Kettler HKS Vito XL Elliptical

The Vito XL is Kettler’s most popular cross trainer. This stylish fitness machine offers excellent German engineering at a low price. However, its 16” stride makes it ideal just for people about 5’4” and under.

Elliptical Hits: Great Features of the Vito XL

  • Heavy flywheel – The Vito XL is equipped with an impressive 45-pound flywheel, which far outweighs the drives of most of its competition.
  • High capacity – The user weight capacity is 330 pounds.
  • Adjustable footplates – The footplates are adjustable by up to six inches to vary the elliptical motion.
  • Heart rate monitor – Pulse grip and ear clip monitors are included.
  • Compact size – The Kettler Vito XL has a footprint of just 22”x56” and has wheels for easy transport.
  • Good warranty package – This unit is sold with a lifetime warranty on the frame, a three-year warranty on other parts, and a year of labor.

Elliptical Misses: Drawbacks of the Kettler Vito XL

  • Features – Unlike the more advanced Kettler ellipticals, this model lacks stand-out features such as an incline or a wide variety of preset programs.
  • Short fixed stride – The short stride is common in machines of this price range, but affordable machines with adjustable strides are available. Adjustable strides let people exercise different muscles and share the machine with people of different heights.
  • Workout variety – This unit includes just 6 preset programs and 10 resistance levels.

Overall Rating for Kettler Vito XL Ellipticals

The Vito XL is a very well-constructed machine. It has a heavy flywheel, a steel frame, sealed ball bearings, and other elements of a durable elliptical trainer. That said, it lacks other features that are becoming common in home elliptical trainers, such as an adjustable stride, audio, and an incline. People might also be disappointed by the low number of programs and resistance levels. Thus, while the Kettler Vito XL is a high quality machine, it’s advisable to compare it with ellipticals by other brands such as Precor, Schwinn, and Smooth Fitness.