Merit Fitness 715T Plus or Merit Fitness 725T Plus?
~~Side-By-Side Treadmill Comparison Review~~
Motor: For budget treadmills, the 725T Plus is a better choice in terms of motor power as its 2.25HP is considered to be above average. On the other hand, the 715T Plus has a 1.5HP.
Belt Width: Both models have an 18” belt width and they are tied in this category. 20” may be the standard for most treadmills but since both belong in the budget group, their belt width is acceptable.
Belt Length: The 715T Plus wins this category with 47” belt length to 725T Plus’ 45”. You can’t do your normal running on these belts because both are considered to be below the average belt lengths.
Preprogrammed Workouts: The Merit Fitness 725T Plus edges out the Merit Fitness 715T Plus with a 7-4 advantage in terms of preprogrammed workouts. Both may be below the average offering of 10-24 programs but because of their price, the 715T Plus’ 7 programs can already offer some variety into users’ workouts.
Notable Features: Both have a folding feature and have the same type of cushioning but the 725T Plus wins this category because of the improvements in the console design. While the 715T Plus still has a simple and triangle design, the 725T Plus has a console that allows users to easily adjust the settings with just a single touch of a button.
Motor Warranty: The 725T Plus has a better offer than the 715T Plus with its 2-year motor warranty. The 715T Plus only has a 1 year warranty and this does not reassure users with its motor quality of 1.5HP and a slightly longer belt of 18” x 47”.
Parts Warranty: The 715T Plus and the 725T Plus are tied in this category with 90 days parts warranty. This might be an indication that both models have poor parts quality as they can’t offer more than just 90 days.
Labor Warranty: Budget treadmills ($700 and below) normally have 90 days labor warranty and both treadmills are tied in this category.
Machine Weight: The 725T Plus is heavier with 121lbs than the 715T Plus 108lbs. Always consider the weight of the machine and in this case, both models may just be too light for most users.
Machine User Weight Capacity: Both treadmills have a 250-lb weight capacity. It is safe to say that both are stable and durable enough as far as budget treadmills go and as indicated by its machine weight and weight capacity.
Money Back Guarantee: Both the Merit Fitness 715T Plus and 725T Plus may have questionable quality but its 30-day money back guarantee gives you the option of returning the product if you deem it unsatisfactory during the allotted time.
Conclusion: In terms of budget treadmills, the 715T Plus is cheaper than the 725T Plus by $50 but it is the latter that is more superior when it comes to motor quality, warranty, programs, incline level, speed, incline keys and machine weight. The only aspect other than the price that the 715T Plus wins over the 725T Plus is its slightly longer belt length, which is even questionable due to its weak motor.