Comparing Bowflex M3 Max Trainer and Horizon Fitness EX 59

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Consumer Score
In comparison:
Bowflex M3 Max Trainer ranks #6 out of 102. It is in the top 10%.
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9.1
Great
Consumer Score
In comparison:
Horizon Fitness EX 59 ranks #43 out of 102.
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6.8
Good
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Experts recommend Horizon Fitness EX 59 more than Bowflex M3 Max Trainer

As of 8 Aug 2022, experts prefer Horizon Fitness EX 59 over Bowflex M3 Max Trainer, but both Elliptical Trainers have solid expert endorsements.

As per this month's meta ranking, Horizon Fitness EX 59 received 3 recommendations: from TopTenReviews (18 Feb 2022), Forbes (30 May 2022) and Byrdie (20 Jul 2022). By contrast, Bowflex M3 Max Trainer received only 1 recommendation from Byrdie (20 Jul 2022).

Rank Change Price Elliptical Trainer
TopTenReviews
NBC News
Treadmill Review Guru
Forbes
money.com
T3
Woman's World
CNET
Chicago Tribune
Byrdie
10
- $659
Horizon Fitness EX 59
5
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2
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10
37
N/A $999
Bowflex M3 Max Trainer
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6

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About our ranking methodology

Endorsement summary:

  • On 20 Jul 2022 Byrdie ranked Bowflex M3 Max Trainer as #6 and Horizon Fitness EX 59 as #10
    Rank Elliptical Trainer Comment
    ... ... ...
    #6 out of 11 Bowflex M3 Max Trainer
    Best for Small Spaces
    ... ... ...
    #10 out of 11 Horizon Fitness EX 59
    Best for Low Ceilings
    ... ... ...
  • On 18 Feb 2022 TopTenReviews ranked Horizon Fitness EX 59 as #5
    Rank Elliptical Trainer Comment
    ... ... ...
    #5 out of 8 Horizon Fitness EX 59
    Best Elliptical Machine For Beginners
    ... ... ...
  • On 30 May 2022 Forbes ranked Horizon Fitness EX 59 as #2
    Rank Elliptical Trainer Comment
    ... ... ...
    #2 out of 8 Horizon Fitness EX 59
    Best Elliptical For Beginners
    ... ... ...

Verdict

After counting and adding up the 84 expert endorsements of the May rankings, Horizon Fitness EX 59 outranks Bowflex M3 Max Trainer. This is not to say that Bowflex M3 Max Trainer is a bad option. Like Horizon Fitness EX 59, it is recommended by experts, but less.

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Customers like Bowflex M3 Max Trainer way more

At ReviewFinder we prefer to focus on professional product reviews, because customer reviews can be disproportionately affected by unrelated factors such as delivery, specific seller listing problems, and, of course, fake reviews. With that said, below is the summary of consumer sentiment.

Bowflex M3 Max Trainer
Horizon Fitness EX 59
Consumer score (CS) is a normalized computed representation of customers' sentiment towards a product.
CS of 10 is similar to a 4.8 star review, CS of 0 is similar to a 2 star review.

Bowflex M3 Max Trainer, the pricier option, tends to get more favorable reviews than Horizon Fitness EX 59.

As can be seen in the chart above, median best-selling elliptical trainer receives a consumer score of 6.5 (average). Both Bowflex M3 Max Trainer and Horizon Fitness EX 59 receive customer reviews that average out above that median threshold.

Bowflex M3 Max Trainer
In comparison:
Bowflex M3 Max Trainer ranks #6 out of 102. It is in the top 10%.
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9.1
Great
Horizon Fitness EX 59
In comparison:
Horizon Fitness EX 59 ranks #43 out of 102.
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6.8
Good
Median best-selling Elliptical Trainer
In comparison:
Gazelle Freestyle ranks #52 out of 102.
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6.5
Average





Bowflex M3 Max Trainer is more popular than Horizon Fitness EX 59

It's fairly safe to say that Bowflex M3 Max Trainer is a more popular elliptical trainer than Horizon Fitness EX 59, based on its 1,000+ reviews. Popularity is determined based on product sales. Note that older and cheaper products tend to sell more.


