SOLE F63 vs ProFom Power 995i Treadmill Comparison

Here at Treadmill Reviews, we have first concentrated on reviewing a massive variety of treadmills so our readers can learn the ins and outs of these treadmills before buying. However, we have noticed that many people are interested in direct comparisons between similarly-priced treadmills and we wanted to deliver on what our readers needed.

The SOLE F63 and the ProForm Power 995i are two treadmills which are commonly considered for purchase when looking to buy a treadmill under $1,000. As we examined each feature and technical specification, we found the Power 995i the better buy. If you are curious about how we reached this conclusion, we have our entire comparison process below.

Sole F63 & ProForm Power 995i General Spec Comparison

Sole F63
ProForm Power 995i
Cost
Under $1,000 price range
Cost
Under $1,000 price range
Weight Capacity
325 lbs
Weight Capacity
325 lbs
Available Programs
10
Available Programs
30
Dimensions
57” height, 82” length, 35” width
Dimensions
66.75” height, 81” length, 37” width
Running Surface
20” wide by 60” long, 2-ply non-stretch
Running Surface
20” wide by 60” long, 2-ply non-stretch
Folding
Yes
Folding
Yes
Motor Size
3.0 CHP
Motor Size
3.0 CHP
Incline Range
0% to 15%
Incline Range
0% to 15%
Max Speed
12 mph
Max Speed
12 mph
Fans
Yes
Fans
Yes
Pulse grip and chest strap compatible
Pulse grip and chest strap compatible
Treadmill Weight
254 lbs
Treadmill Weight
225 lbs

Cost – Both the F63 and the Power 995i have spots in the best treadmills under $1,000 category. They are affordable treadmills which are very well built, and both are generally priced at $999. The Power 995i often goes on sale for $899, making it a little more accessible in price.

Category Winner – ProForm Power 995i

Weight Capacity – While not many treadmills can match a SOLE treadmill’s weight capacity, the Power 995i and the F63 have the same weight capacity of 325 lbs.

Category Winner – Tied

Available Programs – There are far more workout programs available on the Power 995i than on the F63. On the Power 995i, users can pick from 30 different workouts while the F63 only has 10 workout programs.

Category Winner – ProForm Power 995i

Dimensions – These treadmills are relatively comparable in size. The F63 has dimensions which measure 57” in height, 82” in length, and 35” in width. Similarly, the Power 995i dimensions are 66.75” tall, 81” in length and 37” in width. While still comparable, the F63 is a little smaller and may be easier to fit into a home.

Category Winner – SOLE F63

Running Surface – The running surface area on both of these treadmills is identical, measuring 20” wide by 60” long. Along with the same running area, the F63 and Power 995i both have a 2-ply non-stretch treadmill belt.

Category Winner – Tied

Folding – Both of these treadmills have excellent folding mechanisms which help users lower and raise the treadmill deck. The release lever for the F63 is located high on the deck, making releasing the treadmill deck easier for a user. While the release lever on the Power 995i isn’t hard to use, it is located along the bottom half of the treadmill underside and needs to be released via the user’s foot.

Category Winner – SOLE F63

Motor Size – Under the low-profile hood of these treadmills, there are 3.0 CHP motors. Both the Power 995i and the F63 have the same motor size, which helps operate them smoothly as users move between incline levels and speeds. There is a noticeable amount of sound when these treadmills are in use but it is not obnoxious and quickly fades into a normal background sound.

Category Winner – Tied

Incline Range – Users can find the same incline range on both of these treadmills, as they both start at 0% incline and can reach 15% incline. Both have smooth action as they transition between the various incline levels as well as remain steady even at their highest incline levels.

Category Winner – Tied

Speed – Along with matching incline levels, the F63 and the Power 995i have the same speed range of 0.5 MPH to 12 MPH. While most users will not access the highest speed levels, it is nice to know they are available for use.

Category Winner – Tied

Fans – There are fans on the F63 and the Power 995i, but they are not equal in power. The fan mounted on the top of the F63 console can be angled to direct the airflow from the fan, though the breeze which the fan puts out is weak. Unless users are walking, the F63 fan will not make a difference.

