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Sole Fitness F80 Folding Treadmill Review

Sole Fitness F80 Folding Treadmill Review

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Sole Fitness F80 Folding Treadmill Review

At first look, the Sole Fitness F80 Folding Treadmill ticks all the right boxes. It is backed by a terrific warranty, comes packed with a wide range of features, is suitable for running on, can be used by even the tallest of users, and is very well constructed. However, as good as it is, there are a few things that we would liked changed.


The Sole F80 treadmill is equipped with a 3.5 HP continuous duty HP (not quite as powerful as the Sole Fitness F85), making the treadmill suitable for walking (the lowest speed is 0.5 mph), jogging and sprinting on. In spite of its maximum speed of 12mph it’s nice to see, or should we say hear, that the motor is relatively quiet in operation, which is always a plus.

The motor’s build quality can’t be faulted, which likely explains why Sole are confident enough to offer a lifetime warranty on it.


Sole Fitness F80 Folding Treadmill Review, Sole Fitness F80 Foldable Design
Sole Fitness F80 Folding Treadmill Review

You are given 10 workout programs to choose from, including six preset programs, two heart rate programs, and two customizable programs which enable you to tailor a workout exactly to your liking.


The Sole Fitness F80 treadbelt is one of the largest the industry has to offer, which is definitely something that taller users will appreciate, as they won’t feel confined as they workout. The treadbelt measures 35 by 80 inches.

However, what we’re really liking is the Cushion Flex Whisper Deck, as it does exactly what it says it on the tin – it’s whisper quiet. Perhaps more importantly, it’s able to offer users a more comfortable workout, particularly as it works to reduce impact on the joints by up 40% – something that those with joint trouble will undoubtedly appreciate.

It’s also worth keeping in mind that the treadbelt can be adjusted all the way up to 15% if you want more of a challenge.

Computer Console

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Sole Fitness F80 Computer Console

As expected, the Sole F80 treadmill 7.5” LED display displays time, speed, incline, calories burned, distance, pace and pulse (via the pulse grip or chest strap heart rate monitor), and is also easy to read. There is even a 1/4 mile track feature and a Peak and Valley graph for a few of the programs, showing you a graphical representation of your workout.

Perhaps best of all, however, is the integrated message board, as scrolling messages are displayed in an effort to guide you through all of the details of every workout. You can also recap your entire workout after you are finished, so you can see your progress.

The console also features built-in speakers, so you can hook up an MP3 player to listen to music as you workout. As expected, the sound quality isn’t very good, which is typical of speakers found on exercise equipment. There is also a fan which, again, ineffectiveness is expected.


Despite its heaviness (265 pounds) the F80 is easy to store. This is down to a completely automated process – the Easy Assist Folding Deck Design allows you to release the deck, step back, and the deck will unfold itself silently while you watch.


Sole claim that their warranty for the F80 is industry leading, and it would be hard to disagree with this. The frame, motor and deck are backed by a lifetime warranty, the electronics for 5 years, and labor for 2 years.


35 x 58 x 80 inches

265 pounds

375 pounds (maximum user weight capacity)

Sole Fitness F80 Folding Treadmill Review by Users:

Sole Fitness F80 Folding Treadmill Review
Sole Fitness F80 Folding Treadmill Review

According to users, the quality of the F80, both in terms of construction quality and performance, is immediately apparent. However, to be more specific, users have praised the sturdiness of the machine, the generously sized tread belt – giving even very tall users lots of room to walk or run – the smoothness and quietness of the motor/treadbelt, as well as the easy to use and read controls.

Unsurprisingly, Sole’s warranty has also been praised. More importantly, Sole appear to honor their warranty. Take one user who ran into a few issues, but received a response and new treadmill sent out within 12 hours.

However, a couple of users have complained about the speakers and fan. Slow acceleration and deceleration speeds also appear to be present, as the F80 can take “a long time to get to the full desired speed, especially if you are skipping several levels,” as one user puts it.

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Any Complaints?

As mentioned, the quality of the speakers isn’t very good and the fan isn’t power enough to be truly refreshing during a tough workout. The F80 also has this annoying tendency to automatically reset a program if it has been paused for 5 minutes.

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Anything Else You Should Know?

One user puts it best when he says, “I have worked out on treadmills for over 10 years now and this 2013 Sole F80 treadmill is mechanically the best I have seen for a $1500 price tag.” 10 years is a lot of time and a lot of treadmills have come and gone in that time frame; however, it would be hard to disagree with that statement.

Sole Fitness F80 Folding Treadmill Review

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