Year after year the Sole E95 is reviewed as a “best front-drive elliptical trainer” and is a bestseller for home gyms.
Recently upgraded with Bluetooth, 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…
|Resistance Type||Eddy Current Braking|
|Pedals||Cushioned & Adjustable|
|Incline||0 - 20%|
|User Profiles||2 Users|
|Heart Rate||Pulse Grips & Chest Strap
|Max. Weight||400 lbs|
|Dimensions||83" x 27" x 62"
Weight: 215 lbs
Parts: 5 Years
Electronics: 5 Years
Labor: 2 Years (In-Home)
Rating: 95.1/100. For several years the Sole E95 Elliptical has been an “Editor’s Choice” front-drive trainer here at FitRated.com. Modified recently – 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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
All Sole elliptical trainers 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. 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 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.
For the vast majority shoppers with $1,500 cross trainer budgets, the new Sole E95 is a FitRated “Editor’s Choice” for this year. 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. The E95 can also 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.