XT285 Treadmill

Spirit XT285 Treadmill Review

Spirit XT 285 treadmill, another solid treadmill builds for walker and jogger from Spirit X Series. Compare with the entry level Spirit XT 185 treadmill, the Spirit XT 285 has the same features as the XT 185 treadmill plus two heart rate programs and an audio jack for digital music listening. Added, the deck is 1/4″ thicker and slight powerful motor at 2.75 HP in order to accommodate runners and higher weight capacities. This XT 285 treadmill is very appealing to someone that walking and is at a transitional stage to running. It doesn’t incorporate any entertainment or motivational workout program, but enough to cover the basic need for average users.

With a 10-year parts warranty and an affordable price, the Spirit XT285 treadmill is truly a good buy! Why we saying so? Majority of treadmill brands is only offering 5 years on parts, but Spirit XT 285 treadmill is offering up to 10 years on parts. This indicated that Spirit is very confident on their treadmill as they build with quality components to compliment their quality engineering.

However, always remember that Spirit XT 285 is not going to be suitable for runners and heavy usage. If you plan for hard core workout and heavy duty running, you may need to look for more powerful motor and heavy frame to support the constant pounding and running speeds.

Note: Spirit sells through a network of dealers and not direct to the public which required picked up or delivered locally. However, you still can get the sprit’s treadmills from their licensed dealers that trade online from Amazon.

Spirit XT 285 treadmillSpecification:

  • Motor : 2.75 HP
  • Belt : 20″ x 55″, 1.5 ply″ treadbelt
  • Speed : 0 to 12 mph
  • Incline : 0-12% grade
  • Folding : Yes
  • Display : 7.5” blue backlit LCD
  • User Weight Capacity : 350 lbs
  • Warranty : Lifetime warranty on the frame, motor,deck and 10 year on the parts and 1 year labor
  • MSRP : $1,699
  • Sale Price : $1,499



Motor – Stable Motor Mount and Good Airflow Circulation

Powering the Spirit XT 285 treadmill is a powerful enough 2.75 HP continuous motor which provide a smooth workout for walkers and light joggers. Although the Spirit have been increase the motor from 2.5 to 2.75 HP at Spirit XT285, Keep in mind that the motor is still better suited for walkers and light joggers rather than for more advanced runners.

The Spirit treadmill design with case motor mount will help to prevent the motor from shifting which resulting loosen belt and following feel like very slipping. Customer feedback and reviews are very positive with the creative design. The motor is sturdy and almost quiet, which is more than we hoped for.

Basically all the airflow circulation system of Spirit treadmills including XT 285 plays a good role to keep the motor and electronic parts cool. The motor covers are designed with ventilation and large aluminum frames on lower electronics is used, which act as heat sinks to absorb excess heat. All Spirit Fitness treadmills are designed to keep the treadmill cool and running for years. Added, you get the lifetime warranty for the motor.


Frame -Rugged, Yet Fashionable Stable Treadmill

Spirit Folding DesignSpirit XT 285 treadmill is a rugged, yet fashionable stable treadmill with commercial-grade heavy steel construction with durable powder-Coat Paint. The folding space saving design allow easily maneuver the unit out of the way when not in use. A solid deck suspension system and state of the art electronics can be fit nicely into any home exercise surrounding.

The unit weight of Spirit XT 285 treadmill is up to 211lbs and can withstand up to 350 lbs weight capacity. The heavy weight is part of the contribution for the stability. However, note that we would suggest keep the weight limit below maximum of 300 pounds for optimal performance.


Running Surface – Too Short for Runner

The lengthy of Spirit XT 285 might not satisfy the taller user and runners as it only comes with 20”x 55”, 1.5 ply running surface. It only perfect for those average users. Taller users would probably more comfortable with wider and longer running surface like 22” x 60”.

Although it is short of length, the cushioning system of Spirit XT285 is not too bad. It comes with 6 cushions rear rigid mount which will evenly distributed throughout the unit to ensure a comfortable experience.


Workout Programs & Heart Rate Monitor – Handle-based Speed And Incline Adjustment

Spirit treadmill, similar with Sole treadmill, are without bells and whistles due to Spirit are more putting effort on end of the treadmill itself like motor, deck and frame. The XT 285 only comes with 6 built-in workouts which are Hill, Fat Burn, Cardio, Strength, Interval and Manual plus 2 heart rate programs. It added 2 heart rate programs compare with XT 185 which is slightly better.

Besides, Spirit XT 185 treadmill comes with contact heart rate sensors on the handler bar to monitor the heart rate. You can also able to monitor your heart rate with the polar telemetry belt with heart rate strap Included

Additional, user has the ability to adjust the incline on the left handlebar or the speed on the right handlebar, even when you are in motion. If you decide not to use them, simply press the Disable button on the console. A nice to have feature.


Console – Constant Feedback From Easy To Read Console

Spirit XT 285 ConsoleA 7.5” blue backlit LCD screen with integrated reading rack that conveniently displays 9 pieces of data including distance, speed, elevation, calories, pace, altitude, laps, segment time and heart rate at a time to keep you informed and motivated. The quick keys allow users to quickly program a specific incline or speed by few strikes. Here you can select up to 0.5 – 12 mph speed and 0 – 12% incline.


Extra Accessory – Slightly Better Than XT 185

Compare with XT 185, Spirit XT 285 treadmill is added with an audio jack for digital music listening where you can plug in your MP3, Smart phone, or digital tuner into this jack for music broadcasting.

Cooling fans that swivel are standard on all of our treadmills. This may just be the reason you extend your workout by a few minutes which does help to provide some breeze air during workout.


Warranty – 10 Years On Parts which is much Better Warranty

The Spirit XT 285 treadmill backed with lifetime warranties on the frame, motor, and deck, 10 years on parts and 1 year labor coverage. The 10-year warranty on parts is a much better warranty than most treadmills have as majority of treadmill brands only offer with 5 years on parts. Such warranty testifies that both manufacturer and dealer believe in this XT 285 and indicate of its fine construction.


Price – Cheaper At Retailer

We would recommend you get the XT 285 from Spirit’s licensed dealer from Amazon at $1,499 ($200 cheaper at spirit.com) with free shipping.


Wrap-up – Fine Machine but with Limitation On it

In fact, Spirit makes great treadmills which solid, durable and built to last for years. The Spirit XT 285 treadmill isn’t bad but with limitations on it. Beware of it only comes with 2.75 continuous motor and 55” running surface which more suitable for walker and joggers. The weight capacity limits only 350 lbs. With this price range, there are better deals out there like Sole F80, Yowza Keewadin and more which also design and build with quality components last for years of rigorous use.

Note: We also suggest Sprit’s sister brand, Sole treadmills, another truly treadmill build for rigorous use for years.


GD Star Rating
XT285 Treadmill, 3.0 out of 5 based on 41 ratings