As the most compact Sole elliptical, the new Sole E55 for 2016 measures about 6-feet long x 2-feet wide.
Packed into its space-saving frame are high quality performance components and Sole’s latest suite of tech-friendly features: Bluetooth, an improved tablet computer dock, an easier-to-read screen and iPod compatibility.
The E55 is now sale priced at $1,499 (down from $2,599) and carries a competitive warranty for home use.
Learn more from our complete Sole E55 review below.
|Resistance Type||Eddy Current Braking|
|Pedals||Cushioned & Adjustable|
|User Profiles||2 Users|
|Heart Rate||Pulse Grips & Chest Belt
|Max. Weight||375 lbs|
|Dimensions||64" x 71" x 27"
Weight: 214 lbs
Parts: 5 Years
Electronics: 5 Years
Labor: 2 Years (In-Home)
Rating: 92.0/100. The compact but powerful Sole E55 Elliptical is a top recommendation for shoppers with smaller workout spaces. While this cardio trainer can hold up to 375 pounds, it has a mere 27″ x 71″ footprint. A handle and transport wheels are built in for easy storage and repositioning too. Key performance specs include a 20-pound flywheel, a 20″ stride, and an incline offering a choice of 20 ergonomic elliptical paths. Each incline setting helps recruit different muscle fibers in the lower body, making the E55 and other Sole ellipticals much more effective at muscle sculpting when compared with more basic elliptical trainers. Upper body training is supported too with moving arm bars.
Programming can be shown on the console’s impressive 9-inch screen or on the user’s own mobile device using the Sole Fitness app. The app can run in the background while others are used during exercise. It can share workout data with iHealth, MyFitnessPal and other mobile fitness apps. Just like the best commercial cardio trainers, the E55 also has iPod compatibility, a water bottle holder, cooling fans and a storage tray. Here are pros and cons to consider.
- Light commercial quality
- Competitive home warranty
- Natural 20-inch stride
- 20 incline levels
- 20-pound flywheel
- Silent magnetic resistance
- 10 workout programs
- Heart rate control
- Compatible with wireless chest straps
- 9″ data screen
- Bluetooth connection for tablet integration, data syncing
- Tablet holder
- iPod compatible
- Cooling fans
- Water bottle holder
- Accessory tray
- Great customer support
- Cannot download new workouts
- Stride length isn’t adjustable
The Sole E55 lets you accomplish big workouts even with limited room. With a 20-pound drive plus the added resistance of incline training, it’s an ideal cardio trainer and muscle toner built for joint-friendly motion.
The E55 also features the most common stride length chosen for commercial ellipticals, 20 inches, to accommodate the natural stride length of most trainees. Here are details about workouts, the addition of Bluetooth, and other features on the Sole E55 for 2016.
The E55 and all Sole ellipticals for 2016 have 10-item workout menus. Each workout can control the elliptical machine’s resistance and incline. The choices are manual mode, five standard elliptical workout programs (Cardio, Fat Burn, Hill, Interval and Strength), two heart rate controlled workouts, and two programs created and saved by the user. Any trainee using the Sole Fitness App can set up a user profile to benefit from custom programming.
Sole E55 Features
A key feature of the Sole E55 is its power incline with 20 settings. With a choice of 20 elliptical paths, trainees can accomplish impressive muscle toning that’s not possible with other elliptical trainers. For convenience there are incline controls built into the moving arm bars.
The default control center for workouts is a high contrast 9″ LCD. New for 2016, the Sole E55 can also accept a tablet computer or smartphone as its monitor. With Bluetooth you can set up a workout through your mobile device, use favorite apps for entertainment or multitasking, and then export your workout stats to any compatible fitness app. The Sole Fitness App can also store session data locally too.
The new E55 console has an improved tablet computer holder and is adjustable to ensure a just-right view. For extra motivation it’s iPod compatible; speakers and an MP3 player port are included.
For heart rate monitoring the elliptical is compatible with a wireless chest strap. It also has contact pulse sensors.
Warranty & Guarantee
The Sole E55 Elliptical warranty provides the following coverage:
– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 5 Years
– Electronics: 5 Years
– Labor: 2 Years
Sole provides in-home servicing for all repairs.
The Sole E55 Elliptical is among the best cross trainers available under $1,500 with a great warranty. For most adults it offers an ideal physical fit and just-right resistance.