Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill Review – 2024

December 8, 2023
  • Sydney Kaiser
    Product Reviewer, Content Writer, Certified Personal Trainer

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Last Updated: December 8, 2023

Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill Review 2024

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Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill

The Horizon 7.0 AT is a bargain, running treadmill that exceeds our expectations at its price point.

Star Rating: 4.6/5
MSRP: $2,100
Overall Rating: 68
Workout Experience 7
Specs / Features 6
Dimensions / Storability 8
On-Board Workouts & Apps 7
Build Quality 6

The Horizon 7.0 AT doesn’t require a subscription, but it can keep up with iFIT, Peloton, or any other subscription service smoothly.

Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill Review: Bottom Line

The Horizon 7.0 AT is a midrange model that’s the most affordable treadmill in Horizon’s Studio Series. Horizon makes treadmills that are functional, quiet, budget-friendly, quick-adjusting, and easy to use. The Horizon 7.0 AT is all of this and more.

This treadmill folds up, transports well, and has compatibility to work with popular fitness apps like Zwift. The 7.0 doesn’t require a subscription so once you pay for the treadmill, you don’t have to worry about an extra monthly fee to access the content. Plus, at just under $1000 this Horizon treadmill is an excellent bang for your buck.

Editor’s Note, 12/8/2023: Our review process is ever-evolving as we strive to bring you the best information possible. Over the last 9 months, we have gotten to know the Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill a lot better and have updated this review with its motor responsiveness, noise level, and incline measurements.

The Horizon 7.0 AT won awards on these lists: Best Treadmills for Home Use, Best Quietest Treadmills, Best Folding Treadmills

What We Like
  • This is an affordable treadmill that comes with nice features and training capabilities commonly found on higher-end models.
  • The 60” long belt supports most strides for walking, jogging, and running.
  • The deck folds and unfolds to give you extra room when you’re not using it, plus the treadmill is pretty easy to move.
  • The 3.0 CHP motor is quiet, quick to adjust, responsive, and supports light to moderate use.
  • The console doesn’t require a monthly subscription and comes with onboard workout programs and is compatible to use with apps like Zwift and the Peloton App.
Areas for Improvement
  • The speakers and the fan are weak, so you’re better off using your own.
  • Note: While the 7.0 AT is designed for running, long-distance runners may benefit from a more robust treadmill like the 7.8 AT.

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Our Strava and Apple Health Accounts Are Full of Treadmill Activities

We rack up a lot of miles on the treadmills we test. Unlike some review sites, we actually test these products live and in person. The great part about getting our cardio in while on the job is that we interact with the treadmills just like you would! So, we get to know the training content, the performance, and the build of the treadmill from a practical standpoint. We also put each treadmill through a battery of tests to ensure that our reviews of each treadmill are accurate and up to date.

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Horizon 7.0 AT vs Similar Treadmills

The Horizon 7.0 AT’s strengths and weaknesses are easiest to see when it is compared to other treadmills in its category. We’ve tested them all, so check out this summary chart.

Treadmill Horizon 7.0 AT Sole F63 NordicTrack EXP 7i ProForm Trainer 12.0 Horizon 7.4 AT
Price (MSRP) $2,100

