Sole F63 or Sole F65?
~~Side-By-Side Treadmill Comparison Review~~
Motor: When it comes to the motor, the Sole F65 wins over the Sole F63 with a 2.75HP to 2.5HP advantage. However, it should be noted that both motors are considered to be above average in their sub-$1000 price range.
Belt Width: It is a tie between the two treadmills as they both have a 20”-wide belt which is considered to be the standard for most treadmills.
Belt Length: When it comes to belt length, the Sole F65 wins with its 58” as compared to the Sole F63’s 55”. A longer belt is always better since it means that users can have more space especially when accommodating taller users.
Preprogrammed Workouts: It is a tie between the models as they both have 8 preprogrammed workouts. It should be noted that the average for most treadmills is 10 to 24 workouts so which means that the two have a limited offer.
Notable Features: When it comes to the bells and whistles category, the Sole F65 wins over the Sole F63. However, it is only the Sole F65’s wireless heart rate monitor that made it win as both offer more or less identical features. Being able to accurately keep track of your heart rate is always a better feature to have.
Parts Warranty: The two are tied in the parts warranty category as they both offer 3 years of parts coverage.
Labor Warranty: In terms of labor warranty, both are tied again as they offer a 1-year warranty. Take advantage of this as labor costs these days are becoming pricier.
Machine Weight: The Sole F65 wins this round as it is heavier than the Sole 63 by 5 lbs. A heavier machine is always sturdier.
Machine User Weight Capacity: In this category, the Sole F65 wins with 350 lbs while the Sole F63 can only accommodate users up to 325 lbs. Both claims are considered accurate and reliable as they both have the 100-lb limit on the difference between the actual weight of the machine and the maximum capacity.
Money Back Guarantee: It is a tie between the two models as they both offer a 30-day money back guarantee. Within the time period given, you can return the machine if you are unhappy with its performance.
Conclusion: The Sole F65 is the higher and much improved version of its counterpart, the Sole F63. With a $150 difference between them, the Sole F65 is expected to have better features to offer as it ranks 3rd in 27 treadmills while its counterpart is only on 14th. However, if you look closely, there are only a few minor differences between the two. This includes the 1.4HP difference on motor, a 5-lb difference on the actual weight of the machine, a 3” edge in belt length and has a 25-lb difference on weight capacity.
It comes down to whether or not you are willing to spend another $150 for these slight improvements. If you are perfectly happy with what the Sole F63 has to offer especially since you’ll only use it from time to time, then you should forego the extra charge.