The Kettler Axos Cross P elliptical trainer is a solid entry-level machine that successfully blends quality engineering in a frictionless motorized magnetic brake system with limited features for an affordable price.
The backlit LCD display has different sections to show distance, time, speed, program, and heart rate. The center section shows a graphic dot matrix hill profile of the program selected. There are 12 programs to choose from with adjustable intensity levels, and a recovery feature for cardio wellness index calculation.
The features of the Kettler Axos Cross P include:
UPDATE: As of 2021 it looks like Kettler is no longer making ellipticals. They used to have at least half a dozen models available for sale on the company website but now there is only one, the RIVO 4, and it's out of stock.
Check out our Best Ellipticals page to find a comparable model in your price range.
The Kettler Axos Cross P elliptical trainer has a listed 15" stride length although the foot pads actually traverse 18" in the glide path. The heart of the Axos is the heavy 30.5-pound flywheel that delivers a smooth, frictionless operation with the motor-controlled Silent Magnetic Resistance system. The Poly V drive belt and the maintenance-free sealed ball bearings provide a nearly silent workout.
The Q-factor (distance between pedals) is 10 inches, and the slip-resistant footplates can adjust to three different positions to change the angle of the elliptical motion. The Kettler Axos Cross P also comes with heart rate programs that automatically adjust the resistance on the elliptical to keep you working in the right target fitness zone.
The heart rate is continually measured by placing your hands on the hand grip sensors on the handlebars, or you can buy either an optional ear lobe sensor or a Polar wireless chest strap transmitter.
Reviews by users and equipment pros on the entry level Kettler machines are general good and the consensus is that they rate a Good Buy. The rear drive Kettler Axos Cross P elliptical trainer offers a reasonable frame size (just 67" long), and an attractive profile that will look good in your home or apartment.
This seems to be a popular budget model and one that KettlerUSA occasionally has to list as being out of stock. If you can find it for the low price of $599, it is a good deal.
UPDATE: Winter Elliptical Sales are going strong!
Here is your chance to rant or rave about the elliptical you use at home or at the fitness center.