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Star Rating 4.6 4.5 4 4.5 4.5
Bottom Line A great budget treadmill for running that’s compact and easy to use with simple non-subscription workouts. An entry-level treadmill with a high-quality build, impressive training options, and an easy-to-use design all for an affordable price. A high-tech entry-level treadmill with iFit streaming and a well-cushioned, compact deck that folds up. A compact, folding treadmill with nice features and a 10″ touch screen that comes free with a 3-year membership to iFit. A spacious, folding deck, quick-adjusting motor, and interval training workout content make this treadmill a great midrange option.
Ratings Horizon 7.0 AT Sole 63 NordicTrack EXP 7i ProForm Trainer 12.0 Horizon 7.4 AT
Overall Rating 68 64 70 72 68
Workout Experience 7 6 7 8 7
Specs / Features 6 6 5 6 6
Dimensions / Storability 8 8 9 8 8
On-Board Workouts
& Apps
7 6 8 9 7
Build Quality 6 6 6 6 6
Paid Programming – Cost N/A N/A iFIT – $39/month iFIT – $39/month N/A
# of Onboard Workouts 8 6 2 2 10
Netflix / 3rd Party Apps N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Display 7.25″ LCD screen, 4 LED windows 6.5″ backlit LCD 7″ HD touchscreen 10″ HD touchscreen 8.25″ LCD screen, 16-digit LED
Dimensions (In Use) 76″ L x 35″ W x 66″ H 77″L x 35″W x 67″H 70.8” L x 34.9” W x 59.7” H 74.6″ L x 35.24″ W x 64.39″ H 76″ L x 37″ W x 63″ H
Dimensions (Folded) 44″ L x 35″ W x 68″ H 50″L x 35″W x 72″H Coming Soon! Coming Soon! 42″ L x 37″ W x 71″ H
Treadmill Type Folding Folding Folding Folding Folding
Treadmill Weight 277 lbs 224 lbs 228 lbs (in box) 223 lbs 318 lbs
Weight Capacity 325 lbs 325 lbs 300 lbs 300 lbs 350 lbs
Running Surface 20″ x 60″ 20″ x 60″ 20″ x 55″ 20″ x 55″ 22″ x 60″
Deck Height (Step Up) 9.5″ 8″ Coming Soon! Coming Soon! 8.75”
Deck Height At Highest Incline 15” Coming Soon! Coming Soon! Coming Soon! Coming Soon!
Ceiling Height Required(6’ Tall Runner) 8.5’ Coming Soon! Coming Soon! Coming Soon! Coming Soon!
Motor Size 3.0 CHP 3.0 CHP 2.6 CHP 3.0 CHP 3.5 CHP
Incline/Decline 0% to 15% 15 incline levels 0 to 12% 0 to 12% 0 to 15%
Min / Max Speed 0 to 12 mph 0 to 12 mph 0 to 10 mph 0 to 12 mph 0 to 12 mph
Frame steel steel steel steel steel
Roller Size 60mm/46mm 1.8″ 1.9″ 1.9″ 60mm/46mm
Warranty lifetime frame, lifetime motor, 3-year parts, 1-year labor lifetime frame, lifetime motor, 2-year deck, 2-year parts, 2-year wear items, 1-year labor, 90-day cosmetic items 10-year frame, 2-year parts, 1-year labor 10-year frame, 1-year parts, 1-year labor lifetime frame, lifetime motor, 5-year parts, 2-year labor
Connectivity Bluetooth, third-party apps (Peloton, Nike, Zwift, etc) Bluetooth, Sole+ app Bluetooth, WiFi Bluetooth, WiFi Bluetooth, third-party apps (Peloton, Nike, Zwift, etc)
Heart Rate Sensors compatible with Bluetooth HR monitors, EKG pulse grips EKG Pulse grips, compatible with Bluetooth HR monitors compatible with Bluetooth HR monitors compatible with Bluetooth HR monitors compatible with Bluetooth HR monitors, EKG pulse grips
Additional Features device racks, audio jack, Bluetooth speakers, interval keys, energy saver mode, fan, media controls, storage tray, QuickDial controls, USB charging, cup holders, 3-zone cushioning Kick release folding, USB-A charging, Bluetooth speakers, device rack, reading rack, fan, cup holders, removable storage tray AutoAdjust, dual speakers, Google Maps Technology, OneTouch controls, soft cushioning, device rack, cup holders, SpaceSaver Design with Easy Lift Assist AutoAdjust, CoolAire fan, dual 2″ speakers, SpaceSaver Design with EasyLift Assist, ProShox Z Cushioning, QuickSpeed Button Controls, cup holders device racks, audio jack, Bluetooth speakers, interval keys, energy saver mode, fan, media controls, storage tray, QuickDial controls, USB charging, cup holders, 3-zone cushioning

In-depth Testing & Analysis of Horizon 7.0 AT


Dimensions/Storability

The 7.0 is foldable, which really helps if you need a treadmill that stores. The folding mechanism uses a hydraulic assist, like most models, so you get assistance when lifting the deck. Plus, the deck lowers slowly to the floor itself when it’s unlocked. The Horizon 7.0 AT’s folded dimensions are 48” x 35” 66”. This shrinks the floor space the 7.0 AT takes up by about 36%!

Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill Hydraulic Lift

You press your foot to the metal lever to unlock the deck for unfolding.

For a treadmill capable of handling light to moderate running, it is pretty easy to move around. The wheels are a little small, but they work fine.

Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill Moving

Once you tilt back the deck, the front wheels engage so you can move it around fairly easily.

Unless you are fortunate enough to have a dedicated exercise room or gym in your home, you may be wondering where in the world you are going to fit the Horizon 7.0 AT if you decide to buy it. Unfolded, the Horizon 7.0 AT’s dimensions are 76” x 35” x 66”. You will also want to account for extra space around the treadmill for your safety and the operation of the treadmill. You will also want to ensure that the ceiling height of the room is adequate for the treadmill. A 6’ runner will want at least 8.5’ ceilings to accommodate running at the highest incline on the 7.0 AT. Therefore, the 7.0 AT should work perfectly in a home with the typical 9’ ceilings (for most users).


