Sole F85 or Sole S73?
~~Side-By-Side Treadmill Comparison Review~~
Motor: In the first category, the Sole F85 wins over the Sole F73 with a 3.5HP to 3.0HP advantage. It is always important that a treadmill has a strong motor in order to have a better performance.
Belt Width: When it comes to belt width, the Sole F85 gets another win over its counterpart. While the Sole F73 only has a 20” belt width, the Sole F85 has a 22”-wide belt. It should be noted however that 20” is considered to be the standard for most treadmills which means that 22” is rare.
Belt Length: Both treadmills are tied with a 60”-long belt. This is already enough running space for even taller users.
Preprogrammed Workouts: When it comes to preprogrammed workouts, both the Sole F75 and the Sole F73 are tied with 10. This is considered average since most treadmills offer at least 1- to 24 workouts.
Notable Features: It is a tie between the two models when it comes to the bells and whistles category as they both offer identical features.
They both have cushioning systems which absorbs the impact on the joints. They also have built-in cooling fans which can help users feel refreshed after a workout as well as a sound system which you can listen from your MP3 players. The two models also have a heart rate monitoring system through your chest which can help you stay within your target heart rate zone. What’s more, they both have quick speed and control settings and adjustable controls which can be found on the handlebars.
Parts Warranty: Both are tied in the parts warranty category. The Sole F85 and the Sole F73 offer a 5-year deal. This means that users can enjoy free labor coverage and they won’t have to worry about parts needing replacement.
Labor Warranty: It is also a tie in the labor warranty category with both offering 2-year deals. Take advantage of this as labor costs these days are soaring in the US.
Machine Weight: This round goes to the Sole F85 as it weighs at 280 lbs. On the other hand, the Sole F73 only weighs at 250 lbs. When buying a treadmill, the weight is a factor since the heavier the machine is, the sturdier it is.
Machine User Weight Capacity: When it comes to the weight capacity, the Sole F85 can accommodate users who weigh until 400 lbs. The Sole F73 on the other hand can only accommodate up to 350 lbs. For safety purposes, there must only be a 100-lb difference between the machine’s weight and the maximum weight capacity.
Money Back Guarantee: It is a tie between the two models as they offer a 30-day money back guarantee. This means that if you are unsatisfied with the performance of the machine, you can easily return it, provided that it is within the given period.
Conclusion: At the time of the comparison review, there is only a $100 difference between the two. Will the slight difference be a factor?
The Sole F85 beats the Sole F73 in four categories: the motor, belt length, machine weight and weight capacity. If you happen to be a heavier user than the average, at around 350 lbs and more, the F85 is the one for you since it has a stronger motor which means that it can accommodate you perfectly well. It also has a wider belt which means that you can be more comfortable while using the machine since a 22”-wide belt is considered to be rare.
With the Sole F85’s features, it can be worthy of its $100 price increase. However, if you wish to save it instead, you can go with the Sole F73 which is considered to be a good treadmill.