Horizon Fitness EX-79 Elliptical Trainer Review

Horizon Fitness EX-79 Elliptical Trainer | Horizon EX-79

Horizon Fitness EX-79 Elliptical Trainer


Horizon Fitness EX-79 Elliptical Trainer

The Horizon Fitness EX-79 elliptical trainer is feature packed mid-level elliptical from Horizon Fitness. If you want a front drive machine that is comfortable and has a 20″ stride, power incline and all the bells and whistles, the Horizon EX-79 elliptical just might be the one for you.

In addition to training programs and MP3 compatible entertainment system, the Horizon Fitness EX-79 elliptical trainer offers a Nike + iPod feature which allows you to save your workout data directly to your iPod which in turn can then be uploaded to nikerunning.com. Horizon Fitness EX-79 has a bright and good looking console. Users especially like that the four bright LED windows are easy to read at a glance, it is much easier to read than an LCD display and the cooling fan is right in the middle of the console where you need it.

The Horizon Fitness EX-79 Elliptical Trainer has a SixStar certification that means it is designed following the six key elements conducive to safe exercise, a result of extensive bio-mechanics research. These elements include ideal pedal placement that prevents stress to the hips and the back, a design that ensures proper body posture, optimal handlebar placement, low step-on height, an ideally-sized footpath, and a large drive pulley ratio for smooth and efficient range of motion.

SixStar compliance in combination with advanced features make Horizon EX-79 elliptical trainer be the top elliptical trainer from Horizon, and for reason.


Horizon EX-79 Elliptical – Video by Horizon Fitness




Horizon EX-79 vs. Top 5 Performers in Under $1,000 Category

ELLIPTICAL TRAINERHorizon EX-59-02Schwinn 470 Nautilus E616Sole E25Horizon EX-79
ELLIPTICAL TRAINERHorizon Fitness EX-59-02Schwinn 470 Nautilus E616Sole Fitness E25Horizon EX-79
RATINGWinner1st Runner UpTop 5 PerformerTop 5 PerformerCOMPARED
USD PRICE$799$799$899$999$999
PRICE-PERFORMANCE4.5 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars
EXPERT REVIEWExpert ReviewExpert ReviewExpert ReviewExpert ReviewExpert Review
FLYWHEEL14.3 lbs25 lbs17.6 lbs
RESISTANCE TYPEMagneticMagneticMagneticMagneticMagnetic
0° - 10°
0 to 11%
motorized incline
20 levels of power incline
20 levels of power incline
STRIDE LENGTH18"20"20"20"-22" Power Adjustable20"
3 speed
3 Speed
MAX. USER WEIGHT275 lbs300 lbs300 lbs350 lbs325 lbs
Contact HR sensor
Contact HR sensor
Contact HR sensor, telemetry enabled
Contact HR sensor
Contact HR sensor
DISPLAY TYPE AND FUNCTIONS4.5" yellow-green LCD display with Time, distance, speed, calories, heart rate, program level and watts workout feedbackSchwinnConnect™ 2 LCD window System
Main: 3.0” X 5.0” Blue backlit + Secondary: 1.0” X 5.0” Blue backlit + Quickeys 5 for incline and 5 for resistance
Dual track blue-backlit LCD display with 1 quick start, 12 profile, 9 heart Rate, 2 Fitness test, 1 recovery test and 4 custom programsVibrant 6.5-inch blue LCD display tracks time, distance, calories, and resistance + built-in speakers for listening to your iPod or MP3 player2 red LED windows and an 8-digit alphanumeric window display HR and other key workout feedback at a glance
ADDITIONAL FEATURES AND FUNCTIONSLow distance between pedals. Low, 10-inch step-on height. The StraightUP™ keeps your body upright for maximum comfort
Sonic Surround™ speakers with MP3 player input, water bottle holder, reading rack, accessories tray
10 degree motorized ramp range with quick keys. 4 user settings and goal tracking. Integrated transport wheels, media tray, water bottle. USB charging, Data export to Schwinn connect. Great acoustic chamber for clear sound system.Supports Nautilus Connect™ portal, the Nautilus Trainer™ app and MyFitnessPal, Bluetooth connectivity, USB charging port, data export, performance tracking, Media shelf, Transport wheelsPower incline for additional resistance and positions, iPod and MP3 ready,
2 degree inward adjustable Pedals, 15-inch pedals, water bottle holder
Six star certified™
Mimics natural path
Sonic Surround speakers with MP3 player input
Nike + iPod equipped fitness tracking
DIMENTIONS68.2 x 22 x 64.6 inches
(L x W x H)
70 x 28 x 71 inches
(L x W x H)
70 x 28 x 71 inches
(L x W x H)
67.5 x 30 x 17.5 inches
(W x H x D)
73 x 22 x 65 inches
(L x W x H)
UNIT WEIGHT169 lbs231 lbs173 lbs198 lbs177 lbs
WARRANTYLifetime on frame
1 year on parts and labor
10 years on the frame
2 years on mechanical parts
1 year on electrical parts
90 days on labor
10 year frame
2 year parts
1 year electronics
90 days labor
Frame / Brake: Lifetime
Parts / Electronics: 3 Years
Labor: 1 Year (In-Home)
Lifetime for frame and brake
Parts warranty: 2 years
In-home labor: 1 year


COMPARE 5 Best Elliptical Trainers Under $1500 in 2018

Sole E35Best Fitness E1 Xterra Free Style 5.8eSole E55Schwinn 450
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Horizon Fitness EX-79 is a SixStar Certified™ Elliptical


About Horizon Fitness

The manufacturing facilities of Horizon Fitness rank among the most innovative within the industry, powered by modern robotics and skilled workers that keep up with the top standards of reliability and quality. Each and every stage of manufacturing has got a quality control step and 10 % of Horizon’s products go through a rigorous quality assessment which includes completely taking them apart and then re-assembling them. This alone is a very positive point to conciser if buying the Horizon Fitness EX-79 Elliptical Trainer.


Best Fitness BFCT1 prosHorizon EX-79 – CONS

  • The water bottle holder is too low
  • The speakers bass is not good quality
  • Relatively small flywheel


Best Fitness BFCT1 prosHorizon EX-79 – PROSHorizon EX-79

  • Power incline
  • Sturdy elliptical with very smooth and silent operation
  • Almost no space between pedals, reduces stress from the hips and back
  • Nike + iPod technology, MP3 speakers and fan
  • Excellent user reviews


Our Conclusion for Horizon Fitness EX-79 Elliptical

The Horizon Fitness EX-79 elliptical trainer has a lot of pluses. It’s the top elliptical from Horizon, and for reason. Horizon EX-79 has an optimal stride length, a variety of programs, power incline, and is very sturdy. The complaints in general are rather minor, though the flywheel could have been larger.

EX-79 elliptical is comfortable, smooth, quiet, well built, and well engineered machine.

Overall, the Horizon Fitness EX-79 offers excellent value and therefore it is one of our top picks for an elliptical under $1000.


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