Horizon Fitness EX 79

The Horizon EX-79 elliptical machine is one level up from a model I previously reviewed, the EX-69 here. The EX-79 elliptical trainer was previously the EX-78 and features the same high quality performance as the previous model, but at a lower price! Additionally, it offers an upgraded arched footpads for increased comfort.

At only $999 at Amazon, the Horizon Fitness EX 79 is extremely competitive with other ellipticals in this price range, like the Shwinn 460 variable stride elliptical trainer.

Overview and Features

Just like the EX-69, the Horizon Fitness EX 79 Elliptical Machine is SixStar Certified™, offers an incomparable natural, smooth stride. Horizon’s ZEROgap™ overlapping pedal motion reduces stress in the back and hips, while the 20-inch FLATellipse™ foot path simulates high speed activities like running or power walking.

The Horizon Fitness EX 79 elliptical machine features a beautiful console with 2 red LED windows and an alphanumeric LED window where you can view workout stats, such as: time, speed, distance, calories, heart rate, level, watts, and rpm. It features 11 programs that can be customized while working out, including the Advanced Goal Center™ with 3 Targets (Time, Distance, Calories), 3 Workouts (Rolling, Mountain, Reverse Train), 2 custom programs, and 1 – 31 day goal training.

Other features include the unique MaxTone™ arched pedal design which promotes good posture, improves circulation, and works the calves, legs, and glutes while providing an unparalleled cardio workout.


  • SixStar Certified™ frame
  • 17.6 lbs flywheel
  • ComfortFIT™ footpad
  • 20 levels of resistance
  • 20 levels motorized incline
  • MaxTone™ Arch Pedal Foot Pads
  • 11 programs with 3 workout terrains
  • ComfortFIT™ footpad with
  • ZEROgap™ overlapping pedal motion
  • Contact grip heart rate monitor
  • Dual action handlebars
  • iPod®/MP3 port with built-in Sonic Surround speakers
  • COOLfit™ fitness fan
  • Max user weight: 325 lbs
  • Product Dimensions: 76 x 24 x 67 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 201 pounds
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame and brake, 1-year parts and in-home labor

My Take on the Horizon Fitness EX 79

This is not a first hand review, so I haven’t personally tried the Horizon Fitness EX 79 Elliptical Machine, but as I indicated in my Ex-69 review I was able to try that – and with the minimal differences between it and the EX-79, this may as well be a first hand review since the only difference is the motorized incline.

The external iPod/MP3 player feature is a nice touch and the speakers put out pretty good quality sound for their size without distortion and decent volume. It’s unfortunate that the fan on the Horizon ellipticals doesn’t adjust in the direction the user wants however. That is one of the advantages of the Schwinn 431 elliptical machine, which is in a slightly less expensive bracket than the Horizon Fitness EX-79 elliptical trainer.

There are several custom programs to choose from, and the various resistance levels offer a great workout at most levels, but especially the higher ones. In addition to the resistance levels, users can customize their workout using motorized/automatic incline adjustment with 20 levels. As stated above, this feature is the main difference between the 69 and 79 models, which accounts for an additional $200. If you ask me, incline is much less important than resistance and the actual intensity level or speed the user exerts, so for me, it’s not worth the extra cost.

My research on the Horizon machines indicates that the assembly instructions are very clear and all necessary hardware is packed in well marked package.

Overall, the Horizon Fitness EX 79 Elliptical Machine is a quality elliptical trainer – but may not be worth an extra few hundred over the Horizon Fitness EX 79 Elliptical Machine which is one step down in the Horizon line of elliptical cross trainers. The best price I’ve found on this machine was $999 at Amazon.com.

If you’re in the market for an elliptical cross trainer, be sure to check out our buying guide on elliptical machines, as well as our dedicated elliptical machine workout page.