Horizon 7.0 AT Review 2020

          Our Rating: 4.6/5

 

The cheapest of Horizon Fitness’s Studio Series line, the 7.0 AT offers the same quality consumers have come to expect from Horizon, but with added technological advancements many of their other models aren’t equipped with.

As you’ll discover in this review, the Horizon 7.0 AT packs a punch and has very few weaknesses, while still priced incredibly well.

 

Build Quality

If you’ve been interested in the trustworthy longevity, economically sound and straightforward function of a Horizon Treadmill but wish the technology was a little less simple, their Studio Series line of performance treadmills are a better fit than the Go Series.

With a more costly starting point than the Go Series, which is focused on walking, jogging and running, the Studio Series marries technology and performance for ramped up versions of their cheaper counterparts. Starting the series off strong is the 7.0 AT Treadmill, which comes packed with a 3.0 continuous horsepower motor.

A Johnson Drive System is used to prevent the motor from overheating, resulting in less revolutions per minute, letting the motor work smarter, not harder. Decreasing the RPMs safeguards the health of your motor and as an added benefit, keeps it quiet when in operation. The minimal motor noise paired with the FeatherLight Folding Deck, which folds the deck of the 7.0 AT up in one simple swoop, prevents this treadmill from being an aggressive presence in your home.

When you unfold and unleash the power of the 7.0 AT treadmill, you’ll enjoy the comforts of the cushioned deck. Divided thoughtfully into three zones of comfort levels to accommodate typical action in certain areas of the treadmill during workouts, this feature will help keep your soreness at bay by minimizing impact strain.

With quality build and a weight capacity of 325 pounds, the Horizon 7.0 AT treadmill is an impressive option for those with energy for a workout beyond walking.

 

Technology

If you’re wondering just what gives the Horizon Studio Series a leg up on the Go Series, you’ve arrived at the right section. With faster ability to connect, the 7.0 AT boasts advanced bluetooth, enabling you to pair multiple devices for easy streaming to the robust speakers as well as keep your workout data synced with your favorite fitness apps. Granting access to multiple paired devices rather than one means seamless convenience.

In addition, the advanced bluetooth also tracks your heart rate so you and your smart devices are able to keep in the know with your heartbeat flow. What worth would integrated speakers be if you didn’t have something to hold your smart device that’s playing the music you’re rocking out to or the movie you’re watching? The wonderful tablet rack helpfully placed at the front of your display will keep your entertainment front and center while you move your body.

Proving they can do technology just a bit better than the comparable Sole F63 treadmill, the Horizon 7.0 AT is equipped with a 7.0” LCD screen, coming in at 0.5” larger than the F63’s, but 2″ smaller than Sole’s next step up F80.

In addition to the eye-catching LCD display, the 16-digit alphanumeric LED display helps provide even more clarity of your progress. Recording calories burned, heart rate, distance achieved, time, and incline, the beneficial console provides workout summaries that can be stored in your favorite app so you can reflect on your growth throughout your health journey.

Making the Studio Series models even more appealing than the less tech-savvy Go Series is the inclusion of the Pro app. This innovative app Horizon created connects with the bluetooth heart rate monitor and your smart device to extend access to your workout by allowing you to shift its settings via your devices. In addition, the Pro app takes away the headache of manually having to send workout summaries to your fitness app of choice, rather automatically doing it post-workout on your behalf.

When technology takes care of the little things for us, it saves us time and energy in the long run. Keeping you from thinking even more is the USB port, which enables you to charge devices quickly so you don’t have to consider what your battery life is prior to usage.

We love how the 7.0 AT Treadmill comes with all the Horizon Fitness brand durability as well as its innovative smart technology that makes it more up to date and technologically functional than the Go Series.

 

Price Point

What makes Horizon Fitness so appealing when it comes to their treadmills are competitive price points; the 7.0 AT is no exception. Offering an impressive 3.0 CHP motor with a speed up to a sprinting fast 12 mph and a burning 12% incline along with advanced bluetooth technology, you would think the 7.0 AT would cost a pretty penny.

