We’re big fans of the Sole E98 Elliptical. Its predecessor, the E95, won many best buy awards in 2011 and this unit adds a larger display. Selling for less than $2000, the Sole E98 Elliptical easily outshines many light commercial trainers with higher price tags. It features a healthy 20” elliptical path, a steep power ramp and the welcome distraction of an MP3 player port with speakers.
Examples of this trainer’s high-quality components include a 30-pound drive, four (rather than two) wheels on heavy-duty rails, eddy current braking and the best wireless telemetry system available. You can easily expect many years of top-quality workouts and trouble-free operation.
Features of the Sole E98 Elliptical Trainer
When set alongside a cheap elliptical the E98’s blessings are especially apparent. Instead of a choppy 16” stride you get a healthy 20” footpath with articulating pedals. Instead of a tiny 1” display window you get an easy-to-read 9” LCD. Other Sole features like a steep power incline, wireless heart rate control workouts and an integrated sound system are mere pipe dreams for some other brands.
The Sole E98 crosstrainer specs include:
- Weighs 250 Pounds
- 400-Pound User Capacity
- 20″ Stride
- Articulating Pedals with Ergonomic Angle
- 20 Intensity Levels
- 30-Pound Flywheel
- 10 Preset Programs
- Quiet Eddy Current Resistance
- Power Incline Ramp Up to 40 Degrees
- Upper Body Exercise Handlebars
- Stationary Handlebars w/ Pulse Sensors
- 2 Heart Rate Control Programs
- 2 User-Defined Workouts
- Polar® Wireless Telemetry Belt with 99.9% Accuracy
- iPod Port & Built-In Speakers
- Adjustable Cooling Fan
- Water Bottle Holder
- Warranty: Lifetime Frame, 3 Years Parts & Electronics, 1 Year Labor
From a physical fitness standpoint these specs outline the basics for superior low-impact exercise. Customers also get meaningful perks for their muscles, like a power ramp and upper body workout bars, and nice little touches such as a cooling fan and beverage holder. This trainer brings the feeling of a commercial gym to home fitness rooms.
Customer Comments about the Sole E98 Elliptical Trainer
Customers like how the Sole looks in their homes and operates quietly enough to not disturb the user or family members. They recommend paying for indoor any-room delivery instead of curbside delivery since the machine weighs so much. However, they say that the more expensive “Turn-Key” delivery choice with assembly isn’t needed. Assembly is relatively easy when two patient people work together.
The smooth drive, heart rate control workouts and 40-degree ramp are especially noted in positive customer reviews.
Our Overall Review of the Sole E98
We confidently recommend buying either the Sole E98 or the Sole E95. The popular E95 Elliptical won several best buy awards in 2011. For about $300 more, owners of the new Sole E98 get the same great drive and stride length. The main difference is the upgraded console. You might think that the E95’s console is adequate. Both Sole units rival many elliptical trainers that cost 50% more, including some fully commercial models from Precor and Life Fitness.