For tall or frequent runners -- who might be too demanding for even the top-ranked Sole F80 ( *Est. $1,500) -- reviewers recommend paying an extra $250 to step up to the Sole F85. It adds a more powerful 3.5-horsepower motor and a longer 60-inch running surface to the Sole F80's award-winning list of features. The F85 also goes faster (12 mph versus 11 mph) and can handle a heavier user (400 pounds versus 350 pounds) than the F80. Experts can't find much fault with the F85: They say it's quiet, sturdy, folds easily and includes an impressive warranty (lifetime motor, deck and frame; five years electronics, belt, rollers and labor; and two years in-home service).
If you plan to run hard on your treadmill every day, experts recommend an even heavier-duty machine such as the Landice L7 Pro Sports Trainer (*Est. $3,500).
1. Treadmill-Ratings- Reviews.com
Review Credibility: Very Good The editor/author of this website is a former executive with Smooth Fitness, but his commentary is usually fair and balanced between the brands. In this review he explores the features of the Sole F85, which he describes as one of the best folding treadmills.
Review: Sole F85 Treadmill, Fred Waters, As of October 2012
Review Credibility: Good The editors of TreadmillDoctor.com expand on their original assessment of the Sole F85, assigning it numerical rankings in eight categories along with an overall score. It receives the "best fold up treadmill" award in this site's 2012 Best Buy rankings.
Review: Sole F85 Treadmill Review, Editors of TreadmillDoctor.com, As of October 2012
Review Credibility: Good About 25 user reviewers give the Sole F85 an average rating of 4.2 stars out of 5 on Amazon.com. Most say this is a great treadmill, although several complain that it beeps after each workout segment, and a few experience delivery problems.
Review: Sole F85 Treadmill, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2012