Kettler Unix M Elliptical
The Kettler fitness company consistently churns out winners. The affordable Unix M elliptical trainer, a recipient of the coveted Plus X Award for innovation in 2011, is no exception. This crosstrainer is worthy of its good family name.
Choose the Unix M if you want a basic yet durable machine and are of average to tall height. Don’t be misled by the reportedly short stride: Although it’s been advertised as just 16” long, the Unix M’s footpath is about 19”.
The Unix M costs about $1100 online. It’s sold with an above-average warranty that includes three years of parts protection.
Top Selling Points of the Kettler Unix M Elliptical
This fluff-free trainer has the essentials of good exercise. Trainees get:
- An ergonomic footpath
- A 40-pound drive
- 10 intensity levels
- Quiet magnetic resistance
- 8 preset programs
- Heartrate tracking
- Adjustable pedals
- A tiltable and backlit screen
Display: The backlit LCD shows time, distance, speed, intensity, pulse, calories burned and RPM. It also displays a dot matrix graphic of workouts.
Warranty: This machine is backed by a good warranty. Customers get lifetime protection on the frame, three years on parts and electronics, and one year of labor.
What’s Not to Like?
We do like the Kettler. Even so, this elliptical trainer for beginners has room for improvement. Here are five somewhat minor criticisms:
- First, we especially dislike the battery-powered console. Admittedly, it lets a person use the elliptical anywhere in the house, but the AA batteries are used up quickly.
- Second, the data readouts aren’t oversized like they are on other Kettler consoles. Some people think they’re difficult to read.
- Third, the programming is only adequate for about a year, on average. After that, avid elliptical users have mastered the programs and find themselves wanting to trade up.
- Fourth, the pedals are spaced 7.5” apart. Some people (short women especially) are more comfortable on ellipticals with narrower pedal gaps.
- Finally, this isn’t the trainer for someone who craves distraction. Whereas other brands provide iPod hookups and other distractions, Kettler’s machines are only concerned with basics.
Our Overall Review of the Kettler Unix M Elliptical Machine
Yes, we just listed five complaints about the Kettler – but complaining is what we do. We also praise. We recommend the Unix M to almost any new exerciser who prefers a battery-powered console to a plug-in option. Compared to other ellipticals in its price class, this model has an exceptionally smooth drive and helps you understand references to “fine German engineering.” Most people will get a healthy stride and just-right resistance, plus there’s enough built-in programming to get you started on a healthier lifestyle.
If you prefer a plug-in machine or want a bit more resistance, check out Kettler’s Unix P crosstrainer.