Sole E95 Elliptical Review – 2020

Last Updated: August 20, 2020
Sole E95 Elliptical review 2020

The E95 is one of Sole’s most popular ellipticals and consistently one of the best ellipticals under $2000. This smooth machine has an adjustable stride length, steel frame, and weight capacity of 375 pounds. The E95 offers great features at an affordable price and is worth taking a look at for users who want something durable, quiet and low impact.

The E95 is a front-drive system so the 27-pound flywheel is at the front of the machine while the pedal track and rear stabilizer extend back behind the pedals. While this does require more space to operate, it keeps the machine stable while in use and creates a low step-up height so it is easy to get on and off. We love the fact that Sole offers an impressive lifetime warranty on the frame. The many adjustable features help support various size users. You get power-adjustable stride length from 20” to 22”, an adjustable console, and 20 levels of incline. 10 onboard programs come standard on the E95 and it also supports heart rate training. The 10” LCD display has large, easy to read numbers and the handlebars offer multiple grips to activate different upper body muscles or support users of varying heights. You get a lot for your money with the E95 elliptical.

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Who it’s For: Users looking for a durable elliptical under $2000 that is quiet and low impact.

The Sole E95 is good for users who are looking for:

  • A quiet machine that provides low impact training
  • Something that can be used while you watch TV or use an iPad
  • An elliptical with several pedal adjustments so different sized users can enjoy it
  • A smooth elliptical that won’t cause your toes to go numb
  • Multi-position handlebars with several different hand grips
  • Reasonable price tag
  • Simple console that doesn’t require internet to use
  • Power incline with 20 levels for different challenges
Pros
  • Power adjustable stride length from 20-22”
  • 27lb flywheel for a smooth pedal stroke
  • Upgraded 10.1” screen with 10 preloaded programs
  • Bluetooth compatible and includes a chest strap
  • Wireless pulse sensors
  • Integrated tablet holder so you can use your tablet or iPad securely
  • USB charging port
  • Impressive warranty
  • Both stationary and moving handlebars
Cons
  • Has a longer footprint than the E95s
  • Stride length cannot be shortened less than 20”
  • No subscription content or app programs play on the console

FeaturesSpecifications
  • Workout Display: 10″ LCD White Back-lit
    • The workout display is backlit so you can still see it in low light. This isn’t a touchscreen, but raised tactile buttons on the console are easy to see and use.
  • Power adjustable incline 1-20 levels
    • Easy adjustments to incline will take you from 1 to 20 incline settings.
  • 20-22” Max stride length
    • Again, this is an impressive stride length, especially since this is a hybrid machine. 22” should give plenty of space for that foot motion throughout the pedal stroke.
  • 27lb flywheel
    • This 27 pound flywheel is impressive! The front-mounted flywheel is heavy enough to support a fluid motion with no heaviness on the back end of the stroke.
  • Max user weight: 375lbs
    • This is another exceptional feature on the E95. Users of all weights and sizes can enjoy the E95 with its impressive weight capacity!
  • Chest Strap Included
    • The chest strap will sync with the display to run calibrated HR programs. Heart rate sensors on the handlebars also pair with the display.
  • Lifetime Frame
    • The lifetime warranty on the E95 frame reinforces the fact that this is a quality machine. You also get a 5 year warranty on electronics and parts.

Construction:

  • Footprint: 82” L x 71” H x 31” W
  • Step-up height: 14”
  • Pedal size: 15”
  • 27lb flywheel
  • Whisper Quiet Front Drive System
  • Forward and reverse functionality
  • Steel frame
  • Cushioned Foot pedals
  • Max user weight: 375lbs

Console:

  • Cooling Fans
  • Workout Display: 10″ LCD White Back-lit
  • Water Bottle Holder
  • Bluetooth Audio Speakers
  • USB Port
  • Integrated Tablet Holder

Functionality:

  • Power adjustable incline 1-20 levels
  • 20-22” stride length
  • ECB resistance
  • Standard Programs: 6
  • Custom Programs: 2
  • Heart Programs: 2
  • Pulse Grips & Chest Strap Compatible
  • Chest strap included

Warranty:

  • Lifetime Frame
  • 5 Years Electronics
  • 5 Years Parts
  • 2 Years Labor

Summary

The Sole E95 is a quality elliptical for a good price. The adjustable stride length is an added benefit, but the length won’t go shorter than 20”, so this may be something to consider for shorter users. The 375 pound weight capacity makes this a good machine for most people. Ellipticals are an excellent way to gain cardiovascular conditioning and full body muscle strengthening while staying low impact for comfort. The E95 has a rather long footprint and it doesn’t fold up, so make sure you have enough space for this machine. We are impressed with the stability of the E95 — it is very smooth in use and doesn’t rock even when at a heavy resistance.

