Sole produces some of the finest home ellipticals out there.
They’ve become a leading brand in the elliptical world because their machines are well-built and they back them with really generous warranties.
Simply put- they work better and hold up laster than most of the competition.
And now that most of ’em come with touchscreen consoles with loads of great features, Sole ellipticals have something to offer everyone.
But if you’re interested in adding a Sole elliptical to your home gym, it could get a little confusing researching all the different models and comparing their specs to find the best fit.
No worries, I’ve done the heavy lifting for ya.
In this comprehensive guide, I’ll provide reviews of all the current models as well as a helpful chart comparing all the models in terms of the key specs you should consider when researching ellipticals.
After reading, you’ll have a better understanding of how the different Sole ellipticals compare to each other.
You’ll also have a better idea of which one (if any) is the right choice for your home gym.
With a great combination of features and specs for the price, I think Sole’s E95 is likely their best all-around home elliptical.
|Stride Length (in)
2 year parts
1 year labor
2 year parts
1 year labor
*not available through Sole anymore
3 year parts
1 year labor
3 year parts
1 year labor
|18″ – 24″
3 year parts
1 year labor
3 year parts
1 year labor
*Light commercial warranty as well
The E25 is Sole’s most affordable elliptical and it’s usually priced somewhere right around $1100.
Compared to other machines in this price range, the E25 holds its own quite well- I actually think it’s the best budget elliptical on the market.
In terms of performance specs, the E25 comes with a 20″ stride length and 20 lb flywheel.
The 20″ stride length is long enough to comfortably fit most users, which isn’t a give in this price range.
This is one of the lightest flywheels Sole uses, but it’s still heavy enough to get the job done (especially for folks at beginner to moderate fitness levels).
Sole gives you 20 levels of magnetic resistance and 20 levels of power adjustable incline to play with. These options give you a lot of freedom when it comes to workout intensity.
You don’t get multi-grip handles or adjustable foot pedals on this model, but you do still get the bluetooth speakers and the large conveniently located tablet holder located above the console.
And with a 350 lb weight capacity, you can rest assured the E25 is tough enough to hold users of all sizes.
This affordable elliptical is backed by a lifetime frame warranty with 3 years on all parts and 1 year on labor.
Not only is this Sole’s most budget friendly elliptical, but it’s also one of their most compact. The E25 only needs a floor space of 70″ x 24″ (L x W), making it a good fit for homes with limited space.
Overall, the E25 has a lot to offer and is a great buy for the sale price.
This model would be a great choice for beginners or folks simply looking for low-intensity workouts and don’t need a lot of additional tech features. See full review.
Next in the lineup is the E35, one of Sole’s moderately priced options. At roughly $400 more than the E25, we see a few key performance upgrades between the models.
This elliptical comes with the same 20″ stride length we saw on the E25, however this model’s frame is several inches wider, giving it a larger feel.
Sole also gave this elliptical a 25 lb flywheel, which is significantly heavier than the 20 lb one found on the E25.
Recall that a heavier flywheel means a smoother ride and the potential for more overall resistance.
The E35 also comes with 20 levels of magnetic resistance and 20 levels of power incline- no big differences here.
But on this model we see the introduction of multi-grip handle bars, an underrated feature if you ask me.
Multi-grip handles are great because you target specific upper body muscle groups by simply switching your grip.
Kinda like using incline level to target different lower body muscle groups.
These larger handles give you plenty of options to work with, as well as helping all users find a comfortable grip.
The pedals on the E35 are adjustable as well, allowing you to choose between 3 different resting positions for a more comfortable workout (also helps reduce your chances of injury).
There’s not much of a weight difference between the E35 and the E25 and it too comes with the same 350 lb weight limit.
And as mentioned above, the warranties with these two machines is identical.
Another major difference though is the console – with the 2023 update, Sole gave the E35 a 10.1″ touchscreen console that comes with built-in entertainment apps, screen mirroring, and direct access to Sole+, Sole’s free streaming workout app.
This is a big upgrade over the LCD console found on the E25 (and the older E35 models).
