What We Like
- Price: Spirit home treadmills cost about $900 – $2000 when purchased new. A wide variety of machines are available to suit different workout budgets.
- Audio: Some Spirit models come with audio ports and built-in speakers to provide extra motivation to exercise.
- Compact size: Several Spirit models can be folded to save space. Their “soft drop” design makes the process easy on the user’s body.
- Consoles: Spirit consoles stand out from others. They are multi-colored but sleek and uncluttered, and the buttons are easy to press in the midst of running. Controls are also built into the handrails of some Spirit treadmills.
- Convenience: Spirit treadmills are available through home delivery.
- Motors: The motors in some Spirit home treadmills are equal to or better than those of other treadmill brands in the same price categories. Spirit’s top-of-the-line model for 2010, the XT675, has a 3.5 HP motor to support runners weighing up to 425 pounds. The Esprit ET6 has a 2.5 HP motor, which is adequate for most walkers and light joggers.
- Tracks: Some Spirit treadmill tracks are relatively tiny, but the brand’s best model, the XT675, boasts a 60”x22” track.
- Warranties: Spirit treadmills now include 30-year or lifetime motor warranties, 1-year warranties on parts and labor, and 5-year frame warranties.
What We Don’t Like
- Cheaper models: The quality of Spirit machines has a wide range. The cheaper models are noticeably less sturdy and less powerful than the more expensive models. The Esprit ET2, for instance, has a very small track (50”x20”) and a relatively weak 2 HP motor.
Spirit treadmills are well worth researching. Potential customers who are not concerned about having a treadmill TV or iFit reader will find these treadmills to be more than adequate. They are well-built, generally have roomy tracks, and feature great warranties. The Spirit XT675 has an especially strong motor, a high weight capacity, and a built-in sound system.