Sole Fitness F85 Folding Treadmill Review

The Best Buy Sole F85 treadmill has been declared by many to be the finest folding treadmill on the market today at any price. That’s a bold statement, but for less than $2000, this is a lot of treadmill by any standard. And it’s good looking too!

The F85 comes equipped with a host of features that will provide a great workout for exercisers at all ages and fitness levels. The maximum 400 lb. maximum user weight limit attests to the build quality of this machine. The large 22 x 60 inch running surface provides for a safe walking or running experience even for the tallest person. As with most quality treadmills, the F85 has a maximum speed of 12 mph and a 15% maximum incline. Even the most discriminating runners will not feel limited on this treadmill.

Sole F80 Treadmill

Sole F80 Treadmill

There are 10 programs included to maximize your motivation and enjoyment. This includes two separate heart programs that integrate with the compatible pulse grips and chest strap. All these niceties are well displayed on the large 9 inch LCD console display. A built in cooling fan is a welcome addition, as are the speakers with full iPod connectivity. There is probably nothing left out that you would need for a satisfying and effective workout. The programs make it easy to stay motivated to stick with your exercise routine until you achieve the results you desire.

As can be expected from a product from Sole, the F85 comes with an impressive warranty, which includes lifetime in-home coverage on the frame, motor and deck, 5 years on the electronics, and 2 years on labor. The F85 is a particularly smooth running treadmill primarily because of Sole’s use of quality components and durable construction. This treadmill should provide you with many years of trouble free service.



Solid, well-built machine

Smooth running and quiet

Excellent value



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Sole F85 vs the lower priced Sole F80


If you are excited about the Sole F85 treadmill, before purchasing you may want to consider the Sole F80 model. It has the great majority of the same great features as the F85, but for a few hundred dollars less. If the heaviest user in your household is less than 325-350 lbs., the F80 will probably serve you as well as the F85. Whereas the F85 comes with a 4.0 HP motor and a reinforced frame with a 400 lb. user weight limit, the F80 sports a more than adequate 3.5 HP motor and a 375 lb. user weight limit. The only other difference of note is that the F80 is equipped with a smaller workout display, a 7.5 inch LCD instead of the larger 9 inch LCD on the F85. As you can see, these are minor differences that are well worth your evaluation before making a final purchase decision. Make a decision on your own circumstances and preferences. You will certainly not go wrong with either of these wonderful treadmills.

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