There is a dizzying array of different elliptical trainers on the market nowadays. Some more affordable than others, some with a more comprehensive range of features than others. If you are looking to replicate the experience you would have at your local gym because you are unable to attend there in person, there are a lot of great options to choose from, many of which we have featured on this site.
For this review, we want to focus on Horizon Fitness’s Elite E9 elliptical trainer, though. While it’s true that it’s a little pricier than the Elite E7 and Evolve 5 models, it is only by 200 bucks more and just over the $1,500 mark, so hardly a big leap. Especially compared to the models from other manufacturers that retail for over $3,000. This is one of the keys to Horizon Fitness’s success – the affordability of their high-performance exercise machines.
What do we like about the Elite E9, though? It’s the combination of cutting-edge tech with motivational entertainment features.
Since the company’s inception, Horizon Fitness has been known as specialists in innovative and effective at-home fitness equipment with a budget-friendly price tag. That ethos that has been part of their success for so long is clearly behind the design and construction of the Elite E9 elliptical trainer.
When you are looking at exercise machines, there are a lot of things you need to consider, before deciding whether one is right for you. First and foremost, you need to determine if it will provide you with the kind of workout you are looking for. You also need to be sure it will fall in with your budget. Integral to everything though is the kind of features it offers. The features are what you can use to identify if it’s worth investing in or not and that will enable you to be sure you will get a challenging enough exercise out of it.
With a heavier flywheel than the Evolve 5 and Elite E7, adjustable incline and resistance, Virtual Active and 7-inch touchscreen, as well as a stunning array of pre-installed workout programs and the renowned Six-Star frame, the Elite E9 does not compromise on features.
7-inch Touchscreen Display Console and Virtual Active
The beautiful and generously sized 7-inch display console has touchscreen capability and opens a world of exploration thanks to the Virtual Active connectivity. With Virtual Active you can picture yourself working out virtually in some truly stunning locations, while you are working up a sweat in your own home. It’s more than just a piece of visual entertainment, though, as the Virtual Active program will adjust the incline setting on your elliptical trainer to match the terrain visible on the screen.
So, as well as seeing yourself there, you will also feel as if you were there.
Adjustable Incline, Resistance Levels and A Plethora of Workout Programs
Along with the Virtual Active feature, there are numerous ways you can customize your workouts using the Elite E7 elliptical. For example, you can change the size of the incline from 0 to 10-degrees and add more resistance which will require you to use more strength and force to push the pedals the higher you say it from 0 to 20.
As if that wasn’t enough already, there is a stunning array of different program options. Categorized by what they can help you achieve and what they are targeting, the pre-installed workouts with this machine include 10 step, 13 distance-focused, 4 interval-based, 5 performance-related, 9 calorie-burning, and 2 customized workouts.
Even if you found the Virtual Active functionality or the incline and resistance boring, there is still plenty of scope for a truly versatile workout that is as intense or chilled as you need it to be.
- 43 different pre-programmed workouts to choose from (including 2 customizable plans)
- Virtual Active integrated
- 7-inch touchscreen display console
- Can be quite clunky
- Is not the lightest trainer from Horizon Fitness
The bottom line, when it comes to whether we would recommend the Horizon Fitness Elite E9 elliptical trainer or not, is that we would. If you are looking for an affordable and high-performance in-home exercise machine that will provide you with enough versatility and challenges that you’ll never get bored and wish you were at the gym, there is a lot to love about it. Yes, it is clunky and a bit cumbersome, but when those are the only compromises you need to make, you know you are onto a winner.
Specification: Horizon Fitness Elite E9 Elliptical Trainer