Horizon Fitness EX-59-02 Review

Horizon Fitness Ex-59-02 Quick Recap
  • Size and Design - 80
  • Comfort & Ergonomics - 90
  • Safety - 80
  • Advanced Features - 80
  • Console - 70
  • Warranty & Maintenance - 70


Just the right blend of features with functionality, the EX-59-02 is a revamped edition of its prior installment.


If you’re a fitness freak as avid as me, and you possess even a marginal experience with regards to buying elliptical trainers, the Horizon Fitness EX-59-02 will probably come to you as a surprise. Honestly, the first thing I wondered was exactly how this Horizon Fitness Elliptical could claim to provide such high-end offerings at such a reasonable price!

Anyways, my wife and daughter coaxed me to place an order on Amazon anyway, and the shipment arrived well on time. There was nothing very complicated about assembling it, although I did have to rack my brains to figure out how to adjust the resistance. Turns out, I hadn’t read the manual properly; so you shouldn’t have a problem if you read carefully. The best part is that no matter how long you work out on this elliptical, you’ll feel absolutely no stress on your hips or back. The handlebars and pedals are ideally spaced, and the footplates are strategically pivoted to enable swift and silent pedaling. Furthermore, you can take your pick from 10 different workout programs; the Weight Loss and Weight Loss Plus Programs worked particularly well for me, and helped me easily shed 11 pounds of holiday weight in 2 months!

Horizon Fitness EX-59-02 Features and Specifications

  • Eddy Current Break System offering 10 levels of Resistance
  • 14.3 lb Flywheel for seamless, rhythmic operation
  • Advanced Console with wide range of display parameters and 10 in-built programs
  • Variable Stride Length up to 18”, conveniently low step-on with overlapping no-gap pedals
  • 5” LCD Screen, MP3 Compatibility and Surround-Sound Speakers ensure a highly engaging workout
  • Sturdy Frame capacitates total user weight of 275 LB
  • Lifelong Frame Warranty; 2-year coverage for parts and 1-year for labor

Size and Design – 8/10

Judging the Horizon Fitness EX-59-02 by its size and design, I would first want to tell you that with its total weight of around 150 pounds, it is definitely not very heavy or bulky (considering that many of its counterparts easily weigh over 200 pounds.) But when you look at it dimensions-wise (68” x 25” x 60”), I wouldn’t call it very compact either! Design-wise, full credit to its sleek, well-designed SixStar Frame and the overall stability of thee workout platform. Since it’s not too heavy, you can move it around once in a while if required, but the absence of wheels makes it a bit cumbersome.

Comfort and Ergonomics – 9/10

Opting for an elliptical machine as opposed to any other fitness equipment, shows that you’re primarily looking for a natural stride and smooth, hassle-free motion, whilst not compromising on the calorie-burning aspect. This Horizon Fitness Elliptical Machine has ideally placed pedals, handlebars and a high quality flywheel, which not only minimizes stress on your hips and back, but also cuts down on fatigue. So you can almost effortlessly walk, jog, climb stairs etc without the slightest trace of strain or discomfort!

Safety – 8/10

Nothing much to state here! The Horizon Fitness EX-59-02 has all the necessary safety features that are warranted from a home elliptical trainer of its category. You’re provided with a comfortably low step-on height, extra-large pedals and a robust 14.3-pound flywheel which ensures that there are absolutely no jerks whatsoever!

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Advanced Features and Personalization – 8/10

This Horizon Fitness Elliptical comes with a great deal of ‘extras’ like a water bottle holder, a reading rack, an accessories tray, two high quality surround-sound speakers and heart-rate monitor that works through well-cushioned, upper-body contact grips. Based on your specific workout requirements, you can take your pick from the 10 built-in workout programs like rolling, reverse train, random and calorie goal, weight loss, weight loss plus, constant watts etc. In case you’d like to create your own personalized workout routine, just chose the ‘manual’ option and feed in the levels of resistance, stride, calorie-burning rate, distance and so on! You should also note that this Horizon Elliptical doesn’t come with an in-built fan, a USB charger and although it’s MP3-compatible, you cannot wirelessly transfer data to your computer or smartphone. Nevertheless, you get complete value for money if you compare the available features vis-à-vis the pricing.

Console – 7/10

I especially like the 5” backlight display of the The Horizon Fitness EX-59-02, which makes all the tracking parameters so clear and legible. Trust me, I’ve used ellipticals where I’ve had to literally squint to interpret the metrics! Thankfully, with this elliptical machine, you can reap the benefits of a well-tracked workout. Here I should tell you that the heart rate monitoring can tend to get a bit slow at times, so don’t expect instant tracking and wait for a couple of seconds for the in-built sensor to function properly.

Warranty and Maintenance – 7/10

A look at its budget-price, and you’d probably start to question the durability of this Horizon Elliptical model! But the best part is that this elliptical trainer comes with a lifelong frame warranty! As far as the warranty period for parts and labor are concerned, it’s 2 years for the former and 1 year for the latter.

Final Verdict – 7.8/10

The Horizon Fitness EX-59-02 proves to be a worthwhile purchase, especially if you’re serious about pursuing your fitness goals and are looking for challenging, yet entertaining workouts! Given the varied features, lifelong frame warranty and high degree of comfort and ergonomics, this elliptical establishes one fact for sure- that you do not have to burn a hole in your pocket to set up a hi-tech home gym!

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