Enjoy an efficient full-body workout without heading to the gym with the Sole E95 elliptical trainer. Boasting a heavy 30-pound flywheel, a high gear ratio not found on most comparable models, and a pair of upper body handles, the E95 delivers an extremely smooth workout with plenty of top-end resistance. Users will also appreciate the unique oversize and adjustable foot pedals, which were designed in collaboration with a leading physical therapist and sports enthusiast. The pedals are not only extra large, but also feature a 2-degree inward slope that reduces the ankle and knee stress that's common in other elliptical machines. The collaboration also produced a revolutionary foot pedal angle adjustment not found on any other elliptical. Taking into account that not everyone walks the same way, Sole engineers made the E95's pedals adjustable to fit the way you walk. This also reduces the likelihood of numb toes and sore Achilles tendons.
Workout specifics include 20 resistance levels, 10 total programs (including two custom and two heart-rate programs), and a 20-inch stride length. Perhaps the handiest feature from a user perspective, however, is the easy-to-use electronic console, which integrates a red/green display, a cooling fan, and a water bottle holder. Additional features include stationary handlebars with built-in pulse sensors for monitoring your heart rate; a heart rate chest strap for hands-free pulse monitoring; heavy-duty rails with smooth-riding wheels on the back; and a rear plastic shroud that adds additional stability for aggressive use. The E95, which offers a maximum weight capacity of 400 pounds, carries the following warranties: lifetime on the frame, five years on all parts and electronics, and two years on the labor.
Assembled Dimensions: 82 by 33 by 68 inches (L x W x H)
Arm Spacing: 23 inches
Arm Stride: 30 inches
Step Up: 15 inches
Foot Spacing: 5.5 inches
The E95 features an LED console to track your workout metrics.
Stride Length: 20 inches
Front Drive: Yes
Steel Frame: 38mm
Resistance Type: ECB
Adjustable Pedals: Worm Drive
Articulating Pedals: Yes
Flywheel: 30 pounds
Resistance Levels: 20
Power: Plug in
Upper Body: Yes
Molded Hand Grips: Yes
Pulse Grips: Yes
Handlebar Adjust: Yes
Display Type: LED
Heart Rate Control: Yes
HR Telemetry Belt: Yes
Auto Pilot: Yes
HR % Graph: Yes
Track Display: Yes
Audio System: Yes
Six Standard Programs
Two User-Defined Programs
Two Heart Rate Programs
Water Bottle Holder
Rear Rail Shroud
Weight Capacity: 400 pounds
Manufacturer's Warranty Frame and brakes - lifetime, parts / electronics - 5 years, labor - 2 years
About Sole Sole brings over twenty years of treadmill and fitness product design and manufacturing to the table in their line of innovative equipment designed for fitness-conscious people. The company's treadmill line is simple in design, with an emphasis on quality and warranty all at a great price. Sole's easy-to-use treadmills offer a great value and feature a convenient, space-saving portable design. The treadmills have a very stable base with four wheels for ease of movement, folding decks to conserve space, and a 30-year motor and lifetime deck and frame warranty. Sole is always looking for ways to make their equipment better, more efficient, with higher quality at a great price.
About Elliptical Trainers Elliptical trainers represent the next wave of advancement in low-impact cardiovascular exercise machines and continue to grow in popularity. By simulating motions experienced through walking, stepping, cycling, and skiing, elliptical machines allow for a smooth and fluid motion while building strength in the arms and legs. Similar to the exercise position for treadmills, elliptical trainers are used by standing in an upright position while holding the handrails of the machine. With elliptical trainers, however, your feet remain in the foot pedals throughout the exercise regimen and circulate in a smooth and seamless motion, resulting in little to no impact on the knees, back, and hips.
Elliptical trainers are compatible for all ages and fitness levels and allow you to select the difficulty level through the incline and intensity settings. Additionally, elliptical trainers allow you to determine the complexity of your workout based on your needs, all while listening to music, watching television, or reading a magazine while exercising in the comfort and safety of your own home.
Although different types of elliptical trainers offer an assortment of features, many of them include an array of challenging programs, forward and reverse directional movement, EKG grip pulse handles, a lightweight portable design with easy fold-up capability, and a monitor displaying calories burned, distance, speed, time, and heart rate. Other types of exercise machines, namely treadmills and bikes, offer excellent cardiovascular exercise and muscular training for the legs in a forward-motion exercise. Elliptical trainers take this to the next level by offering an upper and lower body workout with dual motion, challenging and diverse programs, and a low-impact exercise machine that won't strain sensitive joints.
