What every best Elliptical Trainers has:
- A heavy flywheel.
- Enough resistance levels.
- Quiet magnetic braking.
Smooth operator. Reviewers say that the heavy flywheel on the Sole Fitness E95 makes for a very comfortable, natural stride. At ConsumerReports.org it earns Very Good scores for both ergonomics and exercise range. Users also say that the E95 is comfortable to use, and that its quiet eddy-current braking system is smooth and reliable. The E95's stride length adjusts between 20 and 22 inches, depending on where you've positioned the motor-adjust incline ramp (which adjusts between 0 and 40 degrees of slope) and it functions in both forward and reverse. Program options include six preset workouts, two custom workouts and two heart-rate control workouts for use with the included chest-strap heart-rate monitor. Owners love these features, which they say are more common on machines costing far more. New for 2017, the E95 is now Bluetooth-enabled, allowing users to wirelessly sync their exercise data to their smartphones and various fitness apps.
User friendly, but plan for assembly time. Most owners say the Sole E95 takes a couple of hours to put together, but that the task isn't especially difficult -- although we saw a few comments from owners who disagree and say they struggled with the instructions. Expert and user reviewers praise this elliptical for several user-friendly features, including its 9-inch LCD console (which tilts for easier viewing) and cushioned footpads. The footpads are angled 2-degrees inward to reduce stress on your joints, and can be further adjusted to best suit the way your body moves. Resistance and incline can both be adjusted from the console or via handgrip controls. The E95 also has a built-in sound system and fan, although both are described as merely adequate.
Solid use up to 400 pounds. The Sole E95 is rated for users up to 400 pounds, and feedback indicates that even heavy individuals found no issues with this ellipticals' stability while in use. Many owners say that the E95 is used frequently -- sometimes multiple times a day by different family members -- without any durability problems. The E95 weighs 215 pounds when fully assembled, which means it's not particularly portable. We saw a few complaints about a persistent squeaking around the foot rails, although users say it's often resolved by lubricating them. Customer service gets excellent feedback from owners. The Sole E95's frame has a lifetime warranty; parts and electronics are covered for five years, and labor is covered for two years. The company also provides a 30-day money-back guarantee, although returns may be subject to a restocking fee.