The best thing about the Spirit XT 385 is the build. This treadmill may not look as nice or have as much technology built into it, but Spirit has made this model to last. We would confidently recommend the XT 385 for a moderate runner looking for a durable machine. Just keep in mind proper maintenance and care go a long way no matter what treadmill you buy.
Over time, Spirit has made a name for themselves and have proven to produce reliable machines. While we are not thrilled by the lack of features, we like that that Spirit XT 385 has been built to last. Accordingly, we have awarded the XT 385 our Third Place 2020 Best Buy slot for the $1,500 to $1,999 dollar range.
This price range is sort of an odd range because there are still people who mainly want a machine that acts as a home theatre and a home gym all-in-one and are willing to pay for it. On the other hand, there are runners who realize you have to spend a decent amount of money in order to get good mileage out of a machine. The Spirit XT 385 is a treadmill for the second group of buyers listed. Unlike the NordicTracks and Proforms in this price bracket, the XT 385 was built with reliability and durability in mind. The good side of such a mindset is that the this treadmill has a sturdier build, better warranty, and better drive motor performance. The XT 385 is also backed by a reputable company that stands behind their products and steps in when assistance is needed.
But the downside of a treadmill being built to last is that it is not as shiny or pretty as the rest of the treadmills. You cannot see the quality that is built into each component but you can see the competitor’s models with their touchscreens and insane incline capabilities. While we do value such strong builds, we have to admit that for the price, the XT 385 may not be the best overall value. When compared to other treadmills with more bells and whistles, the XT 385 does not completely knock them out of the park. The other machines in this price are still well-built just not as good of a quality as the XT 385. Hence, why we made this model our Third Place Best Buy.
|Heart Rate Sensor and Type||EKG Grip Monitors|
|Walking Area||22 x 60|
|Warranty||Lifetime Frame, Deck, and Motor, 10 Yr Parts, 1 Yr Labor|
Over the years, we have liked the XT 385’s high quality parts and good reputation. But we have noted that you can get the Sole F80 made by the same factory for $400 to $500 less. We have also noted that the Spirt XT 385 is lacking in technology and features.
Bottom line, you as a user need to assess what you value and want in a treadmill. If all you need is a long-lasting treadmill that will help you get in shape, then the XT 385 is your treadmill. But, if you have a tight budget and want to get the most you can for two grand, maybe you should shop around. In the end, we recognize the XT 385’s lack of features and its build that helps to make up for it. So, we awarded the Spirit XT 385 our 2020 Best Buy Third Place for the $1,500 to $1,999 dollar range a try.