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Commercial Value at a Residential Price

*Note: GREAT DEAL! For a limited time, Sole is offering a 1-year membership to their interactive fitness technology Studio with the purchase of the F85 ($399 value.)

When we tested the Sole F85 at the Sole headquarters in Salt Lake City, UT we concluded that the Sole F85 treadmill is probably the best folding treadmill for runners on the market.

Testing at Sole Headquarters, Salt Lake City, UT.

The Sole F85 treadmill may just be the best folding treadmill for runners. It has a powerful motor, extra long running surface, and an impressive warranty.  This newest version now has Bluetooth capability so you can track your fitness stats using a free Sole Fitness app.

Sole has the reputation for building quality machines at value prices. They back it up with an industry leading two-year service warranty.

Sole treadmills are used by the Hilton Hotel chain for in-room fitness. With a proven track record in a rigorous commercial environment, you can expect the F85 to hold up exceptionally well under residential use.

Get the Commercial Grade Sole F85 at a Residential Price – On Sale for $1,999 with Free Shipping! Sole is Currently Offering the Best Warranty Coverage for a Residential Treadmill: Lifetime Motor; 5-Year Parts and 2-Year Labor. A “Best Buy” treadmill for runners.

Shop now at www.SoleTreadmills.com

*Shipping/Delivery Note: All Sole treadmills come with $99 flat rate standard delivery. For their standard delivery, the driver will back the truck up as far as they can (which is sometimes at the end of your driveway) and unload your treadmill box for you. Treadmills can often be awkward to move and typically require more than one person. Sole now offers Assembly Authority Delivery for $249.98. An Assembly Authority Tech will unload the treadmill to the designated room of your choice, assemble it, and demonstrate the functionality for you. This new delivery option is a great deal in our opinion.

Check out our Team Member Video Review of the Sole F85

The Sole F85 Treadmill Features

f85-sole-treadmill_consoleBluetooth Capability – This upgraded model now has Bluetooth capability so you that you can transfer your workout stats from your machine to your smart device.  A free app from Sole is available or you can use another compatible program.

22″ x 60″ Treadbelt – The length is ideal for both jogger and runners, and for individuals with long strides. You won’t feel like you are about to fall of the end. This extra wide 22″ tread belt is usually found only on commercial grade models. We were told that since they added this feature, sales have soared.

4.0 Continuous Duty HP motor – A 4.0 HP motor is like having an 8-cylinder hemi under the hood. It will run effortlessly at high speeds. This size motor is about as powerful as it gets for home use.

Extra Large 2.75″ Crowned Rollers – Few people realize the value of large rollers. The larger roller surface means less revolutions, which translates into less wear and tear on the treadbelt, rollers, bearings and the motor. The larger rollers will also reduce the noise level. Being ‘crowned,’ the roller is slightly bigger in the center. This allows the belt to track better, reducing the need for adjustments and further increasing the longevity of the belt.

Speed and Incline Controls on Handlebars – As runners, this is a feature we particularly like. You can change up the speed and incline without having to lean over the console, which often causes breaks in your stride.

Premium Console and 10.1 TFT LCD Display – The console has a smart layout. Displays include Speed, Incline, Time, Distance Traveled, Calories, Pulse and Pace. There is also a 1/4 mile track feature and a peak / valley graph. In addition, there are speakers with inputs for MP3 and iPod players, and a cooling fan. Note: The fans give moderate relief and don’t expect Bose quality from the speakers.

Impressive Warranty – This machine comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame, motor, and deck, 5-years on parts and electronics, and 2-years on labor. The 2-years labor coverage is exceptional. When we talk to other manufacturers and mention the Sole warranty, they shake their head and wonder how they can manage the expense. Well Duhhh! There is no expense if the treadmills are low maintenance.

Wireless Heart Rate Control – If you are serious about getting the optimum workout, then HRC is an attractive feature. Many professional athletes use HRC to maximize their workouts.

301 Lbs. Weight – The Sole F85 treadmill weighs as much as many commercial models. This means you get a very stable and solid feel, even though it is a folding treadmill.

Note: You don’t want to have to move this machine. If you order direct from Sole, the Free Shipping is to the curb. You may want to opt for the inside delivery option.

Also, be aware that due to the size and weight, when folded, this treadmill is not as compact as some budget models.

Check Out a Comparison Chart of All Sole Fitness Treadmills

Our Review – Sole F85 Treadmill

We feel this is one of the best folding treadmills available. It is built for commercial use, so it will excel in a home environment. You can’t beat the 2-years service warranty. No one offers two years coverage for in-home labor in this price range. That, alone, tells you that you are purchasing quality.

When we ran on the Sole F85 it was quiet, stable and had just the right amount of shock absorption. The salesperson mentioned that this machine, along with the other Sole treadmills, blew away the competition for quality.  As a side note, if you do not need a folding treadmill, then you can get the Sole S77 for around $100 less.

Overall, the F85 is a very durable machine with an excellent service record. We have yet to receive any negative feedback on this treadmill’s performance.  The Bluetooth workout tracking is a great addition to an already fantastic machine.

Customer Reviews of Sole F85

Great Treadmills For Runners – The Sole F85 is a great value for money treadmill for serious runners. I clock over 25 miles per week and it has held up well for 3 months now. I am using it to train for my first marathon. I like the long belt and the 3.5HP for this price is a steal as compared to other treadmills with similar features.


Made For Runners – My wife and I have been running and walking on this machine for over a year and a half and we’ve had no problems. The heart rate monitors could be better but I’m not convinced any of the treadmills offer anything more accurate. They get you in the ballpark. The warranty is what really matters and few machines match Sole’s much less alone exceed it. I’ve spoken with Sole on several occasions and the customer support is superb. No overseas call center and instant response from a company that wants your business.


I found several annoying things: 1)the heart rate monitors are positioned so that , at 5’9″, I had to stoop slightly to hold onto the sensors. It took about 1-2 minutes to register a pulse that even approached accuracy, making the monitor essentially useless as it was so uncomfortable walking in a bent-over position. 2) the plastic cover at the front of the tread extends too far back; I regularly found my feet hitting it. 3) It doesn’t fold to a complete vertical position like my previous treadmill and takes up more space in that position. 4) There appears to be speakers on the console, a plug for headphones and another with a music-note symbol on it. I guess I’m supposed to somehow plug an audio device in that hole, but can;t fathom how because a)the plug is the wrong type for connecting either an mp3 player or any other kind of audio device that I know of, and b)the instruction manual doesn’t even mention this feature.

Go to wwww.SoleTreadmills.com to learn more.


Sole F85 Treadmill Specs:

  • Motor: 4.0 HP Continuous Duty, ultra high torque – Can handle serious runners.
  • Speed: 0.5 to 12 mph
  • Incline: 15% maximum, rack and pinion gear design. Most treadmills only go up to 12%.
  • Weighs a hefty 280 lbs., giving it a very solid and stable feel.
  • Deck Size: 33 X 78 – Custom Flex Whisper Deck
  • User Weight: 350 lbs.
  • Running Surface: Extra Long 22″ X 60″
  • Belt: Double Woven 2-Ply
  • Rollers: 2 3/4″ – Designed to extend the life to the belt, motor, bearings and rollers.
  • Folding with the Easy Assist folding feature.
  • Heart Rate Control with wireless chest strap included.
  • Hand Pulse Grips for easy readout of your heart rate.
  • Arm rest speed/incline controls, makes it easy for adjusting.
  • Backlit Blue LCD
  • Standard Programs: Six
  • User Defined Programs: Two
  • Heart Rate Programs: Two
  • Cooling Fans
  • Shipping is Free in continental US

Warranty: Motor, Lifetime — Deck, Lifetime — Frame, Lifetime — Electronics / Belt / Rollers and all other wear components, 5 years — Labor, 2 years

this Sole F85 Treadmill Review is based on not only testing the equipment, but also comments, testimonials, reviews and ratings of customers and third parties. In addition to visiting the corporate offices and talking to company officials. We attempt to be as accurate as possible. Warranties, features and prices can change without notice. 


The “Treadmill Under $2000” Price Point – Up Close and Personal

treadmill under 2000In this post we’re revealing our number 1 pick for best treadmill under $2000. But first we’ll define this price point and what you can expect from the treadmills you’ll find here—so you can decide if this is the right price range for you to find the best treadmill for your body and budget.

For the purposes of this post, we’re defining the price range “under $2000” as treadmill models priced between $1500 and $2000.

Many of the treadmills priced between $1500 and $2000 have commercial components and some even have the word “commercial” in their model name. While they may not be in the full commercial price range, which we typically think of as being above $2000, the treadmills between $1500 and $2000 are of higher quality and will offer a few more specs and features than those of lower price.

What’s different about the machines in the under $2000 category? Typically, treadmills in the neighborhood of $2000 are in the sweet spot for serious runners, offering specs and features athletes in training need for home use, while still being available at a value price.

Treadmills in this price range tend to be sturdy and able to withstand hard frequent use. They also offer abundant extra features to keep you interested, motivated, and entertained, so your workouts stay consistent.

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True Fitness Treadmill ReviewTrue Sports, the company we now know as True Fitness Technologies, Inc., and the maker of True treadmills, was launched with the introduction of a treadmill for home use in 1979. But it wasn’t until 1988 that True Fitness branched into the commercial fitness equipment market.

