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Sole E25 Elliptical Detailed Overview

The E25 is Sole’s entry level elliptical trainer and thanks to a recent makeover, delivers better value than ever! The machine offers newcomers to cardio training an affordable way to exercise while protecting their joints. The new version of the E25 offers extra motivation and features: it has an integrated tablet holder, Bluetooth audio speakers, and a USB charging port.

A key benefit of this cross trainer are the excellent head-to-toe muscle sculpting possibilities it provides users. The handlebars are moulded to support multiple grip positions, promoting comfort and allowing users to focus on a variety of muscles in the upper body. For the lower body, serious training boosts are available with a power incline. The ramp angle power-adjusts the elliptical path for an incline of up to 20 degrees. Another way to focus on different muscle groups in the lower body is by altering between forward and reverse pedaling motions.

Resistance is provided by a 19-pound flywheel, which is fairly heavy for its price class and provides a comfortably smooth ride. Sole ellipticals also feature foot pedal adjustment 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.

Workout programming on the E25 features the same preset options as Sole’s top-of-the-line E98. Included are 10 workout modes to support efficient heart rate training, weight loss, and workouts for muscle definition. The default display is a 6.5″ LCD, trainees can use their tablet or smartphone to set up workouts and track progress as well. An advantage of using the Sole Fitness mobile app is syncing your treadmill workout data with FitBit, MyFitnessPal and other fitness apps. You can dock your mobile device on the elliptical console and use other apps while the Sole Fitness app keeps monitoring data in the background.

The Sole E25 has an MSRP of $1,899, but often sells online for as little $999. When that happens, this machine is easily one of the best ellipticals priced under $1000. Purchased directly from Sole Fitness and it’s shipped with a warranty package including lifetime coverage for the frame, three years on parts and electronics, and one year of labor. All labor is provided in-home. That’s a pretty strong warranty package, suggesting that Sole built these machines to last.

Our Favorite Features

  • 20″ stride with 20 incline levels
  • Adjustable pedals
  • Quiet magnetic resistance
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Wireless and touch heart rate monitors
  • Syncs with mobile apps
  • Tablet computer holder
  • Transport wheels
  • Integrated tablet holder
  • Bluetooth audio speakers
  • USB charging port

Sole E25 Elliptical - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:4-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Incline:0-20 degrees
Stride Length:20 inches
Flywheel:19 LBS
Programs:10 programs
Weight Capacity:350 LBS
Dimensions:70" L x 24" W x 64" H

Our Least Favorite Features

  • Does not fold
  • No reading rack
  • 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 when on sale for $999. It offers the classic selection of workouts found on health club elliptical trainers and two users can save their profiles for quick-start convenience. We also like how the elliptical can play music and podcasts, hold a tablet computer, and communicates with mobile fitness apps. 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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  • 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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