Sole F63 Treadmill
One of the most impressive features of this treadmill lies in the very powerful and dynamic deck. With a 3.0 HP motor, you can achieve tops speeds of around 12 MPH, and it runs silently.
Plus, the unique design of the flywheels limits annoying vibration and excess noise. If you are on the hunt for a solid treadmill that’s built like a tank, the Sole F63 is worth checking out.
Compatible with Studio app
3 HP motor for top speeds of 12 MPH
Offers a 15-degree incline for an added challenge
Built-in heart rate monitor
Fairly easy to assemble
Accommodates users up to 325 pounds
One of the very best features of this treadmill lies in the construction of the running deck. It boasts a 3 HP motor, which is pretty impressive for a mid-range home treadmill. To put the surprising power of this machine into perspective, most Peloton treadmills are built with 2 HP motors.
A more powerful motor means a much longer lifespan, a quieter ride, and the ability to reach top speeds of up to 12 miles per hour.
Running on hard surfaces can be murder on your joints no matter how supportive your running shoes are. Sole built their treadmill with something called a Cushion Flex Whisper Deck that reduced the impact of your joints up to 40 percent.
This deck works by gently flexing when you strike down, and rebounds back in place. Instead of feeling like you are running on concrete, it feels more like running on soft grass or mulched trailheads.
A powerful and reliable motor is super important when shopping around for a new treadmill, but deck size is something to also consider. If you have a wider frame, there will be no need to adjust your natural walking or running gait cycle to avoid clipping the sides of the deck.
Many budget-friendly treadmills have decks that measure to be just 16 inches wide, which can be problematic for some users.
With a deck that is 20 inches wide, it is very unlikely that your feet will clip the side of the deck as you walk or run naturally.
If you need more of a challenge, the incline of the belt is able to be adjusted up to 15 degrees. While many treadmills offer some level of adjustability, it often achieves this by manually lowering the legs on the back of the unit.
It slightly raises the pitch of the deck, but it requires users to jump off of the treadmill and adjust it by hand.
What I found most impressive about this design is that users can adjust the pitch of the deck with a press of a button on the central console.
It’s also important to note the pitch of the incline is just a little higher than other designs out there on the market. While mist treadmills boast an incline of around 10 degrees, The Sole F63 goes above and beyond with a max incline of 15 degrees.
If you really want to activate those glutes and amp up the difficulty without increasing the speed, adjusting the incline of this treadmill is a great way to light up the muscle in your lower body like a Christmas tree!
The central console on this design isn’t quite as flashy as full-color touchscreen displays, but it certainly gets the job done. It provides users with a small LCD display that tracks all of their important information such as miles, time, calories burned, and distance.
It comes with pre-programmed workout programs that are designed for users of all fitness levels to keep you engaged and push yourself to new running milestones.
These pre-programmed workouts automatically adjust the speed and incline of the belt for you, but you can easily override these automatic adjustments if you feel that you aren’t quite up for the challenge.
On the central control panel, users can easily make adjustments to the speed, workout programs, pitch of the running deck, and even check in on your heart rate. The small handles on the base of the control panel calculate your heart rate and display it on the screen to check if you are in your targeted fat-burning zone.
It’s important to note that this HRM will give you a general idea, but it isn’t super accurate. For a more accurate readout, I suggest investing in a dedicated HRM monitor such as the Garmin HRM Pro.
No treadmill these days would be complete without a compatible app! Sole has launched their very own fitness app that is very similar to apps such as Peloton or iFit that deliver live workouts right to your home treadmill.
Simply sync the app to your treadmill, and mount a tablet or smartphone to the media shelf, and get started!
This app provides users with live workouts from skilled trainers and includes a live leaderboard to push yourself to the head of the pack.
The downside of this app is that it requires a monthly membership fee. Unsure if a monthly fitness app is a good investment for your training style? No worries!
Sole includes a 30 day free trial of Studio that allows you to give it a brief test run before you commit to a monthly membership.
Overall, the price tag of this monthly membership is much more affordable when compared to similar apps from Peloton. It doesn’t provide as many workout programs as similar fitness subscription apps out there, but it also doesn’t cost as much.
If you want a simple fitness program to keep you accountable without the steep monthly fee, Studio is an excellent option.
I won’t sugar-coat it- this treadmill demands quite a bit of room in your home gym. It measures to be 75-inches long, 33-inches wide and stands to be 58 inches tall.
Overall, this machine demands quite a bit of space in your home workout area. The good news, however, is that the deck is able to be easily folded up onto the central console.
It doesn’t fold compactly enough to store it in a closet, but it will clear up just enough floor space to engage in plyometrics or a yoga workout as needed.
It’s also important to note that this machine is very heavy. Once assembled, it weighs in at just over 250 pounds! I highly suggest finding a forever home for this treadmill, because moving it to a new location is a real struggle.
With its super heavy-duty design, it also means that it boasts a slightly higher weight capacity when comparing it to similar designs. While most treadmills have a max weight capacity of 250-300 pounds, the Sole F63 can handle users up to 325 pounds!
Who doesn’t love extra bells and whistles? Lacing up your running shoes and fitting in a good workout can sometimes be difficult when working out from home, and the extra features built into this machine will get you excited to work up a sweat.
I love that it provides users with a tablet or smartphone holder at the top of the console that will not block your progress screen. Using Bluetooth, you can sync your device to the speakers on the treadmill to pump your favorite tunes, or binge a Netflix show as you burn calories.
It even has a USB charging port to ensure that your devices never run out of juice mid-workout.
The central console also includes a fan to keep you cool as you run and plenty of onboard storage for things like phones and water bottles.
The price of the Sole F63 treadmill falls right smack dab in the middle of the pack. It’s not the most expensive treadmill out there, but it isn’t exactly considered to be budget-friendly. When investing in new workout machines, I often stick to the mid-range machines.
This machine is powerful enough to provide an engaging and demanding workout, but it isn’t bogged down with advanced features that drive the price tag up. For a mid-range machine, this is one of your very best options.
What I love most about this machine is that it is super strong and stable, and it will not wobble even when running at high speeds. It boasts a wide deck that allows you to run naturally and a steep incline that reaches 15 degrees for an added challenge.
To take your workouts to the next level, I highly suggest investing in the super affordable Studio app. Overall, this app is much more affordable than similar options and provides users with advanced features such as live classes and even leaderboards.
Running at home can be a little uninspiring, and accessing live classes is a surefire way to get you excited to hop on and go for a ride!