The Sole E25 Elliptical Review — Best Rated Elliptical Under $1000


Here at the DOJO I get in a lot of emailing asking me what the best elliptical priced at under $1000 is on the market today. That’s always a tough question to answer because my opinion and what I see as the best may not suit everyon. I can just give you what I think is the best from what I’ve seen and from the units I’ve repaired, set up or reviewed. But you guys keep asking!

Now, based on my experience of just over 20 years now, if I have to be tied down to a single choice for best elliptical under $1000 then it’s going to have to be the Sole E25.

By whatever name you want to call it, the Sole E25 elliptical is by far the best elliptical in its price range. What you get is the very comfortable 20″ stride with Sole’s patented 2% inclined pedals (which are a load easier on your feet than a lot of ellipticals — Tunturi, I’m taking to you!). The Sole E25 gives you the closest feel to a commercial grade piece (such as from Life Fitness or Matrix) at a fantastic price.

Truthfully, the Sole E25 is just a stripped down and shortened version of the Sole E35, but you’re really not losing anything important. You’ve got a few less programs (6 on the E25), but most people only ever use one or two. You’ve got a shorter footprint, which is a great thing especially since you keep that longer 20″ stride that all of the Sole ellipticals feature.

UPDATE: This is an older review. Check out our latest Sole E25 review here.

If you’re looking for a super heavy duty, high performance elliptical that will stand up to any workout you throw at it and withstand the test of time, you simply can’t go wrong with the Sole E25 Elliptical. It easily ranks as the Treadmill Sensei’s best buy under $1000.

The Sole E25 Elliptical gets 4.5 out 5 of Golden Buddahs. Excellent!

The Sole E25 Elliptical gets a near perfect score of 4.5 gold buddahs out of 5.

Sole E25 Elliptical Specifications
Stride Length: 20 inches
Resistance Levels: 16
HR Control: No
Console: Blue LCD
Programs: 6
Heart Rate Monitor: Yes, pulse grip
Fans: Yes
Weight Capacity: 300 lbs.