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Sole E25 Elliptical Trainer Review

Brand: Sole Fitness Ellipticals
Expert Rating: 3.5 stars

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Note: The reviewer has owned the Sole E25 for the last 7 years and has had no service issues and is generally very pleased with the purchase.

The Sole E25 elliptical trainer is one of the better values at the competitive $999 price range. This newest model now includes Bluetooth capability and a white backlit display for easier viewing.  For the money it is a reasonably stable and durable machine with a good service record. Although there are some structural differences between the E25 and their higher price models.

The Sole E25 is built on a frame that is 11″ smaller than their other ellipticals. The smaller size has a minor impact on the stability, of course it makes it more compact. The other models with an 82″ frame take up considerable space.

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Features on the Sole E25

e25_2016_consoleLike the other Sole ellipticals, the E25 is a front drive elliptical with pedals that run on railings. It comes with a 20″ stride length, giving it a nice long elliptical motion. The E25 offers a wide range of resistance levels, with a total of 20. This means there are small incremental changes when you go from one level to the next.

The E25 comes with a very basic LCD display, with a white backlit screen.  The white backlit screen allows for easier viewing.  You’ll notice in the photo that the E25 comes with a built-in fan. A popular feature, but don’t expect to get blown away. You also get built-in speakers with a plug-in for your MP3 and iPod player. The quality of the sound is not all that great, but it is nice having the music focused directly at you.

Bluetooth Capability – This model has Bluetooth capability that allows the machine to communicate with your smart device.  Simply download the free Sole Fitness app and then track your workout stats after each session.

White Backlit Display – Another new feature on this upgraded model is a white backlit display instead of the old blue style.  This type of screen is designed for easier viewing.

Incline Adjustment — The Sole E25 elliptical was upgraded from a manual to a power incline, where you can adjust to 15 different incline levels. It is similar to the ability to adjust the incline on a treadmill. By changing you can better target and tone your lower muscles. It also gives you a serious cardio workout when you increase the incline.

Articulating Pedals – They angle with the elliptical motion to reduce stress and strains to your foot and ankles.

Installed Programs — You get a nice selection of exercise routines. Our only criticism is that you can only make adjustments to the incline to increase the intensity, you cannot increase the resistance. Therefore, the manual settings or the user defined setting are your best choice.

Heart Rate Control — The Sole E25 offers heart rate control with the a wireless strap. There are two heart rate control programs, or you can adjust the intensity of your workout manually. Many consider working out by your heart rate as a very efficient way to burn calories and get into shape.

20 lbs. Flywheel — The weight of the flywheel contributes to a fluidity and the naturalness of the motion.

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The Sole Fitness E25 has Bluetooth capability.  This new technology helps bring the Sole Fitness machines into the game as far as workout tracking statistics.  A free Sole app is available for your smart phone that allows you to keep track of your workout statistics.  Plus, this model includes a white backlit screen for easier viewing.  We would not recommend the E25 for someone planning on strenuous workouts. Also, although they put the user weight at 325 lbs., I would put the limit at around 240 lbs.

For an extra $300 you should consider the Sole E35 for these reasons…

  • There are switches in the moveable handlebars to adjust the incline and resistance.
  • You have the ability to adjust the angle of the foot pedals.
  • The E35 is slightly longer and heavier giving it a bit more stability.
  • Although both have a 20″-22″ stride, I feel the elliptical motion is more comfortable and fluid on the E35.
  • Most important, the E35 comes with a 2-year labor and 5-year parts warranty, in comparison to the 1-year labor and 3-year parts coverage on the E25.

Customer Reviews

On Amazon.com the Sole E25 received 4.5 stars out of 5 from nine customers, which is am impressive rating for a $1,000 elliptical.

Comments included…

“The machine is really sturdy and solid. I bought it because I am particularly heavy and its one of the few machines with a higher weight limit and a lower price. (Note: I feel the weight limit is a bit high.)”

“This Machine is quiet, works great, and was easy to put together.”

“So far this elliptical is the best I’ve seen of its kind. Very solid, especially for this price. The customer service was excellent and, so far, I couldn’t be happier with my decision!”

“My brother in law recommended the Sole E25 to me after he had bought one and loved it. Site unseen, I bought online and was leery even with his positive comments. I’m so glad I did, the quality of the machine is tremendous. I’m truly amazed Sole can build this piece of equipment for the price.

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*With the Sole E25 Elliptical Trainer Review we attempt to be as accurate as possible. Warranties, features and prices can change without notice. Our review .is based on not only product testing, but also comments, testimonials, reviews and ratings of customers, manufacturer web site and third parties.


