Sole F80 Review

Amanda Brooks | Last Updated - May 29, 2020
Editor's Rating: 9.8/10

This Treadmill Could Be For You If:

  • You want an easily foldable treadmill
  • You need a motor that supports long distance running, interval training, and hill training
  • You’re a heavier individual who will demand more from their machine’s motor
  • You like to track your workout stats with fitness apps
  • You want commercial-grade treadmill components and modern extras

See our video review of the Sole F80


The updated Sole F80 folding treadmill is not only more roomy and powerful than before, it also offers a whole host of new features and upgraded specs. Some of its star features include an enhanced 9″ display and a built-in tablet holder for convenient multitasking, entertainment, and workout data syncing to your fitness apps. The F80’s impressive specs include a super-sized 22″ x 60″ running surface, a commercial 3.5 HP motor and a power incline with maximum 15% grade, earning the model a top spot in our list of best treadmills. Sole gave the F80 a reversible deck when it upgraded the model, which not only doubles the life of the deck but also quietens the sound of each step and reduces impact by up to 40% compared with outdoor training.

Like all Sole treadmills in this model year, the new F80 makes training more efficient and effective by offering 10 preset programs including user-designed workouts. You can choose to view your workout programs on the 9″ LCD screen, one of the largest in the series, or on your smartphone or tablet. 

Like to track your stats with your favorite fitness apps? Sole treadmills offer Bluetooth connectivity to use with the Sole Fitness mobile app, which is compatible with most iOS and Android devices. Using the app, you can dock a mobile device over the regular treadmill screen and watch a movie, read the news or catch up on your ebook all while recording your exercise data in the background. To keep all your exercise data in one place, the Sole Fitness app can sync with FitBit, Apple Health and other fitness apps. Other extras include Bluetooth speakers and a USB charging port for your devices.

When it comes to saving space, the F80 has got you covered. The treadmill can be easily folded and stored after workouts so you can reclaim your floor space, and also securely locks into position to protect your children and pets’ safety. When you want to fold up your treadmill, just toggle a switch and the deck will slowly fold upwards.

What We Like:

  • Top Quality Parts: The F80 is built to last, with commercial grade parts which help ensure the machine runs for many years and provides a comfortable ride. Its excellent shock absorption adds extra comfort, allowing you to enjoy running or walking on your machine daily.
  • Folding Capabilities: Another clear benefit of this treadmill is the fact that it can be easily folded to save space. If you are building a small home gym, you can feel confident that the F80 will meet your compact space requirements. It’s a really easy machine to fold up too; just flip the switch and watch it fold up automatically.
  • High-Power Motor: The F80’s 3.5 HP motor is ideal for those who enjoy longer runs as well as heavier individuals who demand more from their machine. This treadmill will easily support any grueling workout, from long distance running to interval training and hill training.
  • Smooth Track Design: The F80 treadmill provides a roomy deck at 22 by 60 inches, making it comfortable for larger users and for those who feel they need more space when running. What’s more, it offers a durable two-ply belt and 2.5 inch rollers which help to keep the whole machine quiet and limit wear and tear.
  • Joint Impact Benefits: Its top-of-the-line cushioning system is designed to take the stress off your joints so that you can run pain free. Its Cushion Flex Whisper Deck minimizes joint impact up to 40% compared to road running, allowing you to keep your workout routine consistent and also helps to minimize training injuries. 
  • Reversible Deck: The F80’s reversible desk helps to promote the longevity of your machine, allowing you to simply flip over the deck when one side wears out and use the other side instead.
  • Preset Workouts: Kick boredom to the curb with one of Sole’s many preset workout programs. The F80 offers ten built-in workout programs to help you reach your fitness goals, whether that’s fat loss, improved cardio, strength building or athletic improvements. To help you keep track of your stats, the F80 can store up to two different user profiles in the console so you can easily switch workouts back and forth with your partner or roommate and still have all your info stored in the machine.
  • Convenient Display: With a 9 inch LCD screen, you won’t have trouble keeping tabs on your workout session. More of a fitness apps fanatic? The F80 offers a secure tablet holder so you can run data tracking in the background while you enjoy other apps for TV, reading, streaming music or whatever else motivates you.
  • Heart Rate Monitoring: It offers integrated pulse monitors on the handrails and the option of using a wireless chest strap which is included with the purchase.
  • Safety Features: The F80 is built with safety in mind, and includes a large stop switch, the capability to start from only 0.5 mph, and a low-profile running hood.
  • Added Extras: The F80’s Bluetooth compatibility allows users to transfer their exercise data from their treadmill to their smart device. You can choose to track progress on the Sole app for free, or have your workout data transferred to a fitness app of your choice such as Fitbit, Record, Mapmyrun or Apple Health. The F80 also offers built-in cooling fans to keep you comfortable during your workout, an accessory tray, an integrated tablet holder, Bluetooth speakers, and a USB charging port.
  • Warranty Details: The F80 offers a great warranty package for this level of machine, giving you lifetime coverage on the frame, motor, and deck; 5 years on electronics and parts; and 2 years on labor.

