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SOLE Fitness E35 Elliptical Machine

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375 lbsAdjustable,
10Frame: lifetime
Parts: 5 years
Electronics: 5 years
Labor: 2 years

Although is not exactly an inexpensive exercising machine, the SOLE E35 does offer a wide array of features to stand up to the price. Pretty much similar to the Sole E95, the E35 elliptical trainer from Sole also offers superlative quality, and a complete training setting for users of all calibers. It’s an ideal machine for muscle toning, stamina building, weight loss, and also recovery training, being really easy on the joints and back, on its lowest resistance settings.

Anyway, in case you’re looking for a solid elliptical trainer, this post will put into view just about everything you should know about this particular model.

Technical Details and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 82L x 31W x 67H inches (208L x 79W x 170H cm)
  • Product weight: 230 lbs (104.3 kg)
  • Flywheel weight: 29 lbs (13 kg)
  • Supported weight: 375 lbs (170 kg)
  • Stride: Adjustable, 20 to 22 inches (51 to 56 cm)
  • Incline: Automatic, 0-30°
  • Footplates: Articulating, adjustable
  • Handlebars: Mobile (with incline and resistance digits) and fixed (with pulse sensors)
  • Resistance system: Eddy current, 15 levels
  • Console: 10 workout programs
  • Bottle/Accessory holder: Yes
  • Media tray: Yes
  • Speakers: Incorporated in the console
  • Warranty: Frame lifetime / Parts 5 years / Electronics 5 years / Labor 2 years

Drive system

So far, all ellipticals from Sole are front-drive trainers, and the E35 model does not make an exception. The machine’s drive system involves a pretty heavy flywheel for an elliptical,sole e35 drive system weighing 29 lbs (13 kg). It’s a flywheel slightly lighter than the one featured by the E95 model, which weighs 34 lbs. However, it still supplies a consistent momentum, and smooth striding motion. Speaking of stride, this elliptical offers an adjustable stride, between 20 – 22 inches (51 – 56 cm), wide enough even for tall users. In fact, it can accommodate users up to 6’6″ – 6’7″ (198 – 201 cm) tall, whom should be able to achieve a comfortable, and effective stride.

The footrests of this elliptical machine are also adjustable and articulating, to absorb as much shock as possible. They’re pretty spacious, with a length of 15″ (38 cm) and a width of 7″ (18 cm), being able to accommodate feet of all sizes. On top of that, the design of the footplates features a 2° inward slope, in order to adapt perfectly to your natural walking motion, and also minimize the impact on your feet and ankles.

Incline system

This Sole elliptical is equipped with a decent incline mechanism. The incline motor is situated at the sole e35 incline systemrear of the machine, and involves two steel bars on each side. There are 15 levels of incline, with a total incline of 30°. Evidently, this widens the spectrum of workout possibilities by a lot. The incline also adjusts the stride, supporting a more ample motion, and involving more muscle fibers, for a more consistent workout.

Evidently, the incline is automatic, adjustable exclusively from the console, or from the digits incorporated in the left handlebar.

Last but not least, regarding the incline system of this elliptical, its highest level of incline will give you an elevation of 22″ (56 cm). Therefore, prior to deciding on this particular model, it’s best to add this dimension to your height, in order to make sure you have the required ceiling height at home, in the room where the elliptical is supposed to be installed. Anyway, your average 8′ ceiling height should fit the majority of users.

Resistance system

This elliptical machine features an eddy current resistance system. This means the resistance is adjusted exclusively via the console or from the digits within the right handlebar. It’s not battery powered, and requires to be plugged into a nominal 110-volt circuit. Also, since the resistance involves magnets and not direct-contact brakes, the wear and tear of the resistance pad is actually zero.

This elliptical does not have a power adapter. It comes with an American standard plug, attached to 6′ (183 cm) of cable.The cable plugs into the machine near the front base. Near the cable input there’s also an ON / OFF switch. Also, in case you’re wondering, you can workout on this machine without plugging it in, but in this case you will basically exercise on the lowest resistance setting, and won’t be able to access any of the built-in workout apps.

This elliptical offers 15 levels of resistance, which are reinforced by the incline levels. The lowest level of resistance is pretty gentle, great for users who must undergo recovery training. On the other hand, the last resistance setting, doubled by one of the highest incline settings, will supply a pretty rich, full-body workout, with focus on leg muscles and glutes.


The main frame of this elliptical trainer is made of two solid steel pieces, which connect at the middle. The rear part includes the incline mechanism, while the front part has the main drive and brake systems attached to it. The casing of the flywheel is made of hard plastic. The main arms are also made of steel tubing, while the wheels that glide on the heavy duty rails, are made of polyurethane material, highly resistant to wear and tear. All metallic parts of the frame are powder coated with anti-corrosive paint.

