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Sole Fitness is a brand known for its reasonably priced, yet durable, cardio equipment. I’m a big fan of the Sole F63, which is under $1,000. I was excited to learn more about the Sole F80, the F63’s older brother, if you will. 

In this Sole F80 treadmill review, I’ll take an in-depth, research-based approach to give you all the details you need to make a solid decision for you. 

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Our expert product reviewers at Garage Gym Reviews have tested dozens of the best treadmills and researched many more. I personally could tell you every industry-standard treadmill spec you’d ever want to know, so believe me when I say I know almost too much about treadmills.

Unsurprisingly, this is a super helpful skill to have when I’m reviewing treadmills, because I can tell you if a specific machine is in line with what you should expect. 

Sole Fitness Sole F80 Treadmill
Sole Fitness Sole F80 Treadmill
Sole Fitness Sole F80 Treadmill

When it comes to performance and stability, there are few treadmills out there at this price point that can compare to the Sole F80. This is truly a treadmill designed with heavy runners in mind as its key features are ones normally found on more expensive models. Constructed with the highest grade welded steel, this formidable treadmill is sturdy and durable yet easily folds when not in use. With a 3.5 horsepower motor and elongated running surface (60 inches by 22 inches), the Sole 80 is ideal for those looking to put the miles in. Sole claims that their patented cushioned running surface reduces impact on joints by 40%.If you are looking for a treadmill jam packed with programs and integrative technology, this is not your machine. The Sole F80 does boast console fans, two integrated Bluetooth speakers, and a USB port so you can connect your smart device and listen to your favorite playlist while you workout. But, the 9-inch display is simple and tracks the important stuf: distance, calories burned, and heart rate to name a few. Buyers receive a 30-day free trial of the Studio platform, Sole’s connected fitness platform housing over 3,000 instructor-led and on demand classes. Past 30 days, a subscription fee is required to access Studio.

A Quick Look at the Sole F80 Treadmill

Currently, Sole Fitness has seven treadmill models: the F63, F65, F80, F85, ST90, TT8, and S77. The brand also offers a variety of other cardio equipment, such as ellipticals, exercise bikes, rowers, and climbers

The F80 is a mid-range treadmill, priced around $1,600. While it isn’t overloaded with tech features, we wouldn’t expect that at this price point. 

sole fitness f80 treadmill product photo woman folding machine

My Tips:

  • Check out Studio, Sole Fitness’ interactive programming app, for a variety of workout classes!
  • Want to listen to your music while you workout? With the Sole F80, you can hook up your iPhone or iPad to the Bluetooth speakers to jam out and have your very own main character moment. 

Pros:

  • 3.5 CHP motor
  • Works with Studio programming
  • 0 to 12 mph and 15 levels of incline
  • High-quality warranty
  • Financing available through Citizens Pay
  • 375 lb weight capacity

Cons:

  • No included touchscreen
  • Slow responses from customer service 
  • Large machine

Is the Sole F80 Treadmill Worth It?

For a mid-range treadmill, the Sole F80 has a lot to like. However, this isn’t the best choice for everyone on the hunt for a new cardio machine. Check out who we think should take a closer look at the F80, and who should get something else.

Great for:

  • Runners and walkers alike
  • Tall people who need a sizable deck
  • People who need a foldable option

Not recommended for:

  • People who want a touchscreen on their treadmill
  • Individuals who want a super budget treadmill
  • Those who want a lightweight treadmill

Sole F80 Treadmill Specs

Footprint82” L x 37” W x 66” H
Weight278 lbs
Weight capacityUser weight of 375 lbs
Motor3.5 horsepower, DC Type
Bluetooth compatibleYes
Display9″ LCD screen, white back-lit
Tablet holderYes; integrated
Speed.5-12 mph
Sound systemYes
Incline0-5%
Heart rate monitoringChest strap and pulse grips
WarrantyLifetime frame, deck, and motor; 5 years for parts and electronics; 2 years for labor
Deck size22″ W X 60″ L
Preset programs10
FoldableYes

Using the Sole F80 Treadmill 

Although I haven’t personally used the Sole F80, I have tested and analyzed the Sole F63, which is quite similar (with a few differences). I would recommend the Sole F80 to someone who is taller, heavier, or likes to run frequently due to the generously sized deck and increased weight capacity.