However, considering its ability, the price is truly impressive when reflecting on the quality you get in return. When it comes to the competition, the Sole F63 treadmill is the 7.0 AT treadmill’s greatest match. Aligned in speed, motor power, incline, deck size, quality and pricing makes it a head-to-head competition.

That being said, some details to consider when it comes to slight differences: Sole boasts about their large rollers, which provide a more smooth user experience. When put to the test, Sole’s 2.5” rollers are a smidge larger than Horizon’s 2.36” rollers.

Yet, the Horizon 7.0 AT beats the F63 in the tech category with a 0.5” larger LCD screen and the ability to pair workouts with any fitness app of your choosing, whereas with the Sole F63 you can only use the designated four apps they selected on your behalf. However, the Sole F63 has two additional customizable workout programs.

Both treadmills have cushioned decks and folding ability for easy storage. Getting down to the nitty gritty, let’s chat tablet holders. One thing we don’t like about the Horizon 7.0 AT is the placement of the tablet holder, as when in use, your smart device blocks the LCD display. However, Horizon provides the Pro app, which you can alter and track your workout on to help make this less of a nuisance.

The thing the Sole F63 got right was the separate device holder placement, located above the display so your tracked progress will never be blocked. All small things when considering, but the small things to some might be the big to others. It’s up to you which best suits what you find the most value in!

 

Pros and Cons

We detailed the pros and cons when comparing the Horizon 7.0 AT to its comparable competition, the Sole F63, above in the price point section so this section will be honed in on the Horizon 7.0 AT specifically.

An aggravation we have with the 7.0 AT is the placement of its device holder, as it places your tablet directly in front of the LCD screen. Luckily, the 16 digit alphanumeric LED display is still in full view below so you can see your progress without obstruction.

In addition, you can adjust your workout from your tablet via the Pro app should you elect to do so for easier access and tracking. The programs offered are purposeful and helpful for a wide variety with an offering of Fat Burning, Manual, 5k, Calorie, Max Heart Rate and Distance. The only thing that could’ve increased personalized function is if customizable programs were also offered, but you don’t receive that ability unless you spend a bit more on the one step up Horizon 7.4 AT model.

In the grand scheme of fitness ability, the 7.0 AT treadmill is truly an impressive and well-rounded option that boasts far more benefits than it does nominal items to critique. The quiet Johnson Drive System 3.0 CHP motor is built tough to provide a lifetime of activity. An exhaustive speed range of 0.5 mph – 12 mph and incline ability up to a treacherous 12% makes the 7.0 AT agreeable for a variety of fitness levels.

This inclusive design can accommodate up to 325 pounds while the extended 20” x 60” cushioned deck gives you room to roam and protects your joints. The FeatherLight folding deck makes the 7.0 AT spatially aware, making it a great option regardless of the size of your living space.

The Horizon 7.0 AT treadmill has everything you need for a lifetime of fitness from the comfort of your home without the excessive price tag, making it a top option to consider.

 

Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill Specs

Weight Capacity325 pounds
Running Surface20″ x 60″
Dimensions76.5″ x 36″ x 59″
Workout DisplayYes; 7″ LCD
Motor3.0 HP
Speed0.5-12 mph
Incline0-15%
FoldingYes
Total Programs6

 

Warranty and Guarantee

When consumers look to Horizon Fitness, they know they are getting trusted quality the brand stands behind, made evident within their warranty offerings. A lifetime home warranty on the frame and motor will never make you question the lifespan of these expensive components.

3-years of coverage on parts is helpful should anything need replacing while any labor required will be covered for 1-year. Furthermore, Horizon offers 30-days of guarantee should you try the 7.0 AT on for size and find it to not be the best fit. The 7.0 AT treadmill offers one of the most impressive warranty options available, making it a truly sound and lasting choice for your home gym.

Summing Up This Review

If you are looking for ways to be active when you can’t or don’t want to get outside, or simply don’t want go to a gym in a Covid-19 world, a solid choice is the 7.0 AT treadmill. The Horizon brand quality paired with the boosted technology ability of the 7.0 AT make it a budget-savvy decision for health buffs looking for fitness equipment that can stand the test of time and their energy. The power packed 3.0 CHP motor protected by a lifetime warranty will keep you going on the Horizon 7.0 AT treadmill for years to come.