Sole E55 Elliptical Review
A favorite feature on the E55 and other Sole ellipticals this year is 20 levels of incline up to 20°. The automated incline makes this machine especially effective for targeted muscle toning. In effect, you get 20 elliptical paths instead of just one. For convenience, Sole ellipticals have incline controls built into the arm bars.
Is this cardio trainer sized for you? Two key specs for the E55 are a 20-pound flywheel and Sole’s natural-feeling 20-inch stride. This combination makes the machine ideal for novices and intermediate-level trainees of average height or above. Advanced athletes would likely prefer elliptical trainers with heavier flywheels, such as the Sole E95. People who are significantly taller or shorter than average would especially appreciate the Sole E95s, which has an adjustable 18- to 24-inch elliptical path.
As for workout programming, all Sole ellipticals have a 10-item menu. The options include manual mode, user-designed workouts, and preset workouts focused on cardiovascular health, rapid calorie burn and muscle strengthening/toning. The default display screen is a 9-inch LCD, which is higher contrast than the previous version, and the console can be tilted to each user’s optimum viewing angle. With Bluetooth, a tablet computer or smartphone, can also function as the elliptical machine’s control center. This works via the free mobile app simply named “Sole Fitness App.”
The Sole Fitness App is compatible with Apple and Android devices. It lets the user set up a workout, then use other apps if desired as it collects data during workouts. The app can store workout info long-term and can also share the data with popular fitness apps such as iHealth and MyFitnessPal.
Our Favorite Features
- 20” stride supports a natural gait
- 20-pound flywheel
- Power adjustable incline
- Can save user-designed workouts
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Integrated tablet holder
- Bluetooth audio speakers
- USB charging port
- Wireless heart rate transmitter included
- 5 year warranty on parts and electronics
- 2 year in-home labor coverage
Sole E55 Elliptical - Notable Specs:
|Compact / Folding:||No|
|Stride Length:||20 inches|
|Weight Capacity:||375 LBS|
|Dimensions:||71" L x 27" W x 64" H|
Our Least Favorite Features
- Fixed stride is too long for petite trainees (See the E95s for comparison)
- Speakers are not very powerful
- Limited to 10 workout programs
The Bottom Line
All Sole ellipticals for 2017 are top values in their respective price classes. The E55 is well worth its $1,499 sale price, particularly for beginners and intermediate-level trainees. Advanced athletes might prefer a model with a heavier flywheel, such as the Sole E95s elliptical, for more challenge.