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Sole Elliptical Reviews

Sole Fitness Sets the Standard for Quality and Durability

sole ellipticalI’ve been impressed with every Sole elliptical I’ve been on since they hit the market. This company is totally focused on building quality machines that are extremely durable. That is why they offer an industry leading warranty that includes 5-year parts and 2-year labor coverage on their E35/E95 models.

We visited their corporate headquarters last September and discovered some features that make the Sole Elliptical one of the best values in their price range.

Sole Elliptical Sales

Below are some of the best ellipticals for the price. Includes FREE shipping.

Sole Elliptical E35 – $1,399 (Rated a Best Buy Elliptical Trainer)
Sole Elliptical E95 – $1,799
Sole Elliptical E25 – $999

Our Complete List of Sole Elliptical Reviews

Sole Elliptical E35 – $1,399 (Rated a Best Buy elliptical)
Sole Elliptical E55 – $1,499
Sole Elliptical E95 – $1,799
Sole Elliptical E95S – $2,199
Sole Elliptical E98 – $2,499
Sole Elliptical E25 – $999
Sole SC200 Stepper – $899

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7 Great Sole Elliptical Features

1. Adjustable Incline — This feature is similar to the inclines you find on treadmills. Being able to change the incline offers important benefits.sole elliptical trainers adjustable footpedals

  • It kicks up your cardio workout.
  • You can target muscle groups in your lower body like your glutes and quads.

2. New! – Adjustable Footpedals — This allows you to adjust your machine for the perfect fit for your body, which in turn reduces your risk of:

  • Numbness and stress in your feet due to flat feet or high arches.
  • Strain on your hips due to pedals too far apart, which is a common issue for women.

3. Heavy Flywheel — Previously when I tested the Sole elliptical, I immediately noticed how smooth the elliptical motion was. This can be attributed to the heavy 25-30 lb. flywheel. At the same time I tested several Horizon and ProForm ellipticals and the difference was like night and day. Of course, these are cheaper machines, but in this case you get what you pay for.

4. 20″ Elliptical StrideSole Elliptical Trainers wheelsI particularly liked the 20″ stride length, which is longer than most ellipticals. I am 5’8″, and it seemed very comfortable. When I tried a Horizon with a 16″ stride, it felt awkward and constraining.

Note: If you are under 5’3″ you may find the 20″ stride too long.

5. Solid and Stable Feel — All the sole ellipticals are heavy and sturdy machines with no rocking motion. There are several reasons why.

  • All the models are between 189-215 lbs. I recommend inside delivery.
  • Sole elliptical trainers sit on a lengthy base. These are not cheap, compact models.
  • The foot pedals each have 2 wheels that run along the rails. This noticeably reduces side to side motion. Most front drive ellipticals have single wheels.

6. sole ellipticalBuilt-in Speakers — The speakers may not impress true audiophiles, but it’s convenient to have a sound system with the apex focused directly at you. You can plug-in your MP3 or iPod players and rock out while burning calories and getting in shape on your sole elliptical.

I have two criticisms that are minor issues in comparison to the overall quality of the components and engineering.

  1. The built-in fan provides minimal relief, which is true with most fitness equipment.
  2. I would rate the console and display as average. There are better displays in the $1,000 – $2,000 range.

7.  Bluetooth Fitness Tracking – Sole recently introduced Bluetooth capability for their updated 2016 models.  So far, this feature is only available on a few of the models, but we fully expect all of the models to transition over to this soon.  With this feature, the machine communicates with your smart device via a FREE Sole Fitness app to help you track your workout stats.  The ellipticals are also compatible with other popular fitness tracking apps you may already be using.

Our Review on the Sole Elliptical

Sole has an excellent reputation for their ellipticals and like their treadmills the elliptical trainers have the best warranty in their price range. They are rated a “Best Buy” by several reputable sources, and are used by the Hilton chain for in-room fitness. The length of their warranty is a reflection on the quality of their machines. To offer that kind of extensive warranty on an elliptical that has service problems would literally put the company out of business.

I recently spoke with a Dick’s Sporting Goods sales rep which elliptical brand was their best seller. He immediately took me over to a nice line up of Sole Elliptical Trainers. I asked why they were the best sellers and his response was:

“Try the other ellipticals and get on the Sole, the difference in quality is obvious.”

Responsive Customer Service

What is equally important is Sole Fitness has an excellent reputation for customer service. Since I have been reviewing their ellipticals and treadmills, I have received no complaints about their customer service. That is rare. In addition, I have only gotten one email regarding a minor technical problem. This is what I would consider a strong endorsement on the products and the company.

The Sole Elliptical Trainers are definitely one of the better values in the $1,000-$2,000 price range.

Customer Reviews for Sole Elliptical Trainers

My wife and I are very pleased with our Sole E95. Great workout, and very challenging with the different programs. Thanks for your info.

Extremely stable, very sturdy, very smooth (and we are not lightweights-5’11 200+ and 5’8 175+). We found our 8 foot ceilings more than ample for us. Programing is very user friendly, it is much easier on my knees than the treadmill and gives all the workout you could possibly need at any level! Have used daily for about a month and couldn’t be more pleased with our purchase!

In summary, this is absolutely the best bang for the buck as far as ellipticals go. Sole ellipticals are the best ellipticals under $2000 and they even compete very well with the ones above $2000 as well!

See the Sole Elliptical Trainer Review Video.

*This Sole Elliptical Trainer Review is based on not only on product testing, but also comments, testimonials, reviews and ratings of customers, and third parties. We attempt to be as accurate as possible. Warranties, features and prices can change without notice.

2 thoughts on “Sole Ellipticals”

  1. Dennis Richardson

    Hi … kinda researching my options regarding an elliptical purchase. The Sole brand has caught my attention … attractive price point — quality workmanship. What kind of maintenance should I expect to perform? I’d be the only using it – say about an hour a day.



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