Sole F83 Treadmill Review

Product Review

Sole F83 Folding Treadmill

The Sole F83 treadmill is an upgrade on the popular F80 treadmill with a reinforced framework making it more stable with a higher user weight capacity.

There’s also a higher motor output with heavier flywheel, which means it can take more of a beating than the F80 (and runs quieter). This makes it attractive to runners and more seasoned athletes.

You also get a softer side – mp3/iPod dock with console sound system, heart rate zone graph to help you visually stay where you want when monitoring your heart rate and 8 built workout programs to challenge you.

Features:

  • Price: $1699
  • Motor: 3.25 HP
  • Speed: 0.5-12 MPH
  • Incline:  0-15%
  • Treadbelt: 20 x 60″
  • Folding: Yes
  • Cooling Fans: 2
  • Water Bottle Holder: Yes
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Hand Grip Pulse Monitor
  • (+ Free Wireless Chest Strap included)
  • User Weight Capacity: 375 lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime on Frame, Motor and Deck, 5 Years on Electronics/Belt/Rollers, 2 Years on Labor

Verdict: Highly Recommended

Although the Sole F83 doesn’t have some of the extras of the F85, we think it’s one of the best treadmill values for under $1800.  It feels solid and stable – even when you pick up the pace.

You get commercial grade design, strong 3.25 HP high torque motor, rock-solid deck, Cushion Flex protection, club-style console, reinforced frame and one of the best warranties around.

Product Pros And Cons

Sole F83 Treadmill

1) Long 60″ Running Belt

The Sole F83 comes with one of the longest belts in the industry. This is especially useful for runners or those who want to pick up the pace as they won’t feel like they’re falling off the treadmill.

2) 3.25 HP Ultra High Torque Motor With Flywheel To Extend the Life of Your Treadmill

The motor is the heart of your treadmill and often the most expensive part to fix. So you want a strong motor that will keep running smooth and steady, even for long periods of time.

The F83 offers a 3.25 HP ultra high torque motor with a large diameter, balanced flywheel. The flywheel causes the motor to run cooler with less amp draw. This extends the life of your motor and gives a much more stable feel. You also get a lifetime motor warranty which helps protect your investment.

3) CushionFlex Cushioning Reduces Joint Impact By 40% – Great Protection For Runners

Good cushioning is essential in a treadmill, especially if you’re a runner, as cheap treadmill cushioning can damage your knees, back, hips and ankles.

The Sole Cushion Flex system on the F83 treadmill is one of the best cushioning systems on the market. It’s actually been shown in a university study to reduce impact by 40% compared to running on asphalt. So you get great protection for your joints.

4) Speed and Incline Controls on Arm Rests

This is a feature that you don’t often find on other brands. With the side handrail controls you can change your speed or incline with the touch of a button on the arm rests instead of reaching up to the console.

This comes in handy, especially when you pick up your pace and don’t want to reach up to the console which can throw off your stride.

5)  iPod / Mp3 Dock with Speakers for a More Enjoyable Workout

You can plug in your iPod or mp3 and listen to your favorite music or audiobook through the built in console speakers. There’s also a headphone jack if you prefer (which many treadmills don’t offer). This is a great feature that can make your workout a lot more enjoyable.

6) Quiet Operation & Strong Deck For Stable, Shake-Free Running

Sole’s Whisper Deck is more quiet than even standard Phenolic coated decks. The deck also comes with a lifetime warranty so you never have to worry about replacing the deck. Sole will do it for you – Free.

Sole decks are also extremely strong so they can take a pounding. When we compared them to several other department store brands, they just felt more substantial, especially when you start to run.

7) Horseshoe Folding Frame Improves Stability 

Many times, because of the limits of the design, folding treadmills are not as stable as non-folding units. So you save space but sacrifice on stability. 

Sole however uses a special double horseshoe folding frame on their folding treadmills including the F83. This frame makes their folding treadmills more stable than many non-folding treadmills. So you can get a folding treadmill without sacrificing on stability.

Plus the F83 has a reinforced framework which makes it more stable than the F80 with a higher user weight capacity.

8) Excellent Warranty With 2 Years On Service To Protect Your Investment

The Sole F83 treadmill comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame, deck and motor.  Electronics, belt and rollers are covered for 5 years and labor is covered for 2 years.  This is one of the best warranties on the market. 

Of special note is the 2 years on service – which is excellent.  With other brands, you usually only get 1 year on service. This alone can save you quite a bit of money.

Pros

  • Long 60" Running Belt
  • 3.25 HP Ultra High Torque Motor With Flywheel To Extend the Life of Your Treadmill
  • CushionFlex Cushioning Reduces Joint Impact By 40% - Great Protection For Runners
  • Speed and Incline Controls on Arm Rests
  • iPod / Mp3 Dock with Speakers for a More Enjoyable Workout
  • Quiet Operation & Strong Deck For Stable, Shake-Free Running
  • Horseshoe Folding Frame Improves Stability
  • Excellent Warranty With 2 Years On Service To Protect Your Investment

Cons

  • No Prominent Weaknesses
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