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Side-By-Side ReviewWhen you match the Sole's best folding treadmill against its weakest folding model, you're like pitting a professional athlete against an amateur. In other words, no contest. The Sole F85 wins hands down as the better treadmill but I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that as the $1000+ price gap between the two already more than illustrates this point.
Then what is this review about? It's about why the Sole F85 is $1000 more than the Sole F63 and whether it's worth the price.
The Sole F85 features a 20" X 60" belt. In the world of treadmills, a belt this size is is better than 95% of the treadmills on the market. Since it's in the upper 5% bracket when it comes to belt size, we can conclude that all but a very minority will find that this belt doesn't suit their needs. In comparison, the Sole F63 features a smaller but still respectable 20" X 55". Basically, tall users beware if you're buying the Sole F63. You'll have nothing to worry about when it comes to comfort with the Sole F85.
The Sole F85 also sports a beefier motor that's 40% more powerful than the Sole F63 based on its motor rating. Unless you consistently run 12 MPH, the Sole F85's motor is probably slighly overkill meanwhile the Sole F63 is slighly underpowered for regular runners. Unless you're training for a marathon, the Sole F85 will be more than enough for most homes. I can't say the same for the Sole F63 however.
Both treadmills don't come with an overwhelming number of programs. This is especially the case with the Sole F85 with only two more programs than the Sole F63 and these being the heart rate control programs. Luckily, you can custom design your own programs on either of these treadmills so if you're looking for something new to workout under, these are always an option. If you know what you're doing, you can optimize your own programs to help you reap the most of your workout instead of relying on predefined programs that may or may not work so well.
What's most telling is the warranty on the Sole F85. It's quite a bit better than the Sole F63 which means the company believes that the Sole F85 is of sufficiently high enough quality to be sold with a lifetime frame, motor, 5 years parts and 2 years labor warranty. This treadmill has one of the better warranties (especially the two year labor) out in the market today but it is by no means overwhelming since the Sole F80 also sells under the same warranty and is $500 less.
The bottom line is that these two treadmills may have a similar look on the outside but the motor, belt and warranty is upgraded in the Sole F85 to make it worth $1000 more. In my personal opinion, the Sole F85 is probably a little on the expensive side. If you have $2000 to spend on a treadmill, use $1000 to buy the Sole F63 now and $1000 to buy the Sole F63 three years from now. Two Sole F63 will probably last longer than a Sole F85 so this makes it a better deal. If you're a little worried about the Sole F63's stability and reliability, consider the Sole F80 instead.
Winner – Sole F85 is the better machine but two Sole F63s will probably outlast it.
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