SOLE F80 vs NordicTrack 1750

The NordicTrack Commercial 1750 and the SOLE F80 are two treadmills which are popular among home gym users and treadmill critics. These two treadmills are closely priced, with usually no more than a $100 difference between them. We have developed in-depth reviews covering both of these treadmills, so be sure to check them out (SOLE F80 and NordicTrack Commercial 1750). Due to their highly similar price point, it makes sense to compare the F80 to the Commercial 1750. That way, consumers can see clearly which one of these treadmills would be the better choice for them.  

Here on Treadmill Reviews, these two treadmills earn a place on our list of the best treadmills under $1,500. They have an overall commercial quality and will be up to the needs of serious runners and/or the needs of a family who wants to workout. However, as we compare their specs directly to each other, you will easily see the differences between these treadmills.  

SOLE F80 & Commercial 1750 General Spec Comparison

Commercial 1750
F80
Cost
$1,000-$1,500 Range
Cost
$1,000-$1,500 Range
Weight Capacity
300 lbs
Weight Capacity
375 lbs
Available Programs
38
Available Programs
10
Dimensions
61” height, 72.25” length, 38” width
Dimensions
57” height, 82” length, 37” width
Running Surface
22” wide by 60” long, 2-ply non-stretch commercial belt
Running Surface
22” wide by 60” long, 2-ply
Folding
Yes
Folding
Yes
Motor Size
3.6 CHP
Motor Size
3.5 CHP
Incline Range
-3% to 15%
Incline Range
0% to 15%
Max Speed
12 mph
Max Speed
12 mph
Fans
Yes
Fans
Yes, Single speed
Heart Rate Monitoring
Pulse grip and chest strap
Heart Rate Monitoring
Pulse grip and chest strap
Treadmill Weight
310 lbs
Treadmill Weight
278 lbs

Cost – As these treadmills are generally within $100 of each other and many times are the exact same price. However, the F80 will at times cost $100 less than the Commercial 1750.

Category Winner – SOLE F80

Weight Capacity – When it comes to treadmills with a great weight capacity, SOLE treadmills have always had outstanding results. The F80 is no exception to this rule, as it can accommodate a user who weighs up to 375 lbs! Compare that to the Commercial 1750, which can only hold up to 300 lbs, and it is clear who wins this category.

Category Winner – SOLE F80

Available Programs – NordicTrack tends to dominate when it comes to user-friendly features, which shows on the Commercial 1750 as this treadmill has 38 user programs built-in. The F80 only has 10 programs available and two of those programs require the user to custom-build the workout program.

Category Winner – NordicTrack 1750

Dimensions – As you go up in treadmill quality, the overall dimensions tend to increase. That is the case with both the F80 and the Commercial 1750. The Commercial 1750 is 4 inches taller and 1-inch wider than the F80. Yet, the F80 is 10.75 inches longer than the Commercial 1750. That extra length can be a greater issue when the treadmill is in use, especially if the F80 treadmill is used in a shared space.

Category Winner – NordicTrack 1750

Running Surface – Both the F80 and Commercial 170 have identical treadmill belt areas. They also both have a 2-ply thickness.

Category Winner – Tied

Folding –Along with the ability to fold, both of these treadmills are equipped with hydraulic systems. These systems make it easier to raise the decks of these treadmills, as well as the convenient grab bar at the end of each treadmill. Also, both treadmills can be lowered hands-free. However, the F80 deck release handle is more conveniently located high and on the side under the deck, rather than the Commercial 1750 release bar located under the middle of the treadmill deck. The little extra convenience the F80 puts it slightly ahead in this category.

Category Winner – SOLE F80

Motor Size – The motor on the Commercial 1750 is a power and large 3.8 CHP motor, while the F80 has a slightly smaller 3.5 CHP motor. Both of them put out similar noise levels, though the F80 motor is a little louder.

Category Winner – NordicTrack 1750

Incline Range – A good incline range comes with the F80, allowing users to incline up to 15% but no decline. In contrast, the Commercial 1750 can decline to -3% as well as incline up to 15%.

Category Winner – NordicTrack 1750

Speed – Both treadmills have a top speed of 12 MPH.

