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Last Updated: May 29, 2023
When it comes to treadmills from Sole, we know them to be well-constructed, durable, heavy-duty machines available at nice price points. They’re simple to use, don’t require a subscription to access the included workout programs, and they have firm cushioning in the deck which is great for athletes and those looking to mimic the feeling of running outside. We anticipate that the Sole F65 represents the brand well and that it provides all of these things. For a treadmill capable of handling light to moderate running, the F65 is well-priced. It is a great value pick that’s spacious with functional features and a folding deck to save you more room in your home. Keep reading this Sole F65 Treadmill review to learn more about this model and all that it has to offer.
Why You Should Trust Our Review Of The Sole F65 Treadmill
Although we don’t have the Sole F65 in our studio for testing yet, considering we’ve tested the new and older models of the Sole F80, F85, and Sole F63, we have a pretty good idea of how the F65 will perform and who it is best for. We’ve been testing treadmills for years so we have a great understanding of how a treadmill will perform before we even set foot on it, especially if we’ve tested other treadmills from the brand. We’ve relied heavily on what the other treadmills in Sole’s lineup are like to compile this spec review of the Sole F65. You can trust that we’ve done our research and that this review will help give insight into this treadmill.
- 9” LCD White Backlit Console
- 6 Onboard Workouts
- 2 Custom Programs
- Multi-User Settings
- Quick-Touch Buttons
- Bluetooth Connectivity to a device and Sole+ App
- Bluetooth Speakers (play own music through them)
- Pulse Grips
- Heart Rate Tracker sold separately
- Cooling Fan
- USB Charging Port
- Device Holder
- Storage Tray
- Folding Deck
- 4 Transportation Wheels
- Footprint: 82” L x 38” W x 67” H
- Folded Footprint: 42.5” L x 38” W x 72” H
- Running Surface: 22” W x 60” L
- Treadmill Weight: 267 lbs
- Weight Capacity: 330 lbs
- Motor: 3 HP
- Step-Up Height: 8”
- Speed: 0.5 – 12 mph
- Incline: 15 Levels
- Warranty: Lifetime frame & motor, 2 years parts, deck, and all other components, 1-year labor, and 90 days cosmetic items
In-depth Review of Sole F65 Treadmill
Most treadmills nowadays come with attached touch screens that display subscription workout content. Even with new updates, Sole manages to keep their content included and free of locking you into a membership fee. Considering how tech-enhanced the new Sole F80 and F85 are, the Sole F65 is a great option if you just want access to onboard workouts and an easy-to-use display.
Much like a commercial treadmill, the F65 has fewer frills than others. This is great if you’re looking for a treadmill you can hop on and go and enjoy an unplugged experience. The F65 comes with 6 preset workout modes. These include hill, fat burn, cardio, strength, HIIT, and manual mode. There are also custom modes and 2 heart rate training modes to choose from.
The programs are similar to the F63. They are structured as complete workouts and on the screen, your workout metrics are displayed. Each mode has preset speeds and inclines.
The F65 is also Bluetooth-enabled to connect to the Sole+ App on your device. This way you can keep track of your workouts. You can also play your own music and content through the speakers of the treadmill from your device. So, overall we’re glad to see that the Sole F65 has maintained simplicity while still keeping thoughtful features included with the price.
A big way that Sole retains a straightforward design on the F65 is the 9” LCD display. It isn’t a touch screen, but it should be easy to use with the included adjustment and programming buttons.
The screen is a nice size to navigate and see all of your workout metrics like time, distance, pace, speed, incline, and calories. It is larger than the F63, so we assume it is even easier to see. All of the buttons are flat and well-labeled. They were raised on the previous version which concerned us about how dirty and even sticky they could become over time. These buttons should be easy to wipe clean.
The quick-touch buttons are the same as the previous model. They skip around when it comes to speed and incline increments. This layout isn’t our favorite because of the lack of some of the buttons and the fact that the quick buttons for speed and incline are on top of each other. However, in our experience using other treadmills with these buttons, they certainly help when it comes to adjusting the treadmill quickly.
