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Sole E35 Elliptical Trainer Review

Brand: Sole Fitness Ellipticals
Expert Rating: 4.5 stars

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A Best Buy! You Won’t Find a Better Elliptical at this Price Range


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One of the main reasons you want to seriously consider the Sole Elliptical E35 is its all about reliability and quality. For the price you are not going to find a more low maintenance cross-trainer. Team member Fred Waters has personally owned a Sole elliptical for over 8 years, and other than occasionally lubricating the railings, he has had NO problems.

There are other factors that make the Sole Elliptical E35 a “Best Buy” including the stability, ergonomic features and the challenging workout.  This most recently released model has Bluetooth capability and an upgraded console.  The elliptical is able to communicate with your smart device with the help of a free Sole app.

The Sole E35 is in stock for $1,599. Industry leading warranty and a 30 day money back guarantee.

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*Shipping/Delivery Note: All Sole ellipticals come with free curbside delivery. For this standard delivery, the driver will back the truck up as far as they can (which is sometimes at the end of your driveway) and unload your elliptical box for you. Ellipticals can often be awkward to move and typically require more than one person. Sole now offers Assembly Authority Delivery for $299. An Assembly Authority Tech will unload the elliptical to the designated room of your choice, assemble it, and demonstrate the functionality for you. This new delivery option is a great deal in our opinion.

Check out our Team Member Review of the Sole E35

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At the Sole Headquarters

We tested the Sole Elliptical E35 at their corporate offices and for a mid-priced elliptical it has a very smooth elliptical motion. That is partially due to the heavy 25 lb. flywheel that provides a comfortable and natural stride. It’s also very quiet if you keep the railings lubed. In the past we have tested it side by side with several Horizon and ProForm models and the difference in stability and noise level was dramatic.

Note: The Sole Elliptical E35 was rated “Best buy” from a popular consumer magazines whose name we cannot mention. In their review they gave it an “Excellent” for construction and exercise range.

Features of the Sole Elliptical E35

  • Bluetooth Capability – The recently upgraded version of the Sole E35 comes with Bluetooth capability.  The machine is able to communicate with your smart device via a FREE Sole Fitness app.  Track your workout stats to help you make better progress to your goals.Sole Elliptical E35 adjustable foot pedals
  • It’s a Hefty 231 lbs – The Sole Elliptical E35 is a heavy piece of equipment with dual wheels that run along the railing, giving it a solid and stable feel. In addition, the 71″ length adds further to the stability. The downside is this elliptical takes up considerable space.
    Note: Standard delivery is to the curb. Sometimes they will back into your driveway, but not always. Either plan to have some strong individuals to move it indoors, or go for the optional inside delivery.
  • Power Incline – The Sole Elliptical E35 comes with a power incline feature, allowing you better target and tone various lower muscles. It also gives you an increased cardio burn and feels like hiking up a hill.
  • Sole E35 dual wheelsLong Smooth 20″-22″ Stride Length – We found the 20″-22″ stride to be smooth and comfortable. If you are under 5’5″ you may want to consider a machine with with a smaller stride. However, this is an ideal stride length for average to above average users.The stride is elongated, which is what you want with an elliptical. Cheaper units will often have an 18″ stride with a flywheel weighing considerably less. The result is a choppy circular motion that requires lifting your knees. It’s not as comfortable and consequently you’ll probably exercise less and getting fewer results.
  • Adjustable Foot pedals- To add to your comfort level the Sole Elliptical E35 is designed with articulating foot pedals. They angle with the elliptical motion. To increase your comfort level, you can manually make further adjustments to the angle of the pedals. If you have flat feet or higher arches, you can adjust the pedals to an ideal angle that will further reduce stress and potential numbness.
  • Console and Display– The Sole Elliptical E35 comes with 10 programs, for a variety of challenges. There are 6 installed programs, 2 user defined programs and 2 heart rate programs.Included in the console are built-in speakers and a plug-in for a MP3 or iPod player. The sound e35-sole-elliptical_consolewon’t impress audiophiles, but it is nice having the apex efficiently directed to you. There is also a small fan that provides moderate relief. You get a 7.5″ white backlit LCD display which simultaneously shows Speed, Incline, Time, Distance Traveled, Calories, Pulse and Pace.

Included is a 1/4 mile track feature and a peak and valley graph so you can visualize your progress. Also, the console tilts for optimum viewing based on your height.There are also 20 levels of resistance, making the switch from one level to the next marginal. This allows you to make small incremental adjustments. A feature that we really like is resistance and incline controls located on the moveable handlebars. When you want to make adjustments you don’t have to break your stride and hit buttons on the console.

