311 of 322 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2011
I did a lot of research before buying this treadmill. The horsepower is about the most you can get. The warranty is good, and includes in-home repair (although you probably won't need it). The belt is both long and wide enough to be completely comfortable. I'm 220 (for now) and the treadmill feels very, very stable under me and the belt doesn't pull or anything. Got 45 minutes in yesterday and even jogged on it with no problem at all.
The treadmill came with a sheet of paper with check marks where the factory tested the machine's proformance before shipping it to me. The box was in pretty bad shape, and I worried about it not working, but the treadmill was in great condition and wasn't damaged AT ALL. It is packed in a way that allows for the box to be somewhat beat up in transit.
Also, there is a place for a water bottle on each side of the console, as well as room to hold a book or Kindle so you can read while working out. The console is much, much larger than I expected, and the treadmill is larger and sturdier than I anticipated for the money.
I put a piece of velcro on it to attach my mp3 speaker and another velcro piece to hold the ipod in place and now, it has an mp3 speaker and a tv on it. I can still see the heart monitor, speed, and calories burned. I love it!!!
Assembely took only about 30 minutes for me and my husband while our son was napping. It's mostly together out of the box, so it's really NOT hard to screw in the bolts and put the handles on.
The only more expensive feature I miss a little is the automatic incline, but I can deal with having to set it by hand, and I wouldn't spend $200 more just to get this feature right now.
If you want to get in shape, and don't have a ton of money to spend on a treadmill, you should buy this one. In fact, if you do have a lot of money to spend on a machine, I would still recommend this one. It's a good, solid, heavy treadmill. Get something else with the extra money you saved.
383 of 418 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2010
We purchased the machine and the shipping was very quick. The treadmill was easy to set up and beginning maintenance was well explained. My wife ran on the treadmill for a half hour with no problems. I tried to use it right after her and it wouldn't work. The machine was displaying an "E1" message on the instrument panel. We emailed the company whom we bought it from and they gave us a list of things to check for. After checking over the items that the customer service gentlemen told us too, the treadmill still didn't work. We called the customer service line and they told us a technician would be out to help since the machine was under warranty. 3 weeks later we finally heard back from the service technician and he claims he can't come out until he gets a warranty purchase order from Merit Fitness. So to make a long story short, we've had the treadmill for a month and have only been able to use it once. Who knows how long it will be before it's fixed.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2013
I got this treadmill when they were selling it for $280 one day, then the next day it jumped to $350, so sweet! I 9 times out of 10, prefer to go outside to get my runs in. But with new baby addition and sometimes bad weather, I'm not always feeling hardcore enough to deal with the cold and rain, sometimes I want to be a creature of comfort.
I didn't want to drop a lot of dough, did my research, and found this one. I primarily went on fellow reviewers of amazon and other sites to make my decision and so far I'm pretty glad. I'll break it down
Came in really fast if you have prime (two days)
Looks pretty sharp surprisingly for the price
After some tweaking and tightening the belt runs smooth
Digital display of time, distance, calories, speed
Not terrible on the noise, pretty quiet for the most part
Set up wasn't hard at all, one person, 45 minutes or less
Pretty light, not crazy light like they advertise, but decent and easy to move
3 incline choices
Came in fast was 'cause of Prime was a pro right? Well maybe too fast, 'cause the box was shot to heck, and there was a few dents already!!!!
It makes an irritating beeping noise when turning on
You better be someone that can book it, 'cause once you past 2.0mph this thing is flying, almost maybe too fast
Thumb press heart rate monitor is not accurate. I have a Polar Wearlink with my Nike+ GPS and it was showing me around 140bpm while the Treadmill was saying 60bpm, lol, if you trusted the treadmill to get to your zone you'll probably have a heart attack
I don't know if there's a setting to change, but when doing a manual type run, it shuts down after an hour. Granted an hour is plenty, but some runs I do are over 6-7 miles
NOTE TO CERTAIN ELECTRIC OUTLETS!!! ---> I had brought this thing upstairs, took an hour to put it together, everything looked great, plugged it in.... the room it was in shorted out.... lights out.... Flipped the breaker back, tried 4 more outlets, same result! I found some information online that certain treadmills need to be attached a certain way in some homes. So I had to buy a heavy duty "diagnostic" Type surge protector (even though I have a newer home that is supposed to be one giant surge protector all over) plugged the treadmill to that, plugged the surge into an outlet that previously shorted out, then wallah, it worked.
I was about to be soooooo bummed and peeved if I had to figure out a way to get an electrician or someone with the treadmill company to come out and fix a brand new treadmill and / or break it all back down to return it.
Special notes: When it comes in, there's a wire string coming out of one of the arms, that string is attached to the cord that supplies power to the motor and attaches to the head console. Don't do what I did and yank that string through the arm hole and loose the cord, and have to get pliers to fish it out. Pretty much without this cord, the treadmill won't run, and it can't be attached outside the arm, it has to be in. Once you get the treadmill you'll see what I'm talking about.
Note to AMAZON: I love you guys, I love prime, I buy wayyyyyy too much products on here, tell this company they need to figure out something with their packaging, look at previous reviews, this is a trend, the box is coming in like crap!!!
