Horizon EX-79 Elliptical Trainer

Horizon EX-79 Elliptical Trainer

8.8Expert Score
Horizon EX-79 is a feature packed elliptical trainer that you will ever need for all your cardio exercise. It has 18 inch stride, low (10”) step on height, power incline, 11 challenging programs, a good fan, comfortable footpad, Pivoting foot plate and a very user friendly console.
Build Quality

At a Glance: Horizon EX-79
Brand Horizon
Capacity 325 lb.
Price Range Under $1000
Flywheel 17.6 lbs
Resistance 20
Stride Lenght 20″
Dimension 50″ x 30″ x 21″ (L x W x H)
Programs 11
Incline  Power incline, 5% intervals (16 degrees)
HR Monitor Contact and Wireless


  • Smooth and Quite
  • Great Build Quality
  • Easy to use console
  • Wide Range of Programs
  • Great Customer Support


  • Inaccurate calorie counter (because of no input for weight/age)
  • Manual comes with the package is difficult to read
  • glitch with assembly instruction (but not difficult)

If your budget to buy an elliptical is $1000, than this trainer should be one top of your list (check our full list of top 10 elliptical under $1000).

Horizon is a well known name in the fitness industry; the company has a huge reputation in manufacturing quality fitness equipments that cater the needs of every man. If you require a well-designed trainer that would be pleasure to use as well then EX-79 could be most suitable for you. This unit has a whole range of innovative features that make it a high-end machine at an affordable price.

You might find it irritating to workout at a machine that is not made with a solid material and starts wobbling as soon as you get indulged into some serious workout. But this is not the case with the EX-79, because the materials that are used for manufacturing it are first rate and solid. The best thing about this elliptical trainer is that it is SIX star certified. It is meant to provide a comfortable and smooth elliptical training experience with its series of design features. These features include the reviews of people who have used the trainer and certain tests that were carried out to judge the affectivity of the machine.

Build Quality

Build Quality of this trainer is better than most of the trainer in this price range.

Stride length: it has 20 inch fixed stride. Usually 18 inch stride is comfortable for average users, this 20” along with the heavy (17.6 lb) flywheel provides a very soothing workout experience.

Both fixed and moving handle of this trainer are very stable and comfortable to hold. Fixed handles are well balanced, but to get proper upper body workout; we suggest you use the moving handles.

Pedals are only 10 inch high, so getting up on this trainer is easy.

Display & console

The main difference between the Ex 79-2 and the old model is their display:

new model display

old model display

Display shows: current programs, resistance level, heart rate, incline level, progress, time, distance, calories burned and fan speed. This blue backlit display is very easy to read in dark and in day light. Here is a closer look of the LED display


Horizon hasn’t made any chance in the button positions. Buttons are very easy to operate and self-explanatory. Such as: incline, fan, display, and goal centre and resistance level


There are 11 programs, such as: Rolling (resistance), mountain (resistance + incline), reverse train (resistance; cues you to pedal forward and backward). There are also target based workouts; you can set your target – time, distance or calories and workout your way. There is a 30 day goal challenge designed to help you motivated and lose weight (or build stamina). There are 2 customer programs you can customize yourself.



This trainer comes with lifetime warranty on frame and brake. But for parts it only has 2 years warranty. Some of the users have complained about annoying clicking noise from footpads, which is covered in parts warranty. Incline motor and labour has only one year warranty. Please note that warranty is not transferable; means buying a second hand trainer will not transfer warranty privilege.


EX-79 proves to be the perfect option for those who are seeking inexpensive and quality fitness equipment. It not only provides great workouts with its power incline but its long stride also makes your workout experience much more convenient for you. Furthermore, you will not find such features in any other machine that has the same price. These extras include a bottle holder, fan, heart rate monitor and audio system. Because of the short warranty on parts and labor, we suggest you take a look at AFG 3.1 AE before buying this trainer.

Technical Specifications

  • Rear access and low pedal height for easy entry and exit
  • 2 red LED windows and an 8-digit alphanumeric window display heart rate and other key workout feedback at a glance
  • Sonic Surround speakers with MP3 player input makes it easy to exercise to your favorite workout playlist; includes headphone output
  • COOLfit fitness fan keeps you cool as you workout
  • Nike + iPod equipped fitness tracking; 11 programs measure time, distance, calories with 3 workouts (rolling, mountain, reverse train); 2 custom
  • Advanced Goal Center with a 1 to 31 day goal tracking option to help you track your progress
  • Speakers Speakers with Made for iPod dock and controls
Stride length 20-inch FLATellipse foot path
Cushioned footpad MaxTone Arch Pedal
Resistance type Magnetic brake resistance
Resistance levels 1-20 electronic resistance range
Adjustable pedals Yes
Upper body Yes
Handgrip Yes, Pulse grips.
Heart rate control Yes
Flywheel weight 17.6-lb
Incline type Power incline, 0 – 100 percent at 5 percent intervals (true range: 16 degrees)
Display 2 red LED windows, 8-digit alphanumeric LED window .
programs 11 program options with on-the-fly changes plus Advanced Goal Center
Cooling fans COOLfit fitness fan
Water bottle/accessory holders Yes
Capacity 325 pounds
Weight 177 pounds
Frame Lifetime Warranty
Parts and Electronics Parts Warranty: 2 years,In-Home Labor: 1 year
Shipping Information
Dimensions 50″ x 30″ x 21″ (L x W x H)
Weight 216 pounds

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Horizon EX-79

Stride 20 inch 20 inch 20 – 22 inch 20 inch
Resistance 25 Lveles 20 Levels 16 20 Level
Incline 10 degree motorized ramp 20 Level Power Incline 30% adjustable incline Power incline, 5% intervals
Programs 29 10 10 11
Display LCD Display LED Display LCD Display LED Display
Heart Rate Monitor Contact Grips and Telemetric (wireless Strap not included) Contact Grips and Telemetric Contact Grips and Telemetric Contact Grips and Telemetric
User Weight 300 lbs 325 lbs 350 lbs 325 lbs
Extra Perks 3 speed fan, USB charging & data export to Schwinn connect &, speaker, Goal Tracker MP3/iPod input jack + built-in Speakers
SixStar Certified™ frame
iFit technology, Dual wheel rollers,
2% inward slope on foot pedals,
MP3 jack + speakers Cooling Fan,
Cushioned, Slip-Resistant Pedals
SIXStar Certified ,
Pivoting foot plate,
MaxTone Arch Pedal footpad
Warranty Frame: 10 years
Mechanical: 2 years
Electrical: 1 year
Labor: 90 days
Lifetime Frame,
3 Years Parts,
1 Year Labor
Lifetime Frame;
3 Years Parts & Electronics; 1 Year Labor
Lifetime Frame;
2 Years Parts & Electronics; 1 Year Labor
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Specification: Horizon EX-79 Elliptical Trainer

Warranty Lifetime
Package Dimensions Height: 2050, Length: 4950, Weight: 21600, Width: 3030
UPC List UPC List Element: 763165310239
Title Horizon Fitness EX-79 Elliptical Trainer
Part Number
Package Quantity 1
Number Of Items 1
Model HEP0339-00
Item Dimensions Height: 6500, Length: 7500, Weight: 17700, Width: 2200
EAN List EAN List Element: 0763165310239
EAN 0763165310239
Department Sports and Fitness

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Expert Score 8.8
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