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Sole SC200 Stepper Review

Quick Summary

Accomplish major calorie burn without the usual strain!

The Sole SC200 Stepper combines high intensity stair climbing with the low impact normally reserved for elliptical training. Updated for 2016 this joint-friendly trainer is now mobile friendly too with Bluetooth for fitness tracking.

It carries a generous residential warranty and has a sale price of just $899 (down from $1,499).

Read about its strengths and a few possible drawbacks in our full review of the Sole Stepper below.

Specifications

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Model Sole SC200 Stepper
Rating

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86.1%
List Price

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

$1,499
Best Price

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$899
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).

n/a
Pedals

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

Oversized & Cushioned
Incline

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

n/a
Flywheel

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

n/a
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.

Hand Grip Sensors
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" Backlit blue LCD
Max. Weight

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

330 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).

56" x 18" x 60"
Item Weight: 165 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 Years

Rating: 86.1%

Our Rating

Rating: 86.1/100. The Sole SC200 Stepper is among the most joint-friendly steppers on the market. It allows fast calorie burn with its up-and-down motion, but it uses design elements of Sole’s famously smooth elliptical trainers to minimize stress on ankles, knees and hips. Two examples are narrow pedal spacing and a 2 degree inward pedal slope; both factors help align the body for low joint stress. Using the SC200 Stepper, your body will stay in full contact with the machine instead of constantly having a harsh impact as it would with real-life stair climbing or hiking. The minimized pressure lets you train for longer and with less perceived effort. The Sole Stepper has moving arm bars too for efficient whole-body exercise.

Enhancements for the 2016 model year relate to the workout display and fitness management. This year’s Sole SC200 Stepper shows workout progress on a high-contrast 7.5” LCD embedded in an adjustable-angle console. Beneath the screen is a secure holder for a tablet computer. A tablet running the Sole Fitness app gives the option of syncing session data with MyFitnessPal or another fitness app. The Sole Stepper’s console and mobile app programming each give access to the same 10-item workout selection including manual mode, two user-designed workouts, two heart rate controlled workouts, and five classic cardio trainer programs named Cardio, Fat Burn, Hill, Interval and Strength.

Additional features of the Sole SC200 for 2016 are a sound system for MP3 players, a cooling fan, a water bottle holder, grip pulse sensors and a wireless heart rate receiver (chest strap sold separately).

The SC200 Stepper has a three-year parts and electronics warranty for home use if purchased directly from the manufacturer.

The $899 sale price includes shipping, and the Sole Fitness website only charges sales tax in Utah and California.

Pros:

  • Allows speedy calorie burn
  • Low impact on joints
  • High quality brand
  • 7.5” display
  • Option to use tablet/smartphone as monitor
  • Unlimited user profiles with the Sole Fitness App
  • Wireless heart rate receiver
  • Grip cardio receiver
  • 10 workout programs
  • Can save customized programs
  • Sound system for MP3 players
  • Water bottle holder
  • Personal cooling fan
  • Steel frame with 330-pound capacity
  • Quiet operation with magnetic resistance
  • Compact (56” long x 18” wide)
  • Competitive warranty
  • Great customer service

Cons:

  • Cannot download new workouts
  • Pedals are not adjustable

Introduction

Sole Fitness got its start in the commercial fitness industry and has maintained high quality standards when producing equipment for home gyms. Their Sole SC200 Stepper is a top choice stair climber now priced under $1000 ($899, originally $1,499). Like other Sole fitness machines it prioritizes high quality performance and physical comfort over frills, but for 2016 it’s become more tech-friendly too as explained below. Most importantly the SC200 is designed for rapid calorie burn while minimizing the stress put on knees, hips and other joints. Trainees can choose from 20 levels of resistance from a 17-pound drive and can easily alternate between challenge levels in a single workout.

Workout Programs

The Sole SC200 Stepper has a 10-program menu. Choose from manual mode, five standard workouts, two heart rate controlled workouts, and two workouts that you design yourself. Program progress is shown on a 7.5” monitor with high contrast white and blue lighting, or on the user’s own mobile device running the Sole Fitness app. The data shown are RPM, time, KCal, distance, speed and pulse.

The Sole Fitness app can be used for workout setup and syncing data with other fitness apps. It can run in the background during exercise, letting other apps take center stage during exercise.

Sole SC200 Stepper Features

The SC200 Stepper has a sturdy frame. It’s made from aluminum-shrouded 34-gauge steel, and the whole machine can safely hold up to 330 pounds.

For comfort the pedals are oversized. They’re 15” long, which allows for repositioning and helps you avoid fatigue.

For heart rate control, pulse can be measured with touch sensors or a wireless chest strap. A wireless chest strap (sold separately) is recommended and especially for higher intensity training.

The SC200 has a port compatible with iPods and other MP3 players. The console has 2” speakers.

This machine demands little space, having just a 56” x 18” footprint.

Cooling fans and a water bottle holder are built into the console.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Sole SC200 Stepper for 2016 warranty includes the following customer protections:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 3 Years
– Electronics: 3 Years
– Labor: 1 year

Sole Fitness provides all labor services in-home.

Conclusion

The Sole SC200 Stepper is a quality stair climber that helps torch calories while respecting your knees. Now priced at just $899 with a great warranty, it also respects your hard-earned cash. Smooth performance, small size, a great price and new tech integration for 2016 help make the Sole Stepper a favorite stair climber for home gyms.