Reader Mailbag — Sole F63 Treadmill vs Smooth 5.25 Treadmill


Last time we talked about the SportsArt E82. This time we’ve got a reader who wants to put a pair of treadmills in to ThunderDome…Two treadmills enter, One treadmill leaves!


I am in the market to buy a treadmill and i have read numerous
reviews on the Sole F63 and the Smooth 5.25 treadmills on your website and
others, and have to make a decision between the 2, Both treadmills are quality
treadmills that will get the job done, please help me in deciding which one is
the better treadmill for the long run. THank you for your help in advance i
appreciate it


Well, Amindu, you’ve picked a couple of really good units to compare against each other. I’ve actually reviewed both of them in detail in the treadmill reviews section of the site. You can check out the Sole F63 Treadmill review HERE and the Smooth 5.25 Treadmill review HERE.

The units are very, very similar in their stats and actual performance…and even their prices are pretty close. I would have to say I’d give the edge to the Sole F63 (or the Spirit Z88 as it is also known) for a couple of reasons.

First off, the F63 treadmill is quite a bit heavier than the Smooth, which means it is also going to feel a lot sturdier when you’re on it. There’s nothing wrong with the weight on the Smooth 5.25, it’s just that the Sole F63 treadmill is beefier.

Second, the deck is about 2 inches longer on the Sole F63/Spirit Z88, giving you a larger running area — 20×53 on the Smooth 5.25 and 20×55 on the Sole F63. Two inches may not seem like a lot but you’ll definitely notice the difference when you run on a longer deck.

Both treadmills are made by high quality companies and you’d be happy either way you went. However, in a head to head battle to the death, the Sole F63 Treadmill wins.

-The Treadmill Sensei

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