Smooth 6.25, Bowflex 7 series or Sole F63 - Which Treadmill Would You Jog On?

The most popular piece of cardio equipment on the market today are treadmills and for good reason. They not only deliver a great workout that will help burn fat, but it also cranks up your metabolism.

So how do you choose which treadmill works best for you? There are four key ingredients to go by, name, motor power, stability/cushioning, and warranty. You want to stick with a name brand you know and it is recommended at least a 1.5 HP motor so you don’t burn the motor out. When you start to run on a treadmill you want to make sure it does not shake or wobble and a warranty will protect your investment if anything goes wrong.

The best treadmills between the $1,000 to $1,500 ranges are listed below:

Smooth 6.25 fold up treadmill sells online and direct therefore passing the savings on to the consumer. The treadmill is equipped with 2.75 continuous HP motor, 2.5 “ rollers and an upgraded LED console and display letting you keep track of your speed, distance, calories, time and pulse. It is backed with a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor, 5 years for all parts and 1 year labor at no additional charge. The price is $1,500.

Bowflex 7 series folding treadmill is excellent for its quality, ergonomics and exercise range. The console displays time, speed, and calories burned. It has a 3.0 HP motor, shock absorption, an easy heart rate monitor. All you have to do is place your hands on the crossbar to get an accurate heart rate. For $1,499 you will find this treadmill a sturdy and durable machine for walking and jogging.

The Sole F63 Treadmill is rich in value. They only use the best components available. The F63 has a 2.5 continuous HP motor delivering speeds up to 10 mph and inclines up to 15%. There is up to six preset programs including training and fat burning specific programs. The console displays speed, incline, time, distance traveled, calories, pulse and pace. The Sole F63 has a 20 year warranty on the motor, 3 years on deck, lifetime on the frame, 3 years on the electronics/belt/rollers, and 1 year on labor. The price is $1,099.

Since it is natural to walk or run, a treadmill is the best equipment machine you can buy. There are more than the above three treadmills to choose from, so pick the right one for you.

My new F63's belt started to separate at 2 weeks

My new F63's belt started to separate at 2 weeks, with 75 miles and 15 hours on the meter. I had to call Sole not once but twice only to discover that their local warranty tech no longer worked with them. After a third and demanding call they shipped a replacement belt and contracted another tech to come and replace it. The only problem is the new belt is not the same as the original with the engineered, designed, safety "stripe" or words Sole down each side. If you're not an avid treadmill user you may not understand that it's there for a reason; to help you with a quick glimpse over an extended use period or high rate of speed where your feet are relative to the moving belt and the remaining stationary deck. I find this change unbelievable and inexcusable for a $1000 piece of exercise equipment. Sole Fitness could offer no acceptable resolution and since my 30 days for return have past I'm stuck with machine that is substandard to design. And don't forget that all the time you think you're dealing with Sole for warranty you've actually been redirected to their contracted warranty service company
Did I mention that the machine also started to make a horrendous noise when lowered to the ground? And there's all sorts of noises from the plastics and drive area when moving at over 6MPH?

Smooth for sure

I think when you compare smooth, bowflex and sole side by side, smooth will always come out on top. Just a better manufacturer and they have the best warranty out there. There's a reason the Bowflex treadclimber's are nicknamed "blowfex," if you know what I mean. And sole makes a great machine in the F80, but I just don't know about the F63, not nearly up to par with other treadmills at that price point for sure. I think the best treadmill under $1,000 is probably going to be the Nordictrack C900 though. Can't beat those features at that price.


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