The treadmill desk category is growing, as offices continue to be more supportive of the healthy lifestyles of their staff. Sole’s latest entry into the category is the new TD80—a folding desk treadmill with a large work surface, sturdy frame, and a simple user interface. There are a few key criteria to consider when looking at desk treadmills, and fortunately this new Sole TD80 ticks all of the key boxes. It’s not perfect, but for those wanting to long hours of walking while working, it’s hard to go wrong—especially at a sub-$1,500 price tag.
Rating: 86/100. Though you aren’t going to get the same level of tech, nor the same top-end running speeds of the majority of our top rated treadmills, but in the case of a desk treadmill that’s not what you should be looking for either. The intent with a desk treadmill is to be able to maintain a walking pace while accomplishing work tasks on the desk surface. Running at 10+ miles per hour isn’t the kind of thing you can do while typing an email or taking a conference call. Also, while big HD touchscreen consoles can be a great distraction while working out, distraction isn’t what’s needed while working away all day long. You’re also logging significantly more hours on a desk treadmill (in theory) than you would on your daily run, so the type of motor fitted to your treadmill has different requirements. Higher power output is irrelevant, and instead much more value is placed on longevity. For the most part, the Sole TD80 ticks the majority of these boxes; here’s what we liked and what we didn’t.
- Large 47” x 31” desktop
- Adjustable desktop height
- 2.5 continuous-duty horsepower motor
- 0.5 to 4 mph speed settings
- Cushioned low-impact running deck
- Quiet roller design
- High quality frame construction
- Foldable design for easy storage.
- Reasonable warranty length (lifetime frame, 5-year motor, 2-year parts and labor)
- 325 lb max weight rating
- Cannot swap to conventional treadmill format
- No incline feature
A new launch for 2019, the Sole TD80 treadmill desk has the NordicTrack Treadmill Desk Platinum square in its sights. Though it has a couple of shortcomings—a slightly higher price, and the lack of incline function—overall the TD80 is a very solid alternative to the NordicTrack. From a practicality standpoint, the much larger 47″ x 31″ workspace is much more functional than the compact 40″ x 18″ of the NordicTrack. Its display is mounted in the desk in a relatively unobtrusive manner as well, resting at a convenient viewing angle on the desk. Meanwhile, the NordicTrack’s display and controls are integrated into the front edge of the flat desk surface. From an aesthetic standpoint the NordicTrack’s design is more appealing, but when it comes to actually using the unit, its setup is less practical than that of the Sole. It’s also worth noting that the running/walking deck on the Sole is two inches wider than its competitor—20 rather than 18.
Unlike a conventional treadmill, you’re looking at some pretty basic functionality here. Speed can be adjusted from 0.5 to 4 miles per hour, and three quick-setting buttons are available to toggle between Slow, Medium, and Fast settings. Again, given its purpose this makes the most sense, as you’re going to be focusing on other things as you walk, and do not need the added distraction of variable programming.
Sole TD80 Treadmill Desk Features
Folding space savings: Once folded the TD80 takes up a modest 36″ x 37″ footprint
Work Surface: Convenient for hours of work, the desktop of the TD80 measures 47″ x 31″.
Silent Operation: Specially designed rollers and other key details ensure that this Treadmill desk runs quietly, as to avoid distracting your fellow colleagues.
Track/Belt: The track is 20”x 50”, which is a good size for walking.
Movable LCD Screen: The display screen of the TD80 can be moved to various points around the desk, giving users the ability to customize their workspace.
Cushion Flex Whisper Deck: This cushioned deck reduces impact on joints as you walk/run.
Warranty & Guarantee
The Sole TD80 Treadmill Desk warranty includes:
– Frame: Lifetime
– Motor: 5
– Parts: 2 years
– Labor: 2 years
At the end of the day, the competitive pool for a quality treadmill desk is slim, and this unit from Sole is a great option. It ticks all the boxes as far as what features should be included, it’s covered by a respectable warranty, and it’s fairly priced. Sure, it’s not “bargain basement”, but it’s also built to last, rather than leaving you needing to find a replacement within a couple of years. It’s also safe to say that more affordable options won’t run as quietly either, so theres value to be had in knowing that you won’t be driving your colleagues nuts with a noisy treadmill.