The Sole F63 Folding Treadmill – Great Entry Level Model

The Sole F63 treadmill is one of the best choices on the market today under $1000, offering features and capabilities often only found on machines twice the price.  As such, it has become quite popular and is one of our Best Buy choices for several years in a row.

The Machine

For the new model year, Sole has tweaked some of its most popular treadmill models, including some improvements to one of its most popular models, the F63. This is a truly impressive machine that lists for $1,899, but sells direct on the company website for less than $1,000, including delivery. The delivery costs alone will save you anywhere from $200 to $300.

The Sole F63 treadmill has many of the same features as the older models with a few notable improvements, including larger, 2.5" rollers to improve the life of the belt, slightly longer overall length in order to accommodate a 5" longer running surface, greater speed as well as Bluetooth capability.

Let's take a look at some of the best features...

Sole Fitness F63 Treadmill
  • 3.0 CHP motor
  • Speed: 0.5 to 12 mph
  • Incline: 0-15%
  • Running surface: 20" x 60"
  • 2.5" rollers
  • 2 ply, 4 layer belt
  • 10 workout programs
  • MP3 compatible sound system
  • Two cooling fans
  • 6.5" LCD console display
  • Pulse grips for monitoring heart rate; compatible with chest strap
  • Weight capacity: 325 pounds
  • Overall dimensions: 57" x 35"x 82"
  • Warranty: Lifetime on frame and motor; 3 years on deck, parts and electronics, 1 year on labor
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The Buzz

Sole Fitness F63 Treadmill Console

Sometimes a company shouldn't mess with something that's already a success, but in this case, Sole seems to have improved on some already stellar specs. Runners are unanimous in their praise of the running surface, which is a full 5" longer on the Sole F63 folding treadmill for the new year.

The company has also improved the speed range, which can now top out at a full 12 miles per hour as opposed to earlier models that could only reach 10 mph.

You get a strong, yet quiet 3.0 CHP motor, which is very capable and delivers high level performance.

Another welcome change on the Sole F63 is Bluetooth technology that allows you to track your workout results on the Sole App or transfer your workout information to your favorite fitness apps.  It's rare to find this capability on a $1000 treadmill, so we're very excited to see it here.

One of the complaints users have always had about Sole is their lack of tracking/technology...now they're starting to introduce features like Bluetooth to answer those complaints.

A few features haven't changed on the Sole F63 treadmill, which is a good thing. Why mess with success? Owner reviews continue to praise the quick speed and incline adjustment buttons that are located along the sides of the console so you can shift without breaking stride.

You get the same Cushion Flex Whisper Deck that reduces impact on your joints up to 40% and provides a smooth and quite workout.  You can incline up to 15 different levels to make your workout more challenging.  You can measure your heart rate either via the pulse grips or using the free wireless chest strap for more accuracy.

Just like on the other Sole treadmills, you get a total of 10 workout programs.  That might not seem like a lot but the programs are diverse enough to keep things interesting.  You also have the easy folding ability that has become a trademark of the brand.

Any downsides? Not really, especially at this price.  The 20" width can accommodate most users, but if you think you might not a little more width, take a look at the up-level F65 model, which is 22" wide and will also give you a stronger motor and larger display, or the F80 treadmill which is a step above the F65 and our top home treadmill pick.

You don't get the touch screens that some other treadmills have, like the comparable NordicTrack C 990, but it's certainly not a deal breaker as everything else about the Sole F63 is top notch.

How Does the F63 Compare to Other Sole Treadmills?

The Sole treadmill lineup currently consists of 6 different models: the F63, F65, F80 and F85 folding treadmills, and the S77 and TT8 non-folding treadmills.

Comparing one to the other is a lot easier with Sole than it is for NordicTrack and ProForm, as all of their treadmills are very similar and you simply get more as you move up in price.

The F63 is the base model in the folding series, but you get a whole lot more than you typically get on a sub-$1000 treadmill.  As you've read above, you have a generously sized 20" x 60" deck, great cushioning, 15 incline levels, 6.5" display and a 3.0 CHP motor.

The F65 has all of those features, plus a wider 22" x 60" deck, a 7.5" display and a stronger 3.25 CHP motor.

The F80 bumps up to 9" LCD and a 3.5 CHP motor.  The F85 offers the largest screen, a 10.1" TFT LCD and a 4.0 CHP motor.

The non-folding S77 is very similar to the F85 folding model, except is is considerable lighter and a bit shorter.

The top of the line TT8 is the commercial-grade model in the series, and it adds decline capability to the mix, not found on any other models.

So consider your budget and your needs when deciding which Sole treadmill to choose for your home gym.  The F63 will be more of a beginner's treadmill, while the F65, F80 and F85 will be more advanced.  If you don't want or need a folding treadmill, check out the S77.

Lastly, if you want a top of the line commercial model, the Sole TT8 is an excellent choice.

What We Say About the F63

There simply isn't a better brand out there offering a top quality treadmill for less than $1000. Sole's industrial grade motors and welded steel frames can take an incredible beating and still outperform many models at a higher price point.

The oversized rollers and all steel flywheels create virtually no vibration and give you whisper-soft performance so that you can exercise any time of day or night without worrying about the noise bothering the neighbors.

The Sole F63 folding treadmill has quickly established itself in treadmill reviews as the ideal $1000 machine, and we couldn't agree more.  You'd be hard pressed to find something of this quality.

If you want a little more treadmill, take a look at the F65, F80 and F85 with their wider decks and stronger motors.  But you really can't go wrong with any of the Sole Fitness treadmills, as they continue to top our Best Buy lists year after year.

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