The Sole Fitness F80 treadmill first graced our guide to the best treadmills because of it's large variety of exercise features. If its MSRP were lower, it would likely rank higher on our list. Luckily, Sole Fitness has historically discounted this treadmill well beneath its official MSRP.
“These tactics have existed in the fitness industry for years, and there is little sign of manufacturers letting up anytime soon,” LifeSpan Fitness told us. “If you see a treadmill on sale at a significant discount ‘for a limited time,’ don’t feel rushed to pull the trigger or lose out. Price compare other resellers…to make sure that you are really getting a deal at all.”
Looking beyond the dollar signs, the Fitness F80 is a sturdy, user-friendly machine with a 3.5 continuous-duty horsepower motor and a two-ply, four-layer belt. Its rubber, PVC and nylon layers roll over 2.5-inch rollers to create a smooth 22-inch by 60-inch running surface. The deck is cushioned for a comfortable, quiet workout using Sole’s Cushion Flex Whisper Deck technology. The Fitness F80 can incline 15 percent.
Sole says this treadmill’s precision-welded frame is bulletproof. It measures 82 x 37 x 57 inches (length, width, height) at full-length but folds for easy storage. Its Easy Assist folding system uses a patented gear rack and pinion system, and Sole’s Safety Lock Deck design keeps it secure.
The Fitness F80 weighs 278 pounds, with a maximum user weight of 375 pounds. It can store two user profiles and lets you exercise at up to 12 mph. The machine is Bluetooth compatible, and Sole’s app lets you transfer data to fitness apps such as Fitbit, Record, Mapmyrun and Apple Health. Its 10 onboard workout programs include six preprogrammed workouts, two custom programs and two heart rate programs.
The treadmill also has pulse grips, and it is chest strap compatible. Along with your heart rate, you can track speed, incline, time, distance traveled, calories, pulse and pace. Additional tracking features include a quarter-mile track and peak and valley graphing.
For added convenience and comfort, the Fitness F80 has a workout fan, built-in speakers, a water bottle holder and a headphone jack. This machine has two display options: a 9-inch white backlit LCD and a TFT LCD. The Matrix TF50 also provides display options. However, the Matrix is even pricier than the Sole.
Sole Fitness covers the Fitness F80 for a lifetime on its frame, motor and deck. Electronics and parts are guaranteed for five years, and Sole provides a two-year warranty on labor. This is among the best consumer protection we found. Customer support is available by phone, email and a contact form on Sole’s website.