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Sole F85 Review

Quick Summary

Considered the flagship of the brand’s F-series treadmills, the Sole F85 is one of the highest rated residential treadmills on the market with bordering-on-commercial/gym specifications. While still foldable—unlike typical commercial or club equipment—the F85 is built to a high standard, supporting long distance running and intense interval training with ease. Fitted with a 4.0 continuous-duty horsepower motor, a larger-than-standard running deck, and capable of supporting a user weight of up to 400 lbs, there’s a ton of value here for a relatively modest price of entry. For 2021 the model has been fitted with a 10.1″ TFT-LCD touchscreen panel that displays workout progress, plus the new F85 can connect with mobile devices and fitness apps by way of an upgraded Android operating system.

Learn more from our Sole F85 review below.

Specifications

Model Sole F85
Rating

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96%
List Price

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

$3,799
Best Price

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$1999
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.

4.0 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
(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.

25 (6 Standard Programs, 12 Custom Programs, 7 Fitness Tests)
Max. Weight

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

400 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 66"
Folded: 44" x 37" x 71"
Weight: 308 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.

10.1" TFT Touch Panel
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: 5 Years
Labor: 2 Years (In-Home)

Rating: 96%

Our Rating

Rating: 96/100. According to the brand’s website, the Sole F85 is advertised as “highest rated by independent reviewers” and we have to say that it has consistently lived up to that expectation. As the top folding treadmill from Sole Fitness, the F85 remains a solid choice for home gyms. With the addition of its new LCD screen, WiFi connectivity, and built-in entertainment options, the treadmill now appeals to a wider audience than ever. The new 2021 model comes with seven pre-loaded apps, including Netflix, YouTube, ESPN, CBC news, NBC news, and CNN news, giving runners a chance to focus on something other than the hum of the treadmill and the thump of their feet against the running deck. It is unclear at time of publishing whether or not users are able to download additional apps for the treadmill’s built-in screen, however there is the option to mirror your smartphone to the treadmill screen. This unit also has the ability to export its workout data via WiFi, which is a nice perk for those using fitness tracking apps like Fitbit, Record, Mapmyrun, and Apple Health.

 

This top-notch folding treadmill is also equipped with a sound-muffling deck with shock absorption, keeping novices and hardcore runners alike from doing unnecessary damage to their joints while working out. The Sole F85 treadmill also carries one of the best warranties in the business, with a lifetime warranty its frame, motor, and deck. Parts and electronics are covered for five years—a number that’s pretty much unheard of for electronics on fitness equipment. Lastly, labor is covered for two years.

Pros:

  • Best warranty in the business
  • Commercial 4.0 CHP motor
  • Spacious 22″ x 60″ running deck
  • 25 workout programs (6 Standard Programs, 12 Custom Programs, 7 Fitness Tests)
  • Seven pre-loaded apps including Netflix, YouTube, ESPN, CBC news, NBC news, and CNN news
  • Polar wireless heart rate monitor included
  • Wi-Fi mirroring capability from smartphones/tablets
  • Integrated tablet holder
  • Bluetooth audio speakers
  • USB charging port
  • CushionFlex variable shock absorption
  • Great customer service reputation

Cons:

  • Large footprint when unfolded
  • Short side rails

Introduction

The Sole F85 is a high quality folding treadmill for home use. It builds upon the bestselling F80 with even hardier components and more horsepower. This cardio trainer has commercial parts such as a multi-layered track and 2.75” rollers, and its tech integration is better than ever. The new Sole F85 Treadmill console has a 10.1” screen, a secure tablet computer holder, smartphone compatibility and Bluetooth connectivity for data sharing. Also included are small yet much-appreciated extras such as water bottle holders and cooling fans. Here are details about the workout programming, features and warranty.

Workout Programs

Along with the other Sole treadmills, the F85 has a 10-item program menu. Included are manual mode, two heart rate controlled workouts, two programs created by the user, and five classic treadmill workout programs: Cardio, Fat Burn, Hill, Interval and Strength. All totaled there are 25 workout programs, including six standards, 12 custom programs and seven Fitness Tests.