Onboard Workouts & Apps

One aspect that we really appreciate from Horizon is that their treadmills are simple to use and they let you choose how you want to be entertained when running. In a world where it’s hard to not find a screen attached to a treadmill, we’re glad to see Horizon incorporates limited tech on their treadmills. If you’re looking for a treadmill that offers streaming content on a touch screen, we have plenty of models to check out like ones from NordicTrack, ProForm, and Bowflex. If you want options from a treadmill’s console that functions more like a standard one you’d find in a gym, then you’re in the right place.

Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill Workout Programs

The Horizon 7.0 doesn’t require a monthly subscription and comes with preprogrammed workouts that are built in.

These workout modes include 5k, calories, distance, fat burn, hill climb, and target heart rate. The programs include preset speeds, inclines, and set times. You can customize these modes with specific speeds and grades, as well as use the custom mode to make your own workouts.

There is also a manual mode to do your own thing. The treadmill will automatically adjust to the preset settings from the programmed workouts, but it doesn’t adjust automatically in manual mode since you’re able to control the treadmill as you go.

The Horizon 7.0 AT is Bluetooth-enabled to connect with apps like Peloton, Studio, and Zwift. So, if you like taking trainer-led treadmill workouts, you can stream Studio or the Peloton App while using the 7.0. You can also watch whatever you want on your phone/tablet and listen to the content through the 7.0’s speakers. So, for entertainment, this treadmill gives you a good range to choose from.

Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill Device Holder Zwift

You can see the treadmill’s speed reflected in the Zwift app when pairing the 7.0.

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Console

The display on the console is a 7.25” LCD screen. There are also 4 LED windows below that. As far as visibility, these displays are bright and easy to read. Note: These aren’t touch screens, so you have to use the buttons to navigate through the programs.

Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill Console Front

The 7.0 feels more similar to an old-school commercial treadmill that you’d find at your local gym when it comes to using the console.

I’ll admit I had to peek at the manual to figure out how to get into the programmed modes. I think spending so much time using touch screens, makes me a little inept on equipment that has lower tech. Each workout program mode has an icon. These look like they could be buttons, but they’re not. The round black button in between the stop and start is where you select the different programmed workouts. It would be nice if these could be buttons, but clicking through to select a user and customize a mode is easy enough. The console can save up to 5 profiles, so the entire family can have their own.

On the display, you’ll see all of your metrics such as estimated calories, distance, incline, speed, time, and heart rate. Horizon includes a heart rate monitor chest strap so you can do heart rate tracking. We are pleased that it is included since many brands only offer this separately. There are also pulse grips on the front handles that will read your heart rate when you hold them, but it’s more accurate to use the chest strap.

The 7.25” LCD screen also shows a track to give you a visual motivator when tracking your distance, and a bar chart to display where you are in the programmed workout. I think for metrics and visuals, this is all you really need on a basic display such as this one.

The console has a surprising amount of adjustment buttons. On the right and left-hand sides, there are quick-touch buttons. For instance, when you press 5 on the left side, the deck will incline to 5% and when you press 8 on the right side, the belt will move at 8 mph. We love using these buttons on treadmills that have them, like NordicTrack’s and Sole’s, but I’ve been enjoying using the blue roller adjustments on the front handles. I can quickly roll them with my thumbs to get to specific increments that I can’t adjust to with the quick-touch buttons. Plus, below these on the inside of each handle is another button that you can preset a specific speed and incline level.

Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill Blue Roller Adjustment Right

The roller adjustments stand out and are well-placed.

As mentioned above, the Horizon 7.0 AT connects to your device to play music or whatever content you’re streaming on your phone through the treadmill’s speakers. You can also use the play/pause, stop, next, and back buttons on the console to skip through songs when you’re listening to music on Spotify for example. The circular black button where you select workout programs spins to adjust the speakers’ volume. Unfortunately, the speakers aren’t very loud, so we’d like to see them improved on a future model. My iPhone speaker is a lot louder in comparison.

The fan is small and pretty weak, too. I can feel the airflow when I put my hand in front of it, but it isn’t powerful enough to reach my face when I’m walking and running. The Horizon T101 is more powerful and actually effective. You’re better off plugging in your own fan if cardio leaves you in a pool of sweat as it does to me.