If you’re looking for a powerful elliptical with some great console features, the E35 could make a lot of sense.
With a sale price of just under $1500, the E35 finds itself in a competitive price range, but I still think it’s one of the top options out there.
Th E35 would make a great choice for people looking for a higher-performing elliptical with a lot more console features. See full review.
*This model is no longer being offered by Sole.
Sole kind of broke away from their normal pattern with this model.
Instead of being a pure upgrade over the E35, this model just offers a different combination of features. It’s basically a combination between the E25 and E35.
The E55 is priced identically to the E35, although it comes with a lighter flywheel weighing only 20 lb.
Personally, I’d expect a heavier flywheel on an elliptical in this price range, but it’s obvious Sole was looking to keep this model as compact as possible.
Speaking of which, the E35 is almost as compact as the E25 with a footprint of only 71″ x 27″ (L x W).
This model still offers a 20″ stride length as well as 20 resistance levels and 20 levels of power incline.
Like the E35, this model does come with multi-grip handlebars and adjustable foot pedals for added comfort.
And with a 9″ LCD screen on the console, the E55 has a larger console than the E25.
But otherwise, it’s very similar to the E35.
There’s no doubt this is a nice elliptical, but it’s easily my least favorite of the bunch.
I just don’t think it’s priced effectively when compared to the rest of the lineup. It has some upgrades over the E25, but I’m not sure those upgrades are worth an extra $500 in price.
If you’re looking for a compact elliptical and don’t mind giving up the few differences I just mentioned, I think it makes sense to save the money and go with the E25.
If you’re looking for the best compact model in Sole’s lineup however, then the E55 would be it. See full review.
Sole gets back on track with their normal progression with the E95.
This elliptical is one of their higher-end models, with only the E95S and E98 offering more impressive specs.
This is another full length model, taking up considerably more floor space than the compact E55 (roughly a foot longer).
Like most of their machines, this elliptical also comes with a 20″ stride length.
But at 27 lb, the E95 has the heaviest flywheel we’ve seen to this point – in fact, only the E95S and E98 have heavier flywheels under the hood.
With a flywheel this heavy, this elliptical is well-equipped to provide smooth operation and intense workouts.
And with 20 levels of resistance and 20 levels of incline to play with, you can go as intense or light as you prefer.
This E95 has a heavy-duty frame that can hold folks weighing up to 400 lb safely, allowing it to accommodate folks of all sizes.
It also comes with adjustable pedals (more positions available than previous models) and the same multi-grip handlebars we see on previous models.
The warranty is identical to most of the previous models as well (lifetime frame, 3 years parts, 1 year labor).
This elliptical also comes with a larger 13.3″ touchscreen console with all the same streaming options mentioned earlier.
The E95 is similar to the E35, but the extra cash gets you the heavier flywheel, larger screen, and upgraded pedal system.
All things considered, I think the E95 is a front-runner for Sole’s best overall elliptical because it has a great combination of specs and features for the price
Speaking of which, this model usually sells for around $2k.
For the price, it’s going to be hard to find an elliptical that can offer as much and that’s backed by suck a great warranty.
The E95 is a great all around elliptical and would be a great choice for folks looking for an elliptical that can handle users of all fitness levels. See full review.
The E95S is Sole’s newest and most technologically advanced elliptical to date.
It’s also one of their most expensive, coming in with a full retail price of around $2700, give or take.
The biggest upgrade we see with this model is the addition of power adjustable stride length.
This isn’t a feature we see very often, especially on ellipticals in this price range and with this technology, you can instantly adjust the stride length anywhere between 18″ – 24″ with the push of a button on the console.
This feature allows the E95S to virtually fit any user perfectly, although that said, shorter folks might actually find the 18″ stride a bit long.
Anyway, this feature also allows you to change your stride length mid-workout, in order to target different muscle groups (similar to using incline).
Speaking of incline, this model doesn’t come with any adjustable incline settings. This was sacrificed in order for them to provide the adjustable stride length.
The stride length feature is cool enough in its own right, but the E95S also comes with a 30 lb flywheel, the second heaviest of all the Sole models.
