Is The Sole F80 The Perfect Treadmill? [A Review]

sole f80 treadmill review

The Sole F80 might just be, pound for the pound, the greatest home treadmill around.

There, I said it.

Seriously though, when you consider the cost to specs ratio, it’s going to be tough to find a treadmill that offers more at this price.

Highlights include a 3.5 CHP motor, a 22″ wide running surface, and an incredible warranty.

If you’re familiar with the Sole brand, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise – making the best home fitness products for every price point is kinda their thing.

Although the F80 is almost universally accepted as being one of the top home treadmills in the world, that doesn’t mean this is necessarily the right treadmill for you.

But this review is here to help you figure that out.

In this review, I’ll be going over everything this treadmill does and doesn’t have to offer.

After reading, you should know whether or not this is the right fit for your home gym.

Let’s begin.

The Sole F80

Sole Fitness started out producing treadmills for hotel chains.

They became a popular choice because their machines were designed effectively to handle the light commercial use that was necessary in an environment like a hotel.

It came naturally for them to then transfer that same attention to quality detail over to the residential market.

When they started including home treadmills in their lineup, they soon became some of the most popular machines on the market.

And they still are today.

Sole treadmills are a common find on most “best treadmills of the year” lists and they offer models in every price range.

At roughly $1800 on sale, the F80 is one of their mid-range models.

I consider this a moderately priced treadmill when compared to all the home options available these days (which is a great price range to be in terms of features and quality).

The F80 offers a great combination of specs and features and is backed by one of the best warranties you’re going to find.

Sole has heavier-duty models in their lineup, but I think most casual runners will do just fine with what this treadmill has to offer.


  • 22″ x 60″ running surface
  • 3.5 CHP motor
  • Cushion Flex shock absorbing technology
  • 350 lb weight capacity
  • 0.5 – 12 mph
  • 0-15% incline
  • 2.36″ rollers
  • 2-ply belt
  • Bluetooth speakers
  • Quick touch speed and incline buttons
  • Wireless charging
  • 10″ touchscreen display
  • Screen mirroring
  • Access to entertainment apps
  • Cooling fan
  • Folding deck
  • Great warranty


  • Only 10 workout programs

Running Surface

When looking at treadmills, I usually start with the running surface – to me, this is easily one of (if not the) most important specs to consider when making a choice.


Because the running surface is crucial when it comes to comfort during use.

In case you aren’t sure, the running surface describes how much usable belt space you have during your workout. It’s the dimensions of the top surface of the belt, measured in inches.

Bigger is better because you’ll have more wiggle room during your walks or runs.

The last thing you want is to feel like you’re going to fall off the treadmill if you accidentally drift a little to one side or the other.

The F80 has a running surface of 22″ x 60″.

The extra couple inches in width gives this treadmill a more commercial feel.

If you’ve ever used a treadmill at your local gym, you may have noticed how big they are.

A lot of home treadmills are much smaller- and the smaller size does take away from the overall comfort.

The gold standard for most quality home treadmills is a running surface of 20″ x 60″. A machine with these dimensions should be able to comfortably handle most users running at top speed.

With its extra wide belt, the F80 should easily be able to accommodate most runners without the worry of feeling cramped.

Not only is this treadmill spacious, but it’s built like a tank. The welded steel frame is capable of handling users who weigh up to 375 lb, making this treadmill accessible for larger folks as well.

Not bad for a folding treadmill.

The deck is also equipped with Sole’s Cushion Flex shocking absorbing technology, which, according to Sole, can reduce the impact forces through your legs by up to 40%.

I’m not sure how they came up with that specific value, but users are generally very happy with the feel of this treadmill.


The motor is another key spec that should be examined closely before making a purchase and you’re probably not surprised to hear that when it comes to motors, stronger is usually better.

I say usually, because it depends on what you’ll be using the treadmill for. If you’re planning on only walking, you really don’t need a 4.0 CHP motor to get the job done.

But if you think you’ll be running at all, it’s a good idea to find a treadmill with a motor strong enough to handle the higher speeds.

Stronger motors won’t have to work as hard to reach and maintain the higher speeds.

This means they should provide a smoother ride (who wants to hear their motor struggling?) and last longer than a weaker motor.

For frequent running, I’d suggest you find a treadmill with a motor that’s at least 3.0 CHP.

The F80 comes with a 3.5 CHP motor that is capable of comfortably reaching a max speed of 12 mph as well as a max incline of 15%.

With this much power to work with, you shouldn’t have to worry about your motor crapping out on you. The motor warranty will add extra peace of mind, but we’ll get to that in a sec.

To go along with the strong motor, Sole designed the F80 with large, 2.36″ diameter rollers (the rollers are the part that makes contact with the belt, propelling it along the track).

The older models of this treadmill came with even larger, 2.5″ rollers, but for some reason Sole decided to dial ’em down a notch with the latest update.

Either way, they’re still about as large as what any other brand in this price range is offering.

FYI, larger rollers are preferred because they have a larger surface contact area with the belt- this makes for smoother operation, but also prolongs the life of both the belt and the rollers.

Combining the powerful motor with the large rollers makes for a smooth feel. It will also significantly prolong the life of all the moving parts.

For added comfort, Sole also uses a thicker than normal belt – their 2-ply belts are known for feeling more comfortable, lasting longer, and for reducing belt stretching.


The Sole F80 comes with the following features:

Bluetooth speakers- with built-in bluetooth speakers, you can wirelessly connect and listen to your workout jams through the treadmill.

Wireless charging port- you can charge your phone during workouts and you don’t even have to plug it in.

10″ touchscreen console- Sole replaced the older LCD console with a newer, touchscreen display with their most recent update. This touchscreen makes it easy to select all workouts and view all stats.

