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Under $1000: New Sole Fitness F63 Treadmill Review 2017

Sole F63 Treadmill Review

The $1000 price point is well contested in the treadmill market, this is the price where you should be able to buy a full featured machine that will last.  The Sole Fitness F63 Treadmill is no exception.

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This highly competitive machine will be able to deliver a great workout.  It has enough power in reserve to keep users of all abilities challenged and motivated with its range of programs.

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Sole F63 Running Track ReviewFull features and Benefits of the Sole F63 Treadmill:

For the full details see below, if you are interested in other machines about the same price see the comparison table of other $1000 treadmills in the tabs.

Motor

With 3.0 CHP on tap, the Sole F63 has the most powerful motor in the sub $1000 market.  This will deliver a good smooth run, even up the steep inclines .  3.0 CHP is the minimum that we would recommend for a machine running at 12 MPH.  Any less and the motor will struggle and wear out early.

Running Deck

Again another strong feature of the F63 is its expansive running area.  Measuring 20″ by 60″ its plenty big enough for even the tallest runner to stretch their legs.  Again this is a class leading size, and combined with the powerful motor makes the Sole a very attractive proposition.

The deck is supported on a series of springs, which cushion the deck as you run Sole call their technology Cushion Flex and users seem to find this comfortable and quiet to run on.

Sole have also fitted large rollers, 2.75″, to ensure that the belt is not folded to tight.  Smaller rollers can put too much pressure on the belt and again reduce its lifespan.

Sole F63 Treadmill Console ReviewConsole

The console is huge, designed to support the weight of the side arms it is one of the largest displays I have seen.  All the buttons are there, with the main controls (speed, incline, start stop) easily accessible.  There are quick selection buttons for the speed and incline which I like as you don’t have to keep pressing the up/down buttons to reach your target.

A pleasing blue screen displays the main workout information including: heart rate, speed, pace, calories burned.  The heart rate is monitored via grips, which are not so convenient when running, but if you have a chest strap you can link that up.

Incline and Speed

For the adventurous the incline can go upto 15%, and the speed increases to 12MPH in 0.5 MPH increments.  Coupled with the programs you can enjoy workouts such as rolling hills, gentle paths, interval training.  In addition there are 2 custom programs where you can build your own plans, and 2 heart rate programs that will keep your pulse in a preset training zone.

Bluetooth Conectivity

New for this year, the F63 finally includes blue tooth capability.  Allowing users the freedom to transfer workout data from their fitness equipment to their smart device.  Users can track their fitness info on the Sole app, or have their data be transferred to other compatible fitness apps.

 

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Warranty

The warranty is middle tier for the category:  lifetime on frame, motor, three years on deck and all other components and 1 year on labor .

What are other reviews saying about the Sole F63 Treadmill?

This is a popular treadmill, and has received a rating of 3.3 out of 5 from over 20 reviews.

“You get a lot of bang for your buck here.”

I love this machine! Great treadmill for the money!,”

The main feature that users like is the powerful motor, which is more powerful than others at the same price.  They also like the large treadmill deck which gives plenty of space to run without feeling hemmed in.

Any negatives?

For the price this is an excellent choice, OK so its not quite Commercial Gym quality, and some of the extras like the fan and speakers are not up to much.  If you are looking for a solid all round machine this is hard to beat.

Alternatives to the Sole F63:

Product name Rating Price
LifeSpan TR1200i Folding Treadmill LifeSpan TR1200i Folding Treadmill
$899.00
Nautilus T616 Treadmill Nautilus T616 Treadmill
$869.99
NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill
$959.00
ProForm PFTL99715 Power 995i Exercise Treadmill, Graphite, Large ProForm Power 995i Treadmill
$913.49

Comparisons with other Sole Treadmills

Comparisons with other Sole Treadmills

Specs in Full

ModelF60 2013Sole Fitness F63 Folding TreadmilSole F65 Folding Treadmill ReviewSole F80 Folding Treadmill ReviewSole S77 Non Folding Treadmill Review

