Our Spirit XE 350 elliptical trainer review examines perhaps the best elliptical in this price range – just how do Spirit do it at these relatively low prices?
They’re basically the same elliptical, with a few added features as you work up the range.
Spirit are a Dyaco brand, which also owns Sole, and the XE 350 is pretty much the same as the superb Sole E55.
These Spirit ellipticals are so good and so keenly priced that I really wonder why with the exception of a Sole, anyone would buy anything else in this price range?
I also struggle to understand how Spirit can turn out such high spec ellipticals for the prices they’re charging.
The XE 350 is no exception, but why is it so good?
Spirit XE 350 Elliptical Trainer Review – Features
This is for all intents and purposes the same machine with a few extras.Having reviewed the XE 150, I don’t want to repeat myself too much.
Our Spirit XE 350 elliptical trainer review found the same excellent build quality and design as the XE 150 and from the moment you step onboard you can appreciate the quality.
The XE 350 has a front drive system, which utilises a heavy 30lb flywheel, an excellent eddy current brake (ECB) resistance system and articulating pedals.
The result is a very stable machine with a silky smooth action.
You also get an adjustable footplate on the XE 350, which is a useful feature that helps to accommodate different stride lengths and people of varying height.
The ride is a dream and hardly distinguishable from much more expensive commercial quality ellipticals that you may use at your local gym.
The machine is very comfortable to use and minimises any strain on your ankle, knee and hip joints.
There are 20 resistance levels compared to the XE 150’s 16, which gives added flexibilty to your workout.
Having tried more elliptical trainers than I care to remember, one striking feature of the XE 350 is how quiet it is – a real plus for the home user and other members of the household!
The 20″ stride length is more than adequate for most people and enables you to stretch and work your lower body through a full range of motion, maximising calorie burn and the fitness and weight loss benefits of your workout.
The upper body levers give the option of an upper body workout, which turns the XE 350 into a veritable multi-gym.
Strangely, our Spirit XE 350 elliptical trainer review found fewer workout programs than on the XE 150, which has 14.
However, whilst there are 6 standard programs, you also get 2 user defined programs and 2 heart rate programs.
The latter is a really useful feature as it enables the elliptical to vary the resistance automatically during your workout to maintain a specified heart rate – great for fat burning workouts where you need to exercise at a lower intensity.
There’s also a chest strap so that you don’t need to hold on to the hangrips whenever you check your heart rate.
The display console is an improvement on the XE 150, with a larger LCD display and a 12 character display window.
The warranties, on the Spirit XE range are superb, with a lifetime warranty on the frame, 5 years on the parts and electronics and 2 years on the labour – a real vote of confidence from the manufacturers in their product.
The retail price for the XE 350 is normally around $1,699 but our Spirit XE 350 elliptical trainer review found it for $1,399 at
with free shipping within the US
Spirit XE 350 Elliptical Trainer Review – The Bottom Line…
I’m beginning to run out of superlatives, but the conclusion of our Spirit XE 350 elliptical trainer review is that this model is virtually impossible to beat in this price range.
Having added up the total package and evaluating what you get for your money, I’d give it a full 10 out of 10 for value.
I love a bargain and the XE 350 is an absolute steal for $1,399.
With the exception of the Sole E55, if I had a maximum budget of $1,500 I’d look no further.