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Horizon Fitness EX-69 Elliptical Trainer

3.4 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

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  • Service provided by a local pro
  • Assembly of 1 elliptical per product instructions
  • Typical assembly time of 4 hours
  • Moving elliptical to a new room is not included
  • Longer assembly times may result in additional service fees
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  • New six star certified platform, low 10-Inch sure step step-on height, cool fit fitness fan
  • 14.3-Pound flywheel, magnetic brake resistance, 1-16 electronic resistance range
  • 20-Inch flat ellipse foot path, oversized footpad with traction edges, 300-Pound user capacity
  • 11 program options, contact grips, sonic speakers with MP3 input and headphone output
  • Lifetime warranty for frame and brake, 1-year for parts and labor
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Product Description

Product Description

Enjoy a smooth, natural stride with the SixStar Certified™ Horizon Fitness EX-69 elliptical trainer. With a ZEROgap™ overlapping pedal motion, stress is eliminated from your back and hips, while the long, 20-inch FLATellipse™ foot path provides a wider range of motion and simulates higher speed activities like running. The heavy-duty 17.6 lb flywheel delivers quality you can feel. The EX-69 offers 11 different programming options with on-the-fly changes to add variety to your workout, along with an Advanced Goal Center and 31-day goal tracking to help you reach your fitness goals faster. The EX-69 offers a best-in-class lifetime frame and brake warranty, with a 1-year parts and in-home labor warranty.

Enjoy a smooth, natural elliptical workout with the SixStar Certified EX-69 Elliptical Trainer from Horizon Fitness, featuring a longer stride length for a wider range of motion and a multiple-position manual incline for more workout options. Track your progress daily with the Advanced Goal Center while you workout to your favorite playlists on the iPod/MP3-compatible speaker system.

The Ex-69 console features 10 program options with on-the-fly adjustments.
SIXStar Certification
Derived from extensive biomechanics research and user panel testing, SIXstar Certification is a unique combination of the six key elements needed to deliver the smoothest, most natural elliptical feel available.
  • ZEROgap provides ideal pedal placement with zero distance between them to eliminate stress on hips and back
  • StraightUP body posture keeps your body upright for maximum comfort, minimal fatigue, and faster results
  • Low, 10-inch step-on height to make it safer and easier to get on and off this elliptical
  • Optimal handlebar spacing puts grips within ideal reach and distance for both small and large-framed users
  • The 18-inch FLATellipse foot path provides a more natural foot path, mimicking walking and running motions while minimizing fatigue
  • The large drive pulley ratio increases the angular momentum of the elliptical so you get the smoothest, most efficient motion possible

Sonic Surround Speakers
In addition to two quality speakers, the console includes an MP3 input for playing your favorite workout music, and a headphone output for privacy.

Advanced Goal Center
Set your time, distance, or calorie-burning goals, and stay motivated as you watch your progress daily, weekly, or monthly.

5-Position Manual Incline
5 positions of incline and 16 levels of electronic resistance allow you to target different muscle groups and add more variety to your workout.

Frame Design
All-access. The front-drive design and low step-on height combine to make even first-time elliptical users more comfortable and confident.

Drive System
Dependable performance. A heavy-duty flywheel and magnetic brake resistance give Horizon ellipticals smooth, quiet and consistent starts and stops.

Stride and Pedal System
A natural advantage. The long stride and pivoting foot plates accurately match your natural motion for more comfort and less recovery time.

The long stride and pivoting foot plates accurately match your natural motion for more comfort and less recovery time.
  • Heavy-duty, 14.3-pound flywheel provides smooth, fluid movement
  • Magnetic brake resistance is quiet and consistent, with a 20-year brake warranty
  • 10 electronic resistance levels let you adjust the intensity of your workout


  • 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 and headphone output
  • COOLfit fitness fan keeps you cool as you workout
  • 10 program options with on-the-fly changes help add variety to your routine
  • Advanced Goal Center with a 1 to 31 day goal tracking option to help you track your progress


  • New SIXstar Certified platform
  • Low 10-inch SUREstep step-on height
  • 17.6 pound flywheel
  • Magnetic brake resistance
  • 1-16 electronic resistance range
  • 20-inch FLATellipse foot path
  • Oversized footpad with traction edges
  • 11 program options with on-the-fly changes plus Advanced Goal Center
  • Contact grips
  • Sonic Surround speakers with MP3 input and headphone output
  • COOLfit fitness fan
  • Warranties: lifetime frame & brake, 1-year parts and labor
  • 300-lb. user capacity


Optimal handlebar spacing puts grips within ideal reach and distance for both small and large-framed users.
  • Resistance Range 1-16, electronic
  • Flywheel 17.6 lbs
  • Elevation Range N/A
  • Stride Length 20" FLATellipse foot path
  • Pivoting Foot Plate Yes
  • Footpad Horizon ComfortFIT footpad
  • Console Feedback: 2 red LED windows and an 8-digit alphanumeric LED window
  • User Programs: 11 program options 3 targets (time, distance, calorie) and 3 workouts (rolling, mountain, reverse train); 2 custom programs
  • Advanced Goal Center with 1-31 day goal training
  • Speakers: Sonic Surround speakers with MP3 compatibility
  • Fan: COOLfit fitness fan
  • Hand Grips: Yes
  • Frame Warranty: Lifetime
  • Brake Warranty: Lifetime
  • Parts Warranty: 1 year
  • Labor Warranty: 1 year
  • User Capacity: 300 pounds
  • Dimensions Assembled: 73 by 22 by 65 inches (L x W x H)
  • Dimensions Boxed: 52 by 30 by 19 inches (L x W x H)