Head of Content for Garage Gym Reviews Kate Meier has also tested the Sole F63. “It does shake slightly while in use, but it’s not a deal breaking shake,” she explained. Since the Sole F80 has a more powerful motor and is heavier, I’d expect it to shake less than the F63. 

The treadmill deck size definitely sells me on this machine. With a 22-inch-by-60-inch running surface, people of various sizes will be able to use their natural stride and not worry about falling off (which is a real concern, I can assure you). 

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The weight capacity for the Sole F80 is also well above the industry standard of 300 pounds. Anyone up to 375 pounds can comfortably use this machine, making it an inclusive piece of fitness equipment for heavier people. While I was reading the reviews on Amazon, I noticed a 6-foot 3-inch 350-pound individual was raving about the machine’s ability to stay stable while in use. Not bad at all. 

Preset Programs

As I’ll touch on later, the F80 sadly does not have a touchscreen with which to view interactive programming. For a treadmill at this price, that’s not entirely surprising. You’ll find about half the treadmills in the $1,500 range have them, and half don’t. Not including a screen is one way brands try to save money on the cost of the machine. 

However, there are a few preset program options if you’re interested in just setting it and forgetting it (fellow Millennials, please tell me you know this infomercial reference). Check them out:

  • Fat Burn
  • Hills
  • Cardiovascular Function
  • Strength
  • Interval
  • Manual mode
  • Two custom user profiles
  • Two heart rate-based profiles
sole fitness f80 treadmill display panel product photo

Technology Benefits and Display

While the F80 doesn’t have a touchscreen, there are a few technology extras. Expect to see a handy USB port to plug in your device while working out. I personally love this feature, because I always find streaming music or interactive programming can quickly drain your battery. 

The display itself is a 9-inch LCD back-lit screen, so it may be similar to some of the older models of treadmills you’ve previously seen. In my opinion, the screen is small, but if it isn’t a touchscreen, I’m not sure it matters entirely. 

On the display, you’ll be able to see workout stats like calories burned, incline, speed, and time elapsed. Underneath the display, you can quickly bump up your speed or incline with jump buttons. I think the way they chose to do the jump buttons is a little strange. Some of the numbers go up by one, two, or even three numbers. I’m confused why they didn’t decide to have a consistent increase each time, but it isn’t the end of the world. 

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Studio Programming

Sole Fitness now has their very own interactive programming fitness app called Studio. It is worth noting that you’ll need your own iOS compatible device to stream this app. 

Interestingly, there is a price discrepancy between the Studio website itself and the link on the Sole F80’s page. If you look at the Sole Fitness website, the cost per month of Studio is listed at $39 per month or $399 per year. The listed cost on the Studio website is just $16.66, or $199.99 per year. 

There are a variety of workout programs available including: 

  • Cycling 
  • Strength training
  • Treadmill runs and walks
  • Yoga
  • Rowing 
  • Boxing
  • Elliptical 
sole fitness f80 treadmill holder product photo

I like that there is a wide variety of class types and lengths. If you only have 10 minutes, there are options for that in addition to more traditional 60-minute classes. For those who are competitive, you’ll likely enjoy the leaderboard feature to compete against fellow exercisers.

In my opinion, Studio is a good programming option for a beginner. There are some cool challenges that make working out more fun and achievement-based, like a multi-week “Couch to 5K.”

Plus, new classes are added each day with over 3,000 currently available. Although I’m not sure anything will ever top Peloton’s programming for me, I’m impressed with Studio and think it could be a good option for a lot of people.

Footprint and Portability

One of the differences between the F80 and the F63 is the transport wheels. On the F80, there are four wheels (versus the two on the F63) to make the moving process easier. However, Sole Fitness probably realized this was necessary because of the increased weight of the machine. 

At 278 pounds, the F80 is something of a behemoth, and pretty much any review I read said something similar. If you plan to move this machine up or down a staircase, either hire professional movers, or get two additional people to help you. 

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How to Fold the Sole F80

I love that the Sole F80 is a folding treadmill! Here’s how you can get ‘er done:

  1. Make sure the treadmill is at the lowest incline before powering off.
  2. Unplug the treadmill.
  3. Lift the deck with your legs (not your back people!)
  4. The tube at the back of the base should lock the deck in securely once pushed all the way up.