Category Winner – Tied

Fans – Most SOLE treadmill fans should be considered decorative rather than functional. The F80 has a single speed fan unit with two small fans inside the unit. Unless the user is walking, they likely won’t feel the F80 fan output. On the other hand, the Commercial 1750 has two fan units, one on the console and one below the console aimed at the user’s core. These fans have multiple speeds which can be adjusted by the user or auto adjusted to match the user’s exertion.

Category Winner – NordicTrack 1750

Heart Rate Monitoring – Both treadmills have the same kinds of heart rate monitoring technology. They have handlebar pulse grips, which are not very accurate on any treadmill we have tested. These treadmills also have Bluetooth chest straps which are adjustable. The Commercial 1750 has an iFit chest strap and the F80 has a SOLE chest strap, but aside from the different brand names, both chest straps function the same.

Category Winner – Tied

Treadmill Weight – While treadmill weight may not bother some users, for those who are renting or planning on relocating, the weight of the treadmill may be influential. The Commercial 1750 weighs 310 lbs while the F8 weighs 278.

Category Winner – SOLE F80

Look and Feel Of The Treadmill


Materials – Both the Commercial 1750 and the F80 are built along commercial-quality lines. The sleek plastic parts of the Commercial 1750 look good but are not overly thick, were the dull black plastic parts on the F80 are made of thicker and tougher plastic. Otherwise, both treadmills have solid metal frames.

Category Winner – SOLE F80

Sturdiness – While the F80 may have slightly better plastic materials, the Commercial 1750 is the sturdier machine. With its slightly wider base and stronger shocks built-in, the Commercial 1750 does not move as you workout. With the F80, there is some movement wiggling movement as users run.

Category Winner – NordicTrack 1750

Moving the treadmill – The Commercial 1750 needs to be tilted to be able to move this treadmill on its wheels. With the F80, it can remain upright and easily rolled.

Category Winner – SOLE F80

Cushioning – Deck cushioning on the F80 is a little sparse, especially when compared to the Commercial 1750. The deck of the F80 is slightly less flexible, while the Commercial 1750 deck has adjustable flexibility and cushioning.

Category Winner – NordicTrack 1750

Assembly – Both of these treadmills were somewhat complicated to put together. This is common with treadmills as they go up in price.

Category Winner – Tied

User Interface

Speed and Incline Controls – The F80 does not have all the speed and incline levels listed, which means users will need to scroll if they want a specific speed or incline which doesn’t have a button. With the Commercial 1750, all the speed and incline level choices are clearly displayed. Also, the console buttons for the Commercial 1750 treadmill are more responsive.

Category Winner – NordicTrack 1750

Fan Controls – Both treadmill consoles have easily accessible fan buttons and the buttons are responsive.

Category Winner – Tied

Program Selection – There are only 8 actual programs on the F80, with 2 program slots for users to create their own workout programs. There is a button for each of the 10 workout program options. On the Commercial 1750, there are 38 workout programs built into the treadmill. The programs are well-organized into workout type and fitness levels so users can easily use the touchscreen to find the program they want to use.

Category Winner – NordicTrack 1750

Visual Display – The Commercial 1750 has a 7-inch high-definition touchscreen. With this vivid display, users can easily navigate the treadmill all with the touch of a finger. The display on the F80 is a bright 9-inch LCD screen. As the F80 display is not a touchscreen, navigating this display is not as intuitive as the Commercial 1750.

Category Winner – NordicTrack 1750

Entertainment Features


Speakers – There are decent speakers on the F80, with good sound quality but not as much volume as the Commercial 1750 can put out. Also, the clarity of sound on the Commercial 1750 is better than the F80.

Category Winner – NordicTrack 1750

USB Port – There is no USB port on the F80 but there is a port along the top of the Commercial 1750 console.

Category Winner – NordicTrack 1750

Other Entertainment Features – NordicTrack overall produces cardio machines with the best entertainment features and the Commercial 1750 displays many of these high-tech features. There is WiFi connectivity available to allow users to surf online as they workout. They can also watch shows on Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, go on virtual runs via Google Maps, and more. As for the F80, there are no entertainment features available.

