SOLE S77 vs SOLE F85

It is not common for treadmill manufacturers to make two treadmills of similar specifications and prices but two of the top SOLE treadmills are similar enough to make a fair comparison. These two treadmills are the SOLE S77 and the SOLE F85. They are two of the top treadmills from the SOLE treadmill line.

As you can see, visually, there is little to differentiate between these two treadmills. Beyond the visual similarities, there are many other ways these two treadmills are alike, which is why it can be hard to choose between these two treadmills. To help you decide between these excellent treadmills, Treadmill Reviews has created an in-depth comparison so you can see exactly which one is the right SOLE treadmill for you.

SOLE S77 & F85 General Spec Comparison

S77
Sole F85
Cost
$1500-$2000 Range
Cost
$1500-$2000 Range
Weight Capacity
400 lbs
Weight Capacity
400 lbs
Available Programs
10
Available Programs
10
Dimensions
58″ height, 82″ length, 36″ width
Dimensions
57″ height, 83″ length, 37″ width
Running Surface
22” x 60”, 2 ply belt
Running Surface
22” x 60”, 2 ply belt
Folding
No
Folding
Yes
Motor Size
4.0 CHP
Motor Size
4.0 CHP
Incline Range
0% to 15%
Incline Range
0% to 15%
Max Speed
12 mph
Max Speed
12 mph
Fans
Yes
Fans
Yes
Heart Rate Monitoring
Pulse grip and chest strap
Heart Rate Monitoring
Pulse grip and chest strap
Treadmill Weight
258 lbs
Treadmill Weight
301 lbs

Cost – Price range-wise, both treadmills fall into the treadmills under $2,000 category. However, the S77 is generally $100 less than the F85.

Category Winner – SOLE S77

Weight Capacity – These treadmills have the exact same weight capacity, which is 400 lbs. SOLE treadmills generally have the highest weight capacity of all residential treadmills.

Category Winner – Tied

Available Programs – Like all SOLE treadmills, both the S77 and the F85 come with 8 pre-built exercise programs and 2 spots for users to create their own workout programs. Both treadmills have identical programs.

Category Winner – Tied

Dimensions – The S77 measures 58″ in height, 82″ long, and 36″ wide while the F85 measures 57″ in height, 83″ long, and 37″ wide. These measurements are very close, yet the S77 is slightly smaller in width and length.

Category Winner – SOLE S77

Running Surface – Both of these treadmills have 22” wide by 60” long treadmill belts, with a thickness which is 2-ply.

Category Winner – Tied

Folding – The F85 can fold up while the S77 is one of the few SOLE treadmills which cannot fold.

Category Winner – SOLE F85

Motor Size – There are motors of identical size in these two treadmills, which are 4.0 CHP in size.

Category Winner – Tied

Incline Range – Identical incline ranges of 0% to 15% are on both the S77 and F85.

Category Winner – Tied

Speed – Both of these treadmills max out at 12 MPH, which is standard for many residential treadmills.

Category Winner – Tied

Fans – Two small, single-speed fans are found on top of the consoles of both the S77 and the F85. While the angle of the fan can be adjusted, both of these treadmills have weak fans.

Category Winner – Tied

Heart Rate Monitoring – The S77 and F85 both have heart rate measuring handlebars. While these handlebars are not very accurate, these treadmills also come with Bluetooth-enabled, adjustable heart rate chest straps. The straps can deliver highly accurate heart rate tracking.

Category Winner – Tied

Treadmill Weight – While the S77 and F85 have many identical features, the S77 is lighter than the F85 by 43 lbs.

Category Winner – SOLE S77

Look and Feel Of The Treadmill


Materials – For the most part, these two treadmills seem to have the same materials used in their construction. All the materials are high-quality, such as the commercial-gauge steel frame and the minimal use of thick molded plastic. However, the hydraulic system on the F85 adds a layer of superiority. It allows users to more easily fold up the deck of the F85 and users can allow the deck to lower itself hands-free. As the S77 cannot fold, it lacks this helpful addition.

Category Winner – SOLE F85

Sturdiness – While we tested both treadmills, the F85 performed better under the running at incline tests we put it through. The S77 had a slight tendency to wobble a bit when operating at a higher incline as the tester ran.

Category Winner – SOLE F85

Moving the treadmill – Both of these treadmills are heavy, which makes the task of moving them difficult. However, the F85 can fold up and be rolled fairly easily while the S77 does not fold, making it tough to maneuver the treadmill, especially if you need to move the S77 through a doorway.

Category Winner – SOLE F85

Cushioning – These treadmills both come with Cushion Whisper Flex™ treadmill decks. However, the F85 has a slightly more flexible deck, which can be easier on sensitive feet.

Category Winner – SOLE F85

Assembly – As these two treadmills are constructed with many of the same materials, they take around the same amount of time to assemble.

Category Winner – Tied

User Interface


Speed and Incline Controls – The speed and incline controls on the S77 and F85 are identical to each other, as you can see from their pictures above. Both sets of controls do not display all the possible inclines and speeds. However, you can use the manual adjustment buttons located near the console displays or the speed and incline adjustment buttons on the arms of both of these treadmills.

Category Winner – Tied

Fan Controls – Responsive to your touch, the fan control for both of these treadmills is located on the right-hand side of the treadmill console, directly below the main program buttons.

Category Winner – Tied

Program Selection – The same programs are available on both of these treadmills. Users can express their creativity with the two users custom program slots, but otherwise, these treadmills are exactly the same in this aspect.

Category Winner – Tied

Visual Display – Both treadmills have 10.1” TFT LCD console displays and from what you can see in the pictures above, the only real way to distinguish a difference between the two console displays is the small “S77” or “F85” located under the SOLE logo.

Category Winner – Tied

Entertainment Features


Speakers – The sound quality on both of these treadmills is the same decent range. Crisp sound quality until you reach the higher sound levels but both speakers have weak bass.

Category Winner – Tied

USB Port – Neither treadmill has a USB port.

Category Winner – Tied

Other Entertainment Features – SOLE treadmills are not known for their entertainment and the S77 and F85 are no exception.

Category Winner – Tied

Data Tracking


Data Display – To a certain extent, everyone uses the data tracking on a treadmill, even if all they want to know is when they can stop working out. As the S77 and the F85 are two of the best SOLE treadmills, they offer more workout information than other SOLE treadmills.

Sole F85
S77
Current Incline
x
Current Incline
x
Vertical Gain
Vertical Gain
Vertical Loss
Vertical Loss
Current Speed
x
Current Speed
x
Current Pace
Current Pace
Average Pace
Average Pace
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
x
Current Heart Rate Zone
x
Total Calories Burned
x
Total Calories Burned
x
Calories Burned per Hr
Calories Burned per Hr
Data Graph
Data Graph

Category Winner – Tied

Fitness Apps – Both of these treadmills can sync with the SOLE Fitness app, which allows you to more easily control your treadmill and create custom workouts. You can also use the app to save your workout data.

Category Winner – Tied

SOLE Financing


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 – Tied

SOLE Warranty


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 SOLE F85

Total Categories Compared: 27
Total Ties Between the S77 and F85: 19
Total SOLE S77 Favored Categories: 3
Total SOLE F85 Favored Categories: 5

It was a close race and the F85 only beat the S77 in 5 categories while they tied in 19 of the 27 categories we used to compare them. So, if you end up preferring the S77 to our pick of the F85, you can feel assured that the S77 is very similar to the winning treadmill.

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