Sole E25 Elliptical Review 2021

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Sole makes sturdy treadmills built to support a higher weight capacity than most. But do their home ellipticals follow suit? This review details the pros and cons of Sole’s E25 elliptical. This is their least expensive home elliptical is a short series and there are a few things that we really like about it.

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Features & Accessories

3.5/5

Subscription Service

4.5/5

Build Quality

5/5

Elliptical Review

Last Updated: 4/13/2021

The Sole E25 is a front-drive home elliptical. This isn’t the optimal flywheel position but between a front, back, or center drive elliptical, the drive’s position is a minor difference in body movement. A front-drive elliptical tends to be less expensive, do not include incline features, and require more frequent cleaning (more components like wheels and tracks).

While the front-drive elliptical isn’t ideal, it isn’t a deal-breaker. The Sole E25 has a high weight capacity of 350 lbs and a heavy flywheel coming in at 20 pounds. A heavier flywheel typically translates to more fluidity and longevity.

Where most front-drive ellipticals do not offer an incline, the Sole E25 does! It has an incline ramp that allows you to choose from 20 different incline levels.

You’ll Love The Sole E25 If:

  • If you’re on a budget. First and foremost, the E25 is under $1000. For a home elliptical, that’s an excellent price to pay. And unlike other less-expensive home ellipticals, we have a lot of confidence in the Sole E25’s build quality and durability.

  • If you want something simple and easy to use. We love tech heavy equipment at Treadmillreviews.com but that doesn’t mean all of our readers do, too. The Sole E25 is a great home elliptical for people who aren’t interested in tech gear. This is the type of elliptical you hop on and ride without having to shuffle through apps, expansive workout libraries, and charts.

The Sole E25 Is A Top Pick For Ellipticals Between $700 - $1000

We’re excited about the E25 because of Sole’s excellent reputation for durability. It’s a strong, sturdy piece of equipment with a nominal price tag. When your budget is restricted to something under $1000, the Sole E25 is a great option.
  • High User Weight Capacity: 350 lbs
  • Simple User Interface
  • Incline Abilities and Heavy Flywheel

Below, we’ll get into the nitty-gritty details. Keep reading for specs, available apps you can pair with the Sole E25, shipping, assembly, return policies, and more details you might like to know while researching home ellipticals.

Sole E25 Build Quality

MODEL OVERVIEW

Item Weight: 212 lbs
Weight Capacity: 350 lbs
Stride Length:
Footprint: 64” H x 70” L x 24” W
Drive: Front
Step-Up Height: 14 inches
Materials: Steel Frame, Steel Rails, Foot Pedals
Resistance: “ECB” - Resistance is touted as “Incline” and “Levels” on this model.
Power Requirements:Resistance: “ECB” - Resistance is touted as “Incline” and “Levels” on this model. It’s difficult to distinguish what they mean by resistance by reading their marketing content. But after playing with it, we finally figured it out. The E25 has 15 resistance levels. The elliptical places magnetic resistance on the flywheel to achieve this. Then, the incline does physically raise and lower the elliptical. This adds to the resistance to give you more of a challenge.

Sole E25 Features & Accessories

Display: 6.5” LCD
On-Board Workouts: 10 (Manual, Fatburn, HIIT, Calorie, Strength, Hill, HR 1, HR 2, User 1, User 2)
Speakers: Yes, Bluetooth Audio
Fans: Yes
Handles: Moving and Stationary
Incline/Decline: Digital resistance, 20 levels
Heart Rate Monitor: EKG Pulse grip + Bluetooth chest strap HR monitor
Other:
  • Incline and resistance controls are also located on the moving arms of this elliptical for convenience.
  • Very quiet elliptical
  • USB port for charging mobile devices
  • Tablet Holder
  • Adjustable foot pedals


On-Board Workouts: 10 (Manual, Fatburn, HIIT, Calorie, Strength, Hill, HR 1, HR 2, User 1, User 2) — This is something we’re used to seeing in older cardio equipment. 10 standard onboard workout options. It’s not up to today’s current tech standards BUT it’s a great interface for users who don’t want to get into tablet/touchscreen style displays. The HR workouts aim to keep you at a specific heart rate. The elliptical will adjust the resistance to keep your heart rate on target.

Heart Rate Monitor: EKG Pulse grip + Bluetooth chest strap HR monitor — The EKG grips aren’t very reliable (not unique to this machine). We opt for the Bluetooth chest strap which is much more accurate.

Sole E25 Subscription Service

Name: SOLE Fitness
Brief Description: The app allows you to view your stats, saves your data, and controls your equipment from your smart device. You can take it outdoors on a run to track your activity as well.
Cost: $0
User Profiles:
Class Varieties: None
Community: None
Subscription Limitations: This is a very limited use App to supplement machine use.
Other:
  • App is able to connect with social media apps including Facebook and Twitter.
  • Also syncs with fitness apps including Apple Health, Fitbit, Underarmor, and MapMyFitness.



Sole E25 Home Delivery and Set-Up


We typically opt for curb-side delivery and assemble the equipment ourselves. The ellipticals tend to have more parts to assemble than treadmills but they are relatively easy to put together. You’ll need help during assembly so be sure to have an extra set of hands around. Sole offers multiple shipping and assembly options:

Curbside Delivery is Free. This is their standard shipping option. Items may be placed anywhere from the end of your driveway to the base of your porch. The delivery person WILL NOT bring the packages indoors. You’ll need to do this yourself.

Threshold Delivery is $59. The delivery person will bring your packages from the truck to the nearest covered area of your home. This is usually the garage or just inside the front door.

Room of Choice Delivery is $119. The delivery person will bring your packages from the truck to your room of choice and then unpack your boxes. This service is nice because they will also take the packaging with them, leaving you little mess to clean up.

Assembly Delivery is $239. Sole’s white glove delivery service will have the delivery person bring your packages to your room of choice, assemble your elliptical, and take the trash with them.

Sole E25 Warranty


Frame: Lifetime Warranty
Electronics: 3 years
Parts: 3 years
Labor: 1 year

Sole E25 Review - Final Thoughts


This is a great elliptical for budgets restricted to $1000 or less. With a higher weight capacity, heavy flywheel, and steel construction, this is an elliptical built to withstand years of use. While it is a very simple piece of machinery, it is built to last and will suit the needs of a large market. Take a look at our other top picks for home ellipticals between $700 and $1000 below!

Are you interested in other forms of Home Cardio equipment? Check out our list of BEST TREADMILLS.

We Recommend Buying The E25 Directly From Sole

At Treadmillreviews.com, we always buy directly from the manufacturer. We’ve found this to be better for customer service, warranty fulfillment, and repairs/troubleshooting. Check the link below to see current pricing for the Sole E25 and other Sole products.
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