Comparing Horizon Fitness T101-04 and NordicTrack T 6.5 S

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General Info
Brand
Horizon Fitness
NordicTrack
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Release Date
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1 Oct 2018
Details
  • Rated a best “Value Buy” for walking by the Good Housekeeping Institute and by the Treadmill Doctor as one of the "Best Buys" in its category
  • Folding treadmill with speeds up to 10 MPH, incline to 10 percent, 20 x 55-Inch running area. Assembled Dimen... Read more
  • Interactive Personal Training at Home powered by iFit; gain access to on-demand, interactive trainer-led global and studio workout programs; membership required, sold separately
  • 10% OneTouch incline control, 10 MPH SMART OneTouch speed control; spacio... Read more
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84 / 100
Rank: #42 out of 206.
100 / 100
Rank: #2 out of 206.
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Physical Features
Dimensions
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Weight

165 lbs
 

198 lbs
 
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Black / Gray
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Handling and Capacity
Treadmill Type What is the treadmill designed for?
Running
Electric
Foldable A major reason that many people do not own home treadmills—apart from cost—is their size. Treadmills take up a lot of space. This can be avoided by choosing a folding treadmill, which folds in half by ... Show more
Yes
Yes
Belt Size The belt size is an important feature to evaluate based on the height of the user and your planned activities. First, taller individuals have a longer stride, and therefore need a longer belt. Second, ... Show more
1.7 x 4.6 ft
1.7 x 4.6 ft
Roller Size The rollers are the part of the machine that rotate to propel the belt. In general, bigger rollers are better for a few reasons. First, a wider diameter means the belt is bending less as it rotates ar ... Show more
1.8 inches
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Continuous Horsepower Treadmill manufacturers will report horsepower in two ways: peak horsepower (sometimes listed as simply “horsepower”) and/or continuous horsepower. Sometimes you get one or the other, sometimes you ge ... Show more
2.25 CHP
2.6 CHP
Peak Horsepower Horsepower (HP) or peak horsepower tells you the maximum horsepower the treadmill can achieve at any time. While this may seem important, it doesn’t tell you anything about how the treadmill will oper ... Show more
2.25 HP
2.6 HP
Cushioning/Shock Absorption A major benefit to running on a treadmill versus running outside is that it’s typically easier on your body and joints due to the shock absorption. As you run or walk, the treadmill absorbs the impact ... Show more
Yes
Yes
Weight Capacity All treadmills are rated with a maximum weight capacity to indicate the heaviest person that can use the treadmill. Going over this weight limit, especially for long durations, is not only going to br ... Show more
300 lbs
300 lbs
Top Speed The top speed is the highest number of miles (or kilometers) per hour that the treadmill will go. Most traditional machines support 0 to 10 mph (0 to 16 km/h). For runners and sprinters, you might loo ... Show more
10
mph
10
mph
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Incline and Decline

Inclining allows you to raise the front of the treadmill to simulate walking or running uphill. This is done manually or automatically. Usually found on the least expensive machines, manual incline treadmills require you to step off the machine and adjust the positioning of the running platform by hand. While it can be a price saver, there are some drawbacks. First, these adjustments present a safety issue if you do not properly secure the deck. You could fall or crush a limb in the process of adjusting the incline. Second, frequently moving parts will cause quicker wear and tear on the machine. Third, stepping off the machine could cause you to lose motivation or momentum, and you’ll have to get your heart rate back up to get the full benefits of the cardio workout. Still, if you don’t plan on using the incline feature frequently, this won’t be an issue for you and you can get a more budget-friendly model.

Alternatively, you have the option of choosing a motorized (or automatic) incline. With this feature, users press a button on the treadmill’s dashboard to activate the incline motor to move the deck up or down. This is much more convenient as it can be done while you’re still on the machine, and it can be adjusted to the angle you want without much effort.

Whether manual or automatic, treadmills will be rated with a maximum incline and minimum decline. This is reported as a percentage grade—a number that measures the slope of the surface. The higher the percentage, the stronger the angle or slope. Most treadmills will have a maximum incline around 12%. Less common are treadmills that can simulate a decline or walking downhill, which can use muscles that usually don’t get attention in standard cardio workouts. For these machines, there will be a lowest decline number reported as a negative percentage grade.

Type of Incline Do you have to adjust incline manually, or is the incline system automatic?
Automatic
Automatic
Highest Incline The highest percentage grade the treadmill can go.
10 %
10 %
Lowest Decline The lowest percent grade the treadmill can go.
0 %
0 %
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Heart Rate and Programs
Heart Rate Monitor Treadmills can support heart rate monitoring in several ways. Most commonly there could be metal heart rate monitors on the handlebar in front of you. This works well for walking, when you can hold on ... Show more
Yes
Yes
Chest Strap Included Another option is remote heart rate monitoring via a chest strap. Not all treadmills that measure heart rate support this feature, but those that do have several advantages: 1) your heart rate is meas ... Show more
No
No
Workout Programs Preprogrammed workouts on treadmills guide you through an activity focused on a certain goal or type of workout. This can range from hill training, where the treadmill automatically adjusts the inclin ... Show more
5
20
Progress Tracking In order to keep a log of your workouts and stats, such as time, distance travelled, calories burned, etc., you may want a treadmill that does this for you automatically. Some machines come with autom ... Show more
Yes
Yes
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Display
Treadmill 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 travelled 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 running 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. They may also provide a distraction from the lull of running or walking. 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 - and most budget models come with a shelf for a tablet or an e-reader anyway.

