Sole Fitness E25 Elliptical Trainer Review

The Sole E25 is a mid-range elliptical trainer from Sole Fitness, a well-respected fitness manufacturer based in North America. It’s a sub-$1,000 elliptical and for the price, it’s definitely one of the better mid-range elliptical machines on the market.

It has a number of pre-programmed and custom workout programs, a 25-pound heavy-duty flywheel (which ensures a smooth and sturdy ride), a built-in sound system and a host of other features that you wouldn’t typically find on an elliptical trainer in this price range. It also has a built-in fan, a power adjustable incline and is extremely quiet thanks to its built-in quiet drive system.

There’s very little (if anything) to complain about when it comes to the Sole Fitness E25 elliptical machine, but we did discover one or two (extremely) minor problems.

 

Dimensions

  • 27 (width) x 58 (height) x 71 (depth) inches.
  • 350 pound (159kg) maximum weight limit.
  • 189 pounds (86kg) unpacked weight.

 

Key Features

  • 25-pound heavy-duty flywheel (sturdy and smooth)
  • Quiet drive system (exceptionally quiet)
  • 20 – 22 inch adjustable stride length
  • 15-inch pedals
  • 6.5-inch LCD display console
  • Six standard programs
  • Two customisable programs
  • Two heart-rate programs
  • Built-in fan
  • ECB resistance
  • Built-in sound system (with optional headphone jack)
  • Water bottle holder
  • Includes chest strap heart rate monitor (very accurate)
  • Power adjustable incline (up to 30 degrees)
  • Pulse sensors on handlebars

 

Comfort (9/10)

The Sole E25 elliptical trainer is an extremely comfortable machine thanks to a variety of factors. It features an adjustable stride length (20 – 22-inches) making it perfect for a variety of different heights (almost anyone over 5’3″ will find this elliptical trainer comfortable to use). The stride length is completely power adjustable too, so you won’t have to mess around tightening/loosening bolts; it’s all very straight-forward.

“The heart rate belt is comfortable and consistent.” – Click here to read the full review on Amazon

The E25 elliptical trainer also features custom foot pedals, designed in collaboration with an industry-leading physical therapist. They feature a subtle two-degree inward slope which helps to reduce ankle pain and knee stress; both extremely common problems for those who regularly workout using elliptical trainers. You can also adjust the foot beds for extra comfort.

The 25-pound flywheel combined with a high ratio gear system ensures a smooth and sturdy ride in both forwards and reverse modes. The unique design of the elliptical machine features four rear wheels on heavy-duty rails which further add to the comfort of the ride by ensuring a smooth, safer experience that also significantly reduces side-to-side foot pedal motion (which can be uncomfortable).

As with the slightly more expensive Sole E35 and E95 models, incline and resistance buttons feature on the handlebars of the Sole E25. This significantly increases comfort when adjusting the machine as you don’t have to let go of the handlebars to do so.

 

Performance (9/10)

Performance-wise, the Sole E25 elliptical trainer stacks up well, especially considering the fact that this is essentially a sub-$1,000 elliptical machine. It comes with many of the performance-enhancing features that are also present on the mid-range E35 and E95 models such as the quiet drive system, power include and advanced sensor systems.

The quiet drive system is a particularly notable feature as the E25 really is whisper quiet. It barely makes any noise whatsoever when in use thanks to its heavy-duty flywheel, high gear ratio and unique four-wheel system. In fact, the built-in fan is more noisy than the elliptical trainer itself most of the time.

“The machine it self runs like a dream. It’s so quiet and smooth, and and has challenging programs”Click here to read the full review on Amazon

Much like the E35 model, the Sole E25 features a power adjustable 0 – 30 degree incline. This allows you to target specific lower-body muscle groups with ease and because it’s power adjustable, there’s no messing around with screws or bolts; it can all be altered at the touch of a button. Sure, it doesn’t feature the same steep 0 – 40 degree power adjustable incline offered by the Sole Fitness E95 elliptical trainer but for a sub-$1,000 machine, this is a great feature to have.

The E25 also features a number of workout programs including six standard programs, two customisable programs and two heart rate programs. The elliptical comes with a chest strap heart rate monitor which performs very accurately.

The Sole E25 does feature an in-built fan but to be perfectly honest, it’s pretty useless and doesn’t create much of a draft. This is one area that could definitely be improved upon.

 

Ease Of Use & Convenience (9/10)

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The Sole E25 is an easy-to-use elliptical machine with a number of highly convenient design features. For example, there are incline and resistance buttons located not only on the main dashboard of the elliptical trainer, but also on the handlebars. This allows the user (you) to adjust incline and resistance accordingly without ever having to take your hands off the handlebars.

“Another perk about this machine is that it will hold my kindle fire perfectly while I work out. I also like that I can have my water bottle right by me.” – Click here to read the full review on Amazon

The 6.5-inch blue-backlit LCD display is another convenient design feature that makes choosing and monitoring your workout extremely simple. It features a cool-looking blue-backlit display with a simple user interface displaying a range of information including time, pace, distance and of course, an overview of your chosen workout program (whether custom or pre-programmed).

The Sole E25 has a conveniently located water bottle holder (located directly in-front of you) and a book holder/ledge. If you prefer, you can use this ledge to hold your Kindle, iPad, MP3 player or any other item of your choice. If you do utilise the book holder however, you’ll notice that the item placed on the book holder will block the view of the LCD display. It’s a small design error but it can be annoying when you’re trying to multitask.

Initial setup of the machine is quite straight-forward but it will take an hour or two. It’s possible to pay a small fee for professional installation if you prefer.

 

Entertainment (8/10)

When it comes to entertainment, the Sole E25 elliptical trainer’s main offering is its built-in sound system. This can be connected via a standard 3.5mm cable to your iPod or MP3 player. To be honest, it’s nothing to write home about and for most users, you’ll probably be better off simply plugging your headphones directly into your MP3 player and listening to your music that way.

“I love the audio input and output jacks “ – Click here to read the full review on Amazon

Still, it’s a nice addition to the machine and if you’re just looking to do some ‘light listening’, it may be perfectly adequate.

 

Warranty

  • Frame: Lifetime
  • Electronic components & other parts: Three years
  • Labor (in-home): One year

 

The Final Verdict

The Sole E25 elliptical trainer has a lot to offer, especially considering the fact that it’s on sale for less than $1,000. It has an impressive set of features and the build quality is excellent. It’s quiet, sturdy and highly customisable thanks to its power adjustable incline, adjustable stride length and customisable workout programs.

“It has a nice long stride, it’s SUPER quiet!, and nice and stable. “ – Click here to read the full review on Amazon

However, there are one or two small flaws that let it down. For example, the sound system leaves a lot to be desired (this is also the case on the more expensive E35 and E95 machines though) and the small design flaw where the book holder is concerned may be a minor nuisance. But, for a sub-$1,000 machine, it’s doubtful that you’re going to find a better elliptical trainer. Even some of the machines with double the price tag don’t perform as well as the Sole E25.

If you can stretch your budget slightly and you’re looking for an elliptical trainer with a steeper incline, larger LCD screen, heavier-duty flywheel and other workout maximising features, check out the Sole E35 or E95.

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