Treadmill Reviews, Elliptical Trainer Reviews, Home Gym Reviews, and other fitness equipment reviews from an industry insider.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Treadmill Rating: 3 stars out of 5 for being more expensive than a nearly identical treadmill
I’m here to bring you another quality treadmill review, though not necessarily review a quality treadmill. Today I will be talking about the Merit 725T Treadmill. Horizon Fitness, under the brand the Merit Fitness has decided to put out a line of low, low end treadmills and elliptical trainers to appeal to the part of the market that’s on a serious budget. Who isn’t these days though? I know money has been tight on my end and if I were looking to buy a new treadmill for myself I would probably be looking at one of the Merit Treadmills.
What does $400 buy you? Well, you get a 1.25 horsepower motor. That’s pretty much the minimum horsepower I recommend for a treadmill. If you bought anything less than that you’re probably going to have some serious safety and performance issues. The belt will definitely slip if you run on it and the motor could outright fail if you are a heavier user and use the Merit 725T Treadmill for running.
Some of the better features of the Merit 725T Treadmill are being able to run at speeds up to 10 MPH. A lot of lower end treadmills have maximum speeds of 6 to 8 MPH. Thank you Merit Fitness, you’re really setting the bar a whole lot higher with such a high top speed. The treadmill can also simulate hills by inclining as steep as 10%.
The Merit 725T Treadmill also has a satisfactory amount of built in programs, seven to be exact. That’s enough to pack in a couple weight loss programs and some endurance programs. If you’re a little skeptical of fitness programs, thinking they don’t help you reach your goals faster, just do some free exercising sessions and fitness program sessions and save the calories burned or distance traveled metrics and compare them. You’ll definitely notice a difference!
The only con is the small motor. Not small as in midgets, but small as in power. It’s just not that powerful and therefore I can’t recommend the Merit Fitness 725T Treadmill to the broader population. Only people under 250 lbs. should user this treadmill, and even then I wouldn’t recommend using this treadmill for a whole lot of running. It just feels awkward without the proper power running the treadmill belt.
If you’re not too big on fitness programs I suggest checking out the Merit 715T. It’s my favorite treadmill under $600 and sells for a mere $379.99