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Side-By-Side ReviewThere probably aren't that many of you out there that are debating between whether you should get the Sole F63 or the Sole TT8. After all, one's the top model from Sole Fitness while the other, is the most basic model. So what's the point of this review when we already know that the TT8 is superior in almost any imagineable way to the Sole F63? Well, it's always interesting to make note of the exact differences so you can see what you're missing out when you get the bottom of the line model versus the top.
The Sole TT8 treadmill is a treadmill that boasts some very impressive specs. There's the 22"X60". Read that again, it's twenty two inches to the width. I personally haven't seen a treadmill from Sole or from any competitor in any price range that has a belt wider than 22". If you feel that other treadmills are a little too narrow when running on it, 22" is your best choice. In fact, if you calculate the TT8's belt area and the Sole F63's 20"X55" belt area, you realize the TT8 is 220 square inches bigger which is definitely a noticeable difference.
When you have a belt that's as big as the TT8, you need a motor that's big and strong enough to run it or you might be stuck with a "too big of a belt for too underpowered a motor" situation. Luckily, the 3.5 HP continuous duty motor which was a slight overkill in the F85's 20"X60" belt, is perfect for the Sole TT8's 22"X60".
One of the main problems that I have with the Sole F63 treadmill is how it doesn't have any heart rate control programs (HRC). These HRC programs automatically adjust the treadmill's speed to regulate your heart rate at a certain level which would result in maximum fat loss theoretically. Since the Sole F63 already comes with a wireless heart strap to detect your heart rate, HRC programs should be included but they're not. The TT8 from Sole obviously does include the HRC programs being the high end model and all.
It should also be noted that the TT8 is also warranted under a light commercial setting. This basically means the company is so confident in the product that it's willing to put it under the duress of a harsher light commercial setting instead of just a home setting. Don't even think about the Sole F63 being able to do that. This isn't a knock against the F63, rather, it's just recognition of the fact that with a $1300 price gap, there's bound to be more than just a few quality and reliability differences between the two.
Bottom line - The Sole TT8 is better in almost all conceivable areas but it's more expensive. The Sole F63 is a good and steady starter treadmill but not much more than that. If you're a serious jogger and runner, the F63 certainly won't handle it making the TT8 a much better choice.
Winner – Sole TT8
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