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Sole F80 Review

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The SOLE F80 is a reliable and affordable machine designed for home use. The SOLE series is known for their high quality treadmills made with durable parts and filled with great functions. This treadmill boasts fantastic features that will help users improve cardio, shed pounds and become stronger runners. The F80 is designed for both beginner runners and those shopping for a value-priced treadmill without over-complicated features. The cushion flex deck reduces the overall impact on joints while running. With multiple workout programs and Bluetooth compatibility, this treadmill provides 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 displayed on a 9″ console screen and can also run through a mobile device with the Sole Fitness App.

Watch our video review of the  Sole F80 Treadmill below.

Specifications

FitRated
Model Sole F80
Rating

Our custom rating considers all of the treadmill's features, specs, warranties, and 100's of user & expert reviews, to save you time!

97.1%
List Price

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

$2,799
Best Price

Since prices change daily, this link goes to our preferred retailer for the current best price. Note: MSRP stands for Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price.

$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

97.1/100.

The Sole F80 home treadmill has always competed with commercial machines and thanks to recent upgrades, the new edition is impressive than ever. This foldable cardio trainer has a spacious 22″ x 60″ running area, a thick belt, a commercial grade 3.5 CHP motor, and an automated ramp with maximum 15% grade. It’s Bluetooth compatible so that you can sync to your device with the fitness app. Through 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 by up to 40%.

The Sole F80 is a compact treadmill that offers 10 different workout programs (hill, fat burn, cardio, etc.) displayed in the 9” LCD screen. The workout programs allow you to increase your speed/incline manually automatically. The display includes built-in speakers for music or a headphone jack in if you don’t want to distract anyone. There is also a fan located in the centre of the display to cool you down when you’re pushing those long runs. Bluetooth technology also allows users to connect the Sole app to track their statistics on the go.

This treadmill includes can support multiple users and store multiple results. There are two options for monitoring your heart rate on the F80: touch sensors in the handlebars and a wireless chest strap. The chest strap connects to the display wirelessly and will get more accurate results than the handlebars.

There is ample space for storing your items on this machine,  allowing users to put their keys, phone, tv remote, and water bottles within reach on the machine. The treadmill itself is also extremely sturdy 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, reducing the impact on 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.
  • Smartphone friendly
  • 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).
  • Well priced for overall value.
  • Ample storage for personal items such as phone, keys, water bottles, etc.
  • Integrated tablet holder
  • Bluetooth audio speakers
  • USB charging port

Cons:

  • Foldable but too heave to be portable.
  • Short side rails.

Introduction

The Sole F80 has earned best buy awards every year since its debut and this new edition keeps that tradition alive. Priced at just $1,499 with a five-year parts warranty, this folding treadmill offers an excellent value. For most shoppers it’s a more sensible choice than the top-of-the-line F85. This cardio trainer is built from commercial components (such as a multi-ply track and 2.75″ rollers) and its tech integration is better than ever (including 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. There are six classic workout programs, two heart rate controlled workouts, and two user created programs. 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 folds and unfolds itself after the user presses a release mechanism.

Workout progress is shown on a 9″ LCD and  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 increase 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, 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 include 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 unsatisfied.

Conclusion

Sole is a reliable brand renowned for building strong and reliable machines that don’t break the bank. This machine offers impressive features, challenging workout programs, and won’t take up too much space in your home. 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 functions are well placed. The 2-ply running surface will allows users to reach their weigh loss goals without harming their joints safe. A strong choice for at home consumers because it a durable machine with impressive features that is not overly complicated to operate.

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

3 Comments

  • Patti March 3, 2019 at 1:57 am from Tucson, AZ
    I have the same question as Linda about turning off the screen. My treadmill is in my bedroom and I have to put several layers of material to stop the light. How do you turn the screen off? I read the entire owner's manual and there is nothing about this.
    • FitRated Editorial Team June 7, 2019 at 4:41 pm
      According to the Sole F80 Treadmill User Manual: The display will automatically turn off – go to sleep - after 30 minutes of inactivity when in the Pause / Stop mode. Almost all power for the treadmill will be off except for some circuits that are needed to detect if any key is pressed, indicating the console should “wake up”. When the console is “asleep” the treadmill draws very little power, about as much as your television when it is turned off.
  • Linda March 1, 2019 at 10:46 am
    I have a question about the screen......is the only way to shut it off is by completely turning the treadmill off at the switch on the bottom? I thought I saw somewhere it would automatically turn off 30 minutes after a workout...???

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