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The Sole E35 vs The E55 – What’s The Difference?

sole e35 vs e55

If you’re looking for a quality, mid-range home elliptical, Sole’s E35 and E55 are both top choices.

Both models come with pretty heavy flywheels, comfortable stride lengths, and great warranties. And when it comes to power incline and console features, there aren’t many differences between the 2 models either.

The E35 and E55 are even priced the same.

With so many similarities, it can be difficult to choose the better option, but I think I can help.

In this article, I’ll go over the subtle differences between the E35 and the E55. I’ll also provide my 2 cents regarding which model I think is best for whom and whatnot.

After reading, you should have a much better idea which elliptical is right for your home gym

Alrighty, let’s get to it.

 Sole E35Sole E55
Stride Length20"20"
Flywheel25 lb20 lb
Frame375 lb weight capacity
231 lb assembled weight
375 lb weight capacity
214 lb assembled weight
Features7.5" LCD screen
10 workout programs
Bluetooth speakers
Bluetooth capabilities with apps
USB charging port
Included chest strap heart rate monitor
Cooling fan
Tablet holder
Multi-grip handles
Resistance/incline controls in handles
Water bottle holder
Adjustable pedals
9" LCD screen
10 workout programs
Bluetooth speakers
Bluetooth capabilities with apps
USB charging port
Included chest strap heart rate monitor
Cooling fan
Tablet holder
Multi-grip handles
Resistance/incline controls in handles
Water bottle holder
WarrantyLifetime frame
5 year parts & electronics
2 year labor
Lifetime frame
5 year parts & electronics
2 year labor
Price$1,499$1,499

The Sole E35 vs The E55

sole e35 elliptical sole e55 elliptical

Above images courtesy of Sole Fitness

As a brand, Sole is one of the best out there when it comes to home cardio machines. They’re my personal favorite because I like that they design their equipment with performance in mind over anything else.

It’s true their consoles are fairly simple, so if you’re looking for workout streaming or HD displays, you’ll be better off with other brands.

But if you value heavy-duty components, strong motors, and long warranties, Sole is a safe bet.

When it comes to ellipticals, Sole has 6 to choose from.

You’ll notice that all of their elliptical model numbers conveniently start with an “E” to let you know it’s an elliptical and the higher the number, the more advanced (and expensive) the machine.

The E25 is their entry level elliptical and the E98 is their most advanced option (it’s rated for light commercial use even).

The E35 and E55 are in the middle of the pack, in terms of both specs and cost.

Speaking of specs, let’s start off by comparing some of the most important performance specs these 2 ellipticals come with. Afterwards, we’ll move on to the consoles and additional features.

(P.S.- if you’re interested in learning about the other Sole ellipticals, check my complete Sole Elliptical Guide for a comparison of all the models)

Stride Lengths

An elliptical’s stride length refers to how far apart the pedals move during use.

It’s an important spec to know and consider because if you get an elliptical with a stride length that doesn’t fit you, it’s going to effect the quality of your workouts.

Too small and you’re gonna feel like you’re marching in place; too long and you’ll feel like you’re having to stretch out too far with each step.

Most people are comfortable with a 20″ stride length, so this has become the gold standard for home ellipticals.

The E35 and the E55 both come with the same 20″ stride, so there’s no difference whatsoever in terms of this spec. This means most folks should be able to use either elliptical fairly comfortably.

(Although if you’re on the shorter side and worried about what stride length is right for you, check out my guide on the topic).

Flywheels

Ok, I cruised through stride lengths because there aren’t any differences between these 2 ellipticals with regards to that spec.

We do see a difference between these models when it comes to the flywheels though.

You may’ve heard about flywheels when talking about spin bikes. Well, home ellipticals use them too and they basically work the same way the do on exercise bikes.

As you pedal, the flywheel spins. With a magnetic resistance system, there are magnets around that spinning flywheel (which is metal by the way).

The resistance is adjusted by changing how close or far away those magnets are from the flywheel.

And having a heavier flywheel is usually preferred because it makes for a smoother feel (more weight = more momentum).

The E35 comes with a 25 lb flywheel, which is very respectable, while the E55 comes with a 20 lb flywheel.

It’s rare to see a higher numbered model come with a lighter flywheel, but keep in mind these 2 ellipticals are priced identically.

