Merit 725T Plus Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
If you are a serious treadmill user, look elsewhere. If you just need a basic walking machine and have a limited budget, this is a good choice.
A walkers-only treadmill. Don't expect great things but if you can find it on sale, it can be a good deal for those who have limited-use applications.
The Merit 725T Plus isn't a great treadmill. At $499, you can't expect it to be. If you are a serious runner, or you want a machine that will last for a long time with minimal maintenance, you need to look at other options. If you need to save a lot of money and only plan on using this model for occasional, light walking, this treadmill should be okay.
The walking area is a bit small. The belt measures in at 18"x 50", which is 2" narrower and 10" shorter than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt that is found on many of today's treadmills. Larger users that are used to the standard walking area may find this model to be a bit cramped.
A weak motor powers this machine. You can find treadmills with much greater power producing capabilities for just a couple hundred dollars extra. Speeds of up to 10 mph are attainable, but we wouldn't recommend using this model for running. The structure and drive system will last longer if this machine is only used for walking.
A nice cushioning system comes on this model. An AEROsoft Plus cushion system is used to reduce the impact that walking has on your joints and back. A few treadmills that sell for more than $1,000 have similarly forgiving and durable running surfaces.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this machine is pretty bad, but you'll have to pay a couple hundred dollars more to find a treadmill with a longer life expectancy. The quality of parts used is also low, but it's not bad in comparison with other models in this price range.
The warranty on the Merit 725T Plus is awful. Parts and labor are covered for 90 days, the motor is covered for 5 years, and the frame is covered for life. Unfortunately, you're not going to be able to expect better coverage when you're paying this little for a treadmill.