Surprisingly, the Sole F85 treadmill doesn’t include an HD color screen, nor does it include a ton of built-in workouts or high-end fitness apps.
The Sole Fitness F85 Folding Treadmill is a no-fuss well-built treadmill. It does away with all the bells and whistles and focuses on the important stuff like durability, a powerful 4CPH motor, a commercial-sized belt, and an impressive 15% power adjustable incline.
(update for 2022 now includes 10″ screen)
Long warranties – High-Quality Build
And that’s what this company is all about; these guys pride themselves on the durability and the high- quality build of their machines.
They produce treadmills for serious runners, treadmills that can take high impact workouts on a regular basis.
Their machines are not going to break down after a couple of months, they are built to last, and their market-leading warranties reflect the pride they put into their products.
In our Sole F85 treadmill review, we’re going to take a close look at this impressive machine, we will consider all the pros and cons of this capable treadmill, and you should by the end of the review know if the Sole F85 Treadmill is the right choice for your cardio needs, but first, let’s take a quick look at the product specs!
Product dimensions – 83 x 39 x 15 inches LxWxH
Weight – 290lb
Speed – 0.5 – 12mph
Anti-shock system – Cushion Flex Whisper Deck
Folds for storage (easy assist folding deck)
Motor – 4.0CHP
Workout programs – 10
Weight capacity – 400lb
Incline – 15% (30 levels)
Running belt size – 22″ x 60″
Why Do We Like The Sole F85 Folding Treadmill?
As we mentioned, the build quality of the F85 is what will stand out when compared to its rivals, such as ProForm or NorickTrack, but it’s not just the build quality and long warranties that we like about this machine.
The running belt/deck size is most impressive because at 22″ x 60″, it mirrors the deck size of commercially rated machines.
A 60″ running belt is suitable for walking, jogging, and fast-paced running. So whatever your fitness level, the Sole F85 should have you covered.
And at 22″ in width, there’ll be no worries about stepping off the machine while running; 22″ is as wide as you are going find on a home gym treadmill.
Best In Class 15% – 30 Level Incline
Another appealing feature of the Sole F85 is its power-adjustable incline.
At 15% and 30 levels, it’s the most impressive incline in its class. You adjust the incline levels easily via the one-touch buttons of the monitor, and if I could recommend one feature you should look for when buying a treadmill, it’s a power-adjustable incline as its boasts a few important health benefits.
Owning a machine with an incline option will let you target, build, and strengthen different muscle groups, especially your calves, glutes, and hamstrings.
Plus, running on an incline is also going to burn a ton more calories, even walking at a 10% incline burns three times more calories than walking on a flat surface.
As you can see, owning a running machine that offers an adjustable incline is an essential feature if you want to get the most from your cardio sessions.
Easy To Use But Basic Monitor/Control Console
As monitors go in this price bracket, this thing is basic; it’s the kind of monitor I’d expect to see on a treadmill that costs under $1k. Disappointing for a treadmill with a price tag this high. Still, sometimes basic can be better. At least you won’t have to spend hours trying to work out how to use it.
The monitor provides just 10 workouts and tracks all your usual workout data such as speed, distance, pulse time and calories, etc.
On the positive, the Sole F85 folding treadmill does include a heart rate chest strap, which is far more accurate than the built-in pulse sensors, so for those of you who love to train in your chosen heart rate zone, at least we have a monitor compatible with a chest strap.
The console is BlueTooth enabled, so you can sync it with your fav fitness apps and download your workout data.
Can Be Folded With One Hand
The F85 comes equipped with a hydraulic assist system, which makes folding and unfolding the treadmill almost effortless. It’s so easy it can be folded with one hand; the deck also locks securely in place when folded for child safety.
A folding feature is essential for a large treadmill, especially if you do not have room to store the treadmill permanently. Still, even when folded, it’s pretty long, around 70,” so make sure to measure out space before buying.
Deck Cushioning – Protect Joints
All decent treadmills should provide a deck cushioning system, and you’ll be happy to hear Sole provides one of the best on the market.
