Comparing NordicTrack FS14i and Sole Fitness E35

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In comparison:
Sole Fitness E35 ranks #16 out of 58. It is in the top 20%.
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8.1
Great
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Experts recommend NordicTrack FS14i more than Sole Fitness E35

As of 5 Jan 2023, experts prefer NordicTrack FS14i over Sole Fitness E35, but both Elliptical Trainers have solid expert endorsements.

As per this month's meta ranking, NordicTrack FS14i received 3 recommendations: from Byrdie (3 Jan 2023), T3 (16 Dec 2022) and Treadmill Review Guru (3 Jan 2023). By contrast, Sole Fitness E35 received only 4 recommendations from Forbes (21 Nov 2022), Byrdie (3 Jan 2023) NBC News (30 Sep 2022) and 1 other.

Rank Change Price Elliptical Trainer
TopTenReviews
Forbes
Woman's World
Chicago Tribune
money.com
CNET
Byrdie
NBC News
T3
Treadmill Review Guru
4
- $2499
NordicTrack FS14i
-
-
-
-
-
-
3
-
1
1
7
- $1700
Sole Fitness E35
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6
-
-
-
-
7
8
5
-

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About our ranking methodology

Endorsement summary:

  • On 3 Jan 2023 Byrdie ranked NordicTrack FS14i as #3 and Sole Fitness E35 as #7
    Rank Elliptical Trainer Comment
    ... ... ...
    #3 out of 11 NordicTrack FS14i
    Best Splurge:
    ... ... ...
    #7 out of 11 Sole Fitness E35
    Best for Comfort
    ... ... ...
  • On 16 Dec 2022 T3 ranked NordicTrack FS14i as #1 and Sole Fitness E35 as #5
    Rank Elliptical Trainer Comment
    #1 out of 8 NordicTrack FS14i
    Best elliptical trainer overall
    ... ... ...
    #5 out of 8 Sole Fitness E35
    Best full-size elliptical trainer
    ... ... ...
    Source: www.t3.com
  • On 3 Jan 2023 Treadmill Review Guru ranked NordicTrack FS14i as #1
    Rank Elliptical Trainer Comment
    #1 out of 10 NordicTrack FS14i
    Best Elliptical Overall
    ... ... ...
  • On 21 Nov 2022 Forbes ranked Sole Fitness E35 as #6
    Rank Elliptical Trainer Comment
    ... ... ...
    #6 out of 8 Sole Fitness E35
    Best Elliptical for Sensitive Joints
    ... ... ...
  • On 30 Sep 2022 NBC News ranked Sole Fitness E35 as #8
    Rank Elliptical Trainer
    ... ...
    #8 out of 10 Sole Fitness E35
    ... ...

Verdict

After counting and adding up the 84 expert endorsements of the January rankings, NordicTrack FS14i outranks Sole Fitness E35. This is not to say that Sole Fitness E35 is a bad option. Like NordicTrack FS14i, it is recommended by experts, but less.

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Critic Consensus Common points from expert reviews summarized.
As can be seen below, NordicTrack FS14i outranks Sole Fitness E35 by 3 positions. This indicates that, as of 5 Jan 2023, NordicTrack FS14i is more critically acclaimed than Sole Fitness E35.
Rank Change Price Elliptical Trainer
TopTenReviews
Forbes
Woman's World
Chicago Tribune
money.com
CNET
Byrdie
NBC News
T3
Treadmill Review Guru
1
- $1301
Nautilus E618
6
1
-
3
-
5
8
6
-
-
2
- Check price
Sunny Health & Fitness SF-E905
-
5
1
-
2
-
2
4
-
-
3
- $1100
Sole Fitness E25
7
-
-
-
1
-
-
1
7
-
4
- $2499
NordicTrack FS14i
-
-
-
-
-
-
3
-
1
1
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Expert Reviews There are people on the Internet whose job is to review products. Below are their opinions.

Expert reviews [14]

91
Total expert reviews: 14
  • with a score: 8
  • without a score: 6
Highest score by T3
100
Average score based on 14 reviews
91
Lowest score by garagegymreviews.com
79

Score distribution:

80-100
60-80
40-60
20-40
0-20

Expert reviews [25]

87
Total expert reviews: 25
  • with a score: 10
  • without a score: 15
Highest score by Aim Workout
95
Average score based on 25 reviews
87
Lowest score by TopTenReviews
70

Score distribution:

80-100
60-80
40-60
20-40
0-20
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From Seller:
  • Bring Home Interactive Personal Training powered by iFit; 12-month iFit family membership included; create up to 5 individual exercise profiles; Access live, studio, and global workouts ($396 value)
  • Immersive 14-inch interactive HD touchscreen streams live & on-demand iFit workouts directly to your equipment; SMR Silent Magnetic Resistance for near-silent home exercise
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From Seller:
  • The E35 features fluid natural motion provided by a whisper quiet drive system. Functions in both forward and reverse motion. The combination of a heavy 25 lb. flywheel and a high gear ratio not found on comparable models means an extremely smooth feel with plenty of resistance at the top end for a challenging workout.
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EAN Numbers: 0043619616514
UPC Numbers: 043619616514
Model Numbers: NTEL71620
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Physical Features
Weight
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231 lbs
 
