Sole E25 Elliptical Review 4

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Pros The Sole E25 is an all-around solid value. It has some of the best ergonomics in its price class, provides a variety of training programs and carries a consumer-friendly warranty. This unit is even better than last year’s model too in terms of its new console and wireless integration. Another plus is that you can count on Sole ellipticals to operate quietly and reliably for many years.
Cons Unlike an earlier version of the E25, the model for 2016 has a maximum 20” stride (not 22”). A longer adjustable stride could be more comfortable for taller trainees. Another possible shortcoming is the 19-pound flywheel. While it’s respectable for a flywheel on a $999 trainer, it’s not heavy enough for elite athletes seeking strong resistance. Also, the E25 has transport wheels but it isn’t foldable. It might not be the best elliptical if you have very limited workout space.
Summary Engineered to outperform its competitors, the Sole E25 Elliptical is a top recommendation at its $999 sale price. This trainer scores well in terms of ergonomics, programming and durability. Coupled with an iPod or tablet computer it can deliver comfortable training sessions that help you lose weight, tone your muscles and keep your heart healthy for years.

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Sole E25 Elliptical Detailed Overview

The E25, Sole’s entry level elliptical trainer, has a 2016 makeover to deliver better value than ever. With a sale price of $999 it offers newcomers to cardio training an affordable way to exercise while protecting their joints. The new version of the E25 offers extra motivation with its tablet holder, and like earlier models it has an MP3 player port and speakers.

Excellent head-to-toe muscle sculpting is a key benefit of using this cross trainer. The handlebars are molded to support multiple grip positions, which promotes comfort and helps you focus on different muscles in the upper body. For the lower body, serious training boosts are available with a power incline: The ramp angle power-adjusts the 20″ elliptical path with settings from zero to 20 degrees. A second way to focus on different muscle groups in the lower body is by altering between forward and reverse pedaling.

Resistance is provided by a 19-pound flywheel, which is heavy for its price class to provide smoother rides. Also for healthy motion Sole ellipticals feature foot pedal adjustment that isn’t found on other cross trainers, and the pedals 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, and Sole ellipticals for 2016 can also use the trainee’s own tablet computer or smartphone to set up workouts and track progress. 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 working in the background.

The Sole E25 has an MSRP of $1,899 but often has an online sale price of $999, making it one of the best elliptical values under $1000. Purchased directly from Sole Fitness it’s shipped with a warranty package including lifetime coverage for the frame, three years on parts and electronics, and a year of labor. All labor is provided in-home.

Our Favorite Features

  • 20″ stride with 20 incline levels
  • Adjustable pedals
  • Quiet magnetic resistance
  • Speakers for MP3s
  • Wireless and touch heart rate monitors
  • Syncs with mobile apps
  • Tablet computer holder
  • Transport wheels

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 top value at $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, can 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 with $999 fitness budgets.

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