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Sole E55 Elliptical Trainer

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  • Assembly of 1 elliptical per product instructions
  • Typical assembly time of 4 hours
  • Moving elliptical to a new room is not included
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  • Elliptical trainer with heavy 27-pound flywheel for smooth performance
  • Power incline feature adds resistance while targeting different muscle groups
  • Vibrant 7.5-inch blue LCD display tracks time, distance, calories, resistance. incline, pulse, and pace
  • Integrated sound system; oversized, custom-designed foot pedals
  • Built-in cooling fans; 375-pound capacity; 200-pound product weight
  • Footprint measures 82 by 27 inches
  • Features ten programs; pedals adjust to ten positions
  • Warranty: Lifetime on frame, five years on parts and electronics, two years on labor
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Product Description

The E55's console includes a vibrant LCD display and an integrated sound system.
Offering a similar design to the Sole E35 but with a larger display and heavier flywheel, the E55 elliptical trainer offers all the features of a health club model in a machine that fits comfortably in your home. The E55 is equipped with a heavy 27-pound flywheel, a high gear ratio not found on most comparable models, and a whisper-quiet drive system. As a result, the trainer delivers an extremely fluid performance and plenty of top-end resistance, helping it function like a much more expensive trainer. The E55's power incline feature, meanwhile, boosts resistance even more while targeting different core muscle groups, adding diversity to your workout. Simply press a button to raise the incline ramp to your preferred position. The ramp angle is fully adjustable from a level plane up to 40 degrees, so you can individually target and work all major lower body muscles.

The E55 makes it easy to track your workout progress via the vibrant 7.5-inch blue LCD display, which includes windows for resistance, incline, time, distance, calories burned, pulse, and pace. The console also offers a number of handy amenities, including built-in speakers for listening to your iPod or MP3 player, built-in cooling fans, and a water bottle holder.

The E55 comes complete with two heart-rate-controlled workout options, so you can customize the workout specifically to your needs. Throughout your HR workout, the elliptical will display a heart rate zone graph on the console while adjusting the resistance to keep you in your target zone (the trainer includes a wireless chest strap that touts a 99.9 percent accuracy rating).

The E55 offers an adjustable pedals so that you can angle the pedal from heel-to-toe for a comfortable feel.
The remainder of the time, you can challenge yourself with the six automatic programs or two customizable programs.

To encourage a more comfortable workout, Sole added oversized, custom-designed foot pedals to the E55. Designed in collaboration with a leading physical therapist and sports enthusiast, the pedals feature a 2-degree inward slope, helping reduce the ankle and knee stress that's common in other elliptical machines. This collaboration also produced a revolutionary foot pedal adjustment system not found on any other elliptical brand. Sole knows that not everyone walks the same way, so the company's engineers designed the E55 to adjust to your gait via a dial mechanism. This allows you to set the pedal angle from heel to toe, with 10 total choices. The feature also reduces the numb toe effects and sore Achilles tendons common on other elliptical machines.

Additional features include a pair of stationary handlebars with built-in pulse sensors; adjustable incline and resistance controls built into the arms; and 20 resistance levels.


  • Flywheel: 27 pounds
  • Front drive: Yes
  • Stride length: 20 inches
  • Resistance type: Eddy Current Braking
  • Resistance levels: 20
  • Adjustable pedals: Yes, 10 positions
  • Upper body: Yes
  • Handgrip: Standard
  • HGP: Yes
  • Telemetry belt: Yes
  • Heart rate control: Yes
  • Power incline: Yes
  • Display: 7.5-inch blue backlit LCD
  • Data: Time, distance, calories, resistance levels, incline, pulse, pace
  • Profile matrix: Yes
  • Standard programs: 6
  • User-defined programs: 2
  • Heart rate programs: 2, with chest strap
  • Built-in cooling fans: Yes
  • Water bottle/accessory holders: Yes
  • Maximum Capacity: 375 pounds
  • Product Weight: 200 pounds

Manufacturer's Warranty
Lifetime on frame; 5 years on parts and electronics; 2 years on labor

About Sole Elliptical Trainers
The perfect elliptical trainer should

combine both natural human movement and exercise effectively to simulate the suitable pattern your foot travels during a smooth, continuous, elliptical motion that is comfortable the entire time. Sole has included an incline function on every elliptical model which will target key muscle groups and enhance the options available for your workout. This addition is provided with no additional cost on the products:
  • Convenient Controls: Adjustable incline and resistance controls built into the arms make it easy to change your workout without ever moving your hands.

  • Adjustable Foot Pedals: These unique foot pedals were developed in collaboration with a leading physical therapist. Together, with Sole engineers, a design was created featuring a 2-degree inward slope to the foot pedals to help reduce ankle and knee stress common in other elliptical machines. This collaboration produced a revolutionary foot pedal angle adjustment not found on any other elliptical at any price. Not everyone walks the same way; so for this reason Sole has made the pedals adjustable to fit the way you walk. This feature also reduces the numb toe effect and sore Achilles tendons.

  • Smooth Whisper Drive System: Smooth natural motion is provided by a whisper quiet drive system. The combination of a heavy flywheel and a high gear ratio means an easy feel with plenty of resistance that will provide a challenging workout with the smoothest motion on the market.

