The Merit 720e Elliptical Review – great performance under $500


As the Treadmill Sensei promised, I am just about through the entire new Merit Fitness line of treadmills and ellipticals. As you may or may not know, Merit is the newest brand offered from Johnson Health Technologies. They also produce very high quality equipment under the Horizon and Matrix lines. Merit is their latest offering and was built to compete in the under $600 market that is very popular right now. It’s good to see Johnson Tech offering ellipticals to compete with Proform’s hold on the budget conscious fitness buyer.

The Merit 720E elliptical is a slightly beefier version of the Merit 710e. It comes with a 16″ stride, 10 levels of magnetic resistance, a 10 pound flywheel, 6 programs and some pretty decent pivoting food pads which will keep your feet from falling asleep during longer workouts.

The Merit 720E is a very good machine for under $500. For being a great Proform alternative, the Treadmill Sensei gives the Merit 720E 3 out of 5 golden buddahs.

The Merit 720e Elliptical gets 3 gold buddahs out of 5.

Compare the Merit 720e Elliptical

Merit 720e Elliptical Specifications
Stride: 16″
Resistance: 10 levels
Flywheel: 10 lbs.
Max User Weight: 275 lbs.
Display: Dot matrix
Unit Weight: 130 lbs.
Features: Pivoting food pads
Programs: 6
Heart Rate Monitor: Pulse Grip