Cross Trainer Buying Guide

Cross Trainers (also known as elliptical trainers) have proven very popular over the last few years. They offer the same cardio benefits as treadmills but with much lower impact. They are reasonably simple to use and work both the upper and lower body simultaneously. Our Cross Trainer Buying Guide helps you make a decision.

Cross Trainer Considerations

  • Have you used a cross trainer before? Cross trainers can look awkward at first glance so we recommend watching a video on using one, for example: the Sella Product Video.
  • How much will you be using the machine? If you plan to use occasionally to maintain fitness levels or new to home fitness, may be try a low specification machine. If you are planning to use around 5 times a week, consider a German made machine.
  • Where will you use the cross trainer? The size will vary slightly but it is worth measuring before your purchase to ensure it will fit prior to purchase. Most of our cross trainers measure around 145 x 53 x 160cm. We do not advise that you use or store the KETTLER cross trainer in a room not centrally heated (such as a garage or conservatory) where the temperature fluctuates causing condensation inside the computer and circuit board. The location can also influence whether you buy a battery powered machine or a cross trainer requiring a mains connection. Battery powered cross trainers are usually more basic as they do not require much power. All KETTLER cross trainers use mains power.
  • How much do you weigh? Weight limits on our cross trainers vary slightly. The majority have a maximum weight limit of 150kg but see individual products for exact limits.

Technical Details

  • The majority of KETTLER cross trainers are rear driven meaning the flywheel is at the back of the machine and benefits from being fitted with long foot plates so you can find the best position for yourself. Front driven machines are also available.
  • Stride length – there are 2 different stride lengths available.  The extended motion technology has an extended stride length of 480mm and has a much flatter natural stride.
  • Cross trainers can be very large. Some are foldable but we advise leaving enough room to fit a sofa when creating space for a cross trainer.
  • Please bear in mind that cross trainers are mechanical items with moving parts and therefore require regular maintenance.
  • Designed for home usage only.
  • All KETTLER cross trainers require self-assembly.


  • There are two types of resistance: Magnetic Resistance or Induction Resistance.
  • Magnetic resistance uses magnets to move to and from the flywheel. The closer the magnets are to the flywheel, the more resistance.
  • Induction resistance uses electromagnets by changing the voltage at small increments also known as an induction brake system.
  • Induction resistance uses a much more sophisticated system which is why they are found in the higher specification machines (usually £700+).
  • The number of stages resistance indicate the range of resistance so the more levels, the better the machine. However, level 1 on cross trainer A will vary with the same level on cross trainer B.
  • Ergometer cross trainers don’t measure resistance in stages but in watts for a more calibrated result, therefore giving a more precise result. Change resistance levels via a manual tension knob usually on the frame or via the computer. Basic models will use the manual adjustment and the more sophisticated machines will change the resistance via the computer.


  • What are you looking to improve? Cardio? Body tone? Endurance? Lung capacity? Burn calories? A cross trainer covers all of these things.
  • A cross trainer is ideal for cardio workouts, improving your heart and your core endurance while also enhancing lung capacity.
  • The fluid, low impact motion tones your entire body. Muscles used include your calves, quads, biceps, triceps and shoulder muscles.
  • Who can use a cross trainer? Anyone! A cross trainer is as easy or as hard as you make it. It burns calories quick, no matter how big or small you are.
  • A cross trainer aids in new year’s resolution, making it an ideal christmas present as well as a birthday present.

We understand that when buying fitness equipment, there are a lot of products on the market each with technical specifications and jargon. Here at KETTLER, we understand that people have varying knowledge and try to explain products clearly and simply. If you need any further information about any of our products, please call us on 01527 591901.

KETTLER cross trainers come with a 3 year parts and labour warranty (conditions apply).