Did You Know...
On the Sole Fitness website, they say the Sole E25 elliptical is "Priced to Please, Built to Perform". Judging by what experts have said about the elliptical, it's a pretty accurate representation.
But if you're itching to press that order button, you should know that this elliptical is really far from being problem-free. In fact, if you read around, you might discover that the Sole E25 does exhibit some problems. If you're really interested in knowing what these problems, I urge you to go to the Dick's Sporting Goods website and read some of the review for the E25. After you've read the reviews, you may or may not want to buy. If you decide not to buy, you might want to take a look into the Sole E35 instead. It's a class up from the Sole E25 and is much more positively supported by treadmill review experts in general.
If you look at the pictures for the Sole E25 elliptical, you'll quickly find that it looks anything but a cheap and crappy model. In fact, the Sole E25 looks almost as good as the Sole E95 which is the most expensive elliptical from Sole and is priced well above $1500. So from the looks department, there's really nothing that reveals the E25 as being an inferior piece of equipment to the E35, E55, and E95. In fact, looks aside, even the specs reveal nothing (unless you look really closely) that say the E25 is any worse than the E35, E55 or E95.
So why NOT the Sole E25?
The first reason as mentioned above is that a few customers were dissatisfied with their purchases. Perhaps they had set their sights a little too high or perhaps it's an isolated incident, but if I was the customer, buying anything this expensive without disagreement between users and experts is out of the question.
So the only reason that remains is the second reason. The Sole E25 trainer has a relatively short warranty period. It's lifetime frame, 3 years parts and electronics and 1 year labor. If you look at what's offered from the competition, this is by no means a short warranty. In fact, some of the best selling ellipticals on Amazon have warranties for labor as short as 90 days. This makes 1 year seem like a lifetime. But the fact that it's not a 5 year warranty for parts like the E35, E55 and E95 is really of concern.
Just from the warranty, you can usually conclude the quality of the machine. In our case here, the Sole E25 is good but not great. But if you do decide the Sole E25, it probably still is one of the better choices for under a grand. This is because its features are still quite impressive.
You have a stride length of 20 inches, 20 levels of resistance, poles for your arms so you can work your upper body, a telemetry belt, a sexy looking console, heart rate pulse grips, and air fans. You can see what each of these features are for yourself by clicking on the link below so there's no point going into detail here. But from this long list of features, you can see the E25 is feature packed.
Perhaps because it's feature packed, the company had to cut back a little on quality. Providing so many extras cost money, so there's no possible to fit in A+ quality as well. You'll just have to settle for a B- in the Sole E25's case.