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Sole Fitness F63 Treadmill Review

Brand: Sole Fitness
Expert Rating: 5 stars!

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 A Serious Contender at $999

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The Sole F63 treadmill is their entry level model and for years has been one of the best values at the $999 price range. Recently, this model received an “Excellent” rating from a trusted consumer magazine in the categories of Ergonomics and Exercise Range, and rated “Very Good” in the categories of Construction, Ease of Use, and User Safety.

For the money, this machine comes with some excellent features. In general, Sole treadmills are durable, tend to be low maintenance, and their customer service is responsive. With the Sole F63 you are getting one of the most durable $999 treadmills on the market. It is ideal for walkers and joggers.

The Sole F63 now comes with Bluetooth capability so you can track your workout stats on your smart device and monitor your progress towards your fitness goals. Simply download the Sole Fitness app and you are ready to go! We are happy to see Sole Fitness entering into the world of fitness equipment stat tracking technology.

 The Sole F63 is priced at $999 with Free Shipping. **Due to increased demand during the pandemic, there is currently a 60 day shipping delay on this treadmill. If you’re looking for a comparable treadmill sooner, we confidently recommend the Horizon T202.
Shop for the Horizon T202 at HorizonFitness.com

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The Sole F63 Treadmill Features…

f63-sole-treadmill_consoleBluetooth Capability – The F63 treadmill now has Bluetooth capability so that you can track your workout stats on your smart device.  Download the free Sole Fitness app or use any other compatible fitness tracking app to follow your stats and track progress towards your goals.

3.0 Continuous Duty HP Motor — This motor is sufficient for both walking and jogging. It comes with a lifetime motor, which suggests it seldom ever burns out.

20″ x 60″ Treadbelt — A sufficient length for walking and jogging.

253 Lbs. Weight — This is an above average weight for a treadmill at this price. This hefty weight will contribute to a stable and solid feel.

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 what do you expect for $1,000? If you live in a second floor apartment, you may have issues with your downstairs neighbors.

Speed 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.

Shock Absorption – Sole uses a different deck on the F63 than on their other models. The shock absorption is not quite as good, but is still a significant improvement over running outdoors.

Console and Display – The console has a single window 6.5″ white LCD display that provides multiple feedback. It comes with six installed workout programs and two user-defined programs. There are also fans, speakers, and an MP3/iPod plug-in. The sound on the speakers is not the best.

Warranty — As mentioned, the Sole F 63 has a lifetime warranty on the motor and frame. It also has 3-years on the deck / electronics / parts, and a 1-year labor warranty. At this price range, this tends to be above average. All other Sole treadmills come with a 5-year parts and 2-year labor warranty.

Check Out a Full Comparison List of All Sole Treadmill Models Here.

Our Review – Sole F63 Treadmill

The most recent version has Bluetooth capability which allows you to track your workout stats on you smart device with a compatible fitness app.  We like that this machine now has improved workout stat tracking technology like many other treadmill brands.  At $1,000, the Sole F63 is a worthy competitor overall.  However, there is some serious competition at this price range. Regardless, with the F63 you are getting the Sole reputation for quality and value.

At first glance, the savings of $500 in comparison to their popular Sole F80 treadmill may be attractive, but you are compromising on the deck, motor, rollers, warranty, and display. Also, you do not get heart rate control with the lower model. Determine your level of activity and decide if a budget treadmill is the best choice.

We would recommend the Sole F63 for walking and light jogging, but if you plan to run or jog regularly, we suggest the Sole F80.

Learn more at www.SoleTreadmills.com.

Customer Reviews

There were several customer reviews on Amazon.com, each rating the Sole F63 four stars. One buyer was satisfied with the overall performance, but felt the motor was not exactly “Whisper Quiet.” The others were very satisfied, stating…

I’ve had my treadmill for about a month, and so far I have absolutely no buyer’s remorse at all! I don’t know how it would be as a running treadmill, since I only use it for walking and use the incline to make the workout more intense. I paid the extra $ to have the delivery people set it up. They got here when they said they would and set it up perfectly — no complaints there! I’m having a lot of fun with my new toy and getting fitter besides. Even the MP3 player speakers work better than I expected. BTW, although I’m a female under five feet tall I have no trouble lifting up the treadmill to fold it as long as I use proper lifting technique.


