Sole TT8 Treadmill Review

Sole TT8 Treadmill Review

Last Updated: March 21, 2021

The Sole TT8 is built like a tank and is perfect if you want a high-performance, heavy-duty piece of equipment for heavy home running or light commercial use. From its oversized 3” rollers to the vast incline/decline range and cushioning system, it doesn’t disappoint in terms of durability, functionality, or comfort. While it’s a high-end product by the brand, its sturdy construction ensures that it lasts. 

Here’s all you need to know about the 2021 version of the TT8:

  • 10.1-inch High-Resolution LCD

The TT8 currently features the same graphic display present on the 2020 model of the F85. While the latter now has an Android touchscreen with Netflix etc. We’re also happy with the 10.1-inch LCD on the TT8 console as the new Android has a few bugs that require software updates. If you need some entertainment during your run, there’s always the tablet holder for your own Smart device. 

  • 4.0 CHP Motor

The motor is the main reason why the TT8 can be suitable even for light commercial use. It’s powerful enough to accommodate heavyweight individuals and fast-paced athletes. It’s also stronger than most people would require for home use. 

As long as you aren’t very heavy and are not looking for hardcore, extended runs, you won’t be able to make the most of the 4.0 HP motor. If you feel like the TT8 is out of your budget, we’d say there’s no problem looking for a cheaper treadmill with a motor that’s 3.5 HP or so. 

  • 19 km/h Top Speed

You can speed up to 12 mph (19 km/h) on the TT8. This should be more than enough for most people, even professional runners. Moreover, the most athletic of us enjoyed running for long periods without worrying about compromising motor life. 

  • -6 to 15% Incline

One thing that sets the TT8 apart from other top-of-the-line Sole treadmills is the 6% decline feature. This gives you the option of downhill running, besides incline levels up to 15%. Increased incline can multiply calorie burn and add a strength training component to your cardio workout. As a result, you’ll be able to build strong hamstrings and calves alongside slimming down and gaining all the cardio benefits!

  • Multiple Workout Options

The TT8 offers the same workout programs as the cheaper F-series treadmills by Sole. There’s a manual mode, two heart rate training options, two customized programs, and five preset workouts like cardio, hill, fat burn, etc. This is lesser than what advanced treadmills of other brands have to offer.

You do have access to the Sole app and Kinomap, though. These can be operated on your phone and connected to the TT8 via Bluetooth. You can transfer and record your workout data and design your training sessions via the Sole app. Kinomap provides a virtual running experience by giving you a choice of scenic paths around the globe to explore as you train. 

  • Pulse Sensors and Wireless Chest Belt 

The TT8 provides two options for heart rate monitoring. There are the pulse-sensing handlebars that show a reading on the console display when you hold them for a few seconds. Another option is telemetry, a hands-free method of heart rate tracking via a Bluetooth chest belt. 

  • Stable and Spacious Perm Waxed Reversible Deck with Cushioning

The TT8’s deck is large and wide, like the F85 and its siblings, at 56 x 152.5 cm. This should allow enough leg and elbow space for the tallest and broadest of users. The deck is made to be low-maintenance, waxed enough to work a long time before needing lubrication. The flywheel underneath is incorporated to add to the deck’s stability and minimize vibrations. Cushion flex technology further adds to your comfort, protecting your joints and absorbing impact by as much as 40%, compared to running on asphalt. 

  • Other Features

The TT8 doesn’t have a folding option, so make sure you have enough space before you purchase one. We liked the Bluetooth speakers, dual cooling fans, accessory holder, and oversized 3″ rollers that maximize durability. 

Pros

  • 10.1 inch LCD
  • 4.0 HP AC motor
  • Perm waxed reversible deck
  • 6% decline and up to 15% incline
  • 12 mph (19.2 kph) top speed
  • Stabilizing flywheel to minimize vibrations
  • 400 lbs max user weight
  • Sole app and Kinomap compatibility
  • 10 integrated workout programs
  • Dual heart rate monitoring options
  • Cushion flex suspension system
  • 3” rollers for optimal durability
  • Cooling fans included
  • Accessory tray included
  • Bluetooth speakers included
  • USB charging port included
  • Good warranty package

Cons

  • No folding feature
  • 146 kg weight makes it difficult to relocate
  • The 10 integrated training options are less compared to other modern treadmills
  • Mixed views on customer support

Warranty Summary

The TT8 comes with:

  • Lifetime warranty on frame, deck, and motor
  • 5-year parts warranty
  • 2-year labour warrant

Bottom Line

As long as you don’t mind the high price, large dimensions, and non-folding design of the Sole TT8, it’s a solid treadmill that is built to last. If you’re on the heavier or larger end of the spectrum, the treadmill allows for a lot of space and can accommodate users of all sizes. If you’re a moderately weighted beginner, however, a cheaper treadmill with slightly less motor power would do just as well while saving some precious pounds.

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ProForm Performance 600i treadmill

Specifications Sole TT8
Rating
4.75
Motor 4.00 CHP
Speed 19.2 km/h
Decline / Incline -6% / 15%
Running surface 56 x 152.5 cm
Folding
Display 10.1” Graphic Display
Training programs 10
Bluetooth
Web Connectivity
Heart rate monitor
Dimensions 199.5 x 93.6 x 146.5 cm
Max user weight 180kg
Warranty Parts : 5 years
Labour: 2 years
Motor & Frame: Lifetime