Merit Fitness 725T Plus Review – Take A Look At The Budget Treadmill In More Detail

Merit Fitness 725T Plus Treadmill

When talking about budget treadmill, the name Merit Fitness 725T Plus cannot be left out. At under $500 on sale, it is suitable for you who look for an exercise equipment for walking or light jogging that is not horribly expensive. The motor is not huge (2.25 THP/1.5 CHP CHP). However, with the many features that are built right into the 725T Plus, the price is definitely a bargain. Read on to see if this product is a good fit.

User weight limit is 250 lbs (113 kilograms). For some, the 250 pound weight limit is a drawback. For heavier users, this site lists a number of models that provide a more forgiving weight limit. The Weslo Cadence G 5.9, for instance, can handle user weights of up to 275 lbs. Incline is manual however, so you have to stop with the exercise to change incline level. If the budget allows, the NordicTrack C 990 can be a good choice. It will accommodate people weighing up to 300 lbs.

Like higher-end machines, the Merit Fitness 725T has a motorized incline system. With the touch of a button, you can easily adjust your incline up to 10 percent. This budget treadmill can be set in small increments of one-half degree. The treadmill’s maximum speed is 10 mph. Speed can be changed at 0.1 increments. It is also really easy to set the speed on this thing. With the quick speed/incline keys, desired incline and/or speed can be reached quickly.

The workout area is only 18″ wide and 50″ long. If you are tall or long legged, you might find the Merit Fitness 725T restricting your stride. For many people, however, this treadmill is wide enough to be comfortable. As a general rule, treadmills with a 50 inches long belt are best for walking. The AEROsoft™ Plus cushioning system is supposed to reduce joint impact as you exercise.

The rollers are only 42mm (1.65″) in diameter. A bigger roller is considered better since it will turn slower hence putting less stress on the motor. That said, for the price point and good reviews, this piece of exercise equipment is still worth considering. The assembled dimensions are 31″ x 52 ” x 71″ (W x H x D) so it does not take up so much floor space. When folded, the Merit Fitness 725T measures 31 by 53 by 34 inches (W x H x D).

Priced under $500, the fitness machine still comes with a list of good features including several preprogrammed workouts (intervals, mountain walk, weight loss walk, hill walk, cardio challenge and endurance challenge). The monitor display tracks your speed, time spent exercising, distance covered, calories burned, and more. The buttons on the front panel are intuitive, making it easy to customize your routine on the fly. Water bottle/CD holder is provided to hold your personal workout equipment.

So far, the Merit Fitness 725T Plus has received 3.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Not very impressive but with all the features and settings, many users have stated that it offers good value for money.

This low-end treadmill does not come with a built-in fan. Another shortcoming is that it does not fold completely flat. Even when folded, it still takes up a good amount of valuable space. Further, while the frame is backed by a lifetime warranty, the parts are only protected for 90 days. In terms of durability, do not expect much from a treadmill this cheap.

Despite the criticisms that have been leveled at this low cost treadmill, it can be handy for occasional walking during inclement weather. The Merit Fitness 725T Plus possesses a number of qualities that have impressed its reviewers. The speed and incline changes happen smooth. The console controls are intuitive and straight forward. The two-window LED display is easy to read. The motorized incline system makes exercise more interesting. People have also commented that it is quiet when operating.

Obviously, this fitness machine is not an ideal choice for runners or serious walkers. That said, If you are looking for a treadmill for occasional walking or light jogging and you are on a budget then this is the one for you. Customer feedback indicates that it is easy to put together. The instructions are well written and the parts are separated into bags. Optional expert assembly is available.

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