Spirit XE 295 Elliptical Review
Overall Rating: 5.35
It would never be a mistake to buy a Spirit elliptical, and that can't be said of other manufacturers. While there are better machines on the market, you are definitely getting value for your money with the XE295.
The Spirit XE 295 is a good elliptical. At $1,399, the quality definitely matches the price. Spirit, unlike many other manufacturers, never fails to deliver a good value. While there may be a few better options, we can't say we'd disagree with the decision to purchase this model.
Ergonomically speaking, this machine is pretty good. Many ellipticals that are much more expensive offer a less natural range of motion, but there are also a few models selling around $800 that are ergonomically superior. The lack of adjustability isn't great. There are 20 levels of digital resistance that give you the ability to align your workout with your fitness levels. You also have the unique ability to adjust the tilt of your console. Still, there are several models selling for less than $1,000 that offer more options for adjustments.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this model does well. You can find a few ellipticals with a longer life expectancy in this highly competitive price range, but this machine is still more durable than a lot of the more expensive models. The quality of parts is pretty good, as well.
The noise levels of this machine are average. Most ellipticals make about the same amount of noise regardless of price, and this one is no different. If quietness during operation is a major concern for you, you can find models that are better in this area without paying more for them, but we don't expect the average user to be bothered by the amount of noise this elliptical makes.
The warranty on the Spirit XE 295 is great. Labor is covered for 1 year, parts are covered for 10 years, and the brake and frame are covered for life. This warranty displays the confidence that Spirit has in this elliptical's ability to last.
Spirit Fitness is a company that was started in the early 80's and has produced many types of products and started producing fitness products in the late 80's. They are known for product innovation. Their treadmills are typically mid-priced. Dyaco International purchased Spirit a few years ago, and all of their production is offshore. The quality has been improving, and Dyaco has made a huge investment in the Spirit brand.
Quality / Philosophy
The once totally US owned factory is now a subsidiary of Dyaco, who hails from Taiwan. The practice of putting good parts in their treadmills has continued once again, and they are trying to fill the value segment with many decent choices. With heavy competition from Icon and Horizon, it will be interesting to see how they do..
Dyaco has poured quite a bit of money into the Spirit brand to revitalize it, and the results are showing. Their move to a more value oriented business should help their results..