There is a pocket to put your water on each side of the display screen. It’s large enough to hold other smaller items you might need nearby, too. They don’t have a front ledge so I was nervous to place my large 40 oz Stanley Cup in them when I was running because the bottle leaks when it’s tipped upside down. Smaller water bottles should be fine though.

There are also two places to set your device for streaming. One is a small ledge below the LCD screen, and the other is mounted at the top of the console, so your device can be closer to your eye level, depending on your height. If you’re like Matt who’s 6’5”, you’ll be looking down regardless. That’s just the nature of most treadmills, especially more compact models like this one.

Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill Running Over Shoulder

Overall, the console stays pretty steady even when running.

There is a small amount of shake, but it isn’t distracting and my phone stays in place on both device racks.

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Build Quality

Even though the Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill is budget-friendly, it’s still of great quality and actually pretty impressive. It’s fairly lightweight at 277 lbs and can handle a good amount of weight with a 325 lb capacity. This is the same as the Sole F63. Considering the 7.0 is priced at just under $1000, this limit indicates a good design.

Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill Frame

Plus, it doesn’t hurt that Horizon backs the frame and motor with a lifetime warranty to instill confidence in the construction.

Frame

The steel frame is pretty standard from what we normally see on treadmills. The overall look of the 7.0 has been updated to all-black, which makes this treadmill look sleeker than the previous version. It isn’t quite as hearty as the Horizon 7.8 AT, but it is about half the price. It’s also a little more compact, so if you’re looking for a treadmill that takes up less space, this is one to consider. The uprights are steel and they connect to the frame under the deck.

The console fits on top of the uprights. The small amount of movement in the console that I mentioned, is normal for treadmills in this price range. A steel crossbar under the console between the uprights would probably help prevent this, however, the shake is very minimal and only at higher speeds.

The handles are pretty standard on the 7.0. The side handles offer some balance assistance, but they aren’t very long so if you have balance issues you might want to look into a treadmill with longer handles. The front handles offer assistance, however, I use the blue roller knobs on them to adjust the treadmill more than actually holding them.

Motor

The Horizon 7.0 AT has a 3.0 CHP motor. For running, this is on the low end of the motor sizes that we recommend. I wouldn’t use the 7.0 AT for heavy training like running a marathon or even running for say 8+ miles per day because the motor isn’t built for it. Instead, it is better for light to moderate use, think around 3-7 miles a day. The maximum speed this treadmill reaches is 12.

This treadmill has a 15% max incline. When we measured the 7.0 AT’s maximum incline, we found this to be very accurate; the incline measured as 14.99%. At its “flat” grade, this treadmill had a 0.9% incline, which is typical for a home treadmill. Almost every treadmill we’ve tested has measured was inclined to 1-2% while flat. The 7.0 AT does not decline.

As far as training options, the Horizon 7.0 offers comparable training options to premium treadmills, like the 7.8 AT. The speed and incline range is higher than what we see on lower-end models like the NordicTrack EXP 7i. The motor is also more powerful than the EXP 7i, which only has a 2.6 CHP motor.

Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill Running

We are impressed with how powerful and quiet the motor is.

Horizon Treadmills are quick to adjust. The Horizon 7.0 AT takes 21 seconds to accelerate from 1 mph to 12 mph. It takes 18 seconds to incline from 0 to 15%. For comparison, the incline adjustment is about 50% faster than its competitors. As far as treadmills we’ve tested, Horizon treadmills are the fastest to adjust. We’ve noticed in using treadmills from Horizon, that there is a slight delay from when you push a button to when the belt starts adjusting. This is only about 2-3 seconds or so and even with this tiny lag, these treadmills are still some of the quickest to adjust. When we tested the 7.0, we were happy to see that it adjusts quickly and evenly. It’s actually really comparable to the 7.8 AT even though it has a smaller motor.

The Horizon 7.0 AT is also very quiet. The motor generates a low amount of sound and the incline feature hardly makes noise when the deck raises and lowers. We measured the noise level of the Horizon 7.0 AT at 3 mph, 6 mph, 9 mph, and 12 mph. The motor noise ranged from 51.5 dB to 67.9 dB. This noise level is quieter than a washing machine at its loudest and about as loud as an HVAC at its quietest. The incline motor makes the treadmill a little louder, increasing from 51.1 dB to 52.8 dB at 3 mph. So, if you’re looking for a quiet treadmill, this one is an excellent choice. We’re really pleased with how quiet the motor is.

Deck

Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill Deck

The running surface of the deck is 20” wide and 60” long.

