The Sole Fitness E35 Elliptical machine scores a 4/5 star average on popular online retailer Amazon, and today we'll be looking at why. Ellipticals are a great general choice for combination cardio-strength workouts or for users looking for a low-impact training method, and can be a versatile option to add to your home gym and a great starter piece of equipment.
The E35 is definitely not a budget option, but a bulk of happy reviewers makes it a machine worth looking at more closely.
So, What Does The Sole Fitness E35 Elliptical offer?
Firstly, the Sole Fitness E35 claims to be a quiet option, a matter of no small concern to those exercising around children or sleeping partners. Very few reviewers seem to argue with this- although a few report squeaks developing, most were able to rid themselves of them by following the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning and lubing. Some users do recommend that the tracks get a regular wipe down to avoid problems occurring.
You have access to an easy-to-adjust [even while in use] incline adjustment system, and the elliptical provides a chest strap heart rate monitor- generally held to be the most reliable form of these sometimes inaccurate monitors.
Sole Fitness are proud of the foot pedals on this one, claiming an ergonomic design intended to reduce such stresses as elliptical trainers do produce for the knees to nil. There's also a limited amount of foot-customization available. The stride is adjustable between 20” and 22” for additional customization.
What's Worth Noting About The Sole Fitness E35 Elliptical?
This is not a light machine- it weighs in at 215lbs- and it can support users up to 375lbs. Users caution that home assembly is rather a task in itself, and may go easier with a friend to help. There's also an option to have it pre-assembled for you, and if you want the convenience or don't feel up to the task it may well be worth considering- the assembly instructions receive a lukewarm rating.
Fortunately, the frame does much better- users find it sturdy, reassuring and altogether safe and solid. Many recommend using a fitness mat under it, for extra stability.
The console offers 6 pre-set programs and 2 custom ones, as well as the heart rate programs. There's a fan for comfort, integrated speakers and a water bottle holder, although both fan and speakers failed to wow reviewers much. It comes with attractive warranties that suggest the company have confidence in their product.
Sadly, enough users who had to seek assistance were dissatisfied with Sole Fitness' customer service that it would seem there is an issue there, and for a machine that's definitely approaching the upper end of the price range for home machines, you would have hoped there would be a little better consumer support in the offering. The manual appears to have failed to wow users too- most recommend taking to YouTube for easy tutorials there to make the best of their machines.
So, What Do Users Think Overall?
Overall, users rate the Sole Fitness E35 Elliptical as approaching a gym-quality machine for home use without the commercial price tag, and there's few who were disappointed in their purchase, although it does seem like Sole Fitness could do to up the peripherals a little.