Merit Fitness 715T or Merit Fitness 725T?
~~Side-By-Side Treadmill Comparison Review~~
Motor: It is a tie in this first category as both models have a 1.25HP motors. The average motor for budget treadmills is 1.6HP which means that both the 715T and the 725T have below average motors.
Belt Width: The 715T gets a win with 18” while the 715T has 16”. However, the average should be 18” to 19” for budget treadmills.
Belt Length: It is a tie between the two models as they have 45”-long belt and this is considered to be too short in treadmills standards. For treadmills priced at $700 and below, the average is 50”.
Preprogrammed Workouts: In this category, the 725T wins with 7 preprogrammed workouts over the 715T with 4. It should be noted however that the average for most treadmills are 10-24 programs.
Notable Features: When it comes to bells and whistles, the 725T wins over the 715T with its additional quick speed and incline button that allows you to go from 0.5MPH to 10MPH with a single touch of a button. You can also raise the incline from 0% to 10% easily.
Motor Warranty: When it comes to motor warranty, the Merit 725T wins with 2 years while the 715T only offers 1 year.
Parts Warranty: It is a tie between the two models with 90 days in terms of parts warranty. This could only mean that the quality is not that high and you have to prepare yourself for more parts replacement after the time period.
Labor Warranty: It is another tie between the two when it comes to labor warranty. Both models offer a 90-day labor warranty which is the standard for budget treadmills.
Machine Weight: The 725T wins this round with a 139-lb machine weight. The 715T weighs at 93.8lbs. Both may tend to move when you work out because of their weight.
Machine User Weight Capacity: The two models are tied in the weight capacity. They both claim to accommodate users who weigh up to 250lbs.
Money Back Guarantee: It is another tie in this category as both models offer a 30-day money back guarantee.
Conclusion: Although the 725T is slightly cheaper than the 715T at the time of the review, it offers better and improved features.The 725T has a dominant win over the 715T. If you are on a tight budget and are a Merit Fitness fan, please check out the 715T Plus and 725T Plus as these are newer models and are much cheaper but have improved features.
The 725T offers a slightly wider belt, better incline range, more programs, a quick speed and incline feature, longer motor warranty and is 45lbs heavier than the 715T.