On the Power 995i, the fan is in a fixed position which points toward the user’s core. Unlike the F63, the Power 995i fan has multiple speeds, where users can choose what level of breeze they want, whether they want a weak breeze or a strong and steady output.

Category Winner – ProForm Power 995i

Heart Rate Monitoring – Both the Power 995i and F63 have pulse grip handlebars which users can hold onto to check their heart rate. However, these handlebars are not overly accurate. Users can choose to purchase a wireless, Bluetooth heart rate monitoring chest strap for either of these treadmills as they can both sync with a chest strap.

Category Winner – Tied

Treadmill Weight – Between these two treadmills, the F63 weighs 254 lbs, outweighing the Power 995i which only weighs 225 lbs.

Category Winner – ProForm Power 995i

Look and Feel Of The Treadmill


Materials – These treadmills are built of quality materials, though the F63 has more plastic parts such as its base covering, plastic crossbar tray, and light plastic side rails with only a small area reinforced with metal. On the Power 995i, the materials are of slightly better quality, with thick textured plastic side rails reinforced with metal side rails below, no plastic covering the treadmill base legs, and a metal crossbar on the treadmill uprights.

Category Winner – ProForm Power 995i

Sturdiness – As these treadmills have the same weight capacity, neither of them are outmatched when comparing weight sturdiness. However, the emphasis on metal rather than plastic materials does make the Power 995i more sturdy overall.

Category Winner – ProForm Power 995i

Moving the treadmill – Both of these treadmills are reasonably easy to move once their decks are locked into the upright position. All users will need to do is tilt them onto their wheels then roll them to the desired location.

Category Winner – Tied

Cushioning – The F63 has the patented SOLE Cushion Flex Whisper Deck cushioning, which does provide better cushioning than running outside would. However, the deck of the F63 is not overly flexible. On the Power 995i, the deck flexes well when moving at higher speeds and the overall treadmill deck has ProShox cushioning. The shocks which come with the ProShox cushioning help cushion the user’s movements.

Category Winner – ProForm Power 995i

Assembly – Both of these treadmills have similar assembly time requirements, where it on average takes users 1-2 hours. It may require two people for safe assembly.

Category Winner – Tied

User Interface


Speed and Incline Controls – The F63 and the Power 995i have similar speed and incline controls, both of which are laid out right underneath the main treadmill console display. A fundamental difference is that the controls on the F63 are more squished together, with not all the speed and incline levels readily available. On the Power 995i, all the speed and incline controls are readily available to the user.

Category Winner – ProForm Power 995i

Fan Controls – Both treadmills have easily accessible fan controls. The F63 fan control is a single on-off button while the Power 995i has buttons to raise or lower the speed of the fans. Another bonus of the Power 995i is the ability to set the fan on auto, so users don’t need to use the buttons to change the speed of the fan output to match the intensity of the workout.

Category Winner – ProForm Power 995i

Program Selection – While the Power 995i has a higher number of workout programs compared to the F63, both of them have a similar selection process where the user needs to scroll using the program buttons to reach the desired workout program.

Category Winner – Tied

Visual Display – Both treadmill displays have different qualities which will appeal to users. The Power 995i has an LED round display, with an outer ring with a watts meter. This ring will light up to show if the workout intensity is in the Endurance, Tempo or Peak range. Users can scroll on the Power 995i display to see the different workout data info.

On the F63, users can see all of the workout information on the LCD screen with the bright blue backlit display. The view can be somewhat cluttered to some users due to this amount of information, but some users may prefer it that way.

Category Winner – Tied

Entertainment Features


Speakers – The speakers located on the F63 produce decent sound when at the mid-volume level or below. Once the speakers’ volume is increased above the middle level, the sound quality becomes lower and tinnier sounding. In contrast, the Power 995i has better speakers which maintain their crisp sound several levels beyond the mid-point volume level. The sound does become somewhat distorted at the highest levels, but many users will not be blasting the volume at this level.

Category Winner – ProForm Power 995i

USB Port – There is no USB port on either of these treadmills.

Category Winner – Tied

Other Entertainment Features – No entertainment features exist on the F63 while the Power 995i at least offers an integrated tablet holder for users to place a mobile device on.

