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SOLE F85 Review

The SOLE F85 has a very powerful motor and large running surface, making it one of the most functional treadmills on the market. The SOLE F85 is missing some workout program settings, but it still remains one of the best treadmills you can buy. Buy Now

Andre Ashley

Andre Ashley

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Updated: December 12, 2014

The Good

Powerful and quiet motor:

The last thing anyone wants is to have their music drowned out by a loud treadmill motor. Owners of the SOLE F85 can rest easy knowing that they will not have this concern. With an incredibly powerful 4.0 CHP motor, this treadmill runs quiet and is strong enough for even the most difficult workouts. Those who plan to use the treadmill frequently for running will appreciate this feature.

Wide running surface:

The SOLE F85 has a 22-inch-wide running surface, perfect for any runner's stride. While this may cause the machine to take up a bit more space, it can be well worth it to feel a little more comfortable during your workouts.

Positive user feedback:

The SOLE F85 has received some very positive reviews from users on Amazon.com and Sears.com. This is a good sign for anyone who is interested in this treadmill because negative user reviews can be a sign of a poor-quality machine. Users have commented that the SOLE F85 is easy to fold and is very durable. Reviews like these can really help put your mind at ease when it comes to making such a big purchasing decision.

On-screen instructions:

With every new machine, it takes a little time to work out what all the buttons do and how to use all the features. SOLE has made this process a little easier with its Message Board feature, which provides scrolling messages across the display screen to guide users through setting up workouts and other features on the treadmill. It may seem like a small thing, but it can make a big difference in getting started on your workout a little faster.

The Bad

No preset distance workouts available:

The SOLE F85 offers a wide variety of workout programs, but it does lack any sort of preset distance workout. If you're training for a 5K or any other race, this type of workout could really come in handy. It is not a huge omission, however, since you can use the manual mode to achieve a similar effect by stopping when when the display informs you that you have reached the target distance.

Limited entertainment options:

At this price point, many treadmills offer far more entertainment features than the SOLE F85. Although the built-in speakers and audio port are nice, some treadmills offer iFit capability and even a built-in Internet browser. If you value those features, there may be a better treadmill out there for you. However, if you are just looking for a simple treadmill without many extras, the SOLE F85 could still suit your needs.

The Details

Price
Price $1,699.98
Shipping and Assembly
Assembly $239
Front Door Free
In-Home $99
In-Room $99
Specs
Decline N/A
Display Screen Size 9"
Incline 0-15%
Max Weight Allowed 400 lbs
Motor Horsepower 4.0 CHP
Product Weight 265 lbs
Speed 0.5 - 12MPH
Track Surface Size 22" x 60"
Treadmill Length 80"
Treadmill Width 35"
Warranty
Electronics 5 years
Frame Lifetime
Labor 2 years
Motor Lifetime
Parts 5 years

Features

Deck and Frame

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  • Handrail Controls - Buttons are accessible on the handrails to adjust speed and incline.
  • Heart Rate Grips - Hand grips are included to measure your heart rate.
  • Incline - The treadmill can incline.
  • Quiet Track - The motor and track have quiet features.
  • Shock Absorption - There is a shock absorption system built into the deck.
  • Thick Belt - The belt is two-ply or four-ply for added durability.
  • Transport Wheels - Wheels are included for easy transport.
  • Adjustable Cushioning - You can adjust the cushioning of the deck to reduce your impact.
  • Decline - The treadmill can decline.

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