Over the last three decades, True has become better known for their commercial treadmills than their residential machines, but their residential models are designed to take a beating.

Today, True treadmills represent some of the fitness equipment industry’s best treadmills in both the residential and commercial markets. The design and quality of True Fitness treadmill components means True continually ranks at the top of any significant treadmill review—right up there with Precor and Landice.

True Treadmills – Quality and Service that Ranks With the Best

True Fitness is headquartered in O-Fallon, Missouri. While they are also one of the few treadmill companies that still builds their treadmills here in the United States, they do, like many manufacturers, build their entry level models overseas.

As a company, True Fitness is committed to quality and a customer-first approach. True Fitness engineers are on site during the manufacturing process to ensure the equipment that comes off the line is up to standards. As a result, true treadmills look good, feel great, and are built to last.

True’s customer-first approach is all about offering great customer service, as well as designing their treadmills for safety and comfort. True’s dedicated customer service team supports customers through every aspect of ownership from choosing the right equipment, to selecting a delivery method and installation options, to operational troubleshooting and scheduling repairs.

Features

The company’s customer-first ideal extends far beyond customer service. True was the first fitness equipment manufacturer to introduce a removable safety key on a treadmill back in 1987. Since then, True has added other innovative features to its treadmills to keep your workouts safe, comfortable, and effective including automated heart monitoring and adjustable low-impact running surfaces.

  • Automated heart rate monitoring. True’s HRC® Cruise Control helps you monitor and maintain your target heart rate. When you enter your target heart rate into the machine, it will automatically adjust your speed, resistance, and incline throughout your workout.
  • Low-impact running surface. True’s signature Soft System® deck is available on select treadmills to decrease impact and stress on your joints, so you can run longer and farther with less pain. Soft Select® allows you to modify the firmness of your treadmill running surface for a tailored experience—a softer surface protects sore joints, and a firmer surface mimics the feeling of training on hard pavement. And the orthopedic belts, standard on most of True’s treadmills, enhance the deck’s capacity for shock absorption.

Some of the core specs for True treadmills, from entry level to top of the line include:

Are True Fitness Treadmills Worth It?Motor: Motors on True’s residential treadmills range from a 3 HP DC motor on entry level models to a 4 HP DC (continuous) motor on the 950 model.

Incline/Decline: 15% incline levels are offered on all True’s residential models.

Product weight: True treadmills range from 220 lbs for the M30 entry-level model to 324 lbs for the 950 model.

Console options: True’s consoles range from 7” LCD displays with 7 programs and 2 custom workouts on entry level models to a 8.5” six-window LCD display on the TPS300 model, a 9” touchscreen display on the Z5.4 model, and choices of up to 16” displays on the 950 model.

Warranty: True’s residential warranties come with lifetime on the frame, 30 years on the motor, 5 years on parts, and 1 year on labor. Residential warranty on parts for the TPS300 model is 7 years and parts warranty for the Z5.4 model and the 950 model is 10 years.

The Commercial Quality Advantage

There is a distinct advantage to you, as a customer, when you choose a treadmill from a company like True Fitness that builds both commercial and residential fitness equipment. That’s because commercial treadmills are designed to withstand the extreme abuse of a public environment. Fitness equipment in gyms, health clubs, and hotels may be in operation for as long as 10 hours a day or more, day after day. For efficiency, these companies will use many of the same commercial components to build their residential models. And as a result, residential treadmills built with commercial components are simply more durable over time.

But wait… Is commercial quality really an advantage?

True Fitness promises its residential treadmills will bring you “club-quality at home.” And we definitely trust the company knows what it’s talking about. But is “club-quality” really what you’re looking for?

Some may argue that commercial quality or “club quality” can bring “overkill” or “too much machine” to a home user. As you shop around to assess your best treadmill options, you’ll likely encounter several issues with commercial treadmill companies that also sell home models.

  1. The prices are higher. The prices from companies that sell commercial-grade treadmills for the home typically are not as competitive as treadmill companies that sell only to the residential market.
  2. The comparisons are difficult. While commercial brands generally offer higher quality components on their home models, the specs on the commercial grade treadmills sold for the home typically are not fully comparable to brands that offer models specifically for home use.
  3. The electronics are minimal. Companies like True, Landice and Precor tend not to include as many innovated electronic features on their commercial grad treadmills, so it follows that their residential models lack certain “bells and whistles” like full-color touch screens and Internet connectivity.

Awareness is the key to making your best decision. And now that you’re aware of the challenges that can be presented to you by commercial brands that offer models for home use, you’ll be able to shop with greater confidence.

What Others Are Saying About True Treadmills

There is no question that True Treadmills are some of the very best running machines out there. And we don’t want you to just take our word for it. Check out some of the reviews listed below.

This review comes from Runner’s World magazine and is specific to the True Z5.4 model:

“Our testers consistently found the Z5.4 to be quiet, soft, stable and smooth underfoot. They also liked the bright display and found the programs easy to navigate. Plus you can adjust the belt’s cushioning to one of 12 preset levels with a convenient side lever. (Another nice feature of the belt: it’s wider – 22 inches vs. the standard 20). The handrails extend only slightly away from the console, so most runners won’t hit them with their arm swing.”

This review comes from Kiplinger’s Personal Finance:

“Going for quality is crucial. Her first choice is the True 540 HRC because it has a roomy running surface and attached heart rate monitor. The company’s machines also have a solid reputation. You can adjust the platform’s hardness and modify its preset workouts for speed and elevations.”

Of course, when we’re doing our homework, we always appreciate a candid take. This comment, about the True 550 HRC model (which in all fairness is not currently offered for sale on the company’s web site), is from someone who was a bit less than perfectly satisfied with their True treadmill.

“I have had a True for over two years.  It has broken down twice now.  We put about 800 miles per year, so it is definitely light use.  For that price, this thing should not be breaking down at our usage level.”

Our Review – Are True Treadmills Worth It?

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Sole F85 Treadmill offers commercial grade features at a residential price point.

If you’re asking yourself, “Are True Treadmills worth it?” you’ll want to take a look at the real underlying question. The real question isn’t whether a True treadmill is a good machine because it is in fact an excellent machine. Period. The real question boils down to whether a True treadmill is a good value compared to other options. Once you’ve homed in on that, you can decide whether a True treadmill is worth it to you.

From our extensive experience selecting treadmills for home use, we’ve learned that unless you have multiple users accessing a single home machine daily, or unless you are a marathon runner in active training, a True treadmill can quickly fall into the category of what we refer to as “overkill” for home use. And for us, if something’s in the “overkill” category, it may not be worth it.

True treadmills are offered at a premium price. Of course, certified pre-owned and remanufactured models are available, and it certainly may be worth your time to check them out.

But if your budget demands something more affordable, we recommend Sole treadmills.

We’re not the only ones who are fans of Sole. We ran across this statement in a consumer magazine article about a treadmill review that ranked a number of popular treadmill brands:

“Surprisingly the True PS300, which was the highest ranking True model in a popular consumer magazine only came in sixth. Several of the models that ranked above it were considerably less money. That included the Sole S77.”

So, the bottom line is this. If you’re looking for a durable, quiet, well-built treadmill that will accommodate the workout needs of a serious runner, we recommend you at least consider Sole.

Sole treadmills combine solid construction with good electronic connectivity and a low impact joint-friendly deck… all in a unit that is ideal for home use without falling into the overkill category. In other words, serious runners who are looking for a quality machine that is built to last are likely to find what they’re looking for with Sole.

To learn more about Sole, click here to read our full review on each model or click here to shop directly on the Sole website.

This article was written by Lane Therrell and published on Friday, 18 March 2022.

FAQs

How much is a True Fitness treadmill?

The treadmills from the True Fitness brand range anywhere from $2,000-$6,000.

Is True Fitness a good brand? 

To sum it up – yes. True Fitness excels in making premium fitness equipment. Consumers who are just looking for a home use treadmill may find their machines a bit too much and overpriced for their needs.

Where are True Fitness treadmills made?

True Fitness headquarter location is in St. Louis, Missouri.

 


Star Trac Treadmill Review

It may sound like hyperbole, but it’s true… and we love to make this clever statement: Star Trac builds some of the best treadmills on the planet.

Star Trac treadmills are commercial-grade treadmills for the home. If you want a superior quality running machine, and you have money to spend, the Star Trac brand is a top contender.

The fact is, many of the Star Trac treadmills are a bit extravagant for home use. But then again, Humvees are extravagant for driving around town. In much the same way Humvees have a loyal following, Star Trac treadmills have raving fans as well. And rightly so.

If you’re the type of person who demands the very best in all things, Star Trac treadmills rate right up there in quality with True, Precor, and Landice.

So… what do you get for your money with the “best-on-planet” Star Trac treadmill?

Treadmill Features

High-end electronics on the console. Star Trac treadmills are available with the highest quality mechanical components combined with cutting-edge connectivity and entertainment electronics built into the console. This sets Star Trac apart from some of the other top-ranking treadmill manufacturers which do not emphasize high-end electronic features on the commercial-quality treadmills they build for home use.

