LifeSpan TR 1200i vs. Sole F63 treadmill – The best choice

by Jack on April 30, 2016

If you are interested in either the LifeSpan TR 1200i and the Sole F63 Treadmills but are unsure which is the best choice here we will review and compare these models. We will not be focusing on the “extras” like programmed training programs rather we will be focusing on comparing the core functional areas of these two models.

Frame quality of the lifespan tr 1200i treadmill

LifeSpan TR 1200i Treadmill

The areas we will cover here are: 

  • Motor
  • Frame
  • Tread belt
  • Cushion System
  • Warranty

Before beginning we will say these two models are very similarly priced in 2016. So there’s not much of a price advantage. And we also should say both are folding and both have push button incline controls.

Area #1: Motor

Without a motor your exercising plans will not get far. There are a few different styles of motors you will find on treadmills. By far the most durable, efficient and recommended is the style named Continuous Duty Horsepower (CHP) if you are spend close to a $1000 or more we recommend making sure the model you buy does have a CHP motor.

Which is better LifeSPan TR1200i or Sole F63

Sole F63

Both the LifeSpan TR 1200i and the Sole F63 do have this type of motor. However, the F63’s is a bit more powerful at 3.0 horsepower compared to 2.5 horsepower of the LifeSpan TR 1200i

Winner in Motor: Sole F63

Area #2: Frame

When examining treadmills frames you will find they are generally made from either steel or aluminum. For a different reasons, the best frames are made from steel. These generally fit together better making them quieter when in use and steel frames provide a little bounce to the person’s step compared to a somewhat deadpan feeling you got from an aluminum frame.

Both models have frames constructed from steel.

But is there any difference between the two? Not hugely significant but it is worth mentioning, frame construction has a lot to do with user weight capacity. The maximum user weight capacity of the Sole F63 is 325 pounds the weight capacity of LifeSpan 1200i is slightly lower at a 300 lbs rating.

Winner in Frame: Slight advantage F63

Area #3 – Tread Belt 

When judging the tread belt you will want to know to basic things the ply (thickness) and dimensions. A thicker belt will last longer and knowing the dimensions is probably most important to people who plan to exercise by running as they will need a longer belt.

Both belts are the same thickness rated at 2 ply. However, there is a difference in the dimensions.

  • Dimensions of the LifeSpan TR1200i: 20 x 56 inches (W x L)
  • Dimensions of the Sole F63: 20 x 60 inches (W x L)

The lengths of both belts will work fine for walkers and joggers. As for runners, we normally will not recommend going below 55-inches in length. So both models meet this criteria. However, you may want the extra 4 inches (56 vs 60) especially if you are a taller runner.

Winner in Tread belt: F63

Area #4 – Cushion System

Cushion systems are made to reduce the impact on your joints as you walk, run or jog. These dissipate and reduce the amount of energy that goes back into your foot and up to your ankles, knees and hips.

Both models are equipped with a cushion system.

In our opinion we do not believe there is a significant difference in the quality and comfort provide by the cushion system of the LifeSpan TR 1200i vs. the Sole F63 treadmill. Also, we don’t want to recommend one system as better because as people we all have a little different body mechanics when we walk or run. So depending on the person, one person might find one system more comfortable and another person might find the other system more comfortable. Overall, we believe both models provide good systems when compared to other treadmill models in this price range.

Winner in Cushion System: Tied

Area #5 – Warranty

In a sense we could very easily say the warranty on a treadmill is the absolutely most important thing to look at. Not only should you look at it to understand what type of guarantee you will be getting with your purchase but it will also provide you with clues about the quality of the model.

Both models being compared here are in the around $1000 price range in 2016. While these are far from the most expensive treadmills on the market, still, for this type of money the warranty should include lifetime guarantees on the motor and frame. You may come across some models in this price range that only provide 15 or 25 years on the motor, this is OK. However, if you are looking at a model and you read the motor is only guaranteed for 10 years or less then you need to really question the quality of the model you are looking at.

Both these models provide lifetime warranty on the motor and frame.

Winner in Warranty: Tied

LifeSpan TR 1200i vs. the Sole F63 treadmill

So which model is the better buy? If you read through the review, you should have noticed we discussed each area and declared a winner in each of these areas:

  • Motor
  • Frame
  • Tread Belt
  • Cushion System
  • Warranty

If you didn’t read the review completely then we will tell you the Sole F63 treadmill was either the higher rated or tied in all 5 areas bullet pointed above. We are not saying the LifeSpan TR 1200i model is bad but for the money we rate the Sole F63 as the better choice.

Three main reasons why. The F63 has the more powerful motor, a larger running surface and the steel frame is a tad higher quality in our opinion since it provides a 325 pound user weight capacity.

If you would like to see more choices in the $1000 price range for 2016.

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