Some reviewers say the Sole E25 is an excellent buy for a quality elliptical trainer, but overall, we found better reviews for the slightly more expensive Sole E35 (*Est. $1,170) . Owners are cautious about the Sole E25, saying that it's quiet and smooth with a good selection of 10 workout programs, but that it also suffers from some of the typical quality and durability issues that plague elliptical trainers in this price range. A few reviewers complain about the inward-sloping pedals, although they're a common feature on Sole elliptical trainers, and we didn't find complaints about the foot pedals for other models. Some professional reviewers also express reservations about the Sole E25, saying that it doesn't live up to the Sole E35's good reputation. Most say they like the E25's 20-inch stride for tall users, but one expert points out that due to its shortened frame, this unit's 20-inch stride doesn't feel as smooth as the same stride on other Sole models. Overall, though, reviewers say the Sole E25 isn't a bad buy if your spending limit is about $1,000. Budget ellipticals like the Schwinn 420 (*Est. $600) tend to have shorter strides -- 18 inches or less -- that may not work for taller people.
The most credible reviews of the Sole E25 elliptical trainer come from TreadmillDoctor.com and Fitness-Equipment-Source.com. TreadmillDoctor.com in particular has a reputation for reliable, well-balanced reviews. Owner reviews at Amazon.com and Buzzillions.com complete the picture, with useful customer assessments of the Sole E25 in everyday use.
Clark and Jon Stevenson review a wide range of elliptical trainers on their well-respected website, TreadmillDoctor.com. They declare the Sole E25 second runner-up for best buy in its price range, describing it as "a high quality machine with a long history of success."
Review: Sole E 25 Elliptical Review, Clark and Jon Stevenson
Although Fred Waters finds the Sole E25 to be a good value in its price range, he cautions that because its 20-inch stride is set on a shorter frame than other Sole models, "it doesn't quite have the same fluid elliptical motion that you find on the other higher priced Sole ellipticals." Waters recommends spending an extra $300 to buy the Sole E35.
Review: Sole E25 Elliptical Trainer Review, Fred Waters
More than a dozen owners review the 2011 Sole E25 at Amazon.com, giving it an overall 4.5-star rating out of 5. Although we did find a few complaints about noisy operation and concerns about durability, most users say they are happy with what they describe as the Sole E25's smooth, quiet, sturdy build.
Review: Sole E25 Elliptical Trainer (2011 Model), Contributors to Amazon.com
An older version of the Sole E25 receives an overall 3.3-star rating from more than 100 Buzzillions reviewers, but the 2011 model enjoys an overall 4.9-star rating in 11 reviews. Although we did find a few complaints about difficult setup and noisy operation, most say the E25 is easy to use, quiet, smooth and sturdy.
Review: Sole E25 Elliptical, Contributors to Buzzillions.com