To consider

Customers who view Bowflex M3 Max Trainer and Horizon Fitness EX 59 often consider Schwinn 470, a more popular, pricier option.
Table: Top compared alternatives for Bowflex M3 Max Trainer and Horizon Fitness EX 59
Schwinn 470 $1099
In comparison:
Schwinn 470 ranks #32 out of 102.
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7.3
Good
3 expert recommendations More Popular
Sole Fitness E25 $1200
In comparison:
Sole Fitness E25 ranks #18 out of 102. It is in the top 20%.
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8.2
Great
4 expert recommendations
Sole Fitness E35 $1700
In comparison:
Sole Fitness E35 ranks #14 out of 102. It is in the top 20%.
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8.3
Great
4 expert recommendations
Bowflex Max Trainer M5 $1099
In comparison:
Bowflex Max Trainer M5 ranks #5 out of 102. It is in the top 10%.
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9.2
Amazing
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As can be seen below, Horizon Fitness EX 59 is mentioned by key experts in Aug 2022, while Bowflex M3 Max Trainer is not.
Rank Change Price Elliptical Trainer
TopTenReviews
NBC News
Treadmill Review Guru
Forbes
money.com
T3
Woman's World
CNET
Chicago Tribune
Byrdie
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1
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5
3
8
2
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6
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3
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2
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1
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2
4
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From Seller:
  • Max activates muscle and helps incinerate calories in every full-body workout
  • Combines the easy low-impact motion of an elliptical with the calorie burning power of a stepper
  • Max can deliver the cardio benefits of interval training in as little as 14 minutes
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From Seller:
  • BEST-SELLING & MOST-RELIABLE: Horizon's most-awarded treadmill with simple, reliable controls and durable components. Get started with an exercise routine or train for your next event in the comfort of your home.
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From Manufacturer Manufacturer-provided product description, urls and documents.
EAN Numbers: 0708447919441
Model Numbers: 100580
UPC Numbers: 708447919441
Physical Features
Weight

143 lbs
 

146 lbs
 
Dimensions Ellipticals range from 4 feet long (1.2m) to 7 feet long (2.1m) and 4 feet high (1.2m) to 5+ feet high (1.7m). The most important thing to consider is the space in which you plan to place the elliptic ... Show more
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Location of Flywheel Flywheels can be front-drive, rear-drive, or center-drive. In a front-drive flywheel, the wheel that powers the pedals is located in the front of the machine below the console and handlebars. Front-dr ... Show more
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Front
Maximum User Weight Every elliptical has a weight restriction based on the machines capacity for use. Weight limits range from 250-350 pounds (113kg to 159kg), though most hover around the 300-pound mark. As a general ru ... Show more
300 lbs
275 lbs
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Stride and Incline
Maximum Stride Length Stride length describes the distance the pedals cover from front to back when you “run.” It ranges from 12” to 21” (30cm to 53cm). The length you need will depend on the height of the user. If you hav ... Show more
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1.5 ft
Adjustable Stride An adjustable stride allows you change the distance your feet move from front to back while using the elliptical. This can be useful if you have several users of different heights that plan to exercis ... Show more
No
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Reverse Stride Reversible stride ellipticals allow you to essentially run backwards while exercising. This is best for targeting different muscle groups. Running forwards mainly works your quadriceps, upper body and ... Show more
No
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Type of Incline Inclining the elliptical allows you to raise the front of the pedals or tracks to simulate running uphill, which leads to a tougher workout and exercising different muscle groups. Inclining can be don ... Show more
No incline
No incline
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Capacity and Handling
Type of Resistance Resistance describes the level of effort it takes to move the pedals back and forth along the track. The higher the resistance (or pressure against movement), the tougher the workout. Ellipticals come ... Show more
Manual
Automatic
Wheels Some ellipticals will have wheels on the front or back of the base, so you can tip the machine and roll it to a different spot in your home. This is especially useful if you want to transport the elli ... Show more
Yes
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Foldable A folding elliptical can be reduced in size for easy storage by folding elements up or inward. This is especially helpful if you need a machine that doesn’t take up a lot of space. The drawbacks to a ... Show more
No
No
Hybrid Machine Hybrid machines can be an elliptical-bike or an elliptical-stair stepper. An elliptical-bike has a seat built onto the base, so you can sit down to use the machine as an exercise bike or stand up on t ... Show more
  • Elliptical
  • Stair Stepper
Elliptical
Movable Handles While using an elliptical, you can place your hands on the vertical handles on either side of the console. These handles can be stationary or movable. Stationary handles are common in less expensive m ... Show more
Yes
Yes
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Heart Rate Tracking and Programs
Heart Rate Monitor Does the elliptical include heart rate monitors on the handles?
Yes
chest strap
Yes
Progress Tracking In order to keep a log of your workouts and stats, such as time, distance traveled, calories burned, etc., you may want an elliptical that does this for you automatically. Some machines come with auto ... Show more
Yes
No
Number of Workout Programs Preprogrammed workouts on ellipticals guide you through an activity focused on a certain goal or type of workout. Examples range from hill climb, where the elliptical automatically adjusts incline and ... Show more
2
11
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Display Screen

Elliptical displays offer a wide range of features that vary greatly from one machine to another. The display can be as simple as analog LED lights that show time and distance traveled or as complex as a fully functioning TV screen with cable network connectivity. Displays vary in size and type, with higher end machines displaying more stats (time, distance, incline, speed, heart rate, workout program status, etc.) and offering more advanced features (such as a virtual tour that simulates traveling through real-life environments). There are positives and negatives to this level of complexity. On the plus side, sophisticated displays allow you to easily monitor and adjust your workout based on the information presented. They may also provide a distraction from the dull pace of elliptical exercise. At the same time, this kind of distraction can be harmful to your workout because it may cause you to fall or injure yourself or be overly conscious of the clock and distance.

