Sole E25 or Sole E55?
~~Side-By-Side Elliptical Comparison Review~~
Stride Length: In this first category, the two models are tied as they both have fixed 20” stride lengths.
Resistance Levels: When it comes to resistance levels, the Sole E55 offers 20 while the Sole E25 only offers 16. Having different settings for this can add to the intensity of a workout.
Max Ramp: In this category, the Sole E55 beats its counterpart with a 40° incline feature. The Sole E25 only has 30°.
Built In Programs: When it comes to the built-in programs, the Sole E25 and Sole E55 are ties with 10 which is considered sufficient enough for ellipticals belonging in the $1000 to $1500 price range which usually just offer 9.
Notable Features: In the bells and whistles category, the Sole E55 beats the Sole E25 because of three differences. One is the additional wireless chest strap which continuously sends heart rate readings back to the console which makes it a lot easier for you as you don’t have to stop your usual pace.
The foot pedals of the E55 are also an advantage because it’s not only oversized but it also includes a 2° inward slope which can help reduce the stress on your ankles and knees. Plus, it has a dial adjustment for your comfort.
The third thing is the weight of the flywheels. Although both have heavier flywheels than most, the E55’s 27-lb wheel is the better choice than the E25’s 25 lbs.
Parts Warranty: When it comes to the parts warranty, the Sole E55 beats the Sole E25 with a 5 to 3 years advantage.
Labor Warranty: In terms of labor warranty, the Sole E55 offers 2 years while the Sole E25 only offers a year. It should be noted that the E55 offers the longest labor warranty today.
Machine Weight: In this category, the Sole E55 beats the Sole E25 as it weighs at 200 lbs while the Sole E25 has a weight of 189 lbs. Remember that the heavier the machine is, the sturdier it is.
Machine User Weight Capacity: In this round, the Sole E55 beats its counterpart as it can accommodate users who weigh up to 375 lbs. On the other hand, the Sole E25 can only accommodate users who weigh up to 325 lbs. However, for safety purposes, there should only be a 100-lb difference between the actual machine weight and the max user weight capacity.
Money Back Guarantee: In the money back guarantee category, the two models are tied as they both have 30 days. This means that you can easily return the product if you are not happy with it as long as it is within the given period.
Conclusion: There is a $645 price difference between the two models, with the Sole E55 being the pricier one. The question is whether the additional expense is worth it.
The Sole E55 has differences over the Sole E25 including the resistance levels, incline settings, warranties, and notable features category. It also has a wireless chest strap, improved foot pedals and a bigger console display. Plus, you have a slightly better flywheel and machine weight.
With a more expensive machine, it is expected that you get to have more features and same goes with cheaper machines having a lot of features. However, with the additional $645, it may be too much.
The Sole E35 is a much better choice if you want an improved version than the Sole E25 as they are nearly similar except the foot pedal and console enhancements. Although the Sole E25 is more affordable, it doesn’t fall far behind as it beat its counterpart in stride length, built-in programs and other bells and whistles. No matter what you choose, there is always the money back guarantee which you can make use of in a given time period.