Their deck cushioning system ‘CushionFlex Whisper Deck’ reduces joint impact by up to 40% compared to outdoor training surfaces.
In addition to cushioning the impact of running, Sole’s top treadmill deck muffles the sound of running to be more home-friendly.
A long warranty is a telling sign that not only is Sole a company that stands behind their products, but also this machine is made from high-quality materials that will stand the test of time.
Many users have praised the build quality of the Sole F85 Folding treadmill and have compared the machine to ones they have used in their local gym, saying the F85 felt solid and built to a high standard.
The warranty includes a lifetime of frame motor and deck, plus 5 years on parts and 2 years of labor; this should fill you with a lot of confidence that should anything go wrong in the future, you are covered.
And if the Sole F85 does breakdown, you won’t have to ship it back, these guys come to your home and repair the machine there.
Heavy duty, stable build
Powerful 4CPH motor – Most powerful motor we have seen on any foldable treadmill – suitable for all fitness levels
Best incline in its class – 15% – 30 levels power-adjustable
Gym sized running deck – 22″ x 60″
High Capacity Treadmill – 400lb max user weight
CushionFlex Whisper Deck – Products joints reduces impact by 40%
Hydraulic folding system – F85 can be folded with one hand
Heart chest strap compatible monitor – 99% accurate – great for training in target heart rate zone
Excellent warranty/customer service
Alternative & Comparison Table
Our Choice For Serious RunnersSole F85 Treadmill
- Weight – 290lb
- Power Adjustable Incline – 15% – 30 Levels
- Running belt – 22″ X 60″
- Speed – 0.5 – 12mph
- Motor – 4CHP
- Weight capacity – 400lb
- Weight – 280lb
- Power Adjustable Incline – 15% – 30 levels
- Running belt – 22″ X 60″
- Speed – 0.5 – 12mph
- Motor – 3.5HP
- Weight capacity – 375lb
Sole F80 Treadmill
Currently on sale for around 400 bucks less than the F85 is Soles F80 treadmill. And to honest, there really isn’t a whole lot of difference.
However, a couple of differences worth a mention, the screen size of the monitors vary, the Sole F80 can only boast a 7″ while the Sole F85 a 9″.
I find it’s always nice to have a larger screen as possible with any cardio gear so you can easily and quickly read your workouts stats; still, a 2″ difference isn’t a game-changer.
We then look at motor power, a massive 4CPH for the F85, and 3.5CPH for the F80. Both of these motors are powerful and fantastic to see on home cardio machines, but unless you’re a serious runner/athlete? Most of us would never notice the difference as a 3.5CPH motor is powerful enough for pretty much any fitness level.
The only other time you may need more power is if you are heavy, as the heavier you are, the more power the motor needs to move the treadmill belt underneath you.
Finally, the max weight capacity of the F85 is slightly higher at 400lb compared to 375lb of the F80.
Everything else about both of the treadmills is the same. Both include the same deck cushioning system and incline system, both are chest strap compatible, and both provide the CushionFlex Whisper Deck, and most importantly, the F80 matches the F85 with a gym sized running deck measuring 22″ x 60.”
Overall the F80 is another excellent choice for anyone looking for a machine for walking, jogging, or running at home; ok, it may not have the impressive 4.0CPH motor. However, with a 3.5CPH, it still has more power than anything else in its price bracket.
To Sum Up
It’s been said for a few years now that the Sole F85 Folding Treadmill is the best folding treadmill on the market, and heck, I might agree with them as I can not find anything else out there that can match this thing when it comes to deck size, motor power, and incline.
Yes, it’s expensive at nearly $2k, but when we consider build quality, features, and the impressive warranty, it’s worth it.
My only gripe is that maybe the F85 is a bit overkill for a home gym, unless, of course, you are a very serious runner, and you need a machine with this much power? Otherwise, I think your best option would be to save yourself $400 and go with the F80 as basically; it’s the same treadmill just with slightly less power.