About Horizon Fitness
Horizon is part of Johnson Health Tech, one of the largest manufacturers of fitness equipment in the world. They are committed to designing, engineering, and manufacturing superior products for health clubs and homes. Horizon's manufacturing facilities rank among the most sophisticated in the industry, with an intricate mix of robotics and skilled workers that maintain the highest standards of accuracy and quality. Every stage of manufacturing has a testing phase and 10 percent of Horizon's products go through a rigorous quality inspection that includes completely taking them apart and reassembling them.

Product Details

Product Manual [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 76 x 24 x 67 inches ; 182 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 201 pounds
  • ASIN: B003TU3VNG
  • Item model number: HEP0322-00
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #504,610 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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By E. M. Johnson on February 5, 2011
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I started out my search for a quality but NOT super expensive elliptical after seeing the Livestrong brand ellipticals at Dick's Sporting Goods. I loved the Livestrong 10.0 model for $1000 and watched it for six months to see if if ever went on sale. It didn't, not at the store or anywhere online. I did more research and found out that Johnson Manufacturing makes both the Livestrong and Horizon brands and are very well respected makers who have been around for years. They are also one of very few who offer a one year warranty on the product. Then Consumer Reports listed the Horizon EX68 as a best buy in 2010. Those are no longer available and this model is the new version of it.
It took three weeks for it to get to me as this is sent via a local freight shipping company. I was NOT happy Amazon failed to pass my phone number on to the shipping company and they had to contact me by mail! The box fits through a standard 30" door and it weighs 270 lbs- don't expect the driver to get it into the house very far beyond the door. If you live up a flight of stairs this will likely be left at the bottom. We had to carry to it piece by piece to the area it was being assembled. The wheel is the heaviest part and unless you are a superstrong female you will need someone with muscle to help you with it.
My boyfriend assembled it in about 2 and 1/2 hours.
The nuts and bolts are packaged to use step by step and are glued to a piece of cardboard in order of use which he liked. The parts were pre-greased but he did use some lithium grease (which is available in Home Depot). The tools for assembly are also included- he pronounced the wrench was "junk" within five minutes and used his own. He said having metric tools would have made things easier but was able to use his standard SAE socket set.
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This is my second elliptical machine.Initially when I wanted to purchase one I was not sure if I was going to use it much. So I did not do much research and went for a cheapy (Bodyrider Magnetic) one. To my surprise I used it pretty well almost 4-5 times a week for around 30 minutes. That held up pretty well for the money paid. However the stride length was too small for me (I am only 5'6"). Also the motion was not very smooth as I liked. Hence I was wanting to go for a better machine as soon as possible. So when I saw the deal on amazon I took the plunge.

This time I did not want to do the same mistake. I started my research online as usual. Immediately I shortlisted Horizon fitness EX59 and Schwinn 430 ellipticals because of their excellent user reviews.However some reviews about the squeaking and the bad customer support as well as the 90 days warrranty on part and labor made me to look closely at the horizon model.

Now I wanted to try out the one I shortlisted before I make my purchase.The only place listed any Horizon to be available was sears. However when I went to the store they only had a proform mpdel, a couple of Sole and Nordictrack models. I did not like the feel of porform at all. I liked the Sole models very much becasue of their smooth stride. The Nordictrack models were impressive as well. At that point I wanted get either a sole or Nordictrack.

Then I went to Dick's sporting to see if I can try a Horizon. What I found there was some Sole models and some LIVESTRONG models in. I was very impressed with those LIVESTRONG machines. They were very smooth. However both these as well as Sole was beyond my budget. Both models had a heavy flywheeland I realized that it was making the stride very smooth.
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Bought this in early April and have been using it for a few weeks now. I did have a minor "clicking" noise and had to call the customer service dept to get it resolved. There are a number of assembly points that require the use of thin teflon washers (these are included but no extras) but you many encounter a situation where an articulating connection, while the bolt is tight, may still have a little "play" in it requiring the use of an addtional washer. In my case, c0ce these additional washers were added and the parts were re-tightened, the noise went away and the elliptical is working fine.

For the price, I believe the quality is very good. This is sturdy, well designed and thought out system with some very nice features. As others have stated, be prepared to set aside a couple of hours for assembly. The assembly instructions are easy to understand with clear steps to follow. Having the assembly hardware grouped to coincide with the assembly steps is a big plus. I would recommend however using your own tools. The tools provided aren't the best quality.

Over all, I am happy with the purchase. A note about Horizon's tech support. They can be difficult at times to reach by phone, but they are responsive, knowledgeable, and did send the addtional parts I needed to rectify the noise issue I was experiencing. If you do experience a problem with noises or clicking/tapping sounds for whatever reason, do your best to isolate the location of the noise first before calling or emailing for assistance. They seemed to appreciate the fact that I did this and it made the whole process easier to resolve. And, if you download and view their online assembly drawings/parts lists, using the actual part name or number when asking for assistance helps even more.
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