Sole E25 Elliptical Review

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Detailed Overview

The E25 is Sole’s entry-level elliptical trainer which offers an affordable exercise experience without sacrificing joints and tendons. It also offers a wide range of features to keep folks motivated, from an integrated tablet holder to Bluetooth audio speakers.

If you’re looking for head-to-toe muscle sculpting possibilities, the Sole E25 cross trainer won’t disappoint. You’ll stay comfortable throughout your entire workout as the E25’s handlebars are molded to support multiple grip positions. As for the lower body, just ramp up the E25’s power incline to a maximum of 20 degrees for a serious dose of lactic acid. Another way the E25 helps train different muscle groups in the lower body is its ability to switch between forward and reverse pedaling motions.

Resistance is provided by a 20-pound flywheel, which is fairly heavy for a machine in this price range. To ensure comfort, Sole ellipticals also feature a unique foot pedal design that simply isn’t found on other cross trainers. The pedals even have a two-degree inward slope, as recommended by physical therapists to reduce the likelihood of ankle or knee stress. This model also features a 350-pound user weight maximum, which is significantly greater than its rivals. 

Workout programming on the E25 features the same preset options as Sole’s top-of-the-line E98: 10 workout modes to support efficient heart rate training, weight loss, and workouts for muscle definition. The default display is a 6.5-inch LCD, but trainees can dock their tablet or smartphone on the integrated tablet holder to set up workouts and track their progress too. The E25’s compatibility with the Sole Fitness app means users can sync their treadmill workout data with their favorite fitness app such as FitBit, MyFitnessPal or Apple Health. The Sole Fitness app will keep monitoring your exercise data in the background as you enjoy your TV shows, podcasts or music on your device. This elliptical also comes with an included heart rate monitor and chest strap. 

A compact model with a footprint of 70″ x 24″, the Sole E25 has an MSRP of $1,799, but often sells online for as little $999. With this price, it’s easily one of the best ellipticals on the market under $1,000. When purchased directly from Sole Fitness, the E25 is shipped with a warranty package including lifetime coverage for the frame, three years on parts and electronics, and one year of in-home labor. Sole ellipticals also come with an excellent 30-day money back guarantee. This warranty package demonstrates that Sole has built these machines to last.

Our Favorite Features

  • 20-inch stride with 20 incline levels
  • Ergonomic, 2-degree inward pedals
  • Compact model with 70″ x 24″ footprint
  • Quiet magnetic resistance design
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Touch heart rate monitors and compatible with wireless telemetry
  • Chest strap heart rate monitor included
  • Syncs with mobile apps
  • Tablet/phone holder
  • Transport wheels
  • Bluetooth audio speakers
  • USB charging port
  • 350-pound weight capacity

Sole E25 Elliptical - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:4-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Incline:0-20 degrees
Stride Length:20 inches
Flywheel:20 LBS
Programs:10 programs
Weight Capacity:350 LBS
Dimensions:70" L x 24" W x 71" H

Our Least Favorite Features

  • Does not fold
  • Stride length is not adjustable
  • Speakers are not very powerful
  • Not resistant enough for advanced trainees

The Bottom Line

Smoother and more durable than its competitors, the Sole E25 Elliptical is a great value machine when it’s on sale for $999. It offers the classic selection of workouts found on other Sole and health club elliptical trainers as well as accommodating for two users to save their profiles for quick-start convenience. We also like how the elliptical can play music and podcasts, hold a tablet computer, and communicate with mobile fitness apps for fluid exercise data syncing. 

Advanced trainees or people who carry lots of weight should choose a higher model number such as the E95, but the E25 is ideal for many shoppers on fixed budgets.


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Frequently Asked Questions

How heavy is the Sole E25?

The machine weighs 212 pounds.

Is Sole E25 elliptical a quiet machine?

Yes, it's actually designed to be more quiet than rival units.

How long does it take to assemble a Sole E25 elliptical machine?

Between one and two hours, but having a friend help makes it easier.

Does the Sole E25 have Bluetooth?

Yes, the machine is Bluetooth-enabled.

Does the Sole E25 have transport wheels

Yes, the machine has two transport wheels for easy movement.

How long will Sole E25 last?

As with any exercise equipment, life expectancy is determined by care and usage. That said, with a lifetime warranty on the frame, one can assume a minimum of 10 years without much trouble so long as care is taken.


  • Billie February 14, 2019 at 7:18 am
    Price E25
    • Elliptical Reviews Team February 14, 2019 at 1:55 pm
      Hi Billie, Currently as of today (Feburary 14th 2019) the Sole E25 has a web price of $999. That includes free-shipping and a large number of other bells and whistles. Hope this helps!

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