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Spirit XT685 Treadmill Review

treadmill Doctor Note :

This is one of the most underrated machines on the market and stacks up well against anything in its price range. The only issue is that you really don't want to buy a high-end model from an economy company unless you can get a discount to match the brand.

Spirit XT685 Treadmill Review



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Overall Rating: 7.15

You can do a lot worse than Spirit although there are some more refined models on the market that are worth your attention at $2500.

The Spirit XT685 is a very good quality treadmill. At $2,199, this is one of the better models in its price range. It was our 2nd runner up for our Best Buy award for treadmills priced between $2,000-2,499.

The walking area is one of the most spacious you'll find. At 22" x 60", the belt is a solid 2" wider than most of the belts you'll find. If you have a wide stance, you may find this treadmill to be more accommodating than a lot of the other available models.

The motor in this machine isn't great for a treadmill that costs over $2,000. It should be adequate for most runners, but you can find models that cost a lot less that have better power producing capabilities.

The cushioning system isn't particularly impressive, either. 6 cushions are evenly distributed throughout the deck in an effort to alleviate some of the stress running puts on your joints and back. It does help, but you can find less expensive treadmills that offer a much more forgiving cushioning system.

As far as project reliability is concerned, this model is fantastic. Its life expectancy is ahead of most of the other similarly priced treadmills, and you will usually have to pay almost $1,000 extra to find a model that we expect to last longer than this one. The quality of parts used is really good. Seeing these kinds of parts in a treadmill that is priced at $2,199 is certainly a pleasant surprise.

The warranty is also really good on the Spirit XT685. Labor is covered for 1 year; parts are covered for 10 years; and the motor, deck, and frame are covered for life. Manufacturers aren't likely to back a model they're unsure of, and Spirit sure seems to have confidence in this model.