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Merit 715T Plus Treadmill Review - $399.00

  • Rating

  • How Long Will The Merit 715T Plus Last?

    Expecting a basic treadmill like the Merit 715T Plus to last for years and years is like expecting Donald Trump to invite CNN over for a cup of tea. The price tag that comes with these treadmills does not produce much quality and should not be expected to run like a higher end treadmill. Still, the Merit 715T Plus has a stronger build than some of the treadmills in this price range as well as an okay warranty. With this, a few years of light, casual walking can certainly be an expectation for 715T Plus owners. We also always encourage our users to take care of their machines by taking simple steps such as unplugging when not in use and lubricating when necessary; creating an ideal environment for a treadmill is a guaranteed way to extend the life of your machine.
  • Brief Overview

    A sturdy frame and wider walking area are two qualities that help the Merit 715T Plus standout among other machines in the $399 and Under price range. Merit has produced a relatively standard starter treadmill with a few extra perks that are well suited for a casual walker or light user. Accordingly, we have awarded the 715T Plus the 2019 Best Buy Second Place award for this lower price range.
  • Overall Quality

    Choosing between treadmills in the lower end price range to find the best one is like trying to find a chip to dip from the bottom of the bag. They are all pointy little shards. But, there are a few that are just a little bit longer that may not break off in the rotel bowl. There are only slight differences that help give one a slight advantage over the other. For the Merit 715T Plus, two inches make all the difference. The one aspect of this machine that helps it to stand out is a walking belt that is a whole two inches wider for when you need every inch of wiggle room possible.

    Outside of the belt size, the Merit 715T Plus also has a pretty sturdy build among the treadmills in this price range. Coupled with a ninety-day warranty (standard for this price), Merit has equipped the 715T Plus with a good amount of value in terms of an entry-level machine.

    With that said, we do have a few drawbacks. The 715T Plus only has a five percent incline capability. While we realize most treadmills for this amount do not have much of an incline, there are a few that do. If other companies can put more value into their machines, then why can't Merit? The same story goes for the 715T Plus in the built-in workout category. We have seen up to sixteen built-in workouts in machines with the same price tag while the 715T Plus has a measly four.
  • Things we like

    • Wider Walking Area
    • Sturdy Build

    Things we dislike

    • X
      Only 5% Incline Capability
    • X
      Not Many Workout Programs
  • Specs

    Number of Programs 4
    Heart Rate Sensor and Type Thumb Pulse
    Horsepower 2.5
    Speed Range 1.0 - 10
    Incline/Decline Range 0 - 5 (manual)
    Weight Capacity 250 Lbs
    Belt Size 18 x 47
    Footprint 61 x 29 x 52
    Folds Yes
    Weight of Unit N/A
    Warranty Frame Lifetime, Motor 1Yr. Parts and Labor 90 Days
  • History

    In prior reviews, we have found Merit’s 715T Plus to be a very basic walkers-only treadmill that is good for the price. Still, we have noted that this treadmill is limited and will not likely last long and certainly will not withstand regular use for an extended period of time.
  • Conclusion

    While we hope no one expects too much from any sort of basic treadmill, the Merit 715T Plus should certainly be a contender if you are shopping in this low-end price range. The few added bits of value like a sturdier build, wider walking area, and standard warranty are some of the factors that helped the Merit 715T Plus win the Second Place 2019 Best Buy Award in the $399 and Under category. For someone wanting to purchase their first treadmill or looking for a treadmill for a casual walk, this treadmill is a respectable choice.

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