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Sole Fitness Reviews

Sole Fitness Sets the Standard for Quality and Durability

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At Sole Headquarters, Salt Lake City, UT.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Of all the brands we cover and review, during the pandemic Sole has seen the biggest increase in market share, even though their fulfillment is often 30 days out. This is a statement about the quality and reputation of the Sole machines.

Our team has been impressed with all of the fitness equipment from Sole Fitness we have seen since they hit the market many years ago. This company is totally focused on building quality machines that are extremely durable. In fact, one of our expert reviewers has owned a Sole elliptical for a number of years and can attest to the durability and the low maintenance of the machine.

Recently we visited their corporate headquarters and further discovered some features that make the Sole Elliptical and Bike machines some of the best value picks in their price range, including interactive Bluetooth technology.

Sole Fitness Recommended Models

Sole Elliptical E35 – $1,599 (Rated a Best Buy Elliptical Trainer)
Sole Elliptical E95 – $1,799 (Rated a Best Buy Elliptical Trainer)
Sole R92 Recumbent Bike – $999 (Awarded 2021 High-End Pick)

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Sole Elliptical E35 – $1,599 (*BEST BUY)
Sole Elliptical E55 – $1,699
Sole Elliptical E95 – $1,799
Sole Elliptical E95S – $2,199 (*BEST BUY)
Sole Elliptical E98 – $2,499
Sole Elliptical E25 – $999
Sole Elliptical E20 – $649
Sole R92 Bike – $999

Check Out a Sole Elliptical Comparison Chart HereComparisonChart_graphic

Top Features You’ll Find on Sole Ellipticals/Bikes

1. Adjustable Incline on Ellipticals — This elliptical feature is similar to the inclines you find on treadmills. Being able to change the incline offers important benefits.sole elliptical trainers adjustable footpedals

  • It kicks up your cardio workout.
  • You can target muscle groups in your lower body like your glutes and quads.

2. New! – Adjustable Footpedals — This feature on your Sole elliptical machine allows you to adjust your machine for the perfect fit for your body, which in turn reduces your risk of:

  • Numbness and stress in your feet due to flat feet or high arches.
  • Strain on your hips due to pedals too far apart, which is a common issue for women.

3. Heavy Flywheel — When we have tested both Sole ellipticals and bikes, we immediately noticed how smooth and sturdy the stride and cycling motion was on their machines. This can be attributed to the heavy 20-30 lb. flywheel. At the same time we have tested several Horizon and ProForm ellipticals and the difference was like night and day. Of course, these are cheaper machines, but in this case you get what you pay for.

4. 20-24″ Elliptical Stride — We particularly liked the 20-24″ stride length on the ellipticals, which is longer than most. Team member Fred Waters is 5’8″, and the 20″ stride length seemed very comfortable. When he tried a Horizon with a 16″ stride, it felt awkward and constraining.  If you are under 5’3″ you may find the 20″ stride too long.

Sole Bike Review

Fitness Equipment Source team member testing her Sole SB900 recumbent bike.

5. Solid and Stable Feel — All the sole machines are heavy and sturdy machines with no rocking motion. There are several reasons why.

  • All the models are between 189-215 lbs. We recommend inside delivery.
  • Sole elliptical trainers sit on a lengthy base. These are not cheap, compact models.
  • Most of their machines are constructed with a heavy-duty steel frame.
  • The elliptical foot pedals each have 2 wheels that run along the rails. This noticeably reduces side to side motion. Most front drive ellipticals have single wheels.

6. Built-in Speakers — The speakers may not impress true audiophiles, but it’s convenient to have a sound system with the apex focused directly at you. You can plug-in your iPhone or tablet and rock out while burning calories and getting in shape on your Sole machine.

We have two criticisms that are minor issues in comparison to the overall quality of the components and engineering.

  1. The built-in fan provides minimal relief, which is true with most fitness equipment.
  2. We would rate the console and display as average. There are better displays in the $1,000 – $2,000 range.
Team member Rachael discusses Sole E25 Elliptical - Read full review here

Team member Rachael discusses Sole E25 Elliptical – Read full review here.