These workout programs can be set for different durations and control the treadmill’s speed and incline. Multiple user profiles for the treadmill can be set up with the Sole Fitness mobile app.

Sole F85 Features

All Sole home treadmills have foldable frames. With hydraulic technology the F85 can practically fold and unfold itself. To protect small children, it locks securely into each position.

Workout progress is shown on a 10.1″ TFT-LCD  graphic screen with adjustable angle and an improved shelf for a tablet computer or smartphone. The new F85 Treadmill can also use a Bluetooth compatible mobile device to display workouts, store workout stats and share fitness data wirelessly. It connects with the Sole Fitness app, which can sync with iHealth, MyFitnessPal and other mobile apps that let users easily manage their all-over fitness activity.

The Sole F85 has a 22” x 60” tread track, which is the roomiest available in this year’s Sole Fitness 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 has 30 ramp settings up to 15 degrees. The incline is controlled by programs, with monitor controls, or with buttons based on the handlebars.

Sole’s commercial quality deck, the CushionFlex Whisper Deck, helps make treadmill running up to 40% gentler on joints compared with outdoor running. It also absorbs the sound of each step for quieter home workouts.

Continuous heart rate readouts are available through touch sensors on the handlebars and a wireless chest strap. A chest strap is included with the sale price.

Other features on the Sole F85 are cooling fans, bottle holders, an accessory tray, an integrated tablet holder, Bluetooth audio speakers, and a USB charging port.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Sole F85 Treadmill warranty package includes:

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

Direct customers get a 30-day trial period with a money-back guarantee.

Conclusion

The Sole F85 is the top folding treadmill from a leading international brand. It offers more power than most individual trainees need, but for the most avid runners or homes with multiple exercisers it’s one of the best choices available when priced at $1999.

What’s New for 2021

  • The 2021 Sole F85 comes pre-loaded with seven apps including: Netflix, YouTube, ESPN, CBC news, NBC news, and CNN news.
  • This unit also features an upgraded 10.1″ TFT-LCD touch panel plus Android system.
  • New Wi-Fi phone and tablet mirroring capability affords users even more options with regard to interactive programming.

6 Comments

  • Loren Yager September 25, 2020 at 2:20 pm from Park City, Utah
    I purchased a Sole F85 and when it was delivered, there was some minor damage to the plastic support tray below the main console. The delivery men stated that they would send me a replacement part as they generally have those parts in the warehouse. I GOT THE REPLACEMENT PART DELIVERED THE NEXT DAY!! THEY DID NOT COMPLETE THE DELIVERY UNTIL AFTER NOON ON THURSDAY AND THE REPLACEMENT PART ARRIVED AT NOON ON FRIDAY! I thought that Amazon delivery was pretty impressive with two day shipping, but the service from the Sole Warehouse was absolutely stunning. I will admit that our residence is not too far from their Salt Lake City location, but regardless, I could not believe that it showed up that quickly.
    • FitRated September 29, 2020 at 2:32 pm
      Hi Loren, we're glad to hear about your great experience. We hope you enjoy your new Sole F85!
  • Dr. Hasib July 6, 2020 at 9:30 pm from Bangladesh
    Hi. I brought sole f85 treadmill which has 4chp motor. My weight is 85 kg and i will use it for running. So i might go for lower powered treadmill such as f65 which has 3.25chp motor. So now i have 2 questions. 1. Does my treadmill will perform better and more seamlessly as it has more powerful motor? 2. With same workout plan, does f85 will comsume more electricity compair to f65? (My selles told me the power consumption will same because it’s curcit board can calculate and adjust consumption rate).
    • FitRated July 21, 2020 at 5:05 pm
      Hi there! Yes, your treadmill will perform better and will be able to withstand more frequent usage with the higher HP motor. The F85 will not consume more power for the same workout plan.
  • Ruben Gonzales January 22, 2020 at 7:15 am from San Antonio Texas
    I need someone to fix my treadmill I believe we bought a melon we’ve had complications with it and i would really just like someone to come out and fix it or help we live the brand just want it to work after the money we spent on it
    • FitRated February 18, 2020 at 11:56 am
      Hi Ruben, have you contacted Sole's customer service about the issues you are having?

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