Spirit XE 395 Elliptical Review
Treadmill Doctor Note:
The XE 395 gives you the quality and durability that Octane will give you... only Spirit charges $1000 less.
Overall Rating: 5.35
The XE 395, while a solid machine, is not as compelling a machine as the XE 195 or XE 295 from a value standpoint. Then again when comparing it to a machine from Octane you are getting a screaming good deal.
The Spirit XE 395 is a solid elliptical. At $1,599, the value is pretty good, especially when compared to Octane. That being said, you'll get more bang for your buck if you stick with the XE 195 or XE 295. You can definitely make an argument for this model over the XE195, but the XE 295 provides nearly identical quality for $200 less.
Ergonomically speaking, this machine is okay. You can find ellipticals selling for $800 less that offer a more natural range of motion. The lack of adjustability isn't exactly impressive, either. The console can adjust, which is a welcomed feature. There are also 20 levels of resistance, which allow you to align your workout with your fitness levels, but plenty of models that sell for less than $1,000 offer more options for adjustments.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this model isn't bad. The life expectancy of this elliptical is good, but it isn't anything special considering the $1,599 price tag. You can find much cheaper models that are significantly more durable. The quality of parts used is also decent.
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 395 is great. Labor is covered for 1 year, parts are covered for 10 years, and the brake and frame are covered for life. A warranty like this proves that the manufacturer believes in the durability of the elliptical they created.
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..