Advanced display screens or TV screens could have the added benefit of linking with your smartphone, so you can watch video content on the display as you run. The suite of features will be dependent on your needs but know that you’ll pay significantly more for complex displays and TV screens.

Display Screen Does the elliptical console have a screen?
Yes
Yes
Display Size
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4.5 inches
Type of Display
LCD
LCD
Media/TV Capabilities Can the elliptical’s screen play TV or media, such as movies?
No
No
Metrics Displayed What metrics are displayed on the elliptical console/screen?
Resistance Level
  • Calories
  • Distance
  • Heart Rate
  • Program Level
  • Speed
  • Time
  • Watts
Touch Screen Is the display touch screen?
No
No
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Dashboard
The elliptical dashboard can have a number of useful features. A device shelf allows you to place your smartphone or tablet on the dashboard, so you can use your device—safely—while you work out. Yes, that means watching Netflix or reading an ebook!


Similiar to the device shelf is the water bottle holder. This may seem insignificant, but believe it or not, the placement of the water bottle holder can have a huge impact on the productivity of your workout. You want your water bottle to be within arm’s reach, so you don’t have to stop to grab a drink.

Finally, some ellipticals come with a built-in fan on the dashboard, which is great for some added comfort while you exercise.

Water Bottle Holder
Yes
Yes
Device Shelf For holding your smartphone, tablet, or other media device.
Yes
Yes
Built-In Fan Does the elliptical console include a fan?
No
Yes
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Console Extras
USB Charging Port If the elliptical has a USB port, you’ll likely be able to charge your smartphone or tablet, which is great for long workouts. If you like to watch TV or listen to music, this can help save battery, t ... Show more
No
No
Headphone Jack An auxiliary port or headphone jack lets you connect your smartphone or tablet directly to the elliptical’s media system to listen to sound directly through its speakers, so that you don’t have to get ... Show more
No
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Built-In Speakers Some ellipticals have speakers built into the dashboard. Through Bluetooth or a basic auxiliary cable, you can connect your phone or media device to the machine’s console to play music, listen to podc ... Show more
No
Yes
Mobile App Connectivity Some elliptical companies also have proprietary mobile applications (such as Schwinn Connect, LifeSpan’s Activ Trac, Nautilus Trainer, etc.) that extend the features of the machine. This can include a ... Show more
No
No
App Subscription Cost Some ellipticals will require a monthly or yearly subscription cost to access certain features. This might include advanced progress tracking, additional workout programs or syncing with a brand-speci ... Show more
NA
NA
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Software Features
Sync with Third Party Apps Can you sync workout data with third part apps, such as MyFitnessPal and FitBit?
No
No
Bluetooth Connectivity Ellipticals that are Bluetooth capable can connect wirelessly with your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or tablet. This is most commonly used to play music on the elliptical’s speakers. Some ellipticals ... Show more
No
No
Wi-Fi Connectivity Ellipticals that are Wi-Fi enabled can connect to your home wireless network for enhanced features. This could include syncing with or data transfer to external devices, such as a smartphone, computer ... Show more
No
No
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Warranty

Ellipticals separate their warranties into four sections: Frame, Parts, Labor and Brake System. Across all of these categories, warranties are an important feature to assess in ellipticals because the length of the warranties are an indication of the company’s confidence in the machines ability to last. 90-day warranties show that the manufacturer doesn’t believe the elliptical hold up past the first 90 days of ownership.

Frame warranties should be lifetime warranties. Anything less than that is an indication of a cheaply made machine and buyers should be wary.

Parts warranties range from 90 days to 5 years to lifetime warranties. For light use, 90 days to 1 year might be an acceptable parts warranty, though you should not expect that machine to be extremely durable.

Labor warranties range from 90 days to 3 years. For light or moderate use, choose an elliptical with at least 1-year labor warranty. If you plan to use the machine long and often, it’d be best to find a labor warranty of 2-3 years. Note that labor warranties are typically shorter than parts warranties, which means that, up until a certain point, the company will cover the cost of parts, but not the cost of paying someone to fix it. 

Finally, like the frame warranty, the best brands offer you a lifetime warranty on the brake system, which provides resistance on the elliptical. If you have an electromagnetic brake system, you likely won’t have any issues, but it always helps to have reassurance that you’re covered if something goes wrong.

Parts Warranty What is the parts warranty for this elliptical?
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2 years
Labor Warranty
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1 year
Frame Warranty What is the warranty on the frame alone?
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Lifetime
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Bowflex M3 Max Trainer is a very popular and one of the more expensive options. It's in the top 3 bestselling elliptical trainers and has a couple of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Bowflex Max Trainer M5 or Schwinn 470 .

Bowflex M3 Max Trainer is $449.01 more expensive than an average elliptical trainer ($549.99).

Horizon Fitness EX 59 is a popular option in the middle of the elliptical trainers price range. It's in the top 3 bestselling elliptical trainers and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Sunny Health & Fitness SF-E320001 or Sunny Health & Fitness SF-E3865 .

Horizon Fitness EX 59 is $109.37 more expensive than the average elliptical trainer ($549.99).

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