Star Trac’s 19” OpenHub console comes standard with smart watch connectivity, Internet and Bluetooth connectivity, USB port(s), and cooling fans, among other amenities. Some models even provide an option for HDMI ports for additional screen connectivity.

Heavy construction. In addition, Star Trac treadmills are built like a tank. In fact, some of their models weigh in at 400-500 lbs. While this may make them more challenging to transport and move around, it also means these heavier machines are rock solid and smooth-running.

High weight capacity. Star Trac’s heavyweight machines also have a high weight capacity, with some models able to accommodate user weights up to 500 lbs. Most home-use treadmills can only accommodate user weights in the 300-lb range, so Star Trac’s 500-lb weight capacity could be a game-changer for some users.

Attractive appearance. Star Trac treadmills have earned a reputation for being especially attractive pieces of equipment with their distinctive, gracefully curving handlebars that connect the console to the deck. Some of the newer Star Trac treadmill models have straighter more angular lines, but they are still very attractive with a sleek, clean look.

Star Trac Treadmills Low-impact running surface. Cushioning and impact support has always been a priority for Star Trac. They’ve always advertised that their treadmill decks are designed to properly absorb impact, while providing a sturdy push-off. But Star Trac upped their game when they introduced their HexDeck shock absorption technology.

According to a research study done by California State University, Fullerton, 77% of runners and 70% of walkers preferred the Star Trac treadmill HexDeck over traditional treadmill decks. The study found that Star Trac’s HexDeck technology reduces impact by 26%. The same study compared joint angles between treadmills, and found a greater knee flexion angle among users of traditional treadmills compared to the HexDeck. This means additional effort is required by users of traditional treadmills to maintain a constant speed, which in turn may have an effect on joint injury rehab and recovery.

Big motor. You’ll find Star Trac uses the highest quality motors, and they generally run more quietly than most home treadmills. Several of their treadmills are equipped with huge 5 HP continuous duty motors. These are the kinds of motors you’ll find in health clubs, where the treadmills are used for 10 or more hours a day.

Large rollers. Star Trac treadmills are built with 3″ rollers to propel the treadbelt. To put that in perspective, 3” rollers are bigger than normal. These large rollers offer less strain on moving or revolving parts, like bearings, and they tend to further reduce the noise level.

Low maintenance. One of the most impressive features of a Star Trac treadmill is their durability. These machines are about as low maintenance as you can get, which is why they offer some of the most extensive warranties in the industry. Star Trac treadmills come with a 10-year parts, and 3-year labor warranty. Companies don’t provide this type of coverage unless they are confident the service issues will be few and far between. That translates int a relatively maintenance free unit for you.

What people are saying about Star Trac Treadmills

Star Trac P-TR – “The machine runs smoothly and does not create much noise, so when I get that late-night, or early-morning need to run, I can without waking up the family.”

Star Trac models with HexDeck technology“Running was smooth and easier on the joints. It feels really good on the knee joint.” And “It felt like there was more shock absorption and softer surface.”

Are Star Trac Treadmills Worth It?

If you’re a competitive runner with a generous budget, Star Trac treadmills are undeniably a brand to consider. A Star Trac treadmill would be ideal for anyone requiring a machine that can accommodate a higher weight capacity. Any athlete who is on a frequent, rigorous training schedule, or anyone who uses their treadmill a lot and requires the latest and greatest electronic access would be well-served by a Star Trac treadmill.

If there are any drawbacks to the Star Trac treadmill, it would be the cost, the fact that they are a bit on the extravagant side for home use, and individual unit weight.

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Sole F85 Treadmill offers commercial grade features at a residential price point.

It’s worth noting that there are a number of certified pre-owned and remanufactured models available. Even so, the price tag may still be a bit too high for some.

But that doesn’t mean you’re left without alternatives if you still want the best.

Best Star Trac Treadmill Alternative

If you’re looking for a durable, quiet, well-built treadmill that will accommodate the workout needs of a serious runner, we recommend you take a look at Sole. Sole treadmills combine solid construction with good electronic connectivity and a low impact joint-friendly deck… all in a unit that is ideal for home use without being extravagant.

 Check out the current treadmill deals from Sole Fitness.

Shop now at www.SoleTreadmills.com

This article was written by Lane Therrell and published on Wednesday, 16 March 2022. 

FAQs

Who makes Star Trac fitness equipment?

Core Health and Fitness, the same company that manufactures Schwinn, StairMaster, and Nautilus equipment.

Is Star Trac a good brand?

Star Trac is considered a luxury brand of fitness equipment. Their treadmills are a good choice, but tend to be overkill for most residential users.

How heavy is a Star Trac treadmill?

Most of the treadmills from Star Trac weigh in at around 400 lbs. These are heavy duty machines.

Can I pair my Apple Watch with a Star Trac treadmill?

Pairing your Apple Watch to a Star Trac treadmill can be done on your app. Make sure your Apple Watch settings are switched to be able to detect gym equipment to connect to your treadmill. 


Precor Fitness USA, originally known as “Precision Corporation,” has been in the business of building high quality fitness equipment since 1980. In more than four decades of manufacturing excellence, the company has accumulated an impressive track record of innovative accomplishments.

TRR Team Member Fred at Precor headquarters.

In fact, Precor is responsible for some noteworthy famous firsts in the fitness equipment industry:

  • The world’s first ergonomically designed rowing machine was offered by Precor in 1980.
  • In 1990, Precor became the first fitness equipment manufacturer to offer ellipticals to the workout world.
  • The very first cushioned treadmill decks were offered by Precor, setting an industry standard.
  •  Precor was the first company to install electronics on fitness equipment.

Precor treadmills carry a legacy of innovation and unparalleled quality to this day. When you purchase a Precor treadmill, you know you’re getting a piece of equipment that is ideal for a serious runner.

Upon visiting Precor’s corporate headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Woodinville, WA, our review team was thoroughly impressed. Precor is one of only a few treadmill brands that are actually built in the United States, and Precor’s manufacturing operation is state-of-the-art.

In exchange for the premium price you pay for a Precor treadmill, you get an extremely durable machine with the best ergonomic design found on any treadmill on the market. That’s because Precor’s residential or home-use treadmills are built to commercial standards.

The Commercial Quality Advantage

Precor’s home-use treadmills are built to commercial standards and often with commercial parts. This means Precor treadmills are built to last. A machine that can withstand extensive use is ideal for the serious runner.

Precor’s high-end home-use treadmills are designed to be very similar to the company’s commercial models found in top health clubs, gyms, and hotels around the world. In fact, Precor uses many of the same components in its residential and commercial models.

It’s a huge advantage to you when your home machine uses commercial-quality parts. That’s because those parts have been extensively tested to withstand the rigors of a commercial setting.

Repair statistics for home-use treadmills support Precor’s reputation for product durability. Industry data show that roughly 3% of fitness equipment sold will have some initial service issue — that’s one out of every 33 units.  Precor comes in substantially below that figure, with only 0.6% of Precor treadmills requiring service initially. If you round up, that’s only about one out of every 166 units. Impressive to say the least.

The advantage of commercial quality to you as a home user is that you’ll spend less time getting your frequently-used machine repaired or serviced… and more time working out!

Precor Treadmill Models

Precor Treadmill ReviewPrecor offers several different treadmill models, which are categorized most simply into the 200 Energy series and the 400 Precision series. Precor also makes treadmill models in its 600, 700, and 800 series that are designed for commercial use.

200 Energy Series

The 200 Energy series treadmills are their entry level models. These are built in Taiwan, but the engineering and design features are of the highest quality.

The three models are the TRM 211, TRM 223, and TRM 243.

The basic product specifications for models in the Precor 200 Energy Series are essentially the same on all three models and include a 3.0 continuous duty HP motor and a 20″ x 57″ running surface.

The main differences between the 200 Series and 400 Series models are in the console, display, and interactive electronic features.

400 Precision Series

The Precor 400 Precision Series treadmills can best be described as the company’s commercial models sold for home use. These models are built in the United States.

There are two models, the TRM 425 and TRM 445, with the TRM 445 being the model that is currently available.

The basic product specifications for models in the Precor 400 Precision Series include a 3.0 continuous duty HP motor and a 20″ x 57″ running surface. The Precor TRM 445 model features Precor’s premier console. Here’s a summary of what the TRM 445 offers.

400 Precision Series Features

  • Integrated Footplant Technology — Unique to Precor treadmills, this feature preserves your natural gait by adjusting the belt speed to the foot speed changes that occur with every step. It creates a more natural walking/running motion to help you stay balanced and in control of your stride by mimicking your natural walking or running motion.
  • Ground Effects Impact Control System — The Ground Effect System provides one of the best shock absorption systems in the industry. It is designed to absorb shock in the front of the deck while providing a solid liftoff in the rear. The unique design provides consistent shock relief regardless of your weight the type of exercise. Research shows that this system absorbs about 38% of the shock. Bottom line – you won’t find better shock absorption on any treadmill.
  • Heavy Unit Weight — Although all their treadmills are quite heavy, the precision models are commercial grade heavy. This means you get machines that are solid as a rock.
  • Generous Warranties — An indication of the quality of the components is the 10-year parts warranty. Ten years is a long time to guarantee the parts of a complicated piece of machinery. It should also me noted it includes wear and tear parts.
  • Running Surface — You get an extra wide 22″ x 57″ running surface.
  • Decline Deck – The deck can be declined to 2% simulating going downhill.

