Sole F85 Review

Amanda Brooks | Last Updated - Oct 1, 2020
Editor's Rating: 9.8/10
Best Buy Award(s):Under $2,000

Sole Fitness describes their F85 as “The Best Folding Treadmill On the Planet.” Sole’s top-of-the-line folding treadmill is understandably a best seller year after year. It has everything a serious runner or power walker could expect for effective indoor training: a powerful motor, a spacious workout area, great cushioning, and an automated incline.

The F85 is the most advanced Sole folding treadmill in terms of tech as well. This model has a 10.1-inch graphic workout display, a secure tablet holder, and a Bluetooth connection that lets a tablet serve as the workout monitor and share session data through wireless apps. The Sole F85’s sale price includes a best-in-class lifetime warranty on the motor and five-years on parts and electronics, making it a best buy under $2,000.

What We Like:

  • High quality parts: The F85 is Sole’s highest quality folding treadmill. Patterned after a Sole treadmill made for elite hotels, it’s more than capable of meeting the cardio training needs of any home gym for many years.
  • Motor: The Sole F85 has a quiet 4.0 CHP motor that smoothly supports sprints of up to 12 mph and a maximum user weight of 400 pounds.
  • Track: All Sole treadmills have two-ply tracks that require little maintenance. The F85 also has some of the largest track rollers in the industry at 2.75 inches in diameter, which promote quiet operation and machine longevity.
  • Deck: CushionFlex Whisper Deck technology can reduce joint impact by up to 40% compared to outdoor training surfaces. It also exceeds the impact reduction offered by many other fitness brands. In addition to cushioning the impact of running, Sole’s top treadmill deck muffles the sound of running to be more home-friendly.
  • Incline: The track has 30 levels of incline, topping out at an impressive 15% grade.
  • Console: Workout data is displayed on an easy-to-read 10.1-inch screen with graphic display and a white background. Ten programs including manual mode are available to support cardio training, weight loss, and muscle toning. Two users can store profiles and save customized programs for quick-start convenience.
  • Foldable: The F85 Treadmill can fold quickly to save space. Folding is made easy with hydraulic assist, and unfolding is gentle with a soft-drop system. In both positions the treadmill is securely locked for children’s safety.
  • Heart Rate Monitoring: The F85 has a wireless heart rate monitor that has been deemed 99.9% accurate. It calculates target heart rate based on age, gender, and other variables. Touch pulse sensors are included as well.
  • Warranties: Sole warranties are among the best in the business. The sale price for the new F85 includes a lifetime warranty on the frame, motor, and deck. Customers also get a five-year warranty on electronics and parts, and two years of in-home labor.

Sole F85 Treadmill - Key Specs:

Star Rating:4.9-stars
Motor:4.0 HP
Incline:0 to 15%
Running Area:22" x 60"
Top Speed:12 MPH
Weight Capacity:400 LBS
Dimensions:83" L x 37" W x 57" H
Built-In Programs:10
What We Don’t Like:

  • Limited Programming: All foldable Sole treadmills have a mere 10workout programs, including user-designed programs.
  • Size: This treadmill can fold, but certainly it isn’t space-saving when in use. It’s 80 inches long.
  • Short Siderails: The handrails provided for stability aren’t as long as some runners would like.

Check Out Our Video Review of the Sole F85 Treadmill (2015 Model)

Our Verdict:

Sole treadmills in general are highly recommended. Buyers get top-notch customer service and the peace of mind that comes with owning quality equipment. This particular model is the most advanced in the lineup, and Sole isn’t overreaching when they claim it’s the world’s best folding treadmill. Still, not everybody requires 4.0 CHP for cardio training. Many shoppers would be just as happy with the cheaper F80. It all depends on your budget and workout standards.

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