In this case, the higher numbered model (the E55) isn’t more advanced, it’s just different.

The E35 comes with a flywheel that’s 5 lb heavier, which should technically make for a more fluid feel than the E55. That said, I consider any flywheel 20 lb or heavier to be considered “heavy” enough to provide a smooth workout.

The E35 and E55 both come with magnetic resistance systems and 20 levels of resistance to work with. Both also come with 20 levels of power incline for extra workout variety/intensity.

Overall though, the E35 comes with a heavier flywheel than the E55.

Frames & Weight Capacities

The E35 is packing a little more muscle under the hood with a flywheel that’s 5 lb heavier, but the E55 has a trick under its sleeve when it comes to the frame…

The E55 is almost a foot shorter than the E35.

Which brings us to the biggest advantage of the E55- its compact footprint.

If you compare the assembled dimensions, you’ll see that the E55 is significantly smaller than the E35 (in terms of how much floor space each requires):

E35: 82″ x 31″ x 71″ (L x W x H)

E55: 71″ x 27″ x 71″ (L x W x H)

This makes the E55 a great choice if you’re working with limited floor space- if every inch counts, having a frame that’s 11″ shorter could be all the difference in the world.

And even though the E55 is smaller, it still comes with the same impressive weight capacity as the E35, which is 375 lb.

This allows both ellipticals to safely hold most users, but it also gives us an idea to the quality of build of both models as well.

Looking at the assembled weights, the E35 is a little heavier (231 lb vs 214 lb), but this isn’t surprising considering the E35 is longer and comes with a heavier flywheel.

The takeaway here is that both ellipticals are heavy-duty, but the E55 comes with a significantly smaller footprint, which requires less floorspace to operate.

Additional Features

When it comes to performance, the E35 comes with a heavier flywheel, but both models have the same stride length. The E35 is a bit heavier, but the E55 is more compact.

Moving on, let’s check out the features each elliptical has to offer.

There aren’t many differences when it comes to this category, so I think it’ll be easier to specify them first, and then list all the features they have in common.

The biggest difference between these 2 ellipticals when it comes to features is a cosmetic one- the screen size.

The E35 comes with a 7.5″ LCD screen and the E55 comes with a 9″ LCD screen.

Both are white back-lit and show all the same workout metrics.

The only other difference is found in the pedals: the E35 allows you to choose between 3 pedal positions, while the E55 comes with a fixed pedal position.

That’s it, otherwise these 2 ellipticals come with the same features. These include:

  • 10 workout programs
  • Bluetooth speakers
  • Bluetooth capabilities with apps
  • USB charging port
  • Included chest strap heart rate monitor
  • Cooling fan
  • Tablet holder
  • Multi-grip handles
  • Resistance/incline controls in handles
  • Water bottle holder

Warranties

I mentioned briefly in the intro that Sole is known for their generous warranties. Well, time to be a little more specific.

This will be easy because Sole backs the E35 and the E55 with the same warranty:

  • Lifetime frame
  • 5 year parts & electronics
  • 2 year labor

This is about as good as it gets in this price range (Spirit offers 10 years on a lot of their ellipticals, but they’re a little more expensive).

You can’t beat a lifetime guarantee on the frame and 5 years on parts is longer than the 2-3 years a lot of brands are offering.

And 2 years is better than the 1 year most others provide on labor.

Overall, a great warranty on both ellipticals.

Price

I mentioned that both of these ellipticals come with the same asking price. To be more specific, expect to pay $1,499 for either (this is the sales price, but they’re always on sale).

This puts them in the mid-range price point, which is a great budget to be working in because you usually find your best deals in this range.

Personally, I think this is a fair price for either considering the specs and warranties they come with.

But when it comes to comparing the 2, price won’t play a part because there’s no difference here.

Final Thoughts

Alrighty guys, that about does it.

I feel like that was a really brief comparison, but there really aren’t that many differences between the Sole E35 and the E55.

When trying to choose between them, I think the compactness the E55 offers is the biggest deciding factor- if you’re working with limited floor space, the E55 makes more sense.

If floor space isn’t an issue, I would go with the E35 because of the heavier flywheel.

The E55 comes with a slightly larger screen, but I don’t think that’s enough reason alone to go with the E55.

Overall, the differences between these 2 elite ellipticals are subtle, but it really all comes down to how much floor space you have at your disposal.

 

Will

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