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Sole E25 Review

Quick Summary

The Sole E25 Elliptical is the entry-level cross trainer from Sole Fitness, a reputable leading brand.

Sale priced at just $999 the E25 offers an affordable way to keep fit without straining sensitive joints in your ankles, knees and hips.

Key points are its 20″ elliptical path, 20 incline settings and 20-pound flywheel. New for 2016, Sole ellipticals are also Bluetooth-enabled and have music speakers.

Learn more from the full Sole E25 Elliptical review below.

Specifications

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Model Sole E25
Rating

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80.6%
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$1,899.99
Best Price

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$999
Resistance

Resistance is what determines calories burned per stride. The more levels, the more precisely you can control the difficulty.

16 Levels
Resistance Type

The type of resistance affects the performance of your elliptical. Magnetic and Eddy-Current are the most common types.

Eddy Current Braking
Stride Length

Stride Length is important for comfort and smooth strides. A stride length of 18-21 inches is ideal for most heights (5'3 - 6'7).

Up to 20"
Pedals

Elliptical pedals can be cushioned and adjustable for maximum comfort and minimum impact on joints for injury prevention.

Oversized
Incline

Some elliptical trainers can be set at an incline to increase difficulty and burn more calories.

0 - 20
Flywheel

The flywheel controls the smoothness and resistance of your workout. In general, the higher the better.

20 lbs
Programs

Elliptical Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

10
User Profiles

For each profile the elliptical allows, you can create a custom user account with saved programs and goal settings.

1 User
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

Pulse Grips
Chest Belt (Optional)
Display

Elliptical Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

6.5" LCD
Max. Weight

Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

350 lbs
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this elliptical will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

70" x 24" x 64"
Weight: 212 lbs
Upper Body

Most ellipticals have handles to hold while you're working out that provide an upper body workout.

Accessory Tray

Some ellipticals include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Speakers

Ellipticals that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (without headphones).

Cooling Fans

Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout on your elliptical.

Folding?

Some ellipticals are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).

Warranty

The warranty is an important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs.

Frame: Lifetime
Parts: 3 Years
Electronics: 3 Years
Labor: 1 Year (In-Home)

Rating: 80.6%

Our Rating

Rating: 80.6/100. Sole Fitness’s most affordable elliptical machine is named the Sole E25. Updated for 2016 and sale priced at $999, it’s a top value for many shoppers in the beginning and intermediate levels of cardio training. Key performance features are moving arm bars, a natural-feeling 20″ elliptical footpath, a 20-pound resistance system and 20 incline settings. Like all Sole ellipticals the new E25 has eight preset workout programs to support diverse training goals, plus it lets you design and save two customized routines.

New on Sole ellipticals for 2016 is Bluetooth for connecting with the Sole Fitness App. This app can store elliptical session data on your mobile device (Apple or Android) and share the stats with other mobile fitness apps. Additionally the Sole Fitness App lets your mobile device work as the elliptical machine’s control center: You can securely dock your tablet computer or smartphone on the E25’s console, use your touchscreen to set up a workout, use other apps while you train, and then export your workout data if desired.

Many more features are included. Here are pros and cons to consider.

Pros:

  • Low price
  • Reputable brand
  • Industry-leading warranty
  • Very quiet operation
  • Ergonomic 20″ stride
  • Adjustable pedal angle for comfort
  • Power incline with 20 settings
  • 10 workout programs
  • Heart rate control
  • Wireless and touch heart rate monitoring
  • Bluetooth connection for data storage/sharing
  • Tablet computer holder
  • iPod compatible
  • Cooling fans
  • Water bottle holder
  • Accessory tray
  • Sized conveniently for most homes (Not too big at 70″ long x 24″ wide)
  • Sole Fitness is known for great customer support

Cons:

  • Cannot download new workouts
  • Stride length isn’t adjustable
  • Wireless chest strap sold separately
  • Not powerful enough for elite athletes

Alternatives: Comparing Sole Ellipticals

Is the E25 the best Sole elliptical for your body and budget? Consider two main factors when comparing Sole elliptical trainers: resistance and stride length.

Resistance: The E25 is the lowest-priced Sole elliptical mainly because it has the brand’s lightest elliptical flywheel, a 20-pounder. That weight’s not ideal for advanced athletes but provides enough challenge for many trainees. It’s also heavier than what many other brands provide for $999… and to amplify the challenge the Sole E25 Elliptical has a power incline. The option to incline your path makes the E25 a more effective body sculptor than ellipticals with similar flywheel weights but no incline.

Stride: A 20″ stride like that on the E25 is standard for the industry. For most people it supports a natural-feeling walking gait. However, people who are significantly shorter or taller than average might prefer the Sole E95s. It costs about double the E25’s price but gives a stride range of 18 to 24 inches. This variety not only supports natural strides for almost anyone, but also provides more choices for targeted muscle toning no matter what your height.

Introduction

The Sole E25 Elliptical combines a low price with moderate force and high quality. With moving handlebars and a well-designed elliptical footpath, it supports joint-friendly exercise for the whole body. It provides enough force to challenge many trainees, but less force compared with other Sole ellipticals — and that helps make the $999 discount price possible. Here are details about workout programming, Bluetooth and other features on the Sole E25 for 2016.

Workout Programs

The new E25 is the lowest priced Sole Fitness elliptical, but it has the same workout selection as Sole’s top-of-the-line model. You can choose from 10 programs. Two of these are controlled by heart rate; they adjust the E25’s incline and resistance to help you exercise in your desired heart rate zone. Five of the programs are classics for elliptical trainers: Cardio, Fat Burn, Hill, Interval and Strength. The other options are manual mode and two user-designed routine

Sole E25 Features

Sole elliptical trainers offer the advantage of incline training. While ellipticals from many other brands provide a single forward-and-back footpath, the Sole E25 offers 20 incline levels to help you target specific muscle groups. Incline controls are built into the handlebars for convenience.

Workout programming can be shown on a 6.5″ LCD built into the console. New for 2016, programming can also be shown on your mobile device running the Sole Fitness App. The E25 has a secure tablet holder and an adjustable-angle console for the perfect view.

Music-friendly, the E25 has a port and speakers for an MP3 player.

For heart rate monitoring this elliptical is compatible with a wireless chest strap. It also has touch pulse sensors.

Most important of all, Sole ellipticals support healthy motion. The E25 has inward-sloping pedals to best support your natural movement, and the pedals have three angle settings to help prevent your Achilles tendons from straining. These factors help make the Sole E25 a good elliptical under $1,000.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Sole E25 Elliptical warranty provides the following coverage:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Parts: 3 years

– Electronics: 3 years

– Labor: 1 year (In-home)

Sole ellipticals are sold with 30-day money-back guarantees.

Conclusion

For many shoppers with $1,000 elliptical trainer budgets the Sole E25 is a good recommendation. It provides enough challenge if you’re a beginner or intermediate-level trainee.

You won’t be paying for force you’ll never use, and you’ll get many of the features found on more expensive Sole ellipticals: Bluetooth for stats tracking, iPod compatibility, 10 training programs, cooling fans and more.