Sole E95 Elliptical review

In-depth Review of Sole E95 Elliptical


Construction

Sole E95 Elliptical frame

Frame

The E95 is supported by a steel frame with a double track system under the pedals and weighted rear support for more stability. The frame is powder coated black so it won’t rust and the overall design is chic and subtle. Ellipticals tend to be larger machines due to the full stride length, but the benefits are significant. You can get a full body workout on this machine that is low impact. The frame does not fold up, but there are wheels on the front stabilizer so you can lift and roll it if needed (however, this is a heavy machine and not easy to lift). The frame is balanced on three stabilizers, with one at the front, center and rear of the machine. Each stabilizer beam has leveling feet beneath it and extends laterally to keep the E95 centered on your floor which prevents rocking and wobble side to side.

The handlebars connect directly to the foot pedals for a fluid synchronized motion between hands and feet. The multi position handlebars also allow for several different grip positions. There are also stationary handlebars which make it easy to get on and off. The low step up height of just 14” is also an added benefit.

Pedals

The E95 foot pedals are oversized and textured. A contoured ridge around the edge of the pedal keeps your foot from slipping off. These pedals will work with any athletic shoe.

The pedals use a durable foam cushioning and have a 2 degree inward slope which reduces ankle and knee stress common on other ellipticals. There is also a dial that allows for custom angle adjustment on each pedal so you can find the right angle for you to eliminate the problem of numb toes which often happens while using an elliptical. The pedals were designed in conjunction with physiologists who helped Sole develop a comfortable and functional pedal.
Sole E95 Elliptical pedals

Stride Length: 20” – 22”
The E95 pedals also can be lengthened or shortened to match your stride length. These pedals will extend to match a stride length from 20 to 22 inches and can be adjusted via a power button so each user can find the right setting. This isn’t as much of a range as you find on the E95s, which offers a stride length of 18-24”, but the adjustment itself is quite beneficial. Different lengths will also target different muscle groups, so you can engage hamstrings, glutes, calves and quads with different settings. For users who are either shorter or taller than average, you may want to take a look at the E95s for more stride length.

Handles

Sole E95 handlebars
The E95 has both static handlebars and multi-position moving handlebars that move in line with the pedals. The static handlebars sit below the console and are attached to the main frame. These are stationary and do not move. They provide a nice hand-hold for getting on and off the machine. We’ve used other ellipticals that do not have stationary handlebars, and it can be difficult to get on and off the machine safely when there aren’t any solid handlebars to grab onto. We like the fact that Sole includes both these stationary handles as well as moving ones.

The inclusion of upper body exercise provides a full body workout on the E95. The custom molded hand grips provide a comfortable feel. There are also incline and resistance controls in the handles for convenient use. Sole also added built-in pulse sensors for monitoring your heart rate in the stationary handlebars. A heart rate chest strap is also included for hands free pulse monitoring and heart rate interactive programs.

The multi-position handlebars that move in line with the pedals have several grip positions. These bars form an elongated semi-circle that provides two vertical and two horizontal positions. There are also buttons on these handlebars for adjusting the stride length on the pedals. The moving handles are angled up to provide a vertical grip so you can keep your wrists, elbows and shoulders in alignment while in use. A spongy grip material adds a bit of cushion to the steel beam bars.

Incline

The E95 has 20 levels of incline. This increases training variables for a more well-rounded workout. The combination of incline and resistance makes the E95 a challenging but low impact workout machine. Both incline and resistance can be changed on the handlebar controls.

Incline is automated in the onboard programs, so you can start any program and the machine will adjust for you as you progress. This allows users to keep their hands on the handles at all times.

Resistance

The E95 uses quiet resistance so you can use this machine in a family room or other shared space. The whisper quiet drive system and double track under the pedals are smooth and fluid. The pedals will also move in both forward and reverse motion. The combination of a heavy 27 lb. flywheel and a high gear ratio not found on comparable models means an extremely smooth feel with plenty of resistance at the top end for a machine that will provide a challenging workout. The E95 also has a power incline feature which offers additional resistance as well as variable positions for diversity in your workout at the touch of a button. The ramp angle is fully adjustable from 0 to 20 levels of incline, allowing you to individually target and work all major lower body muscle groups.

Console/Controls

Screen

Sole E95 Elliptical console
10” Screen
Like its more expensive sibling, the E95 has a 10.1” display that has large digital numbers. The display is backlit so you can see it even in low light conditions. The console includes a built-in cooling fan and water bottle holder. It also has built in speakers which allow you to hook up any MP3 player (iPod, etc.) for your personal music.