Category Winner – NordicTrack 1750

Data Tracking

Data Display – As people workout, it is important that they receive data regarding their progress. With the simple display of the F80, you receive less measurable information than with the Commercial 1750.

Commercial 1750
F80
Current Incline
x
Current Incline
x
Vertical Gain
x
Vertical Gain
Vertical Loss
x
Vertical Loss
Current Speed
x
Current Speed
x
Current Pace
x
Current Pace
x
Average Pace
x
Average Pace
Lap Time
x
Lap Time
Distance
x
Distance
x
Time Elapsed
x
Time Elapsed
x
Current Heart Rate
x
Current Heart Rate
x
Average Heart Rate
x
Average Heart Rate
Current Heart Rate Zone
x
Current Heart Rate Zone
Total Calories Burned
x
Total Calories Burned
Calories Burned per Hr
x
Calories Burned per Hr
x
Data Graph
x
Data Graph

Category Winner – NordicTrack 1750

Fitness Apps – There are fitness apps for both the Commercial 1750 and the F80. The F80 is compatible with the SOLE Fitness app and the Commercial 1750 can utilize the iFit Coach app.

Using the SOLE Fitness app can make using the F80 easier. Users can more easily control the F80 from their mobile device, creating user programs, adjusting speed, track workouts and save workout data. This app is completely free. However, it is prone to freezing to the point where you may need to restart your device to close the app. Sometimes, your workout data will not be recorded.

With the iFit Coach app and the Commercial 1750, you will have to pay a membership fee to access the features on this app. There is a giant library of treadmill workouts, Google Maps virtual runs, tons of data tracking even beyond treadmill data tracking, workout videos which can be used off the treadmill, and more. While paying for the app can be a bit of a deterrent, you receive so much more from using the iFit Coach app on the Commercial 1750.

Category Winner – NordicTrack 1750

SOLE & NordicTrack Financing Options

NordicTrack Financing

  • No money down purchases
  • No interest if paid in full in 18 months.
  • Standard APR of 29.99% after 18 months. Interest will be charged starting from the purchase date. After 18 months, interested is backdated to the purchase date and also charged from the current date on the remaining balance (+backdated interest).
  • So this is a great option if you’re able to pay the treadmill off within the promo period (18 months). But you’ll get hit with outrageous interest fees if you do not pay the treadmill off within 18 months.
  • You are required to make minimum payments each month. BUT the minimum payment is not calculated to pay off the treadmill in 18 months. You’ll need to make a higher payment than the minimum in order to avoid interest fees. This calculation will vary depending on the original purchase price.
  • Subject to credit approval.

SOLE Financing

  • Affirm – secondary financing, there is none available through SOLE directly.
  • 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.

Category Winner – NordicTrack 1750

NordicTrack and SOLE Warranties


NordicTrack Warranty

  • 30-day trial period. Full refund minus 10% restocking fee and shipping fees unless the machine is damaged or defective on arrival.
  • Treadmill must be returned in good condition, including original packaging and paperwork. If these things are missing, you will also pay an additional 10% fee.
  • Lifetime warranty on motor and frame, 5-year parts and electronics, 2 years labor
  • Service can be performed in your home for a fee. You may also be asked to ship your treadmill for service, then being charged for the shipping.

SOLE Warranty

  • 30-day trial period for a full refund (minus shipping and 8% restocking fee)
  • Lifetime warranty on motor, deck, and frame; 5 years for parts; 2 years for labor.
  • The warranty extends only to the original purchaser and will need to be registered.
  • Owners will need to fill out a form to request service or parts.

Overall Favorite


The NordicTrack Commercial 1750

Total Categories Compared: 27
Total Ties Between the 1750 and the Pro 2000: 12
Total NordicTrack Favored Categories: 13
Total ProForm Favored Categories: 2

The ProForm Pro 2000 and the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 are similar treadmills, enough so that they tied in 12 of our 27 categories. But, the Pro 2000 was only able to beat the Commercial 1750 in 2 categories outright while the Commercial 1750 was the best in 13 of the 27 categories we used for measurement. Since these treadmills are so similar, it makes sense to choose the Commercial 1750 for purchase as it easily outperforms the Pro 2000.

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