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Sole Treadmill Review


Best Buy for Durability & Performance

Fred Waters reviewing a Sole Treadmill

Fred Waters reviewing a Sole Treadmill.

On 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.

The result are several treadmills that are the best value in the $1,000 – $2,500 range. In fact, a leading consumer magazine gave the Sole TT8 the third highest rating in their recent review, giving it an “Excellent” for construction.

We’ve watched this company go from a relative unknown to a major player. That’s what happens when you offer exceptional quality at a great price.

  
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Below are some of the best values in their price range. Shop now at www.SoleTreadmills.com. Prices include free shipping.

Sole F80 – $1,499 (TRR “Best Buy” Rating)

Sole F85 – $1,999 (TRR “Best Buy” Rating)

Sole S77 – $1,899

Sole TT8 – $2,499 (Excellent Rating from Leading Consumer Magazine)

Sole F63 – $999

Sole F65 – $1,299

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Exceptional Quality Control:  What Sets Sole Fitness Apart?

Quiet Room Test: In talking to their VP of Marketing, 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 is any issues it gets rejected.

Shipping:  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.

Used by Quality Hotels:  What is also notable is that both the Hilton and Omni chain of hotels offer the F80 treadmills for in-room use. Having been proven in the rigorous hotel environment, this says something about the durability of the machines. When you consider these treadmills are moved constantly and used consistently, this indicates a treadmill that will excel in your home.

Sole treadmills have received a number of positive reviews and ratings, particularly for their folding models. Their success can be attributed to building well-engineered machines that utilize quality components — all sold at a valued price.

Sole Treadmill Features

Bluetooth Fitness Tracking Capability – In 2016, Sole Fitness upgraded their machines to include Bluetooth capability.  Along with a free Sole Fitness app, these machines can now track fitness data.  They can also integrate with other popular fitness apps that you may already be using. The system is easy to use and best of all- free!

Team member Rachael discusses Sole Fitness treadmills.

Team member Rachael discusses Sole Fitness treadmills.

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. This deck is available on the F80, F85, S77, and TT8 models.

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.

“The Cushion Flex suspension system greatly reduces impact to feet, ankles, knees, hips and spine. This reduction in impact is an outstanding benefit to users with running and walking related injuries and has proven highly effective in therapeutic applications. Sole’s all-steel welded frame design and Cushion Flex suspensions system provide the softest, safest and most stable running surface available.”

Powerful 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.

Sole Treadmill Rollers, Bigger is Better – As mentioned, Sole builds their treadmills with the type of rollers found in high end 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. (F63 & F65 have 2.5″ rollers)

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.

Our Review – Sole Treadmills

When testing the Sole treadmills we found them to be relatively quiet and have just enough cushion to provide proper support without being too bouncy. The motors are more than adequate, and even at high speeds they do not strain. They come with a lifetime warranty, and according to the company it is extremely rare when they have a problem with the motor.

The console and display is well designed, providing simultaneous feedback on speed, incline, time, distance, calories, pulse and pace. There is also a 1/4 mile track feature and a peak and valley graph. All their treadmills have built-in speakers where you can plug-in your MP3 or iPhone player. (excluding the TT8)

We recommend you give Sole Treadmill a serious look. The combination of their price and the quality of their components, back by a solid warranty, make this a very good buy. Their track record within the hotel industry is a good indication that these are durable treadmills.

It should also be noted, in the years we’ve been reviewing Sole treadmills and ellipticals, we have received only a couple of emails regarding minor mechanical problems, and no emails complaining about their customer service. In this industry that is the exception, rather than the rule.

Below are links to our individual Sole Treadmill Reviews:

Click here for a comparison chart of all of the Sole Fitness treadmills.

Folding
Non-Folding

Sole F8022″ Belt
Sole F85 – 22″ Belt
Sole F63
Sole F65


Sole S77
– 22″ Belt
Sole TT8 – 22″ Belt

Top Consumer Magazine

A very popular consumer magazine, whose name I cannot mention, gave the Sole S77 a “Best Buy” award in their most recent poll. It was rated it an “Excellent” for exercise range and a “Very Good” for construction. The review process consist of purchasing a model from a retailer and putting the machine through rigorous tests.

ConsumerSearch.com – Top Rating for Sole F80

Based on a variety of reliable sources (Including this site), ConsumerSearch.com rated the Sole F80Best mid-range folding treadmill.” They mention it has comparable features found in more expensive models.

