The Sole E95 elliptical is one of the company's top selling models, packed with features and capabilities you typically find on much more expensive machines.
With durable construction, heart rate monitoring, comfortable, impact-free stride and plenty of workouts, it again tops our list of the very best elliptical trainers for home use.
Sole has lengthened the stride to a maximum of 20", up from the older model's stride, and added cushioned foot pedals for more comfort and less chance of getting fatigued as you work out. They've also kept all the features that make the Sole E95 elliptical an exceptional purchase for anyone looking for a great commercial-grade elliptical for in-home use.
Sole consulted with top fitness trainers and design specialists to develop the E95's best feature - the ideal bio-mechanical motion. This adapts the pedals to your gait by allowing you to adjust the angle of the foot pedals to precisely fit your natural stride. It's an innovation few other in-home ellipticals have and makes the Sole E95 quite unique.
Here are the best features on this elliptical...
Trainers and fitness gurus tend to fall in love with the Sole E95 because it has some of the bells and whistles they are familiar with from high end health clubs, such as the updated 10.1" TFT LCD club model console, a step up from the 9" LCD display on the popular E55 elliptical.
This has all of the standard functions you'd expect and functions such as the incline adjustment system, but also displays a heart rate zone graph so that you can "keep it in the zone" when you're doing an aerobic workout.
Many users rave about the power of this elliptical, particularly at the upper end of resistance, where lesser machines would be unstable or overworked. The general consensus of user reviews is that if you can afford the sale price for a Sole E95 elliptical, you'll get years of quality workouts comparable to that of more expensive commercial grade trainers.
The new Bluetooth technology, present on many of the Sole ellipticals starting in 2016, is a great addition...it lets you sync your workout results with the Sole app or other popular fitness apps. This is a great way to keep tabs on your progress as well as set goals for you to reach on subsequent workouts.
Stride length is a comfortable 20 inches, perfect for most users, but if you want more adjustability look at the uplevel E95S with 18-24" power adjustable stride. That might be a good option for you if there a number of users in your house and all are very different size wise.
Overall the Sole E95 is a fantastic machine, and it's hard to believe that the company is able to offer all of this for under $2000. It has everything you need...workout variety including cardio-centric programs, impressive power incline, perhaps some of the best cushioning on the market today and ergonomic design that puts you in the ideal position, ensuring maximum results.
It's likely to remain one of the company's best selling ellipticals, as most of the competition is still far behind.
The Sole E95 has been one of our top picks for years, and is our favorite of all of the Sole ellipticals due to the features and capabilities it provides for the price.
But that's not to take anything away from the other models in the series, all of which have their advantages as well.
The Sole E95 vs the Other Advanced Models
The E95, E95s and E98 are the three most advanced ellipticals in the Sole lineup, so if you are looking for something more durable, smoother, quieter, these are going to be better choices than the entry level models.
When it comes to the E95 vs the E95s, the only real difference is the stride length. The E95s gives you the ability to change the stride from 18" to 24", as opposed to 20" on the E95. So if there are multiple users with a wide range of heights, you may want to consider that one, although the fixed stride is just fine for most users.
The E95s is larger and about 30 lbs heavier, and also costs $400 more than the E95.
The Sole E95 vs the Lower End Models
Compared to the E25, E35 and E55, the E95 has a heavier max weight capacity, heavier flywheel and a larger display, so it's going to be more club quality in terms of build and feel. The E25 and E55 are more compact, however, if that is a consideration for you.
The only other model remaining is the Sole E98, which is their top of the line elliptical. This is a heavy duty light commercial model, designed for very heavy use. At around $2499, this is probably more machine than you need for your home, unless you have a house full of athletes hammering away at the elliptical day in and day out.
Which is the Best One?
So the Sole E95 is definitely the best choice in our opinion, unless you need the adjustable stride of the E95s. The E25 is ok for those on a budget who need a very basic machine...the step up E35 gives you a little more durability...the E55 is a compact version of the E35...the E98 is probably more elliptical than you need, but still a great machine overall for the price.
As far as competition on the market, it competes well with the similarly priced NordicTrack FS7i and the Bowflex Max Trainer M5. It has the durability and advanced cushioning that those ellipticals don't, but they may just have some features and capabilities that interest you. As such they are certainly worth a look.
There is no other elliptical on the market that does more to give users a comfortable, safe workout. The advanced drive system was developed to accommodate a wide range of exercisers and you can feel the difference the minute you step into the foot pedals and adjust them to your preference.
The incline gives you an impressive range, fully adjustable up to 20°, which can kick just about anyone's butt and ensures full use of all lower body muscles.
With the generous warranty included, the Sole E95 elliptical is an outstanding investment in fitness and one of our top picks for home use.
If you want to save a little money, look at one of the lower priced models, and if you need a more commercial-grade machine, consider the E98 as well.