Precor Consoles

The Precor TRM 211 comes with a very basic console without handrails. The upgraded R20 console is found on the TRM 223 and TRM 425,  while the TRM 243 and the TRM 445 offer the R40 premium console. Both the R20 and R40 consoles have handrails, storage for water bottles and reading racks with clips for tablets.

The R20 console has fairly standard features and comes with 5″ high contrast blue-white LCD display. It has 9 preset workouts, including manual pre-sets, and allows for 2 user IDs. There is also wireless heart rate monitoring and SmartRate® target heart zone feature, which shows you what zone your heart rate is in so you’ll know you’re getting the most out of your workout.

Precor TreadmillsThe R40 console, found on the Precor TRM 243 and TRM 445, is designed to maximize and personalized your workout. Here are a few of the features…

  • 7″ full color liquid crystal display
  • Lever style motion control for easy adjustment
  • 4 user IDs
  • Suggested workouts based on your fitness goals
  • 23 preset workouts
  • 27 feedback metrics, includes 5 graphs
  • Touch or wireless heart rate monitoring
  • Heart rate target zone monitoring
  • Ability to save your workout for future use (16 total)
  •  USB port for smartphones or tablets with plugin for headphones
  •  Ability to download future software updates
  •  Reading racks with clips for tablet

In addition, the R40 console is Preva compatible. Preva is Precor’s mobile app. You can save your workout through the USB port to a mobile device and download it to your online account. Through your account you can store workouts, get training recommendations, and record and review your stats.

Preva is also available on Precor’s commercial models so whether you’re using your residential treadmill at home or a commercial model at the gym, all your workout data can be downloaded to your online account.

Which Precor Treadmill Model is Best? 

For those who want a superior deck and cushioning, like what you’d find on commercial models, you’ll want the 400 series. However, for many users the deck and cushioning on the 200 series is more than adequate.

And for those who want the best interactive experience your choice would be either the Precor 243 or 445.

Are Precor Treadmills Worth It? 

Often, our review team receives feedback from readers who decide to give up their gym membership and purchase a treadmill for the home.

Once they get the treadmill home, many are disappointed because the moderately- priced machine they just bought simply does not have the solid, reassuring feel of the commercial models they grew accustomed to at the gym.

It comes down to this: If you want a treadmill for the home that feels like a commercial Precor treadmill, you need to buy a residential Precor Precision treadmill.

As a company, Precor focuses on providing you with one of the lowest maintenance machines on the market. Both the Precor residential and commercial treadmills are extremely durable and designed to withstand abuse. That’s why their Precision series comes with a 10-year parts warranty.

Furthermore, the company is keenly focused on providing you with the most satisfying running experience in the industry. Their philosophy is making the product move the way you move. As a result, they’re able to build residential treadmills that bring you as close to the commercial treadmill experience as possible.

Precor invests considerable money into research and development for the expressed purpose of offering products that surpass your expectations. You’ll find other treadmills that match or exceed the specs found on Precor machines for less money, but those machines can’t match the experience. For serious runners looking for a durable treadmill to use at home, it just doesn’t get any better than Precor.

And yet…

There are a couple more things to consider.

What Can I Buy Instead of a Precor Treadmill?

While Precor offers incredibly durable machines, they come without a lot of electronic bells and whistles. In other words, you won’t find a full-color HD touchscreen on a Precor treadmill.

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The Sole F85 Treadmill offers commercial grade features at a residential price point.

So, if your budget is in the same price range as Precor, but you find you just can’t do without the latest electronics built in, you might be interested in treadmills from LifeFitness.

The bottom line is, these are great treadmills made with top-notch specs that are built to last. They are top-of-the-line, and their price tags reflect it…

But what if the durability is what you absolutely must have, but your budget makes the Precor or LifeFitness machines a little out of your price range?

In that case, we recommend you consider a treadmill from Sole.

Sole strives to make treadmills that are well-designed, durable, and constructed with quality components that will outlast competing brands.

Sole also offers some of the best warranties in the industry. And warranties speak volumes about the quality construction– the better the warranty, the better the machine.

To learn more about Sole, click here to read our full review on each model or click here to shop directly on the Sole website.

This article was written by Lane Therrell and published on Monday, 14 March 2022. 

Precor FAQs

Does Peloton own Precor?

Yes. Peloton acquired Precor for over $400 million in 2021. Precor still operates as it’s own brand and business within Peloton.

Is Precor a good brand? 

Precor has consistently been one of the most trusted brand names in the fitness equipment industry for decades.

How long does a Precor treadmill last?

Treadmills made by Precor can be expected to last upwards of 10 years with proper maintenance.

How do I maintain my Precor treadmill?

According to Precor’s website, after each use the display should be cleaned with a damp cloth to prevent dust accumulation. Every two weeks, the wheels and ramp should be cleaned with water. Once a month, vacuum underneath the front hood. Four times a year, do a thorough clean underneath both the front and the rear hoods. 


Testing equipment at Sole headquarters.

*Note: GREAT DEAL! For a limited time, Sole is offering a free 1-year membership to their interactive fitness technology Studio with the purchase of any treadmill. $399 value! 

At our last visit to Sole corporate headquarters in Salt Lake City, UT, we met with two of the owners. During our visit, we discussed Sole treadmills and the philosophy behind them. As it was explained, the company’s goal is to offer the highest quality treadmills in their price range. Rather than spending money on bells and whistles, money is spent on components and engineering that can withstand abuse.

Throughout the years, we’ve watched this company go from a relatively unknown brand to a major player in the fitness equipment industry. Year after year, their models have been awarded numerous “Best Buy” and “Excellent” ratings and reviews in different categories from reputable magazines and review websites. That’s what happens when you offer exceptional quality at a great price.

What Sets Sole Apart?

Sole Treadmill ReviewsIf you have ever traveled to a few popular hotel chains and used a treadmill, you may have already experienced using a Sole treadmill. The origins of Sole treadmills were actually only dedicated for in-room guest use. The hotel chains that utilize Sole for their fitness equipment include Hotel Monaco, Omni Hotels, and Hilton Hotels. The Sole treadmills were such a hit for the hotel guests, that Sole began to manufacture their treadmills for home use as well. From the start, Sole treadmills were designed for rigorous hotel use, constructed with the best quality and performance features. Although Sole has since merged into the residential equipment category, the durability and integrity of their machines has not changed.

Another factor that sets Sole apart from other top brands in the industry is their outstanding equipment warranty. Over the years, we have seen a large increase in the price of treadmills, a decline in the quality of the equipment, and in addition – a lessening in the warranty offerings. This is not the case with Sole.

The team at Sole prioritizes making their equipment top-notch, while keeping their prices on the more affordable range in comparison to the competition out there. The craftsmanship that their engineering team puts into their treadmills is evident through their warranty. Most Sole treadmills have a lifetime warranty on both the motor and the frame. This is really an above average warranty for the fitness industry, and it speaks volumes about the confidence their company has in the construction of their machines.

Sole Treadmills: Top Features

As with any brand, there are both pros and cons. Some of the best features found on Sole Treadmills include:

Exceptional Quality Control – Our team spoke to the VP of Marketing at Sole, he told us about their quiet room process. As their treadmills come of the assembly line, they take each model and put it in a sealed quiet room to test for any flaws and unnatural sounds. They run on the machine and check the performance with a sound meter. Obviously, if there are any issues the machine gets rejected.

Another great quality control practice that Sole uses is that once the treadmill is approved, it is disassembled and packaged on custom designed crating to minimize shipping damage. They also weigh each package to determine if there are any missing parts. They use ABF for delivery, which has one of the best records for damage free delivery of fitness equipment. All these procedures significantly reduce any initial mechanical issues.

Cushion Flex Decks – Sole Treadmills use what is called a Cushion Flex Decks. This is a low impact joint friendly design. Which is a claim just about any manufacturer makes, but these decks tend to be very stable, while providing minimal stress to hips, knees ankles and spine. According to Sole, the deck “was recognized by a leading university as the industry’s best, providing a 365% lower impact than walking or running on asphalt.” Of course, any treadmill deck should be a vast improvement over running on asphalt. Regardless, we’ve run on these decks and found them to be stable, and yet forgiving to your joints.

Maintenance Free Motors – As with their other components Sole does not compromise on the quality of their motors. They use commercial grade McMillan motors, which has been producing industrial motors since 1976. The run effortlessly and are very quiet.

Bigger, Better Rollers – Sole builds their treadmills with the type of rollers that you would expect to see on high-end, luxury treadmill models. They use 2 3/4″ rollers with a sealed bearing design and copper ground wires for each roller to reduce static. Larger rollers make for a larger contact surface against the belt and longer roller and belt life. This makes for smooth, quiet, static free motion that will extend the life of the treadmill.

Treadbelts – On most of their treadmills they use a double woven 2-ply belts with four layers. The design consists of two rubber layers over a middle PVC layer with a nylon backing that rolls over the deck and rollers. The rubber provides the durability, the PVC stops the belt from over-stretching and the nylon provides a smooth static free surface to glide over the deck and rollers. In laymen terms, these belts should have minimal slippage and overall last longer than most belts found on other brands.

