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Sole E35 Elliptical Trainer Review

The E35 is one of Sole Fitness top of the range ellipticals, and one model up from the E25 model.

The E35’s main stand out points is that it’s well built, durable, smooth to ride and offers long-term reliability.

If you are looking to buy an elliptical machine that borders on providing the quality of a commercial-grade machine, then you’ll want to look a little closer at the Sole E35 Elliptical.

In this Sole E35 elliptical review, I’ll take a look at the E35 and help you decide if it’s the elliptical of your dreams or whether you may want to take your dreams elsewhere.

The Sole Fitness E35 Elliptical Machine

Key Features

  • 29-pound flywheel
  • Power adjustable stride and incline
  • Measures heart rate via handgrips and chest strap
  • 7.5 inch LCD backlit display
  • Built-in fan
  • Built-in speakers

Sole E35 Review

In this section, we review the Sole E35 Elliptical based on a number of important factors.

Price: 4.5/5

At over $1000, the E35 isn’t exactly cheap, and some potential buyers may wonder how this price is justified considering many other cheaper ellipticals have the same amount of features.

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 elliptical machines simply don’t have.

So with the Sole E35 Elliptical, you aren’t paying for features, you’re paying for quality and durability.

Reliability & Warranty: 4.5/5

The Sole elliptical is generally reliable and there haven’t been too many long-term issues reported.

The overall reliability of Sole Fitness elliptical machines are much higher than most other brands.

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, however, Sole Fitness seems quite generous in these areas.

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 Fitness wants to be best known.

The Sole elliptical can take users up to a maximum weight of 375 lbs, which is 75 lbs more than what most mid-level priced ellipticals will take.

If you’ve ever been on a wobbly elliptical machine you know how unsettling it can feel especially when you try to ramp up the speed.

The Sole E35, however, does not suffer from this problem as there is very little wobbling if any at all.

It’s very sturdy which is a major advantage over cheaper elliptical machines.

Size & Comfortability: 4/5

The Sole E35 Elliptical is a heavy machine and slightly larger than most lower-level elliptical machines.

Given its 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 rather than the manual that comes with the elliptical machine.

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 most users will be able to find a stride length that works for them.

This feature is one of the main differences between this model and the slightly cheaper E25 model.

The foot pedals can tilt on the E35

Another great feature is that the foot pedals can be tilted inward to match the natural form of your feet rather than the foot pedals remaining totally flat as on most machines.

As with all ellipticals, ensure you have a high enough ceiling before buying one.

On Amazon, an owner of the E35 has measured that the foot pedals 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 and lookout for a smaller piece of fitness equipment.

Resistance: 3/5

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 even when set at the highest setting.

After spending some time reviewing different brands of elliptical machines 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 settings on an elliptical machine are tough enough to get your heart rate going or not is a matter of personal opinion and one’s own fitness level.

However, it’s worth noting that the users who have brought up this issue report that they had a good level of fitness before getting on the E35 machine.

If you already possess a ‘good’ level of fitness, it would make sense to try out the Sole E35 Elliptical before purchasing to see if the resistance it offers is sufficient for your needs.

That being said, one would expect the resistance levels on the Sole E35 Elliptical to be enough for the casual user.

Noise: 4.5/5

If all is running well, the Sole E35 Elliptical is extremely quiet and shouldn’t bother other people in your home or neighbours that live closeby.

You can easily watch TV or listen to music without having to turn the volume up to extremely high levels.

The Sole E35 Elliptical Backlit LCD Console

The Sole elliptical does have the potential to start squeaking, although much less than other elliptical machines.

To ensure the E35 maintains its 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.

Features: 3/5

The features that come with the Sole E35 Elliptical are the default features you’d expect from most mid-level elliptical machines.

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 that other cheaper ellipticals cannot also provide.

What’s also slightly disappointing is that what little features it does offer, aren’t the best quality.

Incline and resistance can be controlled directly on the arms

Many users on Amazon have reported that the cooling fan is next to useless.

Although we expect a cardio machine’s cooling fan to not match a standard desk fan, the small cooling fan built into the Sole E35 Elliptical seems to be relatively ineffective.

Secondly, the speakers get 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 Fitness has attempted to fit both speakers and fan in a tiny area on the top of the LCD display, 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.

Finally, the LCD display also allows you to attach a chest strap and pulse sensors to monitor your heart rate.


Should You 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, water bottle holder, chest strap and heart rate monitor.

Secondly, even these features leave a lot to be desired as was mentioned in the ‘Features’ section.

But you have to ask yourself how important are all these things to you?

Are you on your machine to get your heart rate up and break a sweat, or are you there to remind yourself of how great the features are?

One other note about the E35 features is that if you consider the adjustable stride length, the ability to incline and the tilting foot pedals as ‘features,’ then this elliptical machine can be considered feature-rich.

Not feature-rich in the sense that the features pamper you for an easy workout, but rather that the features allow you to push yourself even harder because your body is working with the correct form (due to the stride length and tilting foot pedals), and the incline allows you to increase the intensity somewhat.

The only point of caution when buying the Sole E35 Elliptical is for people who already possess a high fitness level.

As already 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.

If you aren’t too bothered about hundreds of extra features and instead want to focus on a purchasing a well-built machine which runs smoothly, then the Sole E35 is one of the better options on the market.

In addition, it is extremely reliable and likely to last you a long time.

For the money you put down to purchase the Sole E35 Elliptical, you’ll definitely be getting a machine you won’t be disappointed performance-wise.

Overall Elliptical Rating: 4.5/5

Pros: Adjustable stride length (20-to-22 inch), adjustable incline/inward slope, smooth and quiet to use, close to commercial-grade quality, heavy 375 lbs maximum user weight, good warranty

Cons: Some users report that the resistance levels aren’t strong enough for very 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 lubricated frequently

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