The Best Ergonomic Walkers [2020 Independent Review]

The Best Ergonomic Walkers [2020 Independent Review]

The Best Ergonomic Walkers [2020 Independent Review]

Walkers, also known as a rollators (if they have wheels) are made to give patients their mobility and independence back.

In this article, I’ll recommend the most ergonomic and safe walkers available and also mention some things you need to consider before buying.

I’ll discuss important features such as stability, wheels, weight capacity, adjustability, and more.

Drive Medical Four Wheel Walker Rollator

Drive Medical Four Wheel Walker Rollator

  • Steel frame.
  • Removable back support.
  • Height adjustable handles.
  • Weight capacity 300 lbs.

If you’re looking for a sturdy, convenient, and very comfortable steel rollator, I highly recommend this Drive Medical model.

Comfortable seat

The Drive Medical Rollator has a padded seat and cushioned backrest. So if you get tired from walking you could simply sit down and take a break.

The 7.5’’ wheels perform well indoors and outdoors, but the truth is at some point you may have to lift the Rollator. It weighs 20 lbs so make sure you’ll be able to lift it when needed.

Ergonomic handles

This Rollator comes with ergonomic grip handles that need to be squeezed to brake. If you wish to stop it completely you’ll need to press downwards.

It does take some level of strength to press the handles so that would be another consideration.

The handles can be lifted from 31’’ to 37’’ which will accommodate people up to 5’9’’.

Also, the width of the Rollator is 22.5’’ which could pose a problem if you’ve got a standard hinged door.

Storage

The storage pouch is super convenient for some users, and the folding process is easy, simply press down or pull it up and you’re done.

It fits in the back of a trunk without issues, but wouldn’t be convenient for a hatchback type of vehicle.

What We Like

  • Adjustable height.
  • Convenient seat and back support.
  • Budget-friendly price.

What We Don’t Like

  • Brakes require certain strength.
  • Won’t fit in a hunchback vehicle.

Elenker Upright Mobility Walker Aid

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Elenker Upright Mobility Walker Aid

  • Aluminum frame.
  • Storage bag and cane holder.
  • Breathable mesh seat.
  • Adjustable height and armrest.
  • Weight capacity 300 lbs.

The Elenker walker aid gives you the freedom to walk upright without having to hunch down, an issue that most rollators have.

The braking system was made for people that can’t exert enough strength to squeeze. If you need to slow down you pull the brakes up, and you push down to stop it completely.

Adjustability

You can adjust the armrest height from 37’’ to 43’’ so people up to 6” high will be able to stand upright in a natural and ergonomic way.

You can also adjust the position and the angle of the armrest which will be really important for some users.

We also like the convenient cane holder and the storage bag included in the package.

Design

The Elenker sports 8” solid rubber wheels that will offer a smooth ride indoors and outdoors on flat surfaces.

The total width is 25’’ and it can be folded down to 39’’x11’’ a size that should fit most car trunks. This model is a bit heavier than the previous item on our list, coming up at 22 lbs.

The Rollator is a bit of an investment compared to other items on our list, but users agree it is well worth the money.

What We Like

  • Adjustable armrests.
  • Smooth ride.
  • Freedom to walk upright.

What We Don’t Like

  • Price a bit steep.

OasisSpace Ultra Folding Rollator Walker

OasisSpace Ultra Folding Rollator Walker

  • Aluminum frame.
  • Rubber non-skid wheels.
  • Small footprint.
  • Wide 17.7 ‘’ seat.
  • Weight capacity 300 lbs.

The OasisSpace walker can be folded to a size of 22.8’’X11’’ which is the smallest footprint on our list.

It will be convenient to store it in the back of any type of vehicle and can easily fit in the backseat of your car. It weighs 18 lbs and will be a great companion on your travels.

This model has rubber front and back wheels making it easier to navigate the walker. It should perform smoothly on uneven terrains such as grass, sand, and carpets.

Adjustability

The arms of the Rollator can be adjusted up to 36.7’’ and will accommodate users that aren’t over 5’10’’ tall.

The seat of the rollator can be adjusted for width, but the widest it will go is 17.7’’. The price is reasonable and budget-friendly.

What made us a bit worried about this product is that some users got a steel frame that weighs more or some received different models that were not quite as sturdy.

Since you’re asked to pay shipping, once you decide to return it make sure you get a free return guarantee beforehand.

What We Like

  • Easy to fold and transport.
  • All-terrain wheels.
  • Budget-friendly price.

