The Spirit XE500 is near the top of Spirit’s XE elliptical lineup. It’s essentially the same as the XE400, but it replaces the dual-color readout system with a tri-color LED console screen. A key feature of both models is the power incline.
Elliptical Hits: Nice Features of the Spirit XE500
- Durability – This 253-pound machine has a 400-pound user weight capacity. The Spirit brand has very good warranties and is known for its high-quality engineering.
- Incline – The power incline can be adjusted up to a fifteen degree angle to help people target different muscle groups and burn calories more quickly.
- Long stride – Like most Spirit ellipticals, this model has a long 20” stride.
- Handlebar controls – The machine’s resistance can conveniently be altered via buttons built into the handlebars.
- Heavy flywheel – The Spirit XE500 has a 30-pound flywheel to promote an ultra-smooth ride.
- Ergonomic pedals – The Spirit’s pedals include cranks for customized angling.
- Extras: Like other members of the XE series, the Spirit XE500 includes child safety software, a bottle holder, and an integrated cooling fan.
- Great warranty – Original owners of the Spirit XE500 elliptical get a lifetime warranty on the frame, incline motor, and brake plus ten years of coverage on other parts.
Elliptical Misses: Why to Pass on the Spirit XE Series
Limited programming – If highly varied programming is prominent on your list of elliptical needs, then the XE series isn’t for you. Each model includes six preset programs, two programs with heart rate control, and space for two user-designed routines. There are 20 resistance levels.
Overall Rating for the Spirit XE500 Elliptical
The Spirit XE500 adds a colorful display to the smooth and durable XE400. Some customers don’t consider this a worthwhile upgrade, but others are happy to pay another $200 or so for tricolor graphics. In any case, both the XE400 and XE500 are recommended to customers who don’t mind having fewer workout routines. For a Spirit with additional preset programs, see the Espirit EL7.