Sole Studio – The Best Interactive Fitness Technology

Studio Fitness TechnologySole has always been a brand that was known for not being as up to date with technology offerings as other brands because they place their primary focus on the quality of their machines. In 2021, Sole revealed another “top feature”, and became a premier partner with the interactive fitness technology known as Studio. Studio was designed to offer a workout experience that is accessible whether you are in your home or on the go. This platform meets you wherever you are in your fitness journey. You don’t have to be an advanced athlete to benefit from using the Studio application.

We had the opportunity to speak with one of the developers of Studio and get the inside scoop. There are 3 top features that set Studio apart from other interactive fitness programs that are available on the market.

Large Community – It’s nearly impossible to stay accountable in your fitness journey if you’re doing it alone. There is a real-time community leaderboard, that allows users to have competitions against other members in the Studio community. Not only will this incorporation of community access help keep you accountable, but it will also connect you to like-minded individuals who have the same goals toward health and fitness that you do. (Plus, a little friendly competition never hurt anyone.)

Consistent Motivation – Outside of the community leaderboard, there are several other features provided by Studio to keep your motivation pumping. The most unique feature is what’s known as FITCOIN. FITCOIN is the fitness point system for the Studio program that allows members to level up based on their workout progress. The best part is you aren’t just gathering FITCOIN for nothing. In addition to boosting your health, you can redeem your FITCOIN for prizes within the application.

Data Accuracy – This program is extremely data driven, which is very important. Research has shown time and time again that people who track their fitness are much more likely to reach their fitness goals. Every class offered in Studio integrates with a heart rate monitor to provide detailed heart rate metrics in real time. The application also pulls data from your Sole cardio equipment to show you live information during your workout.

Programs from Studio

Rather than just using your cardio machine in the same old way day after day, using the programs from Studio will help you keep your workout routine fresh and exciting. Currently, there are over 3,000 workouts available within Studio and that number will only continue to grow. There are new fitness classes added to their application every single day. As their mantra of ‘something for everyone’ would suggest, there are a huge variety of workout types available for members to choose from.

The types of workout classes currently available from Studio include:

  • Treadmill
  • Elliptical
  • Cycling
  • Boxing
  • Rowing
  • Strength
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • & more!

The workout programs are designed with you in mind. The programs are driven toward helping members reach their fitness goals, no matter which method of workout that you decide to utilize in the process. One of the most popular treadmill programs available is the Zero to 5K treadmill class. As you may have guessed by the name, this program will help you go from running “zero” to being able to run your first 5K by the completion of the program.

The program instructors are qualified experts in the health and fitness industry. All of the instructors are NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) certified. Most of the trainers also have experience from world-renowned fitness places such as Peloton, Apple Fitness, Rumble Boxing, Barry’s Bootcamp, Orangetheory, Equinox, Aaptiv, and more.

Studio offers their members top-notch training instructors that you will have access to right in the comfort of your own home. As an added bonus – Studio prides themselves in integrating killer playlists with their classes to help you stay motivated all while having fun jamming to some of the best tracks.

One of the most well-known interactive fitness technologies on the market today is iFit. iFit is available on machines made by the parent company Icon, which are the brands NordicTrack and ProForm. For a long time, iFit was the only option available in the industry. If you were wanting cardio equipment that had the capabilities of fitness technology, you had to choose a NordicTrack of ProForm machine in order to get access to this type of program.

Studio vs. iFit Comparison

One of the most well-known interactive fitness technologies on the market today is iFit. iFit is available on machines made by the parent company Icon, which are the brands NordicTrack and ProForm. For a long time, iFit was the only option available in the industry. If you were wanting cardio equipment that had the capabilities of fitness technology, you had to choose a NordicTrack of ProForm machine in order to get access to this type of program.

However, just because iFit was the only option for a long time, doesn’t mean that it is the best option now.

Over the years, we have seen a decline in the popularity of the iFit technology. When it was first launched, iFit was included for 1-year FREE with the purchase of any cardio equipment from NordicTrack or ProForm. This was a really great deal for consumers. However, now iFit only comes with a 30-day trial. A 30-day trial is a nice option for users, so that you have a month to try out the technology and see if it’s the right fit for you. The real problem that we have seen is the major spike in their membership cost.

Pricing

Studio and iFit both come with a 30-day free trial. After the 30 days are up, there is a monthly recurring cost to maintain your membership to the fitness application. For an iFit membership, users can expect to pay $39/month for the monthly family plan, or $396/annually. In contrast, Studio is much more affordable. Their monthly family plan is $19.99/month, or $200 for the whole year. This is quite the price difference and can save your family some serious change over time.

Features

As far as features go, we have not seen anything that is offered from iFit that justifies the extreme price difference between the two. In fact, it’s actually the opposite. After extensive research and speaking with program developers, we have been more impressed with the features offered from Studio. The features offered on their application seem to be more focused on aiding with helping members accomplish their goals at an affordable price point. Plus, we really like the fun add-on of FITCOIN, which provides an additional way to stay motivated and keep your fitness goals fun.

The Winner: Studio

Using an interactive fitness program on your cardio equipment is a great option to help you reach your health and fitness goals at a faster pace. When it comes down to choosing between purchasing a NordicTrack or ProForm machine to access iFit or purchasing from Sole to access Studio, we think that Studio is the all-around better option.

Check out this comparison chart of all Sole treadmill models and read below for more in-depth reviews of each machine.

Sole Treadmill Comparison Chart

Model Sole F63 Treadmill Sole F65 Treadmill Sole F80 Treadmill Sole F85 Treadmill
Sole S77 Treadmill Sole TT8 Treadmill
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Sole S77 Treadmill
Sole TT8 Treadmill
Price $999 $1,399 $1,599  $1,999 $1,899 $2,499
Recommended Usage Walking, Jogging Walking, Jogging, Running Walking, Jogging, Running Walking, Jogging, Running Walking, Jogging, Running Running, Light Commercial Grade
Motor 3.0 CHP 3.25 CHP 3.5 CHP 4.0 CHP 4.0 CHP 4.0 CHP
Treadbelt 20×60″ 22×60″ 22×60″ 22×60″ 22×60″ 22×60″
Rollers 2.5″ 2.5″ 2.5″ 2.75″ 2.75″ 3.0
Programs 10 Pre-Programmed Workouts, Comes with 30-day Studio Membership Trial 10 Pre-Programmed Workouts, Comes with 30-day Studio Membership Trial 10 Pre-Programmed Workouts, Comes with 30-day Studio Membership Trial 10 Pre-Programmed Workouts, Comes with 30-day Studio Membership Trial 10 Pre-Programmed Workouts, Comes with 30-day Studio Membership Trial 10 Pre-Programmed Workouts, Comes with 30-day Studio Membership Trial
Display 6.5″ White LCD, Tablet Holder 7.5″ White LCD, Tablet Holder 9″ White LCD, Tablet Holder 10.1″ TFT LCD, Integrated Tablet Holder 10.1″ TFT LCD, Integrated Tablet Holder 10.1″ TFT LCD, Integrated Tablet Holder
Incline 0-15% Incline 0-15% Incline 0-15% Incline 0-15% Incline 0-15% Incline 0-15% Incline, 6% Decline
Speed 0.5-12 MPH 0.5-12 MPH 0.5-12 MPH 0.5-12MPH 0.5-12MPH 0.5-12MPH
Fan Dual Fans Dual Fans Dual Fans Dual Fans Dual Fans Dual Fans
Speakers Bluetooth Audio Bluetooth Audio Bluetooth Audio Bluetooth Audio Bluetooth Audio Bluetooth Audio
Suggested
Weight Limit
325 lbs. 350 lbs. 375 lbs. 400 lbs. 400 lbs. 400 lbs.
Warranty Lifetime Frame & Motor, 3 yr Deck, Parts & Electronics, 1 yr Labor Lifetime Frame & Motor, 3 yr Deck, Parts & Electronics, 1 yr Labor Lifetime Frame, Deck & Motor, 5 yr  Electronics & Parts, 2 yr Labor Lifetime Frame, Deck & Motor, 5 yr  Electronics & Parts, 2 yr Labor Lifetime Frame, Deck & Motor, 5 yr  Electronics, 2 yr Labor Lifetime Frame, Deck & Motor, 5 yr  Electronics, 2 yr Labor, (Light Commercial Warranty- Lifetime Frame, 5-year Motor & Deck, 3-year Electronics, 1-year Labor)

Sole F63 Treadmill Review

The Sole F63 treadmill is their entry level model and for years has been one of the best values at the $999 price range. This year, the Sole F63 was awarded “Best in Price Range”, “Best Buy”, and “Great Price for Quality”.

 The Sole F63 is priced at $999. 30 Day Money-Back Guarantee!

Shop now at www.SoleTreadmills.com

Sole F63 TreadmillWith the Sole F63 you are getting one of the most durable $999 treadmills on the market. It is ideal for walkers and joggers. For the money, this machine comes with some excellent features.

3.0 Continuous Duty HP Motor – This motor is sufficient for both walking and jogging. It comes with a lifetime warranty, which suggests it seldom ever burns out. The motor enables a range of speeds, up to 12 MPH.

