The Sole Fitness E55 Elliptical Machine lets you accomplish extensive workouts even on the smallest footprint of any Sole elliptical, yet it has an impressive 375-pound weight capacity. With a 20-pound flywheel plus incline training’s added resistance, it’s an ideal cardio trainer and muscle toner built for joint-friendly motion.
The E55 also features the most common stride length chosen for commercial ellipticals, 20 inches, to accommodate most users’ natural stride length. A vital feature of the Sole E55 is its power incline with 20 settings. With a choice of 20 elliptical paths, users can accomplish impressive muscle toning that’s not possible with other elliptical trainers.
Equipped with many of Sole’s best performance components for home ellipticals, the E55 comes with digital upgrades, including an improved display screen with adjustable angle, a Bluetooth connection for use with the Sole Fitness App. This integrated tablet holder accepts a tablet or smartphone as its monitor, Bluetooth audio speakers, and a USB charging port.
As for workout programming, the E55 options include manual mode, user-designed workouts, and preset workouts focused on cardiovascular health, rapid calorie burn, and muscle strengthening/toning. The fitness console is a high-contrast 9-inch LCD, and the console tilts to each user’s optimum viewing angle.
Learn more in my complete review below!
Product: Sole Fitness E55 Elliptical Machine
Warranty: Frame lifetime / Parts 5 years / Electronics 5 years / Labor 2 years
My rating: 9.25/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 71L x 27W x 64H inches (180L x 68.5W x 162.5H cm)
- Assembled weight: 211 lbs (95.7 kg)
- Flywheel weight: 25 lbs (11.3 kg)
- Supported weight: 375 lbs (170 kg)
- Stride: Adjustable, maximum 20 inches (51 cm)
- Incline: Automatic, 0°-40°
- Footplates: Articulating, angle-adjustable
- Handlebars: Mobile (with incline and resistance digits) and fixed (with pulse sensors)
- Resistance system: Eddy current, 20 levels
- Console: 10 workout programs
- Amenities: Bottle/accessory holder, media tray, speakers, cooling fan
- Warranty: Frame lifetime / Parts 5 years / Electronics 5 years / Labor 2 years
The mainframe of the Sole E55 is two main parts, connecting in the middle. The front part has the drive and resistance system enclosure attached to it, while the rear part incorporates the incline motor and rails.
The machine features three bases. Each base comes with adjustable feet with rubber caps, which supply an excellent grip to the floor, making it possible to fully stabilize the unit even if the floor is not even.
On top of that, the machine is quite heavy. It won’t wobble or move around at 211 lbs (96 kg) even if the user is close to the maximum allowed capacity – 375 lbs (170 kg). It’s still not that difficult to handle or transport, as the rear base features a handle, which facilitates the machine’s tilting on its front transport wheels.
Like most gym-grade elliptical trainers, the Sole E55 has a pretty sizeable footprint. It takes 71″L x 27″W (180 x 68.5 cm) of floor space. However, it still is 1 foot shorter than the Sole E35 or Sole E95.
Thus, if space is an issue, but you would still love to have an extremely well-built machine, the E55 model may be a much better option over the other two models.
Most parts in the frame construction of this elliptical trainer are steel tubing. They also come coated with scratch-resistance and corrosion-resistant paint, black. The gliding rails of the machine, however, have a chrome finish. Most PVC parts within the frame of the machine have a protective and cosmetic role.
For example, the frame’s bases, the flywheel enclosure, the incline motor case, and the console base are all PVC made, keeping dust and possible sweat drops from falling into these parts and causing damage. On the other hand, they give the machine an elegant, professional line.
Pedals and handlebars
There’s quite some engineering behind the pedals of this elliptical machine. First of all, they have a 2° inward tilt, which considerably reduces the stress on the ankles and knees during workouts. Second of all, they’re pretty spacious, with a length of 15″, being able to accommodate shoes of all sizes.
But the best part regarding the pedals of this elliptical is that they are angle-adjustable from heel to toe. This way, you can obtain the pedal angle that feels best to you. Using the pedals’ perfect angle, specific unwanted effects such as soreness in Achilles’ tendons, or toe numbness, are eliminated.
The pedals’ adjustment is via turning the dial at the rear of each one of them. And finally, one last aspect to note here about the pedals is that the PVC material is industrially tested and designed to last a lifetime.
The E55 elliptical features both fixed and mobile handlebars. The fixed ones integrate pulse sensors, while the mobile ones feature buttons for incline and resistance adjustment. Grips on both types of handlebars are rubber foam to supply optimal comfort when held.
Finally, the machine’s lateral legs and the mobile arms are the same steel tubing as the mainframe.
E55 Drive and resistance
Just like the other Sole elliptical models, the E55 features an eddy current brake. Its resistance mechanism involves a magnetic element controlled by a small motor. Thus, the machine features an automatic, current-assisted resistance system.
The resistance is only adjustable from the machine’s console or the keys on the mobile grips. You can adjust it freely as you exercise, or if you’re using one of the pre-set programs, it will adjust resistance automatically, as well as the incline.
This elliptical features 20 levels of resistance. The lowest levels supply a light workout, while the top resistance settings offer quite a challenge. On top of that, the intensity of your workout also increases by adding an incline.
Since it’s an eddy current machine, the E55 requires a connection to a power circuit (110-volt, 15-amp) to make available the resistance settings, the workout programs, and the console’s other functions.
A power cord with a plug (not an adapter) comes with the machine for this purpose. It connects to the machine near the front base on the left side. There’s also an ON/OFF switch near the connector.
