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Spirit XT285 Treadmill Review

treadmill Doctor Note :

Price drop this year to $1399 makes this a very solid choice with high quality parts. Well worth stepping up to this model from the XT185.

Spirit XT285 Treadmill Review



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Overall Rating: 6.99

Well worth considering if you are in the $1500 price range - especially if you can get a discount. Stands above most of the clutter in the market. With the money that Dyaco has put into Spirit it looks like the economic downturn may be the opportunity Spirit needs to get some real market penetration.

The Spirit XT285 is an excellent choice. At $1,399, there are a lot of reasons to love this treadmill. It's only $200 more than the XT185, and it provides a better motor, slightly improved cushioning, a bit more durability, and a longer warranty. This price range has many quality machines, but there are several reasons to like this model above most of the others.

The walking area is a good size. The belt measures in at 20" x 55", which is a good 5" shorter than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt that is found on many of today's treadmills. This should still provide plenty of room for larger users to run on comfortably.

A nice motor powers this machine. This treadmill has greater power producing capabilities than many of the models that sell for more than $2,000. Speeds of up to 12 mph are attainable, so even experienced runners should have no problem challenging themselves.

An okay cushioning system comes on this mode. Six evenly spaced cushions are used to reduce the impact that running has on your joints and back. You can find several treadmills with comparably durable and forgiving running surfaces that sell for less than $1,000.

As far as projected reliability is concerned, this machine does quite well. You'll have to spend at least a few hundred dollars to find a treadmill that has a significantly longer life expectancy than this one has. The quality of parts used is also very good for this price range.

The warranty on the Spirit XT285 is great. Labor is covered for 1 year; parts are covered for 10 years; and the motor, deck, and frame are covered for life. You're not going to find a better warranty than this on a treadmill this affordable.