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The Sole E35 is a mid-range home use / light commercial elliptical trainer. It is aimed at users who are looking for a reliable, sturdy elliptical with more included features than the basic models, such as Bluetooth connectivity, heart rate monitoring, and power-adjustable incline.

Below we take an in-depth look at this elliptical trainer – is it the best model for your needs?

 

Sole E35 Elliptical – Features

Sole E35 Elliptical Machine
TypeElliptical Trainer
MethodFront-drive flywheel
Flywheel Weight25lbs
Resistance Levels8
Incline Range0-20 degrees
Incline AdjustmentPowered
Display7.5" Backlit LCD Console
USB Charging PortYes
BluetoothYes
Heart RateYes (Handles)
Chest strap included
Workout Programs10
Max User Weight375lbs
Machine Weight231lbs
Dimensions82"L x 31"W x 67"H
Tablet / Book HolderYes
Stride Length20"
Built-in FanYes
Built-in SpeakersYes
Water Bottle HolderYes
Adjustable PedalsYes
User ProfilesN/A
Warranty (Frame)Lifetime
Warranty (Mechanical)5 Years
Warranty (Electronics)5 Years
Warranty (Labor)2 Years
Cost (amazon.com)Check

Sole E35 Review

What We Like

What We Don’t Like

Build Quality

Sole has made a name in the elliptical market as a reliable manufacturer. At 231 lbs., the E35 is a heavy, durable machine made for both commercial and at-home use. The flywheel alone is 25 lbs., which lets users drive into each stride. 

Weight Capacity

The maximum weight the E35 can withstand is 375 lbs. This is more than others in its class. 

Adjustment Range

Initially, we weren’t too impressed with the 16 levels of resistance the E35 had to offer. While the highest level of resistance will be tough for most, we felt that the machine could provide more, especially for its substantial price tag. The machine does make up for the low number of resistance settings with 20 different incline settings. You will be sure to work up a sweat when mixing and matching the incline and resistance settings. 

Height

The dimensions of the E35 are 82 x 31 x 67 inches; it isn’t very compact. You will need to pick a room with a high ceiling for it when the machine is in use. You can add 22 inches to your height to determine whether a room is high enough for it. 

Design/Features

The E35 has a modern design that focuses on the user’s comfort. There is a built-in fan to help users stay cool during intense workouts. The foot pedals have a two-degree incline to prevent foot injuries. You also get the option to increase the incline and resistance from the handlebars. This way, you don’t need to slow down and fumble through the settings whenever you want to amplify your workout. 

Sole packs a lot of technology in its elliptical, the E35 is no different. It comes equipped with a 7.5-inch LCD that provides you with all the data you need from heart rate to your pace. It has ten programs that range from cardio to strength training, including two user-defined custom programs. For entertainment, it has built-in speakers with a plug-in connection for mobile devices.

Please note, this model does not offer multiple user profiles. 

Assembly

The Sole E35 Elliptical is a heavy machine, so during delivery, you should ask for the box to be set in the room you plan on installing it in. This will make the assembly process easier for you. There are many parts to the machine that require assembly, so you can expect to spend around 2-3 hours in the process. Sole does provide a guide that will help you through it. 

Value

The Sole E35 is a high-end elliptical machine that helps users to achieve their workout goals. You may not get the high number of resistance levels that you do in other options, but the incline settings make up for it. The machine is easily operated and has the features to help users to achieve and build on their fitness goals.

How Does It Compare?

Sole E25

The Sole E35 is the more “premium” of these two ellipticals. The E25 is heavier at 231lbs, compared to the E25’s 212lbs.

Both machines have a higher than usual maximum user weight capacity – typical elliptical machines have a maximum weight capacity around 300lbs, but the Sole E35 and E25 are different. The E35 has a maximum weight capacity of 375lbs, while the E25 can cater to users up to 350lbs.

Both machines have only 8 resistance levels and 10 workout programs. However, the 0-20 degrees of incline range offered by both ellipticals may compensate for this.

Both feature a backlit LCD console, but the E35’s display is bigger at 7.5”, while the E25 only has a 6.5” display.

Generally, the E25 is more affordable than the E35.

Sole E25 Elliptical
Schwinn 470 Elliptical Machine

Schwinn 470

The Schwinn 470 weighs only 160lbs, while the Sole E35 is significantly heavier at 231lbs.

The Schwinn 470 has a maximum weight capacity of 300lbs, while the Sole E35 has a higher maximum weight capacity of 375lbs.

However, when it comes to resistance levels and built-in workout programs, the Schwinn 470 offers more—25 levels of resistance and 29 workout programs, while the Sole E35 only offers 8 levels and 10 workouts. Then again, the Sole E35 makes up for this with a 0-20 degrees incline range that gives you an option for a more challenging workout.

Nautilus E616

The Nautilus E616 is another premium home-use elliptical, comparable to the Sole E35.

The E616 weighs 198lbs, while the Sole E35 is heavier at 231lbs. Though both are built to be sturdy and heavy-duty, the E616 can only cater to a maximum weight of 300lbs, while the Sole E35 offers a higher maximum weight capacity of 375lbs.

Workouts are more challenging with a wider range to choose from as E616 offers 25 resistance levels and 29 built-in workout programs. Even though the Sole E35 only has 8 resistance levels and 10 workout programs, it does offer a 0-20 incline range adjustment.

The E616 features two backlit LCD monitors, while the Sole E35 has a single 7.5” backlit LCD.

Nautilus E616 Elliptical Machine
NordicTrack c7.5 Elliptical Machine

NordicTrack C7.5

Comparing the NordicTrack C7.5 to the Sole E35, the NordicTrack weighs 190lbs, while the Sole E35 is heavier at 231lbs. Both ellipticals have a higher maximum weight capacity than others in this market segment, as the NordicTrack can cater to users up to 325lbs, while the Sole E35 can support up to 375lbs.

The NordicTrack offers 22 resistance levels, more than the Sole E35’s 8 resistance levels. It’s the same for built-in workout programs—the NordicTrack offers more at 26 programs than the 10 programs included with the E35.

However, when it comes to the backlit LCD console, the Sole E35 has a larger 7.5” display, compared to the NordicTrack’s 5” display.

Bowflex Max Trainer

The Bowflex Max Trainer weighs 143lbs, while the Sole E35 is 231lbs – significantly heavier than the Bowflex machine.

The Bowflex Max Trainer has a maximum user weight capacity of 300lbs, which is typical for home  use ellipticals, but the Sole E35 can cater to users up to 375lbs.

Both the Bowflex Max and Sole E35 have limited resistance levels and built-in workout programs – the Bowflex Max offers only 16 resistance levels and 9 workout programs, while the Sole E35 has 8 resistance levels and 10 workout programs.

Overall, the Bowflex Max is more affordable than the Sole E35.

Bowflex Max Trainer

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