Sole F60 Treadmill Review
Treadmill Doctor Note:
With the relatively long warranty for a machine in this price range, you might want to take a chance on it, but we wouldn't.
Overall Rating: 5.54
If you are just a walker, this is an option, but they had to take so much cost out of it to get it to $799 that we wouldn't expect it to last.
The Sole F60 is a cheap treadmill that we don't find particularly impressive. At $799, the price is nice. For casual walkers, this machine might hold up okay, but we have concerns about the measures that had to be taken to keep the cost so low. The bottom line is that it's hard to find quality treadmills sold for under $800, and this one certainly isn't the best in that price range.
The walking area is a good size. The belt measures in at 20" x 60". This has become the standard size for walking belts on today's treadmills. This should provide plenty of room for taller users to use comfortably. It's not common to see walking surfaces that are so accommodating on treadmills that cost so little.
This machine is run by a weak motor. There are some models that cost a couple hundred dollars less which have better power producing capabilities, which is saying something. Speeds of up to 12 mph are attainable, but we don't recommend using this model for running. The structure and drive system are only going to be able to handle occasional, light walking.
One thing that is really nice about this treadmill is its cushioning system. Cushion flex suspension is used to reduce the impact that walking has on your joints and back. There are several models that cost $1,000 more than this one that have running surfaces with similar impact resistance and durability.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this machine doesn't do well. It's not terrible for its price, but $200 extra can get you a major jump in life expectancy. The quality of parts isn't very good. Cheap treadmills aren't made with high quality components.
The warranty on the Sole F60 is decent. Labor is covered for 1 year; parts, electronics, and the deck are covered for 3 years; and the motor and frame are covered for life. It's actually a bit surprising to see this amount of coverage on such an inexpensive treadmill.
Sole Fitness is a company that sells high quality treadmills and ellipticals that are built for them by Dyaco International. These machines are primarily sold at Sears, on Sole's website, and on various mass-market websites, like Sears.com and Amazon.com. Sole has quickly established their brand as a good value alternative, and they have very broad distribution. They have blanketed the web. With so many people promoting them, it's hard to turn around on the web without bumping into them. Just remember that the majority of the people promoting them are affiliate sites.
Quality / Philosophy
Sole Fitness is putting good components on their machines which makes perfect sense, since they are putting such a long warranty on it. They are trying to sell their machines at a value price with a high end warranty, and the result is quite good. Sole has introduced an improved lineup across the board that should provide another strong year for Sole.
From a startup just a few years ago to putting treadmills for rent in hotels all over the USA, Sole Fitness has quickly established itself as a mass-market player in the USA. The attention they have put into the quality of their machines has paid off making them a strong player in the market over the long term.
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