Horizon T101 Review 2021

          Our Rating: 4.2/5



Horizon’s cheapest option, the T101 is a treadmill best-suited for those mainly looking to walk or, at the most, lightly jog. One of the lowest-priced treadmills on the market, this model is great for those just needing some basic exercise throughout the week.

If it sounds like the Horizon T101 could fit your needs, by all means continue reading this review! Otherwise, you may want to read about some of the more powerful and advanced options available, such as the Horizon 7.4 AT.


Build Quality

Uncomplicated and clear-cut, the Horizon T101 Treadmill is loyally dependable to meet your movement needs. With a steady drive motor which revs at 2.5 continuous-duty horsepower, the T101 is a solid kicking off point for your health. The 2.5 HP motor functions ideally for walking, power walking or light jogging.

Dependably made, the Johnson Drive System automatically calibrates with each of your steps, preventing function lagging or power surges, ensuring a smooth stride. Operating at lower RPMs, the Johnson Drive System works without heavy operating sound, assuring you a quiet user experience by cooling the motor, which also benefits motor longevity.

A 10% incline capability will strengthen your body as you pursue uphill workouts of which all you need is a walking pace to feel the burn and see your body shift towards toned strength.

A huge benefit to Horizon’s engineering of their treadmills is the Three-Zone Variable Response Cushioning System they’ve created. Competing brands such as Sole and NordicTrack offer cushioned decks as well but only Horizon breaks down cushioning into three zones to soften impact and support bodily joints.

The push off zone, placed at the rear, boosts more firm cushioning ideal for, you guessed it, pushing off as you get into your groove. The transition zone gradually increases cushioning until you reach the impact zone where, as the kids these days say, the magic happens. Touting the softest cushioning, the impact zone is where you spend your time moving forward and with the T101, in a more comfortable manner at that. This unique three-zone design is what makes the Horizon T101 appealing for those interested in protecting their body while also strengthening it.



When it comes to technology today, bluetooth is king. The Horizon T101 Treadmill makes the royalty cut with its bluetooth ability. Pushing your energy forward, the bluetooth-integrated speakers allow you to tap into improved sound so you can easily stream your chosen movies, favorite artists or motivating online fitness classes through your smart device.

Two thoughtfully located speakers on either side above the hand tracking grips will envelope you with crisp sound. Fear no battery charge death with the reviving USB port, which will bring your devices back to life so your workout won’t be interrupted.

Raise the roof with the helpful tablet holder which offers to hold your smart devices so you can go hands-free without the loss of visual entertainment enhancing your workout. The one frustration we have with this holder is that it is placed directly in front of your display, so once you place an item such as your tablet on it, you will be blocking yourself from viewing your progress.

Should you remove your smart devices occasionally to check in or opt to go without their presence, you will be kept up to date with calories burned, heart rate, distance traveled, time, incline and speed. Five preset programs – weight loss, time manual, distance and calorie help you narrow down your focus for the day’s activity.

The T101 is a no-nonsense treadmill that provides the basics of functional comforts. Since it is a budget-friendly option, you will not find an impressive display screen like those NordicTrack or higher-end Sole models tout; rather the T101 is just right for those who simply want to get going with a user-friendly treadmill, regardless of how up to date with current technology they are.


Price Point

The greatest appeal of the Horizon T101 is its price. Without excessive bells and whistles coming in hot with extra costs to fancy up your treadmill, the T101 provides trusted power at a much lower price than the vast majority of other models on the market.

The T101 is a great economical choice for those hoping to increase incline seamlessly and mid-activity to get the most out of your workout as this feature is absent in comparably-priced options. The cheapest of Horizon’s treadmill options, the T101 is a great value that is easy to put together and simple to use, meaning you won’t be stuck wasting time learning how to operate your new treadmill and rather can spend that time investing in your health by getting moving faster.

The T101 treadmill has been bestowed numerous awards for durable operating power at a price point you can get on board with.


Pros and Cons

Investing in a treadmill for your home can be a big and overwhelming purchase with all the various options available. Let’s help narrow down who the Horizon T101 treadmill is a perfect fit for based on both its shortcomings and strengths.

The 2.5 HP motor is truly what makes this treadmill more budget-friendly than others. 2.5 HP is recommended for those interested in walking or lightly jogging as it does not boast the power of the 3.0 HP motor advised for runners. The recommendations are based on trying to get the best life out of your motor, however the T101 offers a lifetime warranty on its motor, giving you assurance that regardless of activity your motor investment will not lose its value.

Offering a speed range of 0.5 MPH – 10 MPH is even less than half the cost of NordicTrack’s T 6.5 Si model, which boasts the same speed range, incline ability and 300 pound weight capacity. With the T101 treadmill, you’re saving money by not opting for advanced technology, ultimately going for practical function over lavish fancy.

Furthermore, this model offers a three window LED display and a surface area of 20” x 55”. Should you desire to upgrade to a LCD screen, 2.75 HP motor, 12% incline, up to 12 mph range, and 5-inch longer surface area (width remains the same), the T202 is the next step up from the T101 model and may be a better fit if you find the increased features better suited for your needs. Each Horizon treadmill, regardless of cost, comes with folding ability to maximize square footage.

When it comes to decisions, it’s best to consider how many people will be consistently using your treadmill on a routinely basis. If there are multiple users, it may be best to opt for a slightly stronger motor. That being said, if you’re ready to start or maintain your New Year’s Resolutions from the comfort of your home without paying an arm and a leg, the Horizon T101 treadmill might just be your match made in heaven.


Horizon T101 Treadmill Specs

Weight Capacity300 pounds
Running Surface20″ x 55″
Dimensions70″ x 34″ x 55″
Workout DisplayNo
Motor2.5 HP
Speed0.5-10 mph
Total Programs5


Warranty and Guarantee

Taking decisive action to get your health in check is the first step to increased longevity. While you want to live a fuller life, it’s important to consider the longevity of the treadmill you are selecting to partner with you on your fitness journey.

The Horizon T101 holds one of the most impressive warranties on the market to give you ultimate peace of mind when it comes to your treadmill selection. With a lifetime home warranty offered on both the motor and frame, you’ll never have to worry about your fitness capacity depending on the staying power of your treadmill.

The lifetime warranty on the frame and motor is matched by the more expensive Sole brand. In further comparison, the extravagantly priced NordicTrack T 6.5 Si treadmill only offers a 10-year frame warranty and no motor warranty.

Swinging back around to the Horizon brand, parts and labor for 1-year means 12 months of peace should anything go unexpectedly awry with your new T101 treadmill.


Summing Up This Review

If you are looking for a quality treadmill that offers a competitive warranty at an even more competitive price, the Horizon T101 might just be the best fit for you. We recommend this treadmill for users looking to walk or jog from the comforts of their home.

Optimal for those searching for straightforward function rather than expensive technology, the Horizon T101 Treadmill is decision you can trust.