Dimensions Ellipticals range from 4 feet long (1.2m) to 7 feet long (2.1m) and 4 feet high (1.2m) to 5+ feet high (1.7m). The most important thing to consider is the space in which you plan to place the elliptic ... Show more
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Location of Flywheel Flywheels can be front-drive, rear-drive, or center-drive. In a front-drive flywheel, the wheel that powers the pedals is located in the front of the machine below the console and handlebars. Front-dr ... Show more
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Front
Flywheel Weight The heaviest part of an elliptical is the flywheel. They weigh anywhere from 13-30 pounds (5.8kg to 13.6kg), with basic models averaging 15 pounds (6.8kg). Generally speaking, the heavier the flywheel ... Show more
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25 lbs
Maximum User Weight Every elliptical has a weight restriction based on the machines capacity for use. Weight limits range from 250-350 pounds (113kg to 159kg), though most hover around the 300-pound mark. As a general ru ... Show more
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375 lbs
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Stride and Incline
Maximum Stride Length Stride length describes the distance the pedals cover from front to back when you “run.” It ranges from 12” to 21” (30cm to 53cm). The length you need will depend on the height of the user. If you hav ... Show more
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1.7 ft
Adjustable Stride An adjustable stride allows you change the distance your feet move from front to back while using the elliptical. This can be useful if you have several users of different heights that plan to exercis ... Show more
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Yes
Reverse Stride Reversible stride ellipticals allow you to essentially run backwards while exercising. This is best for targeting different muscle groups. Running forwards mainly works your quadriceps, upper body and ... Show more
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Yes
Type of Incline Inclining the elliptical allows you to raise the front of the pedals or tracks to simulate running uphill, which leads to a tougher workout and exercising different muscle groups. Inclining can be don ... Show more
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Automatic
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Capacity and Handling
Type of Resistance Resistance describes the level of effort it takes to move the pedals back and forth along the track. The higher the resistance (or pressure against movement), the tougher the workout. Ellipticals come ... Show more
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Automatic
Wheels Some ellipticals will have wheels on the front or back of the base, so you can tip the machine and roll it to a different spot in your home. This is especially useful if you want to transport the elli ... Show more
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Yes
Foldable A folding elliptical can be reduced in size for easy storage by folding elements up or inward. This is especially helpful if you need a machine that doesn’t take up a lot of space. The drawbacks to a ... Show more
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No
Hybrid Machine Hybrid machines can be an elliptical-bike or an elliptical-stair stepper. An elliptical-bike has a seat built onto the base, so you can sit down to use the machine as an exercise bike or stand up on t ... Show more
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Elliptical
Movable Handles While using an elliptical, you can place your hands on the vertical handles on either side of the console. These handles can be stationary or movable. Stationary handles are common in less expensive m ... Show more
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Yes
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Heart Rate Tracking and Programs
Heart Rate Monitor Does the elliptical include heart rate monitors on the handles?
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Yes
Chest Strap
Location of Heart Rate Monitors Ellipticals can support heart rate monitoring in several ways. First, there could be metal heart rate monitors on the stationary handles under the console or on each side of the console (or both). Bec ... Show more
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Stationary Handles
Progress Tracking In order to keep a log of your workouts and stats, such as time, distance traveled, calories burned, etc., you may want an elliptical that does this for you automatically. Some machines come with auto ... Show more
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Yes
Number of Workout Programs Preprogrammed workouts on ellipticals guide you through an activity focused on a certain goal or type of workout. Examples range from hill climb, where the elliptical automatically adjusts incline and ... Show more
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10
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Display Screen

Elliptical displays offer a wide range of features that vary greatly from one machine to another. The display can be as simple as analog LED lights that show time and distance traveled or as complex as a fully functioning TV screen with cable network connectivity. Displays vary in size and type, with higher end machines displaying more stats (time, distance, incline, speed, heart rate, workout program status, etc.) and offering more advanced features (such as a virtual tour that simulates traveling through real-life environments). There are positives and negatives to this level of complexity. On the plus side, sophisticated displays allow you to easily monitor and adjust your workout based on the information presented. They may also provide a distraction from the dull pace of elliptical exercise. At the same time, this kind of distraction can be harmful to your workout because it may cause you to fall or injure yourself or be overly conscious of the clock and distance.

Advanced display screens or TV screens could have the added benefit of linking with your smartphone, so you can watch video content on the display as you run. The suite of features will be dependent on your needs but know that you’ll pay significantly more for complex displays and TV screens.

