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Sole F85 Treadmill vs Sole S77 Treadmill - Review

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If there was a hundred dollar bill on the floor and all you have to do is pick it up and it’s yours with no strings attached, would you take it? For most people, it’s a resounding yes!

If you’re thinking about buying a treadmill such as the Sole F85 treadmill, you might just want to step back a bit and reconsider. You should reconsider because if you’re buying the S77 instead of the F85, you’re essentially that guy in the story that’s presented with the hundred dollar bill dilemma.

The Sole F85 treadmill is basically just the Sole S77 treadmill with a folding mechanism that costs $100 more. That’s basically all the differences you’ll find between the two if you look at the spec sheets.

But what does this mean for a treadmill owner? Is a folding treadmill necessary? Is it worth spending an additional $100 for a treadmill that folds? Are folding treadmills better than non-folding treadmills? Even though the specs are the same, does the slightly less expensive S77 really perform just as well as the F85? This side by side review of the Sole S77 treadmill and the Sole F85 treadmill will try to answer these questions.

It’s been said that treadmills that have been designed for folding are usually less stable and reliable than their non folding counterparts. Although there may be some truth in that statement, when you’re talking about quality treadmills such as the Sole F85 or Sole S77, this is less of a concern. Treadmills that are priced closed to $2000 are usually machines that are pretty well made so reliability is not that much of an issue. Unless you’re a real hardcore runner that clocks over a thousand miles a year, treadmills such as the F85 or S77 are unlikely to experience a problem as long as you do regular maintenance on it.

Speaking of maintenance, there is one main advantage that the F85 holds over the S77 besides its ability to fold. Precisely because it’s able to fold, you can easily vacuum underneath the F85 but this is not so much the case for the S77. If you do ask professionals what you should do to maintain your treadmill, one common tip that’s given is to vacuum around and underneath the treadmill so that there’s less dust that reaches the motor area resulting in fewer problems.

Besides vacuuming, is there really a need for the treadmill to fold? If you have limited space, a treadmill that folds is going to come in mighty handy because you can store it away. If space is not much of an issue, you probably won’t gain much from a treadmill that folds. So whether you should get a folding treadmill (Sole F85) or a non-folding treadmill (Sole S77) is really dependent on your current situation.

Finally, I should point out that the Treadmill Doctor gave identical ratings to both treadmills in all areas. This means that the cheaper non-folding Sole S77 treadmill is really every bit as good as the folding Sole F85 treadmill.

This then essentially comes down to whether you think the folding feature is worth the $100.


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