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


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.

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