What We Don’t Like

  • Users got different models than ordered
  • Poor customer service

Medline Premium Empower Rollator Walker

Medline Premium Empower Rollator Walker

  • Sturdy welded steel frame.
  • Adjustable memory foam seat.
  • Step-in support.
  • Weight capacity 300 lbs.

The Empower Rollator will be helpful for users that need an easy to use braking system. The handles on this Rollator are wide and stay clean due to their antimicrobial properties.

To break you’ll need to push down on the handles, and squeeze gently to release.

Adjustability

Just like the other items on our list you’ll be able to adjust the height of the handles. What’s different about this product is the ability to adjust the seat height from 21’’ to 25’’.

The seat itself is comfy, and when you wish to fold the product you simply flip it up.

Some things to consider this rollator. It is wider than the standard model, with 26.5’’ of width- so it will not fit through standard doors.

Safety

On the upside, the Empower walker is made of steel which is sturdier (safer) than aluminum, but this also means it will be heavier.

It weighs 25.5 pounds so make sure you’re ok with that. You also get a cup holder and a storage bag placed under the seat.

The price is fair keeping in mind that this is a high-quality piece of equipment.

What We Like

  • Strong and durable steel frame.
  • Easy to use braking handles.
  • Comfy seat.

What We Don’t Like

  • Too wide for regular door frames.
  • A bit heavy for lifting.

Drive Medical Heavy Duty Euro Style Walker Rollator

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Drive Medical Heavy Duty Euro Style Walker Rollator

  • Sturdy aluminum frame.
  • Large 10’’ front wheels.
  • Weight capacity 450 lbs.
  • Weighs 20.5 lbs.

The heavy-duty Euro style rollator comes with features that are rarely found in other models.

First of all, it has a large weight capacity of 450 lbs while weighing 20.5 lbs, and it can be folded with one hand.

The seat is 23’’ wide and will support most users, but it doesn’t have any kind of cushioning.

Convenience

Once folded, the Rollator stays in an upright position so it will be convenient if you need to take it on a bus or place it for transport.

This item has the largest wheels on our list, meaning the user will be able to roll seamlessly over anything.

This product is well-known as the Cadillac of walkers among customers. The zippered storage bag is placed under the seat.

The price is not budget-friendly, but for the features that accompany it, it’s well worth it.

What We Like

  • Large all-terrain wheels with castors.
  • Wide seat.
  • High weight capacity.

What We Don’t Like

  • No seat cushion.

Ultra Lightweight Titanium Rollator

Ultra Lightweight Titanium Rollator

  • Titanium finished frame.
  • Curved backrest.
  • Adjustable handles.
  • Weighs only 17 lbs.
  • Weight capacity 200 lbs.

If you’re looking for a truly lightweight Rollator, this one is the lightest on our list.

The total weight is 17 lbs, but if you remove the storage basket and the seat it comes down to 15 lbs. While it will be much easier to lift, it doesn’t lock when it’s folded.

The makers of this product really need to try harder, because instead of the wire basket shown in the photo, they ship a black cloth bag.

This would make it hard for some users who truly require an actual wire basket.

Adjustability

The handle height can be adjusted from 30.5’’ to 34.5’’ which should accommodate users up to 5’10’’ tall. This model has a slim design and its total width is only 23.5 inches.

The seat is a bit slim as well, coming at 14’’ in width. The hand-brakes are easy to operate.

All in all, this is a lightweight, budget-friendly rollator that will be easier to lift than other models.

What We Like

  • Light-weight and easy to lift.
  • Slim design.
  • Adjustable height.

What We Don’t Like

  • It doesn’t lock when folded.
  • Lack of promised wire basket.
  • Narrow seat.

Budget

While most rollators are budget-friendly and fall under the $100 price tag, we have also included some higher-end models on our list.

When choosing the right one, make sure you understand what you’re getting beforehand because sometimes returning the product can be costly as in most cases you pay for the return shipping.

Also, consider talking to your medical provider to see if your medical insurance would cover at least a part of the cost.

Weight Capacity

You will notice that almost all items on our list support 300 lbs of weight, except the Heavy Duty rollator that supports 450 lbs.

Choosing the correct weight capacity is important as this is the feature that ensures the durability of the frame and your safety.

Also, the weight of the rollator itself plays a big role when making your decision because you need to ensure that either you or your caregiver is are able to lift it if the situation arises.

Never use the Rollator as a wheelchair, meaning, allowing someone to push you while seated because you’ll compromise the frame, wheels, and overall safety of the product.

