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Merit Fitness 715T Review

Quick Summary

The Merit Fitness 715T treadmill is a compact, easy-to-fold trainer designed to take up as little space as possible when not in use.

It is a good fit for apartment dwellers, one to two bedroom houses and travelers wanting to work out in their motel room.

The 715T is an entry-level treadmill specifically designed for walkers, light joggers and smaller body sizes.

The treadmill features a 2.5 HP/1.25 CHP motor and minimal belt noise allows you to watch television or crank up your favorite tunes without annoying background noise.

Plus the Aerosoft Cushioning System is easy on the joints in both your legs and feet.

Learn more in our full Merit Fitness 715T review below…


Model Merit Fitness 715T

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Treadmill Speed is measured in Miles Per Hour (mph). Average running speed is 5-9 mph.

1 - 10 mph

Treadmill Incline measures the angle of the deck, and how steep it is relative to the floor (0% is flat, and 15% is like a steep hill).

0 - 5%

The Treadmill Motor is what turns the belt as you run. We recommend at least 2 HP (Horsepower) motors, 2.5+ HP for jogging, and 3.0+ HP for running.

2.5 HP

Treadmill Deck dimensions are measured in inches: Width x Length. The wider and longer the deck, the safer it is (55-60 inches long recommended for running).

18" x 47"

The Treadmill Belt is the surface you run on. The thicker the belt, the less impact on your joints. At least 2-ply (1 inch) recommended.

Aerosoft Cushioning

Some treadmills are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.


Treadmill Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

Max. Weight

Treadmill Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

250 lbs
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

Thumb Pulse

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this treadmill will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

61" x 29" x 52"
Folded: 56" x 29" x 26.25"
Weight: 93.8 lbs
Rollers: 1.7"

Treadmill Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

3 LED Windows
Cooling Fans

Treadmill Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout.

Accessory Tray

Some treadmills include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.


Treadmills that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (no headphones).

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).


The warranty is a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.

Frame: Lifetime
Motor: 1 Year
Parts & Labor: 90 Days

Rating: 64.5%

Our Rating

Rating: 64.5/100. The Merit 715T Plus treadmill make it easy to start an in-home workout program that fits your needs and fitness level, preferably for smaller users with intentions on using the treadmill primarily for walking or light jogging.


  • Very compact trainer (weighs less than 100 lbs)
  • Quick readouts on LED display
  • Easy fold-up technology makes it a space saver
  • Thumb pulse heart rate monitor
  • Designed for walkers and some light jogging
  • Aerosoft Cushioning System for less impact on joints


  • Very slender running surface (18″ x 47″)
  • Only 1.25 CHP power provided
  • Poor warranty coverage, especially parts and labor


The Merit Fitness 715T is a good deal for users on a limited budget priced around $500. Walkers and low impact users will enjoy all of the benefits of a cardiovascular workout from this treadmill. The elevation range of the Merit Fitness 715T is controlled by a 3 position button increasing gradually from 0 to 5 percent elevation. Whether you are a beginner or speed walker, the 715T speeds up to 10 miles per hour ensuring your heart and lung capacity increases dramatically. The thumb pulse heart rate monitor helps you track your heart rate as you work out. The frame is also backed by a lifetime warranty which is pretty common in the $1,000 to $1,500 price range.

Workout Programs

The Merit Fitness 715T is equipped with four pre-defined workout programs. Whether you desire to lose weight, jog up rolling hills, insert intervals or follow the manual program, the pre-defined workouts will get you on your way to a complete maintenance program. Of course as you gain endurance, the 715T allows you to be creative and design your own fitness routine as well.

Merit Fitness 715T Features

Perhaps the best feature on the Merit Fitness 715T is the display. Built with three LED windows, the display tracks your resistance level, speed, time and distance. Along with the LED display, the Merit Fitness 715T offers two cup holders to keep you hydrated. Because of its price, the Merit Fitness 715T does not have a ton of extras yet it’s enough to get you on a treadmill and begin exercising. When not in use, the 715T has an easy-to-fold option to free up extra space in the room.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Merit Fitness 715T treadmill warranty and guarantee is as follows: – Frame: Lifetime – Motor: 1 Year – Parts & Labor: 90 Days Check out their FAQ section or contact Merit Fitness at 877-50-Merit.


The Merit Fitness 715T treadmill is a bargain for smaller size walkers and light joggers. However, having reviewing both models we recommend the Merit Fitness 725T Plus.

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