When it comes to its drive system, this machine is belt-driven, supplying a smooth and quiet pedaling motion. It also uses a balanced, 25 lbs (11.3 kg) flywheel, which is a pretty heavy one for an elliptical machine. This also adds momentum and stability to the pedaling motion.
If you’re wondering, the machine allows pedaling in reverse, this way diversifying the possible workouts out on this machine. And when pedaling in reverse, you will benefit from the machine’s current resistance setting, while the console will continue to track your progress.
Stride and incline
The Sole Fitness E55 elliptical machine features a motorized incline. The incline motor is at the rear and adjusts the angle of the gliding rails. It offers a maximum incline of 30°, with 20 settings. Since the incline is motorized, it’s adjustable from the console or the mobile handlebars’ control keys.
At maximum incline, the highest pedal will give you an elevation of approximately 26″ (66 cm) from the floor level. Therefore, to determine whether the room where the machine will be is the right ceiling height for you, add this dimension to your size.
The stride of this elliptical trainer is 20″ (51 cm). Thus, it comfortably accommodates users up to 6’4″ (193 cm) (if you are taller, check out the Sole 95S with an adjustable stride of 18 to 24 inches). There isn’t a direct stride adjustment mechanism, but the user’s stride will vary slightly along with the incline’s adjustment.
The console features a 9″, high-contrast display, which offers excellent readability even in a darker room or if the sunlight hits the screen at a direct angle. It indicates the most critical values required by any user to know during their workouts.
Such as speed (in MPH), time, distance, RPM, calories burned, pulse, resistance level, and incline. There’s also a trail function, which allows you to measure your distance traveled in laps.
The console offers ten workout programs, including 5 Preset, 2 Custom User profile programs, 2 Heart Rate programs, and of course, the Manual program. The 5 Preset programs include Hills, Fat Burn, Cardio, Strength, and Interval.
The 2 Custom profiles allow you to create, save and re-use your workouts. These will also call for your age and weight to offer a better calculation of your calories burned.
The Heart Rate programs focus on two zones: 60% and 80%. 60% of your MHR is the zone best used for calorie burning, while 80% is the zone that works best for strengthening your cardiovascular system.
The console reads pulse via the pulse sensors on the fixed grips of the machine. However, it’s also telemetry enabled. Therefore, it can track pulse via an HR chest strap, and this accessory also comes included with the machine.
With Bluetooth, a tablet or smartphone can also function as the elliptical machine’s control center. This works via the free mobile app named “Sole Fitness App.” The app is compatible with Apple and Android devices.
It lets the user set up a workout, then use other apps if desired as it collects data during workouts. The app can store workout info long-term and share the data with popular fitness apps such as iHealth, Fitbit, Apple Health, Record, Mapmyrun, and MyFitnessPal.
Last but not least, the console incorporates several other functions. It has a sound system compatible with most MP3 devices, smartphones, or tablets. Thus, if earplugs become a nuisance during your workout, you can listen to your music via the integrated speakers.
The console also has a cooling fan and tablet holder. And finally, the lower part is molded into a compartment that you can use as a holder for your phone, remote, keys, or bottle of water.
E55 Assembly and Maintenance
The assembly of this machine, although not complicated, might take a couple of hours. One, because the machine is pretty heavy, it takes at least two people to transport, and two, because there are many minor parts to connect.
However, as a general idea, you will have to attach the main parts of the frame, connect the console mast and the machine’s wires, add the console, and finally mount the plastic’s arms and rest covers. The manual supplied is quite comprehensive, giving you step-by-step, detailed instructions, and the tools for assembly come with the machine.
Maintenance requires you to keep the machine clean, especially the rails, as any dirt fallen on it may cause nicks. Also, if the joints begin to squeak, a little lubrication should do the trick. The machine’s insides are pre-lubricated with industrial lubricants and shouldn’t require additional lubrication for a long time.
To benefit from the full warranty, you will need to register your product with soleellipticals.com. Furthermore, Sole also makes all repairs in-home.
- Frame built like a tank, with a high user capacity;
- Heavy machine, an aspect which contributes considerably to its stability;
- Elegant, professional design;
- Smaller footprint than other ellipticals;
- Angle-adjustable footplates;
- Automatic resistance, with 20 levels available;
- Automatic incline, also with 20 levels available (and up to 40°);
- Quick resistance/incline adjustment keys, built into the handlebars;
- Pulse sensors;
- Telemetry enabled console – HR chest strap transmitter included;
- Ten workout programs on the console;
- Sole fitness app;
- Various amenities, such as cooling fan, speakers, tablet tray, accessory/bottle holder;
- Smooth and quiet operation;
- Detailed to assemble;
- Great warranty plan.
- A tablet placed on the tablet tray will partially (or totally) cover the LCD;
- No online connectivity.
Sole Fitness E55 Elliptical Machine Summary
The Sole Fitness E55 is a great elliptical. It feels perfect when using it and consistently delivers a hassle-free workout. I like this elliptical because of its sturdiness and longevity. It can support higher weighted users than most home ellipticals with an excellent warranty to back it up.
It covers the full range of workouts that can be carried out on an elliptical trainer, being an excellent choice for users of all levels. It’s a perfect machine for cardio training, muscle toning, building stamina, and of course, for losing weight. The top resistance levels, as well as the incline, will most definitely give you a challenge.
Moreover, it’s an elliptical machine that offers excellent value for the money, and I’m confident it will stand the test of time. It remains a solid top pick for home ellipticals between $1500 and $2000.
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