As we have some hands-on experience on both the NordicTrack T 8.5 S and SOLE F80 treadmills, we will share our personal insights and experiences with the 2023 models of these two popular treadmills. So, let’s dive in and explore the key differences between the NordicTrack T 8.5 S and SOLE F80 to help you make an informed decision.
NordicTrack T 8.5 S
NordicTrack T 8.5 S vs SOLE F80 Specs Comparison
|Model||T 8.5 S||F80|
|Motor Power||3.5 CHP||3.5 HP|
|Speed Range||0 – 12 MPH||0.5 – 12 MPH|
|Incline/Decline||12% incline with digital quick incline control||15 levels|
|Belt Size||20″ X 60″||22″ X 60″|
|Weight Limit||300 lbs.||375 lbs.|
|Heart Rate Monitor||EKG Grip Pulse||Pulse Grips & Chest Strap Compatible (Included)|
|Display||10″ Interactive HD Touchscreen||9″ White Back-lit LCD|
|Training Apps||iFit (Includes 1-Year NordicTrack iFit membership)||–|
|Rollers||1.9″ rollers||2.5″ Rollers|
|Dimensions||78.9 L x 35.5W x 59.4H inches||82L x 37W x 66H inches|
|See Price at Amazon||See Price at Amazon|
Display and Interface
First and foremost,we were impressed by the NordicTrack T 8.5 S’s 10-inch HD touchscreen display. During testing, we found it extremely convenient to monitor our progress and access iFit, NordicTrack’s interactive fitness platform. In contrast, the SOLE F80’s 9-inch LCD display, though clear and user-friendly, lacks that level of interactivity.
On the other hand, SOLE treadmill are not about fancy features but solid design and performance. So the SOLE F80’s interface is straightforward, with large and easy-to-press buttons. It is very easy to change speed and incline.
Cushioning and Running Surface
When it comes to comfort, both treadmills have their unique advantages. The NordicTrack T 8.5 S features the FlexSelect cushioning system, which we found to be quite comfortable and adaptable.
However, the SOLE F80’s Cushion Flex Whisper Deck stood out to us for its superior shock absorption and noise reduction.
In terms of running surface, the SOLE F80 has a slightly wider 22-inch by 60-inch belt compared to the NordicTrack T 8.5 S’s 20-inch by 60-inch belt. We found this extra width on the F80 to be advantageous, providing more room during high-intensity workouts.
Incline and Speed
Sole F80 offers a maximum incline of 15%, which we found to be adequate for various training needs, from hill sprints to leisurely uphill walks while the NordicTrack T 8.5 S has a 12% incline. Each model reaches a top speed of 12 mph, allowing for challenging and intense workouts. Speed changes are smooth on both models and both are very responsive.
In conclusion, both the NordicTrack T 8.5 S and SOLE F80 are excellent choices for home workouts. The NordicTrack T 8.5 S excels in interactivity and display, while the SOLE F80 offers superior cushioning, larger rollers, a wider running surface, and better warranty. We think the NordicTrack T 8.5 S’s iFit integration is a game-changer for people looking for extra motivation. The variety of workout programs, on-demand classes, and virtual runs on iFit can keep you motivated and engaged for a long time. The SOLE F80, however, does not offer a similar platform like iFit and you are limited with the built-in programs, which may be a drawback for those seeking interactive workouts.