Category Winner – ProForm Power 995i

Data Tracking

Sole F63
ProForm Power 995i
Current Incline
x
Current Incline
x
Vertical Gain
Vertical Gain
Vertical Loss
Vertical Loss
Current Speed
x
Current Speed
x
Current Pace
x
Current Pace
x
Average Pace
x
Average Pace
x
Lap Time
Lap Time
Distance
x
Distance
x
Time Elapsed
x
Time Elapsed
x
Current Heart Rate
x
Current Heart Rate
x
Average Heart Rate
Average Heart Rate
Current Heart Rate Zone
Current Heart Rate Zone
Total Calories Burned
x
Total Calories Burned
x
Calories Burned per Hr
Calories Burned per Hr
Data Graph
Data Graph

Data Display – While the presentation of the data on these two treadmills is different, both the Power 995i and the F63 have the same amount of workout data available.

Category Winner – Tied

Fitness Apps – These treadmills can both sync with different apps. The F63 can be used in conjunction with the SOLE Fitness App, which is entirely free to use. This app allows users to track and save their workout information in-app, can be synced with the treadmill to control the speed and incline, and the users can build custom workout programs in-app.

On the Power 995i, iFit Coach is available for $15/month. With iFit Coach enabled, the Power 995i can access hundreds of new workouts, a giant and ever-growing workout video library, nutritional tracking, access to virtual personal trainers, and much more.

Category Winner – ProForm Power 995i

ProForm & SOLE Financing Options


ProForm Financing

  • No money down, no interest if paid in full in 18 Months; Interest is charged from the purchase date if the purchase amount is not paid in full within 18 months. Standard APR 29.99%. Advertised payment is greater than required minimum payment.
  • The ProForm Financing program account is issued and administered by TD Bank, N.A.
  • All non-UPS shipments are curbside delivery and require a customer signature. Return shipping and a 10% restocking fee will apply.
  • If you receive a machine that is damaged beyond repair, ProForm will be happy to send a replacement machine or give a full refund.
  • ProForm allows a 30-day trial period on all products. You pay return shipping and a 10% restocking fee.
  • Products being returned must be disassembled and packaged in the original box or comparable package. If you do not have a box, ProForm can provide one for you.
  • You can expect a refund in the same form of payment originally used for the purchase within 30 days of our receiving your returned product.

SOLE Financing

  • Affirm – secondary financing
  • Make monthly payments using Affirm (3, 6, or 12 months plans available)
  • Rates vary from 10 to 30% APR.
  • For a $1399.99 purchase, you can expect to pay about $123.08 per month for 12 months at 10% APR.
  • This seems like a good way to go if you’re financing the purchase. The monthly fees and interest applied to the purchase are all very upfront. However, assume there are major penalties for late payments like with most credit card purchases.
  • Subject to credit approval.

SOLE and ProForm Warranties


ProForm Warranty

  • A 30-day trial period for a full refund (minus shipping and restocking fees)
  • Lifetime warranty on motor, deck, and frame; 5 years for parts; 2 years for labor.
  • The warranty extends only to the original purchaser.
  • Repairs first need authorization. Shipping to service centers for repairs is at customers cost. Shipping for replacement parts sent to your home is also at your cost. For in-home service, the customer pays a minimal trip charge.

SOLE Warranty

  • 30-day trial period on all of our equipment. If you are not completely satisfied with your product, they will refund your purchase amount and freight charges both ways, no questions asked. All the customer is responsible to pay is an 8% restocking fee within the 30-day trial period. Some stipulations regarding original packaging.
  • Lifetime warranty on motor, deck, and frame; 5 years for parts and electronics, 2 years for labor.
  • All service is performed in your home.

Overall Favorite


The ProForm Power 995i

Total Categories Compared: 28
Total Ties Between the F63 and the Power 995i: 13
Total SOLE Favored Categories: 2
Total ProForm Favored Categories: 13

While the SOLE F63 is not necessarily a bad treadmill, when compared directly to the ProForm Power 995i, the F63 falls short of what is offered by treadmills in this price range. There were many ties between the two treadmills, so it is clear that the F63 is not a bad treadmill.

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