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Sole F80 Review

Quick Summary

The SOLE F80 treadmill is the perfect addition to your home for weight loss goals. The SOLE series is known for their high quality, durable parts and great functions. This treadmill has some fantastic features that are going to help you improve your cardio, shed some pounds and become a stronger runner. The F80 is designed for both beginner runners and those looking for a great value treadmill without over-complicated features. The cushion flex deck technology will allow you to run while reducing the overall impact on your joints. With multiple workout programs and Bluetooth compatibility, this treadmill is very successful in giving you exactly what you need for a great workout.

The 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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97.1%
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: 97.1%

Our Rating

Rating: 97.1/100. The Sole F80 home treadmill has always been commercial quality, and with recent upgrades 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. It’s bluetooth compatible so you’re able to sync your device with the fitness app. With the fitness app, you can control programs and download workout information (no audio controls available). This treadmill has also been upgraded with a sound-muffling deck that absorbs shock up to 40% more effectively compared with outdoor training surfaces.

The Sole F80 is a compact treadmill that offers 10 different workout programs such as hill, fat burn, cardio, etc. displayed in the 9” LCD screen. The workout programs allow you to increase your speed/incline manually or allow the program to do it for you. The display includes built in speakers with an aux cord port to plug your music in while running or the option to plug headphones in if you don’t want to distract anyone. There is also a fan located in the center of the display to cool you down when you’re pushing those long runs. The Bluetooth technology allows users to connect the Sole app to track their statistics on the go.

This treadmill includes the option for multi-users so your partner and you can equally track your results. There are two options for monitoring your heart rate on the F80; touch sensors on the handlebars at the front of the console and a wireless chest strap that comes included with the machine. The chest strap connects to the display wirelessly and will allow you to get more accurate results in your workouts.

There is ample space for storing your items on this machine on the display and a shelf below. This allows users to put their keys, phone, tv remote and water bottles within reach on the machine. The treadmill itself is extremely sturdy as well so you won’t have to worry about things rattling around when you get moving.

The running surface is 22 x 60” including a 2-ply belt with a cushion flex deck. This new technology has changed the way people run indoors, now allowing you to reduce the impact on your joints by 40%. This is an amazing feature for those who do suffer from joint pain, previous injuries or are generally uncomfortable running. The cushion flex deck also reduces the sound of running so you no longer have to worry about waking up your neighbors with the thudding of your feet.

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
  • Very user-friendly and not overly complicated options
  • 15% incline capability for strength building
  • Multiple push button options to increase speed and incline; included on hand rails
  • Built-in speakers for your music while running
  • Well priced for overall value
  • Ample storage option for personal items such as phone, keys, water bottles, etc.

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. 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

Sole is a great brand that knows how to build strong, reliable machines while not breaking the bank for users looking to get in shape. This machine offers great options, challenging workout programs and doesn’t take up a lot of space in your home, making it a great option for those who may not have a lot of space for equipment. This treadmill is ideal for beginners and those looking to get a great workout without spending a fortune. The display is easy to use and the overall functions are well placed. The 2-ply running surface will allows users to reach their weigh loss goals while keeping their joints safe. I would highly recommend this treadmill to the average consumer because it has great features, is durable and not overly complicated to operate.

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.