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Spirit Fitness Treadmill Reviews

Last Updated on March 18, 2022 by Brook Norris, Fitness Guru

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.

Check out the Sole Fitness Treadmills for a comparable machine.  Sole is built by the same manufacturer and uses similar components.  Sole has received our “Best Buy” award year after year.  Plus, they have a better warranty than Spirit Fitness.  

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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: Which Should I Buy?

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 specialty stores and several resellers on the Internet, while Sole sells through Dick’s Sporting Goods, 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 5-year parts warranty and 1-year labor, while Sole offers 5-year parts and 2-year labor, as well as 5-year electronics. I would consider the extended service coverage a better value. Click here to learn more about Sole Treadmills.

Battle of the Top Sellers: Sole F80 vs. Spirit XT185


Let’s break down the differences between the top treadmill sellers from both Spirit and Sole:

Specs Sole F80 Spirit XT185
Price: $1599 $1599
Motor: 3.5 HP  2.75 HP
Treadbelt: 22 x 60 20 x 55
Incline: 15% 10%
Speed: .5 – 12 MPH .5 – 10 MPH
Suggested Weight Limit: 375 lbs. 275 lbs.
Technology: 9″ Display Screen, Bluetooth Audio Speakers, USB Port 7.5″ Display Screen,
Rollers: 2.5″ 2.5″ Front, 2.0 Rear
Warranty: 5-year parts, 5-year electronics, 2-year labor 5-year parts, 1-year labor

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 warranty. Overall, I would recommend a Spirit treadmill for its reliability.

19 thoughts on “Spirit”

  1. Marlowe

    I am looking at one of three treadmills; the Sole F80 and the Spirit XT385 or Spirit XT285. Aside from the warranty can you recommend one over the others or are they all comparable – is there another unit you might suggest? The unit would be used primarily by my wife for walking but during “bug”season and winter I’d likely use it for some light jogging – no more than 30 kms/week. I’m 205 lbs my wife 135 so well under weight recommendations.

    The fitness store we are considering are pushing at bit on the Spirit machines, although they sell both but I think that’s because that what they have in stock.


    1. Brook Norris

      Hi Marlowe, personally I would recommend the Sole F80. It has the Cushion Flex running deck which is great for the light jogging you’d be doing to lessen any impact. It also has a 3.5 HP motor which is great for the price range. Let me know if you have any more questions on this! Brook


  2. Jensen Go

    I’m choosing between Nordic Track 1750 versus Spirit CT 800. The 1750 looks more modern especially with the touchscreen. However the CT 800 is commercial grade and looks like it is built like a tank.

    May i know what you think?




  3. Jeanne M.

    I am looking at treadmills from Fitness equipment stores. I was interested in the Matrix TF 30 folding, when another store owner talked me out of the folding model, and wouldn’t even show me the Spirit XT 285, which folds. After some research I think a folding option will be fine for me. I am 130 lbs, power walker, to light runner. I don’t care about the high tech gadgets I just want a good treadmill that will last. I like to walk 4 miles per day. I was steered towards the Spirit XT685. I rec’d a quote on the Spirit XT 285 and it’s very affordable (maybe that’s why I was steered away). Can you tell me how do you feel about folding treadmills, and do you have a preference about Spirit vs. Matrix? Any input you can give is greatly appreciated.


    1. Site Admin

      Hi Jeanne. Folding treadmills are a great option for storage and space considerations. You mentioned that you don’t care about the gadgets and just want something that will last. Have you considered a Sole Treadmill? Sole is known for the durability of their machines, and they have great warranties.


  4. Steve Holmes

    Hi, I am considering two different treadmills. The Sole F85 and the Horizon 7.8 AT. Both are priced the same, connect directly to Zwift (big feature we are looking for), and seem to have many of the same features. Is there any benefit to one over the other? I am a big guy at 6’2″ and 260 lbs. Is there another treadmill you would recommend more than either of these? Motor, warranty, running surface width, and durability are the biggest selling points for us other than full Zwift compatibility. Thank you in advance for your help!


  5. Edward McGroder

    I purchased the Spirit XT685 about three months ago. The stability and build of this treadmill is excellent. I did not want the added tech of a Nordic track, which are just additional failure points. I bought through a fitness speciality store and got it on sale for $2000. My warranty covers the motor, deck, and frame for life, with a 10 year parts warranty with one year labor. Compare this to Sole with their 5 year parts warranty and 2 years labor. The same company builds both the Spirit and Sole treadmills. I am very pleased with my purchase.


      1. Site Admin

        Hi Tracy – I’m not familiar with the 625 from Spirit. Can you tell me a little more about your fitness journey? Do you walk/run – how much? How much do you weigh? Are you looking for technology on your treadmill, or just the basics?


      1. Carl

        What would make you suggest some over spirit? I am getting quotes and the spirit ones are pretty competitive. The only place to get SOLE is either direct or through DSG.


        1. Site Admin

          Sole is built by the same manufacturer as Spirit and they use very similar components in the making of their machines, but we receive much better reviews on Sole’s customer service and warranty which is why we suggest Sole to our readers.


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