Sole F80 Treadmill - Key Specs:

Star Rating:4.9-stars
Motor:3.5 HP
Incline:0 to 15%
Running Area:22" x 60"
Top Speed:12 MPH
Weight Capacity:375 LBS
Dimensions:82" L x 37" W x 57" H
Built-In Programs:10
What We Don’t Like:

  • Limited Workout Variety: The F80 only offers 10 built-in workout programs. Although there’s a good variety, some shoppers might prefer treadmills with the option to download new workouts.
  • Short Side Rails: Although handrails are provided for stability, they aren’t as long as some runners would like.

Our Verdict:

At its $1,599 sale price, the Sole F80 is a bestseller and buyers won’t be disappointed with their purchase. It’s a sensible mid-range option between Sole’s entry-level F63 treadmill and their high-end F85 model. Overall, this cardio trainer delivers excellent value with its club-quality components and upgraded, modern features. 

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See Our Video Review of the Sole F80 Treadmill (2015 model)



Sole F80 FAQs

How much does the Sole F80 weigh?

The Sole F80 weighs 278 lb. and its maximum user weight capacity is 375 lb.

Where should I buy the Sole F80?

It’s often best to buy your treadmill directly from the manufacturer. Buying your F80 treadmill directly from Sole takes into consideration the brand’s online discounts, free shipping, consumer protections and 30-day trial period.

Does the Sole F80 have Bluetooth?

Yes, the Sole F80 is Bluetooth enabled. This allows you to transfer your workout data from your treadmill to your smart device and other fitness apps.

What is the difference between the Sole F80 and F85?

The Sole F85 has a more powerful motor than the F80, offering a 4.0 HP drive as opposed to the F80’s 3.5 HP. This allows the F85 to support heavier users more easily (its weight capacity is 400 lb. rather than 375 lb.). It also bumps up the roller size to 2.75” and the display to a 10.1? TFT LCD as opposed to the F80’s 2.5” roller length and 9.0? LCD.


