Sole E55 or Sole E98?
~~Side-By-Side Elliptical Comparison Review~~
Stride Length: The first round ends in a tie as both the Sole E55 and the Sole98 have a fixed stride length of 20”.
Resistance Levels: It is yet another tie between the two models as they both have 20 resistance levels each. The great thing about these is that it can add to the intensity of your workouts.
Max Ramp: Both the Sole E55 and the Sole E98 have incline features. They have one of the steepest incline angles in the market today at 40°.
Built In Programs: When it comes to built-in programs, the two machines end up in a tie. They both have 10 pre-programmed workouts each which is slightly disappointing.
Notable Features: In the bells and whistles category, the Sole E98 gets a slight win over the Sole E55. It has a light commercial warranty which makes it possible to use in small fitness centers which also means that it is more durable and of good quality to be able to accommodate multiple users. However, it just doesn’t have a wireless heart rate monitor and it would not be a good idea to use the sweaty chest strap work by the one before you.
The E98 also has molded hand grips and a 30-lb flywheel. You should remember that the heavier the flywheel is, there is more inertia when you pedal.
Parts Warranty: In terms of parts warranty, the two are tied with 5 years each. This means that the manufacturers are confident with their products’ quality.
Labor Warranty: When it comes to labor warranty, it is another tie between the two. Two years of free labor coverage is already a great deal.
Machine Weight: In the machine weight category, the Sole E98 has a weight of 250 lbs while the Sole E55 weighs at 200 lbs.
Machine User Weight Capacity: This category shows the Sole E98 beating the Sole E55. The maximum user weight capacity of the winning elliptical is 400 lbs while the latter can only accommodate users who weigh up to 375 lbs. It should be noted though that there should only be a 100-lb difference between the actual weight of the machine and the maximum user weight capacity for safety purposes.
Money Back Guarantee: The two models are tied again. This time in the money back guarantee category. They both offer 30 days each which means that within this time period, you can easily return the machine if you are not happy with its performance.
Conclusion:At the time of the comparison review, there’s a $500 price difference between the two, the Sole E98 being the more expensive one. The question is whether it is worth it.
With the Sole E98, you get to have an elliptical machine which can be used for light commercial settings which means that multiple users can make use of it and you can even put it in small gyms such as hotel fitness centers. On the other hand, if you use a home elliptical in such settings, the warranty will be void and you have to shoulder the expenses.
With an additional $500, you also get to have molded handgrips, a heavier flywheel, and an additional 50-lb machine weight.
Deciding whether you should go for the more cost-effective or the $500 more expensive machine depends entirely on you and your needs. If you want an elliptical that you can use for light commercial settings, then you should go with the Sole E98 but if you merely want a home elliptical machine, then you could go with the Sole E55.