20” x 60” Treadbelt – This is almost unheard of on a <$1,000 treadmill machine. The standard length is 55”. The extra 5 inches will really make a difference and make for a roomy deck space.

2.5″ Rollers — For the price, these are decent size rollers. Larger rollers reduce the wear and tear on the belt and the bearings. With larger rollers, you have less rotation and more contact between the belt and the roller. That means the belt has to revolve less. It also means less work for the bearings. Bearings are one of the components that burn out on a treadmill. Overall, the large rollers should extend the treadmill life.

Noise Level — The F63 is not one of the quietest treadmills on the market, but we would consider it on-par with other brand models in the same price range. If you live in a second-floor apartment, you may have issues with your downstairs neighbors.

Sole F63 Treadmill ReviewSpeed and Incline Controls on Siderails — Some people may find this a minor feature, but we really like the ability to control the speed and incline without having to awkwardly lean over the console. There are 15 levels of incline on the F63 treadmill to give you the option to really get your heart pumping, simulating going up a hill.

Shock Absorption – The Cushion Flex Whisper Deck can reduce joint impact by up to 40%. A great option for this price range.

Console and Display – The console has a single window 6.5″ white LCD display that provides multiple stat feedbacks.

Weight Limit and Dimensions – The suggested weight limit for this machine is 325 lbs. The machine itself weighs 254 lbs. The dimensions are 82” L x 35” W x 66” H. It has a step-up height of 8”.

Additional Features – Easy Assist Folding for storage; Bluetooth speakers; USB port, tablet holder, cooling fans, chest strap included, 10 built in workout programs

Warranty – Lifetime frame & motor; 3-year deck, electronics, and parts; 1-year labor

Sole F65 Treadmill Review

Although Sole Fitness has always had an impressive line-up of treadmills, they had a wide gap from their entry level Sole F63 treadmill to their popular Sole F80 treadmill.  In fact, it was a $600 gap from $999 to $1,599.  And they probably lost sales to individuals who wanted a slightly heavier duty machine than the F63 without spending 50% more. The F65 treadmill was the “happy-medium” model that solved this issue. It’s actually similar in many ways to the F80 but it costs $200 less.

 The Sole F65 is reduced to $1,399.99 with $99 flat rate shipping. A great value!

Shop now at www.SoleTreadmills.com

Sole F65 TreadmillThis treadmill is ideal for walking, jogging, and running. The F65 essentially combines the features of the F63 and the F80 models.

3.25 Continuous Duty HP Motor – The motor is design for both walkers and runners.  It will run quiet and effortlessly even at higher speeds. The F65 provides speeds from .5 to 12 MPH. All the Sole treadmill motors are extremely durable. That is why they come with lifetime warranties.

22″ x 60″ Treadbelt – The length is adequate for jogging and running. Taller individuals should definitely get a belt that is at least 60″ long. Plus, this is a nice wide running surface.

2.5” Rollers – Most potential treadmill buyers do not realize the importance of rollers.  Larger rollers extend the life of the belt, motor and bearings.  In particular with larger rollers the belt has more area to grip.  2.5″ rollers are decent size for this price.

Console Design and Layout – Sole has always done an above average job of designing a user-friendly console that also looks good. The machine has a white 7.5” backlit LCD display that continually shows speed, incline, time, distance traveled, calories, pulse and pace.

Sole F65 Treadmill ReviewSpeed and Incline Adjustment on Handrails — We’ve always liked this feature.  You can adjust the speed and incline right on the handrails rather than having to break your stride and make changes on the console. The incline goes up to a challenging 15%.

Cushion Flex Whisper Deck – The shock absorption on this machine is advertised to reduce impact up to 40% in order to protect your joints.

Weight Limit and Dimensions – The suggested weight limit for this machine is 350 lbs. The machine itself weighs 262 lbs. The dimensions are 82” L x 37” W x 66” H. It has a step-up height of 8”.

Additional Features – Easy Assist Folding for storage; Bluetooth speakers; USB port, tablet holder, cooling fans, chest strap included, 10 built in workout programs

Warranty – Lifetime frame & motor; 3-year deck, electronics, and parts; 1-year labor

Sole F80 Treadmill Review

When we’re asked for a recommendation for a durable treadmill at a reasonable price, our go to model is the Sole F80. The Sole F80 Treadmill has gotten consistently solid reviews over the years since it is a very sturdy machine at a moderate price.

When you run on the Sole F80 treadmill it has just the right amount of give to absorb your impact.  It finds that perfect balance between being too springy or too stiff.

The Sole F80 is priced at $1,599.99. Sole is Currently Offering the Best Warranty Coverage for a Residential Treadmill: Lifetime Motor; 5-Year Parts and 2-Year Labor. $99 flat rate shipping. A great value!
 Shop For The Sole F80 Folding Treadmill at Sole.com

Sole F80 TreadmillIn the 20 years of our team reviewing treadmills, the F80 has always been the standard for other treadmill to achieve, and has been a best buy since we started our review.

This year, the Sole F80 was awarded “Best in Class”, “Best Buy”, “Best Quality for Price”, and “Top Rated for Home Use”. Another trusted consumer magazine also gave the Sole F80 a “Best Buy” and rated an “Excellent” in all categories of construction, ease of use, user safety, ergonomics, and exercise range. Every time we have visited the Sole headquarters and test the F80, it has just become a stronger competitor.

Priced in the mid-range category, this treadmill has some impressive features.

3.5 HP Motor – This is a large motor for the price range, and it offers speeds up a challenging 12 MPH. It can handle some serious mileage.

22″ x 60″ Treadbelt – The width and length on the F80 make this machine ideal for walkers, joggers, and runners.

Crowned 2.5″ Rollers – The crowned 2 1/2″ rollers are some of the largest you will find in this price range. In general, larger rollers are better, since they revolve less. The increased size results in less wear on the rollers, motor, belt and bearings. Since they are ‘crowned,’ the roller is slightly bigger in the center. This allows the belt to track better, reducing the need for adjustments and further increasing the longevity of the belt.

Sole F80 Treadmill ReviewConsole – The console is one of the better designs we’ve seen. The 9″ white backlit LCD display is visually appealing, and the console also includes a cooling fan. Controls are present for speed, incline, time, distance, calories burned, pulse and pace displayed simultaneously. There is no need to scroll for information.

Speed & Incline Control – There are speed and incline controls on the arm rests. Having the controls on the arm rests makes for simple adjustments in contrast to awkwardly having to reach over to the console. This is especially true if you are running. There are 15 levels of incline options.

Cushion Flex Running Deck – This deck does a great job at shock absorption and reducing the possibility of injuries and strains. It is also advertised as being quieter than other decks with a reversible deck that is wax lubricated.

Weight Limit and Dimensions – The suggested weight limit for this machine is 375 lbs. The machine itself weighs 278 lbs. The dimensions are 82” L x 37” W x 66” H. It has a step-up height of 8”.

Additional Features – Easy Assist Folding for storage; Bluetooth speakers; USB port, tablet holder, cooling fans, chest strap included, 10 built in workout programs

Warranty – Lifetime frame & motor; lifetime deck, 5-year electronics, and parts; 2-year labor. This is one of the best warranties in the fitness equipment industry today.

Sole F85 Treadmill Review

The Sole F85 treadmill may just be the best folding treadmill for runners. It’s normally priced around $2,000.

Get the Commercial Grade Sole F85 at a Residential Price – On Sale for $1,999 with Free Shipping! Sole is Currently Offering the Best Warranty Coverage for a Residential Treadmill: Lifetime Motor; 5-Year Parts and 2-Year Labor. A “Best Buy” treadmill for runners!

Shop now at www.SoleTreadmills.com

Sole F85 TreadmillThis treadmill is a commercial value machine offered at a residential price point. This year the F85 from Sole was awarded “Best Buy Under $2,000” and “Top In Its Class”. It has some pretty impressive features – including one of the most powerful motors that is available on a residential treadmill.

4.0 Continuous Duty HP Motor – A 4.0 HP motor is like having an 8-cylinder hemi under the hood. It will run effortlessly at high speeds. This size motor is about as powerful as it gets for home use. The speed range is .5 – 12 MPH. There are 15 incline levels.

22″ x 60″ Treadbelt – The length is ideal for both jogger and runners, and for individuals with long strides. You won’t feel like you are about to fall of the end. This extra wide 22″ tread belt is usually found only on commercial grade models.

Speed and Incline Controls on Handlebars – As runners, this is a feature we particularly like. You can change up the speed and incline without having to lean over the console, which often causes breaks in your stride.

Extra Large 2.75″ Crowned Rollers – The larger roller surface means less revolutions, which translates into less wear and tear on the treadbelt, rollers, bearings and the motor. The larger rollers will also reduce the noise level. Being ‘crowned,’ the roller is slightly bigger in the center. This allows the belt to track better, reducing the need for adjustments and further increasing the longevity of the belt.

Sole F85 Treadmill ReviewPremium Console and 10.1” TFT LCD Display – The console has a smart touchscreen layout. Displays include speed, Incline, time, distance traveled, calories, pulse and pace.

Wireless (Telemetric) Heart Rate Control – If you are serious about getting the optimum workout, then HRC is an attractive feature. It’s a telemetric 5KHZ HR receiver. Many professional athletes use HRC to maximize their workouts. There is also chest strap included for tracking capability if you prefer that method.