Console Layout

The color LCD screen sits in the center of the console for easy visibility. There is a tablet ledge just below the screen where you can set a phone or tablet, however, setting a large device here will block the screen. At the top of the console there are two speakers and a fan. Sole fans aren’t the most powerful so don’t expect much of a breeze here.

The main control panel allows users to select a program and input user data. Two large buttons on either side adjust incline and resistance levels. There is also an AUX input port so you can plug your phone in and play your music through the console speakers if desired. A headphone jack is present for outgoing volume. The console is also Bluetooth enabled so you can sync your phone via Bluetooth as well.

The screen is intuitive and relatively easy to use. There is a lot of fitness equipment on the market today with more tech in the console but one nice thing about the Sole E95 is it doesn’t require or rely on the internet. You can simply plug in your machine and begin to exercise. If you place this in a garage or attic where internet reception is spotty, it won’t affect the functionality of the machine. For those users who want simple quality, the E95 is a good option.

Console Features

Fans
As mentioned, there is a fan at the top of the console. We wouldn’t recommend relying on this for much air flow though.

Tablet Holder
There is a lip beneath the screen that will hold a tablet or phone, but the Sole E95 also comes with an adjustable tablet holder that lifts out of the top of the console. This is especially helpful since the console itself doesn’t use WiFi. You can watch your favorite show or read a book on your personal device while you workout without having to navigate a touchscreen console.

Bluetooth
The E95 is Bluetooth enabled so you can sync your phone with the machine and play music through the speakers.

Bluetooth functionality also allows users to transfer workout data from the E95 to their personal smart device. Sole offers a free Sole App, or you can upload your data to any number of fitness apps, such as: Fitbit, Record, Mapmyrun, and Apple Health.

USB Port
A USB port on the side of the console allows you to charge your personal device while using it on the E95.

Noise Level

The E95 features magnetic resistance that is very quiet when in use. The pedals glide smoothly and the handles are attached in such a way that you can exercise without disturbing those around you. The motor makes a bit of noise when inclining or declining, but this is subtle and limited to those times when you are adjusting the tilt. In general, this is a machine you can use in shared spaces. The lack of foot noise due to the smooth action of the elliptical pedals makes a big difference in noise control.

Storage / Folding

The E95 does not fold. There are wheels on the front stabilizer so it can be lifted and rolled when needed. We do recommend having two people or at least one strong person lift and roll the machine. It is large and difficult to lift, so we don’t recommend moving it often. Like most ellipticals, the E95 does require a bit of space, so make sure you have enough room before purchasing this machine. The E95 will work fine on an upper floor. If you plan to use it upstairs, we also recommend assembling it in the room you plan to use it. It’s easier to move in the original box than once it’s all assembled.

10 Preloaded workouts

Pre-programmed workouts

There are 6 pre programmed workouts on the E95 elliptical that will guide you through various intensities and resistance. These include:

  • 6 Standard Programs
  • 2 Custom Programs
  • 2 Heart Programs

No Subscription Content

The E95 does not play any subscription content or video classes on the console. There is no subscription option available, so you are limited to the 10 preloaded programs. While Sole does have the Sole App, this is simply a way to store your workouts and information. However, the E95 is designed to be fully inclusive so it does not rely on the internet or an ongoing subscription model for classes and videos. This saves you money since you don’t have to pay for added content. The screen is relatively simple compared to other fitness equipment. If you are looking for a quiet elliptical that has simple, understandable programs that don’t require internet, then this is a good option for you.

Sole E95 Elliptical review

Bottom Line:

The Sole E95 is one of Sole’s most popular ellipticals. It is regularly featured as one of the best ellipticals under $2000 for its impressive warrant, quality frame, quiet usage, and simple console. The E95 also offers adjustable pedals and stride length, magnetic resistance and 20 incline levels. The multi position handlebars move with the pedals for a fluid full-body workout. We love the power-adjustable pedals that allow users to both find the right stride length and accentuate different muscle groups as desired. The dual track system under the pedals also adds stability. The flywheel weighs 27 pounds for a smooth elliptical stroke in both the pedals and handlebars. Users can push, pull and use their legs to develop both cardio and strength training. The console has a 10” backlit LCD screen that is easy to use and see. We love the addition of an adjustable tablet holder that lifts out of the top of the console as well. Bluetooth functionality also allows users to upload data to their personal fitness app for storage. The E95 includes a heart rate chest strap and there are also heart rate sensors in the stationary handlebars. The E95 is a good elliptical at a great price. We highly recommend this for anyone in the market for a well made, smooth and quiet machine.

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