Merit 715 E Elliptical Review
TREADMILL DOCTOR NOTE :
The Merit 715 E isn't quite the value it once was with the addition of a price increase this year.
Last year, when it was selling for under $400, the 415 E gave quite the bang for the buck, now it's just another ho hum elliptical that doesn't quite spec up to Proform.</p> The Merit 715 E is no longer a great value. At $467, the price increase made this elliptical a worse option than it once was. Right now, it's a mediocre machine in a low price range. It doesn't have the quality or durability you want, but that's not uncommon at this price point. Even if you're on a budget, we suggest moving up a couple hundred dollars to a price range that produces better models.</p> Ergonomically speaking, this machine is terrible. Only a few ellipticals from xTerra offer a less natural range of motion. The lack of adjustability is also concerning. The stride length is fixed at 16", which is a bit small. If that doesn't work for your body type, you are out of luck. There are also only 8 levels of resistance. Hopefully, you'll have the ability to align your workout with your fitness levels, but there is no guarantee.</p> As far as projected reliability is concerned, this model is awful. There is not a single elliptical that we reviewed that has a shorter life expectancy than this one has. The quality of parts is also very disappointing, yet unsurprising at this low of a price.</p> The noise levels of this machine are very high. Most ellipticals make about the same amount of noise, but those that sell for less than $1,000 are typically a bit louder. This is one of the few models that is very loud. If quietness during operation is a major concern for you, you can find better options for a couple hundred dollars more.</p> The warranty on the Merit 715 E is as bad as it gets. Parts and labor are covered for 90 days, the brake is covered for 3 years, and the frame is covered for 5 years. While this amount of coverage is unimpressive, it matches the lack of durability.</p>