The Spirit XT285 Folding Treadmill – Years of Comfortable Workouts

The Spirit XT285 folding treadmill is a step-up from the XT185 model offering a better deck and cushioning, two more heart rate programs, and an audio speaker system.

The Machine

The 7.5" blue backlit LCD screen displays time, distance, speed, calories, elevation, pace, altitude, laps, segment time, and heart rate. In addition to Quick Speed and Incline keys on the console, the user can also control these variables with the remote Speed and Incline controls on the handlebars.

The full specs on the Spirit XT285 folding treadmill are:

Spirit XT285 Folding Treadmill
  • 2.75 HP Motor
  • 0.5 – 12mph Speed
  • 0% to 12% Incline
  • 20" x 55" Tread Belt
  • Speed/Incline controls on the handlebars
  • 8 Workouts
  • MP3 Audio Jack & Speakers
  • Swivel fan, reading rack, 2 water bottle holders
  • Contact and Telemetric Heart Rate Monitoring
  • Wireless heart rate strap included
  • 350 lbs User Weight Capacity
  • Fold-up Design
  • Warranty: Lifetime motor, frame, & deck, 10 years parts, 1-year labor

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The Buzz

The Spirit XT285 folding treadmill has a one-inch thick silicone-lubricated phenolic deck that is ¼" thicker than the XT185 model, as well as 2.5" rollers, 6 cushions under the deck to provide shock absorption, a 20" x 55" tread belt, a 2.75 hp motor, and a commercial grade steel frame with a convenient fold up design.

Among the eight programs you get manual, hill, fat burn, cardio, strength, interval, and 2 heart rate control workouts. Another upgrade over the XT185 treadmill is the audio jack for listening to music from digital devices such as iPods and MP3 players and built-in speakers.

Other console features include two water bottle holders, a reading rack, personal fan, and heart rate monitoring system that accepts both contact signals (via hand grips on the handlebars) and wireless telemetry (via a chest strap that is included with the Spirit XT285).

What We Say

We agree with reviews by customers as well as equipment pros that the Spirit XT285 is a good folding treadmill with many positives, including the superior cushioning, strong warranty, and overall value for the $1,499 price.

This treadmill has a reliable but smaller motor than the XT385 model, so if you are primarily a runner, you should spend a little more and go with the 385. Walkers, however, should find that the Spirit XT285 folding treadmill has everything they need for years of comfortable workouts.

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