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Merit 715T Plus Treadmill Review

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EXPERT REVIEW

Very basic and only for use by walkers. With that said, for $399, this is one of the best treadmills on the market in the $399 and below price range. Of course, if you are a grandma this might fit the bill. If you aren?t, a regular walker might crush this machine like the Hulk could crush a Coke can. Don't plan on getting years of great use out of this machine. It is a limited machine for those on a limited budget. If you like disposable treadmills, this is a great choice! Do not confuse this with machines at double the price. When you get to that point, you can get a basic machine that might last awhile with regular walking. At $400, there is no way the machine is going to hold up to regular use. And you wonder why companies bother producing units in this price point?

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

General Information

Another Johnson produced line, like Vision, AFG, Matrix, and Horizon. The packaging on these machines is nothing short of spectacular, especially considering the price but keep in mind, these are cheap machines?it is impossible to build a quality treadmill for $500. The low end models (around the $500 price point) can look very good but the components are simply too cheap to hold up good over the long term.

Quality / Philosophy

Hit low price points and sell as many as you can seems to be the philosophy of this brand for Johnson and at this point, they are doing it very well. We visited the headquarters and major factory outside of Shanghai and found that Johnson is the most integrated manufacturer of fitness equipment in the world. This can be both good and bad. The good is that you are in control of almost all aspects of production. The bad is that you are in control of almost all aspects of production- if you mess up there is no one else to blame. They are focused on doing things the right way so it appears that this is a case where it is good overall. We were impressed with their quality procedures and design and testing processes and the reviews will reflect these facts.

Outlook

Johnson will remain a player in the US market simply due to market penetration. Additionally, the quality pickups that Icon has made are also being made by Johnson. The only problem is typically you buy these at mass retailers or online so the service level you might need is typically not available.

Customer Reviews Coming Soon!

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