94 of 110 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2011
I wanted to purchase a tredmill to complete my home gym. I wasn't sure I'd enjoy using one so I didn't want to spend too much. I chose the Merit Fitness 715T Plus mostly due to the price. Frankly, for the price, I wasn't expecting much. It arrived promptly and I was able to put it together without any problems or help. Once I started working out, I was really impress. While I don't exceed the weight limit, I am about 20 lbs shy of it. Still the operation is smooth with no signs of motor distress. The work out programs are challenging and you will work up a sweat! Even though changing the incline is done manually, it's a snap to do. I especially like the fact that this machine folds and doesn't take up much room. It's perfect for a small home gym. At this point I doubt I will upgrade to a more expensive machine with alot of bells and whistles. This one is practical and gets the job done. I'm very satisfied with this purchase.
7/1/11 Update: I've been using this machine for about six months now and I'm just as impressed with it as I was day one. No signs of motor distress or excessive wear. I stand by my original five star rating.
52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2011
This treadmill is fabulous! I wanted something that was not too obtrusive because I live in an apartment. Also, the settings and everything are very helpful. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for an affordable treadmill!
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2011
I purchased the Merit Fitness 715T Plus Treadmill at $299 and shipping was free. I saw it soon after for $450 I believe so I was lucky to buy it during whatever sale they apparently had. I wanted a basic treadmill that folded up since space is an issue for me, but I did not want a manual one.
It was delivered within 10 days. It was about 130lbs with the box and all packaging materials. I (mainly my boyfriend) had to lug it up an extra three flights so it would have been nice to have some kind of sturdy handles on the box.
Somehow in the shipping or delivery process a piece of the console chipped but it was from the back and unimportant so I just glued it and did not make a big deal out of it. I assembled it myself and I've never assembled anything like this by myself before. It took me a couple hours but again- I have no experience here. One of the safety covers for the back of the track does not fit correctly to where the predrilled holes are. With help or being done by someone who's experienced, it should take an hour max. This model does not have a way to level the machine after it's put in place if the location is not level. I would have liked this feature.
It works well for my needs so far. No bells and whistles though. The incline is manual and is in three intervals (zero, five, and somewhere in between). You cannot add to your exercise time after you've started unless you end your session and redo the time, or wait until it's done. There is a pulse indicator but you must put your thumb on the console which is a little awkward when running.
There is a 250lb weight limit, speeds are between 0 and 10pmh in .5mph intervals, there is an emergency off clip you can put onto your clothing.
I have not tried the programs yet so I cannot comment on them. It is a bit awkward to move from room to room which is what I had originally wanted- the wheels should be larger as well. It is not very noisy but I would be lying if I said it was quiet.
Overall, this is good for my needs as I am a beginning runner. I would have liked to be able to adjust the incline while running instead of ending my session in order to change it but it's okay without it. A fan is convenient but not necessary. I am happy with it so far and I could not have beaten the price. Had it been $450 I would have passed.
118 of 142 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2010
First the product was shipped right on time and second I love it! The programs are great and adjusting the speed is simple,and for the price you can't go wrong and it's American made! Since i've had the machine I have to use it every day. I've been having more energy in the day and I'm sleeping well at night. I am a 53 year old male and haven't felt this good in over 20 yrs.I have a degenerated spine and yet I have had no problems. So thanks for a good machine! Rick Covino
48 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2011
Bought this treadmill 6 months ago off Amazon. Everything went smooth, from purchase to delivery, even piecing it together. Worked great for about half the year. After low to moderate use (140 lb male here), it began having motor issues. It now takes the treadmill 10-15 minutes to "warm up" at the maximum speed of 10 mph in order to run it at anything above even 5 mph. Every time I use it, the "warm up" period gets longer. If this patter continues then soon this treadmill will be lost to me.
I don't think $400 for 6 months of use is a good investment. Both thumbs down.
56 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2011
I purchased this product and received it within 3 days. When I got it the box was damaged but the fex-ex guy assured me it would be fine. I hired someone to put this treadmill together for me and he told me that the main part that holds the treadmill together is missing on one side. This is a factory installed part. I immediately called the number listed on the booklet 877-50-MERIT, it gave me a message they were experiencing a high volume of calls and to call back tomorrow and hung up. I tried for 2 hrs and got the same thing. The next day I began calling and called off and on all day long, same thing. This went on for 5 days. Then I put in my request for help via their website. I got a response that my request would be answered within 1-2 business days. I received nothing. I have since put in 6 requests over a 2 week period, as of today I still have not heard one word from them. This isn't like a blouse where you can just pack it up and return it back for being defected. I called so many people trying to get help to no avail. This is horrible. I will never ever again purchase something like this on line. I just hope that Amazon takes them off their website.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2011
This is the only item I have ever ordered from Amazon that didn't ship in a timely manner, so after waiting for 2 weeks for this treadmill to arrive I was so excited to get it. It arrived today and the box was somewhat damaged. We carefully assembled the treadmill following the directions to the letter. It wasn't complicated, in fact it was fairly easy to assmeble, but it did take about 30 minutes to complete the procedure. Once it was assembled and oiled as directed, we followed the start up instructions, and NOTHING! Just as other reviewers have said! It just flat doesn't work. It's like it's just "dead". We tried and tested other outlets in the room that all proved to be fully functional, and still nothing. The treadmill looks great....but that's about it. I should have just lugged one home from Academy when they were on sale and cancelled this order when I had the chance. Now I'm going to take this hunk of junk apart and return it! I'm a bit skeptical as to whether I will receive a full refund. I feel like I should but we will see what happens. Do not waste your time and money on this treadmill. I will not recommend Horizon Fitness porducts to any one after this fiasco!