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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Merit 715T Treadmill Review

Treadmill Review: Merit Fitness 715T Treadmill
Treadmill Rating: 5 stars out of 5 for being the best low end treadmill available and having the lowest price possible
Price: $379.00

Well, it’s summer and I know the last thing on your mind is a treadmill. So why post this article on the last day of June? Simple; it will still be here in December and January when you’ll probably read this treadmill review. One of the most common email questions I get is “how much do I have to spend on a treadmill?” The people who ask this question are often house mothers with little time to get to a real gym and have to spend their time at home so they can look after kids. Naturally, mothers are almost always on a budget when it comes to EVERYTHING and they’re looking for the best value out there. That’s why I decided to review the Merit Fitness 715T Treadmill. Simply put, it’s the treadmill deal on the internet these days.

First, the Merit 715T Treadmill is designed with a 1.25 HP motor. That’s the bare minimum of power you’ll need for a treadmill. Anything less and you’re going to have serious performance issues like belt slipping outright failure as the motor will be overworked. One thing, just be careful who uses the Merit 715T Treadmill because it only has a maximum user weight capacity of 250 lbs. I’m pushing 240lbs. and I personally wouldn’t use this treadmill for anything other than running.

The Merit 715T Treadmill has a decent amount of fitness program. Fitness programs are helpful in achieving goals such as weight loss and endurance levels, and the more the better. But, to keep prices down Merit has kept the included fitness programs down to a bare minimum of 4. That’s it, four. Really, you could probably get away with three, one for weight loss, one for endurance, and one self-programmable fitness program, so I’m really happy to see 4.

Ultimately, this treadmill does one thing well, be cheap. If you’re going to go with a treadmill that costs less than $600 bucks this is definitely the treadmill I recommend buying. It has a maximum speed of 10 MPH but I would watch how much running I actually did, especially if I were near or over the recommended user weight. It could lead to mechanical problems down the line. Buy this treadmill if you plan on vigorous walking!

1 comment:

Kelly said...

I actually just bought this treadmill a week ago, have been using it for jogging every day since I bought it and it's been doing great. Not incredibly quiet but very sturdy, easy to assemble, and it cost me $300 brand new, with a 1 year warranty. Can't really get better than that.

Oh, and I'm not sure where you got the motor specs, but the 715t motor is 2.25 HP, not 1.25 as stated. I'm hoping for the best but frankly for $300, I'm fine with it only lasting a year. And even then, I've got the warranty covered by the manufacturer and additional warranty from the store I bought it from. So, so far I'm pretty happy with it. I think the only warning I'd give people is that anyone over 6' should probably find a treadmill with a longer track. I'm 5'9" and have no trouble running on the track, but anyone over six feet probably would. All in all, pretty good.