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Sole Elliptical Reviews

Sole Fitness Sets the Standard for Quality and Durability

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At Sole Headquarters, Salt Lake City, UT.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Of all the brands we cover and review,  during the pandemic Sole has seen the biggest increase in market share, even though their fulfillment is often 30 days out. This is a statement about the quality and reputation of the Sole machines.

We’ve been impressed with every Sole elliptical we’ve been on since they hit the market many years ago. This company is totally focused on building quality machines that are extremely durable. In fact, one of our expert reviewers has owned a Sole elliptical for a number of years and can attest to the durability and the low maintenance of the machine.

Recently we visited their corporate headquarters and further discovered some features that make the Sole Elliptical one of the best values in their price range, including interactive Bluetooth technology.

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Recommended Models:

Sole Elliptical E35 – $1,499 (Rated a Best Buy Elliptical Trainer)
Sole Elliptical E95 – $1,799 (Rated a Best Buy Elliptical Trainer)
Sole Elliptical E25 – $999
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Our Complete List of Sole Elliptical Reviews

Sole Elliptical E35 – $1,499 (*BEST BUY)
Sole Elliptical E55 – $1,499
Sole Elliptical E95 – $1,799
Sole Elliptical E95S – $2,199 (*BEST BUY)
Sole Elliptical E98 – $2,299
Sole Elliptical E25 – $999

Check Out a Sole Elliptical Comparison Chart HereComparisonChart_graphic

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 we tested the Sole elliptical, we immediately noticed how smooth the elliptical motion was. This can be attributed to the heavy 20-30 lb. flywheel. At the same time we 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. 20-24″ Elliptical StrideSole Elliptical Trainers wheelsWe particularly liked the 20-24″ stride length, which is longer than most ellipticals. Team member Fred Waters is 5’8″, and the 20″ stride length seemed very comfortable. When he tried a Horizon with a 16″ stride, it felt awkward and constraining.  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. We 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. Built-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.

We 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. We would rate the console and display as average. There are better displays in the $1,000 – $2,000 range.
Team member Rachael discusses Sole E25 Elliptical - Read full review here

Team member Rachael discusses Sole E25 Elliptical – Read full review here.

7.  Bluetooth Fitness Tracking – Sole introduced Bluetooth capability for their updated models.  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.

Check Our Comparison Chart for Sole Ellipticals

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.

We’ve spoken with a Dick’s Sporting Goods sales rep to see which elliptical brand was their best seller. He immediately took us over to a nice line up of Sole Elliptical Trainers. We 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.

19 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.



    1. administrator Post author

      Hi Jeff,
      You may want to try Dick’s Sporting goods. They are the only folks that carry Sole machines other than purchasing direct from Sole.


  2. Jeffrey Henning

    I am looking for an elliptical for my wife & I….. she is 5’3” she needs the adjustments for stride (18-24”) my questions is…I am 6’4” how will this unit work for me? Any additional information would be appreciated. Regards,
    Jeffrey J. Henning


    1. administrator Post author

      Hi Jeffrey
      With the significant height range difference between you and your wife, you will definitely want an adjustable stride length. The Sole E95S ranges from 18″ to 24″ in length and should be a good model for you guys. Another consideration would be the Nordictrack FS7i as you can go up to a 38″ stride length and it’s variable.


  3. Conrad Maceo Moore Sr

    I’m 6.4.and weighing around 338 lbs which Sole Elipitical would you recommend for me


  4. Johanna S.

    Hello I have doing a lot of research on Elliptical machines and I seem to gravitate toward the Sole E25 model. I am 5’7 and weigh 155 lbs and looking to add more cardio to my workout routine. In addition, I would probably be using this machine 3-4 times per week for an hour. I am looking for the best value and at the price point $999.99 its seems that this machine would be the best option for me. How does the E35 sole model compare to E25 model in terms of performance? Would you say it’s about the same? I


    1. Site Admin

      Hi Johanna! Yes, the Sole E25 and E35 are fairly similar. The E35 does have a heavier flywheel, and adjustable pedals. However, from what you’re describing the E25 should work great for you!


  5. Robert K.

    I’m considering Sole E25 model for my wife and myself for cardio since our gym shut down. We’re both 66; she is 5’5” weighs 150, I am 6 3 1/2 and 206. We’re wanting to add more cardio to our workouts, 3-4 weekly.
    Tried E35 and E25. The E35 seemed like a more luxurious option but seems the E25 has all the same benefits we are looking for for 2/3 the cost.
    We both excise 5 days weekly and I (the larger person above) ran marathons until about 3 years ago so my legs are a bit stronger. In your opinion, are we headed in the right direction?


    1. Site Admin

      Hi Robert. Yes! Those are both great machines. We typically recommend the E35 over the E25 (although they are extremely similar) because our team has personally visited the Sole Headquarters, and we like the the elliptical motion better on the E35. It feels slightly more comfortable and fluid! Also, the E35 is a bit heavier so we like this for stability reasons – but honestly, you can’t go wrong with either machine you’re looking at. I hope this helps. Best of luck!


  6. Sylvia

    Looking to purchase the E95 or E55. It seems that the E95 has better reviews. I 60 and needing to continue to move. With the gyms closed I am starting to stiffen up. My husband is 6’ and I am 5’3 1/2. I was looking at both of these machines. Which would you recommend?


    1. Site Admin

      Hi Sylvia. Either the Sole E55 or E95 are both great options. The only thing I would take into consideration is the stride length. Have you and your husband tried an elliptical before? Do you know which stride length you prefer? The E55 has a set 20″ stride but the E95 is adjustable 20-22″.


      1. Site Admin

        Hi Sylvia! Correction on our comment here – the E95 has a maximum stride of 20″. The E95S has an adjustable stride of 18″-24″. Sorry for the confusion – just wanted to correct our mistake here. Hope this helps.


  7. Terry Nathe

    I noticed in your last reply that the E95 has an adjustable stride of 20-22. I do not see that any where in the specs other than the E95s 18-22. Is this correct because It would make a difference in which one I prefer.


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