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Sole E98 Review

Quick Summary

Delivered with generous residential and light commercial warranties, the new Sole E98 Light Commercial Elliptical is a best buy at its temporary $2,499 sale price.

Highlights include Sole’s heaviest flywheel for ultra-smooth resistance, a natural-feeling 20” stride, and an incline for workout boosts.

This durable trainer is also iPod compatible, can display a tablet computer, and now has Bluetooth for integrating the Sole Fitness App.

Read on for a detailed review of the new Sole E98 Elliptical

Specifications

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Model Sole E98
Rating

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93.1%
List Price

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$3,499
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$2,499
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 & Articulating
Incline

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

Power Incline
Flywheel

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

30 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
(2 Programs)
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" TFT
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).

Height: 70"
Width: 32"
Length: 84"
Weight: 265 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: 93.1%

Our Rating

Rating: 93.1/100. The Sole E98 Light Commercial Elliptical is the premier cross trainer from Sole Fitness. It’s sold with an impressive home-use warranty and is the only Sole elliptical also available with light commercial coverage. Long respected for its excellent ergonomics and efficient body sculpting, this popular cross trainer provides a 34-pound flywheel for exceptionally smooth rides, a 20” elliptical path for natural-feeling strides, and 20 incline settings for workout boosts. Advanced stabilizers help trainees maintain an upright posture even as the slope changes and workouts get intense. Slightly made over for the 2016 model year, the Sole E98 now offers better-than-ever tech integration too: Its new console is compatible with MP3 players, has a secure shelf for a tablet computer, and features Bluetooth to enhance workouts with the Sole Fitness mobile app. This high quality elliptical trainer has a low introductory price of $2499 (full price $3499) to help make its way into home gyms and light commercial fitness centers.

Pros:

  • 20” stride with articulating pedals
  • 34-pound flywheel
  • 10 workout programs including custom
  • 10.1” graphic screen
  • Option to integrate mobile device as workout display
  • Bluetooth connection for the Sole Fitness App
  • Heart rate control
  • Wireless pulse compatible
  • Touch pulse sensors on stationary handles
  • Moving arm bars
  • Compatible with MP3 players (port, speakers)
  • Cooling fans
  • Water bottle holder
  • Choice of great warranties for home use and light commercial gyms

Cons:

  • Stride is fixed at 20”
  • Cannot download new workouts
  • Not a space-saver

Introduction

The Sole E98 Light Commercial is Sole’s top-of-the-line trainer. Built to support up to three hours of training per day, this smooth performer is a top value for hotel fitness rooms, apartment complex workout rooms and other light commercial exercise settings. When sale priced at just $2499 it’s also a best buy for households. Here are details about the E98’s workout programming, Bluetooth fitness tracking and other features for the 2016 model year.

Workout Programs

Like all Sole ellipticals for 2016, the new Sole E98 has a 10-item workout menu. Six classic training modes are included: Manual, Cardio, Fat Burn, Hill Climb, Interval and Strength. Another two programs are heart rate controlled; these use data from a wireless chest strap or contact sensors to help the trainee stay in a given heart rate zone. The final two programs are defined by the user. An unlimited number of user profiles can be created with the Sole Fitness mobile app.

Sole E98 Features

Very smooth motion is a Sole Fitness brand hallmark. Thanks to its 34-pound flywheel, the E98 is Sole’s smoothest elliptical trainer of all. The machine has 20 resistance settings to accommodate all skill levels.

The E98 Light Commercial Elliptical shows off Sole’s best monitor, a 10.1” screen with high-contrast display and adjustable angle. It also has Bluetooth, which lets the user’s own tablet computer or smartphone function as the control center. The Sole Fitness App lets a mobile device connect to the E98 to set up programs, collect exercise info even while other apps are running, and send data to popular fitness apps.

The power incline is another top feature. With 20 settings up to 20 degrees, it lets you change your stride to target different muscles and get more intense workouts.

For extra calorie burn and upper body toning, Sole ellipticals have moving handlebars. The E98 Light Commercial has padded handlebars that support different grip positions, making it more comfortable to get a variety of upper-body workouts. Stationary handlebars are also provided. These have contact heart rate sensors as an alternative to the machine’s wireless telemetry.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Sole E98 is sold with a choice of residential and light commercial warranties. These provide the following coverage:

– Frame: Lifetime residential and light commercial
– Parts: 5 years residential, 3 years light commercial
– Electronics: 5 years residential, 3 years light commercial
– Labor: 2 years residential, 1 year light commercial

Sole Fitness provides on-site servicing for all repairs. Their E98 is sold with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Conclusion

The new Sole E98 elliptical for 2016 is a top bargain for light commercial settings. This model has a long history of strong, reliable performance and now has Bluetooth too. For home use though, the Sole E95s is probably a better buy. It’s priced the same as the E98 Light Commercial, is almost as hardy, and offers the extra benefit of an adjustable stride.