Sole Fitness F85 Review

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Features at a Glance
  • Largest deck of all Sole Fitness products
  • Greatest weight allowance of any personal treadmill on the market
  • Powerful 4 horsepower engine
  • Bluetooth capability and built-in speaker
  • Comfort cooling fans
  • Easy-access controls on arms for speed and incline
  • Sole’s patented Cushion Flex Whisper Deck for quiet and comfort


Sole F85 Overview

Rated as both a “Best Buy” and “The Best Folding Treadmill”, the Sole F85 is one of the best treadmills available on the market. It’s the top model in Sole Fitness’ folding series, and Sole’s Top seller. Comfort-focused features paired with a powerful motor make it a highly versatile option, as well, and the F85 is suitable for both casual walkers and marathon runners. Its LCD display offers user-friendly controls and sophisticated monitoring to help you customize your workout. The F85 incorporates everything we love about the F80 but also boasts the highest horsepower motor that Sole offers.


Sole’s running surface is built for optimal comfort and functionality, with a large running surface, and large rollers, all to help you lengthen your stride and cushion the ride. The Sole F85 also features Sole’s proprietary CushionFlex Whisper Deck, which provides the smoothest, quietest, and most comfortable run on the market. With a track that spans 80’’ in length, you won’t feel uncomfortable lengthening your stride as you work up to a faster pace.
  • 22” X 60″ running surface
  • 2.75” rollers
  • Incline: 0 – 15 Levels
  • Impact reducing Cushion Flex Whisper Deck
  • Safe for user weight up to 400 lbs
  • 30 total ramp settings

Daily Training

Daily running can be harsh on even the most experienced runners. As runners, we take care to make sure the gear we use during our workouts provides proper support to counter the serious damage that can occur when running outdoors, but what about the equipment we use at home? Choosing a treadmill that both protects you and helps you achieve your fitness goals can be a challenge. Thankfully, Sole makes the search a little easier. The F85 keeps your indoor runs efficient, effective, and easy on your body.

Promotes Joint Health

Whether you only run a few times a week or are training for a marathon, joint health is always a major concern. Like every Sole treadmill, the F85 utilizes the patented CushionFlex Whisper Deck. Although running on hard surfaces is important for well-rounded training, the whisper deck will support you through the days when your joints can’t take any more; absorbing the shock to your feet, ankles, and knees up to 40% compared to running on solid surfaces alone.

Display and Digital Features

The Sole F85’s high-tech display is loved for its integrated features. Users can upload data from their workout directly to the Sole app, as well as hooking their smartphone into the sound system to fuel their workout. Heart-monitoring technology is integrated into two specialized workouts that are customized according to your exertion levels.
  • 10.1″ TFT LCD display
  • 6 standard programs
  • 2 custom programs
  • 2 special heart rate-monitoring programs
  • Advanced heart rate monitoring
  • Bluetooth compatible sound system
  • Tablet holder and USB port
Sole F85 console

Change Your Speed Quickly

Something that often goes overlooked when purchasing a machine is its safety features. When you’re looking at high-end machines that can take any runner up to speeds that prove challenging, you want to make sure there are features in place to keep you from harm. Although every worthwhile treadmill comes with emergency stop features, not all machines make it quite as easy to shift your speed efficiently and safely.
  • 7.5 inch LCD backlit display
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • High-quality built-in speakers
  • 10 preset workout programs

Exceptional Heart Rate Monitoring

Accuracy is the name of the game with the F85. Its wireless heart rate monitoring is not only 99.9% accurate but calculates the target heart rate based on a multitude of factors. Use the touch pulse sensors to get your heart rate up to the appropriate levels for your age, gender, and current weight.


Although the track and the digital features are a large draw for treadmill shoppers, the true quality of this machine comes through in its heavy-duty mechanics, with a four-horsepower motor and one of the largest weight allowances on the market.
  • 4.0 HP motor
  • Speeds from .5 – 12 mph
  • 2 Ply belt

Is it Right For You?

This model has a competitive price tag and a long list of notable features. It's no surprise that its well-received because of its sleek design, but its advancements over Sole’s other models makes it more than just a handsome model for the avid and competitive runners alike. As this model offers more power, higher speeds, and a great range of incline, we’d recommend this model for anyone who’s looking to add an extra challenge into their at home runs.