Which is Best for You?
Wondering how they stack up?
Both treadmills are popular, mid-range treadmills that have been around (with updates) for years.
The Nordictrack Commercial 1750 is one of Nordictrack’s most popular and best-selling treadmills. It’s not hard to see why as it’s a good mix of strong construction and premium features – for an affordable price.
It’s also Nordictrack’s most affordable treadmill in their Commercial series – runner-friendly treadmills made with stronger motors, tougher decks, larger rollers and better consoles than their starter models.
The Sole F80 used to be a bit more popular several years ago. Sole hasn’t really updated it too much to keep current with other mid-range models. So it’s popularity has waned a bit as newer treadmills have taken market share.
But it’s still a well-built, solid treadmill with several runner-friendly features.
So how do they compare? And which is best for you?
This post will show you the main differences between the Nordictrack 1750 vs Sole F80 treadmills to help you decide.
So let’s dive in:
Nordictrack 1750 vs Sole F80 – Price:
As of this writing, the Sole F80 has a slight edge here as it’s the more affordable treadmill. It comes in around $1499 with Free Shipping here.
The Nordictrack 1750 treadmill runs a bit higher at around $1799 with Free Shipping here.
The consoles are quite different on these two treadmills – which can affect your workout enjoyment. So it’s worth considering how they compare.
The Sole F80 console is fairly basic, giving you feedback on your calories burned, time, speed incline etc:
Sole did add a media shelf a few years ago to hold your tablet or phone. And there are 10 built-in workouts plus a console fan – but other than that, the console is a bit dated.
The Nordictrack 1750 console on the other hand, is pretty impressive.
It comes with a full-color, HD, touch-screen console. So you can see your workout stats in full color. You can also connect with iFit online through the console and run trails all over the world – or stream daily fitness classes to your treadmill:
The console also tilts to your desired viewing angle.
Like the Sole F80 console, you also get a dual-speed fan and an auxiliary music port with speakers. So you can plug in your phone or other device and listen to your favorite workout music as you walk.
Nordictrack 1750 vs Sole F80: Motor
The Nordictrack 1750 treadmill slightly outshines the Sole F80 here – with a stronger 3.75 HP motor. The Sole F80 comes in with a 3.5 HP motor – which is still pretty impressive. This isn’t really a huge difference between the two treadmills.
However it is worth mentioning that Nordictrack upgraded the Nordictrack 1750 this year with a more responsive motor (called the “Smart Response” drive system).
With this system, there are basically two motors – one for speed and one for incline. This helps the treadmill to respond faster to any changes you make.
It also responds faster to changes from the iFit world trails or workout classes. (For example, when you run up a hill the treadmill inclines faster).
Sole F80 vs Nordictrack 1750: Cushioning
There are slight differences here. Both treadmills have premium cushioning systems and there isn’t really a consensus as to which one is better.
The Sole F80 uses the Cushion Flex Whisper Deck which, according to Sole, reduces impact on your joints by up to 40% (as compared to road running).
The Nordictrack 1750 uses Runners Flex – which is actually adjustable. You can turn the cushioning up on the deck for more cushioning protection. Or turn the cushioning down for a more road-like feel.
One system isn’t necessarily better than another – they’re just different. It depends on whether you want to control your cushioning or not.
Entertainment and Tracking Differences
These days people want more from their treadmills – including things like being able to track their workouts, set goals or even add some entertainment options.
The Sole F80 does give you a media shelf. So you can add your tablet and watch shows or movies as you walk.
Or use the music port and speakers to plug in your phone and listen to your workout mix. However there really aren’t any tracking or entertainment options beyond that.
The Nordictrack 1750 however is iFit compatible – which gives you a lot of options.
You connect with iFit through your console (or tablet) and from there you can take a new fitness class from your treadmill every day.
You can also choose to run famous world trails – from the streets of Paris to the shores of Hawaii – and watch the scenery pass you by in the console screen for some virtual-reality fun.
You can run alone – or run with a trainer who motivates you and points out interesting landmarks along the way.
There are thousands of different workouts to choose in the iFit library – from walking tours of Florence to hiking the Swiss Alps. So you’ll never run out of cool things to do.
As of this writing iFit is an optional online monthly subscription service – however if you get the Nordictrack 1750 through the Manufacturer, you can get a Free 1-year membership to iFit included with your treadmill.
So you can try it out for Free for a full year to see if you like it.
(Note: iFit is optional. You don’t need to have it to use the treadmill).
Another cool thing with iFit is that you can track your workouts over time, see how far you’ve come and even set new goals to get more personalized workouts. And one iFit subscription covers up to 4 people – making it great for multiple-user homes.
Nordictrack 1750 vs Sole F80: Controls
The Sole F80 does have an interesting feature that you don’t get on the Nordictrack 1750 – side handrail controls.
While you can change the speed and incline from the console, you can also change these things from the side handrail controls on the Sole F80.
This makes it handy for runners to make quick changes – so it doesn’t throw off your stride.
Nordictrack 1750 vs Sole F80: Incline/Decline
Both treadmills give you up to 15% incline – which is great for HIIT training and high-calorie burning workouts. However the Nordictrack 1750 also gives you up to 3% decline as well. This adds some extra crosstraining options to your workout.
It also works with the iFit world trails to mimic the terrain of the trail you’re running. So it adds a bit more of a virtual reality training feel to your workouts, which is pretty cool.
So which is better when comparing the Nordictrack 1750 vs Sole F80 treadmills?
Each one has benefits. The Sole F80 is a bit more affordable and gives you the tablet holder plus the side handrails controls.
The Nordictrack 1750 however gives you a lot more in terms of features – including a superior console, adjustable cushioning, decline as well as incline and a stronger, more responsive motor.
Plus with iFit Coach you can level-up your training and add a lot of fun adventures like streaming workout classes or world trail runs.
So it depends on what you’re looking for. Both treadmills are quality-built machines with everything you need for a great workout. So you can’t go too far wrong with either one.
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