Entertainment apps- this new console also gives you access to a bunch of built-in entertainment apps, like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney +, etc.

Screen mirroring- and with the ability to screen your phone or tablet, you can view any workout app or movie from your phone on the console as well.

10 workout programs- 6 standard, 2 custom, and 2 heart rate led. Not a ton of workouts to choose from, but enough to keep you busy.

Chest strap heart rate monitoring- the F80 is compatible with strap heart rate monitors, so you can get an accurate readings during workouts if you like.

Cooling fan- there’s a fan built into the middle of the console that will help keep ya cool during those strenuous workouts.

Tablet holder- the built-in tablet holder is conveniently located above the display screen so you won’t have to block your view of your workout stats while you’re watching Netflix or reading during your workout.


Sole does a pretty nice job with their assembly instructions – the manual is pretty easy to follow and I like that they specify ahead of time which hardware is necessary for each step.

The images are large enough to figure out what the written instructions are talking about.

The most important thing to keep in mind, if you’re planning on assembling yourself, is that this treadmill is heavy.

I’m not saying you can’t get the job done solo, but it would definitely be easier with another set of hands.

Especially the step where you have to connect all the wires between the console and the deck before you attach the console.

You could set the console on a table or something at the right height, but having another able bodied person would be convenient.

Overall, putting this treadmill together yourself is very doable, but if you have any concerns, you can pay for professional assembly.

If doing yourself, plan on spending at least 2 hrs getting the job done.


Sole backs the F80 up with the following warranties:

  • Lifetime frame
  • Lifetime motor
  • 3 year parts
  • 1 year labor

This is a great warranty, but it used to be even better – before the recent update, Sole was offering 5 years on parts and 2 years on labor.

But, I’m not complaining too much.

I would expect a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor from a treadmill of this caliber, but it’s not a guarantee (NordicTrack only offers 10 years on the frame).

Three years on parts and electronics is good, considering most competitors offer somewhere between 2 – 5 years.

A year on labor is standard, nothing too exciting going on there.

Sole is known for backing their products up with great guarantees and they certainly don’t disappoint on this one.

Overall, Sole’s warranty on the F80 used to be even better, but it’s still one of the better guarantees in this price range.

Final Thoughts

It’s probably obvious by now that I’m a fan of the Sole F80.

I think it’s a wonderful treadmill with a great combination of features and specs. I also think it’s well priced considering everything it comes with.

I especially like the 3.5 CHP motor, the 22″ wide running surface, and the 350 lb weight capacity. All impressive feats for a folding treadmill.

And that warranty is awesome.

I think this treadmill would be a great choice for someone who is planning on running on the reg, but it would work equally well for folks interested in walking against various degrees of incline.

And now that Sole gave this treadmill a more advanced touchscreen display, I could see this treadmill being a good option for folks looking for a little more tech as well.

Personally, I think it’s the screen mirroring that’s really interesting about this console because this feature lets you access any fitness app you like on your phone and view it through the console.

Pretty cool.

Overall, I think the Sole F80 is a grand slam and pretty darn close to being perfect for this price range. Easily one of the best home treadmills around. Highly recommended.



  1. After reading your review I think I’m sold on the Sole F80. One question though. I would run on this every day for 30 +/- minutes at speeds up to 7 or 8 mph. Do you think the Sole F80 would be suitable for that kind of use and would it hold up well for years to come?

    • Yeah, I think the Sole F80 could handle that type of use for years to come. It’s got all the performance specs necessary for serious running. The long warranty adds additional peace of mind too. I’m a big fan of Sole treadmills because they focus on the components that make for a durable treadmill more so than the console tech. Long-story-short: the F80 is a great choice.

  2. Will the Sole F80 stand up to daily use running at speeds up to 7 mph for 30 minutes or does this kind of use exceed what it was designed for?

    • yeah, the Sole F80 should definitely be able to handle that type of daily stress. It has all of the performance specs necessary.

      • I don’t have any direct experience with their repair services, but users seem to have mixed experiences when it comes to working with their customer service in general. Some praise Sole for the quality of their customer care, others swear to never buy from the company again. Based on user reviews, I’d say Sole’s customer service is likely pretty average for a home fitness brand.

  3. When you say it connects to Apple health I’m wondering what you mean. I know these don’t use Apple GymKit so I’m wondering how this works in that ecosystem?

    • You’d have to download the Sole Fitness App first, which can sync with other fitness cloud sites like iHealth and MapMyFitness, which I believe can be tracked through Apple Health.

  4. I have read that the F80 began life in 2011. When was the F80 last updated/refreshed(i.e. console redesign, new features or components). I just bought one and was curious as I anxiously await delivery and assembly.

    • Based on the owner’s manuals, it looks like the last update was done in 2020, which was an upgrade over the 2016 model. So, according to these, it looks like Sole is refreshing stuff every 4 years or so. With the 2020 model, it looks like they added the tablet holder and upgraded their bluetooth connections. I hope that helps and I hope you enjoy your new treadmill.

  5. Thanks for the prompt reply Will. So my machine is basically in the middle of it run before any new updates. That is great news. I followed your lead and looked at the manuals on the Sole site. Wow has it changed over the years. I enjoyed your review. It was very insightful, with your real world experience showing through and touches of humor that kept it lively. Thanks again.

  6. I have a Sole F80 treadmill and love it.
    I had a belt issue (manufacturing defect) They ordered a belt and had a skilled technician come to my home and change it. I was shocked at the great service.
    These days that is very hard to find. Was extremely pleased the way they stood behind their product and made it easy. I greatly appreciate the service and highly recommend any company that supports their customers in the manner I was taken care of!!!!! THANK YOU.

    • That’s great to hear, especially these days when we hear so many horror stories with regards to customer service. Thanks for sharing!

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