Features a 30-pound flywheel and dual-action functionality for an upper and lower body workout
Grip pulse monitoring and heart rate chest strap; oversize and adjustable foot pedals
Twenty resistance levels and ten programs for a challenging workout
Offers a 20-inch stride length, LED display monitor, cooling fan, and water bottle holder
400-pound maximum weight capacity; measures 82 by 33 by 68 inches (L x W x H) when assembled
Don't buy this Don't buy this. I have a sole elliptical and it is noisy, i have had to have sole replace the bearings. Their support is good, and after the work the machine was ok for a couple weeks. Now, the machine is making a lot of noise again. This is very expensive. People tend to get pumped when they buy exercise machines, thinking they will use them for the rest of their life. Well, that is unlikely--and even more unlikely when the machine is noisy. Save your cash, join a gym you'll be much better off in the long run....more info
Great Eliptical Workout I have been researching these machines. I currently have a NordicTrack eliptical that has served my family well but its time for an upgrade. Heard a lot of good things about the Sole so I went to Dicks to try them out. As opposed to the one reviewer who did not like the thicker hand grips and the padded foot holders, I really LIKED them!
My feet always slipped on the NordicTrac. The padded foot holders prevent that from happening. The thicker hand grips just felt more strudy than the E35 (For some reason Dicks does not carry the E55). Overall the E95 felt sturdier and solid. The actual workout was amazing. I used both machines for about 15 minutes each. They are both very good but the sturdiness of the E95 sold me. ...more info
Your Best Bet This is a wonderful machine. It is solid. By that I mean that it makes me feel secure that it isn't going to topple--like a chair that is solid when you sit in it. Some chairs are unstable and not well grounded, but this machine is very stable. I use this analogy because there have been some elliptical machines that I have tried out that made me wonder if they were going to hold up or not. Another feature that I love about this machine is that it is whisper quiet. I love that feature! And it gives you a good workout. There are many settings to choose from. It has a fan (and I found it quiet too for a fan), and there are places for your water bottle, TV remote, phones or whatever. I find this machine to be very smooth also as I pedal it--and easy to use--meaning that I can control my speed or stop the workout in mid stride without punching buttons, etc., to make the machine stop. That is a nice feature for me since I am new to using an elliptical, and it is a very hard workout. I need to stop for a few seconds periodically and take a sip of water before I resume the workout. I feel that the workout I am getting exceeds my expectations. I feel that I can set my goals higher and this machine will be able to perform to those expectations. This certainly would be a wonderful machine for even an advanced person. I read the reviews on this before I bought it, and I am very happy that I took their advice and bought this machine.
Great home elliptical I read all the reviews on amazon plus others on the Sole E95 before I purchased it. We've had it for about six weeks and love it. My husband put it together in about an hour and a half and had no complaints about the process/instuctions. It's easy to use and SOOOOO quiet! I love the "auto-pilot" option that automatically adjusts your resistance and ramp level in order to keep your heart rate at the level you want. I highly recommend this product....more info
An incredible machine that's worth every cent - from a tall user After doing much research for the right elliptical for me and finding glowing reviews from many fitness sites I settled on the Sole E95. I couldn't find one to try before purchasing, but I decided to go with it anyway and I've been completely pleased with this purchase.
It arrived very well packaged, but as noted by others it is very heavy and the delivery man will probably not help you get it in the house. I opened it up in the driveway and carried it in piece-by-piece, only needing help with the flywheel piece. Assembly wasn't fun, but it wasn't the nightmare some other reviewers would have you believe. The instructions were straightforward and while the parts weren't labeled it was easy enough to tel what was what by the pictures. I did the actual assembly process without help and the whole thing from opening the box to powering up the machine took about 2 to 2.5 hours. Tip - If you have a socket wrench and/or electric screwdriver you will speed the normal process up considerably.
The Workout -
Using the machine feels so good! One reviewer states that it's not good for tall people, but I'm 6'5" and it feels very natural and smooth to me. It has many different programs for a large variety of difficulties which will help keep you interested and challenged. The controls are easy to use and the buttons for the incline and difficulty level are very conveniently placed to make it easy to change the workout whenever you feel like it. One of the best features is the wireless heart rate monitor which helps you control the pace of your workout and keep your heart rate where you want it.
Other features -
This machine is almost completely silent! You won't have to turn the volume up on a tv at all if you choose to watch it. The padded footpads feel great if walking bare or sock-footed, and keep you slip free if wearing shoes. The hand grips also feel great and are easy to hold for long periods, but they might seem a little large if you have small hands. It's also a very sturdy machine and holds my 270 lbs without a single bit of trouble. The speakers for the MP3 player are OK. Nothing special, but good enough for most people. The fan, as many others have noted, isn't worth much but it's better than nothing. It comes with a little water bottle and includes two spots to hold it or other bottles.
All in all, this is one great machine! After only a few days of use you will start to tell a difference and feel better. And when you add on the incredible warranty (you won't find a better warranty for an elliptical) and features it's hard to believe that this machine doesn't cost much more. I think you will be pleased with this machine. Thank you for your time.
Warranty Says it All! 2 year parts, 5 year labor, lifetime frame, 20" inch stride, 400 lbs weight capacity, in home service. Need I say more! The type of warranty is usually a pretty good indication of the quality of a product. Of all of the machines I researched, including the higher end commercial models, none of them provided a better warranty. This is a great machine!
