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Last Updated: September 7, 2023
The Sole F80 Treadmill and NordicTrack 1750 Treadmill have a lot of similarities, yet the experience you get on each is vastly different. These two treadmills are excellent for walking and running, they fold up and can be moved when not in use, and are very quiet. That’s why they’re both on our best treadmills list. In this comparison of the Sole F80 and NordicTrack 1750, I’ll break down how these midrange models compare, and contrast, and help you figure out which one is right for you. The NordicTrack 1750 and Sole F80 are popular, stable treadmills that we recommend for heavy, all-around use.
Why You Should Trust Our Comparison Review
All of our reviewers here at Treadmill Review Guru have spent a lot of time on these two treadmills. We’ve reviewed them separately and assessed how they perform, so we’re eager to compare them. We understand that buying a treadmill is a huge investment. We want to help you pick the best one for you.
Throughout this comparison, we will share our experiences using the Sole F80 and the NordicTrack 1750 so you can get an idea of how they each perform and function.
Pros & Cons of the Sole F80:
Pros & Cons of NordicTrack 1750:
- Display: 10.1″ Touchscreen
- Workout Programs: Onboard Workout Programs and Fitness Tests
- Streaming Apps: Netflix, Hulu, Max, Youtube, Disney+, Prime Video, Spotify, Peacock, ESPN, CNN, Audible, and Kinomap Included
- Frame: Steel
- Motor: 3.5 HP DC
- Running Surface: 22″ X 60″
- Heart Rate Monitoring: Pulse Grips and Garmin Watch Compatible
- Phone Charging: Wireless Charging Pad
- Device Rack: Yes
- Speed: 12 mph
- Incline: 0-15 levels (no decline feature)
- Rollers: 2.36″
- Folding: Yes
- Transport Wheels: 4
- Fan: Yes
- Speakers: Bluetooth Compatible
- Weight Capacity: 350 lbs
- Footprint: 82.5” L x 38” W x 66” H
- Treadmill Weight: 274 lbs
- Adjustment Buttons: Numbered Quick-Adjusting Buttons
- Warranty: Lifetime frame & motor, 3-years parts, and 1-year labor
- Display: 14” Tilt & Pivot HD Touchscreen
- Optional Subscription: iFit
- Workout Programs: Onboard Workout Programs (without iFit)
- Frame: Steel
- Motor: 3.5 CHP DC
- Running Surface: 20” wide by 60” long
- Heart Rate Monitoring: Armband Sold Separately
- Phone Charging: No
- Device Rack: No
- Speed: 12 mph
- Incline/Decline: -3% to 12%
- Rollers: 1.9”
- Folding: Yes
- Transport Wheels: 2
- Fan: Yes
- Speakers: No Bluetooth Connectivity
- Weight Capacity: 300 lbs
- Footprint: 78.5” L x 35.6” W x 64.7” H
- Treadmill Weight: 293 lbs (in box)
- Adjustment Buttons: Numbered Quick-Adjusting Buttons
- Warranty: 10-year frame, 2-year parts, and 1-year labor
The Sole F80 and the NordicTrack 1750 are among some of our favorite treadmills. They perform similarly and will accommodate everything from walking to running as well as a lot of use. They’re also both impressively quiet, have equally powerful motors, and have decks that fold up. The 1750 does offer a bit softer cushioning than the F80. Both offer enough shock absorption to help reduce the impact on the joints, however, the NordicTrack might be better for joint pain and issues. The Sole F80 has a larger weight capacity, making it more suitable for larger users. The 1750 is a little more compact so it might fit better if you have less space for a large treadmill.
These treadmills have been updated to include a sleeker design and touch screen. The big difference between them is their content options. If you love taking trainer-led classes on a touch screen then the NordicTrack 1750 Treadmill is the one you’ll want. If you prefer to do your own training and want access to apps like Netflix and Hulu, then check out the Sole F80.
