Horizon 7.4 AT Treadmill Review
The Horizon 7.4 AT is a mid range treadmill with some excellent features for the price. Horizon Fitness have made a Studio line of treadmills and this is one of them. There's a growing trend of taking classes for bikes and treadmills and this is one designed for that. There are now more than a few app makers who offer these classes.
The instructors who take these classes are becoming celebrities in their own right, like DJ's. These classes absolutely transform a normal treadmill run to something fun and exciting. No one can call exercising on a treadmill boring again. The good thing about this 7.4 AT is that you can sign up for one of these apps at a discount as part of your purchase.
You don't have to sign up to these apps if you don't want to, the 7.4 AT is a treadmill just like any other. You have all the features you see on other treadmills. Although it is a high specification, and I'll go through that further in my review. New technology is becoming cheaper and that's reflected in the price of the 7.4 AT. For $1,499, it represents excellent value for money if you're looking for a quality machine.
The 7.4 AT has a top speed of 12 mph and the motor is 3.5 CHP. This means it's a powerful motor so this treadmill is good for all kinds of exercise including running. Some machines are best for walking and jogging but this one can take a pounding from a runner. With a user weight capacity of 325 lbs means it can take a pounding from a heavy runner.
+ Large Deck Surface - You have a 22" by 60" deck. Remember this is a mid range treadmill because that is the size of decks you see on high end treadmills. A lot of treadmills go for a 20" width but you get 2 more inches here which makes all the difference. This is the cheapest I've seen this size of deck and you have no need for a bigger one.
The big width is another reason the 7.4 AT is good for runners as well. When you exercise you want to do so with confidence, and you can do that on this deck, you can stride forward knowing you're not close to an accident. You're supposed to exercise with your head face forward and not looking down. A big deck helps with this.
+ Good Warranty - I'm at the real risk of repeating myself in this review. Because the warranty here, is better than a lot of high end treadmills. A very well reviewed treadmill company called Nordictrack has only a 1 year labor warranty on one of their treadmills that costs over $2,000! This Horizon 7.4 AT treadmill has 2 years.
The rest of the warranty is lifetime on the frame and motor, and 5 years parts. So if the motor develops a fault in the next 2 years, you will have no repair costs. Not even if any parts are needed, and a professional to fit them, it's all covered for. I think you'll agree that's pretty good to be included in the price.
When I see a good warranty for any product, whether that's fitness equipment or anything else, you know the company has faith in it. Companies exist to make a profit. If their products went wrong and they had to get technicians to fix them. That would hurt their bottom line and they would lose money. This rarely happens and not for Horizon Fitness.
+ Speed And Incline Handgrips - As you can see in the picture of the console above, there are hand grips that look like handlebars in front. These have pulse sensors like you often find on treadmills to read your heart rate. They also have up and down toggles for the speed and incline, these are quick and easy to access.
You still have the buttons on the console where you can change the settings to a specific number. The handgrips are right in front of you. While the amount of incline and speed you can choose from is quite standard, I'm referring to 15% incline and 12 mph speed which you can find on many treadmills, the handgrips are a premium feature.
+ 10 Workout Programs - I personally think the more programs the better. But treadmills can only have a certain amount of memory so there has to be a limit. But with the 7.4 AT, you have 10, which I think is a good amount. Plus the fact that some have multiple levels, I think that makes it even better.
My favorite is the "My First 5k", this is a 9 week couch to 5k routine built in to the treadmill. This is a very popular way of getting beginners to run for around 30 minutes. This is done using a combination of walking and running. The running time increases gradually over time. I recommend anyone try this as a way to introduce health and fitness into their life.
The other programs I like are "Hill Climb" and "Fat Burn". These change the speed and incline as you go every 30 seconds. Both these and other programs have 10 levels to them. Level 1 is nice and easy for beginners, whereas level 10 is very hard and should only be attempted by experienced runners. In between you have varying degrees of difficulty.
