What We Like
- Price: This highly-rated budget treadmill has an MSRP of $1199 and is discounted by hundreds of dollars online.
- Motor: The quiet 2.50 CHP motor is powerful enough for walks, jogs and runs; it operates at up to 12 mph. Its lifetime warranty is rare in the sub-$1000 category.
- Long track: The 60” track is long enough for all but the tallest runners. Additionally, it’s two-ply for extra comfort and durability.
- Cushioning: PERFECTFlex cushioning is a step above the cushioning used in previous models. It provides a better combination of support and shock absorption than the cushioning used in the T203.
- Audio: The Surround Sound speaker system and iPod dock help make workouts fly by.
- Exercise programs: The 12 built-in treadmill programs can all be adjusted mid-workout if desired. They address weight loss, performance and cardio. You’ll also get a Goal Center that tracks exercise data in 31-day increments. The exercise data can easily be transferred to your iPod and help you stay on track.
- Incline: To help make workouts more efficient, the T303’s track inclines up to 12% in increments of .5%. Compared with running on a flat surface, incline training stimulates more muscle fibers for a more efficient workout.
- Heart rate monitoring: You can easily monitor your pulse with the dual grip monitoring system. This helps you exercise within a target heart rate zone to make the most of each workout.
- Console: An easy-to-read 6.7” LCD console is backlit with blue lighting. The intuitive keypad makes it easy to select a program and make changes to speed and incline mid-workout. The console also has a cooling fan to support your endurance.
- Portability: This compact treadmill has retractable wheels and can be folded for easy storage and transport.
- Stability: The T303 weighs about 200 pounds and is recommended for users weighing up to 350 pounds.
What We Don’t Like
- Complicated new warranty: Horizon’s new warranty is frankly overwhelming. At the same time, their “No Lemon” policy is encouraging. If several repairs are needed during the first year of ownership, they might just give you a new treadmill. (Note: If you live further than 150 miles from a Horizon warehouse, you’ll be billed for shipping expenses.) Many customers get a two-year parts warranty and lifetime coverage on the frame and motor. However, read the fine print on your contract; there’s a lot of variation by US state.
- Lower quality: Horizon treadmills are budget treadmills. Although this unit is top-of-the-line for 2012 and 2013, don’t expect it to run as smoothly as equipment from your health club. That’s especially true if you’re close to the 350-pound weight capacity. Cheap treadmills also require more maintenance. For example, you’ll probably need to lubricate the belt every so often, and after a few years you might start dealing with broken parts. More expensive treadmills are maintenance-free.
- Tough competition: If you need a 60” track on a budget, then the T303 or T203 are likely your best choices. If you can use a 55” track instead, you’ll find better-quality competition in this price category.
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The Horizon T303 treadmill is among the better budget treadmills and is currently the top model in Horizon’s lineup. Compare this model with the Horizon T203 before making a purchase. The main advantages of the new T303 treadmill are its more supportive cushioning and modern console.