Spirit EL 255 Elliptical
The Spirit EL255 elliptical is among Spirit’s entry-level trainers. Its most obvious difference from later models such as the EL555 is its shorter 18” stride. It has a convenient accessory tray and space for seven workout programs.
Elliptical Hits: Better Features of the Spirit EL255
- 18” stride – The 18” stride is long enough for some users. Others will want a longer stride and/or an adjustable stride for a longer range of motion and more versatility.
- OK flywheel – The Spirit EL255 elliptical has a 19-pound flywheel to help provide a smooth ride. That’s pretty good for a budget elliptical, but even better flywheels are offered on later models.
- Heart rate monitor – Grip pulse sensors are built into the handlebars.
- Sound system – Users can attach an MP3 player and hear their music through the elliptical’s speaker.
- Good warranty – Spirit customers get a lifetime warranty on the frame and brake plus two years of coverage on other parts. The company pays labor expenses for the first year.
Elliptical Misses: Why to Pass on the Spirit EL255
- Capacity – The EL255 weighs 154 pounds. It’s marked as having a 325-pound user weight capacity, but people weighing more than this machine might get better stability with an upgraded model.
- Limited programming – This entry-level elliptical trainer only has five preset workouts and space for two user-designed workouts. Advanced Spirit elliptical machines, such as the EL-7, have more programs.
Overall Rating for the Spirit EL255 Elliptical
The Spirit EL255 is a lackluster trainer, especially when compared with other machines in its series. By upgrading to the EL555, customers get a much heavier flywheel, an incline, a longer stride, and heart rate control workouts. Additionally, Spirit’s EL7 is popular for its 20 built-in programs.