  • Multi-Position Handlebars – We’re not sure why more manufacturers do not offer this feature. With the extended handlebars you can change the positions of the upper body workout, thus allowing you to target more upper body muscles.

Check out our comparison chart of all Sole Elliptical models.

Our Complete Elliptical Review – Sole Elliptical E35

When we last visited Dick’s Sporting Goods, they carried Sole, Horizon and ProForm elliptical trainers. We asked the salesperson which was the best seller. Without hesitation he said Sole. When we asked why, his response was “the quality blows away the competition”.  This updated model with its Bluetooth capability elevates our opinion of the E35 even more. Many other brands have incorporated workout stat tracking into their machines and we’re am happy to see that Sole Fitness is joining in.

We feel this elliptical is one of the best buys in the $1,000-$1,500 range. If you are not all that familiar with the name Sole, their treadmills are used for in-room workouts in the Hilton chain, which says something about their durability. In general, their machines are built to last. We have yet to have a complaint about this machine, meanwhile we have had numerous positive reviews sent from customers.

Customer Sole Elliptical E35 Reviews

The Sole E35 received 4.5 stars out of 5 from over 47 customers on

Sole elliptical E35Great elliptical, especially for the price!

I recently ordered the Sole elliptical E35. I have always used and liked the Precor machines at the gym however I was not willing to pay the price to have one in my home. I tried several machines in fitness stores and Sole was the only brand that felt sturdy for my price range ($1,300 is actually more than I had originally planned on spending).

The assembly time estimate on the Sole web site says 25-35 minutes. I think it took me 2-3 hours and I’m a reasonably mechanical person. That said, all the parts went together very easily and the instructions were decent (could have used more pictures in my opinion). I’ve only used the elliptical twice but find it to be very sturdy. It is also very quiet! I’m not sure how much noise I expected it to make, but it far exceeded my expectations. I hope with time it holds up well and it doesn’t become noisy, but so far it is great!

I bought a Sole Elliptical E35 and put it together in my home. It was very easy – the hardest part was carrying it up the stairs, but my husband and I carried it up in pieces. I love the machine. It has all the programs I need (I generally use “Manual” but my kids like the “Fat Burn” and others, it’s stable and very comfortable. I’m 5’4″ and the stride length is perfect. I like that it’s quiet and I can watch TV while I workout. I would highly recommend this machine – I’ve tested several brands and for the price it is an excellent value.

I owned a nordic elliptical for 5 years and had it serviced twice.  I decided I need to up grade.  I search and researched.  The best bang for the buck seemed to be the Sole E35.  I was on a waiting list at a local store for several months.  I finally went on line and ordered it from Sole directly.  The price was $l.000 – free shipping.  That was 3 years ago.  I love this machine.  My entire family uses it including my grandchildren.  The only complaint I have is that the water bottle holder could be higher and the display window could be bigger.  That aside, it performs much like the $3,000 machines.  I have no complaints.

Our office building purchased an E35. It broke after 4 months and they would not repair as the unit is in “commercial” use. Commercial use = NO WARRANTY. Keep this in mind if you are buying for your office. I would not buy Sole again and felt we were mislead about the warranty.

I tested and read reviews of about a dozen ellipticals before purchasing the Sole E35. In addition to the best warranty in it’s class, this unit is the most stable and quietest. The assembly technician concurred stating that he had to return to people who purchased other brand names but could not recall returning for problems with the Sole Elliptical E35. I have mine for a short time, just over a month but it feels secure and would recommend it at this time.

Just purchased a sole elliptical E35.  It arrived in excellent condition, with individual parts separately packaged.  Whatever you may think, it’s going to take you and someone else to get the main pieces moved to your final location. The assembly was pretty straightforward.  However, the Sole “estimate” of 30 minutes is very optimistic. I’m fairly mechanical, and it took about 3 hours. I read elsewhere that you need lock-tite for some of the bolts. But, I noticed that a few of them are sent with the material already on the bolt. The machine is VERY quiet, and feels quite substantial.  It appears to be a quality machine…..guess we will see over time!

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Note: In this review of the Sole E35 we attempt to be as concise as possible with features and pricing. The manufacturer may change either without notification. Please go to the manufacturer’s web site for the latest details.

