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Last Updated: November 10, 2021
The Sole F80 and the ProForm Pro 2000 are both durable, similarly priced, mid-grade treadmills. Both are excellent treadmills for anyone looking for reasonably priced home cardio equipment with good features.
However, they are not identical, and they offer significantly distinct features and workout experiences.
The Sole F80 is one of our Best Treadmills. Sole builds sturdy, quiet machines that offer an above-average weight capacity and deck cushioning for joint health. The F80 features plenty of track space — but still folds up for convenience. This treadmill is a little heavy but has four wheels and moves around easily.
Sole is also the only company to offer a Lifetime Warranty on the frame, motor, and deck, which means they stand behind their machines.
ProForm’s Pro 2000 is a newer ProForm Pro Series lineup model, with some significant updates in 2021. The new 2021 model now has a 10” touchscreen, which makes for an immersive and interactive workout experience. The -3 to +12 incline and decline function is excellent for those seeking variety. These are just a few reasons it made our list of best treadmills.
We like and recommend both treadmills for beginning to intermediate athletes. However, there are important differences you need to know about before deciding on which machine is for you.
Who we recommend these treadmills for:
Best for users who want:
- Super high-quality construction who don’t need the extra tech and online subscription options.
- A folding treadmill that is easy to move with more wheels than on comparable models (4 rather than the standard 2).
- A clean, 9” LCD backlit screen with ten onboard workout options
- A piece of equipment that can hold weight up to 375 pounds.
- A nearly silent treadmill for those in shared spaces.
- Want a worry-free extended warranty for no extra cost.
ProForm Pro 2000
Best for users who:
- Want a decline feature
- Are looking for a treadmill that works on an upper floor since it is slightly lighter weight and also quiet
- Want an upgraded 10” touchscreen with high-tech features.
- Will use and enjoy all the iFit classes and outdoor routes
- Appreciates the ReBoundPro cushioning
- Need an immersive and entertaining experience to stay motivated.
Our Sole F80 vs ProForm Pro 2000 Video Comparison
Sole F80 Pros and Cons
Both treadmills offer an excellent selection of features that satisfy most users looking for a treadmill at the mid-range price point. However, the Sole F80 and the Proform Pro 2000 differ significantly in their features offered and thus the workout experience.
- Display: 9.0″ LCD touchscreen vibrant white back-lit display; tracks distance, calories burned, heart rate plus. It does not need Wi-Fii to function.
- Frame: Bullet-proof frame is a welded steel construction with a lifetime warranty.
- Motor: 3.5 HP
- Belt: 22″ X 60″ double woven 2-ply belts with four layers. 2” wider than the Proform Pro 2000.
- Heart Rate Monitoring: Pulse Grips and Chest Strap included
- Speed: 5 – 12 mph. Using the sidebar controls, you can quickly increase/decrease speed or toggle through the options. No “quick speed” feature.
- Incline: 0-15% levels (no decline feature).
- Cushioning: The Cushion Flex Whisper Deck cuts down on joint impact by 40%, but we’re skeptical of the actual level of cushioning.
- Rollers: 2.5″ patented roller technology keeps it quiet and moving smoothly
- Folding: Easy assist makes folding easy.
- Fan: In console cooling fan
- Audio: Equipped with Bluetooth audio speakers so you can pump the entertainment from your smart device through the speakers on the console.
- Max user weight: 375 lbs.
- Warranty: Motor and Deck- Lifetime, Electronics- 5-years, Parts- 5-years, Labor- 2-years
- Footprint: 37” Wide x 82” Deep x 66” Tall
- Weight: 278 pounds
- Onboard Programs: 10 onboard programs- six standard, two custom, two heart-rate driven.
- Integrated tablet holder: Flexibility to use your own smart devices while you workout
- USB Port: Plug in your smart device while you train to keep it charged
- Armrest controls: Makes adjusting speed and incline easy
ProForm Pro 2000
- iFIT® Enabled: 30-Day iFIT Family Membership Included
- Display: 10” Smart HD Touchscreen-must have Wi-Fi access to work.
- Motor: 3.25 CHP2 Mach Z™
- Belt: 20” x 60”
- Heart Rate Monitoring: No
- Speed: 0–12 MPH QuickSpeed® Button Control
- Incline: -3% Decline to 12% Incline QuickSpeed® Button Control
- Cushioning: ReBound Pro™ Cushioning
- Rollers: 1.9” Precision-Balanced
- Folding: SpaceSaver® Design with EasyLift™ Assist
- Fan: CoolAire™ Fan with three speeds. At chest level and cools nicely.
