Our Spirit XT600 treadmill review runs the rule over a highly rated machine from the much lauded Spirit XT range – is the praise justified?
There’s little doubt that the massive investment that parent company Dyaco has invested in the Spirit brand has paid off.
Gone are the ugly treadmills of the past, in are the sleek, clean lines of the Z series – the Z500 for instance and this, the XT range.
The good looks are more than matched by the performance, components and build quality that added together make the XT600 a serious choice in the $1,500-$2,000 price bracket.
So what makes this treadmill such a promising candidate for your hard earned cash…?
Spirit XT600 Treadmill Review – Features…
I often wonder when carrying out treadmill reviews how some manufacturers manage to sell any treadmills at all…Our Spirit XT600 treadmill review found that in common with the rest of the XT range, it has raised the bar when it comes to the average buyer’s expectations of a treadmill costing under $2,000.
Quite why anyone would want to invest in a very average machine when there are some pretty stellar machines on the market I don’t know.
The XT600 is a case in point.
For starters, there’s a 3.5 HP continuous duty motor — in a treadmill that can be found at around the $1,900 mark?
To say that that’s unusual is an understatement. You’d normally expect to pay nearly twice that for a unit with this kind of horsepower.
It means that serious runners can get a treadmill that will keep up with their fitness program – and then – some without having to take out a second mortgage!
The roomy 58″ x 20″ running surface provides plenty of space to stretch out on without having to worry about falling off the end!
The heavy duty 1″ thick, 2 ply belt runs on large 2.75″ rollers, ensuring not just a smooth ride but reduced belt friction and tension – a recipe for a longer belt life.
The treadmill will reach 12mph, but the benefit of the powerful motor is that it copes quietly and effortlessly with the average run with little stress and strain, reducing the chances of costly breakdowns.
In common with the rest of the XT series, the deck elevates and remains as stable at the maximum 15% incline as when laid flat.
Step on to the deck and whilst firm and responsive there’s enough give to promise a comfortable surface on which to pound away the miles.
I like the quick change controls on the handles, which enable you to easily change the treadmill’s speed and elevation.
The 12 quick speed and elevation controls and 10 quick speed programming options allow you to focus on your workout rather than reaching out and fumbling with the console.
The user friendly nature of the XT600 is confimred by its folding design, which along with the four wheels ensures that storage between workouts is a simple, hassle free experience.
The tri-colour, six window, LED console display is a significant improvement on the console found on the XT200 and is complemented by the 16 character message window.
The key data you need to monitor your workout is presented clearly at a glance and overall, this is a well thought out and user friendly interface that I like a lot.
The 10 workout programs, made up of six preset programs, two personal and two heart rate control programs are common to the XT 200 and are more than adequate to meet most user’s needs.
To get the best out of the heart control programs, there’s a hands-free chest belt as well as pulse grip heart rate monitors built into the handles.
The XT600 also features a CD/MP3 interface and speakers built into the console – the sounds not bad and provides an alternative to uncomfortable earphones.
The generous warranties stretch to a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor, five years on the parts and two years on the labour.
Spirit XT600 Treadmill Review – The Bottom Line…
It’s difficult to criticise the XT600. At this price it’s next to impossible.
Spirit as a brand is fast becoming a byword for value for money and is establishing a deserved reputation for building well made, durable and well specified treadmills at affordable prices.
Our Spirit XT600 treadmill review would struggle to find anything significantly better for less than close to $4,000.
If you’re in the market for a $2,000 treadmill and don’t want to compromise on quality, then the XT600 is well worth checking out.