Sole E55 Elliptical$1699
- 2 Degree Inward Angle on Footpedals Puts Body in More Neutral Alignment, Reducing Stress on Hips and Joints
- A Step up From the E35 with Larger Console and Better Footpedal Adjustments
- Bluetooth Tracking to Monitor Your Progress
- Power Incline for Better Crosstraining
- Heavy Duty Construction Including 25 Pound Flywheel and Steel Gauge Frame
- Incline and Resistance Controls on Moving Arm Bars
- More Compact than other Sole Models
- Console is a Bit Simple for the Price Point
- Not as Many Entertainment or Fitness Options as Other Brands
Sole E55 Elliptical Review – Highlights:
The E55 Sole elliptical is a tough, mid-range crosstrainer with something Sole’s other machines don’t have: a more compact design.
Measuring 27 x 71 inches, it’s almost a foot smaller length-wise (and width-wise) than Sole’s other models like the E95 Elliptical.
This makes it ideal for condos, apartments or smaller workout areas.
And even with the more compact design, Sole still manages to give you the double-wheel track design that makes Sole trainers feel so much more stable than other one-track elliptical designs.
The E55 Elliptical also comes with Sole’s famous 2 degree inward angle on the footpedals that was designed with the help of a physiotherapist to put the user’s body in a more neutral alignment.
The inward angle slope more closely mimics your body’s actual running motion – lowering the stress and pull on your joints and hips. This helps to give you a more comfortable workout – both during and after your session.
The E55 also comes with 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 push the elliptical.
Sole E55 Elliptical Review – Console
The console on the E55 elliptical is backlit and easy to read with all of your essential stats like calories burned, resistance, incline, time and more. The console is larger than the E35 model (9 inches vs 7 inches) which again makes your stats easier to read.
The console also has a built-in cooling fan and water bottle holder along with quick touch buttons to start different built-in workout programs. There are 10 built-in workout programs in all, including 2 custom and 2 heart rate options.
The console also carries a music port with speakers so you can plug in your phone or other device and listen to your favorite workout mix. You can also listen by plugging in your headphones (just in case you need to be quiet for other family members in your home).
A lot of people don’t realize that Sole consoles are also adjustable. You can tilt them forward or back for the best angle of sight – another little plus to make your workout ergonomics more comfortable.
Customize Your Workout with Adjustable Footpedals
The Sole E55 comes with upgraded footpedals. These are adjustable to give you different toe-heel angles so you can find the right fit for you.
Unlike the Sole E25 or E35 models, this is done with a dial adjustment. The dial allows you to angle the pedal from toe to heel to the exact setting that you prefer.
You can dial in right to the angle that is most comfortable for you. This also helps to reduce toe numbness and sore Achilles tendons which often happen on cheaper elliptical trainers.
Challenge Yourself with Power Incline
Incline (also called ramp) changes the slope of your elliptical pathway, letting you work different sets of muscle groups. This is a more effective way to crosstrain for many people as it continually challenges your body. You don’t get used to one set motion – so its easier to burn calories.
The Sole E55 gives you 20 levels of power incline that you adjust from the console. And if you don’t want to reach up to the console and interrupt your upper body workout, no problem, you can change the incline or resistance from the moving arm bars.
The moving arm bar controls are handy since you don’t have to interrupt your upper body workout to reach up to the console to change your incline or resistance settings.
While Sole is not the best at adding entertainment options (compared to other brands), you do get a few decent options here. Sole recently added a tablet holder above the console.
So you can attach your tablet or phone and watch Netflix or Youtube videos as you workout. And there’s no need to worry about running out of battery life. There’s a USB charging port right in the console for you to use.
The E55 is also Bluetooth compatible. You can track and transfer your workout stats from the Sole machine to your smart device.
You can download and track your info on the Sole app for free. Or you can also transfer your fitness info to fitness apps like Fitbit, Record, Mapmyrun and Apple Health.
Sole E55 Elliptical Review – Any Downsides?
The flywheel here (which helps add stability and a smoother ride) is only 20 pounds and not as heavy as the Sole E95 or E98 models. At this price point however it’s still quite respectable.
Also be aware that this elliptical – while compact – is still very heavy. It requires some heavy lifting – or multiple people – to move it around and into place.
Where to Buy and Save:
You can get the updated Sole E55 model – with the new Bluetooth tracking – direct from the Manufacturer here.
As of this writing, you can also get a free tablet holder included with your purchase.