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Horizon Fitness EX 69-2 Elliptical Trainer Review

Horizon Fitness EX 69-2 Elliptical Trainer ( upgraded version )

Horizon Fitness EX 69-2 Elliptical Trainer
Horizon Fitness EX 69-2 Elliptical Trainer

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The Horizon Fitness EX 69-2 Elliptical Trainer is similar to the (predecessor) Horizon Fitness EX-59 in many ways, and is often cited as being one of the best value ellipticals on the market. For under $1,000 you get a durable machine that has been designed with user’s needs in mind.

However, this wasn’t always the case. A few years ago Horizon realized that they needed to step up their game, so they completely revamped their design process to be based around their new SixStar Certification criteria, which consists of a “unique combination of the six key elements needed to deliver the smoothest, most natural elliptical feel available.”

Stride Length

An 18” stride length is common for many ellipticals in this price range. The EX 69-2, however, has a stride of 20” that is both very natural and smooth in motion. This smoothness and comfort is further enhanced by the 17.6 lb flywheel and large drive pulley system.

You should also note that, while a 17.6 lb flywheel is on the heavy side for an elliptical, this is a good thing, as it adds to the machine’s overall stability.


Horizon have designed the handlebars on the Horizon Fitness EX-69-2 in a way that is both comfortable and intuitive. They are positioned within optimum range for individuals of both smaller and larger stature. This is beneficial for several reasons, including the fact that there is no need to lean forward to utilize the upper body workout, and you can exercise in an upright position – something that is not very common with front drive elliptical trainers.

Step Up

Many individuals have a hard time mounting an elliptical thanks to the high clearance. However, Horizon have this covered, with the EX-69-2 featuring a low 10” step up so you can reach the pedals with ease.

Programs & ResistanceHorizon 69-2_panel

There are 16 levels of resistance, 5 positions of incline and 10 user programs, including 3 target programs (calorie, time, distance), 3 workouts (reverse train, mountain and rolling) 3 custom programs and a 31 day goal training program. The preset programs and resistance levels do an excellent job of adding more variety to your workout and targeting different muscle groups.

Other Features

Other features include a built-in fan, which is surprisingly powerful, considering the price of the Horizon Fitness EX-69-2; surround sound speakers with MP3 compatibility, which provide decent sound quality; a goal tracking feature, which enables you to record and review you progress on the console and can help you to achieve your fitness goals; and a four window LED display that tracks everything you would expect it to, while simultaneously displaying readouts of your progress.


This elliptical comes with a lifetime frame and brake, and 1 year parts and labor warranty.


73 by 24 by 66 inches

300 pounds

User Reviews

The EX-69-2 has gained many fans since its release, which is reflected in its high average rating. Reviewers have stated how they like the longer than average stride, the quietness, sturdiness and smoothness of the machine when in operation, as well as the workout effectiveness and range of workout programs. However, a downside, albeit minor, is that it may take you a couple of hours to assemble the machine.

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Any Complaints?

There isn’t much to complain about. The assembly process may also be difficult for some. And while the company state that the Horizon Fitness EX 69-2 has a maximum user weight capacity of 300 lbs, we would be hesitant to recommend this elliptical to someone who falls into that weight range. A more accurate user weight capacity is 275 lbs.

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Anything Else You Should Know?

There isn’t much to add. All you need to know is that the EX-69-2 is the successor to the EX-68, which received a“Best Buy” rating from Consumer Reports. Therefore, you can expect the same reliability, durability and comfort that was associated with the EX 69-2, but with a few improvements and add-ons.



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