The Sole E25 is best known for its high quality and smooth ride, provided by its unique 25 lb flywheel. Whilst a lot of ellipticals on the market can match the features of the Sole E25 Elliptical at a lower price, they can’t quite match the quality and commercial grade feel it has.
If you’re looking to buy a quality machine similar to one that you would find at your local gym without paying thousands of dollars, then the Sole E25 Elliptical could be for you.
Overall Elliptical Rating: 3.5/5
- Smooth to use
- Solid and sturdy frame
- Materials and construction are very high quality
- 20-inch stride length
- Heart rate chest strap included
- Assembly can be difficult (lots of diagrams) and instructions not great
- Users report it starts to squeak after a while (may need constant lubrication)
- Common agreement among users that the wheels/rollers can come off the tracks
- Fan is weak and doesn’t have much effect
- 350-pound weight limit
- 20-inch maximum stride length
- Pulse grip and chest strap heart rate monitoring
- Built-in fan
- Power incline resistance
The Sole E25 Elliptical currently hovers around the $1000 but can drop to as low as $999.99 online. In our view, the Sole E25 Elliptical is priced fairly but doesn’t necessarily represent the best value buy out there. You can get the same features that the Sole E25 Elliptical has on many cheaper machines that are half its price.
Similarly, the Schwinn 470 elliptical can match the Sole E25 Elliptical in all it’s features and comes in at just under $800, perhaps making it the better value for money. That being said, the Sole E25 Elliptical has an advantage in its build quality, and that is likely why it is priced slightly higher than it’s competitors.
Reliability & Warranty: 3.5/5
If you’ve read the reviews from owners of this product, you’ll see that there is a common complaint regarding the wheels that roll along the tracks. In particular, it seems that the wheels can come off the tracks when the machine is in use, which can stop the elliptical whilst it is in motion. This is a big problem. Not only do you not want to have to get down and fix it during your workout, but it’s also a big safety concern.
There are a few things to note concerning this subject. Firstly, people have reported that after adding more silicone/grease to the tracks, the wheels/rollers stopped jumping, and also stopped any unwanted squeaking noises. The other factor to note is that most of the complaints surrounding the wheels are in relation to the Sole E25 Elliptical 2013 model and not the latest model. There was one review that said the newer models do not have this problem (however I cannot speak whether this is true or not). And lastly, a user on Amazon has stated that if you call up Sole, they have a kit you can install over the tracks to prevent this problem occurring.
All these factors should be considered before buying the Sole E25 Elliptical. If you’re still anxious, it would be best to call up Sole and enquire about this.
Regarding the warranty, it covers a lifetime on the frame, 3 years on electronics and parts, and 1 year on labour, which is what you would expect for an elliptical of this price. The model up from the Sole E25, the Sole E35 Elliptical, has a slightly better warranty with a lifetime on the frame, 5 years on electronics and parts, and 2 years labour. If the warranty is important to you, you may want to consider the Sole E35 Elliptical rather than the E25.
Stability and Quality: 4.5/5
The unique selling point of the Sole E25 Elliptical is its quality. As we said before there are many cheaper ellipticals that can match the features on the Sole E25 Elliptical, however, the quality of the construction and materials used on the E25 are far superior to cheaper ellipticals.
Overall it is a very sturdy machine and can support a maximum user weight of up to 350 pounds, with most machines maxing out at the 300 mark.
Size and Assembly: 3/5
The Sole E25 Elliptical is a fairly large machine and pretty heavy. It’s not foldable either so it’s likely that you’ll have to be prepared to look at it every day unless you plan to completely dismantle it and store it away.
On assembly, you may find it helpful to have at least two people, although it’s possible to do it with one. Furthermore, much has been said of the assembly process in that it’s not the most enjoyable experience due to the poor instructions and highly complex diagrams. If assembling products is your weak point or highly frustrates you, then you may want to consider paying additional for professional assembly.
An important thing you will want to consider before purchasing any elliptical is how high your ceilings are and also your own height. If your ceilings are lower than usual and you are reasonably tall (over 6ft), you’ll want to research whether there is enough height between the top of your head and the ceiling when you are standing on the machine. The last thing you’d want is your head smashing against the ceiling with every step you take!
The 25lb flywheel is one of the more heavier flywheels you’ll find on an elliptical and ensures that the Sole E25 Elliptical is smooth to ride. If you want something heavier and smoother and are prepared to stretch your budget a little more, then you may prefer the Sole E35 Elliptical over the E25.
The ability to change the incline also allows you to change up the configuration to target different muscles of the lower body. This is particularly handy if you want to tone different areas of your lower half.
The Sole E25 Elliptical is a fairly quiet machine and won’t be a problem if you’re concerned with disturbing other people in your home. In addition, watching the TV or listening to music is also possible whilst working out on the Sole E25 Elliptical.
Like all ellipticals, the Sole E25 should stay quiet as long as periodic care is given to it by wiping down the tracks and applying adequate lube on a frequent basis. If you want a machine that performs well, we recommend doing it weekly.
The Sole E25 Elliptical comes with the features you’d expect for an elliptical of this price. You get built-in speakers, water bottle holder and a ledge for your iPad or Kindle. There is also a fan built above the backlit display, however many users have reported that the fan is very weak, even at it’s highest setting.
You can track the basic metrics on the Sole E25 Elliptical console as well as your heart rate, either through the pulse grip or the included chest strap. Most cardio machines require you buy the chest strap separately so it’s a nice touch for Sole to include the strap with this model.
Should I Buy Sole E25 Elliptical?
The Sole E25 Elliptical is a good buy overall. It has all the features you’d need to ensure a comfortable workout with the help of its speakers, fan, water bottle holder and tablet holder. In addition, it’s quality flywheel will ensure you get a smooth and effective workout, and its incline function allows you to change up your workouts.
That being said, there are machines that can do all the things the Sole E25 can and come at a lower price, for example, the Schwinn 470. In fact, it could be argued that the Schwinn has a better console because it can sync with popular fitness apps. The difference is around $200, but we feel that difference may be justified as the Sole E25 Elliptical has a slightly better build and more of a commercial grade feel to it. If you want to take it up one more level, you could consider the Sole E35 Elliptical (the model up) which gets even closer to the commercial grade feel than the E25.
To sum up, if you want your home elliptical to get close to resembling a commercial grade machine whilst not going wildly over the $1000 mark, then the Sole E25 Elliptical is the closest thing you’re going to find. Either way, it’s a well-built machine that will keep you challenged well into the future.