The Sole E35 Elliptical Review — Elliptical Best Buy Under $1500


Do you know what the best part of the Treadmill Sensei’s job is? No, it’s not dating super models. It’s getting to play with a lot of really cool equipment. But, being able to date super models would be great too…although, I doubt Mrs. Sensei would approve!

A lot of the cooler equipment I get to mess around and test comes out of Sole Fitness in Utah. Well, their equipment actually comes out of Taiwan, but Sole is in Utah. And one of the better units to come out of their stable is the Sole E35 Elliptical.

The Sole E35 is easily one of the best ellipticals in the $1001-$1500 range and was the winner of the Ichi-Ban Best Buy Award in that price range for 2006-2007 here on the Treadmill Sensei. It is a great elliptical at price just under $1300.

As someone who works on Sole equipment week in and week out, I can tell you that the Sole E35 elliptical is one of the sturdiest units you’ll find under $1300. Weighing in at about 190 lbs and with a 30 lb flywheel, a workout on the E35 is smooth, comfortable and rock solid. This unit shares the same basic frame as the Sole E55 and I think is a slightly better value (although both machines are fantastic) at about $200 less in price. The units are so impressive that Sole inked a deal with Hilton Hotels to provide the units at a majority of the hotel chain’s locations.

UPDATE: This is an old review. Check out our latest Sole E35 review here.

With ellipticals you’ll notice that I talk a lot about the comfort of the work out and the shape of the elliptical motion. A lot of companies are producing slightly cheaper machines which are not only a little less stable but also have a “D” shaped pedal motion as opposed to the true elliptical shape and feel of the E35 Elliptical. Sole has done a marvelous job in finding and perfecting one of the best feeling elliptical motions on the market.

The only two problems that I have with the Sole E35 are very minor. The first is the number of programs. Now, most people only use 2-3 programs regularly, but I would have liked to have seen 10-12 programs on a top rated machine like this one.

The second problem is where the Sole E35 ellipticals are sold. If you’re looking to find one offline to try out your only real options are Dick’s Sporting Goods and the Hilton Hotels. I feel that if it were more widely sold that it would be the biggest selling brands on the market. If you’re a bit wary about buying a Sole E35 sight unseen, I’d suggest asking for a 30 day money back guarantee to try out the units because you won’t be disappointed. Most retailers will give it to you on units they have confidence in, such as those by Sole.

For being a top rated elliptical for under $1500, the Treadmill Sensei gives the Sole E35 Elliptical 4.5 out of 5 Golden Buddahs.

The Sole E35 is an Ichi-Ban Best Buy Winner and 4.5 gold buddahs out of 5.

Sole E35 Elliptical Specifications
Stride: 20″
Flywheel: 30 lbs
Programs: 8
Resistance: 16 Levels
Display: LCD
Heart Rate Monitor: Pulse grip and wireless
Heart Rate Control: Yes
Max Weight Capacity: 300 lbs
Elliptical Weight: 190 lbs
Grade: Light Commercial