Elliptical machines are a convenient way to get a full body workout in the comfort of your own home. They don’t take up as much room as a treadmill, packing a lot of features into a smaller space. Plus, they are gentler on joints. Let’s look at these two ellipticals from Spirit and SOLE to see which one will be the best for you.
Spirit XE395 Elliptical
The Spirit XE395 Elliptical has a stride length of 20 inches and it supports up to 400 pounds. Adults from 5’3” to 6’4” in height will usually find it quite comfortable to use. The only challenge might be for users with very large hands. The handlebars allow for a variety of different grips, but their center opening may be a bit small for some people.
The XE395 offers a lot of convenience with features like the tilting console, the motorized adjustments to the incline, and Bluetooth connectivity. The elliptical can export data from your workouts to the SPIRIT FIT app, and then the app can share information with FitBit, MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness, RECORD, and iHealth (iOS). The SPIRIT FIT app is available for both Android and iPhone.
The console contains a small fan, a tray to hold your phone or tablet or a book, an audio jack, and speakers. There are 20 levels of resistance and 8 built-in programs, including one you can program yourself.
The 7.5-inch backlit display screen reveals details about your activity during the workout including your heart rate. The elliptical comes with a chest strap transmitter, but the console can also communicate with a wireless monitor.
More features of the Spirit XE395 elliptical:
- Lifetime warranty on the frame, 10-year warranty on parts, and 1-year free labor
- Measures 76 by 29 by 64 inches, weighs 216 pounds
Sole Fitness E95 Elliptical Machine
Sole Fitness’ E95 Elliptical Machine has features that makes it especially useful to users over 6’ tall. Its maximum stride length is adjustable between 20 to 22 inches. The pedals themselves are 15 inches long to accommodate most shoe sizes. The handlebar openings are larger than the ones on the Spirit XE395. And it supports users up to 400 pounds.
There are pulse grip sensors in the stationary handlebars, but you can also use the included chest strap to monitor your heart rate. It’s easy to watch your progress on the huge backlit display. You can choose from 6 standard programs, 2 custom programs, or 2 heart rate workouts.
The console also has a built-in fan and speakers, a water bottle holder, and a button to control the incline. It is adjustable from 0 to 30 degrees to increase difficulty for training your lower body.
The large cushioned foot pedals have a 2-degree inward slope to reduce knee and ankle stress. You can adjust the articulation to fit the way you move so you don’t end up with sore tendons and numb toes. The machine itself is designed to feel stable and not rock side to side even with rapid pedal motion.
More features of the Sole E95 elliptical machine:
- Lifetime warranty on the frame, 5-year warranty on parts, and 2-years free labor
- Measures 27 by 62 by 83 inches, but needs more clearance when being operated
- 27lb flywheel and ECB resistance
Given the price you’ll probably pay for home gym exercise machines, chances are you’ve been researching carefully to find the perfect machine for your needs. It’s important to find comfortable equipment that you’ll look forward to using on a regular basis.
If you like to track progress toward your fitness goals with apps, the Spirit XE395 is a great choice because it offers Bluetooth connectivity. It has a decent selection of programs plus you can create your own custom workout. Get this elliptical if you want wireless connectivity for activity tracking.
While the newer version of the Sole E95 comes with Bluetooth, this version does not. With this E95, you can’t keep an electronic record of your activity. But Sole goes the extra mile to make a comfortable machine with its adjustable stride length and articulated pedals. If you are over 6’ tall, consider getting the E95 because it is well-suited to taller users.