A number of people complain about assembly problems, and my only advise would be to pay the extra money for professional assembly....more info
worst customer service ever! ~Plastic part arrived broken
~Soon electronic console went haywire
~3 calls & emails to customer service - no response
~4th call - was told they would ship replacement parts would arrive in a week.
~Week later rep. called wanted to know what the problem with our console was as though we should know...said he'd ship out the parts and would be here in a week...guess we'll see.
~3 hour assembly time with the worst instructions...very unclear...you should have some mechanical apptitude otherwise you might be in trouble here and put it together wrong.
~Customer reps. are totally aloof when dealing with you as though you'll get your parts when you get your parts and they don't give a f... "it's against company policy to ship next day"
~Company is out of Arkansas...not a positive stereotype reinforcement for that state ...more info
You'll work up a sweat with this baby! I can't add much to the previous excellent reviews, but I will add my thoughts.
WARNING: Take ceiling height into consideration! I had planned on installing it in my basement which has an 84" ceiling. It ended up in my garage with a 91" ceiling, less 1/2" for the matting. My height is 5'10" (70") and the 90.5" garage feels comfortable using the elliptical. Much less than that though, and it wouldn't be comfortable at all. I would say to add at least 17" to your body height.
On assembly: Not too bad. As someone said, if you can assemble complicated Ikea furniture, you can probably handle this. There are LOTS of parts. The rubber grommets for one of the steps were with the power cord, other than that, all the bolts and washers are separated in a tray by the assembly step number.
Positives: Very solid. When using it, it only very slightly wobbles and that's because it's setting on 1/2" foam matting. Once I move a light fixture out of the way, I'll probably move it over to the edge and remove the matting from under it.
Very quiet and very smooth.
Negatives: At the lowest level, it provides probably too intense a workout for some folks. For me it's fine. This morning I did the interval with a max level of six and it was no problem. (I'm not exactly Mr. Buff.) For my wife, who doesn't do much physical exertion, after 5 min. on level one, she was back to walking on the treadmill. So I'd say if your normal exercise is walking, then you may need to work up to an elliptical.
Audio speakers are *tiny*! Also tinny. Rather like the audio from an old transister radio. Usable in a pinch I suppose, but I wouldn't count on them for a pleasurable workout experience.
It has two "user" memory storage buttons that are virtually worthless. You can, step by arduous step, program a specific workout with twenty different segments!!! if you like, but it's hard to imagine real people using this feature. I would much rather have two buttons that memorized two different people's weight, age, etc. As it is, if two people alternate on it, you have to enter all the information every time you use the machine. Fortunately for me, it looks like it'll be a while before my wife gets back on it.
I think the built-in profiles are adequate, although I wish they had a profile with continuous random "hills" of various heights for more diversity.
If you want a non-impact full-body workout that can raise a serious sweat, with the possible exception of a rowing machine, you can't beat an elliptical. All in all, I'm glad we bought it.
Edit: I wanted to add a few more positives. I like that the foot pads are adjustable. You can't even tell that they're "padded" - not sure why they market that "feature", but the pads don't appear to be easy to wear out, which is a good thing.
After using it some more, I can tell that I need to adjust my height recommendation. If you're going to use the Incline feature, (where the back rails lift the foot pads higher when they're in the rear position), then you'll probably need 18" or 19" above your height. When the Incline is at the highest position, my head doesn't hit the 90.5" ceiling, but it's pretty darn close!
Don't let my thoughts on the resistance at the lowest level disuade you. It's very likely to be that way for all ellipticals. See if you can get a trial membership at a gym for a day to try an elliptical to see if it's too much for you.
It comes with a tube of lube without instructions. Customer service said to apply a dime size dollop on each track and the wheels would spread it out naturally....more info
Great gymlike elliptical for your home! This is a great home elliptical if you're used to nothing but the $5000 gym machines. It's heavy, well buillt and so quiet that you barely hear it. I would say the only downside is trying to move it, it weighs a ton....more info
Very good machine, feels like you're at a health club. We ordered this as part of a new year's resolution. The delivery company is only obligated to drop it at curbside, so be forewarned. The driver was nice enough to help us get the huge box (about 8' x 3') in the house and we tipped him $10 for his trouble.
One of the reviewers mentioned assembly being a nightmare and taking 5 hours. That wasn't the case for us. I'd say it took us about 2 hours or so, but the whole process went smoothly and the instructions were easy to comprehend.
The machine has a 20" stride length, but that's plenty for us (I'm 6'1") and a lot of nice features. It keeps track of your pulse, has two built-in speakers and an input jack for your MP3 player. There's even a fan. Programming is a snap and there are two separate profiles that you can store your vitals in for ease of use.
Overall, we're quite impressed with it. Build quality is very good and it really compares favorably to stuff I've used at a health club. ...more info