Lifespan TR100 or Merit Fitness 725T Plus?
~~Side-By-Side Treadmill Comparison Review~~
Motor: Having a strong motor is an important factor when buying a treadmill. Between these two models, the 725T Plus has a stronger motor with 2.25HP as opposed to the TR100’s 1.5HP.
Belt Width: The 725T Plus gets another win with its 18” belt width and the TR100 loses by an inch to its counterpart. For budget treadmills, this is an acceptable belt width.
Belt Length: In terms of belt length, the TR100 wins with 48” as compared to the 725T Plus’s 45”. 45” is considered to be a bit too short for most treadmills but the TR100’s 48” is still considered to be on the shorter side for budget treadmills since 51” is the standard.
Preprogrammed Workouts: Most home treadmills offer at least 10 preprogrammed workouts. This is why both models offer below average programs with the 725T Plus winning with 7 and the TR100 losing with only 5.
Notable Features: It is a tie in this category as both models offer features that would benefit users. Both are foldable treadmills and they have shortcut keys, the TR100 has a built-in sound system while the 725T Plus offers a cushioning feature.
It’s a case of entertainment versus comfort, sound system or shock absorption.
Motor Warranty: The TR100 wins this category with a 5-year motor warranty as opposed to the 725T Plus’s 2 years.
Parts Warranty: When it comes to the parts warranty, the TR100 wins with 1 year as opposed to the 725T Plus’s 90 days. For budget treadmills, a 1-year warranty is considered average.
Labor Warranty: When it comes to labor warranty, the TR100 wins with 1 year and the 725T Plus only offer 9 0 days. Having a longer free coverage is always much better.
Machine Weight: The 725 gets a win with its 121-lb machine weight. The TR100 on the other hand, has a machine weight of 119lbs.Both are considered to be lightweight and they are both way below the expected 225-lb weight in any price range.
Machine User Weight Capacity: It is a tie between the two models as they claim to have the capacity of a 250-lb user.
Money Back Guarantee: It is a tie between the two models as they claim to have the capacity of a 250-lb user.
Conclusion: Both models belong in the budget treadmill category and there is around $125 difference between the two at the time of the review. The 725T Plus has a stronger motor, a slightly wider belt, has 7 preprogrammed workouts and is slightly heavier. The Lifespan TR100 meanwhile has a better warranty on motor, parts and labor. Both have some common features but the TR100 offers a built-in sound system and the 725T Plus has a cushioning system.
What’s more, the 725T Plus has a maximum speed of 10MPH while the TR100 has 8MPH and the former has an incline feature but the latter doesn’t.
It all comes down to how much you are willing to spend on a treadmill or if you are particular with a product’s warranty. Either choose the TR100 which is priced at $525 which has a better warranty and a built-in sound system or the 725T Plus which is very cheap at $399 which offers more and better features.