- Audio: Bluetooth®3 Audio Capabilities with Dual 2” Speakers
- Max user weight: 300 Lb.
- Warranty: 10-Year Frame, 2-Year Parts, & 1-Year Labor
- Footprint: 35.3” Wide x 77.3” Deep x 59.6” Tall
- Boxed weight: 262 lbs.
- USB Port: No
- Programs: Evolving library of fun and challenging workouts with iFit. No onboard programs.
Sole F80 vs ProForm Pro 2000 Functionality
With one of the most comprehensive warranties in the industry, the Sole F80 boasts its ability to reduce the impact on your joints but 40% with its Cushion Flex Whisper Deck (compared to running on the blacktop). During our review, we felt skeptical about that claim. But, the F80 is definitely more cushioned than running on asphalt.
The deck behaves similarly to the other commercial brands in its class but costs less. The lifetime warranty on the deck is reassuring, as is the tough 3.5 HP motor, which is challenging enough for most beginner to moderate runners, offering speeds up to 12 mph.
Onboard, you will find ten preset programs to get you started right out of the gate. Six of the preset programs are standard variations, while two are customizable, and the last two are heart rate programs.
The F80 has safety in mind with its large “stop” switch if you should need to bail at any point, plus a 0.5 mph start speed to prevent a jarring belt movement from idle. Another nice safety feature is the ability to lock the deck securely when not in use to avoid unnecessary accidents. And if space is needed, the F80 folds up and can be easily moved.
The console is simple to use and has a crisp display. You’ll never be without crucial trackable stats like speed, incline, time, distance, calories, pulse, and pace. All are available on the display. Another great console feature is the built-in Bluetooth-capable speakers making it fun to bring your own entertainment to the workout. The cooling fans and adjustable speed, and incline controls on the armrests are super convenient.
Our reviewer found the Sole F80 to be ultra-quiet and easy to use. This is an excellent treadmill for those who don’t want to pay for an online fitness subscription like iFit. You do not need a Wi-Fi connection to use the F80. The buttons to control your speed and incline are large and tactile (not push buttons on a screen), making this suitable for anyone not comfortable with touchscreens.
This is always one of the best choices for larger people as the weight capacity is 375 pounds–a full 75 pounds more than the ProForm Pro 2000. While unfolded, it has a longer footprint at 80” long. So be aware of your space when contemplating this treadmill. It’s longer than most.
ProForm Pro 2000
ProForm had comfort in mind when they designed the Pro 2000. They realize that a comfortable workout will lead to more prolonged activity. Sporting a 20-by-60 inch deck, the Pro 2000 has plenty of landing space while running and a wealth of impact absorption with the ReBound Pro™ cushioning. This design will have users breaking through barriers and reaching their goals in comfort.
An attractive feature with ProForm is iFit enabled consoles, and the Pro 2000 comes ready to go with a one-month free iFit Family membership. With the ability to not only let certified personal trainers lead your workouts around the globe but to do so while they automatically adjust the speed, incline, and decline of your treadmill right there at home. You can take part in-studio classes or workouts abroad while remaining hands-free.
The one-touch QuickSpeed® controls offer those who incorporate HIIT into their workouts the ability to press and go. Below the display, you’ll find a row of QuickSpeed® adjust buttons and a row of one-touch incline adjust controls. These are a game-changer, and you won’t want a treadmill without them once you feel how convenient they are.
Stay cool while you burn those calories with the built-in CoolAire™ workout fan. The fan is adjustable, so your comfort once again is a priority. And because some workout spaces need to be flexible, the Pro 2000 had that in mind with the SpaceSaver® Design. The EasyLift™ Assist allows you to fold the deck up to get it out of the way effortlessly.
Our reviewer found the Pro 2000 to be essentially quiet, except while inclining and declining. But the reviewer found the treadmill to be streamlined and easy to use. The cushioning is better on this treadmill than the Sole F80.
The Proform Pro 2000 needs a Wi-Fi connection to be used.
This is an excellent treadmill for those wanting a high-tech and immersive training experience in a mid-level price range. It provides an entertaining, comfortable, and easy way to get your runs or walks in.