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Sole E35 Review

Quick Summary

Smooth and reliable, the Sole E35 has always been a best buy in the under-$1,500 elliptical category.

Now with Bluetooth and other upgrades for the 2016 model year, it’s a better value than ever. Key specs for performance are a high quality 25-pound flywheel, a 20″ stride and 20 incline settings.

Some extra features are a tablet holder, iPod compatibility and personal cooling fans.

Learn more from our full Sole E35 Elliptical review below.

Specifications

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Model Sole E35
Rating

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86.7%
List Price

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

$2,299
Best Price

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$1,399
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).

20"
Pedals

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

Cushioned & Adjustable
Incline

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

20 levels
Flywheel

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

25 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.

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 & Telemetry Belt
Display

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

7.5" LCD
Max. Weight

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

375 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).

82" x 31" x 67"
Weight: 215 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: 5 Years
Electronics: 5 Years
Labor: 2 Years (In-Home)

Rating: 86.7%

Our Rating

Rating: 86.7/100. Why is the Sole E35 Elliptical a top seller? Like other Sole Fitness elliptical trainers, it has the biomechanics and durability to outperform others in its price class. It’s also backed by an excellent warranty and Sole’s reputation for great customer service. Now sporting Bluetooth and other enhancements for the 2016 model year, it’s competing better than ever for space in home gyms. The new E35 has a temporary online sale price of $1,399 (delivery included) and an MSRP of $2,299.

Is the E35 the best elliptical for you? It’s designed to fit the typical trainee in terms of skill and body size. A wide range of resistance comes from its 25-pound drive and the elliptical path is 20″ long, which is the same stride length used on Sole’s E98 Light Commercial Elliptical and other club-quality trainers. That said, elite athletes might prefer a model with an even heavier drive, and some shoppers upgrade to Sole ellipticals with adjustable strides. Here are pros and cons to consider.

Pros:

  • Reputable brand
  • Industry-leading warranty
  • Very quiet operation
  • 25-pound flywheel
  • Ergonomic 20” stride
  • Pedals are cushioned
  • Pedals have adjustable angle
  • Power incline with 20 settings
  • 10 workout programs
  • Heart rate control
  • Wireless and touch heart rate receivers
  • Wireless chest strap included
  • Bluetooth connection
  • Tablet computer holder
  • iPod compatible
  • Cooling fans
  • Water bottle holder
  • Accessory tray
  • Sole Fitness customer support

Cons:

  • Cannot download new workouts
  • Stride length isn’t adjustable

Introduction

Moderately priced and smartly engineered, the new E35 Elliptical is another winner from Sole Fitness. This $1,399 cardio trainer can serve a household for many years. For typical trainees it can provide a just-right level of challenge and won’t be outgrown quickly. It carries a best-in-class warranty too. Here are details about the E35’s workout programming, special features and buyer protections.

Workout Programs

The new E35, like all Sole ellipticals, can guide exercise with 10 programs. Five programs are classics for elliptical trainers: Cardio, Fat Burn, Hill, Interval and Strength. Two programs are controlled by heart rate; they adjust the machine’s resistance to help you exercise in your target heart rate zone. The remaining options are manual mode and two user-designed programs.

Sole E35 Features

Workout programming is shown on a 7.5-inch LCD built into the console. To ensure a clear view of data the screen is high contrast and the console’s angle is adjustable.

New for 2016, Sole workout programming can also be shown on a tablet computer or smartphone running the Sole Fitness App. After a program is set up, you can enjoy other apps while you train. Sole’s app will run in the background to control the elliptical machine’s incline and resistance. You can use the app to send your exercise stats to FitBit, MapMyRun and other fitness apps.

For extra motivation the Sole E35 has a jack and speakers for an MP3 player.

A top performance feature of the Sole E35 is its power incline. With 20 settings to choose from, it allows targeted muscle-toning that’s not possible on trainers with just one flat elliptical path. For even more dynamic training the pedals can move in reverse motion too.

Pedals on the E35 Elliptical are cushioned to encourage longer training sessions. They’re also oversized to allow for foot repositioning, which reduces fatigue.

For heart rate monitoring this elliptical is delivered with a wireless chest strap. It also has pulse sensors on its stationary handlebars.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Sole E35 Elliptical warranty provides the following coverage:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 5 years
– Electronics: 5 years
– Labor: 2 years

Sole elliptical trainers are sold with 30-day money-back guarantees. Sole Fitness, unlike many of its competitors, provides in-home service for all repairs.

Conclusion

The new Sole E35 Elliptical with Bluetooth is a great buy at the $1,399 sale price. Considering its long warranty, it’s a pretty good buy at full price too. This elliptical trainer is designed for many years of trouble-free operation and has the power to help you keep reaching new heights of fitness.