Sole E35 Elliptical Review
Treadmill Doctor Note:
The best value of the Sole elliptical lineup the E35 gives the best combination of price and features of any Sole elliptical in our opinion. It is also our Best Buy Award winner for 2014.
Overall Rating: 5.85
There's only one word to describe this trainer - value. The Sole E35 is our Best Buy 2014 Winner in the $1299 category. You get a slightly smaller flywheel, no cushioned foot pads and a less functional console but you also get $400 off of the price which is a fair tradeoff. While the E95 is a better machine, the E35 has the best value.
Why is it our Best Buy Winner
Awesome workout options
It has an adjustable stride length from 20" to 22". People usually prefer trainers with adjustable stride for up to 22 inches. 20" is generally the standard stride measurement for an elliptical but adjusting it to 22" enables the machine to fit a wider range of users and provide more workout variety.
It also comes with 10 preset programs including 2 which you can set yourself, and 16 different resistance levels to help you on any type of workout you need.
Offers a great ride
At $1299, you can't find any trainer as sturdy as the Sole E35. It has a relatively heavy flywheel, has a high gear ratio, sturdy frame, and smooth braking system. This provides an excellent workout experience and the reliability you expect.
Because of the heavy flywheel you may have a hard time assembling this machine. But what's 2 hours+ of assembly if you can use a really good quality trainer? Also, its movable handlebars can enhance an exercise regimen for your arms and give you a total body workout.
Stable, solid, and durable
It weighs 215 pounds and has a 375 pounds weight capacity. The Sole E35 will also let you push a button to change the ramp angle with power incline. It inclines at a maximum of 30 degrees that helps provide an extended workout option and helps you to focus on different muscle groups.
This trainer comes with an excellent warranty. Has lifetime coverage on the frame, five years for parts and electronics, and 2 years for labor. Although they have had some growing pains, Sole seems to be committed to quality customer service.
Bottom line: What we like most from the E35 is the value it offers. Even though it doesn't have many features like some more expensive trainers, it offers excellent performance, a good warranty, and great design.
Sole Fitness is a company that sells high quality treadmills and ellipticals that are built for them by Dyaco International. These machines are primarily sold at Sears, on Sole's website, and on various mass-market websites, like Sears.com and Amazon.com. Sole has quickly established their brand as a good value alternative, and they have very broad distribution. They have blanketed the web. With so many people promoting them, it's hard to turn around on the web without bumping into them. Just remember that the majority of the people promoting them are affiliate sites.
Quality / Philosophy
Sole Fitness is putting good components on their machines which makes perfect sense, since they are putting such a long warranty on it. They are trying to sell their machines at a value price with a high end warranty, and the result is quite good. Sole has introduced an improved lineup across the board that should provide another strong year for Sole.
From a startup just a few years ago to putting treadmills for rent in hotels all over the USA, Sole Fitness has quickly established itself as a mass-market player in the USA. The attention they have put into the quality of their machines has paid off making them a strong player in the market over the long term.
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