Sole F85 Treadmill Review

Sole treadmills are well-known for their reliability and durability, and the Sole F85 is no exception. This treadmill is built for runners of different fitness levels looking for a powerful and high-quality that can withstand continuous use. Whether you like running for several miles or getting a quick run, this treadmill is built to last.

If you’re a fitness enthusiast who loves to run and push yourself to the limits, the F85 treadmill is your best bet. In this review, I’ll give an in-depth review of the Sole F85 treadmill to help you decide if it will suit your fitness needs.

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About Sole Fitness F85 Folding Treadmill

The Sole F85 treadmill is one of Sole’s best-selling treadmills for home use. This treadmill has everything a power walker or serious runner would want for effective indoor training’ including a spacious workout area, powerful motor, great cushioning, and an automated incline. The F85 Folding treadmill is also the most advanced Sole folding treadmill.

This treadmill is built with quality and durability in mind and is the closest thing you’ll get to having a commercial treadmill in your home. Thanks to its powerful motor, large running deck, and stable build, even the heaviest and fastest runners will feel comfortable on this machine.

If you’re preparing for a half or full marathon and need a reliable machine to push you to the limits, this is a great choice.

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Specs at glance

Motor:4.0 HP
Incline:0 to 15%
Running Area:22”x60”
Top Speed:12 MPH
Weight Capacity:400 pounds
Weight:265 pounds
Built-in programsSix built-in programs
Warranty:Lifetime warranty on motor, frame, and deck; two years on labor and five years on electronics

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What I Like:


The Sole F85 comes with a solid and well-built frame. Sole has some of the most durable gym equipment, and the F85 takes the lead with steel support beams, uprights and handrails, and cross rails. Thanks to its sturdy construction, this machine makes minimum noise when inclining or in use. The running deck folds up nicely and locks in place when you’re done. The deck has a proprietary Cushion Flex Whisper Deck designed to minimize the impact by 40%.

This machine has a 60”x22” running belt that offers plenty of running space. However, the large motor hood at the front end of the deck can get in your way if you run too close. The powerful 4.0 horsepower motor is one of the strongest out there and will support interval work, heavy training, and intense conditioning. This motor doesn’t overheat and guarantees smooth and quiet speed and incline/decline adjustments.

What’s more, the F85 treadmill folds quickly to save on space. This is made easy by the hydraulic assist, and unfolding is gentle with a soft-drop system. It also locks securely for your children’s safety.


The Sole F85 has a 9-inch LCD workout display that helps you monitor your workout data, including speed, heart rate, pace, calories burned, among others. It has an integrated message board that sends scrolling messages to guide you through all the details of your workouts. This model has a streamlined control console with quick speed and incline adjustment buttons and an LCD for in-workout adjustment convenience.

This model has Bluetooth connectivity to link an audio gadget to the built-in speakers for immersive sound quality and connect to a wireless heart rate monitor. Other impressive features include bottle holders, cooling fans, a USB charging port, and an accessory tray.


The F85 treadmill guarantees you an effective and quiet operation. This is a great training machine for those preparing for a racing competition. It supports walkers and runners of different weights and sizes without lags in motor power or limitations in use. This treadmill feels sturdy while running and is highly stable. Although the deck isn’t as cushioned as some Sole models, it can still be used for sprints, intervals, and long runs without issues.

Exercise programs:

This treadmill comes with Hill, Manual, Fatburn, Strength, Cardio, and HIIT workouts. It also has two heart rate training programs and two custom programs. You use the built-in speakers to make your workouts more fun and engaging.


The F85 is easy to fold after a workout. Although the deck is a bit heavy, you can still lift it easily. Once folded, the deck will securely latch in place to clear your floor space.

Weight Capacity:

This heavy duty treadmill has a weight capacity of 400 lbs, which makes it ideal for runners of all abilities and sizes.


Sole treadmills come with some of the best warranties in the market. The F85 has a lifetime warranty on the motor, frame, and deck. You will also enjoy a two-year warranty of labor and a five-year warranty on parts and electronics.

What I don’t like

  • Size: Although it has a foldable design, this isn’t one of the most space-saving treadmills when in use.


Sole F85 Treadmill Review

Can you watch Netflix on the Sole F85 treadmill?

Yes. This treadmill comes with an interactive display that allows you to enjoy your favorite shows on Netflix.

How heavy is the Sole F85 treadmill?

The Sole F85 treadmill weighs 265 pounds and can support up to 400 pounds. This makes it ideal for heavier users looking for quality and stability.

My Verdict

The Sole F85 is a great piece of fitness equipment for people of different fitness levels. It is powerful enough to handle anything you throw at it, not to mention its max user weight and large running deck that can comfortably accommodate tall guys. Although it seems expensive, this treadmill will give you a great running experience.