Sole Fitness F85 Treadmill Review

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Boldly described by Sole as the ‘Best Treadmill on the Planet’, the F85 is a top-of-the-line machine that belongs to the pantheons of great treadmills. Every year, it manages to outsell its contemporary treadmills and frequently ends up on the bestseller lists. 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 recent update of the Sole F85 is also by far one of the most advanced treadmills currently in the market with 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 with wireless apps. All these features combine together to prove that the Sole F85 is one of the finest treadmills in the market and a top pick amongst reviewers and fitness buffs.

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The Sole Fitness F85 Folding Treadmill has assembled dimensions amounting to 83″ x 37″ x 57″ of length, width, and height respectively. The machine is portable and has a folding mechanism that can be activated from the control panel. With the help of hydraulic assist and soft-drop system, the treadmill can easily be folded and unfolded at will. The Sole F85 boasts a spacey 22″ x 60″ track, which provides adequate width for both walkers and hardcore runners. The track is two-ply for durability and is paired with commercial quality 2.75″ rollers that promote quiet operation and minimize stress on the motor.


The Sole Fitness F85 Treadmill features a large and user-friendly 10.1 inch LCD screen which is an upgrade on the 9 inch display of the previous models. This makes the F85’s display the biggest featured amongst any of the Sole Fitness treadmill models. The LCD screen is designed to show the readings of calories burned, workout time, current speed, current incline, heart rate, and distance traveled.

Sole treadmills have Bluetooth connectivity for use with the Sole Fitness mobile app, which is compatible with most iOS and Android devices. Using this app you can dock a mobile device over the regular treadmill screen and watch a movie, read the news and so forth while your exercise data is recorded in the background. To keep all your fitness data in one place, the Sole Fitness app can sync with FitBit, MyFitnessPal and other programs.

The control panel has a nice and easy to operate layout with incremental speed control buttons that allow you to choose between speeds from 0.5 km/h to 12 km/h. The track has 30 grades of incline, giving you up to 15% of incline on the treadmill that’ll help tone your lower body muscles. The treadmill is stocked with 10 pre-set workout programs that have been programmed into the system. The workout programs included are available to support goals for cardio training, weight loss and muscle toning. It has the capacity to save two user profiles as well as keep a track of the workout progress and routines. This feature provides a quick-start convenience during the next workout session.

Pulse grip monitoring sensors on the handles help track your heart rate whose readings you will be able to see on the LCD screen. The F85 also has a wireless heart rate monitor that is considered 99.9% accurate. It calculates target heart rate based on age, gender and other variables. The F85 is Bluetooth compatible and allows you to pair your smartphone/tab to the treadmill and workout while you listen to the music. The treadmill is also equipped with a safety key which can be clipped on to your clothes and automatically stops the treadmill each time the key is detached. Other extras include cooling fans, two bottle holders and an accessory tray.

Construction & Motor

The Sole Fitness F85 Treadmill weighs 265 pounds and has a reinforced frame capable of supporting a mind whopping 400 pounds. This makes the machine perfect to carry people of varying weight types. The frame is solid steel and durable. It is also equipped with a 4.0 Continuous HP motor with a nice kick that will give you a consistent and steady workout. The deck is made of the top of the line CushionFlex Whisper technology that absorbs 40% of impact while gently easing the strain on the joints and allows muscles to recover faster. The cushioned deck also reduces the noise level of training. Having seen all the aforementioned features, let us weigh the pros and cons.


  • The treadmill is made of very high quality parts.
  • A powerful 4.0 CHP motor that reduces noise and provides smooth training
  • Nice and wide 60” x 22” running surface is one of the largest in any treadmill.
  • High quality cushioning deck will absorb 35-40% impact on joints.
  • Bluetooth compatibility allows you to enjoy music during workout.
  • The sale price for the new F85 includes a lifetime warranty on the frame, motor and deck. As well as a five-year warranty on electronics and parts and two years of in-home labor.


  • The short length of the handrails may prove to be a little problematic to some.
  • With only ten preset workout programs loaded into its system, the Sole F80 offers limited choices when it comes to selecting workout states. We could’ve done with a handful more.
  • The treadmill does have an option to fold but around 80 inches long, it is everything but space-saving.


The Sole F85 is a highly powerful and supreme quality machine that you’d be proud of owning. It is one of Sole’s bestsellers for a reason and every reviewer and consumer who has ever tried this product will agree. It serves as a major upgrade on the Sole F80 as well as on the previous models of thee F85. We can safely say that for the year 2020, the F85 is our top pick and one of the only few with a full 5/5 rating. If you have the money and seek the absolute finest quality machine, the Sole F85 is the one you’d want to buy.

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Sole Fitness F85 Treadmill

Accessibility - 9.2
Build Quality - 8.5
Comfort - 8.7
Design - 8.4


The F85 is a top-of-the-line machine that belongs to the pantheons of great treadmills. With very high-quality components and bluetooth connectivity that makes this a quintessential modern machine.

User Rating: 4.55 ( 1 votes)
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Christian R. Berndt

I am a highly competent and enthusiastic Personal Trainer with the ability to help people achieve their fitness goals and ambitions. I have been training for the past five years myself and have gained knowledge and experience within the fitness sector which also included me learning to a high extent about nutrition and supplementation. I learnt this from being practical and additional research in my own time. I am able to apply the knowledge I have to help anyone and work around their needs and goals. I have been around physical activity for all of my teenage and adult life. My career as fitness guide through various Gyms has given me immense knowledge in recommending a variety of fitness equipments.

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