Customer Reviews

I really like the treadmill. It’s solid and quiet and the programs are pretty good for alleviating boredom. I run about 15 miles a week. They made some changes to the display on the new model that give it a more finished look, and of course they added some speakers with an audio input. The sound isn’t great but it’s nice to take the earplugs out once in a while.


Buying the Sole F80 has been nothing short of a life changer. I was finding less and less time to go to the gym and I was feeling the effects. Knowing that I needed more convenience in my work out schedule I figured getting something for home would be a good idea. I started the whole research process online and through talking to friends, Sole always came to the top. After deciding to buy a Sole F80 my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner! The treadmill is fantastic and more important to me than any of the furniture in my house. I look forward to working out now and the F80 performs just as well for me as any of the treadmills at the gym.


The treadmill itself is everything it was advertised to be; solidly built, with a very cushioned running surface. We replaced our ProForm treadmill because the running surface was hard and unforgiving, and too short. The Sole F85 provides a solid, extra-long track (60 inches) that feels very stable and comfortable underfoot. I’m more of a walker than a runner, but this treadmill makes running fun!

If you’re looking for a fancy treadmill with all the bells and whistles, this isn’t it, but if you want a solid, durable, comfortable treadmill that is backed by an excellent warranty and superb customer service, check out the Sole F-85.


I bought the SOLE F80 from Home Gym Central three years ago this month. It’s performed flawlessly the entire time. It’s smooth, quiet and can take the pounding of a 200+ pound man day in and day out.

Two days ago I discovered that a weld on the deck frame had broken. I was sick, fearing they would say, “Sorry, nothing we can do for you three years later.” WRONG!

One phone call to SOLE’s service department and the problem was handled – a brand new F80 tread mill will be delivered to my door in 5-7 days AND, they will take away the broken one too.

This company not only makes a great product, but they stand behind it 100%!


Note: One individual got curbside delivery and struggled getting the treadmill into the house. We highly recommend you get inside delivery. These machines are heavy, which is why they are so stable.

For more information go to www.SoleTreadmills.com


4 thoughts on “Sole Fitness”

  1. Lynda

    Seriously looking at purchasing one of your treadmills. I have had treadmills in the past & have always had someone deliver & set it up. Is that an option with your treadmills? Also, if there are ever any problems, how is a service call done?

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    1. administrator Post author

      Hi Linda,
      Thanks for your inquiry regarding set up of a new Sole Treadmill. When you purchase direct from Sole, they offer the option at check out called “Turn Key”. This means your machine will be delivered, and afterwards a qualified technician will come to your home for set up and assembly. Let me know if you have additional questions. thanks, Brad

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  2. Christal Stovall

    Great website. Appreciative of the research!!
    I have a couple of comments & questions.

    I have purchased 2 Sole treadmills from Dick’s and always buy extended warranty (4 years + the Sole base). However, at about 4 years into each treadmill, Dicks repair dept. refuses to fix the treadmills any longer and simply refunds me a Dick’s gift card for the price of the treadmills. That is acceptable on 1 scale, but the difficulties with this solution is that I am paying excess fees for the new treadmill delivery/assembly plus fees to remove the old treadmill ( 2 story home) that is not covered. I am also in down time waiting for their initial decision, waiting to receive gift card and waiting for store to place me on their delivery/assembly schedule. So I feel cheated of a full coverage when I pay extra fees for an extended care warranty, yet incur additional fees earlier than expected and incur timely fitness delays.

    An additional odd fact is this last refusal to fix the Sole was because “Asurion/Dick’s No Sweat Protection Company”, stated they no longer have a technician in my area ( Huntsville, AL) to service my treadmill. However, I am expected to use the gift card to purchase another treadmill at Dicks knowing the company does not actually have a technician. To top this dichotomy, when I contacted Sole, they did give me the name of technician in my area, but because this repair company does not work for “Dicks No Sweat Protection/Asurion “, I will have to pay avg $215.00 plus parts (and time) for my treadmill to be diagnosed/repaired despite still having a warranty that is in place.

    My qss: (1) Does Sole directly offer any package extended warranties ?
    (2) Regarding the frame, does Sole offer extended side hand railings? I am looking at an F80/F85 and the side-rails do not extend but about 1 foot. A few other models do offer longer hand rails, but Sole is my preferred selection based on all your reviews.
    Thank you,
    Christal

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    1. administrator Post author

      Hi Christal,
      Sole does not offer an extended warranty nor extended side hand railings.

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