Sole E98 Elliptical Review 5

Sole E98 Elliptical Rating

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Pros The Light Commercial E98 shows off Sole’s best biomechanics for a 20” stride including pedals with advanced stabilizers, a slight inward tilt, articulation and customizable angle. Ultra-smooth rides are also supported by the brand’s heaviest flywheel, which is 34 pounds of balanced aluminum. Moving handlebars allow total body training with high calorie burn and low stress on joints. New for 2016 are Bluetooth for fitness app integration, a 10.1” screen and an adjustable-angle console.
Cons Sole elliptical trainers let users create and save new workout programs, but they aren’t designed to download new workouts from subscription services like some others are. Another possible drawback of the E98 in particular is the fixed 20” stride length. While 20” is ideal for most adults, it can leave petites behind. A great alternative is Sole’s E95s, a durable home elliptical with stride settings from 18 to 24 inches.
Summary The new Sole Light Commercial E98 for 2016 is among our top recommendations for light commercial settings such as apartment complexes and hotel workout rooms. It performs beautifully, is priced better than other brands’ comparable alternatives, and is backed by Sole Fitness’ industry-leading warranty packages and great customer service. For home use, however, we prefer the Sole E95s. It’s priced the same, is nearly as robust, and has the advantage of adjustable stride.

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Sole E98 Elliptical Detailed Overview

The Sole Light Commercial E98 Elliptical, now available for $2499, is a high quality cross trainer that’s quickly eclipsing more expensive alternatives. A choice of two generous warranties — residential and light commercial — help make the Sole E98 one of the best elliptical values of 2016.

Always a top performer in terms of mechanics, the E98 now has digital tech-related upgrades that help it appeal to an even wider audience. Most significant is the addition of Bluetooth for use with Sole Fitness’ new mobile app. This app lets the user’s own mobile device serve as the elliptical machine’s control center and saves exercise stats to their smartphone or tablet computer. The Sole Fitness app can sync with iHealth, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal and countless other mobile apps that help maximize fitness efforts. Other tech-related upgrades are an improved tablet computer holder and a larger and even easier to read screen (Sole’s largest at 10.1”) with adjustable angle. Like older Sole ellipticals, the Light Commercial E98 has speakers for an MP3 player too.

Some important specs for performance are adjustable-angle articulating pedals with a 20” stride, a 34-pound flywheel with smooth magnetic resistance, and moving and stationary handlebars with comfortable grips. Helping this trainer outshine others is its power incline, which gives a choice of 20 elliptical paths for extra cardio challenge, even faster calorie burn and targeted muscle toning. At any workout intensity, advanced stabilizers in the pedals support a healthy upright posture that isn’t so easily achieved on front drive ellipticals from inferior brands.

The biomechanics of the Sole E98 are ideal for most adults of average to tall heights, and the machine can safely support up to 400 pounds. Trainees with shorter strides would likely prefer the Sole E95s with 18″ to 24″ stride settings. The E95s is priced the same as the Light Commercial E98 but is only under warranty for home use.

Workout programs are accessible through the 10.1” console screen or the user’s own mobile device (iOS or Android) running the Sole Fitness app. Ten customizable choices are available including manual mode, two user-designed workouts, two workouts controlled by heart rate, and five classics: Cardio, Fat Burn, Hill, Interval and Strength.

Extra features contributing to top-notch workout experiences are a strap for wireless heart rate monitoring, touch pulse sensors, personal cooling fans, a water bottle holder and an accessory storage area.

Our Favorite Features

  • Light commercial quality
  • 10.1” screen with adjustable angle
  • 34-pound flywheel
  • Quiet magnetic resistance
  • 20 automated incline levels
  • Forward and reverse pedaling
  • Includes heart rate strap
  • Bluetooth for fitness app integration
  • Tablet holder
  • MP3 player compatible with jack and speakers
  • Can save customized workout programs
  • High weight capacity (400 pounds)
  • Excellent warranties for home and light commercial use

Sole E98 Elliptical - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:5-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Incline:Power Adjustable
Stride Length:20 inches
Flywheel:34 LBS
Programs:10 programs
Weight Capacity:400 LBS
Dimensions:82" L x 31" W x 67" H

Our Least Favorite Features

  • Too large for some homes
  • Fixed stride
  • Speakers are not very powerful
  • Doesn’t have a workout subscription service

The Bottom Line

The Sole Light Commercial E98 functions as beautifully as commercial elliptical trainers that have double the MSRP. Now available for just $2499 (down from $3499) with shipping included, it’s a top bargain for light commercial settings. Trainees will stay motivated by its entertainment support, fitness app integration and efficient results.

For residential settings the Sole E95s could provide better value. Built for home-only use, it’s priced the same as the Light Commercial E98 but has adjustable stride from 18 to 24 inches to accommodate an even wider range of exercisers and support serious muscle sculpting.

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