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Sole F80 Review

Quick Summary

The Sole F80 is a foldable treadmill with club-like performance.

Updated for 2016, the newest F80 Treadmill has a commercial 3.5 CHP motor, a CushionFlex Whisper Deck, a 22″ x 60″ running surface and 30 levels of power incline.

Training progress is shown on a 9″ console screen and can also be displayed on a mobile device with the Sole Fitness App.

Learn more from our full Sole F80 Treadmill review below.

Specifications

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Model Sole F80
Rating

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95.2%
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$2,699
Best Price

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$1,499
Speed

Treadmill Speed is measured in Miles Per Hour (mph). Average running speed is 5-9 mph.

0.5 - 12 mph
Incline

Treadmill Incline measures the angle of the deck, and how steep it is relative to the floor (0% is flat, and 15% is like a steep hill).

0 - 15%
Motor

The Treadmill Motor is what turns the belt as you run. We recommend at least 2 HP (Horsepower) motors, 2.5+ HP for jogging, and 3.0+ HP for running.

3.5 CHP
Deck

Treadmill Deck dimensions are measured in inches: Width x Length. The wider and longer the deck, the safer it is (55-60 inches long recommended for running).

22" x 60"
Belt

The Treadmill Belt is the surface you run on. The thicker the belt, the less impact on your joints. At least 2-ply (1 inch) recommended.

Cushion Flex Shock Absorption Whisper Deck (2-Ply 1")
Folding?

Some treadmills are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Programs

Treadmill Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

10
Max. Weight

Treadmill Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

375 lbs
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

Pulse Grips & Wireless Chest Strap
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this treadmill will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

82" x 37" x 57"
Folded: 68" x 43"
Weight: 250 lbs
Rollers: 2.75"
Display

Treadmill Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

Backlit Blue LCD
Cooling Fans

Treadmill Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout.

Accessory Tray

Some treadmills include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Speakers

Treadmills that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (no headphones).

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).

Warranty

The warranty is a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.

Frame: Lifetime
Motor: Lifetime
Deck: Lifetime
Electronics/Parts: 5 Years
Labor: 2 Years (In-Home)

Rating: 95.2%

Our Rating

Rating: 95.2/100. The Sole F80 home treadmill has always been commercial quality, and with upgrades for 2016 it’s more impressive than ever. This foldable cardio trainer has a spacious 22″ x 60″ running area, a thick track, a commercial 3.5 CHP motor and an automated ramp with maximum 15% grade. New for 2016 the Sole F80 shows workout programming on a 9″ console screen, plus it has Bluetooth connectivity that lets a tablet computer serve as the workout control center and exercise data tracker. This treadmill has also been upgraded with a sound-muffling deck that absorbs shock up to 40% more effectively compared with outdoor training surfaces.

Pros:

  • Powerful and quiet 3.5 CHP motor
  • Spacious 22″ x 60″ running surface
  • 10 workout programs including user-designed and manual
  • Syncs with mobile apps to share data
  • Music friendly (MP3 player port, speakers)
  • CushionFlex Whisper Deck
  • Foldable frame
  • Lifetime coverage on motor, frame and deck

Cons:

  • Foldable but not very portable (Heavy)
  • Short side rails

Introduction

The Sole F80 has earned best buy awards every year since its debut, and the newest version of this treadmill will keep that tradition alive. Priced at just $1,499 with a five-year parts warranty, this folding treadmill is an excellent value… and for most shoppers it’s a more sensible choice than the top-of-the-line F85. This cardio trainer has commercial components such as a multi-ply track and 2.75″ rollers, and its tech integration is better than ever with upgrades for 2016. It has a secure tablet computer holder, iPod compatibility and Bluetooth connectivity for data sharing.

Workout Programs

The Sole F80 folding treadmill has a 10-item training program menu. Included are six classic workout programs, two heart rate controlled workouts, and two programs created and saved by the user. Two user profiles can be saved to the console.

Sole F80 Features

Most Sole home treadmills have easy-to-fold frames. The F80 features easy-assist hydraulic technology that practically lets the treadmill fold and unfold itself after the user presses a release mechanism.

Workout progress is shown on a 9″ LCD, which is an upgrade over last year’s screen size for this model. The newest Sole F80 Treadmill also has a secure shelf for a tablet computer and can use a Bluetooth compatible tablet or smartphone to set up treadmill workouts and share fitness data wirelessly.

The F80 has a 22″ x 60″ tread track, which is the most spacious workout area provided in this year’s Sole treadmill series. The track is multi-layered for durability and moves over high quality 2.75″ rollers to minimize noise and wear.

For extra challenge the track can incline by up to 15%. Sole treadmills have 30 incline settings that are controlled electronically rather than manually for dynamic training sessions.

Sole’s reversible CushionFlex Whisper Deck, which can reduce impact up to 40 percent as compared with running on asphalt, is another high-end feature. It’s covered by a lifetime warranty.

Heart rate readouts are available via touch sensors or a wireless chest strap.

Other features on the newest F80 Treadmill are cooling fans, two bottle holders and an accessory tray.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Sole F80 Treadmill warranty package includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Motor: Lifetime
– Deck: Lifetime
– Parts & Electronics: 5 years
– Labor: 2 years (In-home)

Customers that buy direct get a 30-day trial period and can return the F80 if not satisfied.

Conclusion

The Sole F80 is a top deal when sale priced under $1,500. It has commercial-quality components, a long warranty and new enhancements for on-board entertainment and data sharing. Of all Sole’s folding treadmills, this unit offers the best combination of price and features for most shoppers’ needs.