Display Screen Does the treadmill console have a screen?
Yes
Yes
Display Size
4.5 inches
5 inches
Type of Display
LCD
LED
Touch Screen Is the display touch screen?
No
Yes
Metrics Displayed What metrics are displayed on the treadmill console/screen?
  • Calories
  • Distance
  • Heart Rate
  • Incline
  • Speed
  • Time
  • Speed
  • Time
  • Distance
  • Calories
  • Heart rate
Media/TV Capabilities Can the treadmill's screen play TV or media, such as movies?
No
Yes
Speakers, tablet computer or smartphone
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Dashboard
The treadmill’s 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! 


Similar to the device shelf is the water bottle holder. It may seem insignificant, but believe it or not, the placement of the water bottle holder can have a huge impact on your workout. You want your water bottle to be within easy reaching distance, so you don’t have to stop your entire workout to grab a drink.


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

Device Shelf For holding your smartphone, tablet, or other media device.
No
Yes
Fan Does the treadmill console include a fan?
Yes
Yes
Water Bottle Holder
No
No
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Console Extras
Console Speakers Some treadmills have speakers built into the dashboard. Through Bluetooth or a basic auxiliary cable, you can connect your phone or media device to the treadmill to play music, listen to podcasts, or ... Show more
Yes
Yes
USB Port If the treadmill 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, to ... Show more
No
No
Auxiliary Port

An auxiliary port or headphone jack lets you connect your smartphone or media player directly to the treadmill to listen through its speakers.

No
No
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Mobile App Subscriptions


If you’re using a fitness app such as Google Fit, MyFitnessPal, or FitBit, some smart treadmills allow users to transfer their workout details from the treadmill’s tracking system directly to the smartphone app. This helps you stay on track with your fitness goals and keep all of your details in one place. Make sure to double check if the machine is compatible with your current fitness tracker, if you have one.

Mobile App Connectivity Some companies that build treadmills also have proprietary mobile applications (such as Schwinn Connect, LifeSpan’s Activ Trac, Nautilus Trainer, etc.) that extend the features of the machine. This ca ... Show more
No
No
App Subscription Cost Some treadmills will require a monthly or yearly subscription cost to access certain features. This might include advanced progress tracking or syncing with a brand-specific mobile app. Be sure to fac ... Show more
N/A.
0
Software Features
Sync with Third Party Apps Can you sync workout data with third part apps, such as MyFitnessPal and FitBit?
No
Yes
Compatible Apps Which apps can be used on or with the treadmill?
None
iFit
Bluetooth Connectivity Treadmills that are Bluetooth capable can connect wirelessly with your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or tablet. This is most commonly used to play music on the treadmill’s speakers. Some treadmills may ... Show more
No
No
iFit Compatible iFit is a comprehensive mobile app and online service that supports treadmill workouts. You can download workout programs, track stats and progress towards your goals, and even draw Google Maps routes ... Show more
No
Yes
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Warranty



Treadmills separate their warranties into three sections: Parts, Labor and Motor.

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 very durable. You may also come across frame warranties, for which the standard is a lifetime warranty. Cheaper models might have 10- or 20-year warranties, but depending on how long you plan to use or keep the machine, that may suffice.

Labor warranties range from 90 days to 3 years. For light or moderate use, choose a treadmill 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.

Finally, motor warranties are often listed separately from parts and labor. One can easily tell the quality of the motor based on the duration of the warranty. A 90-day motor warranty would indicate the motor is likely cheaply made and not very reliable. A warranty of 10+ years would suggest a much higher quality motor.

Warranty
Lifetime warranty on frame and motor
Lifetime warranty on the frame 25 years on the motor 1 year on parts 1 year on labor
Motor Warranty
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25
Parts Warranty
2
1
Labor Warranty
1
1
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Key features
  • Featherlight folding
  • 3-Zone Variable Response Cushioning
  • Built-in Speakers, Energy Saver Mode, Fan, Tablet Rack, Water Bottle Holder
  • Monitors Calories, Distance, Heart Rate, Incline, Speed, Tim

Horizon Fitness T101-04 is a very popular option on the higher end of the price range. It's in the top 3 bestselling treadmills and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Horizon Advanced 7.0 or LifeSpan Under Desk .

Horizon Fitness T101-04 is $538.10 more expensive than the average treadmill ($459.99).

Key features
  • FlexSelect Cushioning
  • 20 workout programs
  • Model uses the patented SpaceSaver design with EasyLift Assist

NordicTrack T 6.5 S is a top selling option in the middle of the treadmills price range. It's a #1 bestseller in treadmills category and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Exerpeutic TF2000 or NordicTrack C 590 Pro .

NordicTrack T 6.5 S was released last year in October. There are a couple newer treadmills on the market. Show newer Treadmills

NordicTrack T 6.5 S is $139.10 more expensive than the average treadmill ($459.99).

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