For several years the Sole E95 Elliptical has been an “Editor’s Choice” front-drive trainer here at FitRated.com. Modified recently, 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 include a 27-pound drive for very smooth motion, a 20″ maximum stride length with electronic control, and 20 electronically controlled incline settings. The many 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. Toss in the moving handlebars too and it becomes a low impact fitness machine for the whole body.
The data screen on the E95 is the best in Sole’s elliptical collection. The 10.1″ screen 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 to sub in for 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, and exporting exercise stats to other mobile fitness apps. Also included on the E95 console are cooling fans, Bluetooth audio speakers, and a USB charging port.
|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||31"W x 82"L x 71"H|
Weight: 236 lbs
Parts: 5 Years
Electronics: 5 Years
Labor: 2 Years (In-Home)
Pros & Cons
- Power-adjustable incline system with a 20″ maximum stride length.
- 27-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, comes with a free HR chest strap.
- Touch pulse sensors on stationary handles.
- Moving arm bars.
- Longer footprint than other Sole models (82″L x 31″W).
- Dial Adjustment “Worm Drive” – revolutionary foot pedal angle adjustment feature. Pedals are adjustable to fit the way you walk, Sole’s ultimate customization feature.
- Oversized foot pedals (with durable foam cushioning, designed at a 2-degree inward slope) which help reduce ankle and knee stress.
- Impressive weight capacity of 400 lbs.
- Integrated tablet holder.
- Bluetooth audio speakers.
- USB charging port.
- 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 and doesn’t fold.
Who is best suited for the Sole E95 Elliptical? Diverse resistance levels make it appropriate for trainees at all strength levels. The maximum stride length of 20 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 27-pound magnetic front drive, a stride length of 20 inches and 20 incline settings. Here are some more 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 automatically adjust the machine’s incline and resistance. 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. Two further programs 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.
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. To ensure a perfect view, the Sole E95 console has an adjustable angle as well.
The new E95 also has Bluetooth, which lets a tablet computer or smartphone function as the control centre. 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 send data to popular fitness apps.
Sculpt your glutes and leg muscles to perfection with the E95 with 20 levels of incline. You can easily adjust the incline with handlebar-based controls or monitor controls (or simply kick back and let it all be controlled entirely by preset programs).
The E95 Elliptical’s magnetic resistance springs from a 27-pound flywheel. With 20 resistance levels to choose from (along with the added challenge of a 20-level incline), the Sole E95 will challenge trainees of every skill levels.
Sole ellipticals also have moving handlebars for added calorie burn and to tone the upper body. On the new E95, these are designed to comfortably support different grip positions. By adjusting grip, users can emphasize different muscles in the arms, chest, shoulders and back.
Stationary handlebars are also provided. These have touch heart rate sensors, a less accurate but more convenient 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. This affordable elliptical delivers spa-quality workouts and carries a hefty warranty package. Users 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 gorgeous muscle definition. The E95 can also sync with mobile devices and fitness apps too to enhance your exercise experiences and effectiveness.
This crowd-pleasing machine offers top value . We’d only suggest choosing a different Sole elliptical if workout space is limited (see the E55) or you’d prefer the 18″ to 24″ stride choices of the pricier E95s.