  • Sound System: Sole has an integrated sound system with MP3 player compatible sound cord which enables you to play any audio device with a headphone jack to play through the elliptical trainer's speakers.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 66 x 33 x 23 inches ; 232 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 235 pounds
  • ASIN: B003Z4G7IC
  • Item model number: E55-11
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,485 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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By D. Matheny TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 19, 2011
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In this video, I show the Sole E55 elliptical trainer and talk about the quality, stability, install, and use. I also filmed my daughter riding it just to give a feel for how rock solid this is - even on carpet.

We've been using this Sole E55 elliptical trainer for the last month and have been incredibly impressed with it!

If you don't feel like watching the video, here are some of the details:

- One of the most impressive things is the rock solid stability of this elliptical trainer. It is far beyond what you're probably expecting from a piece of equipment in this price range! The whole machine has a quality feel and I suspect it will last for years of heavy use.

- It took about two hours to set it up with a couple of my kids helping me - there were a couple times where I was glad I wasn't doing it by myself:).

- The ability to adjust the incline of the feet may seem gimmicky, but it really does help with the overall comfort while working out. As I mention in the video, it is pretty hard to turn the adjustment knobs.

- The programs and features are intuitive and easy to use. I love that it can save 2 users' settings, as well as remembering the details from the last user. That is the biggest complaint I have with our exercise bike.

- The adjustable fan is nice.

- The heart-rate monitor works great and it picks up my Polar heart-rate strap, as well as my wife's. The Sole E55 comes with it's own strap; so now my oldest daughter has one that she can use too.

The only complaint I have, and it won't impact most people, is that it isn't made for tall people. I'm 6'7" and I've found that the stride seems a little short (although it still works). The fan also won't adjust high enough for me.

Other than that, this is an excellent value.

Overall, I highly recommend this Sole E55 elliptical trainer!
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WE have the 2008 model with 350+ hours on the clock. The 2011 model appears to have substantially the same frame construction as ours so we believe potential users might find our experience useful.

The Good:
It is as solid, stable, smooth and quiet today as it was when it was new. Nothing is loose. There are no squeaks, rattles, bumps, or anything else that prevents enjoyable operation save the tick noted below. We bought it for heavy use, and it has held up well. Its resistance has not faded. It provides a great and convenient cardio workout. The stride is an actual stride; it is not bouncy at all. It is heavy enough that neither of us has ever felt like it was unstable. He was 225 lbs. when it was new. He deliberately tried to tip it while in use. This never happened.

The Bad:
It does make an intermittent and irritating ticking noise when the flywheel heats up,(on level 20, at about 1.6 to 1.7 m.p.h. anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes into a session)but it goes away if we decrease resistance, increase or decrease speed, or alter our footing on the pedals. We've have had it apart several times and cannot identify the source. However, to put it in perspective, the noise is only noticeable because the machine is otherwise so quiet. We do what other reviewers do, we just listen to music.

The adjustable foot-pedals are a joke. They were a selling point at the time, but we don't mess with them anymore. Rather than alleviating foot and ankle discomfort, the higher angle adjustments contribute to it. Moreover, their not adjustable along the longitudinal axis. It would be much more comfortable to one of us to rotate them a few degrees outward. As it is now, we compensate by placing our big toes on the lip of the pedals.
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i bought the e55 as a christmas gift for my wife. the e55 is very durable, extremely quiet, easy to construct (2 hours while watching a movie) and the electronics are user friendly, isn't jerky, etc. she really enjoys the e55. the base is very, very heavy and was difficult to get down the steps, so i had to buy a good dolley for 69 bucks to help facilitate the move. other components were heavy, but very managable. based on much cheaper equipment, i felt the e55 was a bargain based on anticipated life cycle. i would recommend the e55. delivery was very quick with no physical damage due to heavy internal padding. i hope this helps others..... tommyd
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Sole E55. Man I sweated between the E95 and the E55. I'm a big guy at 6'0 and 215 so stablility is what I was worried about. To start off make sure to take it to the room where you plan on working out to put it together. Not sure I would want to drag it upstairs or anywhere unless your ready for a work out. After unloading the box and organizing the pieces it took about an hour and a half to put together which wasnt too bad. At 49 Im not the sharpest tool in the shed so instructions werent too hard to understand. Once together I greased the track and away I went. Super quiet as compaired to the Reebok RL10 that it replaced. Level 20 FORGET that!! like trying to turn a cement mixer. So I elected to run with level 6. After 10 minutes and the sweat started I was done. Now I have had it for 2 1/2 months and now riding it for 25 min and now maxing up to level 14 for 4-5 times a week. woo hoo but make sure to adjust the foot pads up in the back if you feel some pain up the back of your achilles tenden. I felt alot of pulling muscle back there and that adjustment fixed that. Ride it backwards and its a totally different leg workout. I find the display to be easy to use. I havent used the heart monitor strap as of yet but plan to see how it works soon. The only draw back that I can think of is that the fan is too small. I would keep the floor fan. I used the ipod speakers once and there okay but I have a stereo in the room that takes care of the sound motivation. Overall its holding up well and seems to be stable while operating. I would recommend this machine. Its the quality of a gym machine and overall pleased with its performance and smooth operation. E95 would probably have been nice but for the money E55 is all i can handle. Ok now I have had my E55 for right at 2 years.Read more ›
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