Nordictrack Elite 9500 Pro vs. Sole F85

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Our final competitors for the best buy treadmill in the $1000 to $2000 class are going to be the Nordictrack Elite 9500 and the Sole F85.

Here we are at the final round of the best buys for the middle class. The $1000 to $2000 range is a very competitive market, and a lot of companies push hard to get their treadmills to be good enough to take some of the market share in this price range. Sole, Smooth, Nordictrack, and Proform seem to be some of the hardest pushers, and it is noticeable in their treadmills. The improvements over the past few years have been great.

The Nordictrack Elite 9500 Pro is nothing new. It has been around for a few years now, and has quite a legacy of making its customers happy. It is near the top of the Nordictrack treadmills at full price, but it’s often on sale for much less. The Elite 9500 Pro combines good quality, strong parts, impressive specs, excellent features, and a reasonable price. I suppose that pretty much sums up why it’s such a high seller, and has such good reviews and rankings.

The Sole F85 is another top of the line model by Sole. It’s the top seller of Sole, and one of their most expensive unit. The F in its name stands for Folding. For a folding treadmill, this is solid as they come. It stands strong and runs very silently. When you run on it you hardly hear the foot steps because of the solid deck as well as the excellent cushioning. The weight capacity on this treadmill is rated at 400 lbs making it one of the strongest units in the market at this price.

The motor size of the Elite 9500 is a massive 3.8 motor which operates quietly and will likely last forever. The Sole has a 3.5 CHP motor which is very standard for treadmills over $1200. The treadbelt size is extra large on both of them measuring 22″ x 60″, both of them having a strong 2-ply belt.

Both treadmills have great strengths and small weaknesses, but where the Elite 9500 Pro takes over is in features. Sole treadmills are a little bare in that area, even on their high-end models. Check out the specs below to weigh out the differences in features.

Here’s a little comparison table:
Weaker specs are shaded out.

Elite 9500 Pro

  • 3.8 CHP motor
  • 350 lb weight capacity
  • 12MPH
  • -3 – 15% Incline
  • 22″ x 60″ 2-ply treadbelt
  • Quadflex Cushioning
  • Ifit Live Built in
  • 10″ Full Color Web browser touch screen
  • 20 workout apps
  • Foldup w/ easylift
  • fan, music port, speakers
  • lifetime frame and motor
  • 5 year parts, 2 year labor
Sole F85

  • 3.5 CHP motor
  • 400 lb weight capacity
  • 12MPH
  • 15% Incline
  • 22″ x 60″ 2-ply treadbelt
  • Cushion Flex cushioning
  • No Ifit
  • Blue backlit display
  • 6 workout apps
  • Foldup w/ easylift
  • fan, music port, speakers
  • lifetime frame and motor
  • 5 year parts, 2 year labor

Both are great treadmills, both will prove to be very durable, and will be able to stand up to pretty much any beating you give it. The Sole, might be a bit stronger, but the Elite offers more power, functionality, and features. Both are exceptional treadmills for the price, and both earn a spot in the best buys for the year! The Elite taking the lead over the Sole.

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