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Spirit Fitness Treadmill Reviews


Well-Built Machines that Require Minimal Maintenance

I worked for a company that use to private labeled Spirit Fitness treadmills. In general they were well built machines that required minimal maintenance.

Several years ago they moved all their manufacturing facilities to Taiwan. In fact, Dyaco, the company that builds their treadmills, now owns a majority in the company. Dyaco brings the financial muscle that allows Spirit to slug it out in a very competitive market.


Recommendation: Also see our Sole Treadmill reviews. Sole is also built by Dyaco, and their prices are often more competitive.


In the past, Spirit was known for constructing treadmills that were built like a tank. They were nothing fancy, buy they were both durable and reliable. In fact, if there was a criticism it was the blasé design. Their new models are quite stylish and contemporary looking.

As with many other treadmill companies that shifted their manufacturing overseas, Spirit suffered from quality control. It has been several years since the transition, and now they build some of the most reliable and durable treadmills in their price range.

What makes Spirit treadmill a good value is the components. They use a minimum of 2.5″ rollers, which increases not only the life of the roller, but also the belt, bearings and motor. Most of their decks are 1″ thick, which is a factor for overweight individuals.

What I like about Spirit treadmills, besides the fact that they use quality components to compliment their quality engineering, is the fact they do not try to overstate the functionality of their machines. For example, their entry level XT185 they rate for power walkers and joggers. Many of manufacturers will overstate the limits of their machines and would suggest their comparable treadmill would be ideal for runners or is commercial grade.

Spirit offers the following treadmills and recommends them for the following use…

Spirit vs. Sole Treadmills

Both Spirit and Sole treadmills are built by Dyaco. Their designs are very similar, they use the same components, and the customer service number is the same for the both of them.

The difference is their markets. Spirit primarily sells through fitness equipment speciality stores and several resellers on the Internet, while Sole sells through Dick’s Sporting Goods, Amazon.com and direct through their site.

The advantages of buying a Spirit treadmill at a fitness equipment store is you will get professional advice and personal service. The downside is you pay a premium for these services.

The other difference between the two brands is on most of their models Spirit offers a 10-year parts warranty and 1-year labor, while Sole offers 5-year parts and 2-year labor. I would consider the extended service coverage a better value. Click here to learn more about Sole Treadmills.

Spirit Treadmill Review

Spirit offers good value, and we would rate them as one of the top 5 treadmill manufacturers in the $1,000-$2,000 price range. You can expect to get a machine built to last, and equipped with quality components. That is reflected in their 10 year parts warranty. Overall, I would recommend a Spirit treadmill for its reliability.


2 thoughts on “Spirit”

  1. rkn

    im looking at the spirit think it was a 385 @ $2000 or the sole f80 @ $??? which one for a family that’s been through two treadmills in the last 15 years. one a pro form and the other a Nordic which either one i will never buy or recommend EVER…. is the 385 spirit a 3 hp chp motor. i had a feeling sole and spirit were the same by looks. the small business that deals spirit also is the only company it town that services pretty much all tms around. should i be worried when they not exactly push the warranty factor but the service factor. remind you iv been through two tms in the span of 15 years. (of which they were not used a whole lot cuz in the summer they dont get used.) i guess my dilemma is for the price point of $1000 to $1800 ok maybe $2000 which one will last and be durable have a great warranty and if there is a prob will not cost an arm and a leg to fix thanx for listening waiting to hear back.

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  2. administrator Post author

    Hi RKN,

    Thanks for your questions. Spirit and Sole are both built by Dyaco so the components such as belts, bearings, and electronics are going to be similar. The Sole F80 has made our best buy recommendation for several years and continues to do so. Spirit and Sole but make very good machines (since they are built by the same manufacturer) so it really comes down to pricing. Both companies offer great warranties, although the 2 year labor from Sole is very attractive.

    The Sole F80 is currently less than $1,500 and that includes shipping and tax. More than likely in purchasing from a local retailer, you may have to pay sales tax in addition to the purchase price. Buying local we always encourage, but more than likely you will pay a premium for the “hands on” service since they have to make money as well.

    Based on pricing, durability, features, warranty and ease of purchase Sole seems to stack up very well against the competition.

    Best of luck!
    Brad

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