When you’re ready to unfold the machine, I was thrilled to note that there is a gas shock in place for safety purposes. A gas shock can help lower the deck softly and automatically to prevent fingers and toes from getting smashed.

Comparison to Sole F85 and the Sole F63

The Sole F80 is a mid-range treadmill model from Sole Fitness. Previously, I’ve tested and reviewed the Sole F63, which is an under $1,000 option from the brand. I was curious to compare these two with one of the higher-end models Sole offers, the Sole F85. Check out this chart to see the main differences (and similarities) between the three:

TreadmillSole F85Sole F63Sole F80
Price$1,999.99$999.99$1,599.99
HP Motor4.0 CHP3.0 CHP3.5 CHP
Weight capacity400 lbs325 lbs375 lbs
Deck22″ W X 60″ L20″ W X 60″ L22″ W X 60″ L
Incline0-15 Levels0-15 Levels0-15 Levels
WarrantyLifetime warranty on frame, motor, and deck; 5 years on electronics and parts;  2 years laborLifetime warranty on frame and motor; 
3 years on deck, electronics, and parts; 1 year labor
Lifetime warranty on frame, motor, and deck; 5 years on electronics, and parts; 2 years labor
Speed.5-12 mph.5-12 mph.5-12 mph
Machine weight308 lbs254 lbs278 lbs
Display10.1″ TFT Touch Panel +Android System6.5″ LCD
White Back-lit
9.0″ LCD
White Back-lit

Want to know all the details about the F63? Check out my full Sole F63 treadmill review.

Sole F85 Treadmill
Sole F85 Treadmill
Sole F85 Treadmill

Sole’s F85 treadmill is one of its highest rated foldable machines. It has a powerful 4.0 horsepower motor that is smooth, quiet and able to support high intensity, sustained running.  The F85 includes a 22-inch wide running surface with 2.75 inch rollers intended to extend the effectiveness of the treadmill’s motor. The running surface is cushioned and boasts a 2-ply belt with four layers, which Sole claims to reduce impact by 40%. This treadmill offers incline options up to 15% grade for variable hill training, interval work and endurance conditioning. With a max speed of 12 miles per hour, the F85 is suited for every fitness level from casual walking to intense running. The F85 includes speed and incline buttons on the handrail, which makes it easy to adjust your settings without having to remove your hands from the handrails. And, for those of you looking for a touchscreen and improved tech features, you are in luck. The F85 now offers a WiFi connected experience which keeps you entertained throughout the toughest of workouts. The 10.1 inch touchscreen display includes seven preset apps: Netflix, YouTube, ESPN, CBC News, NBC News, and CNN News.  What’s more, the F85 is equipped with Bluetooth speakers, a USB port and an integrated table holder to enhance your running experience. Connect to the new Sole+ app to track workout metrics or transfer your fitness data to other apps like Fitbit, Record, Mapmyrun and Apple Health. Constructed with an all-steel bullet proof frame, the F85 is built like a tank. Yet, folding the treadmill is effortless thanks to Sole’s “Easy Deck” design. However, with a folded footprint of 44 inches by 37 inches by 71 inches, the F85 certainly is not space-saving. Weighing 308 pounds, the F85 may offer portability but users report the weight makes it very difficult to move. While the overwhelming majority of reviews are positive, it’s not all roses and sunshine. Several reviews report a faulty touchscreen, software  malfunction, and Bluetooth speakers emitting screeching noises. But, backed with a lifetime warranty, the F85 stands as one of the best on the market.

Sole F63 Treadmill
Sole Fitness Sole F80 Treadmill
Sole Fitness Sole F80 Treadmill

When it comes to performance and stability, there are few treadmills out there at this price point that can compare to the Sole F80. This is truly a treadmill designed with heavy runners in mind as its key features are ones normally found on more expensive models. Constructed with the highest grade welded steel, this formidable treadmill is sturdy and durable yet easily folds when not in use. With a 3.5 horsepower motor and elongated running surface (60 inches by 22 inches), the Sole 80 is ideal for those looking to put the miles in. Sole claims that their patented cushioned running surface reduces impact on joints by 40%.If you are looking for a treadmill jam packed with programs and integrative technology, this is not your machine. The Sole F80 does boast console fans, two integrated Bluetooth speakers, and a USB port so you can connect your smart device and listen to your favorite playlist while you workout. But, the 9-inch display is simple and tracks the important stuf: distance, calories burned, and heart rate to name a few. Buyers receive a 30-day free trial of the Studio platform, Sole’s connected fitness platform housing over 3,000 instructor-led and on demand classes. Past 30 days, a subscription fee is required to access Studio.