The fan has hopefully been improved since it is larger than the previous one. Considering the F63’s fan is a little weak, I assume this one will be, too. So, you might need to plug in your own fan to cool off. The F65 has a lot of storage options. The two large cupholders have small side pockets inside of them, but there is a large storage tray under the console for whatever else you need nearby. The device rack is the same as Sole’s other treadmills. It’s adjustable to fit larger tablets and it is great for allowing you to read/stream your own content.
The construction is kind of like a mixture of the Sole F63 and the Sole F80. The F65 is right in the middle with some features mimicking the step-up model, and some resembling the entry-level model. We anticipate the Sole F65 will perform like these other models from Sole.
One indication that this is a well-made treadmill is its weight limit. Sole Treadmills have high weight capacities, and considering the price point of the F65, we love that it has a nice 330 lb limit. Other treadmills priced higher have lower weight capacities, so we like that the F65 handles larger users.
The frame is made out of steel. It sits under the front part of the deck. On either side is where the steel uprights connect from the frame and extend up to the handles and console. I’ll admit that this design is very similar to the previous model and the new F63. It seems like Sole went for an “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it approach”, which is smart.
The new F65 even kept the steel crossbar under the storage tray in between the uprights. This design is great for budget-friendly lower-end treadmills because it adds a lot of stability to the console. The console should have minimal, if any, shake when running.
The F65 is very similar in weight to the previous model. It weighs 267 lbs. Even though it’s sizable we don’t anticipate it being very hard to move because of the four transportation wheels. When folded you should be able to just push the F65 where you need it to go. Sole Treadmills are some of the easiest to move despite their heavy weights because of the two extra wheels on the front.
The deck also folds up with an assist. This way, you don’t have to lift the entire weight of the deck yourself, and when you pull the yellow handle, the deck will lower to the floor slowly.
The Sole F65 Treadmill should handle light to moderate running. It has a 3.0 horsepower motor which in our experience is on the smaller side for treadmills we recommend for running. Being that this treadmill is from Sole though, it should still perform well and handle a good amount of use. We also anticipate the motor to be quiet, but it’s impossible to know for sure until we get it in our studio for testing.
The F65 has a great number of training variables. The motor moves the belt up to 12 mph and the deck inclines up to 15%. 15% is usually the highest incline we see on folding treadmills and it is a great amount considering the F65’s price. One thing to keep in mind is that the motor might be a little slow to adjust the speed and incline, which can be frustrating when you’re doing short intervals. It does make it a little safer than quick-adjusting treadmills though because if you accidentally increase the speed or incline to a level you’re not comfortable with, you should have time to slow it down and decline it.
The motor hood is slimmer so you shouldn’t have to worry about hitting it with your feet when you run, too.
The deck is the largest that we see on folding treadmills. It is 22” wide and 60” long. This length is ideal for most stride lengths so users of all sizes should be able to run on the belt. This width means that the F65 isn’t the most compact treadmill, but you’ll have plenty of room to move around on it. For a more compact option, the F63 is the way to go.
The deck is a little bit different than the F80 and F85 and the Sole F63. For one, it doesn’t have the same covering over the side rails as the F80 and F85, but it appears to have some texture so they shouldn’t feel slippery.
It’s impossible to know exactly how firm or soft the cushioning feels until we have the F65 here, but going off of what other treadmills from Sole are like to run on, I’d say it’s firm. Sole Treadmills have some of the firmest cushioning. This isn’t best if you get discomfort in your joints when running, but it is beneficial if you’re a road runner who likes to run on a similar feeling surface as concrete. Unlike concrete though, the F65 has shock absorption so the give in the deck should help lessen the impact on your joints.
Sole includes a generous lifetime frame and motor warranty with the purchase of the F65. This definitely backs up the solid construction. Included with that warranty is a 2-year parts, deck, and all other components warranty, as well as a 1-year labor warranty, and a 90-day cosmetic items warranty.