Spirit XT685 Treadmill Review 2024

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How long will the Spirit XT685 last?

The Spirit XT685 is a durable, yet affordable treadmill that won't let you down. Though it may not have all the frills of other treadmills in this price range, we feel confident recommending this model for moderate runners due to its build quality and overall reliability. Just remember - proper maintenance will go much further in extending the life expectancy of your treadmill than any fancy features.

Brief Overview

The Spirit XT685 is a resilient and durable non-folding model. With a wide belt and large rollers, this treadmill utilizes a waxed deck system that withstands the rigors of frequent use! It weighs 269 lbs. for maximum stability so you can stay focused on your workout without worry about falling or getting injured from jarring when moving around throughout your workout. One might say the XT685 is a steal at this price point as it offers both a commercial and residential warranty for the XT685 meaning it is commercial rated and costs less than $3000. It has functional features, a sturdy design, and customizable programs that are perfect if you love doing cardio or strength training on your treadmill sessions!

Overall Quality

The Spirit XT685 has 15 levels of incline which are easily adjustable via the buttons (speed too) located on the handlebars of the treadmill. It also features a 9" Blue Backlit LCD, with a Tablet Friendly Reading Rack which is perfect for those needing to leaf though magazines while exercising or watching shows on your iPad. With a top speed of 12 MPH, this treadmill is geared towards the moderate runner and features a smooth and powerful 4.0 HP motor.
The XT685 also has an ample 20" x 60" running belt which provides plenty of room for runners of most sizes. The Spirit XT685 also includes larger sized 3" Rollers allowing for smoother operation. Standard features include a MP3 audio jack. speakers and a swivel fan. This is ideal for those that want to stay cool while running or walking. The dual storage trays located in the treadmill are perfect for storing your personal items.
The residential warranty for this price range is currently one of the best – Spirit offers a lifetime warranty on the frame, motor, and deck, 10-year parts, and 1-year on labor.

Things we like

  • warranty
  • motor and build
  • 3” rollers

Things we dislike

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    12 built in workouts


Console 9" Blue Backlit LCD, Heart Rate % Profile, Muscle Activation Profile, w/ Tablet Friendly Reading Rack
Console Feedback Time, Distance, Speed, Elevation, Calories, Pace, Avg. Pace, Altitude, Laps, Segment Time, Avg. Heart Rate, and Heart Rate
Programs 12 Programs: Manual, Hill, Fat Burn, Cardio, Strength, Interval, Calorie, Fusion, 2 User, 2 Heart Rate
Heart Rate Hand Pulse Grips & Telemetric; Heart Rate Strap included
Direct Access Buttons Speed & Incline
Speed 0.5 to 12 mph
Bluetooth - Spirit Fit App Yes
Incline 15 Levels
Drive Motor 4.0 HP - DC Motor
Deck 1" Waxed Deck, Double Sided, Non-Folding
Belt 22" X 60", 2 ply (2.5mm thick)
Rollers 3.0" Front /3.0" Rear (Crowned)
Cushioning 6 Cushions (rear rigid mount)
Handrails Short Lateral, Incline & Speed controls on handlebars
Frame Commercial-Grade Structural Steel w/Durable Powder-Coat Paint
Unique Features MP3 Audio Jack & Speakers, Swivel Fan, Fusion Program: Alternating Strength & Cardio Intervals, Dual Storage Trays
Dimensions 78"L x 32"W x 56"H
Weight 269 lb
Maximum User Weight 425 lb


Residential Warranty
Frame: Lifetime
Motor: Lifetime
Deck: Lifetime
Parts: 10 Years
Labor: 1 Year


We invite you to see our other treadmill reviews to help you narrow your search for your next fitness machine.


All in all, the Spirit XT685 is a catch in this price range due to its warranty, durability, and decent features. From top-to bottom this treadmill provides stability which makes exercise more enjoyable with its sturdy design. But there are other treadmills in this price range that offer better service, as well as models which provide more value for your money spent. We would recommend shopping around before you make such an investment so be sure you get the best deal even though we believe the XT685 stacks up pretty well to its competition.

Customer Reviews

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Joe Sander- Look around before buyingNov 13, 2019

Bought this treadmill couple of years ago. I like that it has solid deck and mechanic. The general lay out is poor. Cup holders are angled and shallow. The holders will not hold a water bottle without falling out while running. The cup holders under the console are too low and small. You can't see the console display at different angles. If you move you head too far to the left or right the screen is blank. Heart rate monitor with only work with a rigid chest strap and not with the polar soft chest strap. Speakers on the console are hard to hear. I would look around before buying.

John Moore- Solid TreadmillJan 06, 2020

I just wanted a treadmill that was durably built, and did not need a lot of different console features because I mostly just get on and run at a continuous speed. The Spirit 685 is very durably built, I have had other treadmills that shake while I run on them. Very pleased at the quality of the treadmill for the price I got it for.

Sarah- Not a professional machine Jun 30, 2020

I just bought mine, but I see a few details that doesn’t make the Treadmill a professional machine. Very poor functions; Heart rate, does not have a stop button for emergency, speed very slow to change up to or down. I give a poor rate. I was expecting a lot more.

Edward- Solid TreadmillDec 11, 2020

I bought the Spirit XT685 about three months ago and am very impressed with the stability of this machine. I don't need a monitor and complex software attached to my treadmill. I just want the basics. I bought this through a fitness speciality store and if required would get service/repairs through them. Very happy with my purchase, which I got on sale for $2000. In 2020, Treadmill Doctor rated this 3rd place in the $2000 - $ 2999 price range.