The Kettler Syncross V3 Elliptical – Reliable, Solid Performance

The adjustable stride-length Kettler Syncross V3 Elliptical is a Cadillac among trainers. Or should we say the Mercedes? This machine is designed and manufactured in Germany and features advanced engineering, premium components, and an eSYS™ System, which allows for perfect ergonomic, biomechanical, and electronic adjustments.

What You Get

On the SIEMENS® electronic VGA and LCD high resolution display, you get readouts for time, distance, total distance, speed, RPM, energy consumption, watts, pulse, and an upper pulse limit (with visual & acoustic alarm). In addition to the large variety of programming, the Kettler Syncross V3 Elliptical also has target zone training, 10 freely scalable watt profiles, 10 HR controlled programs, and 20 Hill Profiles.

The features on the Kettler Syncross V3 include:

Kettler Syncross V3 Elliptical
  • 115 Resistance Levels (600 Watts)
  • 20 Incline/Decline Settings (+10/-10)
  • 14" -22" Stride Length
  • 85 Programs
  • Chip Card Reader
  • USB interface for program downloads
  • Wireless Polar® T34 Heart Rate Transmitter
  • Contact Hand Pulse Sensors
  • 97 lb Flywheel Drive System
  • Maximum Weight Limit: 400 lbs
  • Floor-Leveler for uneven floors, Transport Casters
  • Dimensions/weight — 95"L x 25"W x 69"H"/350 lbs
  • Warranty — Lifetime frame, 3 yrs parts, 2 yrs labor

The Word on the Street

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 Syncross V3 Elliptical features a heart rate controlled Induction Brake System™ with a resistance range of 25 - 600 watts (adjustable in 5 watt increments) that provides no friction or wear to the brake system’s components.

The 14"-22" stride length is comfortable enough for any user of any size, from 5' up to 6'8". Its 97-lb flywheel drive system offers a fluid and smooth elliptical motion experience, and the 2" spaced, oversized pedals, and ergonomically correct swing arms, make the Kettler Syncross V3 one of the best-designed, best-built ellipticals on the market.

You won’t find too many elliptical reviews on this model, only because the company is not well-known in North America. (Kettler products are known in Europe for their exceptional engineering.)

The Syncross V3 comes with an awesome array of programs, 48 of them, as well as a card reading & storing technology with recovery feature. You can also visit Kettler USA and take advantage of the Syncross V3 elliptical’s USB interface to download interactive software and exchangeable programs.

With more programs than you will ever need, a smooth quiet ride, and an incline/decline feature on the motorized slope adjustment that simulates terrain profiles, this machine scores high in all areas of design, quality, functionality, durability, and performance.

Our Thoughts

The $4,499 Kettler Syncross V3 is first in quality in a commercial rear drive design available for residential use. The elliptical trainer has a health club feature called the “Q-factor” which relates to a small distance between foot pedals, which is less stress on hips, knees, and ankles.

Its display is technical and not especially user-friendly, but while that aesthetic may be an issue for some users, it won’t be for people who are accustomed to multi-parameter display readouts.

While the Kettler Syncross V3 Elliptical is pricey, it will deliver years of reliable solid performance without problems.

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