Sole E25 Elliptical Review
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.
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.
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. This excellent 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
- Quiet magnetic resistance design
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Touch heart rate monitors and compatible with wireless telemetry
- Syncs with mobile apps
- Tablet/phone holder
- Transport wheels
- Bluetooth audio speakers
- USB charging port
Sole E25 Elliptical - Notable Specs:
|Compact / Folding:||No|
|Stride Length:||20 inches|
|Weight Capacity:||350 LBS|
|Dimensions:||70" L x 24" W x 64" H|
Our Least Favorite Features
- Does not fold
- 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.