Trupace M100 or Merit Fitness 715T Plus?
~~Side-By-Side Treadmill Comparison Review~~
Motor: Having a strong motor is important in a treadmill. It makes for a smoother operation. That is why in this category, the Trupace M100 wins with 2.0HP as opposed to the 715T Plus’s 1.5HP.
Belt Width: In terms of belt width, the 715T Plus’s wins with 18” while the M100 only has 16”. It should be noted that both are budget treadmills and it is expected that they have a narrower belt width than most treadmills. However, the 16” belt of the M100 is below average and you may feel restricted when using it.
Belt Length: The M100’s 50”-long belt is enough to win over the 715T Plus’s 47”. However, both belts are shorter than the average and most budget treadmills have at least a 51”-long belt.
Preprogrammed Workouts: The M100 easily wins this category as it has 13 preprogrammed workouts as opposed to 714T Plus’s 4. It is always better in terms of variety that a treadmill has several choices for workouts.
Notable Features: The M100 wins this category over the 715T Plus. The Trupace M100 has a quick speed and incline buttons and the controls are built into its handrails. This makes it a lot easier to manipulate which also makes it more user-friendly than the basic console of the 715T Plus.
Motor Warranty: The Trupace M100 offers 5 years of motor warranty as opposed to Merit Fitness 715T Plus’s 1 year. Although both these treadmills’ motors are below average in treadmill standards, the M100 gives you a better choice as its motor warranty is 5 times longer than what the Merit treadmill can offer.
Parts Warranty: Both models are tied in this category as they offer 90 years of parts warranty. This is actually considered to be below average for budget treadmills as 1 year is usually the expected coverage for treadmills that are $700 and below.
Labor Warranty: It is a tie when it comes to labor warranty. A 90-day free labor coverage is acceptable for budget treadmills that are priced at $700 and below.
Machine Weight: When it comes to machine weight, the M100 is heavier than the 715T Plus. M100’s 130lbs may not be as impressive as other treadmills that feature more than that.
Machine User Weight Capacity: The 715T Plus gets a win over the M100 as it can accommodate users who weigh up to 250lbs. However, it should be noted that the 715T Plus weighs much lighter than the M100 yet it claims to accommodate heavier users.
On the other hand, the M100’s 225-lb capacity is more realistic than its counterpart since there should be no more than a 100-lb difference between the machine weight and the user weight.
Money Back Guarantee: Both models offer a 30-day money back guarantee. This means that if within the given time period, you are unsatisfied with the machine’s performance, you can easily return it and get a refund.
Conclusion: If you look at the two treadmills closely, you will realize that the Trupace M100 is the better choice over the Merit Fitness 715T Plus because it has a better motor, a longer belt, offers more programs and has a maximum incline of 12%. It also offers additional adjustment features, has a longer motor warranty and weighs heavier than its counterpart.
It should be noted that there is about $150 difference between the two models and this could be the deciding factor between the two. It basically depends on your budget and how much you are willing to spend for a treadmill. Just put in mind that a cheaper treadmill means that the durability and quality is compromised.
If you are on a tight budget, you can choose the 715T Plus but if you can spare a couple hundred dollars more, you should go for the Trupace M100.