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. 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.
With this elliptical you get eight pre-set programs and 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 you want to receive special attention. You also can 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.
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 a chest strap that the company provides to get a pulse reading.
While you are working out, you can track your time, the distance travelled, 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 LDC display screen.
One drawback to this otherwise excellent workout machine is that the stride length is set at 20 inches and cannot be adjusted to make it any shorter or longer. 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 length to tailor their workouts precisely to their height and the length to which their legs extend naturally during an elliptical workout.
The E35 SOLE has plenty of extras for exercise fans who find these add-ons help keep workouts interesting and more comfortable. This elliptical provides a sound system to plug in your iPod or MP3 player and has built-in speakers for your music, so you can rock on while shedding pounds and building muscle. It also comes with a water bottle holder, an accessory tray for reading material or other items, and built-in cooling fans. However, you do not get extra user accounts, a locking pin or a quick start option.
If you want to spend more and get a particularly fun accessory that is completely separate from the elliptical itself, the company also sells a highly attractive TV with a 15-inch LCD screen and built-in DVD player as a separate purchase. This TV is positioned on a freestanding floor mount stand that can be extended from 64 to 78 inches in height and includes a headphone jack.
This is not part of the elliptical purchase itself. However, for those workout fans who really want a gym-like experience at home, or for those sedentary folks who truly despise exercise and want to be completely distracted while enduring it, the television could be a totally delightful, albeit somewhat pricey, option to add.
The company offers a great warranty package: a lifetime warranty on the frame and brake; 5 years on parts and electronics; and 2 years for in-home labor. However, there is no mention of warranty coverage for wear items.
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 support or technical support, you can reach the company via email 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The company’s online technical support also has phone and email contacts. SOLE pledges a customer service representative will get back to you as soon as possible.
This is not one of the truly high-end, professional elliptical trainers; however, it has many fans who insist it gives an identical workout and also provides those who use it with a number of fun extras. For sheer exercise purposes, the SOLE E35 Elliptical comes through wonderfully well with enough workout programs, resistance features and heart monitoring to make it a worthwhile purchase for any fitness fan who wants a vigorous and complete exercise session without leaving home.
You get a good number of workout programs, excellent resistance options and many extras with this machine.
The stride length is set at 20 inches and cannot be adjusted.
The Sole E35’s varied features, many accessories and extras, and superb warranty make it a great buy.