Horizon T202 Review

Treadmills Editorial Team | Last Updated - Jun 15, 2020
Editor's Rating: 8.8/10

The Horizon T202 treadmill is among the best values in discount fitness equipment. As the second model in a series of three – the T101, T202 and T203 – it offers a nice combination of features and affordability. For less than $1000, customers get an automated 12% incline, a Surround Sound speaker system for their iPods, 12 built-in programs and an Advanced Goal Center for long-term fitness planning.

The T202 treadmill is very similar to the older and now discontinued T203. The T203 did cost about $200 more and had a slightly more powerful motor, two additional workout programs, and extra cushioning to support more weight.

What We Like:

  • Price: This budget treadmill was launched with an MSRP of $1,299 and costs even less online.
  • Parts warranty: The one-year parts warranty isn’t bad for a cheap treadmill. Customers have the option to buy extended one-year and two-year warranties.
  • Motor: The quiet 2.75 HP motor can power most exercisers through challenging workouts without getting sluggish. It also has a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor.
  • Audio: The Surround Sound speaker system and dock help make workouts fly by.
  • Exercise programs: The 12 built-in programs include time, distance, and calorie goal programs and manual, interval, and weight loss workouts. Plus, unlike the cheaper T101, the T202 has an Advanced Goal Center. This lets you chart exercise 31 days at a time and focus on long-term goals. Exercise data can easily be transferred to your iPod.
  • Incline: To help make workouts more efficient, the T202’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.
  • Cushioning: PerfectFLEX™ Plus cushioning provides a comfortable combination of support and flexibility to reduce strain on your knees and ankles.
  • Console: The good-looking console has two LED data windows with alphanumeric displays. A cooling fan is included.
  • Portability: This treadmill can be folded for easy storage and transport.
  • Stability: The T202 is safe for users weighing up to 325 pounds.
  • BlueTooth Smart: Includes Bluetooth speakers so you can stream music wirelessly from your devices and connects to all your devices at the same time.

Horizon T202 Treadmill - Key Specs:

Star Rating:4.4-stars
Motor:2.75 HP
Incline:0.5-12%
Running Area:20" x 60"
Folding:Yes
Top Speed:12 MPH
Weight Capacity:325 LBS
Dimensions:n/a
Built-In Programs:5
What We Don’t Like:

  • Budget belt: The treadbelt is just one-ply. It’s 1.4 mm thick. Treadmills that cost more have two-ply or even four-ply belts. Thicker belts are more durable.


Our Verdict:
The T202 is a good all-purpose budget treadmill. The Advanced Goal Center makes it especially easy to stay on task and achieve long-term fitness goals, and the iPod dock helps make workouts more enjoyable. Compared with other budget treadmills, the Horizon T202 provides more preset programs, a steeper incline, better cushioning and a better standard warranty.

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Horizon T202 FAQ

What is the weight of the Horizon T202?

The Horizon T202 weighs 187 lbs. with a maximum user weight capacity of 325 lbs.

What apps can you use on the Horizon T202?

The Horizon T202 comes with the Sport app. This app automatically pushes workout stats to other fitness apps, like Fitbit, MapMyRun and MyFitnessPal.

Is the Horizon T202 easy to assemble?

Some assembly is required with the Horizon T202. The assembly can easily be done by one or two people. Horizon also offers an assembly service at an additional cost.

2 Comments

  • Leslie Konesheck June 17, 2020 at 6:06 am from Conroe TX
    Is the T202 good for long distance runners (I.e. marathon training)?
    • Amanda B June 18, 2020 at 4:47 pm
      Hi Leslie, for marathon training it is really important to have a more powerful motor so the machine can keep up with long runs. We suggest a treadmill with a motor above 3.0HP. The Horizon 7.4 AT is a great option. You can see our full review here: https://www.treadmillreviews.net/horizon-7-4-at-review

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