Thanks for your great reviews.  My wife and I took them strongly into consideration when buying our treadmill.  In the end we were debating between the Spirit XT175 (on sale for $999.99) and the Sole F63 (on sale for $999.99).   He (Salesman) actually recommended the F63 for light running and jogging over the Spirit XT175, because of the longer deck on the F63.  After using the F63, we are very pleased with our purchase, I am convinced it is the one of the best for under $1,000…  Thanks again for your GREAT reviews!!

*This Sole F63 Treadmill Review is based on not only testing the equipment, but also comments, testimonials, reviews and ratings of customers and third parties. We attempt to be as accurate as possible. Warranties, components and prices can change without notice.


52 thoughts on “Sole F63”

  1. Amy

    hi,
    Does this treadmill have the ability to descend when running, such as -0.5, – 1.0 etc, allowing for interval training, and running downhill?

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    1. administrator Post author

      Hi Paul,
      The F63 does not have a wax infused belt (most consumer brands will not). Therefore you will have to lubricate but it depends on usage. If your notice the belt is sluggish or sticking then it’s time to lubricate.

      There are some commercial machines which feature a wax infused belt that will not require lubricant, but pricing is generally much higher.

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  2. Selena

    How long is the electrical cord. Need to know it needs to face the wall or can it be turned towards the center of the room.

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    1. administrator Post author

      Hi Selena,
      Thanks for your interest in the F63. The power cord is six feet in length on all Sole Treadmills. Let me know if you have additional questions. thanks, Brad

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    1. administrator Post author

      Hi Elizabeth,
      IFIT is a technology exclusively for NordicTrack and not related to Sole, nor available on Sole Treadmills.

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  3. Anton

    I know Sole says lifetime warranty on motors and frame, but what about the walking belt? How long is the warranty on the walking belt. if any?

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    1. administrator Post author

      Hi Anton,
      The belts typically do not wear out as long as you add the necessary lube to them as shown in the owner’s manual.

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  4. Lois

    Hi I have had my Sole F63 since 2013. I love it, but recently it has been having issues. it stops in the middle of a workout and LSI comes up on the display. We have cleaned it, readjusted the sensor and lubed the moving parts. Still it keeps happening. What else can we check? there is not a whole lot of information in the manual. Help!!

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  5. Donna Brooks

    I’m looking for a treadmill that folds with a great warranty that I can use in an apartment. I’d like something with an incline, strong motor, good shock absorption for my knees, preset workouts, that’s quite and has great customer service. Any ideas??

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    1. Site Admin

      Hi Donna. I would probably suggest a NordicTrack or ProForm treadmill. Both of these companies offer iFit technology which gives you a ton of options for preset workouts. If you’re looking to stay near the $1,000 range, I would suggest the NordicTrack T 6.5 Si (Right now it comes with 1-year iFit Family Membership Included)! https://treadmill-ratings-reviews.com/treadmill-reviews/budget-treadmills/nordictrack-t-6-5-s/
      It also has the incline, decent motor, easy lift, and shock absorption. Hope this helps

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  6. patricia

    I’m looking at a Sole f63 and ProForm Performance c1450 to purchase. Both seem to have many of the same features that I’m looking for (ie the 60” running deck, inclines, fold up capability, preset programs built in, strong motors, etc). In your opinion; is one built more sturdy than the other and does one weigh significantly more than the other. Thank you

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  7. Pat Brinkley

    September 25, 2020
    Hi,
    I am Pat. My son and I use the treadmill. I walk for an hour at a rate of 3.0, 5 times per week. My son jogs for 6 miles at a rate of 8.3, 3-4 times per week. We just purchased your F63 Sole and had it for 3 months and it ran very well but the belt started slipping and stopping a few days ago. We lubricate it and it still slips and stops. Is my son jogging too much for the your Sole F63. Please inform. Please send answer to my email too. Thanks.