Cushion Flex Whisper Deck – The deck on Sole treadmills is designed to keep your joints safe even during intense running workouts.

NEW!! Mirroring Capability – This is a brand-new exclusive feature on the F85 treadmill. You can now mirror your favorite shows from your phone or tablet over Wi-Fi and cast it onto your treadmill display screen. Catch up on your favorite sitcom and get your workout in… Talk about killing two birds with one stone!

Weight Limit and Dimensions – The suggested weight limit for this machine is 400 lbs. The machine itself weighs 308 lbs. The dimensions are 82” L x 37” W x 66” H. It has a step-up height of 8”.

Additional Features – Easy Assist Folding for storage; Bluetooth speakers; USB port, tablet holder, cooling fans, chest strap included, 25 built in workout programs

Warranty – Lifetime frame & motor; lifetime deck, 5-year electronics, and parts; 2-year labor. A really impressive warranty.

Sole S77 Treadmill Review

The Sole S77 treadmill is the non-folding version of the popular F85 treadmill from Sole. They are typically priced around the same price range, sometimes the S77 will go on sale as it doesn’t have the folding capabilities. If you do not want a folding treadmill and you really like the features of the F85 machine, look no further than the S77.

The Sole S77 is priced at $1,999.99 with $99 flat rate shipping. An excellent value!

Shop now at www.SoleTreadmills.com

Sole S77 TreadmillOver the years, our team has consistently given the S77 as well as the F85 “Best Buy” ratings because these treadmills are built to take the abuse of serious users. Both of these treadmills are equipped with high-quality components, and you really can’t go wrong with either. The difference comes down to whether or not you will be folding up your treadmill when it’s not in use.

4.0 Continuous Duty HP Motor – As mentioned with the F85 treadmill, this is one of the largest motors you will find on a residential treadmill. It is built to run effortlessly at high speeds. Enjoy challenging speeds up to 12 MPH, with 15 levels of incline.

22″ x 60″ Treadbelt – If you are a runner and/or are tall, the extra length is a necessity. You get a 22″ wide belt, adding an extra comfort zone for running. A 22″ width is usually found only on commercial grade models.

Extra Large 2.75″ Crowned Rollers – The large rollers extend the life of not only the rollers, but also the bearings and the belt. Crowned rollers, which are larger in the center, do a better job of tracking while further extending the life of the belt. Usually this is the size rollers you would find on a $4,000+ treadmill.

Sole S77 Treadmill ReviewNon-Folding Design – Most people who buy a treadmill of this caliber seldom require a folding function. The benefits of a non-folding treadmill are more stability and a solid feel. Combined with the 250 lb. unit weight, it would take a sumo wrestler doing interval training to rock this machine. We recommend you get the inside delivery option. This treadmill is a bear to move.

10.1” TFT LCD Console and Display – Sole put some thought into the design and layout of this console, and the result is one of the most stylish and functional displays on the market.

Speed and Incline Controls on Handlebars – As runners, this is a feature we particularly like. You can change up the speed and incline without having to lean over the console, which often causes breaks in your stride.

Intuitive Heart Rate Control – Use your heart rate to get the optimum workout. HRC is used by many professional athletes.  In the heart rate training mode, the machine will automatically adjust incline to keep you in your target heart rate zone. The S77 allows for an intuitive functionality that automatically adjusts the incline to maintain your target heart rate.

Cushion Flex Whisper Deck – The standard Cushion Flex deck from Sole is very forgiving for your joints.

Weight Limit and Dimensions – The suggested weight limit for this machine is 400 lbs. The machine itself weighs 258 lbs. The dimensions are 82” L x 36” W x 58” H. It has a step-up height of 8”. This treadmill is slightly more compact than the similar F85.

Additional Features – Easy Assist Folding for storage; Bluetooth speakers; USB port, tablet holder, cooling fans, pulse grips and chest strap compatible (chest strap included), 10 built in workout programs

Warranty – Lifetime frame & motor; lifetime deck, 5-year electronics, 2-year labor. A fantastic warranty but not as good as the warranty on the F85.

Sole TT8 Treadmill Review

The TT8 is the beast of Sole treadmill models. It actually is also available for lite commercial use yet cost less than $3,000. It is probably an overkill for residential use, but if you have the money and want the best of the best, this machine rocks.

The Most Durable Residential Treadmill on the market is currently reduced to $2,499 with a 30 day money back guarantee!

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Because the TT8 treadmill is offered for light commercial use, it means this treadmill is engineered for the abuse of multiple users/runners. This year, the TT8 was awarded “Best Price for Commercial Grade”. It’s a hefty, durable, overall monster of a machine with unbeatable construction features.

Dual Motors – The dual motors include a 4.0 Continuous Duty HP motor, giving you options of cranking it up to 12 MPH.

Sole TT8 TreadmillIncline and Decline – The TT8 is the only treadmill from Sole that offers decline capabilities. This treadmill has a range of -6 decline up to 15 levels of incline. Being able to decline will allow you to target more muscle groups and mimic going up and down hills right on your treadmill. Best of all, since the TT8 comes with the standard Cushion Flex deck, even challenging inclines and declines will be gentle on your joints.

10.1″ TFT LCD Display – This easy to read display allows you to track your workout stats.  It’s clear and easy to manipulate.

3″ Rollers – As we’ve mentioned in other reviews, larger rollers are always better. These are the largest treadmill rollers you will find at any price range. Larger rollers reduce wear and extend the life of the rollers, motor, bearings, and belt.

1″ Reversible Deck – Meaning you can turn over the deck to extend the life.

Heavy Duty 2-Ply Treadbelt – Designed for a commercial setting, the 22” x 60” deck space will give ample room for taller users and those with long running strides.

Weight Limit and Dimensions – The suggested weight limit for this machine is 400 lbs. The machine itself weighs in at a whopping 322 lbs. The dimensions are 82” L x 36” W x 58” H. It has a step-up height of 8”. Due to the extremely heavy and stable design of the TT8, this machine does not have an option to be folded.

Additional Features – Easy Assist Folding for storage; Bluetooth speakers; USB port, tablet holder, cooling fans, pulse grips and chest strap compatible, 9 built in workout programs

Warranty – The residential warranty option for the TT8 treadmill is lifetime frame, motor, and deck, 5-years electronics, and 2-years labor.

Sole ST90 Treadmill Review

NEW FOR 2022!

The newest launch to the treadmill lineup from Sole, according to their company offers ‘a running experience like never before’. This sleek and bold treadmill design is not only appealing to look at, but it comes loaded with commercial quality features.

 The commercial-grade ST90 Treadmill from Sole is priced at $3,499. 30 Day Money-Back Guarantee!

Shop now at www.SoleTreadmills.com

What makes the ST90 such a rock star of a machine? We’ll let the features speak for themselves…

Sole ST90 Treadmill ReviewSlat Belt Deck – This style of deck is an innovative design from Sole. The technology mimics a conveyor belt in motion. What this means is that while you’re running, there will be less friction, creating a more comfortable and safe experience during exercise. While it looks thinner, looks can be deceiving. The slat belt technology also provides low-impact strike to help lessen joint impact. In addition, the slat belt deck style will present less wear over time in comparison to a standard style treadmill belt. 

Motor – The motor on the ST90 is the only treadmill from Sole that offers an AC motor. AC motors are widely known for their ability to operate at higher levels of power output. Essentially… AC motors are more powerful and efficient than DC motors. The ST90 comes with a 2.0 HP AC motor that will allow you to push yourself up to speeds of 12 MPH.

Incline – Enjoy up to 15 levels of incline to really challenge and grow your cardiovascular strength. Note: The ST90 does not offer decline.

10.1″ TFT-LCD Display – The touch panel screen gives you quick access to workout stats, as well as the ability to utilize the Studio fitness technology. There is also an integrated tablet holder so you can use your phone or device to display your favorite media while you exercise.

Handlebar Adjustment Technology – Intuitive handlebar controls allow you to make adjustments to both speed and incline as needed, without ever missing a step in your workout.

Weight Limit and Dimensions – The weight capacity on the ST90 is a little lighter than we would like to see for a commercial grade machine. This is likely due to the differentiated deck style. The weight limit is 330 lbs., and the treadmill dimensions are 70″ L x 65″ H x 33.5″ W. The running deck is 20″ x 60″. 

Additional Features  – Bluetooth Speakers, WiFi, Screen Casting, Pulse + Telemetric HR Monitoring

Warranty – Lifetime frame and motor, 3-years deck, electronics and parts, 1-year labor 

Sole Treadmill Cons

The central thread of complaints that we have heard over the years concerning Sole treadmill machines is the lack of technology integrations. In the last year, Sole has begun to improve on this notion by partnering with Studio and offering a free 30-day trial of the interactive technology on all of their treadmills. However, in comparison to other brands, Sole is fairly behind when it comes to technology. The most noteworthy cons to keep in mind before investing in a Sole treadmill include:

  • Speaker quality. In comparison to other top brands, the speakers offered from Sole are nothing to write home about.
  • Screen size. There are many other treadmill brands that feature huge screens on their treadmill models, the largest one from Sole is the 10.1”.
  • Heavy equipment. Because the treadmills are designed in such a durable manner, they are really heavy. Some consumers find that as a con in contrast to other brands who advertise “lightweight” designs.
  • Lacking fans. Although Sole treadmills come with cooling fans, they are not the best fans available on the market.

