Merit Fitness 735T or Merit Fitness 725T Plus?
~~Side-By-Side Treadmill Comparison Review~~
Motor: The Merit Fitness 735T offers a stronger motor than the Merit Fitness 725T Plus. Although the two treadmills are quite strong for both their belts, the 725T costs $200 more than its counterpart so it should be expected that it has a better motor.
Belt Width: When it comes to belt width, both are tied with 18” although a belt wider than that would have been better but as they both belong in budget treadmills, this is acceptable.
Belt Length: The 735T wins another round with its 52” belt length. The 725T Plus’ 45” is just too short for a lot of users.
Preprogrammed Workouts: Home treadmills offer an average of 10-24 preprogrammed workouts. Both offer below the average amount expected but the 725T Plus wins this category for having one more than the 735T’s 6 offering.
Notable Features: The 735T has an edge over the 725T Plus with its lifetime coverage of the product. Budget treadmills rarely have this offer and this is a good selling point for the 735T Plus.
Both models have the same Aerosoft cushioning, quick speed and incline control buttons and folding feature but the 735T has a cooling fan which the 725T Plus don’t have.
Parts Warranty: The 735T and the 725T Plus both have below average parts warranties. In budget treadmills, the average is 1 yr and the 90 days that both models offer makes the quality of the product questionable.
Labor Warranty: Both models offer 90 days in labor warranty and again, the quality and the durability of both models are questionable given the short warranty period.
Machine Weight: Budget treadmills are not designed for heavy users and you need to consider the weight of the machine before making a decision. The 735T wins this category as it is heavier than the 725T Plus by 30lbs.
Machine User Weight Capacity: There should only be a 100-lb difference between the machine weight and the weight capacity and both machines go over by around 25lbs. The 735T wins in this category but it would be safer if users should not be more than 250lbs for the 735T and 220lbs for 725T Plus.
Money Back Guarantee: Amazon is the recommended seller for both treadmills and both the 735T and the 725T Plus offer a 30-day money back guarantee. Because of the short parts and labor warranties that both models offer, this money back guarantee deal can really be put into good use.
Conclusion: After going over both machines’ offers, the 735T is the better choice. It may be $200 more expensive than the 725T Plus but it has more and better features. However, if you can’t afford to spend over $400 for a walking treadmill, then the Merit Fitness 725T Plus is a good alternative.