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Trying to choose the best treadmill for your home gym? We’ll help you decide by giving you an in-depth look at two of the most popular cardio brands. This is a showdown between Horizon vs NordicTrack treadmills, and it ain’t over until GGR sings!
Quick Company History
Horizon Fitness is a subsidiary of Johnson Health Tech, which was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Taichung, Taiwan. You might be familiar with a few of the other brands under the Johnson Health Tech umbrella, such as Matrix and Vision Fitness. Those brands typically produce commercial cardio equipment that you’d find at your local gym.
NordicTrack is also a subsidiary of a larger company, Icon Health & Fitness. Icon Health & Fitness owns iFIT, ProForm, and a few other smaller brands. They are headquartered in Logan, Utah, which is about an hour and a half away from Salt Lake City.
|FitU (Ability to connect various interactive programming services to their machines via Bluetooth)
Individual: $15/month or $180/year
Family: $39/month or $396/year
Who Should Buy Horizon Treadmills?
- People on a budget
- Those who don’t care about a touchscreen
- Someone who wants a more entry-level machine
- Individuals who want a lifetime warranty on both their frame and motor
Who Should Buy NordicTrack Treadmills?
- Serious runners
- Those who like on-demand programming
- Tech enthusiasts
- People who like knowing the horsepower of their treadmill motor
Key Similarities Between NordicTrack and Horizon Treadmills
- Oversized decks suited for tall folks
- Heavy machines with large footprints
- Both offer Bluetooth connectivity
Important Differences Between NordicTrack and Horizon Treadmills
- NordicTrack shares motor CHP with consumers and Horizon does not
- Horizon has longer frame and motor warranties than NordicTrack
- NordicTrack manufactures more expensive treadmills than Horizon
- Horizon treadmills work with a variety of fitness apps and NordicTrack machines work solely with iFIT
- Horizon models don’t have touchscreens
Treadmills Offered by NordicTrack and Horizon
My favorite treadmill that NordicTrack offers is the Commercial 1750. This super-sized cardio machine clocks in at 340 pounds when it arrives at your door, so it isn’t exactly petite.
However, if you have the space to handle the 1750’s footprint, you’ll likely really enjoy this sturdy machine and its stellar iFIT programming. The 1750 features a 14-inch touchscreen, a 22-inch-by-60-inch deck, and both incline and decline options.
NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill
The NordicTrack 1750 treadmill features a 14-inch HD adjustable touchscreen with which you can stream iFIT programming on (sold separately). The under $2,000 machine can be financed through the NordicTrack website where you can get deals as low as $49 per month with 0% for 39 months.Models from 2013-2021 of the 1750 had adjustable cushioning, but the 2023 model no longer has this feature.iFIT workouts incorporate Automatic Trainer Control, which allows your trainer to digitally adjust your incline, decline, and speed. This is a nice feature to have because all you have to do is focus on the workout at hand versus frantically switching the controls.
Check out our full NordicTrack Commercial 1750 treadmill review.
NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill Specs
|Running surface size
|22” W x 60” L
|10-year frame, 2-year parts, 1-year labor
|User weight capacity
|-3% decline to 15% incline
|14-inch HD touchscreen
|3.5 CHP motor
|Incline, calorie burn, heart rate, time elapsed, distance traveled, pace, and speed
|80” L x 38” W x 65” H
Other popular treadmills from NordicTrack include:
- NordicTrack EXP 7i Treadmill
- NordicTrack Commercial X22i
- NordicTrack Commercial 2450
- NordicTrack Commercial X32i
Out of Horizon’s treadmill offerings, my personal favorite is the 7.0 AT Treadmill. As a tall woman, I particularly like the deck on the 7.0 AT. The 20-inch-by-60-inch belt is excellent for those with long legs or lengthy strides.
Plus, at under $1,000, the 7.0 AT is a budget-friendly home treadmill that still features great extras like cup holders, Bluetooth speakers, and multiple preset programs. The 7.0 AT also has a 325-pound weight capacity, which is above the industry standard of 300 pounds.
Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill
Tired of searching for a budget treadmill that'll support your running habits? Look no further than the Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill. This machine has a well-cushioned deck to aid in a more comfortable indoor run as well as a 60-inch deck (which is what we'd recommend most for running). I also enjoy the QuickDial adjustment feature, which allows users to change their speeds and incline up to "33% faster than other treadmills." This is useful if you love doing HIIT or sprints where you may need to quickly adjust the speed or incline.I would recommend shelling out the extra cash to get professional assembly. The 7.0 AT is a weighty cardio machine, and would best be completed with another helper (or a professional).
Read our entire Horizon 7.0 AT treadmill review.
Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill
|Running surface size
|20” W x 60” L
|Lifetime on frame and motor, 3-year parts, 1-year labor
|User weight capacity
|Up to 15% incline
|N/A; brand doesn’t disclose
|Calories burned, distance traveled, heart rate, incline, speed, and time
|76.5″ L x 36″ W x 59″ H
Other popular treadmills from Horizon include:
When choosing a treadmill, although the machine itself is the main focus, we still have to consider company policies. Imagine if you found the best treadmill in the world, but it has a terrible warranty. You’d probably pause before purchasing it, right? The same goes for everything else that relates to customer experience including assembly, returns, and financing options, which is why I break it all down below.
Industry standard: A good frame warranty on a home fitness treadmill is generally 15 years to life
All Horizon treadmills have a lifetime frame and motor warranty. The parts and labor guarantees can vary between a year to five years, depending on how expensive a particular model is.
All NordicTrack treadmills have a 10-year frame, 2-year parts, and 1-year labor warranty. I find this slightly surprising because not even the top-of-the-line machine has a lifetime frame warranty.
Industry standard: 30 days from date of delivery to be eligible for a refund
You can return your Horizon treadmill within 30 days of delivery. However, you may be charged a 20% restocking fee if you get white-glove delivery.
If you don’t love your new NordicTrack treadmill, you can return it within 30 days of delivery for your money back. It is worth noting that you do have to pay a $250 fee to ship the machine back.
Industry standard: 0% APR over 30 or so months
Horizon has their own financing program where you can pay as little as 0% APR, but you do have to qualify based on your credit score. It says in the fine print that the traditional APR is 29.99% for other customers.
NordicTrack has great financing available––0% APR for anywhere between 12-48 months. However, you do have to qualify for these options first.
Industry standard: Threshold delivery available, or assembling the machine would take two people no longer than 1.5 hours
Horizon offers three different delivery and assembly options––standard delivery for $79, in-room delivery for $159, or $299 for white glove delivery. When I personally assembled the Horizon 7.0 AT, it took me over two hours and would have been less frustrating with a second set of hands.
NordicTrack offers free standard delivery or you can pay an additional $299 for room of choice delivery and assembly. Although I haven’t personally assembled a NordicTrack treadmill, GGR’s Head of Content Kate Meier has, and it took her about 90 minutes with another person. I will say, Kate is particularly handy and quick at assembling machines, so your mileage may vary.
Horizon and NordicTrack FAQs
Is NordicTrack better than Horizon?
NordicTrack and Horizon are two excellent cardio brands. However, what might be best for you isn’t necessarily my best option. If you’re looking for a more tech-heavy treadmill and don’t mind paying some serious cheese for one, NordicTrack likely has your best option. If sturdiness and excellent warranties appeal to you, I would choose a Horizon treadmill.
Are NordicTrack or Horizon treadmills better cushioned?
In regards to cushioning, I personally prefer the deck of the NordicTrack treadmills. However, if you like a deck that feels akin to the outdoors, you may enjoy the Horizon treadmill cushioning best.
What interactive programming can I use with Horizon treadmills?
You can use almost any type of programming with every Horizon treadmill, but with some caveats. Certain apps like Peloton, Zwift, and Studio will show a variety of stats and be more connected to the treadmill. Other programming, like iFIT, will connect to the Bluetooth speakers on a Horizon treadmill, but won’t work in tandem to show the same metrics.
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