The frame features three bases, finished with adjustable stabilizers. Each stabilizer foot has a rubber cap to protect flooring. However, since overall this elliptical is pretty heavy, it’s best to place it on a carpet or a mat, in order to prevent any damage to the flooring. The front base is equipped with transport wheels, while the rear base is finished with a handle, which both make the its handling easier. All bases are shielded by plastic covers, giving it a more appealing aspect.

The mobile arms of this Sole elliptical are finished with multi-grip handles, with integrated controls for incline and resistance. However, there also are fixed handlebars attached to the main front post, which incorporate EKG pulse sensors.

Overall, the frame of the SOLE Fitness E35 elliptical machine is rather bulky. With a footprint of 82″L x 31″W, it will surely take some space. But on the other hand, you can be sure that its size and weight considerably add to its overall stability and sturdiness. In other words, it’s a model with all the qualities of a gym-grade elliptical trainer.

Performance monitor and other amenities

The console supplied with the SOLE elliptical E35 is quite a multifunctional one. To begin with, it incorporates a basic sound system which is actually better than most speakers in tablets and smartphones. This sound system is compatible with most MP3 players, smartphones and tablets, sole e35 consoleand gives you the possibility to listen to your music without using earphones. On the other hand, there’s also a headphone jack on the console.

The console features a cooling fan, tablet tray and an accessory holder (or bottle holder) compartment.

When it comes to the performance monitor, first of all it features a 7.5″ diagonal screen, with blue backlight for enhanced readability. Its fitness oriented functions include 5 preloaded workout apps for Hill, Fat Burn, Cardio, Strength and Interval training. There’s a Manual setting through which you can freely adjust resistance and incline. There are 2 Custom User defined programs, which actually allow you to design your own trail. And finally, there are 2 more programs for Heart Rate.

Evidently, the monitor indicates the most important values required by any user to know during their workout, such as speed (in MPH), time, distance, RPM, calories, pulse, the resistance level and incline. There’s also a trail function, which allows you to measure your distance traveled in laps.

There are direct keys on the console for each workout app. Incline and resistance also have direct keys for the 1,3,6,9,12,15 settings, however both incline and resistance can also be gradually adjusted from the arrow keys.

Last but not least, the console is telemetry enabled. In other words it can read pulse via any compatible HR chest strap.

Assembly and Maintenance

The assembly of this elliptical machine isn’t exactly piece of cake, mainly because the machine is really heavy. Therefore, it may require two people. On the other hand, the assembly process is not the most complicated, but there are many parts to attach. But as a general idea, you have to add the incline rails, connect the wires, attach the two parts of the frame together, add the mobile arms, the footplates, the console main post, connect the wires with the console, and finally mount the console. Along with that, there are several other small plastic covers to be added. The drive system, the resistance system and the incline motor, come already assembled and attached to the frame.

Anyway, regarding the assembly, the box does include the manual which guides you step-by-step through it, along with the necessary tools.

Maintenance requires the periodical cleaning and greasing of the rails and joints. Other than that, you basically have to keep the machine clean, check the bolts from time to time and retighten if necessary, and make sure no liquids reach the console.

The Pros

In comparison with other ellipticals, the SOLE Fitness E35 does offer a fair amount of advantages. So, in case you’ve missed any of the ones mentioned so far, here’s a summary:

  • Super solid frame and build, an elliptical built like a tank.
  • Appealing design which adds to the motivation factor.
  • Adjustable, articulating footplates, which enhance the overall shock absorption of the machine.
  • Multi-grip handlebars, with built-in resistance and incline controls.
  • EKG pulse sensors built-in the fixed handlebars.
  • 15 levels of eddy current resistance.
  • Automatic incline, with a maximum incline level of 30°.
  • Double rail system, which enhances stability.
  • 10 workout apps.
  • Cooling fan.
  • Sound system.
  • Tablet tray.
  • Accessory compartment for your MP3 player, phone or water bottle.
  • Telemetry enabled console.
  • Quiet machine.
  • Low maintenance.
  • Excellent warranty plan.

The Cons

This elliptical does come with its share of drawbacks though. It wouldn’t be fair to leave them out, so here they are.

  • Heavy and bulky machine, rather difficult to handle. sole e35 elliptical machine
  • Not the easiest to assemble.
  • No online connectivity for the console, or the possibility to import/export your workout data.


Despite the several drawbacks, the Sole E35 elliptical trainer is a top-quality fitness machine, that will server you well for many years, even if used daily, for at least a couple of hours. It offers the proper training setting for users of all levels, from beginner to pro. Not only it gives you the possibility to tone your muscles, and maintain your cardiovascular shape, it’s also a machine that can help a lot with your weight loss. On top of that, the impact on your joints is minimal.

All in all, with this elliptical trainer you will get top-quality, sturdiness, effectiveness, comfort and versatility.

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