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Merit Fitness 715T or Merit Fitness 715T Plus?
~~Side-By-Side Treadmill Comparison Review~~
Motor: In this first category, the 715T Plus wins over the 715T with its 1.5HP motor. However, since the standard for treadmills that belong in the $700 and below price range is 1.6 to 1.9HP, both models are considered to be below average.
Belt Width: In terms of belt width, the 715T Plus wins with 18” as opposed to the 715T’s 16”. However, it would be better to have a bigger running space because it is safer and more comfortable for users.
Belt Length: The 715T Plus wins this category with its 47”-long belt. On the other hand, the 715T has 45”. It is important to note however that the average for budget treadmills like the two models is 51”-55” which means that the 715T and the 715T Plus have below average belt lengths.
Preprogrammed Workouts: It is a tie for the two models when it comes to the preprogrammed workouts. Each offers 4 programs and it is disappointing that these two treadmills only have four options. At least 10 programs should do for most treadmills.
Notable Features: It is a tie for the bells and whistles category. Since they both come from the same brand and one is the upgraded version of the other, it is understandable that they offer basically the same features.
Parts Warranty: When it comes to the parts warranty, it is a tie for the two models as they both offer 90 days. Take note, because of both models’ price range, it is disappointing to only have 90 days for both and it is considered below average for most treadmills.
Labor Warranty: It is another tie for the 715T and the 715T Plus as they both offer 90 days of labor warranty. This is actually the standard for most treadmills.
Machine Weight: When it comes to the machine weight, the 715T Plus wins this round as it weighs at 108lbs as opposed to the 715T’s 93.8lbs. Remember that the weight of the machine is also a factor when you look for a treadmill as it would mean that a treadmill is either sturdy or durable according to its weight.
Machine User Weight Capacity: It is a tie in the weight capacity category. Both the 715T and the 715T Plus claims to have a 250-lb weight capacity. As there shouldn’t be more than a 100-lb difference between the unit weight and the user weight capacity, both models go beyond that limit.
Money Back Guarantee: Both models offer a 30-day money back guarantee as this is usually the standard for most treadmills.
Conclusion: There are a lot of factors to consider when buying a treadmill. Looking closely at the features and their price range of these two budget treadmills, the 715T and the 715T Plus are a great choice for joggers and walkers with smaller body sizes. This means that if you are not planning an intense workout, either of these two is good for you.
In all the categories, both treadmills are almost always at a deadlock but the 715T Plus has an advantage in terms of the motor, the belt and the actual machine weight. What’s more, it is cheaper than the 715T.
The Merit Fitness 715T Plus is a better upgraded version of the 715T but cheaper which makes it the winner of the two.