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Sole Fitness Treadmill Reviews

Sole Fitness treadmills are designed to do the basics very well, with an impressive 12 mph maximum belt speed and 15% incline on each of their folding and non-folding designs.

You’re also getting one of the best warranties in the industry, regardless of which model you choose. Whether it’s the entry level F63 or top-of-the-line TT8, you’re guaranteed lifetime coverage on the motor and frame, with a minimum of 3 years on the deck and electronics. This increases to lifetime on the deck and 5 years on the electronics from the F80 upwards.

As you might expect, the weight capacity increases as you move up the collection, as does the size of the backlit LCD display and power of the motor, which ranges from 3.0 all the way up to 4.0 CHP.

But two important features that don’t change too much are the number of workout programs, and range of entertainment features.

How many workout programs?
Each of the Sole Fitness treadmills includes 10 workout programs, consisting of 6 preset workouts, 2 heart rate control programs, and 2 programs that you can create yourself. Unfortunately this falls well short of the 30+ workout apps we’re seeing on some of the NordicTrack treadmills at a similar price point. You’re also not getting access to iFit or a similar service where you could download additional programs to the console.

This does place more of the responsibility on you to create your own custom programs on a regular basis if you want the same level of workout variation. But the standard programs do cover the basics well, with interval training, endurance, heart rate control, and weight loss oriented programs. You’re just not getting the same quantity as NordicTrack, ProForm, or Yowza Fitness.

What kind of entertainment features can I expect?
Entertainment features are also slightly limited, and although you can still listen to your favorite music via the MP3 compatible console, there’s no fitness app integration (myLiveLight on Yowza treadmills), no online workout tracking (iFit on NordicTrack and ProForm), and no second screen for watching movies or sports.

Apart from an increase in size, the console screen also sees very little in the way of upgrades, and remains backlit even on their top-of-the-line TT8 model. This is in comparison to some of the NordicTrack treadmills we’ve reviewed, where you can enjoy a full color, web-enabled touch screen that lets you browse the internet and follow your running route on Street View with some programs.

However, Sole Fitness treadmills are bestsellers, and continue to prove extremely popular due to their high quality build design, large running area, high weight capacity, and exceptional warranty coverage. It’s just worth bearing in mind there are better models out there in terms of workout variation and entertainment features.

Sole Fitness F63

Sole Fitness F63 Folding Treadmill

Review rating: 3.5 star review rating
Despite being their entry level model, the Sole F63 still includes many of the same impressive features as their higher priced machines. This includes a 12 mph belt speed, 15% incline, and Safety Lock Folding Deck design.

The 6.5″ backlit LCD is large enough to view a variety of useful workout information, such as number of calories burned, pulse, and distance, while quick select buttons along each side of the console control the speed and incline.

Heart rate monitoring is possible through the touch sensors built into the handles or via a chest strap, which transmits a more accurate and continuous signal to the console during the heart rate control workout.

Having a 20″ (W) x 60″ (L) running area also means the F63 is capable of supporting the full running stride of taller users to 6ft+, which is something the shorter running belts of entry level Yowza treadmills can’t support. Combine this with the powder coated steel frame and 253 lb product weight and you have a treadmill that’s strong, stable, and powerful enough to support workouts for the entire family.

  • Workout Apps: 10
  • Tread Belt: 20″ x 60″
  • Cushioning: Cushion Flex Suspension
  • Incline: 15%
  • Decline: No
  • Console: 6.5″ backlit LCD
  • Speed: 12 mph
  • Weight capacity: 325 lbs
  • Motor: 3.0 CHP
  • Roller: 2.5″
  • 15″ HDTV Screen: No

For more detailed information on what to expect from the workout programs, warranty, console functions, and entertainment options, it’s worth taking a look at our in-depth review. Alternatively you can check the latest price using the link below.

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Sole Fitness F80

Sole Fitness F80 Folding Treadmill

Review rating: 4 star review rating
As an upgraded version of the F65, the Sole F80 uses a more powerful 3.5 CHP motor to bring the belt to its top speed of 12 mph.

The size of the rollers has also been increased from 2.5″ to 2.7″, reducing the wear on the tread belt. This is one of the reasons why the F80 is the earliest treadmill in the Sole Fitness collection to offer their full warranty.

For the running deck this means you’re now covered for life instead of just 3 years, while the electronics are covered for 5 years and in-home labor for 2 years. This represents one of the best warranties we’ve seen on a home treadmill, and is outstanding for a folding model under $1500.

In terms of the belt length, Sole treadmills are capped at 60″, but the width can vary between 20″ and 22″. The F80 is the most affordable treadmill to offer the wider tread belt, featuring Sole’s largest running surface area of 60″ (L) x 22″ (W).

Unfortunately there’s no increase in workout programs, but when you consider the larger running area, longer warranty, more powerful motor, and higher weight capacity, the F80 certainly feels like better value for money than the F65. There’s usually a $200 difference between the two models, so it’s worth taking this into consideration before buying.