And the heavier flywheel means tougher workouts and smoother operation.
This model comes with a tougher frame too, capable of holding folks weighing up to 400 lb safely.
By the way, this elliptical weighs a whopping 265 lb fully assembled- make sure you have plenty of help when it comes time to move it.
Otherwise, the E95S comes with the same console as the E95 with all its same features.
This model is also backed by the same warranty we’ve seen on every other model except for the E25 and E35.
The E95S would be a great option for homes with multiple users, especially if those users are different heights.
The adjustable stride length is a spectacular feature, but it means losing the incline.
If you’ll be the only user and you don’t see yourself needing to change in stride length often, you might prefer the E95 with its adjustable incline settings.
Overall though, the E95 is a sophisticated elliptical that can handle users of all sizes and fitness levels. See full review.
The E98 is Sole’s highest-end, heaviest-duty elliptical to date.
This model qualifies for light commercial use, although it’s still priced effectively for home gyms with a sales price of roughly $2800.
This elliptical doesn’t have the power adjustable stride length we see on the E95S. Instead, it comes with the same 20″ length found on all of the other models in Sole’s lineup.
The E98 does, however, have the heaviest flywheel of the bunch.
At 32 lb, the flywheel on this machine is one of the heaviest you’re going to find and with such a heavy flywheel under the hood, the E98 is well equipped to provide challenging and smooth workouts.
And with 20 levels of resistance and 20 incline settings to work with, the E98 can challenge users of all fitness levels.
This model also comes with a ridiculously heavy-duty frame, a 400 lb weight capacity, and the same amazing residential warranty found on the models above.
The E98 also comes with a light commercial warranty, making it a smart choice for small apartment complex gyms or maybe for a workout room in a firehouse.
Overall, if you’re looking for a commercial grade elliptical that can handle the stress of multiple users on a daily basis, the E98 is a smart choice. See full review.
Sole Ellipticals 101
Sole Fitness has been around for decades.
Although they gained popularity for their hotel treadmills, they’ve rapidly become one of the most popular home fitness brands over the last several years.
It’s pretty easy to see why too.
All of their products are designed with maximizing performance in mind.
From the ground up, Sole products start with heavy-duty steel frames that are rugged enough to withstand event the most intense workouts.
They don’t skimp in the parts department either – Sole components are usually larger and heavier, allowing them to last longer than the competition.
Durable frames and high-quality parts make for machines that run smoother and last longer. In other words, exactly what you’re probably looking for in a home fitness machine.
That’s why several of their ellipticals have made their way onto my best ellipticals of the year list.
They’re probably most well known for their treadmills and ellipticals, but their exercise bikes are also top of the line.
Anyway, there are currently 5 different models in Sole’s elliptical lineup (they don’t offer the E55 directly anymore, but you might still be able to find it through other retailers).
They’re all numerically named with higher numbers relating to higher-end models.
Like all brands, the higher-end Sole ellipticals come with certain upgrades over the other models. These upgrades pertain to a few key specs, making it relatively easy to compare machines.
Most home ellipticals use perimeter weighted flywheels, paired with a magnetic system, to provide the resistance.
The pedals are attached to this flywheel, so as you pedal, the flywheel spins.
It’s generally believed that heavier flywheels provide smoother workouts because the extra weight builds more momentum.
This extra momentum helps the pedals continue spinning between pedal strokes, essentially eliminating any lag mid-stroke.
The unwritten rule is that an elliptical flywheel that weighs at least 20 lb is heavy enough to guarantee smooth operation.
This is only a guideline- there are plenty of ellipticals that work just fine with lighter flywheels.
But generally speaking, when it comes to flywheels, heavier is better.
Knowing this, Sole uses flywheel weight as an upgrade between models. Flywheel weight is actually one of the biggest differences we see between their ellipticals.
Sole ellipticals can come with flywheels ranging anywhere from 20 lb to 32 lb, depending on the model.
More experienced users and families with multiple users may want to consider a model with a heavier flywheel because it should be able to provide more resistance as well as operate more smoothly.
