It is a $1,699 machine, even if companies like to market it like it’s marked down from $2,800. The Sole F80 always sells for around $1,699 and it annoys us that some people may think they stumbled upon a great deal.
It’s not as good as some of the $3,000 and up treadmills we tested, but it’s solid for under $2,000.
“Do I think it’s gonna hold up based on how it’s constructed?” “Big” Mike Sullivan asked during his YouTube review of the Sole F80. “No. It’s very cheap looking and very much made of plastic. But again, it’s a $1,699 tribunal and you’re gonna have to cut some corners and those corners might actually cost you in the long run.”
If you can’t spend over $2,000 for a treadmill, Sullivan said the Sole F80 is a decent choice.
“This is a quiet treadmill and the overall feel of this unit was rather good,” Sullivan said. “It did not feel like it was going to choke under the weight of a 300-pound user.
“The frame felt solid, the uprights felt solid and we can see why Sole Treadmills offer a 375-pound weight capacity.
We appreciate the treadmill’s belt size as it measures 22″ x 60″, which is larger than other treadmills in the same price range. This feature is particularly beneficial for bigger individuals who enjoy running, and it’s remarkable that a treadmill costing under $1700 can cater to their requirements. This enhances the treadmill’s performance, and not many other machines can match this.
Can you explain why we gave the treadmill a rating of 86 out of 100 and what are our reasons for not rating it higher? We had three significant complaints about it.
We found the suspension to be too hard. The running surface did not have enough give, which can be especially problematic for larger individuals. It’s worth noting that some people prefer a firmer surface, but in our opinion, a hard deck can cause discomfort and strain on the knees, hips, and ankles. We suggest adding more cushioning to address this issue. This is a similar concern we expressed in our previous review of the Peloton treadmill.
One of the main reason people buy treadmills is for the cushioning. People want something softer than running outside. Why not make the treadmill softer? We are a bit perplexed by this one.