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Sole F85 vs Sole TT8 Treadmill Review Comparison

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Side-By-Side Review

It's a showdown between the two most expensive treadmills from Sole Fitness. If you're considering either of these treadmills, it likely means you are in need of a high quality piece of fitness equipment that can more than keep up with your grueling workouts. Without further ado, let's compare the Sole F85 treadmill and the Sole TT8 treadmill.

Both treadmills are fitted with a monster 3.5 HP motor. Where in the case of the Sole F85, it might have been overkill, for the TT8 it's just right. Why? The Sole TT8 treadmill comes with a treadbelt that measures in at 22"X60". This is one of the widest options on the market today, if not the longest. With a larger belt, an underpowered motor is going to be nothing but problems. That is why Sole Fitness did not cheap out and underequip the TT8 with a weak motor. The 3.5 HP is thus perfect. The Sole F85 on the other hand has a smaller belt in comparison although it still uses one of the larger belts by industry standards. Whereas the 3.5 HP is just right for the TT8, it's probably too much for the Sole F85. But too much in this case is not a bad thing, it's just a little excessive in my opinion.

The Sole TT8 also comes with larger rollers. To be exact, they're a quarter inch in diameter larger than the ones found in the Sole F85. Not a huge difference but it certainly helps in dissipating the heat when you do your heavy workouts on it.

Next, we take a look at the weight difference. The Sole TT8 treadmill's maximum user capacity is 425 pounds and weights 300 pounds itself. The Sole F85 is said to be able to take up to users of 400 pounds while it weights 280 pounds itself. Unless you know you're going to pound extremely hard on your treadmill, the average user is not going to notice a dramatic difference in stability running on either machine. But for those users that have a very sharp sense in terms of feeling things out, they might actually notice the TT8 as being more stable than the F85. Besides the weight difference, you must remember that the Sole TT8 treadmill is of the non folding variety unlike the F85. Generally speaking, non folding treadmills are stabler due to their construction although you might get differing opinions from different sources.

Finally, we come to the warranty. For residential use, both treadmills come with a lifetime warranty on the motor, deck and frame. You also get a fabulous 5 years on the parts and 2 years on labor. It would seem like there's no difference between these two in terms of warranty but take note of the fact that Sole Fitness advertises the TT8 as being suitable for light commercial settings but this is not the case for the F85. This just shows you that despite sharing the same in home warranty, the company is just a little bit more confident in the Sole TT8.

So which is the better deal? Although all the little extras in quality and construction are nice to have, the TT8 is probably going to be more than what the average user is going to require. Unless you know your workouts are absolutely going to be brutal, the more affordable Sole F85 is going to be a better choice. If money is no concern, the TT8 is the better constructed treadmill of the two.

Winner – Sole F85 is the better deal. Sole TT8 is the better machine.

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