As with any brand, there are both pros and cons. The main concerns that arise with Sole are the technology features. If you are looking for a machine that is more interactive and comes with a wider variety of technological advancements, we suggest a brand like NordicTrack or ProForm.

**Shipping Note: All Sole treadmills come with $99 flat rate standard delivery. For their standard delivery, the driver will back the truck up as far as they can (which is sometimes at the end of your driveway) and unload your treadmill box for you. Treadmills can often be awkward to move and typically require more than one person. Sole now offers Assembly Authority Delivery for $249.98. An Assembly Authority Tech will unload the treadmill to the designated room of your choice, assemble it, and demonstrate the functionality for you. This new delivery option is a great deal in our opinion to mitigate the issue of having to unload heavy machinery by yourself into your home.

The Final Verdict: Sole Treadmills

Our review team have consistently been impressed with Sole and the products that they release. If there is one word that we could use to summarize Sole and their treadmills it would be reliable. Although their products may not be the savviest when it comes to technology, these machines are designed to last. Over the years as Sole has exploded as a brand, we have seen the commitment their company has to maintaining the best quality of equipment paired with the best customer service on the market. In our opinion, Sole has one of the best customer service departments in the fitness industry today.

With other brands, we constantly read complaints that consumers can’t even get an answer from a customer service representative after spending thousands on a treadmill from their company. Sole treats each and every one of their customers like they know them. Their customer support staff is extremely capable and reliable. If you’re on the market for a new treadmill and looking for a tough option with the best warranty options along with diligent customer support, a treadmill from Sole will be a great investment for you.

This article was written by Brook Norris and published on Wednesday, 19 January 2022. 


Ace Your Next Test With Your Running Shoes 

NordicTrack Commercial x22i Incline Trainer

Looking for an in-home treadmill? Check out the NordicTrack Commercial x22i Incline Trainer

Running is great for every system in your body — from head to toe. This isn’t news. But did you know that running could help you get ahead at work or school?

It’s true. Whether you’re cramming for a test, getting ready for a big presentation or preparing for a public speaking engagement, running could be your secret weapon for success.

We’ve talked in the past about exercise helping aging adults activate the memory centers in their brains. Then, there’s the importance of “flexing your brain” with exercise to keep it in top form for longer.

However, studies show that regardless of age, running can help you with memory retention when you’re preparing for an event that requires memorization. Continue reading


The Crème de la Crème for Sole Fitness

This newest model in the Sole Fitness lineup is designed with longevity, power and comfort. The TT9 offers the widest variety of both new and updated features seen in any Sole model to date. Yup.. it’s a good one.  It does come with a modest price increase so let’s take a look at the features and figure out if it’s worth the price for your own home gym.

Since this model is designed for both in-home and light commercial use, you know it is built to put in the miles. The combination of high quality construction and comfort features, like the new 10” touchscreen, put the Sole TT9 a step above the rest of the Sole models like its close cousin the Sole TT8 treadmill.

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Sole TT9 Treadmill Features

10” Touchscreen – The Sole TT9 is the first treadmill in the series that offers a touchscreen. Along with a built-in web browser, this allows you to watch your favorite shows or keep up with your emails without juggling extra devices during your workout. Or you can very clearly and easily focus on your workout stats as you log your miles.

Bluetooth Capable – Keep track of your goals and progress by using the Bluetooth capability on the Sole TT9 to wirelessly export all of your workout data to the free Sole app, or any other compatible fitness app you use.  We really like that the Sole app works with so many fitness apps that you are already using…Apple Health, Fitbit, Record, and MapMyRun to name a few.

4.0 Continuous Power AC Motor – This heavy-duty motor will provide all the power you need for a smooth workout, whether you’re doing long distance, sprints or high-intensity intervals. The only Sole model to use AC (alternating current), this treadmill delivers super quiet operation, making it perfect for home use. AC motors are also more durable and last longer, with less maintenance than their DC (direct current) counterparts.

3” Crowned Rollers – As we have discussed with other models, larger rollers are simply better. They mean fewer rotations, which puts less stress on the machine and reduces wear and tear. This keeps your treadmill running longer with less maintenance. At 3”, the rollers on the Sole TT9 are some of the largest that you will find.

Sole tt9 treadmill22” x 60” Running Surface – This spacious running surface allows room for even the tallest of runners among us. The wider surface will also keep you from feeling cramped or boxed in during your workout.

Multi-Ply Belt – The Sole TT9 offers the thickest belt to date from Sole. The four layer belt consists of two rubber layers surrounding a layer of PVC with nylon backing. This combination increases durability, provides a smooth running surface and keeps the belt from over-stretching. The belt is also permeated with lubricant so there’s less maintenance for you.

Reversible Cushion Flex Whisper Deck – The commercial grade deck on the Sole TT9 is uniquely designed to flex. Compared to outdoor running, this can reduce impact on your joints by up to 40%. With long-term use in mind, the waxed deck keeps the belt running smoothly and is reversible for extended use.

Incline and Decline – Bring your outdoor workout indoors with the Sole TT9. The 15% incline and 6% decline features allow for a more natural feel when you are running. This also means that you can work a larger variety of muscle groups for a more comprehensive workout.

At 397 lbs the Sole TT9 is the heaviest Sole model by far. And that’s saying something because Sole machines are HEFTY.  This means it will provide an extremely stable running surface and can also handle a user weight of up to 450 lbs.

Warranty – Lifetime frame, 5 year deck and motor, 3 year electronics and 1 year labor.

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Our Review — Sole TT9 Treadmill (How much do you want your $1000 in your pocket?)

The Sole TT9 offers the quality construction and ease of use that we have come to expect from Sole treadmills. You will notice that the price tag on this one is going to be a bit higher than the other models that Sole has on offer, but they have really upped their game with the Sole TT9.

This is the only Sole model to offer the touchscreen display with a built-in web browser. This is also the heaviest, most durable Sole treadmill. Not only is it going to be an extremely steady running surface, it can accommodate users up to 450 lb.

Even with larger users in mind, the Sole TT9 is designed to keep owner maintenance to a minimum. This allows you to focus on the work you are doing on yourself, without worrying about doing maintenance work on the machine.

Sole Fitness TT8 - Read the full review here.

Sole Fitness TT8 – Read the full review here.

The Sole TT9 doesn’t offer folding capability which, combined with the larger footprint, may be something to consider if you are looking to conserve space in your home. However, the AC motor and Whisper Deck make it very quiet if you are in a shared living space, or like to exercise while others are sleeping.

Compared to other commercial use machines, which can cost upwards of $5,000, the Sole Sole TT9 still offers a great deal if you are looking to invest in your home gym. If you aren’t looking to spend quite as much on your home equipment, the Sole TT8 is a tried-and-true option that offers many similar features and costs about $1,000 less.

All in all, if you are looking for an exceptional commercial quality workout in the comfort of your own home, the SoleTT9 has you covered. If you like the heavy duty machine and the touchscreen, then buy this one.  If you’d prefer keeping $1000 or more in your pocket, then go with the Sole TT-8 or even the top-rated Sole F-85.

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Sole TT8 Treadmill Customer Review

I love my treadmill. I burn calories off and look great, feel great and I even sleep better at night and my stress and depression is going away. I don’t even take medication anymore for two months now for my depression. The treadmill has been my biggest answer not only to fitness, but health mentally and physically. You can’t go wrong with a treadmill…it’s your life that gets better without meds in my case.

Sincerely,
Aldo R.
Disabled Veteran


What’s the Deal with Curved Treadmills? 

Woodway Curved Treadmill

Whether you are new to treadmills or a seasoned professional, you may have noticed a new kid on the block – the curved treadmill!

Companies like Woodway, TrueForm and Technogym SkillMill, have introduced curved treadmills to the market for a unique new way to get in a running workout.

Since many are unsure what to make of this new machine type, we’ve put together a list of some differences you can expect to encounter. This way you can make an informed decision about whether or not it’s for you.

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How to Pick the Best Treadmill for Small Spaces

Bowflex Treadclimber TC100

Best treadmills for apartments.  Bowflex Treadclimber TC100 – Read our full review here.

Apartment living makes you pay attention to your use of space, but it doesn’t have to stop you from getting an awesome treadmill workout at home.

When you’re shopping for the perfect treadmill for your apartment, there are some important things to keep in mind.

Quality – While they may cost you more than the big box version from your local Walmart, a quality treadmill is well worth the investment. It will last much longer and provide you with better warranty services. Plus, the treadmills we recommend provide a higher value workout.

Folding – A model with folding capability will allow you store your treadmill out of sight when you aren’t using it. This allows you to maximize the use of your space.

Quietness – Apartment living means neighbors… neighbors that can hear almost everything! A quiet treadmill will get you a great workout without disturbing those around you.

Stability – Make sure your treadmill has a solid foundation that will keep it from moving on the floor. This way you can be sure that each running step you take is not going to rattle your machine to pieces. This also help keep the noise level to a minimum.

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