The Kettler CT2000 Elliptical Review – The 2008 Best Buy Elliptical under $500

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When it comes to buying a lower budget elliptical the two key requirements – beyond programs, levels of resistance, heart rate monitoring or any of the extra features – are stability and a comfortable elliptical motion. If you give up those two things then all of the cool little bells and whistles in the world won’t give you a good workout or an elliptical that will last for a long time.

For us, the budget elliptical which out-performed every other elliptical in its price range with those 2 requirements was the Ketter Verso CT2000 Elliptical. Kettler is a German fitness manufacturer known for producing some of the sturdiest ellipticals around and have a reputation for long lasting equipment. The Kettler CT2000 is a price example of one of those high quality ellipticals available for a low price.

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The reason we picked the Ketter Verso CT2000 as the best buy elliptical for under $500 is because it is the single sturdiest elliptical in its price range. Kettler has done a fantastic job of designing a solid frame that will hold up to quite a bit of abuse. This is one of the few under $500 ellipticals that will outlast its warranty.

On top of that solid construction, the Kettler CT2000 also has a very nice feeling elliptical motion. The stride is a bit short, but should be perfect for any user under 5’10 or so. The rest of the features aren’t anything to write home about, but would you rather have a flimsy feature-packed elliptical that will only last a couple of months or a solidly built elliptical that will allow you to continue to work out for years to come? The Kettler CT2000 is that elliptical.

For being a well-built German fitness machine, the Treadmill Sensei gives the Kettler CT2000 Elliptical 4 out of 5 golden buddahs.

The Verso CT2000 by Ketter gets 4 golden buddahs.

Kettler CT2000 Elliptical Specifications
Flywheel: approximately 16lbs
Display: LCD
Readouts: Program, Speed, distance, time, calories and pulse
Programs: 6
Resistance: 6 Levels
Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
Heart Rate Control: No
Max User Weight: 280lbs
Unit Weight: 120lbs
Price: Under $500

-The Treadmill Sensei

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Treadmill SenseiThe Treadmill Sensei has been in the fitness industry for several years. He is familiar with several brands of fitness equipment and has written several reviews of many different treadmills and elliptical machines. You can see what he thinks are the best treadmills or you can get help choosing a treadmill.

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