    Pat

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      1. Mary

        Hello, I am 130 lbs and looking to jog 3-4 miles three times a week at 5-6 mph. Would the Sole F63 work for me? It might occasionally also be used by another family member for walking/light jogging. Thanks!

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        1. Site Admin

          Hi Mary! Yes, the sole F63 sounds like a good fit for you 🙂 If you/your family member plan on going much faster than that, I might would suggest upgrading to the F80. Hope this helps!

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    1. Site Admin

      Hi Lenny. The Sole F63 is made more for walking/jogging with occasional running. If you’re going to be running often I might would suggest th Sole F80 or F85

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      1. Stoney End

        Where does it ‘fall short’ for the use I describe? Is it the cushioning, motor, smoothness, durability, etc. If the runner is ~ 130 and running 6:45-7:30 is that enough to affect the recommendation?

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        1. Site Admin

          The motor. The F63 has a 3.0 HP motor while the F80 has a 3.5 and the F85 has a 4.0. They all can withstand running, but the 3.5 or 4.0 will hold up better for long-term running. Hope this helps

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  8. francine

    I’m looking at the F63. I see free shipping; do you know if they would assembly it too? If so what would the cost be?

    Thank you,

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  9. Lauren cohn

    Hi. Would you recommend the sole f63 or the horizon 7.0 at? My husband and I are looking for a treadmill for power walking moderate running and a fold up with no connection to an app as we want flexibility to use anything we want

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  10. Chuck

    I am considering the Sole f63. My wife an I will both use for walking and light running.
    I am reasonably mechanically inclined. Will I have problems assembling?
    Is it overall a solid purchase at under $1000?

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    1. Site Admin

      Hi Chuck! We have not personally assembled the F63, however we have not heard any complaints about assembly with this model. Also, Sole does offer assembly for a $239 fee. For walking and light running, the F63 is a fantastic option.

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  11. Jeremy

    Since we can’t go the gym during COVID, I need a foldable/mobile treadmill and want to keep it around $1000. I’ve seen your reviews for the Sole F63 and Horizon 303. My wife will mostly use for walking and maybe some intervals but not much full-on running. I will use for running, 3-4 miles a few times a week, avg pace 7mph with some intervals. I will mostly use in the winter as I prefer to run outside when warm enough. Is the Horizon durable enough for running or would I be better off with the Sole?

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    1. Site Admin

      Hi Jeremy, Sole is known for their durability but I don’t think you would have an issue with the T303. It’s certainly built for running as well, and it does have a lifetime frame and motor warranty if issues do come up. Also, the estimated arrival of the F63 right now is 60 days out and the T303 is in stock and ready to ship (at the time of this comment).

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  12. Jeremy

    Looking for foldable and mobile treadmill for roughly $1,000. I need to not only fold it up but also roll it a little due to space limitations in the room we would use it in. My wife would mostly speed walk with intervals but I would run 3-4 miles maybe 2-3 times a week, avg 7 mph, some speed intervals. I prefer running outside so once the weather gets better in spring, it won’t get as much use. Do you have a preference between the Sole F63, Horizon 303 or Horizon 7AT?

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    1. Site Admin

      Hi Jeremy. For the running you are describing, I would suggest the Horizon 7.0 AT or the Sole F63. Right now the F63 is 45-60 days out with shipping, so if you need something sooner I would suggest the 7.0 AT from Horizon. Hope this helps!!

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  13. Gregory Williams

    When you say the f63 is good for jogging … what is the difference in running? I run/jog about 6 mph… would the f63 be good for that?

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    1. Site Admin

      Hi Gregory! If you’re often running at a 6.0 MPH range I would probably suggest upgrading to the Sole F80, it has a 3.5 HP motor where the F63 has a 3.0 HP so it is better suited to handle heavy duty use. I hope this helps.

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