In-Depth Comparison of the Sole F80 and NordicTrack 1750 Treadmills
Sole F80 Vs. NordicTrack 1750 Content
The main difference between these two treadmills is their content. The Sole F80 has onboard workouts, fitness tests, and streaming from apps like Netflix on the touch screen. The NordicTrack 1750 is enabled with iFit which requires a subscription and is an interactive training program filled with a variety of trainer-led classes.
Now, that you’ve got the quick gist, let’s dive into each a bit more.
Sole F80 Content
The F80 is pretty straightforward with its programming, however, it has been updated to include a bit more tech features in this new model. We appreciate these updates and love that Sole doesn’t require an additional subscription fee to access them.
The Sole F80 comes with 10 onboard workout programs. Each of these has preset speed and incline settings that the treadmill will adjust to as you go. You can also just hop on and use manual mode and adjust the F80 yourself. There is a custom setting to create custom workouts and save them, too. There are included fitness tests to test your fitness level, as well.
These are all available without an additional subscription fee, all you need to do is log into each account with your current subscription for each. The apps include Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Max, Disney+, Spotify, Peacock, EPSN, CNN, Audible, and Kinomap. And if these apps aren’t enough, you can also screen mirror content from your phone on the touch screen. This feature only currently seems to work for iPhones and not Android devices, though.
The Sole F80 can pair with the Sole+ App, too. This app is where you can create a profile and track your workouts using Sole equipment. There is the option to have multiple profiles on the F80, and using the Sole+ App makes creating your profile easier. Having a profile on the treadmill allows you to save your workout stats and history, and saves your login information for the streaming apps so you don’t have to re-login every time.
NordicTrack 1750 Content
The NordicTrack 1750 has a 14” touch screen that displays iFit. A subscription to iFit comes free for the first month so you can test it out before subscribing. iFit also comes on other enabled equipment like ellipticals, rowers, exercise bikes, and other treadmills.
Each class is led by an instructor who guides you through each workout. iFit’s outdoor classes are our favorites and the library of classes is among the most extensive that we’ve seen. On the 1750’s touch screen, iFit is engaging and interactive. iFit also has features like AutoAdjust where the treadmill adjusts automatically based on the instructor’s cues and the format of the class. The ActivePulse Heart Training is another nice feature that tracks your heart rate with the SmartBeat forearm monitor that’s sold separately at NordicTrack.
You can also use manual mode anytime with or without a subscription to iFit. If you don’t want to subscribe to iFit there is a free version that has some preprogrammed workouts as well as a couple of iFit classes. We highly recommend subscribing to iFit on the NordicTrack 1750 to get the most out of the treadmill.
Sole F80 Vs. NordicTrack 1750 Console
The NordicTrack 1750 and Sole F80 have been updated and streamlined for a sleek and minimal, yet functional look. They both feature touch screens and numbered quick-adjusting buttons.
Sole F80 Console
The Sole F80 has a 10.1” touch screen. It isn’t the largest screen, but everything is easy to see. The screen isn’t adjustable, however, so it can be a little hard to reach and navigate for some when running.
These buttons aren’t as streamlined as the ones on the 1750, because they skip increments for the speed and incline. We like that they’ve been updated to be on either side of the screen though.
Additional buttons are on the front handle, which I love since they’re even closer to reach when running. They’re like switches and easy to use. The console also has a wireless charging pad to charge your compatible phone. It can work as a device rack for your phone, too. There is a device rack above the screen that’s adjustable for larger tablets when you want to stream content of your own.
There are 2 cupholders for your water and 2 smaller pockets for items like earbuds. The speakers pair with Bluetooth headphones and are enabled to play your own content through them. They also go plenty loud. The fans below the speakers are unfortunately low-powered. In order to cool off, I’d recommend plugging in a fan next to the F80.
NordicTrack 1750 Console
The NordicTrack 1750 has a 14” touch screen that is centered and easy to see. The screen is extremely adjustable so it can be tilted and pivoted from side to side. This makes it convenient for using iFit on and off the treadmill. So, you can take a hiking class and then turn the screen to take a yoga class next to the treadmill. This way you get more out of the touch screen. It also makes it easy to reach while using the 1750, too.
