TopTenREVIEWS - Bronze Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

SOLE Fitness has been outfitting major hotel chains such as Hilton with treadmills for some time, and the company also sells a line of treadmills and exercise bikes for home use. In addition to those products, however, the company has made a name for itself in the world of elliptical machines and seems to be gaining popularity with customers with its E line of elliptical cross trainers.

Of this line, the SOLE E35 Elliptical will give you a smooth and substantial workout with its pre-set programs, its various resistance levels and differing ramp angles. There are also two exercise programs you can set yourself and tailor them to your specific workout needs. Its varied features and fine warranty show that it easily merits our TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award for elliptical trainers.

Workout Options
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9.4/10
Precor EFX
Smooth Agile DMT
Sole E
Diamondback Ef
Vision Fitness S7
ProForm Front Drive
NordicTrack Rear Drive
AFG AE
LifeFitness X
Schwinn 400
9.8
9.6
9.4
9.1
8.5
8.9
8.7
8.8
8.5
8.5

One great feature is the fact that you can adjust the stride length from 20-22 inches. Twenty inches is a standard and generally quite workable stride measurement for an elliptical machine. However, many fitness fans prefer to have an adjustable stride to tailor their workouts precisely to their height and the length to which their legs extend naturally.

With this elliptical you get 10 preset programs including two you can set yourself, which gives you a pleasant range of workout choices to build that cardio vigor and strengthen muscles at the same time. This elliptical machine offers 16 different resistance levels, which lets you determine the intensity of the workout you want to undertake.

In addition, the SOLE E35 lets you push a button to change the ramp angle through the machine’s power incline. The incline ranges from totally flat to 30 degrees, which gives you an extensive array of workout options and also lets you focus on specific lower body muscle groups that would benefit from special attention. You can also pedal in reverse to work different muscle groups. The elliptical’s movable handlebars provide a vigorous exercise regimen for your arms and enhances the overall cardio benefits of the workout you get with this elliptical machine. The handlebars can be adjusted to make the machine fit your body.

Workout Monitoring
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9.4/10
Precor EFX
Smooth Agile DMT
Sole E
Diamondback Ef
Vision Fitness S7
ProForm Front Drive
NordicTrack Rear Drive
AFG AE
LifeFitness X
Schwinn 400
9.8
9.4
9.4
9.8
10
9.4
9.4
9.8
9.8
9.8

While you are working out, you can track your time, the distance traveled, the number of calories you have burned and the resistance level at which you are working. You can see all these stats on a backlit blue LCD display screen.

Unfortunately, you do not get extra user accounts or a quick start option with this elliptical cross trainer.

You can track how fast your heart is beating using the sensors on the elliptical’s stationary handlebars by simply grasping them briefly. This will register your pulse and display it on the machine’s screen. You also can monitor your pulse by putting on an included chest strap.

Design
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9.3/10
Precor EFX
Smooth Agile DMT
Sole E
Diamondback Ef
Vision Fitness S7
ProForm Front Drive
NordicTrack Rear Drive
AFG AE
LifeFitness X
Schwinn 400
9.8
9.5
9.3
9
8.5
7.8
7.5
7.1
6.9
6.6

 The SOLE E35 elliptical cross trainer boasts a flywheel weighing a hefty 29 pounds, which should add some sturdiness and stability to any workout and make the whole experience smoother. The machine measures 83 inches long, 27 inches wide and 58 inches high and weighs 215 pounds. This elliptical can handle a user who weighs 375 pounds.

 

Help & Support
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9.4/10
Precor EFX
Smooth Agile DMT
Sole E
Diamondback Ef
Vision Fitness S7
ProForm Front Drive
NordicTrack Rear Drive
AFG AE
LifeFitness X
Schwinn 400
9.4
9.6
9.4
9.3
9.3
9.4
7.5
7.5
7.5
6.9

SOLE offers a FAQs page and a copy of its product manuals on the company’s website. Phone help is available Monday through Friday during business hours. For sales, technical and warranty support, you can reach the company via phone or email.

The company offers a great warranty package: a lifetime warranty on the frame, five years on parts and two years one labor.

Sole E Summary:
9.4/10

This elliptical cross trainer has many fans who insist it gives them a superb workout, especially since they get the opportunity to adjust the stride length, resistance levels, and moving handlebars to suit their height and workout abilities. You can adapt this versatile cross trainer to increase or decrease exertion levels as needed. The SOLE E35 Elliptical is a worthwhile purchase for any fitness fan who wants a vigorous and complete exercise session without leaving home.


 

 
 
 

Sole E 35

Pros
You can adjust the stride length and the moving handlebars to make the machine fit your body's movement. You also get excellent resistance options and a number of extras with this elliptical.

Cons
You do not get extra user accounts.

The Verdict
: 9.35/10

The SOLE E35’s varied features, many accessories and extras, and great warranty make this an excellent buy.