The 2008 Sole E55 Elliptical Review – A small upgrade this year

Today the Treadmill Sensei is going to continue with my reviews of the 2008 Sole treadmills and ellipticals. This time around I want to talk about the outstanding Sole E55 elliptical. This unit has been around for a few years now and Sole has done an excellent job with it. This year they’ve updated a few things but kept it almost exactly the same as last year. As with the other 2008 Sole equipment, this was a stroke of brilliance on the part of Sole management. Heck, when you’ve got a best buy award winning line of equipment, why would you change it?

For all intents and purposes the Sole E35 and Sole E55 ellipticals are the same unit. The only real difference comes in the form of the console and heart rate control programs the Sole E55 has. Yes, it has a slightly different monitor, but aside from the HR Control programs it doesn’t do anything beyond what the console of the Sole E35 does.

In regards to the flyhweels being listed as being of different weights for each machine…as I’ve mentioned in a few other spots, the flywheels actually appear to be identical and one could be used for the other. I believe this is the same flywheel that was used in all of the Sole products last year (or one very similar). Strangely enough this flywheel was listed as being 30 pounds. I think Sole is just trying to help customers differentiate product with those different flywheel weights, but in reality I’m very much of the mind that they are the same.

UPDATE: This is an old review…please read our latest Sole E55 review here.

So really what you’ve got with the Sole E55 is the exact same great elliptical as the Sole E35 but with the addition of heart rate control. HR Control, if you use it, is an outstanding feature and gives that extra little “Umph” to the Sole E55 and makes the elliptical well worth the additional $150 it costs. However, if you’re like most owners, it is a feature you will never actually use and that makes it a bit of a waste. In other words, if you use HRC programs then the Sole E55 and its higher price tag make perfect sense, but if you’re the average joe customer then you should save that $150 and stick with the Sole E35.

For being a top rated machine but for not being enough of an upgrade, the Treadmill Sensei gives the 2008 Sole E55 Elliptical 4 out of 5 Golden Buddahs.

The Sole E55 is a fantastic machine IF you make use of heart rate control programs. If you don’t, then make sure to check out the 2008 Sole E35 elliptical instead and save yourself $150.

2008 Sole E55 Elliptical Specifications
Stride: 20″
Flywheel: 27 lbs
Articulating Pedals: Yes
Programs: 8
Resistance: 20 Levels
Display: LCD
Heart Rate Monitor: Pulse grip and wireless
Heart Rate Control: Yes
Max Weight Capacity: 375 lbs
Elliptical Weight: 200 lbs
Parts Warranty: 5 years
Labor Warranty: 2 years
Price: Under $1450