Sole E95 or Sole E98?
~~Side-By-Side Elliptical Comparison Review~~
Stride Length: The first round ends up as a tie as both the Sole E95 and the Sole E98 have a fixed stride length of 20” each which is typical for most ellipticals today.
Resistance Levels: When it comes to the resistance levels, the two machines are tied as they both offer 20 settings.
Max Ramp: In this category, the two are yet again tied with a 40° incline angle. This feature can definitely add to the intensity of the workout.
Built In Programs: When it comes to built-in programs, the two elliptical are tied once again. They offer 10 programs each which is actually quite limited when compared to other ellipticals.
Notable Features: The Sole E95 slightly wins over the Sole E98 because it has more features. First off, both machines are not so affordable and the main difference is that the E95 is meant solely for residential use only while the Sole E98 can be used in light commercial settings.
The E95 has a personal wireless heart rate monitor strap and it has adjustable oversized and cushioned foot pedals which the pricier E98 does not have.
The E98 though has a slightly heavier flywheel for your comfort and it also has everything that the E95 has except for those aforementioned. Both have cooling fans that are built-in and sound a sound system feature with MP3 support, molded handgrips, two user profiles and can let you pedal backwards.
Parts Warranty: When it comes to the parts warranty category, the two are tied with 5 years.
Labor Warranty: In the labor warranty category, the two are tied yet again as they both offer 2 years each. Take advantage of these deals as labor costs can get pretty expensive these days.
Machine Weight: In terms of machine weight, the Sole E98 beats the Sole E95 as it weighs at 250 lbs while the losing machine weighs at 215 lbs.
Machine User Weight Capacity: It is a tie between the two in terms of maximum user weight capacity. However, since there’s a 35-lb difference between the two in their actual weights, these figures may not be entirely true. That is why for your safety, there should only be a 100-lb difference between the actual machine weight and the user weight capacity.
Money Back Guarantee: In this category, it is a tie between the two models as they both offer 30 days. This means that you can easily return the product if you are not happy with its performance and you can even ask for a refund.
Conclusion: When it comes to the basic features, parts and labor warranty plus most bells and whistles, the Sole E95 and the Sole E98 are almost identical. The differences between them are the light commercial warranty and heavier in weight of the E98.
However, there is an additional price of $600 for this which makes the E95 more cost-effective. The E95 is designed for residential use and it also has more features such as a wireless heart rate monitor and adjustable, oversized and cushioned foot pedals.
Making a decision depends on your own preference and where you intend to use these machines. If you only want a residential elliptical, then the E95 should be the one for you. On the other hand, if you want to use an elliptical in light commercial settings, then the more expensive E98 is the way to go.