+ Custom Heart Rate - The pulse sensors on the handlebars will read your heart rate. But to get an accurate reading you need to connect a Bluetooth heart rate chest strap. The 7.4 AT can read these because it has a Bluetooth setting. This means you can have your heart rate read by the treadmill and see how hard you're pushing yourself.
The custom heart rate program uses your Bluetooth heart rate chest strap to keep you within a heart rate specified by you, while you're exercising. The treadmill changes the incline to keep you within your setting. This is a very effective way of working out and is great for cardiovascular fitness. This has far too many health benefits to mention here, but there are a lot.
+ Big Deck Thickness - The thickness of the deck is 0.8". As always with almost anything to do with treadmills, the bigger then better. A thicker deck means it will last longer. The deck has got to take the weight of someone running on it. That someone could weigh up to 325 lbs as per the capacity so the deck has to be strong and thick.
It's the belt and deck that has to take the weight of the runner. The size of the deck is the thickest I've seen in any Horizon Fitness treadmill. This a mid range priced machine yet you have the deck quality of a high end one. The roller size is large so if you want a good workout then think about the 7.4 AT. These are the components you need to consider in a good treadmill.
+ Energy Saver Mode - In this day and age of climate change, energy saving is as important as ever. Computers and monitors have had this mode for years. Now we have it on a treadmill. If the 7.4 AT has been inactive for 15 minutes, it goes into sleep mode. This is the case even if the plug is in the electrical socket.
For safety I would recommend you unplug any treadmill when ever you're not using it. This protects the electrical circuits of your home as well as the treadmill. The mode will save you electricity and is something most modern appliances can do. Everything has a stand by mode, like televisions and so does this machine. Modern day meets Horizon Fitness.
- 8.25" LCD Screen - The alphanumeric display shows you detailed workout stats. It's the LCD screen which shows your exercising as graphics. Due to this being a liquid crystal display there aren't many colors on show, as you can see in the pictures. The screen is easily viewable but could be bigger, but that would increase the cost of a low cost treadmill.
- Treadmill Weighs 318 lbs - For a mid range machine this is a beast. It folds using hydraulics so that's not difficult. However, you won't want to be moving this treadmill very often. Think about the room and place you want it and set it up there. You may want to pay for assembly but, what ever you choose to do, it will take at least 2 people to move it.
|Model||Horizon 7.4 AT|
|Sale Price||$1,499 (March 2020)|
|Treadmill Weight||318 lbs|
|Running Surface||22" x 60" XL Deck|
|Display||16 Digit Alphanumeric LED and 8.25" LCD Screen|
|Dimensions||L 76" x W 37" x H 63"|
|Max User Weight||325 lbs|
|Workout Programs||10 plus multiple levels in each|
|Speed||0.5 to 12 mph|
|Incline||0% to 15%|
|Warranty||Lifetime: Frame & Motor|
5 Years: Parts
2 Years: Labor
The Horizon 7.4 AT is a modern treadmill that has classes and apps based around it. This line of treadmills are called Studio so they have been prepared with a Studio class in mind. It's been designed for walkers and runners and the 7.4 AT can easily take both. I like the little extras, like the fan, the speakers and the heart rate sensors.
Horizon have thought of everything with a treadmill packed with features. It's specs are very high end, you have a good motor, a big deck, a discount on classes apps and a good selection of workout programs. When you consider that at $1,499, you have a mid range priced machine. The features are better than on two thousand dollar plus treadmills.
If you're a runner then this machine is ideal if you're on a budget. There are more features I haven't mentioned like the interval training program which will provide very effective workouts. As I said before, it's a heavy, beast of a treadmill and that's the way I like them. A big machine can take good workouts and the good warranty backs this up, 5 stars.
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Meet The Author
I'm Simon Gould. I've been around treadmills my whole life. From running on them at an early age to working in treadmill dept's of national stores. I've run outside and I've run on treadmills and I prefer running on treadmills. I still run on one nearly every day and love it.
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