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Machine Dimensions:
Height(in.):58"58"57"58"58"57"
Item Weight(lbs.):231 lbs.253 lbs.253 lbs.265 lbs.265 lbs.265 lbs.
Length(in.):80"80"83"80"80"83"
Weight Capacity(lbs.):325 lbs.325 lbs.350 lbs.375 lbs.400 lbs.400 lbs.
Width(in.):33"33"35"35"30"37"
Deck Size:33" X 80"33" X 80"35" X 83"35" X 80"30" X 80"37" X 80"
Running Surface:20" X 60"20" X 60"20" X 60"22" X 60"22" X 60"22" X 60"
Rollers:2.0"2.5"2.5"2.75"2.75"3.0"
Controls & Features:
Motor:2.75 CHP, DC Type3.0 CHP, DC Type3.25 CHP, DC Type3.5 CHP, DC Type4.0 CHP, DC Type4.0 CHP, DC Type
Speed:.5 - 12 mph.5 - 12 mph.5 - 12 mph.5 - 12 mph.5 - 12 mph.5 - 12 mph
Incline:0 - 15% Rack & Pinion gear design0 - 15% Rack & Pinion gear design0 - 15% Rack & Pinion gear design0 - 15% Rack & Pinion gear design0 - 15% Rack & Pinion gear design0 - 15% Rack & Pinion gear design
Folding:YesYesYesYesNoNo
Belt:2 Ply2 Ply2 Ply2 Ply2 Ply2 Ply
Heart Rate Monitoring:Pulse Grips & Chest Strap CompatiblePulse Grips & Chest Strap CompatiblePulse Grips & Chest Strap CompatiblePulse Grips & Chest Strap CompatiblePulse Grips & Chest Strap CompatiblePulse Grips & Chest Strap Compatible
Chest Strap Included:NoYesYesYesYesNo
Standard Programs:666666
Custom Programs:222222
Heart Programs:222222
Cooling Fans:YesYesYesYesYesYes
Sound System:Yes (MP3 Compatible)Yes (MP3 Compatible)Yes (MP3 Compatible)Yes (MP3 Compatible)Yes (MP3 Compatible)Yes (MP3 Compatible)
Workout Display:5.5" LCD6.5" LCD7.5" LCD7.5" LCD9" LCD9" LCD
Display Color:BlueBlueBlueBlueBlueBlue
Warranty: 
Frame:LifetimeLifetimeLifetimeLifetimeLifetimeLifetime
Motor:LifetimeLifetimeLifetimeLifetimeLifetimeLifetime
Deck:3 Years3 Years3 YearsLifetimeLifetimeLifetime
Electronics:3 Years3 Years3 Years5 Years5 Years5 Years
Labor:1 Years1 Year1 Year2 Years2 Years2 Years
Commercial Warranty: 
Frame:Lifetime
Motor:Lifetime
Deck:Lifetime
Electronics:3 Years
Labor:1 Years

Sole Comparison Chart:

Product (click for review)LifeSpan Fitness TR1200i TreadmillSole Fitness F63 TreadmillHorizon Fitness T303 TreadmillLivestrong LS10.0T2 TreadmillSmooth Fitness 5.65 Treadmill
Imagelifespan tr1200i_rearview_reviewSole F63 Treadmill ReviewSmooth Fitness 9.65 LC Treadmill Review (2014 Model)
Speed11 MPH12 MPH12 MPH12 MPH10 MPH
Power2.5 CHP3.0 CHP2.5 CHP2.52.75 CHP
Belt Size20 x 56"20" x 60"20" x 60"20" x 55"20" x 55"
Incline0.150.150.120.120.15
Roller Size2.5"2.75"2"
Programs1710121214
Heart SensorChest and GripGrip and ChestGripGrip and ChestGrip and Chest
User Weight300 lbs325 Lbs350 Lbs325Lbs300 lbs
Warrenty:
FrameLifetimeLifetimeLifetimeLifetimeLifetime
MotorLifetimeLifetimeLifetimeLifetimeLifetime
Parts3 Years3 Years2 Years3 Years5 Years
Labour1 Year1 year1 Year1 Year2 Years
RSP$1299$1699$1199$1999$1999
Target Price$999$999$999$999999
Ave User Rating4.33.333.6NEW 2014
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Review Summary and Verdict

Sole have  a great reputation for building some great solid cardio machines, and the F63 is no exception.   Sporting a value price ticket, it does pack all the features you need for a good running workout.  If you are looking for a challenge, and want to run at full speed then this machine is an excellent choice.

While up there with our leading $1000 treadmill, the LifeSpan 1200i, the Sole F63 treadmill packs more power, speed and a bigger running surface.  For a full fledged running machine, for less than a $1000 this is our choice.

Sole Fitness F63 Folding Treadmill Review Summary:

We are big fans of the Sole equipment range, their Spin Bike is one of the best cardio products on the market. Sole treadmills are of the same quality. There is a great range of products available from the entry level Sole F63 treadmill, up to the serious S77 Treadmill.

For weight loss the Sole F85 is hard to beat. At a price of $2000 it is more expensive than our best all round treadmill however it can accommodate runners up to 375lbs while the TR1200 maxes out at 300lbs.

The Sole F85 is a high quality folding treadmill, so its fairly easy to store after a workout. Its not uncommon to find Sole equipment in gyms, and you can feel the quality of this product in its fit and finish. The buttons feel good, and the run is well cushioned and comfortable.

Most importantly for plus sized runners the deck is massive, at 22" by 60". This means that you will not feel constrained even if you are very tall! The extra 2" over the TR1200 may not sound like much, but imagine the difference there would be in an airline seat if they gave that extra space?

To support the extra weight this machine packs some punch, with a powerful motor that is designed to stand up to the rated weight limit. The belt has also been upgraded from a normal two layer belt, this one is two ply four layers. This provides much more shock absorption leading to a safe, comfortable and quiet workout.