The Sole E98 Elliptical for Light Commercial Use

The Sole E98 elliptical is the company's true, light commercial machine designed for use in health clubs and gyms as well as for home use. It's also their highest price model, listed at $3,499 but frequently on sale for around $2,499, a great price if you can get it.

What You Get

The heavy duty steel frame and precision balanced, 32 pound flywheel ensure a ride just as smooth as any you'll find in the local gym. A generous power incline system works with just a touch of a button. The real difference in this model is the powerful steel frame and the fact that it's been engineered for light commercial use. The Sole E98 elliptical manages to look streamlined even though it's got a maximum weight capacity of 400 pounds.

Among the features you'll find on a Sole E98 are:

Sole Fitness E98 Elliptical
  • Eddy Current Brake resistance
  • 20" Stride Length
  • 10 Workout Programs
  • Anatomically Correct Foot Pedal Spacing
  • Contact heart rate sensors
  • Polar Chest Strap and Wireless Heart Rate Standard
  • MP3 jack + speakers
  • Cooling Fan
  • Cushioned, Slip-Resistant Pedals
  • 400 lb. user weight capacity
  • Dimensions/Weight: 67"H x31"W x82"L - 249 pounds
  • Residential warranty: Frame - lifetime; electronics & parts - 5 years; labor - 2 years
  • Light commercial use: Frame - lifetime; electronics & parts - 3 years; labor - 1 year

The Word on the Street

Those who are truly serious about intense workouts will love the Sole E98 elliptical. It was designed and built specifically for light commercial use, so it's quite heavy and unbelievably sturdy. Reviews acknowledge its power, but some owners felt that assembly was a bit tougher than it should have been.

Users commented frequently that this is very similar to the earlier models, which was uniformly loved before this model arrived on the scene. It also seems like the Sole E98 is quickly becoming popular with small gyms and hotels that put this machine in their workout rooms due to the light commercial designation and a solid commercial warranty.

As of a couple of years ago, the E98 comes with the new Bluetooth technology like most of the other models, including the popular E95 model and the up-level E95s elliptical.  

This allows you to track your workouts and sync them to your favorite fitness apps like FitBit and Apple Health as well as the Sole Fitness app.

With incline capability, a heavy flywheel (smooth and quiet), a new 10.1" TFT LCD screen and an adjustable stride length up to 20", the E98 is a real winner.

Our Thoughts on the Sole E98 Trainer

There are very few differences between the new Sole E98 and earlier models. The flywheel is about two pounds lighter in the newer model, which hopefully won't alter the feeling of stability. We also noted that the moving handlebars for the upper body workout have additional hand grips set farther out from the main handlebars, giving users more flexibility for hand positioning.

Also check out the E95 and E95s as well, as both of these models were recently redesigned and are a bit cheaper than the E98.

The Sole E98 is a great elliptical, built to last with minimal maintenance required.  A great choice, especially under $2500.

The Sole E98 is currently on sale

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