Display Screen Does the elliptical console have a screen?
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Yes
Display Size
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7.5 inches
Type of Display
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LCD
white backlit
Media/TV Capabilities Can the elliptical’s screen play TV or media, such as movies?
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No
Metrics Displayed What metrics are displayed on the elliptical console/screen?
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  • Speed
  • Incline
  • Time
  • Distance Travelled
  • Calories
  • Pulse
  • Pace
Touch Screen Is the display touch screen?
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No
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Dashboard
The elliptical dashboard can have a number of useful features. A device shelf allows you to place your smartphone or tablet on the dashboard, so you can use your device—safely—while you work out. Yes, that means watching Netflix or reading an ebook!


Similiar to the device shelf is the water bottle holder. This may seem insignificant, but believe it or not, the placement of the water bottle holder can have a huge impact on the productivity of your workout. You want your water bottle to be within arm’s reach, so you don’t have to stop to grab a drink.

Finally, some ellipticals come with a built-in fan on the dashboard, which is great for some added comfort while you exercise.

Water Bottle Holder
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Yes
Device Shelf For holding your smartphone, tablet, or other media device.
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Yes
Built-In Fan Does the elliptical console include a fan?
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Yes
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Console Extras
USB Charging Port If the elliptical has a USB port, you’ll likely be able to charge your smartphone or tablet, which is great for long workouts. If you like to watch TV or listen to music, this can help save battery, t ... Show more
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No
Headphone Jack An auxiliary port or headphone jack lets you connect your smartphone or tablet directly to the elliptical’s media system to listen to sound directly through its speakers, so that you don’t have to get ... Show more
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Yes
Built-In Speakers Some ellipticals have speakers built into the dashboard. Through Bluetooth or a basic auxiliary cable, you can connect your phone or media device to the machine’s console to play music, listen to podc ... Show more
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Yes
Mobile App Connectivity Some elliptical companies also have proprietary mobile applications (such as Schwinn Connect, LifeSpan’s Activ Trac, Nautilus Trainer, etc.) that extend the features of the machine. This can include a ... Show more
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Yes
App Subscription Cost Some ellipticals will require a monthly or yearly subscription cost to access certain features. This might include advanced progress tracking, additional workout programs or syncing with a brand-speci ... Show more
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Free
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Software Features
Sync with Third Party Apps Can you sync workout data with third part apps, such as MyFitnessPal and FitBit?
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Yes
Compatible Apps If you’re using a fitness app such as Google Fit, MyFitnessPal, or FitBit, some smart ellipticals allow users to transfer their workout details from the elliptical’s tracking system directly your favo ... Show more
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  • Sole Fitness
  • Fitbit
  • Record by Under Armour
  • Mapmyrun
  • Apple Health
Bluetooth Connectivity Ellipticals that are Bluetooth capable can connect wirelessly with your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or tablet. This is most commonly used to play music on the elliptical’s speakers. Some ellipticals ... Show more
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Yes
Wi-Fi Connectivity Ellipticals that are Wi-Fi enabled can connect to your home wireless network for enhanced features. This could include syncing with or data transfer to external devices, such as a smartphone, computer ... Show more
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No
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Warranty

Ellipticals separate their warranties into four sections: Frame, Parts, Labor and Brake System. Across all of these categories, warranties are an important feature to assess in ellipticals because the length of the warranties are an indication of the company’s confidence in the machines ability to last. 90-day warranties show that the manufacturer doesn’t believe the elliptical hold up past the first 90 days of ownership.

Frame warranties should be lifetime warranties. Anything less than that is an indication of a cheaply made machine and buyers should be wary.

Parts warranties range from 90 days to 5 years to lifetime warranties. For light use, 90 days to 1 year might be an acceptable parts warranty, though you should not expect that machine to be extremely durable.

Labor warranties range from 90 days to 3 years. For light or moderate use, choose an elliptical with at least 1-year labor warranty. If you plan to use the machine long and often, it’d be best to find a labor warranty of 2-3 years. Note that labor warranties are typically shorter than parts warranties, which means that, up until a certain point, the company will cover the cost of parts, but not the cost of paying someone to fix it. 

Finally, like the frame warranty, the best brands offer you a lifetime warranty on the brake system, which provides resistance on the elliptical. If you have an electromagnetic brake system, you likely won’t have any issues, but it always helps to have reassurance that you’re covered if something goes wrong.

Parts Warranty What is the parts warranty for this elliptical?
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5 years
Labor Warranty
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2 years
Frame Warranty What is the warranty on the frame alone?
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Lifetime
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NordicTrack FS14i is a well-known option at the top of the price range. It's in the top 3 bestselling elliptical trainers and has quite a few popular alternatives in the same price range, such as ProForm Pro HIIT H14 or Life Fitness E1 Go .

NordicTrack FS14i is $1808.18 more expensive than the average elliptical trainer ($690.82).

Sole Fitness E35 is a popular option on the higher end of the price range. It's in the top 3 bestselling elliptical trainers and has a couple of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Bowflex Max Trainer M8 or Precor EFX 833 .

Sole Fitness E35 is $1009.17 more expensive than the average elliptical trainer ($690.82).

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