The major good thing that we can say about the Sole TT9 is that it is a very durable treadmill. If you are a moderate runner, you should be able to get many years of use out of this treadmill. With that said, we always like to remind our readers that taking good care of your treadmill can help to double its life. Simple things like storing your machine in a cooled, clean room can help your motor while regularly changing and cleaning your belt can save the life of your deck, motor, rollers, and other components. If you are going to spend so much on a treadmill, be sure you know how to properly take care of it so you can save yourself some heartache and dollars.
It is hard to find a bad treadmill in the upper price ranges. You do have your overpriced models, though, and that is why you need tools to be able to spot a good value from a rip off. In regards to the Sole TT9, it is a good treadmill and has a lot of quality. But, as for whether or not it lives up to the price tag, well we think there may be some debate to that. Nonetheless, we have awarded the TT9 out Third Place Award among the 2020 Best Buys for the $3,000 to $3,999 dollar range.
Hopefully if you are willing to spend this much money on a treadmill, you are someone who truly values a good workout machine. You may be training to improve your running or just looking to keep in shape for a long, long time. If this is the case, then this price range is definitely for you; but is the Sole TT9 for you? For starters, this treadmill has a notable build, much like other treadmills in this price range. The TT9 may not have as many built-in workouts, but your daily routine is sure to be challenged with the TT9’s six levels of decline and fifteen levels of incline.
But outside of the build and incline capabilities, you are really only left with a decent warranty. With a lifetime deck, frame, and motor, six-year electronics, and three-year labor warranty, the Sole TT9’s warranty looks like on of the best in this price range. But, you do have to consider who is providing that warranty. When you step up into the pricier treadmill market, you are introduced to companies like LifeFitness, True, and Precor. Each of these companies are able to sell their treadmills for so much money because they build great products and stand behind them. Sole, on the other hand, is not known for their customer service. Sure, they do not have as bad of a reputation as the Icon brands like NordicTrack or Proform- but why would you settle for three star service when you could get five?
And then, of course, you have to consider the TT9 as a whole. Sure, this treadmill has a very remarkable build and good quality parts, but where are all the features? Unfortunately, Sole has not been able to keep up with the times as well as their other competitors. NordicTrack may belong to a disappointing company, but they make up for it with two-foot touchscreens and their own workout membership. The Sole TT9 only comes with a basic 7.5 inch LED display and a few built-in workouts. While this does not make the TT9 obsolete, the lack of features does make one wonder whether or not the TT9 offers enough value for such a high price tag.
|Heart Rate Sensor and Type||EKG Grip Monitors|
|Incline/Decline Range||-6, 15|
|Walking Area||22 x 60|
|Warranty||Lifetime Frame, Deck, and Motor, 6 Yr Electronics, 3 Yr Labor|
This is the first year that we have been able to review the Sole TT9. We invite you to read our other Sole reviews to get a good picture of the types of treadmills they produce.
In the end, we do like the Sole TT9. This treadmill has a solid build, decent warranty, and valuable workout features. But we cannot fully stand behind the TT9 because of how it compares to other treadmills in this price range that offer better service and more features. Consequently, we have placed the Sole TT9 in our Third Place 2020 Best Buy slot for the $3,000 to $3,999 dollar range.