The Sole Fitness E95 Elliptical Machine is our current best pick for an elliptical machine. The 2011 model was already a classic piece of gym equipment and the 2013 remodel only added to what was already a fine machine.
A class above the average model, the ratings we have found from reputable stores online are all excellent. Read our summary review to see why we choose this as our best elliptical!
Well over half the reviews on those who have purchased this through Amazon are 5-star reviews. All in all, people tend to be hugely satisfied with the Sole Fitness E95. In the other websites we found with reviews (from confirmed buyers) it also scored highly.
It even has a 5-star average on Amazon UK! The majority of reviews and comments were positive, with just a few people finding fault or dissatisfaction with it. We have thrown it all together into our review, so please keep on reading!
Quiet, Comfortable, Smooth.
The first thing that jumps out to many people when they begin to use the Sole Fitness E95 is how incredibly quiet it is. Let’s be honest, it is a full size, bulky piece of exercise equipment, and for many people who have used similar machines (or are used to using a treadmill) you expect there to be noise.
But this really is astonishingly quiet. You won’t even need to turn the TV up, and you can still chat with your family or even talk on the phone (although we would hope you are doing such an intensive workout that you will be out of breath!).
Of course, there is also built in speakers and the connection ports for your mp3 player or mobile phone should you wish to listen to your favorite workout playlist as you work up a sweat.
With custom foot pedals and very generous stride length (22”) and maximum weight capacity (400 lbs), there are few people who won’t find this a comfortable machine, ideal for regular and extended use.
The pedals in inclined inwards slightly to better shape the natural movement of the legs, and the custom pedals guard against such things as ‘numb toe’ which you may experience on a lesser elliptical machine.
Top Quality Design and Build
This is a high end model that is really aimed at people who take their health and fitness seriously, and want a home gym that is up to their standards. To be honest, for such a top quality elliptical machine, we would expect to pay a bit more (as you may do for lesser quality rival machines).
I’m not exaggerating when I say you may go to your local gym after using the E95 and be disappointed and the low quality of their elliptical machine. Believe me, I’ve seen this happen.
The E95 feels like a sturdy and solid machine due to its heavy, 34lb flywheel, which makes the whole experience smooth and quiet. Even when adjusting between different inclines or resistances, the design ensures that the process is still quiet and smooth.
It comes with all the programs and features that you would expect from a gym standard elliptical machine, and indeed is better that most. The newly designed arm bars also offer a range of ways to exercise your upper body, and the adjustable incline, resistance and direction give you the full range of lower body options.
All these are easy to adjust while using the machine, many of which can be directed through the big bright LCD screen (which also provides feedback on your workout, heartrate, calories burned etc.). The display is very easy to use. It is also easy to read (with big writing) and can be adjusted as you are using a program
This model even comes with a water bottle!
Hassle-Free Delivery, Unpacking and Assembly
Obviously this is a big delivery and Sole Fitness (alongside Amazon) do their upmost to make it an easy and reliable process for you. The box arrives very securely packaged with dotted lines telling you where to cut. The E95 is packed in such a way that you can be sure you will not accidentally damage the contents inside.
It should take a few hours to put together, but it is a simple step by step process. Most people with little experience in such matters should be able to manage it without a problem.
What About the Cons?
There were 58 positive reviews on Amazon, and only 12 critical ones (and 3 stars counts as a critical review). The most helpful critical review was a 3 star review, that listed a lot of positives about the E95 as we have listed above. However, the person was not satisfied with the quality of the bolts and washers, saying that there was not enough washers supplied, leading to scratch marks when the bolts turn.
Also some people were not happy that there wasn’t a convenient place to put their iPhone, and they would have preferred better speakers. Although it should be noted that many other people stated the speaker quality is excellent.
Peace of Mind
Sole Fitness also provide excellent customer service – they are famed for it (although it’s unlikely you’ll need it).
They have very generous warranties in place when you purchase this elliptical machine:
- Frame: Lifetime
- Electronics and parts: Five years
- Labor: Two years
About the Company
SOLE is one of the fastest growing fitness brand in the US and Canada over the last 5 years and counting. They aim to set themselves apart by offering the best customer support, often offering warranties and service standards beyond anything else on the market.
Sole specifically target their products to be high-end, home use fitness equipment (good quality at a reasonable price). Their prices are kept low because of their distribution methods and targeted partnerships with certain stores.
Our Final Verdict
We are sticking by our answer that Yes, it is. Is it the best ever made, or the best available if you had infinite money? No, of course not. But the very best ellipticals in the world are designed for gyms and for constant 24 hour use by people a whole range of different shapes and sizes. The E95 on the other hand, is perfect for a top quality home gym the reviews speak for themselves.