length of 18 inches
  • Quiet, self-propelled motor, ideal for residential use
  • Large console with audio capabilities
  • Smooth stride with ECB magnetic brake system
  • Impressive warranty with lifetime coverage on the frame, 20 year coverage on the motor
  • Nice workout program variety with 10 built-in options

Horizon EX-59 Elliptical - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:3-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Incline:None
Stride Length:18 inches
Flywheel:14.3 LBS
Programs:10 programs
Fan:No
Weight Capacity:275 LBS
Dimensions:68" L x 25" W x 64" H

Our Least Favorite Features

  • Front drive design can be uncomfortable and put unnecessary stress on the lower back
  • Lighter flywheel at just over 14 pounds, which can affect the feel and noise of the machine when in operation
  • Non-backlit LCD screen makes it hard to see, especially in dimly lit rooms
  • No built-in cooling fan, so you will need to make sure you work out in a well ventilated room
  • Cannot be folded up for easy storage
  • Non-customizable, lacks adjustable options
  • Limited warranty on parts/labor with just 2 years coverage on parts and labor warranty

The Bottom Line

The EX-59 offers more workout programs and entertainment features than the previous model, but it is still lacking in these areas, along with any sort of customizable options. The design is still about the same with few upgrades when it comes to the frame, motor or stride, so if you are looking for an entry to mid-level trainer that is affordable, easy to use, and fairly reliable, the EX-59 is a great value.

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