The Spirit XE350 Elliptical Review — Another solid Spirit under $1500

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Working in a service/repair facility like the DOJO, the Treadmill Sensei gets to see a lot of treadmills and ellipticals. I’m also able to get a good sense of what equipment is popular among customers, at least here in Southern California. This past season, perhaps the hottest model on the market was the Spirit XE350 and its counterpart, the Sole E55. From what I’ve seen and heard, retailers have had a problem even keep these units in their stores.

The reason for this is because Dyaco, the manufacturer of Sole and Spirit treadmills/ellipticals, has stumbled upon a great combination of features, price and aesthetics. With the Spirit XE350 you get some fantastic specs and a great price all in a great looking package (hopefully, they won’t do something silly for their upcoming line like paint the things white). This past year we had a huge number of the XE350 ellipticals come through the DOJO and I was able to get a lot of hands on work out experience with them (would that be feets on?). Let me give a quick run through of what I’ve found.

First off, the 16 pound plastic flywheel on all of the upper end Spirit models gives an ok feel to your workouts, nothing spectacular but decent. I really would have like to have seen a heavier metal flywheel and gotten a true weight for it instead of the fake 30 pounds Spirit gives for the XE350. We have heard from a number of readers about problems with the plastic flywheel, but the unit we review felt solid. Add that to the 20″ stride and you have a fairly comfortable feel.

Once you have the smooth, solid workout down, everything else on the unit is gravy: 20 levels of resistance is nice (although, truthfully, 16 is the perfect number), heart rate monitoring and control, 10 work out programs and Spirit’s famous 2% incline pedals. When you drop those bonuses on an already great machine, then you’ve got a top-ranked elliptical in the $1000-$1500 price range.

Like I warned with the Sole E55, make sure to keep the elliptical’s rails well lubricated and dust free. It’ll save you a lot of problems down the line. I’d also suggest checking out the Sole E55 Elliptical for an alternative color choice…it’s not a big deal, but it’s nice to make sure the equipment goes with your room decor.

For being a well-put together elliptical, the Treadmill Sensei gives the Spirit XE350 Elliptical 3.5 out of 5 golden buddahs.

UPDATE: The Spirit XE350 is now discontinued and out of stock. Try the upgraded for 2008 Sole E55 for a better priced alternative.

The Spirit XE350 gets 3.5 gold buddahs out of 5 for being a better than average elliptical for under $1500.

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Spirit XE350 Elliptical Specifications
Stride: 20″
Max User Weight: 350 lbs.
Unit Weight: 195 lbs
Resistance: 20 Levels
Heart Rate Monitor: Pulse grip and wireless
Heart Rate Control: Yes
Programs: 10
Display: LCD
Readouts: Time, distance, calories, weight, speed, RPM, level, laps, heart rate
Articulating Footpads: Yes
Flywheel: 30 lbs.
Price: $1399

-The Treadmill Sensei

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Treadmill SenseiThe Treadmill Sensei has been in the fitness industry for several years. He is familiar with several brands of fitness equipment and has written several reviews of many different treadmills and elliptical machines. You can see what he thinks are the best treadmills or you can get help choosing a treadmill.

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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.