7.  Bluetooth Fitness Tracking – Sole introduced Bluetooth capability for their updated models.  With this feature, the machine communicates with your smart device to help you track your workout stats. Most of their machines are also compatible with other popular fitness tracking apps you may already be using.

Check Our Comparison Chart for Sole Ellipticals

Our Review on the Sole Elliptical

Sole has an excellent reputation for their ellipticals and bikes, and like their treadmills these machines have the best warranty in their price range. They are rated a “Best Buy” by several reputable sources, and are used by the Hilton chain for in-room fitness. The length of their warranty is a reflection on the quality of their machines. To offer that kind of extensive warranty on an elliptical that has service problems would literally put the company out of business.

We’ve spoken with a Dick’s Sporting Goods sales rep to see which elliptical brand was their best seller. He immediately took us over to a nice line up of Sole Elliptical Trainers. We asked why they were the best sellers and his response was:  “Try the other ellipticals and get on the Sole, the difference in quality is obvious.”

Responsive Customer Service

What is equally important is Sole Fitness has an excellent reputation for customer service. Since I have been reviewing their ellipticals and treadmills, I have received no complaints about their customer service. That is rare. In addition, I have only gotten one email regarding a minor technical problem. This is what I would consider a strong endorsement on the products and the company.

Sole Fitness machine are definitely some of the better values in the $1,000-$2,000 price range.

Customer Reviews for Sole

My wife and I are very pleased with our Sole E95. Great workout, and very challenging with the different programs. Thanks for your info.

Extremely stable, very sturdy, very smooth (and we are not lightweights-5’11 200+ and 5’8 175+). We found our 8 foot ceilings more than ample for us. Programing is very user friendly, it is much easier on my knees than the treadmill and gives all the workout you could possibly need at any level! Have used daily for about a month and couldn’t be more pleased with our purchase!

In summary, this is absolutely the best bang for the buck as far as ellipticals go. Sole ellipticals are the best ellipticals under $2000 and they even compete very well with the ones above $2000 as well!

See the Sole Elliptical Trainer Review Video.

*This Sole Fitness Review is based on not only on product testing, but also comments, testimonials, reviews and ratings of customers, and third parties. We attempt to be as accurate as possible. Warranties, features and prices can change without notice.

34 thoughts on “Sole Ellipticals and Bikes”

  1. Dennis Richardson

    Hi … kinda researching my options regarding an elliptical purchase. The Sole brand has caught my attention … attractive price point — quality workmanship. What kind of maintenance should I expect to perform? I’d be the only using it – say about an hour a day.



    1. administrator Post author

      Hi Jeff,
      You may want to try Dick’s Sporting goods. They are the only folks that carry Sole machines other than purchasing direct from Sole.


  2. Jeffrey Henning

    I am looking for an elliptical for my wife & I….. she is 5’3” she needs the adjustments for stride (18-24”) my questions is…I am 6’4” how will this unit work for me? Any additional information would be appreciated. Regards,
    Jeffrey J. Henning


    1. administrator Post author

      Hi Jeffrey
      With the significant height range difference between you and your wife, you will definitely want an adjustable stride length. The Sole E95S ranges from 18″ to 24″ in length and should be a good model for you guys. Another consideration would be the Nordictrack FS7i as you can go up to a 38″ stride length and it’s variable.


  3. Conrad Maceo Moore Sr

    I’m 6.4.and weighing around 338 lbs which Sole Elipitical would you recommend for me


  4. Johanna S.

    Hello I have doing a lot of research on Elliptical machines and I seem to gravitate toward the Sole E25 model. I am 5’7 and weigh 155 lbs and looking to add more cardio to my workout routine. In addition, I would probably be using this machine 3-4 times per week for an hour. I am looking for the best value and at the price point $999.99 its seems that this machine would be the best option for me. How does the E35 sole model compare to E25 model in terms of performance? Would you say it’s about the same? I


    1. Site Admin

      Hi Johanna! Yes, the Sole E25 and E35 are fairly similar. The E35 does have a heavier flywheel, and adjustable pedals. However, from what you’re describing the E25 should work great for you!


