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Sole E95 Review

Quick Summary

Year after year the Sole E95 is reviewed as a “best front-drive elliptical trainer” and is a bestseller for home gyms.

Upgraded with Bluetooth for 2016, it now has even wider appeal.

The new Sole E95 Elliptical has club-quality components, supports targeted muscle toning with 20 levels of incline, is iPod compatible, and can integrate a tablet or smartphone running the Sole Fitness App.

Read on for FitRated’s detailed review of the new Sole E95 Elliptical. below…

Specifications

FitRated
Model Sole E95
Rating

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94.2%
List Price

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

$2,699
Best Price

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$1,799
Resistance

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

20 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.

0 - 20%
Flywheel

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

27 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.

2 Users
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 Strap
Compatible
Display

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

10.1" LCD
Max. Weight

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

400 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).

83" x 27" x 62"
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: 94.2%

Our Rating

Rating: 94.2/100. For several years the Sole E95 Elliptical has been an “Editor’s Choice” front-drive trainer here at FitRated.com. Modified for the 2016 model year – and now sale priced at just $1,799 – it’s an even brighter star than before. The main upgrade is the option to securely dock and sync your own mobile device for on-board entertainment and for use with Sole’s fitness data app. Performance highlights are a 30-pound drive for very smooth motion, a 20″ to 22″ stride with electronic control, and 20 electronically controlled incline settings. The many possible combinations of stride length and angle make the Sole E95 an efficient tool for weight management and lower body muscle toning in addition to cardio training. With moving handlebars too, it’s a low impact fitness machine for the whole body.
The data screen on the new E95 is the best in Sole’s elliptical collection. It’s a bit larger than the old one (10.1″ versus 9″), has advanced graphics and uses high contrast blue against white for easy reading. Additionally the new Sole E95 console can securely hold a tablet computer or smartphone and let it work as the workout monitor and entertainment screen; a mobile device running the Sole Fitness App can be used for setting up and running elliptical workout programs, enjoying other apps such as Netflix that can run simultaneously, and exporting exercise stats to other mobile fitness apps. Also included on the E95 console are cooling fans, iPod compatible speakers and a beverage holder.

Pros:

  • 20″ to 22″ stride, power adjustable
  • 30-pound flywheel
  • 10 workout programs including custom
  • 10.1″ graphic screen
  • Option to integrate mobile device as workout display
  • Bluetooth syncing with mobile fitness apps
  • Heart rate control
  • Wireless pulse compatible
  • Touch pulse sensors on stationary handles
  • Moving arm bars
  • Compatible with MP3 players (port, speakers)
  • Cooling fan and water bottle holder
  • Competitive warranty and great customer service

Cons:

  • Not ideal for people with short strides
  • Cannot download new workouts
  • Not compact

Who would like the Sole E95 Elliptical best? Diverse resistance levels make it appropriate for trainees at all strength levels. The stride selection of 20 to 22 inches makes it best for adults of average to taller heights. If your gait is short, you might prefer the Sole E95s with its 18″ to 24″ range.

Introduction

The Sole E95 easily wins “Best Buy Elliptical” awards year after year. It’s a top choice because it meets all skill levels, fits most heights, and delivers club-quality workouts at a home gym price. Key features are a 30-pound magnetic front drive, stride lengths from 20 to 22 inches, and 20 incline settings. Here are details about the E95’s workout programming, Bluetooth integration and other features for the 2016 model year.

Workout Programs

All Sole elliptical trainers for 2016 feature the same workout menu. It has 10 training programs including standard elliptical workouts, heart rate programs and user-designed routines. The programs can adjust the machine’s incline and resistance, and you can set different durations for workout time.
The six standard elliptical workout programs are named Manual, Cardio, Fat Burn, Hill Climb, Interval and Strength. Another two programs can use heart rate data from a wireless chest strap to help you maintain a constant exertion level. The final two programs are defined by the user.

Sole E95 Features

The centerpiece of the E95’s console is a 10.1″ program screen. New for 2016, this screen is Sole’s largest and features the brand’s best display graphics. Easy-to-read blue text is set against a white background. For a perfect view the new Sole E95 console has adjustable angle too.

The new E95 also has Bluetooth, which lets a tablet computer or smartphone function as the control center. The Sole Fitness App lets a mobile device set up a workout program, collect exercise info even while other apps are running, store data long-term, and optionally send data to popular fitness apps.

Sculpt your glutes and leg muscles exactly as you’d like! It’s made possible on the E95 with 20 levels of incline. You can easily adjust the incline with handlebar-based controls or monitor controls, or let it be controlled entirely by preset programs.

The E95 Elliptical’s magnetic resistance is centered around a 30-pound flywheel. With 20 resistance levels to choose from, plus the added challenge of the 20-level incline, the Sole E95 is a great asset to trainees at all skill levels.

For added calorie burn and toning the upper body, Sole ellipticals have moving handlebars. On the new E95 these are designed to comfortably support different gripping positions. With a different grip, different muscles can be emphasized in the arms, chest, shoulders and back.

Stationary handlebars are also provided. These have touch heart rate sensors, an alternative to the machine’s wireless pulse receiver.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Sole E95 Elliptical warranty for 2016 leads the industry. It includes:

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

Sole Fitness provides in-home servicing for all repairs.

Conclusion

For the vast majority shoppers with $1,500 cross trainer budgets, the new Sole E95 is a FitRated “Editor’s Choice” for 2016. This affordable elliptical machine delivers spa-quality workouts but carries a long warranty for use at home. You can benefit not only from taking natural strides with very low joint impact, but also from using 20 angled paths for extra-fast calorie burn and beautiful muscle definition. New for 2016, the E95 can sync with mobile devices and fitness apps too to enhance your exercise experiences and effectiveness.
This machine is a top value and a crowd pleaser. We’d only suggest choosing a different Sole elliptical if workout space is limited (see the E55) or you’d like the 18″ to 24″ stride choices of the pricier E95s.