Sole E25 Elliptical Trainer$999
- 2 Degree Inward Angle on Footpedals Puts Body in More Neutral Alignment, Reducing Stress on Hips and Joints
- Bluetooth Tracking to Monitor Your Progress
- Power Incline for Better Crosstraining
- Heavy Duty Construction Including 20 Pound Flywheel and Steel Gauge Frame
- Incline Controls on Moving Arm Bars
- Console A Bit Simple with Limited Workout Programs
- Does Not Have the Adjustable Pedals of Higher End Models
Sole E25 Elliptical Review – Highlights:
The Sole E25 elliptical is one of Sole’s most affordable elliptical trainers coming in at a very attractive price point of under $999 with Free Shipping.
It’s a well-built starter elliptical designed with Sole’s famous 2 degree inward angle on the footpedals. This was designed with the help of a physiotherapist to put your body into a more neutral alignment as you run on the machine.
The inward angle slope more closely mimics your body’s actual running motion – reducing the stress on your joints and hips. This is something you’ll really notice after longer workouts.
You also get Sole’s thick, heavy duty steel frame designed for higher user weight capacity machines. This helps gives you a stable, solid feel, even when you pick up your pace and really work the elliptical.
Another design strength that most people don’t notice on this machine is the double wheels riding on the steel tracks behind the pedals.
Many ellipticals at this price point have a single wheel per pedal, but the Sole E25 gives you two wheels per pedal – which helps stabilize the elliptical and reduce side to side foot pedal motion. The double wheel design is also a lot less likely to come off the track than a single-wheel design.
Challenge Yourself with Power Incline
But it’s not just about the design on this trainer (although that really is where the Sole E25 shines). You also get a 20 level power incline. Incline is not the same as resistance (the Sole E25 also comes with resistance).
Incline actually changes the slope of your workout path, helping you to crosstrain different muscle groups. It’s a great way to add more challenge to your workouts.
And since it’s power incline you can change it from the console without having to get off the machine to change it. In fact there are even incline controls on the moving arm bars. This is handy since you don’t have to reach up to the console to change the incline (and break up your upper body workout routine).
The Sole E25 does not come with the multi-pedal adjustment that you get with the E35 or E95 ellipticals. However the pedals are still articulating – which helps to support your foot throughout the running motion.
Sole E25 Elliptical Review – Console:
The console is where this elliptical falls down a bit. It is well laid out and intuitive (you don’t need to read a manual to figure it out). However it’s on the smaller side at 6 inches. And it’s pretty simple in terms of options and feedback.
You do get some quick-adjustment buttons and 10 built-in workouts to add some challenge to your workout. And there is also an ipod docks with speakers. So you can plug in your iPod and play your favorite tunes as you workout.
You can also easily track your heart rate to stay in your target fat-burning zone with the Sole E25. There are hand sensors in front of the console.
Or if you order direct from the Manufacturer here, you can get a Free wireless heart rate monitor as well. This is unusual since most ellipticals at this price point do not include the wireless heart rate chest strap.
Many people prefer the wireless heart rate monitor as it’s a lot more convenient than having to continuously grasp the hand sensors (which also stops your upper body workout). The wireless monitor also tends to be a lot more accurate than the pulse sensors.
Sole E25 Elliptical Review – Track Your Workouts Online:
Sole has finally gone high tech this year and included Bluetooth tracking capability on most of their ellipticals – including the Sole E25.
You can track and transfer your workout date from your elliptical trainer to your smart device. You can do this using the free Sole app. It’s also compatible with Fitbit, Record, Mapmyrun or Apple Health.
Sole E25 Elliptical Review – Any Downsides?
As stated above, the Sole E25 elliptical does fall down a bit in terms of entertainment options. The console is simple, dual color and fairly standard.
There are also only 10 built in workout programs which are pretty standard. The real money has gone into construction on this unit – not fancy workouts or console graphics.
Also be aware that you don’t get the 10 position adjustable footpedals on the E25 that you get with higher-end models like the Sole E95. And while the 20 pound flywheel is decent, it again is not as strong as the heavier 27 pound flywheels on the higher end models.
Still, overall, for the price point, the Sole E25 does offer great value especially in terms of construction quality and stability.
Where to Buy and Save:
Sole updated their ellipticals – including the Sole E25 model for this year to add the new Bluetooth tracking. You can buy the new Sole E25 model directly from the Manufacturer and get Free Shipping here.