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If you’re reading this head to head comparison review right now, then you’re probably considering the Sole F63 or the Sole F80 treadmill for your home. It’s no wonder that you’ve landed on this page as both treadmills have been recommended by numerous internet resources as THE best choice for your home.
What this essentially means is that unless you’re training for a marathon or if you’re just a hardcore running enthusiast, then either of these treadmills could do very well for you. But if you intend to do a lot of running, say 15 miles or more per week every week for the next few years, neither the Sole F63 nor the Sole F80 is recommended. You would probably do much better with something like a Sole F85 or a commercial model if you’re entirely dedicated to running multiple marathons.
As most people aren’t training for the next marathon, either treadmill should do well for both homes. This review will take a closer look at what makes the Sole F63 treadmill different than the Sole F80 treadmill and why there’s a $400-$500 price gap between the two.
Differences between the Sole F63 and the Sole F80
If you look at the specs of these two treadmills, you can easily tell what the differences are between the two. For convenience, I’ve listed the differences below:
1. Sole F63’s 2.5 CHP (continuous horse power) vs Sole F80’s 3.0 CHP
2. The F80’s maximum speed is 11 MPH but the F63’s max speed is only 10 MPH.
3. The Sole F80 is 5 pounds heavier and can support users up to 350 pounds whereas the F63 can only support users up to 325 pounds.
4. The Sole F80 has rollers that are a quarter inch larger (2.75”) in diameter vs the F63 (2.5”).
5. Both treadmills fold but the F80 has an added feature called Easy Assist which means when you unfold, you can just release and watch it slowly come down.
6. The Sole F80 treadmill comes with 2 heart rate control programs but the Sole F63 treadmill doesn’t come with any.
7. The two models use a different console and thus one might look better than the other depending on your preference.
8. The F80 has a longer warranty for both parts (2 years longer for a total of 5 years) and labor (1 year longer for a total of 2 years).
9. There’s a price difference of about $400 to $500 depending on when and where you buy it from.
What This Means For You
When you’re buying a treadmill, you have to consider what purpose you’re mainly buying it for. Are you mainly going to use it for walking, jogging or running? Here’s what I think you should do.
If most of the miles you’re going to put on this treadmill is going to be in the form of running (defined as faster than 7.5 MPH), the Sole F80 is your best choice. Running puts more pressure and stress on the machine so the extra long warranty and improved parts and specs are going to be necessary.
If you’re going to be mainly jogging (defined as 4.5 MPH to 7.4 MPH), the Sole F63 is your best bet. The Sole F63 treadmill is slightly less reliable and stable than the F80 but greatly more affordable.
If you’re mainly a walker (slower than 4.5 MPH), the Sole F63 and the F80 are going to be overkill for you. You do not need to spend a $1000 on a machine if you’re only going to be walking! I would recommend the Healthrider T600i instead with a 3 year extended warranty instead.
At $649 for the Healthrider T600i and $120 for the extended warranty, it’s still only $770. You’re getting a longer and better warranty for both parts and labor by doing this and you’re still up ahead in the financial department by a whopping $230. All the other specs are pretty similar except for the motor rating. It’s only at 1.5 CHP but since you’re walking, it’s sufficient. The only other problem is that the Sole F63 looks a whole lot better than the T600i.
You won’t find nearly as many glowing reviews for the T600i because it’s not the most popular treadmill model. However, the most authoritative treadmill expert’s ratings (Treadmill Doctor) can be found here for the Sole F63 and here for the Healthrider T600i. As you can see, the Sole F63 really doesn’t hold much of an advantage. Also note you’re getting the machine for $649+$120 not the $1200 price the review uses.
For joggers: Sole F63
For runners: Sole F80
For running enthusiasts: Sole F85