Customer Experience 

The warranty is one of the most impressive features of the Sole F80. If you purchase this treadmill, you’ll get a lifetime warranty on the frame, motor, and deck. Although I’ve heard of getting a lifetime warranty on both treadmill frames and motors before, getting the same treatment on the deck is special. 

Interested in cashing in on your Sole F80 warranty? Register your machine here to get the process started.

If you don’t absolutely love your new Sole F80, you can return your machine up to 30 days after purchase, even if you’ve used the machine. I’m impressed by the comprehensive return policy Sole Fitness offers: the company will come and pick the machine up from your house at no additional charge. Plus, you aren’t responsible for paying a restocking fee, which many treadmill companies make you do after returning a machine. 

In terms of customer service, I think Sole could use a bit of a facelift. They currently do not have a chat button on the website. Instead, you have to email them at info@soletreadmills.com or call 866-780-7653. This is a slower process than if Sole had live chat. 

Ordering and Assembling the Sole F80 Treadmill

The ordering process for the Sole F80 is really simple. Just add the treadmill to your cart, check our Sole Fitness coupon page for any extra money off, and get excited for your new treadmill to arrive! Shipping costs aren’t included with your purchase, but only expect to pay around $99.99.

Assembly shouldn’t be a complicated process, as the Sole F63 only took me an hour to build. I would recommend grabbing a second person to help with unboxing due to the weight of the machine. If you’re still not sure how to assemble your treadmill after reading the instructions, Sole Fitness has video tutorials you can watch with a full breakdown on each step. 

Similarly to companies like NordicTrack and ProForm, Sole Fitness offers financing on their treadmills. I like this option because spending a lot of money at once on fitness equipment isn’t always obtainable for everyone, and financing makes these machines more accessible. 

Customer Reviews

On Amazon, the Sole Fitness F80 treadmill has close to 200 reviews with an average rating of 3.6 out of 5 stars. Here is what I gathered from reading the reviews: The people that enjoy this treadmill love it, and the people who don’t like it really hate it. 

Satisfied customers raved about the durability and foldability. Other customers complained of the machine squeaking loudly while in use, while others didn’t like the heaviness of the F80. 

Final Verdict of Our Sole F80 Treadmill Review

Overall, the Sole F80 isn’t much different than the Sole F63 that I know and love. If you don’t mind paying a little more for a slightly wider deck and increased warranty, you’ll probably appreciate this solid mid-range treadmill. 

Sole F80 Treadmill Rating

Sole Fitness F80 Treadmill

Looking for an inclusive cardio machine? Check out our Sole F80 treadmill review to see why this could be a great option if you’re heavy or tall.

Product Brand: Sole Fitness

Product Currency: $

Product Price: 1599.99

Product In-Stock: InStock

Editor's Rating:
4

Sole F80 Treadmill

Footprint Portability – 3.8

Delivery & Setup – 4.5

Durability – 4

Customizations – 3.5

Adjustability Ergonomics – 4

Workout Experience – 4.5

Tech Capabilities – 3

Conveniences – 4

Dynamic Programming – 4

Customer Reviews – 3.6

Value – 4

Warranty, Financing, Returns – 5

Customer Service – 3.8

Sole F80 Treadmill FAQs

How long does a Sole F80 last?

The Sole F80 treadmill has a warranty of 5 years on electronics and components and 2 years on labor, as well as a lifetime on frame, engine, and deck.

Are Sole treadmills worth the money?

Sole treadmills are high-quality, long-lasting, easy to use, and efficient. They have speeds of up to 12 mph, as well as a variety of inclination levels and training programs that may benefit runners of various fitness levels. Most versions are also collapsible, making them excellent choices for those with little room.

How much does a Sole f80 treadmill weight?

The Sole is a 298-pound foldable treadmill.

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