Whether you’re an avid runner, recovering from an injury or looking to go from the couch to running a 5K, a treadmill can help you meet your running goals.
In this article, we’re comparing two popular treadmills: the Sole F80 and the NordicTrack 1705.
The Sole F80 is designed as a home treadmill. The NordicTrack 1750, on the other hand, is a commercial treadmill—the kind that are often used in gyms. But it works perfectly well at home.
Let’s take a look at both treadmills so that you can choose the one that best suits your needs.
Deck Size and Cushioning
The Sole F80 has a spacious and reversible 22×60″ running deck. The reversible deck—with a two-ply belt—extends the life of the deck. Once one side is worn out, just flip it over for renewed life. It also reduces the amount of noise that’s made on each foot strike.
The deck also features Sole’s Cushion Flex Whisper deck, which helps to protect the joints and reduces the impact of foot strikes by up to 40%.
The 2.5 inch rollers reduce the amount of stress placed on the motor and help the treadmill to operate quietly.
The NordicTrack 1750 also features a 22×60″ deck. It’s not reversible, but it is two-ply, adding to its durability. As you pick up the pace on the treadmill, the thickness of the belt reduces the amount of noise from your foot strikes.
This treadmill comes with adjustable cushioning—Flex cushioning—which allows the user to turn the cushioning up for a softer ride, or to turn it off for those who want a more “road” like feel.
Like the Sole F80 treadmill, the NordicTrack 1750 features 2.5-inch rollers that provide a quiet and comfortable running surface.
Both the Sole F80 and the NordicTrack 1750 treadmills max out at 12 miles per hour. That equates to 5:00/mile.
This will allow runners to have challenging workouts and easily accommodate runners who want to run fast intervals.
To create a challenging workout, both treadmills offer a 15% incline. However, the NordicTrack 1750 also has a 3% decline to simulate running downhill.
The NordicTrack 1750 features Quiet Drive Incline Technology for smooth, quiet changes to the incline. This is great when using iFit—instructor-led training programs—where the incline is automatically controlled by the exercise program.
Console and Display
The Sole F80’s 9-inch display screen lets you keep track of your heart rate, distance and calories burned.
There are two Bluetooth audio speakers that you can connect to your smart devices to watch a series or listen to your music. The fan positioned between the two speakers will keep you cool.
There is also a built-in tablet holder at the top of the console. It will securely hold your tablet while you follow an online workout routine or watch your favorite show. There are two additional accessory holders on each side of the console. Here you can store items like your cell phone, TV remote, or energy gels.
The console features one-touch buttons that allow you to change the speed and incline easily while running. There’s also a charging port on the side of the screen to charge devices while you’re exercising.
The treadmill has two short handrails that come with integrated pulse monitors. However, if you prefer to use a chest heart rate monitor, you’ll be able to connect it via Bluetooth.
There is an additional accessory tray below the console where you’d be able to store your water bottle.
While the handrails may be shorter than some people like, they do provide stability, and they each have a button that allows you to control the speed.
The NordicTrack 1750 does have a sleeker console design. The one-touch buttons are flat, whereas the buttons on the Sole F80 are raised. The NordicTrack 1750 has a 10 inch, full-color HD touch display, and NordicTrack has worked on improving the graphics.
All you need to do is swipe between your onscreen workout and tracking your stats on the display.
Dual AutoBreeze fans are situated below the console and direct air towards you. The treadmill comes with Bluetooth speakers and an auxiliary port that allows you to plug and play music through your smart device.
There are two storage compartments on either side of the console that will hold your cell phone, keys, or a protein bar. There’s an additional accessory tray beneath the console where you can store your water bottle, earphones, or other little items.
To track your heart rate, connect a chest strap via Bluetooth. Or, use the integrated Grip Pulse EKG Heart Rate sensors on the stability bar.
The Sole F80 has 2 user programs, 6 standard programs, and 2 heart rate programs, which make up the 10 built-in training programs.
The NordicTrack 1750 comes preloaded with 50 different workout programs. Some of these built-in programs have been designed by running coaches and personal trainers. Included are some of the most challenging workouts that you’ll find only on NordicTrack treadmills.
The NordicTrack 1750 allows for 5 user profiles to be loaded onto it. This lets each member of the family choose their favorite programs without having to add their details every time they use the treadmill.
The F80 connects to the free Sole app, where you can view your workout stats. You can have the information transferred to 3rd party apps like MapMyRun, FitBit, Apple Health, or Record. Once you’ve finished your workout, the information will automatically be uploaded for you to view later.
The NordicTrack 1750 includes a 12-month subscription to iFit, which gives you access to over 16,000(!) different training programs. iFit has been integrated with Google Maps, and this not only gives you guided workouts, but you’ll be able to run through scenery from around the world.
iFit Coach will automatically sync the incline or decline to the trail that you’re running or taking part in as part of a live class, as well as track your data. You’ll be able to monitor your stats during the workout, and the stats are stored on the treadmill as well as any device that’s paired with iFit.
The Sole F80 wins in this category. It can support up to 375 pounds. The NordicTrack 1750 has a weight capacity of 300 pounds.
The motor on the Sole F80 is pretty strong, at 3.5 HP. It will be able to keep up with runners who want to run longer distances.
That being said, the NordicTrack 1750 has the stronger, SMART-Response motor at 3.75 CHP. The motor is self-cooling, and this means that it can keep up with HIIT workouts, long-distance running, and interval training without putting stress on the motor.
Both treadmills fold for compact storage. The Sole F80 features EasyLift Assist, which makes it easy to lift the deck into the folded positions. It’s easy to push out of the way, as the wheels are attached to the frame.
The NordicTrack 1750 has a SpaceSaver design and, like the F80, features EasyLift Assist for easy folding. This treadmill also has wheels attached to the frame, which makes it easy to roll out of the way. It folds into a “V” shape.
The Sole F80 comes with an excellent warranty—lifetime coverage on the motor, deck, and frame. A 5-year warranty covers parts and electronics, labor is covered for two years.
The NordicTrack 1750 has a decent warranty, as it comes with a 10-year warranty on the frame, 2 years on parts, and 1 year on labor.
At the time when we reviewed these two treadmills—early 2021—the Sole F80 was priced higher at $2,800 (though often marked down).
The NordicTrack 1750 was priced at $1,800 at the time of review.