  5. Robert K.

    I’m considering Sole E25 model for my wife and myself for cardio since our gym shut down. We’re both 66; she is 5’5” weighs 150, I am 6 3 1/2 and 206. We’re wanting to add more cardio to our workouts, 3-4 weekly.
    Tried E35 and E25. The E35 seemed like a more luxurious option but seems the E25 has all the same benefits we are looking for for 2/3 the cost.
    We both excise 5 days weekly and I (the larger person above) ran marathons until about 3 years ago so my legs are a bit stronger. In your opinion, are we headed in the right direction?


    1. Site Admin

      Hi Robert. Yes! Those are both great machines. We typically recommend the E35 over the E25 (although they are extremely similar) because our team has personally visited the Sole Headquarters, and we like the the elliptical motion better on the E35. It feels slightly more comfortable and fluid! Also, the E35 is a bit heavier so we like this for stability reasons – but honestly, you can’t go wrong with either machine you’re looking at. I hope this helps. Best of luck!


  6. Sylvia

    Looking to purchase the E95 or E55. It seems that the E95 has better reviews. I 60 and needing to continue to move. With the gyms closed I am starting to stiffen up. My husband is 6’ and I am 5’3 1/2. I was looking at both of these machines. Which would you recommend?


    1. Site Admin

      Hi Sylvia. Either the Sole E55 or E95 are both great options. The only thing I would take into consideration is the stride length. Have you and your husband tried an elliptical before? Do you know which stride length you prefer? The E55 has a set 20″ stride but the E95 is adjustable 20-22″.


      1. Site Admin

        Hi Sylvia! Correction on our comment here – the E95 has a maximum stride of 20″. The E95S has an adjustable stride of 18″-24″. Sorry for the confusion – just wanted to correct our mistake here. Hope this helps.


  7. Terry Nathe

    I noticed in your last reply that the E95 has an adjustable stride of 20-22. I do not see that any where in the specs other than the E95s 18-22. Is this correct because It would make a difference in which one I prefer.


  8. Sam D.

    Trying to decide between E-35 and E-55. Can you tell me the difference in smoothness, motion, and stability.. any recommendation on choosing between them?


  9. Andy

    It seems to me, based on your and other reviews, that the Sole E95 is a beast of a machine that gets the mechanics and ergonomics of an elliptical down really well, but it really falls far short when it comes to the display/interactive/number of exercise programs. I’m not sure if this is a long standing issue or if the competition is just increasing their lead with regards to what I would call the cockpit technology. It leaves me wondering if I want to go with ProForm that has this technology and maybe not as solid, adjustable or ergonomic as the Sole, but with the option of an interactive experience and more exercise programs to choose from, or the NordicTrack with comparable build quality and the better cockpit technology. Or do I go with the Sole and have a solid machine that does what it does really well, but is kind of dull? (and dull could me it becomes an expensive clothes hanger).
    Am I getting this wrong? Is Sole about to announce that a user can plug their own tablet into the USB port and get the interactive features and more workout programs like their competitors have?


    1. Site Admin

      Hi Andy! You’re pretty spot on. Sole is known for their high quality equipment but they are not as up-to-date as other brands on technology. It really comes down to your personal preference – if you think you’d utilize iFit (from NordicTrack and ProForm machines) a ton, I would likely go with one of those. By the way, NordicTrack and ProForm are not “bad”, or “poor quality” machines by any means. We have just seen consistent high quality, durable machines come from Sole.


  10. Craig Berardi

    What is incline percent on the sole eliptical E 98 very odd your specs do not mention. I want long strides and high steps.