These quick-touch buttons are a bit more intuitive than the F80’s because they don’t skip increments. There are also speed and incline buttons below the screen to get to specific increments. I find I use the quick-adjustment buttons the most on the 1750. Compared to the F80 though, the 1750 has significantly fewer storage options. In fact, the only options available are 2 cupholders for your phone and/or water bottle. There isn’t a device rack, so you’re locked into using the touch screen. The fan below the screen provides a nice breeze and has multiple settings, so you shouldn’t need to use a separate fan.
The speakers are clear but they don’t connect to your device to play your own content through them. Instead, they only play the content on the screen. iFit does have a set of radio-like stations to choose from when you subscribe to iFit.
Construction Quality & Durability
We are impressed with how stable both of these treadmills are to use. The Sole F80 does have a higher weight capacity of 350 lbs. The NordicTrack 1750 has a 300 lb weight capacity, so we don’t recommend it for users over this limit. In this case, the F80 is the better option for larger users.
Sole F80 Vs. NordicTrack 1750 Frame
Both treadmills have steel frames and steel uprights, with a similar streamlined design. Both prove to be stable and functional. They feel very solid and of high quality no matter if you’re just walking or sprinting on either of them.
The side handles extend on either side of the deck on both, and are well within reach. Both treadmills also have a singular front horizontal handle that offers a nice amount of surface to grab for stability when you need it. The F80 is a little thicker so I can’t wrap my hands around it, but I can place my palms over the built-in pulse grips to read my heart rate. The 1750 doesn’t have pulse grips.
Sole F80 Vs. NordicTrack 1750 Motor
The F80 and 1750 each have a 3.5 HP motor. This is an ideal size for all kinds of training and heavier use. They’re also both quiet and appropriate for most home spaces, too.
The difference between these treadmills is their training capabilities. They both have 12 mph max speeds.
The 1750 has a 12% grade, which is lower than the previous version. When both are next to each other inclined though, there isn’t too much of a difference in the range. The 1750 also declines to -3%. The F80 however doesn’t decline.
Sole F80 Vs. NordicTrack 1750 Deck
No matter which treadmill you choose, you’ll have plenty of length to walk and run. They both have 60” long-running surfaces. So, any sized user should be able to get a lot of use and have plenty of room to run on either deck. The Sole’s deck is 2” wider at 22” versus 20” on the NordicTrack. If you prefer more width to move around, you might like the F80’s deck size better, but the 1750’s makes this treadmill a little more compact to fit better in more homes. When measured at a 0% grade, the step-up heights are similar, but the F80 is slightly lower at around 8” versus the 9” height of the 1750.
Both decks offer cushioning that helps to lessen the impact on your joints, as opposed to running on concrete which offers none. The NordicTrack feels softer underfoot than the Sole. In our testing, we’ve found that treadmills from NordicTrack have some of the softest cushioning, while treadmills from Sole have some of the firmest. Both do their jobs to offer shock absorption, so it just comes down to what kind of surface you prefer to run on. If you have joint pain or issues you might want a softer cushioning, though.
Performance & Functionality
The Sole F80 Treadmill and the NordicTrack 1750 Treadmill are excellent for all-around use. Users of any level should find either treadmill suitable for their needs and goals. Our reviewers range in height from 6’5” to 5’ and we’re all able to use these treadmills as much as we like. They perform really similar to one other, aside from their different features and programming.
They also both have folding decks which are great to save space. The F80’s deck is a little heavier to lift when folding, but both are doable for most people. The yellow handle at the top of the deck unfolds the F80 when pulled.
The 1750 has 2 transportation wheels, so it requires being tilted back in order to engage the wheels. You can simply push the F80.
We are constantly blown away by Sole’s warranties. They offer lifetime warranties for the frame and motor, a 3-year warranty for parts, and a 1-year warranty for labor.
By comparison, NordicTrack offers a fair warranty for the 1750 with 10-years for the frame, 2 years for parts, and 1 year for labor.
Assembling both of these treadmills really requires at least two people for a smoother process.