Merit Fitness 735T or Merit Fitness 725T?
~~Side-By-Side Treadmill Comparison Review~~
Motor: In this first category, the 735T gets the first win as it has a stronger 2.75HP motor over the 725T’s 1.25HP. Having a stronger motor means that workouts are much smoother.
Belt Width: It is a tie for these two as they both offer an 18” belt width which is considered average considering its price range.
Belt Length: When it comes to the belt length, the 735T wins with 52” as opposed to the 725T’s 45”. It should be noted that the average belt length for budget treadmills is 51” to 53” which means that the 45” of the 725T is inferior.
Preprogrammed Workouts: In preprogrammed workouts, the 725T wins over the 735T 7-6. However, the standard for most treadmills is between 10 to 24 programs which means that these two models are very much lacking.
Notable Features: The 735T wins this bells and whistles category as it is an upgraded version of the 725T. It offers a cooling fan feature which makes this edge out its counterpart.
What you can get from choosing the 735T over the 725T besides their many common features is the cooling fan which can make you feel refreshed during a workout.
Motor Warranty: The 735T wins this category as it offers a lifetime motor warranty. You must know that the average motor warranty for this price range is about 7 years and the fact that it offers a lifetime’s worth of motor coverage, it clearly wins over the 725T’s 2-year offer.
Parts Warranty: It is a tie in the parts warranty category. However, the standard for most treadmills is at least 1 year which means that they are offering something below the average.
Labor Warranty: It is another tie in the labor warranty category. These two models have a 90-day offer which is considered average for budget treadmills today. Having a longer warranty means that you can get a longer free coverage on soaring labor costs.
Machine Weight: When it comes to machine weight, the 735T wins over the 725T. Its weight is 152lbs compared to the latter’s 139lbs. We always prefer a heavier machine because it would mean that it is sturdier and more durable.
Machine User Weight Capacity: In terms of weight capacity, the 735T wins with a 275-lb capacity as opposed to the 725T’s 250lbs. Both models however exceed the 100-lb difference limit which means this could be unsafe and could lead to parts needing to be fixed.
Money Back Guarantee: It is a tie for both models as they offer a 30-day money back guarantee. This is a good option especially if you are unsatisfied with the machine’s performance within the time period.
Conclusion:The Merit Fitness 735T is a newer version of the 725T which means that it has better and improved features. Apart from the preprogrammed workouts category, the 735T won almost all categories against the 725T.
At the time of the review, the 725T has a sale price of $520 while the 735T has a sale price of $599. For an additional $80, you get to have a better motor, a longer belt, a cooling fan and a lifetime motor warranty for the 735T. This shows that you can get more value for your money with this machine.
But you should know that the 725T also has an upgraded version which is the 725T Plus which has a stronger version at 2.25HP and is cheaper at $399. It will be a good battle between the 725T Plus and the 735T if ever the price difference is $200 which makes it a fight of improved features versus affordability.