A 2013 Model with Commercial Console
The impressive Sole E20 Elliptical Trainer is upgraded for 2013 – and now it’s available at an incredible discount. If you act during sale time you can get this light commercial $1400 machine for well under $1000. Its predecessors, the E95 and the old Sole E20, won best buy awards in seasons past. The Sole E20 Elliptical easily competes with and often outshines many light commercial trainers with higher price tags. It boasts a healthy 20” elliptical path, an incline, a sound system and a 21-pound flywheel. You can use this machine just as a lower body exerciser or as a cross trainer; it includes moving and stationary handlebars.
Features of the 2013 Sole E20 Elliptical Trainer
Compare this unit with any other $800 elliptical trainer and its sale price value will become especially clear. Instead of a choppy 16” stride you’ll get an ergonomic 20” footpath with sloped and articulating pedals that adjust to your natural gait. Instead of a tiny 1” display window, you’ll get a 5.5” easy-to-read LCD with commercial quality. Also, while cheap trainers have a manual incline, this model has a power incline! This allows for interval training that enhances cardio development and tones the rest of your muscles too.
Here are the rest of the specs for the new Sole E20:
- Weighs 175 Pounds
- 325-Pound User Capacity
- 20″ Stride
- Articulating Pedals with Ergonomic Angle
- 16 Intensity Levels
- 21-Pound Flywheel
- Six Standard Preset Programs, Two Heart Rate Control & Two Custom Programs
- Quiet Eddy Current Resistance
- Power Incline Ramp
- Moving Handlebars
- Stationary Handlebars
- Pulse Sensors on Handlebars
- Wireless Telemetry Receiver with 99.9% Accuracy (Chest Strap Sold Separately)
- iPod Port & Speakers
- Adjustable Cooling Fan
- Bottle Holder
- Warranty: Lifetime Frame, Three Years Parts & Electronics, One Year Labor
- Footprint: 71” x 27”
Customer Comments about the 2013 Sole E20 Elliptical Trainer
Customers give the new Sole E20 positive ratings. They like the machine’s quiet operation and how it looks sleek instead of bulky in their homes. The smooth drive, two heart rate control workouts and power incline are especially appreciated in positive customer reviews.
A drawback mentioned by customers is that pulse sensors are only included on the stationary handlebars. This means that you’ll need to invest in a chest strap if you want to have your heart rate constantly available during full-body workouts. Polar wireless chest straps cost about $99.
Our Overall Review of the Sole E20
We confidently recommend buying the new Sole E20 Elliptical. For trainees weighing up to 325 pounds it competes well against cross trainers made by the industry leader, Precor.
For even higher user weight capacity and a completely commercial feel, try the Sole E98 instead. It costs about double the E20 but has a 34-pound flywheel and can accommodate a 400-pound trainee.