28 thoughts on “Sole E35”

  1. Swati Srivastava

    Hi, Thanks for all the detailed videos on ellipticals! I am planning to buy a sole elliptical for my home and confused between the model E25 and E35, would like to know from your expert advice what’s the beneficial difference between these two models? Thanks!


    1. Site Admin

      Hi Swati. The E35 from Sole has a heavier flywheel, which will give you a more stable feeling during your workout. It also has adjustable foot pedals whereas the E25 does not – it gives you more options for adjusting it to your own comfort. The E35 is longer and heavier than the E25, making it more sturdy. You should note – One of our team members owned the E25 for 7 years and had no issues, but still suggests spending the extra $300 for the upgrade.


  2. MJ

    Hi! I’m having trouble finding exact info on the step up height of this machine. I see above in the comments you mention 18′. Does that include the incline? This machine will be used by my hubs and me. We’re both under 5’10 but our ceilings are only 79′. Will this fit?

    Thank you!


    1. Site Admin

      Hi MJ, the step up height is 14″. The incline on ellipticals is more or less resistance levels so it won’t necessarily be elevating you as if it were a treadmill (hope this makes sense), but yes, it should fit 🙂


  3. tova David

    I am 39 active runner want to use the elliptical for my new cardio regime which one do you suggest? I was going to the gym up till now and used the pre core


  4. Rob Holnmgren

    I’m 6’1″ and we have a 7ft 8″ ceiling. With my shoes on it appears i have a 2″ clearance with the 18″ step up height. Will I hit my head on the ceiling if I keep my feet on the pedals of an Sole E35?

    Also, is the upper body have resistance control or adjustment?


    1. Site Admin

      Hi Rob. In short – probably. You need to allow yourself a 4″ – 6″ buffer height. 2″ is really close! I might would suggest the SE7i from NordicTrack, it has a 14″ step up height


  5. Daryl Schmidt

    Hello, I see the maximum stride length for the Sole E34 is 20 inches. What is the minimum stride length and how is the stride adjusted? (foot placement on the pedals?) Since my wife (5’5″ shorter leg length) and i (6’2″ average leg length) will both be using the elliptical, I need to make sure the stride length will work for both of us. Does anyone know the stride length on the ellipticals at 24 Hour Fitness? We went to this gym prior to Covid. Daryl


    1. Site Admin

      Hi Daryl! For you and your wife’s differing heights – I would suggest considering the Sole E95S. It has an 18-24″ adjustable stride so you and your wife could both adjust the stride to your preferences. Hope this helps


  6. Muriel Schreiber

    Hi going back and forth between the Sole E55 and the Sole E35. Am 77 years old, 5 feet, 4 inches tall and prefer something easy and smooth to operate. Have been a gym person for the past 38 years until the virus hit. Which would be the best one for me and will also need to have it put together. I read that the E 55 is 72 inches long and the E 35 is 81 inches long. What is the stride difference? Thank you


  7. Carol Sexton

    I have done a lot of research and really don’t want to spend more than$1000 so the sole 35 is out of my range. What do you think of the sole 25? Also looking at the horizon ae70. – same price. I tried one and the resistance seems tough even on level one so I’m a but concerned about that. Any recommendations?


  8. Bsg

    I finally got around to writing a review. I put this machine together myself (there might have been some offcolor words uttered). Once done it worked perfectly. It is so smooth. It’s pretty amazing and I love it.


  9. Fred Schwartz

    My wife and I exercise daily on our E35 elliptical machine . We are both in our late 70s and find the low impact perfect for us. We have misplaced the owners manual over the years how can we replace it? We purchased our Sole Elliptical machine 3/6/2010 from Dicks Sporting Goods in Columbus Ohio.


  10. Jackie

    I am 5’1 and I noticed that you said “If you are under 5’5″ you may want to consider a machine with with a smaller stride” does Sole make a machine with as good reviews as the E35 for people with smaller strides?


    1. Nancy Uffner

      I am 71 years old and 5’1″
      Your advise please-
      Is the E25 suitable for my height?
      need to know ASAP
      THANK YOU!


  11. Tod Anthony

    I am 5′ 10″ and the ceiling in my basement is 7′ 8″ where I exercise. Will the Sole E35 work for me with this ceiling height?


    1. administrator Post author

      Hi Tod,

      The step up height on all Sole elliptical machines is 18″ so you’ll have to add that to your height to get the minimum ceiling clearance. In this case adding that to 5’10” you would need a ceiling that is at least 7’4″, so your ceiling height of 7’8″ would be sufficient.


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