37 thoughts on “Sole E25”

  1. George Banville

    My wife is thinking of purchasing the E-25. she is 5 foot 1 inches tall and I’m wondering if the stride length will be too long for her? Thank You

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  2. Nancy

    I am a 5’1” 71year old woman used to average workouts.
    Of the Sole Ellipticals, which model would you recommend
    for me?

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    1. Site Admin

      Hi Machelle. You can use it on carpet but keep in mind heavy use of any piece of exercise equipment could scratch a floor surface/damage carpet. I would suggest getting an elliptical mat if possible!

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  3. Dianne Jones

    Which elliptical would be best for me? i am a 5’7″female. I have been looking at the Sole E25 . Is that the best choice for me?

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  4. Helen Barrett

    I have a sole e35 but since i downsized its to big i noticed the e25 or e55 is smaller what is the better buy its impossible to sell used equiptment so iam consumed on buying another and my garage is detached and to far from my condo and its way to hot to use it in the garage thank you

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      1. Helen Barrett

        I bought the e25 its great couldnt see spending the extra 500 for the e55 the programs are not good and deleted the app. i have ifit on my treadmil and use it daily i am glad i have it

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  5. Laurie

    I recently purchased the Sole e25 to combat my Covid weight gain due to the gyms being closed. My husband was very against getting home gym equipment, but I held my ground. I am very pleased with the machine. Instructions were VERY clear to put the machine together. It is study, programs are good, speakers and fans do their job. I’m 5’4″, but my 5′ 10″ and 5′ 8″ sons also are using it! A 1/2 hour workout goes by pretty fast 🙂

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    1. Holly

      What is your ceiling height? I would like to get this elliptical, I am 5’4” but my ceiling height is just 7’ (84”). Will I have enough clearance?

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  6. David

    You indicate that a reason for upgrading to the E35 is for the incline and resistance switches. But the current E25 model also has these switches. The main differences seem to be the heaver flywheel, adjustable peddle tilt and the extra handle positions. The price difference in retail appears to be $400.

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  7. Jack Gjovaag

    My wife 4’11” and I am 5’10”. I’ve seen some posts that say the E25 stride may be a little uncomfortable for her. What do you recommend for about $1,000?

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    1. Site Admin

      Hi Jack. Most people under 5 foot say that 18″ stride is the most comfortable for them. Has your wife tried an elliptical with a 20″ stride? To get an adjustable 18-24″ stride length you’d have to upgrade to the $2000 price range, like the Sole E95S. https://fitness-equipment-source.com/elliptical-reviews/premium-ellipticals/sole-e95s/ However if your wife can try out a 20″ stride and is personally comfortable with it the E25 should be a good fit. I hope this helps.

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  8. Jerry

    Perhaps my first message was sent incorrectly —– I am 6’1″ but limited on space on where an elliptical would work well. I am looking at the Sole E25 and E35 as well as the Nordictrack SE9i. I was at onetime considering the Sole 55 but I can’t see spending $500 more for the E55 when for the most part the E25 does the same thing. Would love to read your opinion

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    1. Site Admin

      Hi Jerry. For your height, I would suggest an elliptical with an adjustable stride length. Those machines are all 18-20″ which will probably feel pretty confining to you. The NordicTrack FS7i is a great option to consider.

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  9. Tanya Richardson

    Hello,

    I want to purchase a good inexpensive elliptical. I’m 5″11 and 172 lbs. Would the Sole25 work for me?

    Ms. Richardson

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    1. Site Admin

      Hi Tanya. Have you ever used an elliptical before? For your height, I would suggest something with an adjustable stride length like the Sole E95S. The 20″ max stride on the Sole E25 may feel confining to you.

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  10. Alice

    My son 335 pounds sole says the max for the Sole e25 is 350 but Dicks says it’s 325 I want to be sure of the maximum before I talk with him about not using it until he loses a few pounds 🙁

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  11. Tammy Ostroski

    Looking to purchase an Elliptical to offset my running! I’m 5’10 (135pds) and my husband is 6′ (180pds). We each run over 1200 miles a year. The machine would not be getting that kind of mileage, but would be used, combined, probably 5-6 times a week. Suggestions? We have had luck with Nordictrack and love iFit, but are looking at all brands.

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    1. Site Admin

      Hi Tammy. For your taller heights, I would suggest getting one of the machines with a longer auto-adjusting stride like the NordicTrack FS10i or FS14i. I hope this helps!!

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  12. Scott Cohen

    My ceiling is 82 inches and I am 6 feet tall. What machine do you recommend that will provide enough buffer space so I don’t have to worry about hitting my head.

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  13. Cheryl Hollinger

    Is this easy to move from back and forth? Ideally, I would like to slide it sideways when using it?

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    1. Site Admin

      Hi Sara! Yes, it will work. It does have a fixed stride length at 20″, so it is not adjustable. But, most people under 5’7″ are comfortable with anywhere from 16-20″ stride 🙂

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