Spirit XE150 Elliptical Review — Decent Elliptical for Under $1500


Once more from the depths of the DOJO the Treadmill Sensei appears to hand out pearls of wisdom. We had a visitor in the warehouse today who is also familiar with the treadmillsensei.com. She mentioned that she was interested in an elliptical but $2000 was a bit out of her range and did I have any suggestions for a high quality machine closer to the $1000 price point. After a couple of seconds I came up with what I think is the best value elliptical in the $1000 range, the Spirit XE150 Elliptical.

The entire XE series from Spirit Fitness is great, but for around $1199 for the Spirit XE150 Elliptical you get the most bang for your buck.

For the price, the Spirit XE150 is one of the sturdiest ellipticals out there. Rated for users up to 300 pounds the unit feels like a much higher priced commercial elliptical like you’d find in a gym.

Add to that a fantastically comfortable 20″ stride — most units at this price have 16-18 inch strides — 8 programs, heart rate control, wireless heart rate monitoring, 16 levels of magnetic resistance, fans and the standard great Spirit warranty of 5 years parts and 2 year labor.

Finally, something that is especially well done by Spirit in the XE150 elliptical are the articulating footpads. You may ask yourself why this is so important. My answer for you is a question: have you ever worked out on a bad elliptical? Working out for longer periods (say, 30 to 45 minutes) on a machine with static pedals will cause your feet to fall asleep from the lack of circulation. With the Spirit XE150’s articulating footpads, as with the higher priced commercial ellipticals, you don’t have to worry about your workout being ruined by poor circulation. You can literally work out all day on these machines and be fine.

The Treadmill Sensei gives the Spirit XE150 Elliptical 3.5 Golden Buddahs out of 5.

UPDATE: This unit has been discontinued and sold out. Check out the Sole E35 Elliptical for a better price and better features.

The Spirit XE150 gets 3.5 out of 5 golden buddahs from the Treadmill Sensei
Spirit XE150 Elliptical gets 4 out of 5 Gold Buddahs

Spirit Elliptical XE150 Specifications
Transport Wheels: Yes
Dual Action: Yes
Stride Length: 20″

Flywheel: Approximately 15lbs (listed at 30lbs)
Maximum Weight Capacity: 300 lbs.
Resistance Type: ECB
Resistance Control: Electronic
Resistance Levels: 16
Heart Rate Monitoring: Pulse Grip and Wireless
Heart Rate Control: Yes
Programs: 13
Display Type: Single window blue backlit LCD
Special Features: Cooling fans, water bottle/accessory holders
Grade: Home
Product Size:
82″L x 27″W x 67″H
Product Weight: 194 lbs.