This is a big day for the Nordictrack Elite 9500 Pro and the Sole F85, as they prepare for an unforgettable showdown.

The Nordictrack Elite 9500 Pro and the Sole F85 are both at the top of the price scale for this class, both coming in at $1,999. We should be able to expect some impressive muscles on these treadmills. In the 2 – 3 thousand price range, the bigger brother of the Elite 9500 pro already won his round, let’s see how this model holds up to the Sole F85. The Sole F85 is the highest quality, most expensive, and yet still the top seller of Sole’s fold up treadmills. And the Elite 9500 Pro is almost the same story, just under it’s older brother the 9700 pro.

It only takes a quick glance to see that the console of the Nordictrack immediately knocks out the Sole F85. The Elite 9500 Pro has a full color 10″ touch screen web browser, comes built in with ifit and lets you see the trails you’re running, and has 28 built in workouts. One of the best, and most advanced consoles on the market. The Sole F85 is a great treadmill, but the console is outdated with a blue backlit display that shows the basics. It doesn’t connect to Ifit or have any sort of progress tracking technology. Both consoles have the basic MP3/Ipod port with built in speakers, a fan, heart rate control, and all the regular features you can expect.

As far as motor and strength goes, the Nordictrack has a 3.8 CHP motor, compared to Sole’s 3.5 CHP Motor. Sole however, is known for their motor’s durability and quality more than Nordictrack, so while the Motor may be a bit smaller, I would still take the Sole motor in my treadmill. Both motors are covered by a lifetime warranty, so either is a great choice.

The 400 lb weight capacity on the sole beats the 350 lb weight capacity. This Sole is built a little stronger in the deck, frame and belt. However, both are impressively strong, and covered by great warranties. Both have a 22″ x 60″ deck, 2 ply belt, and effective cushioning.

Here’s a little comparison table:
Weaker specs are shaded out.

Nordictrack Elite 9500 Pro

  • 3.8 CHP Motor
  • 22″ x 60″ deck
  • 12MPH
  • -3% – 15% Incline
  • 350 lb weight limit
  • 10″ touch screen web browser
  • Ifit Live built in
  • Quadflex cushioning
  • Fold Up with Easy Lift
  • 28 built in workouts
  • Fans, Ipod/Mp3 port, speakers
  • Lifetime Frame and Motor
  • 5 year parts, 2 year labor
Sole F85

  • 3.5 CHP Motor
  • 22″ x 60″ deck
  • 12MPH
  • 15% Incline
  • 400 lb weight limit
  • Blue backlit LCD
  • No Ifit
  • Cushion Flex Shock Absorption
  • Fold Up with Easy Lift
  • 10 built in workouts
  • Fans, Ipod/Mp3 port, speakers
  • Lifetime Frame and Motor
  • 5 year parts, 2 year labor

In specifications these treadmills are very similar. On a closer look, they’re still very similar. Although they’re designed differently, and they use different materials for the components, they have strengths and weaknesses that almost seem to balance each other out. The winner of this tournament is going to be a bit more subjective than most of the other winners. From everything I’ve seen,I am actually going to cop out of this one, and go ahead and move both treadmills into the next round. Both of them earned it.

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