  • Workout Apps: 10
  • Tread Belt: 22″ x 60″
  • Cushioning: Cushion Flex Whisper Deck
  • Incline: 15%
  • Decline: No
  • Console: 7.5″ backlit LCD
  • Speed: 12 mph
  • Weight capacity: 375 lbs
  • Motor: 3.5 CHP
  • Roller: 2.75″
  • 15″ HDTV Screen: No

You can find out more about how the F80 compares to the entry level F63 and top-of-the-line F85 treadmills in our full review.

We’ll also be taking a closer look at the workout programs, console functions, and features that made this a bestselling treadmill on Amazon.

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Sole Fitness F85

Sole Fitness F85 Folding Treadmill

Review rating: 4 star review rating
As their top-of-the-line folding treadmill, the Sole F85 includes their advanced Cushion Flex shock absorption system, their largest running area (22″ x 60″), and their highest weight capacity (400 lbs).

The 4.0 Continuous Duty HP motor is another of the upgrades over the earlier F80 model, but powers the running deck to the same 15% incline, and tread belt to Sole’s standard top speed of 12 mph.

Although the size of the backlit LCD has also been increased from 7.5″ to 9″, you’re essentially still getting the same workout feedback and entertainment options, which are limited to MP3 compatibility.

Unfortunately Sole Fitness doesn’t go through quite the same iterative product process that NordicTrack do, where much of their equipment has been redesigned in the past 12 months. Instead the F85 is a 2013 model, which may be why we’re not seeing the same level of iPod, tablet, and fitness app integration as on more recent machines.

  • Workout Apps: 10
  • Tread Belt: 22″ x 60″
  • Cushioning: Cushion Flex Whisper Deck
  • Incline: 15%
  • Decline: No
  • Console: 9″ backlit LCD
  • Speed: 12 mph
  • Weight capacity: 400 lbs
  • Motor: 4.0 CHP
  • Roller: 2.75″
  • 15″ HDTV Screen: No

If you’re interested in the Sole F85 but still not sure if it’s the best treadmill for your own home workouts, it’s worth having a read of our full review. This is where we go into more detail about the workout programs, folding process, warranty, console functions, and design features, such as the Rack and Pinion incline system.

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Sole Fitness S77

Sole Fitness S77 Non-Folding Treadmill

Review rating: 4.5 star review rating
The S77 is the most affordable non-folding Sole Fitness treadmill available, with a list price that’s between $100 and $500 lower than the F85, depending on the time of year and where you shop.

In terms of the actual product specs the two machines are practically identical, with the folding/non-folding aspect being the only difference we found in our reviews. Because of this, the S77 machine is actually 2-inches narrower than the F85, although if space is an issue you should probably opt for the folding version anyway.

The console remains MP3 compatible, allowing you to listen to your favorite music while you workout, with a 9″ LCD screen keeping you updated with all the latest workout feedback.

Heart rate monitoring is possible either using the touch sensors on the handles, or via a chest strap (included), which provides continuous feedback to the console and is perfect for when you’re using the heart rate control workout program.

There are actually very few differences between this model and the higher priced TT8 treadmill. The rollers are 0.25″ smaller, measuring 2.75″, and this is the lighter machine by around 30 lbs. Warranty, running area, console screen size, belt speed, motor power, and incline are all identical.

  • Workout Apps: 10
  • Tread Belt: 22″ x 60″
  • Cushioning: Cushion Flex Whisper Deck
  • Incline: 15%
  • Decline: No
  • Console: 9″ backlit LCD
  • Speed: 12 mph
  • Weight capacity: 400 lbs
  • Motor: 4.0 CHP
  • Roller: 2.75″
  • 15″ HDTV Screen: No

You can find out more about the workout programs, assembly process, warranty, and why we believe the S77 represents better value for money than the TT8 in our in-depth review.

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Sole Fitness TT8

Sole Fitness TT8 Non-Folding Treadmill

Review rating: 3.5 star review rating
Despite being their top-of-the-line model, the Sole TT8 treadmill has a specification that’s almost identical to the S77 – a machine that’s usually available for around $300 less.

The ‘TT’ in the name stands for twenty-two, which is the width of the running area in inches. But this isn’t a feature that’s unique to the TT8, with the S77, F85, and F80 treadmills all sharing the same width.

Looking underneath the tread belt you’ll find the rollers are 0.25″ larger in diameter than those on the S77, but the motor power, belt speed, incline levels, and console size show no differences.

At 400 lbs the weight capacity is one of the highest in the industry, and is testament to the high overall build quality. The frame, motor, and running deck are also covered by a lifetime warranty for added peace of mind, with the larger rollers reducing the wear on the belt and parts.

You can also enjoy a reduced level of ongoing maintenance and lower ongoing costs, with a reversible running deck and wax lubricated belt, resulting in less strain being placed on the motor and even wear distribution.

So what about the workout programs and user profiles? Have these been upgraded for the TT8 treadmill?

  • Workout Apps: 10
  • Tread Belt: 22″ x 60″
  • Cushioning: Cushion Flex Whisper Deck
  • Incline: 15%
  • Decline: No
  • Console: 9″ backlit display
  • Speed: 12 mph
  • Weight capacity: 400 lbs
  • Motor: 4.0 CHP
  • Roller: 3″
  • 15″ HDTV Screen: No

To find out more about the warranty coverage, console functions, heart rate monitoring, workout programs, and entertainment features it’s worth taking a look at our full review.

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