We haven’t done Spirit elliptical reviews in a while, so we thought it was time to take another look at the company. Over the years we have seen some very good models, along with some not so great, so we were anxious to see what the current lineup looks like.spirit-fitness-logo

Spirit Fitness is a relatively new company, established in 1983 and offering a line of exercise equipment including commercial and residential treadmills, bikes, traditional ellipticals and a newer kind called the eGlide trainer. All of the equipment is priced at the midrange level, including the elliptical trainers, which range from about $1000 all the way up to $2800 plus for the top of the line model.

It was recently purchased by Taiwan-based company Dyaco, which also manufacturers two other well-regarded fitness brands, Xterra and Sole. Hopefully the company will put the same emphasis on design and construction for their Spirit ellipticals that they put on the Xterra and Sole models.

Spirit prides themselves on high quality equipment that is built with the user in mind. They maintain quality by producing all of their equipment in their own ISO-certified factories. They also focus on comfort and usability, and according to the company they were the first to offer fans on their equipment. It might not sound like much but having a built in fan does help you work out longer.

Spirit elliptical also have speakers built in, adjustable foot pedals, a 2 inch Q factor (space between the insides of the foot pedals) which basically puts you in the ideal workout position and nice, clean displays with easy-touch control buttons. All of these features serve to make your workout more enjoyable as well as positioning you to optimize the effectiveness of your workout.

So onto our Spirit elliptical reviews….

The current lineup consists of the base XE195, the XE295, the XE395, XE795 and XE895 ellipticals. They are all front drive machines (flywheel in front) with a sleek look and solid construction.

Let’s take a closer look to see what these models have in common…

Reviewing the 5 current ellipticals, we notice that all of the models come with some very impressive features including: a 7.5″ blue backlit LCD, at least 6 workout programs, contact and telemetric heart rate monitoring, 20 resistance levels, eddy current brake systems (smoother and quieter motion), heavy flywheels, 20″ stride length, commercial-grade frames, swivel fans, 2 degree inversion foot pedals, at least 350lb max user weight and at least a lifetime frame/brake, 5 year parts and 1 year labor warranty.

This means whether you choose the Spirit XE195 model, you will be getting all of these features even though it’s the lowest price of all models. Choosing one of the others will give you even more features and capabilities, which we discuss on our individual Spirit elliptical review pages.
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The company does not sell from their website directly, but rather lists various specialty fitness stores that you can buy from. You’ll usually find these machines alongside Precor, Landice, Octane, Diamondback and other higher end elliptical brands. Choosing between all of them can often be a difficult task, as there are so many options regardless of what your budget is.

The good news is that the warranties are very solid on all of the machines, meaning the company has a lot of faith in the construction and durability of these elliptical trainers. That should give you peace of mind should you decide to buy one of them.

You can check out the entire new lineup for Spirit ellipticals here to see which ones appeal to you. After reading the introduction you can scroll to the bottom where you can see all of the models.

We will be reviewing the Spirit ellipticals individually, so check back with us often to find more information on the specific models you might be interested in. Overall, these are a very good choice.