EndureIT Review: Sole E25 Elliptical vs Horizon EX-59

We are happy to see you here again, and we hope that you will enjoy our new and fresh EndureIT review section 2016 edition, today we will cover this: the Sole E25 Elliptical Machine is a treadmill which has been reviewed as one of the best machines under the $1000 mark. It is a strong modern machine which is easy to use in workouts and also includes additional features which are not found in other types of similar machines. It is divided into different parts including the console, drive system, handle bars, foot pedals and the real wheels. The Sole E25 a sibling to the E95 and the E35 elliptical trainers from Sole Fitness.

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And, the EX-59 Elliptical Machine from horizon and is very affordable in comparison to the Sole Fitness E25 Elliptical. It has features that are also found in E25 elliptical but lacks some of the most prominent ones. Among the features that it lacks include the wireless chest monitor, power inclination features and stride adjusting features. Its most prominent features includes the console, a six star frame and pivoting pedals.

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Sole E25 Elliptical – The Console

The Sole E25 Elliptical consists of a console that is easy to operate and whose display measures about 6.5 inches. It is illuminated by a blue LCD back-light which enables clear visibility of displayed data. Many reviews states that back-light is superior to non back-light displays. The consoles main purpose it to track essential data as it relates to the workout. Your resistance and ramp settings can be operated from the console, in a user review, Diana Morrison pointed out that this is very a convenient feature. It can also give you the heart rate which is monitored from the handle bars. It has an additional port to incorporate other devices like Mp3 players and i phones to enable the listening of music during workouts. As pointed out by John Williams from ellipticalwatch.com, it also features controls to adjust strides and a number of programs including customized programs. Phil McGraw, Ph.D. exercises every day on a similar elliptical trainer. Here are some pictures the Sole E25 Elliptical, see below.

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E25 Elliptical Drive System

It has a quiet drive system that enables continuous and natural motion during workouts. The drive system runs smoothly which results in rhythmical workouts which reduces stress on the lower joints of the body. It has the capability of forward and backward motions that ensures concentrated workouts on the lower body muscles. It provides a challenging workout process because of the presence of a heavy 25Ib flywheel which provides a higher resistance as a result of a higher gear ratio.

The inclusion of the power incline feature, which has the ability of providing variety of workout positions, is able to create additional resistance. The adjustments are easily effected by pressing a button on the console. The ramp angle can be fully adjusted to 20 incline levels. This feature helps in targeting and working all the major muscle groups in the body.

The Handle Bars

The E25 Elliptical Machine has stationary handle bars which consist of inbuilt sensors that have the ability to monitor heart rates. It works together with the console which displays the heart rate results on the LCD display. A wireless heart rate monitoring system is also provided for by the use of an additional chest strap to enable an accurate wireless heart rate monitoring.

The Foot Pedals

The machine features foot pedals which are oversize in nature to allow comfort during workouts. The pedals have an inward slope of about 2 degrees with the ability to reduce stress for the ankles and the knees. This ensures maximum comfort and minimum injuries during workouts.

The Real Wheels On The Sole E25 Elliptical

The double real wheels featured in this machine have the capability of providing a smoother and stable motion. This improves the feel of the machine, which in effect, reduces the side to side foot pedal motion responsible for creating stress and strain to muscles and joints.

Sole Fitness Warranties

The various machine parts have warranties against workmanship and defects. The frame has a lifetime warranty while the console and other parts come with a three-year warranty. Labor has a warranty of 1 year.

The Horizon EX-59 – The Console

This Horizon EX-59 elliptical machine consists of an up-to-date and strong console that has a reading rack for holding magazines, books, newspapers and even tabs that are used during workouts. Its inbuilt fan is controlled at the console making it easier to operate. However, it does not have a chest pulse sensor for heart rate monitoring, but this is feature is found at the hand grips where the heart rate sensors are located. The console has audio-ports and speakers for additional accessories. Instead of comparing the EX-59 with the Sole E25, it’s perhaps more fair to compare it to the new Sole E55 Elliptical (here).

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EX-59 Elliptical Foot Pedals

Although the foot pedals cannot be adjusted, they have been fixed at a desired foot pedal height and stride range. The foot pedals are pivoting pedals that are able to match foot movements for a smoother motion. They are also able to add levels of resistance to the stride and provide a challenging workout..

The Six Star Frame

The machine has six key design details which work in harmony to create a comfortable and natural workout without any stress or strains on the body. The six star frame is a perfect fit whose constituent parts work to bring out a smooth ride that includes the ECB brake system and a self-propelled motor.

The Horizon EX-59 Elliptical and Flexibility

The machine is limited in terms of adjust ability because all its parts are fixed and therefore are not able to offer the variety required in any workout. The machine does not have a powered incline and also adjustments for the strides. It therefore has limited capabilities in ensuring an optimal workout due to the absence of the incline features.

Horizon Fitness Warranties

The EX-59 Machine also comes with warranties on its parts. It has a lifetime warranty on the frame but a 1 year warranty on the console and the other parts which is a source of concern to many. The labor warranty is 1 year.

Sole E25 and Horizon EX-59 Review Summary

A comparison of elliptical trainers at Amazon is a great way to find out what real users have said about different cross-trainers. A specific comparison of the Sole E25 Elliptical and the Horizon EX-59 elliptical will clearly show that Sole E25 is superior in terms of providing maximum benefits in any workout. Its provides comfort, variety, simplicity and results. Many of its features are designed to suit all those characteristics but its main limitation lies in its pricing. At a price range of $999.99, it outweighs the Horizon EX-59 which is budget friendly and easily affordable. However, the Horizon EX-59 has limited capabilities which also includes a short duration warranty on its parts.

The other contrast between the two machines is flexibility. The E25 Elliptical is more flexible than the horizon simply because it can be adjusted or inclined in order to suit the requirements of the user. On the other hand the Horizon EX-59 is preset and as a result offers very little choice to the user due to its limited capacity especially when it comes to adjustments to suit the needs of the trainer. Finally if you own a Sole E25 Elliptical or a Horizon EX-59, make sure to send us your point-of-view, contact us here.