The E35 is one of Sole’s top of the range ellipticals, and one model up from its E25 model. The E35’s main stand out points is that it’s well built, durable, smooth to ride and offers long-term reliability.
There are some people who don’t mind spending more, even upwards of $1000 to buy a machine that borders on providing the quality of a commercial grade machine. If this describes you, then you’ll want to look a little closer at the Sole E35 Elliptical.
Overall Elliptical Rating: 4/5
- Adjustable stride length (20-to-22 inch)
- Adjustable incline
- Smooth and quiet to use
- Close to commercial grade quality
- Heavy 375 pound maximum user weight
- Good warranty
- Users report that the resistance levels aren’t strong enough for fit people
- Assembly may be difficult for just one person
- The fan isn’t very effective
- Users have complained about speaker quality
- Potential to be noisy unless lubed frequently
- 29-pound flywheel
- Power adjustable stride and incline
- Measures heart rate via hand grips and chest strap
- 7.5 inch backlit display
- Built-in fan
- Built-in speakers
At over $1000, the E35 isn’t exactly cheap, and some potential buyers may even wonder why it doesn’t have a lot more features than an elliptical in the $500 range.
Although it doesn’t have many additional features, the price of the Sole E35 Elliptical factors in its build quality and long-term reliability, which a lot of cheaper ellipticals simply don’t have. So with the Sole E35 Elliptical, you aren’t paying for features, you’re paying for quality.
Reliability & Warranty: 4.5/5
The Sole E35 Elliptical is reliable and there haven’t been too many long-term issues reported.
Should you experience a problem the Sole E35 Elliptical is supported by a solid warranty, which should put a lot of people at ease after spending over $1000. The frame is covered for a lifetime, electronics and parts for 5 years, and labour for 2 years. Usually, manufacturers offer short lengths on electronics/parts, and particularly on labour, but these two appear to be sufficient.
Stability and Quality: 5/5
The high-quality build of this elliptical is what separates the Sole E35 from its competitors, and it’s clear that this is the area where Sole wants to be best known.
The Sole E35 Elliptical can take users up to a maximum weight of 375 pounds, which is 75 pounds more than what most mid-level priced ellipticals will take and shows that it is a very stable machine. In addition, users do not report any wobbling issues.
Size & Comfortability: 4/5
The Sole E35 Elliptical is a heavy machine and slightly larger than a lower level elliptical.
Given it’s heavier build, it has been recommended by owners to have at least two people when assembling this product as the equipment can be quite heavy. Furthermore, the instructions and manual haven’t impressed its users. It has been reported that users find it much more beneficial to use assembly instructions on YouTube.
One of the differentiating features of the Sole E35 Elliptical is its adjustable stride length. It’s common for people to complain about stride lengths either being too long or short. I find this usually happens a lot on ellipticals that have a stride length of less than 20 inches. The fact that the Sole E35 Elliptical has one that varies between 20 – 22 inches, should mean that this machine will be comfortable for almost anyone. This feature is one of the main differences between this model and the slightly cheaper E25 model.
As with all ellipticals, ensure you have a high enough ceiling before buying one. An Amazon user has measured that the pedal of the elliptical, at it’s highest point, is about 24 inches off the ground. If you’re tall (over 6ft) and you have ceilings under 8ft, you may need to do further research.
There seems to be a slight issue concerning the resistance of the Sole E35 Elliptical, in that it appears to be too low for some people. This is true even when set at the highest setting.
After spending some time reviewing different brands of ellipticals on the market, I don’t think I’ve ever come across a problem of people finding the hardest setting too easy and especially repeated concerns across different users. Determining whether the resistance of a machine is difficult or not is a matter of personal opinion and one’s own fitness level, however, the users who have brought up this issue report that they had a good level of fitness before getting on the machine.
If you already possess a ‘good’ level of fitness, it would make sense to try out the Sole E35 Elliptical before purchasing it to see if the resistance it offers is sufficient for your own needs. That being said, one would expect the resistance levels on the Sole E35 Elliptical to be enough for the casual user.
If all is running well, the Sole E35 Elliptical is extremely quiet and shouldn’t bother other people in the house or neighbours nearby. You can easily watch TV or listen to music without having to turn the volume up to extremely high levels.
The Sole E35 Elliptical does have the potential to start squeaking, although much less than other machines. To ensure the E35 maintains it’s silence, you’ll want to wipe down the tracks with a damp cloth and apply lubricant frequently. If you can do this once a week you should have a quiet, happy and well-maintained piece of equipment.
The features that come with the Sole E35 Elliptical are the default features you’d expect from an elliptical over $500. So even though you are paying over $1000 for the Sole E35 Elliptical, you’re not going to get a load of bells and whistles you’ve never seen before.
What’s also slightly disappointing is that what little features it does offer, aren’t the best quality.
Many users on Amazon have reported that the fan is next to useless. Although we expect a cardio machine’s fan to not match a standard desk fan, the small fan built into the Sole E35 Elliptical is unnoticeable. Secondly, the speakers have a lot of complaints from users, in that the sound is pretty bad.
I think users rightly possess a lower level of expectations when it comes to speakers and fans on cardio machines compared to stand-alone products, however, the Sole E35 Elliptical hasn’t even managed to meet these lower expectations.
So why are the features of such a low quality? It could be that Sole have attempted to fit both speakers and fan in a tiny area on the top of the LCD console, rather than allowing a larger space for both. Conversely, the water bottle holder seems to take up more area than the fan and speaker combined. The water bottle holder has surprisingly not received any complaints.
Should I Buy the Sole E35 Elliptical?
The Sole E35 Elliptical is probably the closest you’ll get to a commercial grade machine below the $2000 mark, and this is likely the only reason why you’ll want to buy the Sole E35 Elliptical.
If your priority is to get an elliptical with plenty of features that are of decent quality at a mid-level price, then you may be disappointed with the Sole E35 Elliptical.
Firstly, the Sole E35 Elliptical doesn’t have that many features beyond the basic fan, speakers and water bottle holder. Secondly, even these features leave a lot to be desired as we mentioned in the ‘Features’ section.
Although the Sole E35 Elliptical doesn’t offer a plethora of features, it instead focuses on its quality build, smoothness and long-term reliability.
The only point of caution when buying the Sole E35 Elliptical is for people who already possess a high fitness level. As we’ve discussed, it’s possible that the resistance levels on the Sole E35 Elliptical may be too low for some. With this in mind, you’ll want to try the Sole E35 Elliptical beforehand. However, for the casual user, the resistance level should suffice.
There aren’t many ellipticals that focus on quality and reliability but this is where the Sole E35 Elliptical excels.