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Horizon Fitness EX-59 Elliptical Review

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The Horizon EX-59 Elliptical Trainer is one elliptical that doesn’t seek to draw you in through its vast array of features, but rather through its simplicity and ease of use.

It’s not only easy to get started on, but you’ll also get a smooth workout with plenty of resistance to keep you challenged for the long term.

If you’re looking for a well built and durable machine, then the Horizon EX-59 Elliptical Trainer could be for you.

The Horizon Ex-59 Elliptical

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Key Features

  • 14.3 Pound Heavy Fly Wheel for a smooth ride
  • Built-in speakers have MP3 compatibility
  • LCD console tracks – time, distance, speed, and calories burned
  • 10 workout programs
  • Heart rate monitoring
  • Reading rack and accessory tray

Horizon EX-59 Elliptical Review

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We’ll now review the EX-59 and assess it according to certain factors.

Price: 3.5/5

The Horizon EX-59 Elliptical Trainer is currently priced at just under $700 in most places.

The build quality and the number of features it has compared with other ellipticals make the price a fair one.

Reliability & Warranty: 4/5

There doesn’t seem to be too many complaints from users about the long-term reliability, although there are a handful of owners who say that the machine has the potential to develop ‘clicking’ noises over time.

Some have remedied the noises by tightening certain bolts whilst others have had to call in a Horizon technician to get parts replaced.

Either way, it seems that if there is a problem, it occurs on the arrival of the product.

The good thing about the Horizon EX-59 Elliptical Trainer is that it comes with a healthy-looking warranty.

The frame is guaranteed for a lifetime, the parts for 2 years and labour for 1 year, which should alleviate any anxiety in the mind of a potential purchaser of the EX-59.

Stability and Quality: 4/5

The Horizon EX-59 Elliptical Trainer is a well-built machine and is the quality of what you would expect of a $700 elliptical.

Some people suggest that the quality of the build is almost identical to commercial grade ellipticals that you would find at your local gym.

It is also a fairly stable machine as long as it’s on a hard floor, however, if it’s on a softer floor type, such as carpet, there may be some rocking.

If you do plan to use this elliptical on carpet, then it may be a good idea to purchase a piece of plywood or hard flooring of some kind to stabilise the machine.

Comfortability: 4/5

Horizon Ex 59 Elliptical Trainer review

Much like the quality of the machine, the comfortability when using this machine is good.

The motion is smooth, the revolutions of the peddle are of a good size and the handlebars are placed at the right length.

The stride length on the Horizon EX-59 Elliptical Trainer is set at 18 inches.

This length is not adjustable so you will want to make sure that this length of stride is comfortable for you.

Some people may like a longer stride length and may want to consider the Nautilus E614 Elliptical, or the Schwinn 430, which have a slightly longer stride length of 20 inches.

However, a stride length of 18 inches should be long enough.

If you’re particularly tall or short it would be best to first try the machine in-store before purchasing.

The Horizon EX-59 Elliptical Trainer isn’t difficult to climb onto as it’s fairly low down.

The pedals are large, which leave a lot of room for your feet.

Resistance: 4.5/5

The resistances are set out well and the transition is smooth through the different levels.

The console also makes it easy to quickly move through the resistances.

Size & Noise: 4/5

When it comes to size it’s a fairly standard-sized elliptical with dimensions of 68”x 25”x 64”.

It’s not foldable, nor is it easy to transport away so be prepared for it to be out most of the time.

If there’s anything you have to be careful about, it’s whether you have enough ceiling height, so that when you are on this machine, you don’t bump your head on the ceiling.

In most cases this shouldn’t be a problem, however, if you’re particularly tall and your ceiling is slightly low, you may run into this problem.

From reading a review on Amazon, it appears that the peddle is 17.5 inches off the ground at its highest point.

So you’ll want to add that length to your height and make sure the sum isn’t greater than the height of your ceiling.

Regarding noise, if the Horizon EX-59 Elliptical Trainer is working with no faults, then it’s a quiet machine.

You can easily use this machine without disturbing other people in the house, and it’s quiet enough, that the built-in speakers on the machine can be heard clearly.

Horizon Ex 59 Elliptical Trainer console
The Horizon EX-59 Elliptical Trainer console includes built-in speakers

Features: 2.5/5

The Horizon EX-59 Elliptical Trainer has all the features you’d expect on a mid-level machine.

The console tracks all the standard metrics such as calories, time, distance and speed.

There are also handgrips to read your pulse rate, however, a few users have reported that the grips are slow to read and often seem to be inaccurate.

If you are concerned about getting an accurate heart rate reading it may be best to buy a separate heart monitoring device.

The console itself is fairly basic and isn’t as advanced as some consoles on other machines which offer features such as Bluetooth sync capabilities to fitness apps.

However, you can plug your mobile device into the machine and it will play the audio through the speakers.

There’s also a reading rack and tray to put your accessories in.

The Horizon EX-59 Elliptical Trainer does not have a built-in fan, so anyone looking for that feature will be left disappointed.

There is, however, a water bottle holder, but it seems to be placed too low down as you have to stop the machine to bend down to reach it.

A very common gripe among Amazon reviewers is that the Horizon EX-59 Elliptical Trainer does not have an on/off switch that turns the machine off completely.

There is a standby mode, but in this mode, the machine can give off the occasional beep.

If you want to turn the machine off completely, you have to turn it off at the mains or unplug it which seems to be a major flaw.

Should You Buy the Horizon EX-59 Elliptical Trainer?

At its core, the Horizon EX-59 Elliptical Trainer is a very basic machine that doesn’t seek to amaze its user with complex consoles and dazzle with plenty of bells and whistles.

The console is very basic and easy to use, and the only main feature beyond its normal fitness functionality is its built-in speakers, which do work well.

The overall simplicity and ease of use are what will attract many people to the Horizon EX-59 Elliptical Trainer.

In addition, what the Horizon EX-59 Elliptical Trainer focuses on is to make sure that the basic mechanics of a good workout can be achieved on it; the machine is comfortable to use, runs smoothly, the resistances work well and the machine is sturdy and well built.

If your only concern is to purchase a quality machine that is easy to use and will provide a good workout, then the Horizon EX-59 Elliptical Trainer does just that.

Overall Elliptical Rating: 3.5/5

  • Smooth and quiet motion
  • Simple and easy to use
  • Machine close to commercial-grade quality
  • Sturdy and well built
  • Great customer service
  • Decent warranty included
  • No on/off switch – have to turn off at mains
  • No fan
  • The computer doesn’t save information
  • Heart rate monitor reported as slow and inaccurate by some users
  • Some users report loud noises after long-term use

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