The Sole E20 Elliptical – The New Budget-Friendly Model

Sole introduces the Sole E20 elliptical as a budget alternative to their higher priced models. Available exclusively through Sears and Dick's stores.

What You Get

The E20 is a solid elliptical that Sole has developed for fans of their light commercial elliptical machines who can't afford their more expensive models. While this is a low end entry for Sole, it retains most of the features that make their ellipticals a pleasure to work out on, including the oversized, articulating foot pedals with a slight, 2% inward slope. These features reduce the risk of tendon injury or numbness in the toes during rigorous workouts.

Specs for the Sole E20 elliptical include:

Sole Fitness E20 Elliptical
  • Resistance – 16 levels
  • Brake system - ECB magnetic resistance
  • 20" Stride Length
  • 10 Programs
  • Power adjustable incline - 20 levels
  • Moving handlebars & stationery pulse grip handlebars
  • Standard pulse grip monitoring, chest strap available
  • Front drive system
  • MP3 jack + speakers
  • Cooling fan & water bottle holder
  • Cushioned, Slip-Resistant Pedals
  • 325 lb. user weight capacity
  • 5.5" backlit LCD console
  • Dimensions/Weight: 71"L x 27"W x 58"H - 175 pounds
  • Power Source and Voltage: AC power cord, 110 volts
  • Warranty – lifetime frame, 3 yrs. parts and electronics, 1 yr. labor

The Word on the Street

UPDATE:  The Sole E20 has been discontinued.  Check out our E25 review for a comparable model.

There aren't a lot of Sole E20 elliptical reviews available yet, as this is Sole's new, budget-friendly model and it isn't available online. You can pick one up exclusively at Sears, so the company is obviously targeting a specific market with the E20. The few reviews we came across were from Sears customers who purchased primarily based on the value - a Sole elliptical for merely $800 is a genuine bargain. They praised the 20 incline levels and 16 levels of resistance. Details like the water bottle holder and cooling fan were appreciated by newer users who were buying this as an entry level elliptical.

Our Thoughts on the Sole E20 Elliptical

It remains to be seen whether the Sole E20 will become the company's new budget favorite, but it has a good start at Sears, a store that offers a variety of budget fitness machines. The company did keep most of the features that keep Sole at the top of the elliptical heap, including articulating foot pedals and a heavy (21 lbs) flywheel with magnetic braking for a smooth, gliding motion that is as easy on your joints as the price is on your wallet.

This model doesn't have the same unbeatable warranty offered on their higher end models, but the Sole E20 elliptical's warranty is still respectable, with lifetime frame coverage and three years on parts and electronics and a single year on labor. It will come down to cost for many people. Do you want to pay $200-$300 more for a better warranty or save money on a smooth, reliable budget machine?

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