  11. Patty

    My husband and I are very interested in purchasing your Sole E95S.
    The problem is the only way we can afford it is if we can get it at your $2199.00 sale price.
    Due to the Covid situation I don’t know when we can get into Dicks to “try it out” and make sure the stride and feel of the elliptical is what we want before we order it.
    So my question is : how long will this specific elliptical be on sale for the $2199.00 price?
    Is there any way we could be guaranteed that sale price?
    Thank you,


    1. Site Admin

      Hi Patty. We are just a review site so we can’t guarantee how long brands will run a certain price. I will say that Sole doesn’t fluctuate their prices as much as other companies and we update our website daily with price updates. I hope this helps


  12. Sigrid

    Hello. I have an interest with Sole e25 or e55 .. mainly bc of its compact size. They’re pretty comparable other than foot pedal adjustment and other luxury things on e55. I’m 5’3, 128 lbs. I’m looking into focusing on cardio, weight loss and muscle toning. I gave away my treadmill due to bad and misaligned knees and hips. I was told that elliptical is the better equipment to have. So, my question these two models have a fixed 20 in stride length. Is this going to be a bit too much for me? Your E95S has the stride adjustment but doesn’t have the incline capability. Bummer .. i also prefer a powered incline. so I’m still debating which one is the best fit for my needs. Thanks.


  13. Soos

    Here are my thoughts on it, after using mine for a month or so: putting it together was a lot easier than expected (or so my husband says, lol). I bought the E95. In my research there were a few things that swayed me in favor of the Sole brand…..their warranty is the best out there, they are well built, light commercial, they are one of the few that seem to have a setting for incline, which I really wanted, and it wasn’t back ordered 2-3 months like most others.
    This thing feels like it will outlive me. It’s really well built, solid. The incline and resistance are adjusted with buttons, and are smooth as can be. The elliptical itself is so quiet it’s hard to tell it’s on. So, all that is exactly as I would want it. One of the disappointments was the information console. In general, the technology seems very outdated. It’s not a touch screen,which although no big deal, is hard to get used to haha.
    In manual mode, which is what I use the most, there seems to be no way to count time from 0-30 minutes. It only seems to work from 30 down to 0, altho you can change it from 30 min. To whatever you want. Also, from their website I thought you could save the data to either user 1 or user 2, but you can’t save the actual miles/time/calories to get an aggregate, all you can do is save the program…ie the resistance and incline settings. Kinda useless. I just found out Sole has an app, so I will try that.
    The only other thing is the integration with fitness apps. I knew I was giving this up when I bought the SOLE brand but all things being equal, if I hadn’t had to wait an extra 2 months for a different brand, I might have looked harder at something else.
    So, long story short, if you don’t care about the bells and whistles, I think this elliptical is extremely well built and very solid.
    I am not sure what the differences are between models, other than the heaviness of the flywheel. I wanted one that was sturdy enough to be used by several people on a regular basis, and this one is.


  14. Larry

    I’m 5’8” with bad knees. Had replacement and due to scar tissue have lost considerable range of motion. My wife is about 5’6”-5’7” and has chronic back ( c3-c7 surgery and chronic pain) and lumbar stenosis. Should I be looking at a recumbent bike or elliptical? she needs radio, weight loss and I need to improve range of knee motion and conditioning. I like the E25 and the Nautilus R618 bike. Your thoughts?


    1. Site Admin

      Hi Larry. Elliptical are definitely much lower impact than treadmills. Have you asked your doctor which machine would be better for you between a bike or an elliptical?


  15. Theresa Frakes

    I am torn between the E25 and the E55.
    Space is a concern, but does not outweigh performance
    What are we getting with the E55 that the E25 does not have ?
    Daily use for an hour for me, occasional use by my husband. Heaviest weight is 220lbs.


    1. Site Admin

      Hi Theresa, there is not much difference between the two. You do get a bigger screen with the E55. If you’re concerned about space the E55 is 71″ H x 71″ L x 27″ W. The E25 is 71″ H x 70″ L x 24″ W. It’s a little smaller. If you aren’t concerned about the screen size, I would opt for the E25 here 🙂 Hope this helps you


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