Frame Size & Weight
It’s a good idea to check out the frame size, weight, and weight capacity before deciding on any elliptical.
Not only do you need to make sure your elliptical will fit comfortably in your workout space, but comparing assembled weights is a good way to see how stable your elliptical should feel during use.
And heavier machines usually provide a more secure feel.
You’ll notice that all Sole ellipticals weigh over 200 lb, giving them plenty of bulk to provide a stable feel during use.
That said, Sole ellipticals aren’t known for being compact – most of these models are full size and require a footprint of at least 6′ x 2.5′.
An elliptical’s weight capacity is the maximum user weight it can safely hold without fear of malfunction and it’s another key spec to look for.
It’s true a machine may be able to hold more, but the stated weight limit is the number the machine has been tested at and been certified to safely hold without breaking down.
It’s not a good idea to use any fitness machine if you don’t fall within the max weight capacity. Luckily, Sole makes that pretty easy.
Sole elliptical weight capacities range between 350 lb to 400 lb, depending on the model.
This means that even their most budget friendly E25 can safely hold most users.
Weight capacity usually goes hand in hand with total machine weight, with heavier machines being able to hold heavier users.
This makes sense, because the heavier ellipticals will be bulkier and more heavy-duty.
Weight capacity is also a great way to get an idea as to how durable a machine is – higher weight capacities mean heavier, stronger frames.
The warranty department is another area we see the differences between the Sole ellipticals.
As you’d expect, the more expensive models come with longer warranties, but the difference isn’t as big as you’d think.
Sole only offers 2 different warranties on their ellipticals and only the E25 and E35 come with the shorter version.
And even the shorter of the 2 warranties is still impressive when compared to the competition.
All Sole ellipticals come with a lifetime frame warranty. Most come with a 3 year guarantee on parts and a 1 year guarantee on labor. The E25/E35 come with 2 years on parts.
Knowing this, the warranty probably won’t have to play that much of a role in your decision making process here.
I think it says a lot to the standard at which Sole operates that they offer such a generous warranty on all of their products (even the budget friendly ones).
A Few Others
The biggest differences between the different ellipticals are seen in the flywheel weight, the weight capacity, and the warranty.
But there are a few other more subtle differences too. These include:
- Console size- larger on more high-end models and the E25 is the only one that doesn’t come with a touchscreen
- Stride length- the E95S is only model that comes with power adjustable stride length
- Power incline- the E95S is the only model that doesn’t include this feature
- Footprint- the size of the machines vary depending on model, with the E25 and E55 being the most compact
- Foot pedal adjustments- some models allow you to adjust the resting position of the pedals for added comfort (E35, E55, E95)
Otherwise, there are quite a few similarities between all of their ellipticals with regards to their features.
All come with bluetooth speakers, a charging port, tablet holders, and all are heart rate monitor compatible.
And even though the touchscreen consoles may vary a little in size, they all come loaded with the same entertainment apps, Sole+, screen mirroring capabilities, and pre-loaded workout programs.
Sole has earned its reputation as one of the premiere home fitness brands in the world.
Their cardio machines are designed from the ground up with heavier-duty components that will perform better and last longer than most.
The warranties they offer are top-notch and significantly longer than most of the competition as well.
And these ellipticals are a great example of what Sole has to offer.
The differences between models can be subtle, but if you know what you’re looking for, you can spot the differences and find the right fit.
The E25 is a great budget option, but also a smart choice if space is an issue.
The E35 is a moderately priced elliptical packing specs that can compete with ellipticals costing significantly more – for the price, this is one of the best deals Sole offers.
The E95 takes the E35 and adds a heavier flywheel, larger screen, and more adjustable pedals.
One of the best home ellipticals on the market.
The E95S gives us power adjustable stride length, a massive 30 lb flywheel, and a weight capacity of 400 lb, making it a perfect choice for homes with multiple users.
And finally, the E98 is just a beast of an elliptical designed to handle multiple users and all the challenging workouts you want to throw at it.
Well, I think that about does it.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave ’em below and I’ll get back to you shortly