I think this is the sweet spot when it comes to deck sizes. For length, this deck has enough room to support long running strides, and the width makes this treadmill more compact. If you like a lot of room width-wise, you might want to look into a model with a 22” wide deck like the 7.4 and 7.8 models. For most people though, this deck size will be plenty sufficient for everything from walking, jogging, running, and sprinting.

Even though this is an affordable midrange model, it has a good amount of cushion in the deck. It isn’t quite as cushioned as the Commercial Series Treadmills from NordicTrack, but it is comfortable and helps reduce the impact that comes with running. It has more cushioning than the Sole F63. The profile is also pretty low at about 9.5” high from the floor to the top of the side rails when the treadmill is at a 0% grade. When fully inclined, the step-up height when measured from the floor to the top of the side rail at the front of the deck is 15”.

Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill Incline Matt Feet

This means if you have a lower ceiling, this treadmill could work, however, you’ll still need to factor in the 15% incline range.

Warranty

Horizon has an impressive warranty that’s included with the 7.0 AT Treadmill. Like the higher-end models in the Studio Series, this treadmill comes with a lifetime frame and motor warranty. The 7.0 also comes with 3-year parts and a 1-year labor warranty. It requires some assembly but wasn’t difficult to set up. If you’ve put together treadmills before you’ll probably be able to assemble the 7.0 yourself, but having 2 people for set up is recommended.


Should You Buy the Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill

The Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill is an affordable model that performed well for us. It’s quiet, quick to adjust, and comfortable to run on. We recommend looking into the 7.0 if you’re in the market for an affordable treadmill capable of handling walking, jogging, and running. It’s also great if you want a treadmill with a limited amount of tech. As far as the console and included workouts, this treadmill functions more like one you’d find in the gym. But it’s nice to have the choice of using your device for streaming.

The Horizon 7.0 though comes with some features that we typically see on premium models like a 12 mph max speed and 15% incline range. The cushioning is also pretty forgiving and helps lessen the impact that comes from running. The 7.0 is also excellent if you like doing intervals because it is fast to adjust. I would look into the Horizon 7.8 AT if you want to do extensive training, though since this model has a motor to support that.

Overall, this treadmill is foldable, fairly compact, easy to move, and comes with an impressive lifetime frame and motor warranty. If all of this sounds good and you like that the Horizon 7.0 AT doesn’t require subscription workout content, then we highly recommend checking it out!

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Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill Q&A / FAQ

Is the Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill good for running?

The Horizon 7.0 AT is designed for running as a part of Horizon’s studio series. The 7.0 AT has a 3.0 HP motor, a 0 to 15% incline range, a spacious running deck, and a speed range of 0 to 12 mph. It is great for runners who are training daily or need a backup option for their typical outdoor activities.

What is the speed range of the Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill?

The Horizon 7.0 AT has a speed range of 0 to 12 miles per hour. The Quick Adjust Dial controls make the Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill a really intuitive treadmill to use and adjust on the fly.

What is the weight capacity of the Horizon 7.0 AT?

The Horizon 7.0 AT supports a maximum user weight capacity of 325 lbs.

Is Horizon a good brand?

Horizon is a great treadmill brand that offers durable home treadmills at a reasonable price. The treadmills have lifetime motor and frame warranties. Horizon prioritizes affordability over high-tech features and sleek aesthetics. Horizon treadmills do not require a subscription digital fitness platform and do not have touchscreen displays. Yet, Horizon treadmills connect via Bluetooth to many popular training apps. All in all, Horizon is a great treadmill brand that makes quality treadmills within reach of a wider range of budgets.

Is your Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill review a paid review?

We were not paid for this Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill review or our other treadmill reviews. We receive treadmills for free from brands or purchase them ourselves. Because we work with all major home treadmill brands like Horizon, NordicTrack, Sole, and ProForm, we keep our reviews as neutral as possible. We want to ensure that you are matched to the best treadmill, so you will continue to trust our recommendations and return to our expert resources when you are looking to expand your home gym again.

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About the Author

Sydney Kaiser, ISSA-CPT, ISSA Nutritionist Certification
Sydney is a certified fitness instructor, personal trainer, and sports nutritionist who combines her passion for fitness, health, and wellness with her passion for writing. After graduating from UC Riverside with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, she began teaching indoor cycling and Lagree Fitness group fitness classes to people of all ages and abilities. Raised in Central Michigan, Sydney grew up training and competing on the Arabian Horse Association circuit through both Regional and National levels in Dressage and Sport Horse classes. In college, Sydney went on to compete at the collegiate level as a Division 1 equestrian athlete. Here at TRG, Sydney relies on her extensive background in fitness when reviewing and recommending all kinds of fitness, recovery, and health-related products.