Reader Mailbag – The Spirit XE150 vs the Spirit XE350 Elliptical

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Ohiyo!

Today your Treadmill Sensei tries to help out a customer with a question about a couple of Spirit Ellipticals. Sometimes it gets confusing even when trying to compare two ellipticals from the same company. Let’s see if we can help her out!

I am looking for a decent elliptical machine without spending a ton of money. In looking at your reviews for both the Spirit XE150
and the Spirit XE350, I noticed that you gave the XE150 five golden buddahs and the XE350 only 4 golden buddahs. But your reviews for them seem similar other than some differences in features. Can you tell me why one got a slightly better review than the other? Also, have you had a chance to look at the Spirit XE550?
Thank you. –Britt

Britt:

Thanks for your note! You’ve actually asked a pretty easy question for me to answer. I rate ellipticals and treadmills on not only their features and specifications but also on their price point. In other words, if the Spirit XE150
elliptical and the Spirit XE350 elliptical were both priced at $50 (I’m just making up a price here), then the XE350 would blow the XE150 away. However, since there is a price difference between the two, I rate the XE150 a bit higher because of the price — I don’t think the XE350 gives you quite as much for your dollar as the XE150. Also, the compeition in the price range is fierce and I’m comparing the ellipticals against each other.

It’s not a scientific system…it’s just based on my experience and gut reaction.

You can check out the Spirit XE150 review HERE and the Spirit XE350 elliptical review HERE. The XE550 was in my top rated list for the $1500-$2000 price range. I haven’t done an XE550 review yet, but keep an eye out here over the next couple of weeks and I’ll try to get one up.

Thanks again Britt and I hope this helps!


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TreadmillMy treadmill reviews are both subjective and objective. They are objective in the sense that I will provide you with information about each machine, such as motor, weight capacity and other features. But they are subjective in the sense that I am really giving my opinion of each treadmill. You may agree or disagree with my opinion, but my hope is that my elliptical and treadmill reviews can be helpful to you in making a decision on what to buy. Remember that each review is just what I think. You can always check out Treadmill Doctor, Treadmill Review Guru or these other treadmill reviews if you want another opinion.