Sole Fitness F80 Folding Treadmill Review

Sole F80 Treadmill is definitely is a comparable treadmill if you have ever used treadmills at the gym before. Overall, it is solidly constructed, very stable with a smooth tread-belt, folding treadmill, together with the basics you need like speed, incline, time, calorie count, mileage and heart rate monitor.

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The new model for 2016 even has a wider running deck (22″ x 60″) and powerful 3.5 CHP motor together with some other smaller improvements. Sole F80 has been reviewed as “The best treadmill in its price range” by both consumers and numerous consumer resources. There are new lower price for Sole F80 treadmill which make it even worth for the value.

Are these models worth the purchase? More importantly, are Sole F80 treadmill the best model that suit my fitness requirement? Those questions or maybe more, are all about to be answered in the full Sole F80 Treadmill review, so read on!

Sole F80 Treadmill Review

Good news! Sole continue to made Sole F80 standing ahead and best buy in its price range by increase the motor horsepower from 3.0 CHP to 3.5 CHP, wider running surface from 20″ x 60″ to 22″ x 60″ and additional Bluetooth Capability at 2016 released model.


  • Motor : 3.5 HP Continuous Duty
  • Belt : 22″ x 60″ ,Double Woven 2-Ply treadbelt
  • Speed : 0.5 to 12 mph
  • Incline : 0-15% Incline
  • Folding : Yes
  • Display : Backlit Blue LCD
  • User Weight Capacity : 375 lbs
  • Warranty : Lifetime Frame, Motor, Deck, 5-Yrs Parts, Electronic and 2-Yrs Labor
  • MSRP : $2,699
  • Sale Price : $1,499

Motor – Commercial Ultra High Torque Motor

Powering the F80 treadmill is a 3.5 HP Continuous Duty, Ultra High Torque Motor that allows for speeds from 0.5 to 12mph and inclines up to 15%. The motor is extremely quite and has plenty of power. Sole is upgraded its motor from 3.0 CHP to 3.5 CHP at 2016 and this 3.5CHP motor is allow the treadmill speed up very easily.

The motor fitted with larger diameter, balanced flywheel which can help the motor run cooler and extend the motor lifetime. But no worry, Sole F80 offer the lifetime warranty on the motor and this is really great! This also can prove that Sole F80 are very confident on the quality on the treadmill.

Frame – Bullet Proof Frame

The folding frame design for the Sole F80 treadmill originated from the demand of hotels for a treadmill as mobile as a room service cart, yet still stable and powerful. Sole F80 treadmill has a great, easy up and down fold-up mechanism.

The space saver design (folding) EasyLift Assist which includes a powerful shock that will help lift the deck with an easy push allows you to release the deck, step back and the deck will then unfold itself effortlessly. The F80 treadmill is one of the best folding treadmill designs on the market. The Safety Lock Deck design locks the deck into place when the treadmill is in the upright position.

Overall, the construction of the Sole F80 is solid and makes for a very rigid feel even during jogging. With this stability, this treadmill is really heavy and you probably need 2-3 people to move it.

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Running Surface – Feel Great While Running

In general use, We found the 22”x60” running surface is cushioned well as advertised. Double woven 2-ply belts with four layers are used in the Sole F80 treadmill. This consists of two rubber layers over a middle PVC layer and a nylon backing that rolls over the deck and rollers.

It feel really, really great while running. Not only the cushioning, but the stability make jogging/running on Sole F80 treadmill a real joy.

Deck – Good Cushioning

The Sole F80 treadmill is fitted with a Cushion Flex Deck which claims is an industry’s best deck that providing a 0.365 lower impact than walking or running on asphalt. This unique system offers stability for the user while providing minimal stress to hips, knees ankles and spine during running on it.

In our testing, we scored quite high on this feature as we do feel the deck is soft and less impact on the joint. Deck are also in lifetime warranty.

Workout Programs and Heart Rate Monitor – A bit less

The Sole F80 treadmill combines 6 pre-programmed fitness workouts with two custom workout programs and 2 heart rate fitness programs. A bit less but i am satisfied with the program.

Heart rate monitoring on the F80 treadmill is taken care off by sensors on the handgrips and also a wireless chest strap. The Programmable Heart Rate Controlled Workout shows the persons heart rate on the console and the treadmill will adjust incline to keep the heart rate at a determined level.

Additional, there are speed and incline control on the arm rests and this make it easily handy without reach the console. This is a good feature especially when you are picking up the pace and don’t want to throw off the stride.

Console – User Friendly

The console of the F80 treadmill is user friendly with a vibrant display. The Backlit Blue LCD display all fitness information include Speed, Incline, Time, Distance Traveled, Calories, Pulse and Pace. There is also a 1/4 mile track feature and a Peak and Valley graph for different programs.

The F80 treadmill’s console also incorporates a Message Board system where an alphanumeric text center will sending the scrolling messages to the user to guide through the fitness workout. It is very easy to use and will also recap your entire fitness workout after you are finished.

Extra Accessory – Newly Added Bluetooth Capability

The Sole F80 console built-in speakers allow you to hook up any MP3 player or iPod for listening and this is important to reduce the treadmill boredom. Unfortunately, the sound system aren’t really good and actually Sole could make this better. But unless you expect a Bose system on your treadmill, this speaker issue are not a big deal for me.

There are also twin workout cooling fans built but i hardly feel the wind blow to me. Another downside. The cup holder is in a very awkward position but don’t imagine you could actually use this while running. So the extra accessories doesn’t look good for me.

The 2016 released version is added with Bluetooth capability, allow user to transfer and track their fitness statistic in smart device.

Warranty – Good Coverage

Why buy a cheaper one that will break in a year? You can’t beat the awesome warranty on frame, parts, and even labor. Sole F80 warranty are backed with lifetime warranty on frame, deck and motor, 5 years part, electronic and 2 years labor.

For us, this 2 years labor warranty are bonus for Sole F80 as majority of treadmill brands are only come with 1 year labor warranty. Who knows you might need this additional 1 year labor warranty.

Price – Best Buy Below $1,500

For the pass, Sole F80 are always within $1,500 price range. You won’t find a better deal for a treadmill in this price range. If you can’t decide still cannot decide which treadmill, we suggest you try it out at Dick’s or local sport store.

We think you will like the F80 treadmill, and this is our conclusion. Additional, all Sole treadmill are include free shipping and zero sale tax(Utah excluded) if you get it directly from Sole.

This can be consider a saving as shipping cost normally need $200-$300. So don’t fooled by the extra saving from some of the local store, you can actually get it cheaper if you get directly from Sole store as shipping included.

Wrap-up – The Best Treadmill In Its Price Range

In all, We can’t see you being disappointed with the Sole F80 treadmill. If possible go to a store that carries Sole and try them out and you will feel what we write as above.

It really is a fantastic machine and worth every penny. The new lower price for Sole F80 treadmill re