Comparison: Sole F80 vs. Sole F85

This is a comparison of two popular Sole treadmills: the Sole F80 and the Sole F85. The price gap between these two models is fairly narrow, with the Sole F80 starting at $1500 and the Sole F85 at $1,800. These 5 star rated models are similar in their overall design since they are from the same brand, so the decks have equal shock absorption and cushioning support, the running belts are both 22″ x 60″, and they both offer an incline range of 0 to 15% and speeds from 0 to 12 mph. Both models are equipped with a folding frame as well. With the consoles, neither the F80 or F85 have interactive fitness training, but both have built-in cooling fans.

See Our Video Comparison of the Sole F80 vs Sole F85



Sole F80

Sole F85






3.5 CHP motor

4.0 CHP motor


375 pounds

400 pounds


Cooling fan, large accessories tray under console area, water bottle holders

Cooling fan, large accessories tray under console area, water bottle holders


 7.5 inch LCD display, blue backlit (no internet connectivity)
 9 inch LCD display, blue backlit (no internet connectivity)


 MP3 compatible audio center with built-in speakers
 MP3 compatible audio center with built-in speakers


10 built-in workout programs

7 built-in workout programs

rate monitoring:

Grip sensors built-in and enabled for wireless monitoring (strap not included)

Pulse Grips & Chest Strap Compatible (strap not included)


0 – 12 mph

0 – 12 mph


0 – 15%

0 – 15%





22″ x 60″

22″ x 60″


Cushion Flex Whisper Deck

Cushion Flex Whisper Deck





Lifetime on frame, motor and deck, 5 years on electronics and 2 years on labor

Lifetime frame, motor & deck, 3 years on electronics


The motors that power these treadmills are also fairly similar, with the F80 offering a 3.5 continuous HP motor and the F85 with a slightly more powerful 4.0 continuous HP motor. Coming to the displays, the F85 beats out the F80 with a slightly larger 9” LCD display screen compared to the 7.5” LCD offering on the F80. Weight capacities vary by just 15 pounds, with a 375 weight limit to the F80 and 400 weight limit to the F85. And when it comes to pre-built programs, once again there’s just a very slight difference: the F80 comes with 7 programs while the F85 comes with 8. Overall, the size of the F80 is slightly shorter and more narrow than the F85. Finally, the F80 trumps the F85 in warranty offerings. While both models provide lifetime coverage on the frame, model and deck, the F80 offers 5 years coverage on electrical parts compared to 3 years offered by the F85.


  • Eiran AdarNovember 18, 2019 at 2:36 pmfrom FL
    Thank you for your compression and video knowledge. I am torn between the two models. I run 5 times a week 6 mph and up Which would you recommend, can the 3.5 motor be sufficient
    • Amanda BDecember 4, 2019 at 3:50 pm
      Hi Eiran, a 3.5 motor is definitely sufficient for that amount of running. Both treadmills are quite similar, so it just boils down to whether you are willing to spend the extra bucks for a larger screen, higher weight capacity, and slightly more powerful motor. Hope this was helpful!
  • BarbaraJuly 3, 2020 at 4:58 pm
    Hi Eiran, We are also deciding between the two models. My husband is a big guy, about 265lbs. He will use it daily for walking. Which model do you suggest?
  • MNovember 5, 2020 at 11:10 am
    Is there any one of these two better for walking not running ?
    • Amanda BDecember 16, 2020 at 3:05 pm
      Hi M, the Sole F80 would be the better option of the two, for sure. The Sole F85 has added motor power that isn't really necessary for walkers. Another great option for walkers is the Sole F63, which can be seen here:

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