Sole E98 Elliptical Review
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 inches) with adjustable angle. Like older Sole ellipticals, the Light Commercial E98 an integrated tablet holder, Bluetooth audio speakers, and a USB charging port.
Some important specs for performance are adjustable-angle articulating pedals with a 20-inch 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-inch 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-inch 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. The unit also comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame, a 5-year guarantee on electronics and parts, as well as two years on labor.
Our Favorite Features
- Light commercial quality
- 10.1-inch screen with adjustable angle
- 34-pound flywheel
- Quiet magnetic resistance
- 20 automated incline levels
- Forward and reverse pedaling
- Includes heart rate strap
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Integrated tablet holder
- Bluetooth audio speakers
- USB charging port
- Can save customized workout programs
- 400-pound weight capacity
- Lifetime warranty on frame, with 5-year guarantee on electronics/parts, 2-years on labor
Sole E98 Elliptical - Notable Specs:
|Compact / Folding:||No|
|Stride Length:||20 inches|
|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 $2,499 (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.