Spirit EL3 Elliptical
The Spirit EL3 is essentially a repainted version of a reputable Sole elliptical, the E35. Spirit and Sole are owned by the same company, so it’s not surprising that there’s some crossover. The Spirit EL3 can also be considered as a step above Spirit’s entry-level model, the EL1. Compared to that machine, it has a higher weight capacity, a longer stride, and more options for pedal positioning.
Elliptical Hits: Nice Features of the Spirit EL3
- Durability – This is a sturdy, long-lasting fitness machine. It weighs 195 pounds and has a 350-pound user weight capacity.
- Long stride – The 20” stride permits a natural range of motion for average-height to taller users.
- Heavy flywheel – The 24-pound flywheel beats the drives of other ellipticals in this price class, and it’s enough to provide a smooth ride.
- Articulating pedals – Pedals on this trainer are slightly inclined and can be adjusted to three different positions for user comfort.
- Good warranty – Customers get a lifetime warranty on the frame and brake and three years of coverage on other parts. A year of labor is also included.
Elliptical Misses: Improving the Spirit Esprit EL3
- Limited console – The EL3 has only 8 pre-set programs and 16 resistance levels.
- Large footprint – This machine has an institutional size frame that’s too big for some home fitness centers. It’s 87 inches long and 27 inches wide.
Overall Rating for the Spirit EL-3
Spirit’s Espirit EL-3 is essentially the Sole E35, which is an award-winning cross trainer. It has a long stride, a heavy flywheel, and pedals that can be “personalized.” Some users would prefer a cross trainer with additional programs and some extras, but those who just want a basic elliptical are satisfied with this machine. The next step up, the EL-5, is very similar; the main difference is its heavier flywheel.