  • Karen Sistrunk February 24, 2019 at 5:58 pm from Silver Spring, Maryland
    What is difference between the 2017 and 2019 F80 models?
  • Amanda March 13, 2019 at 9:37 pm from WA
    I am also wondering the difference between the 2017 and the 2019 models.
    • Amanda B. March 14, 2019 at 10:43 am
      Hi Amanda. The difference in models is usually minimal but the company aims to always improve the materials and function of the machine. In 2019 Sole added bluetooth connectivity, an integrated tablet holder, and USB charging ports for mobile devices. If these features are important to you and fit your price point then the newer model is a great option. However, if you are looking to have a great workout and aren't too concerned about the slight upgrades then there is absolutely no problem going with the 2017 model (if you can find it)!
  • Shanna April 5, 2019 at 8:38 pm from Texas
    I read above this treadmill folds up for you; however, the video demonstrates a manual fold up and an automatic unfold. Does it do both?
    • Amanda B. April 8, 2019 at 4:47 pm
      Hi Shanna, yes it is a manual fold up and automatic unfold. It is very easy to push the treadmill belt up and it will lock into place.
  • Jelveh April 14, 2019 at 9:55 am
    What is the motor's rotation per minute (RPM) for this treadmill?
    • Amanda B. April 26, 2019 at 10:04 am
      Hi Jelveh, unfortunately we do not have this exact information but can direct you to SOLE directly at 1-888-707-1880 who can better answer this question. We hope we can help you get the answer you are looking for.
  • Bradley Waitzer May 22, 2019 at 1:47 am
    What is its length when folded?
    • Amanda B May 23, 2019 at 11:22 am
      Hi Bradley, unfortunately we do not have this exact information but can direct you to SOLE at 1-888-707-1880 who can better answer this question. We hope you find the info you're looking for!
  • john eichenberger June 20, 2019 at 7:24 am from IN
    will not buy another one from them I keep LS1 and and have to reset it .Not fun when it stop on you during your work out
    • Go September 5, 2019 at 11:25 pm
      What is LS1?
  • john eichenberger July 12, 2019 at 6:04 pm from IN
    I also keep getting the Ls1 and will not get another sole
  • Don November 19, 2019 at 10:05 am
    Does the F80 belt need to be lubricated? If so, how do you recommend doing that?
    • Amanda B December 4, 2019 at 3:44 pm
      Hi Don, yes, the F80 belt needs to be lubricated after every 90 hours of use with Sole Fitness approved lubricant. You can see the step by step guide on page 28 of the user manual (online version here:
  • Craig Allen December 28, 2019 at 11:13 am from Michigan
    Does the sole 80 come disassembled? I am 70 years old and want to put it upstairs. That would be a lot easier if it comes in parts that I can assemble once I get it upstairs.
    • Amanda B January 7, 2020 at 1:42 pm
      Hi Craig, it comes disassembled and Sole gives you the option to purchase different types of delivery packages, including assembly in the room of your choice.
  • Ryan January 6, 2020 at 12:37 pm
    Do you guys know when the 2020 F80 will be available? Your review has played a part in our interest in this model and would like to see what's coming with the 2020 update. You guys have updated your meta title and description to indicate you're reviewing the 2020 model here, but not seeing on the Sole website that it's available? Thanks for the info!
  • Carol Botsch April 21, 2020 at 1:36 pm
    Is there a place for me to put a book and/or put my plastic book holder (for my book) so I can read while I walk on this treadmill?
    • Amanda B April 24, 2020 at 3:52 pm
      Hi Carol, there is no shelf for a book, but it does have an adjustable tablet holder that could possibly work. You can see a close up on Sole's product page.
  • Scott April 29, 2020 at 10:07 am from Dallas
    I just got this and put together. Very pleased so far. A magnetic tipped screw driver will make assembly much, much easier in a couple areas. The unit is very heavy (like most treadmills). If you don’t have it delivered to the room you plan to use, you will likely need help to move. In use it is very sturdy and quiet. It is also easy to use. The USB port is handy, but note it only charges while the treadmill display is on (unit in use). Not a big deal, just good to know if you plan to leave something on there all the time. Rather than buy a treadmill with a a fancy virtual screen, I’m using an old iPhone to stream stuff to a TV. There is a setting to have the treadmill display (power) never turn off. Which is an option. I bought this based on strong motor, long warrant, good reviews, quiet and study. So far, it lives up to that. It’s not real fancy. The iPad holder seems an after thought and I ended up removing as it just makes the unit too high if you want to watch TV. The fan makes more noise than pushes air. And wish the buttons were better protected from dust, sweat, spilled drinks. But it seems to be an excellent unit for its core use. It is heavy duty, quiet, strong motor, and good value (not the cheapest, but good value). The included heart rate strap is a worthy addition.
  • Roberto m May 17, 2020 at 12:27 am
    Hello between which treadmill has better cushioning for joint pain nordictrack 1750 or sole f80. Also is the sole f80 good for everyday running.
    • Amanda B May 27, 2020 at 5:00 pm
      Hi Roberto, the Sole F80 is equipped with a Cushion Flex Whisper Deck which minimizes joint impact up to 40% compared to road running, while the NordicTrack 1750 has the Runners Flex Cushioning which reduces impact up to 30%. The NordicTrack 1750's cushioning system can be controlled to simulate outdoor running, while the Sole F80's cushioning system is not adjustable. The Sole F80 is one of our top picks for everyday running!
  • James May 18, 2020 at 11:25 am from Philadelphia
    My review would exactly mirror Scott who commented above me. My only real gripe with the machine is that I wish it had higher handrails or maybe bars extending upwards from the handrails for when it’s on a high incline setting. 10 incline and higher seem to be tough as far as maintaining balance

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