Stability

When it comes to stability we had to take several factors into account. First of all, the size of the wheels is important, as bigger wheels mean a smoother ride.

There are also companies that make skid-free tires which can be especially helpful in malls and airports.

Also make sure you take into account the frame construction; Steel frames are sturdier and safer, but they are also heavier for the user.

Aluminum frames are not as sturdy but they will be lighter if the user needs to lift their rollator.

Adjustability

This is a crucial feature that can make or break your experience.

A good quality rollator will give you the option to adjust the height of the handles, and even better one will offer seat height adjustments.

The Elenker Rollator for example offers both armrest height and angle adjustment.

You want to feel comfortable when using your rollator, so make sure to take some measurements so you don’t end up hunching over it.

Also the seat height is super important for some users. If the seat is too low this will cause stress to your joints.

Braking System

Another safety option to consider is the braking system of the rollator.

Some have very sensitive handles adjusted for people that don’t have much arm strength.

Unlike the standard walkers that don’t require brakes, the rollator needs them so you can easily stop when going downhill, for example.

Storage

Having some sort of built-in storage on your walker is certainly more than welcome for most users.

Some would require a soft bag for their medicine, while others might need wired storage to place a small oxygen tank for example.

Drive Medical Nitro Euro Style Red Rollator

The Nitro Rollator comes with many helpful features convenient for daily use.

The frame is made of sturdy aluminum that keeps the weight of the product at 17.5 lbs but can hold a capacity of up to 300 lbs. The brake system is integrated into the handles.

Adjustability

The handles can be adjusted for height, and the backrest is adjustable as well.

Once folded you can secure it with plastic clips included in the package. Its footprint when folded is 27.5’’ in length and 37’’ inches in height.

The front 10’’ wheels make turning with this one a breeze, and they perform well even on dirt and grass. This model also comes with a zippered storage bag.

In regards to its price, it is not going to break the bank but still isn’t as budget-friendly as some of the other models on our list.

Lumex 3-Wheel Lightweight Folding Cruiser

The Folding cruiser is a lightweight option that will hold users up to 250 lbs of weight. It is by far the lightest option available and weighs only 13.8 pounds.

This 3-Wheel model was made for users that do not require the same stability that the 4-wheel models offer.

If you’re thinking about getting this one, you should be able to walk well on your own and only need some safety net to cruise around.

Great for outdoors

Also since it has 3 wheels it is a bit wider than 4-wheel models (27’’ of width total). This means its primary goal is to be used outdoors.

It has large 8’’ wheels that offer a smooth ride on flat surfaces both indoors and outdoors.

Adjustability

The handles can be adjusted for height, and you get the standard 33’’ to 37’’ of range. This will be good for users from 4’8’’ up to 5’9’’ tall.

The handgrips were made with ergonomics in mind and can be used with ease.

We especially liked the lopped handbrakes convenient even for people with low strength. This model comes with a zippered pouch as well.

OasisSpace Aluminum Rollator Walker

The OasisSpace rollator is good for everyday use both indoors and outdoors. It comes with large 10’’ front wheels that will go over bumps and cracks on the road.

It weighs 18.9 lbs and can be placed in a storage bag that’s included in the package. It folds easily and has a small footprint of 21.6’’x14.5”.

On the downside, once folded, it can’t stand on its own and you would need a bungee cord to keep it folded before placing it in the bag.

Design

This item was made with narrow doors in mind, and can be squeezed to 6.3’’ of width with the help of a handle. The OasisSpace rollator will hold a capacity of 300 lbs.

The seat is 17.7’’ wide which is comfier than most models.

The storage bag is located in the front of the rollator. Some customers had issues with the front wheel falling off, so make sure everything is tightened well before using this product.

UPWalker Lite Original Upright Walker

The UPWalker is very similar to the Elenker model on our list, with a much higher price range. This model is preferably used indoors and doesn’t perform so well on rough terrain.

Using the UPWalker might prove a bit harder than any of the models on our list and users report they feel like it will tip over if they aren’t standing completely upright.

The seat is 18’’ wide and wouldn’t be comfy for bigger users. Also if you’re over 5’5’’ you’ll need to raise the handles to the max, making it a bit wobbly.

Weight capacity

Although the item description states this model can hold up to 300 lbs in weight, take this info with caution.

In reality you need to be below 210 lbs to use it without sitting down. And in order to be able to sit down, you will need to be below 180 lbs.

All in all we think this product has been misrepresented and the manufacturer needs to update the info unless they wish to see many unsatisfied users.