Sole F85 Treadmill Review
The Sole F85 was already one of the best treadmills available last year, and that was before it was upgraded this year without a price increase.
For under $2,000 you get a 4.0 CHP motor, 22″ x 60″ running surface, 400 lbs. max user weight frame, Easy-Assist folding design, pulse grips and wireless chest strap heart rate monitor and adjustable cushioning on the deck.
The Sole F85 is also equipped with 6 pre-defined workout programs, 9″ LCD display, iPod/mp3 dock and built-in speakers.
Learn more by reading our full Sole F85 treadmill review below…
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Video Overview of Sole Treadmills:
|Speed||0.5 - 12 mph|
|Incline||0 - 15%|
|Deck||22" x 60"|
|Belt||Cushion Flex Shock Absorption
|Max. Weight||400 lbs|
|Heart Rate||Pulse Grips & Wireless Chest Strap
|Dimensions||80" x 35" x 58"
Folded: 72" x 47"
Weight: 265 lbs
|Display||Backlit Blue LCD|
|Easy Fold Up|
Electronics: 5 Years
Labor: 2 Years (In-Home)
Rating: 95.2/100. Editor’s Choice. Rated as a “Best Buy”, the F85 folding treadmill is very popular. Powerful motor and comfortable deck for optimal performance.
- Very powerful 4.0 CHP motor
- Large 22″ x 60″ running surface
- 9″ Backlit Blue LCD display
- Specialized heart rate workouts specific to you
- Comfortable shock absorption equals less strain
- Music friendly (iPod dock, speakers)
- Could use a few more pre-set workout programs
- Difficult to assemble (common with high-end treadmills)
- Changing speeds is slow for safety
Powerful. Check. Stable. Check. Durable. Check. Space Saving. Check.
The Sole F85 does a little of everything, covering all the vital areas of performance.
Consumers can exercise freely on the F85 thanks to one of the most powerful (and ultra quiet) motors on the market, find a treadmill that supports almost all ages and sizes (22″ x 60″ running surface, 400 lbs. max user weight) and enjoy many of the trainer’s extra features.
In addition to the quality specs, the folding treadmill also offers a stellar warranty package with lifetime coverage on frame, motor, and deck (more information, below).
Quite possibly the only shortcoming with the F85, although subtle, is the less-than-average number of pre-set workout programs.
Six pre-defined workout programs is what Sole Fitness has made standard on all of its treadmills, and while the workout variety covers all the basic categories it would be nice to see a few programs for the price paid.
In addition to the six pre-set programs, the Sole F85 also has two heart rate programs that work with the built-in pulse grips or wireless chest strap included with purchase.
Sole says the heart rate monitors are 99.9 percent accurate and guaranteed to give you a max workout every single time you use the treadmill.
The Sole F85 treadmill provides a large 9″ vibrant LCD display that lists off all the important data (speed, incline, time, distance, pulse, etc) as well as information about your connected music player.
A lot of treadmills simply do not provide enough running room on their deck, a problem that the Sole F85 has avoided with an extremely spacious 22″ x 60″ deck.
Quick controls easily adjust speed and incline, or you can let the treadmill automatically take control by selecting one of the pre-defined workout programs. The F85 reaches speeds of 12 mph and 15 percent incline, adequate for high-intensity workouts.
The heart-rate control option automatically calculates your recommended target range based on your age for a fully customized experience.
The Sole F85 treadmill has Cushion Flex Shock Absorption, producing less wear and tear on your body compared to jogging/running outside.
The console also has built in speakers which allow you to hook up any MP3 player (iPod, etc.) for easy listening.
Lastly, the F85 features an integrated message board, which offers scrolling messages that not only walk you through the treadmill’s features but also the workout. Once finished, the message board recaps important information about your progress from workout to workout.
Warranty & Guarantee
The Sole F85 treadmill warranty and guarantee includes:
- Frame: Lifetime
- Motor: Lifetime
- Deck: Lifetime
- Electronics: 5 Years
- Labor: 2 Years (in-home)
Return Policy: 30 day trail-period guaranteed, contact Sole Fitness at 1-866-780-7653 for more information.
The Sole F85 is a versatile trainer perfectly suitable for first-time treadmill owners as well as seasoned exercise enthusiasts. It’s a little of everything, incorporating not only the aspects that we have all come to enjoy and appreciate about treadmills, but also providing some of the latest technology and innovative design.
Where to buy a Sole F85?
After extensive research online, we recommend buying direct from SoleTreadmills.com.