If you're ready to make a purchase, please refer to our product list at the top of the page. A standard walker has four legs and no wheels, so the user must lift it and move it forward every couple of steps.
They’re ideal for most people who need a walker due to injury. These walkers are exceptionally lightweight, as they tend to be “no-frills” items without seats or other extras.
Because the user must lift a standard walker between steps, it’s not suitable for people with little upper body strength. Standard walkers generally don't come with the handy extras (baskets, seats, and so on) that many folks like to have.
We spent 8 hours researching over 100 different walkers before choosing our top 5. We worked with experts in the field to make sure our choices fulfilled consumers needs.
Two-wheeled walkers don't require the user to lift all four legs off the ground in order to take a step. Four-wheeled walkers are generally the best choice for people who get around well but need a little help with balance and stability.
Four-wheeled walkers are better suited for folks who need a small amount of help with balance. Standard and two-wheeled walkers don't need brakes, as the wheel-less legs provide ample stability.
In addition, the brakes prevent the walker from rolling away when the user travels downhill. Many people find that a walker helps them gain or maintain independence.
For instance, a handicapped person might be able to visit the grocery store alone with a walker in tow. A basket proves invaluable in a case like this, as groceries and other items can be stored inside it.
That said, a person who intends to use the walker primarily at home might not need or want a basket. This feature allows the user to stop and catch his/her breath as needed.
The weight of your walker matters if it’s a standard model, as you must be able to fully lift it off the ground. Weight matters slightly less if you have a wheeled walker, but you still might want to be able to lift it up your front step or into the trunk of a car.
The majority of walkers we've researched tend to have a weight limit somewhere in range of 250 to 300 pounds. If your weight exceeds this, you may need to look for a specialist walker designed for heavier people.
If you plan to store your walker in a small space or take it in the car for family trips, we recommend a product that folds down to a smaller size. Considering the positive difference a good walker can make in your life, they aren't exceptionally expensive items.
Those on the higher end of the pricing spectrum tend to have a sturdier build. Four-wheeled walkers are the most expensive models out there, but they tend to offer more sophisticated features, including brakes, baskets, and seats.
A. Walkers with larger wheels fare better on rough ground. If you’ll be traveling”off-road,” we suggest a walker with a larger wheel diameter.
Some walker packages are quite “bare bones” with no basket or other extras to speak of. Common walker accessories include baskets, food trays, and water bottle holders.
If you or a loved one has a temporary injury or a more permanent limitation due to age or illness, a walker can give stability and boost confidence to move around safely. To make adjustments, the legs slide inside the frame to the right level and are secured with lockable buttons.
Standing next to the walker, the handgrips should be even with the crease of the user’s wrists while they also have their elbows slightly bent. To use, basic walkers must be lifted with each step the person takes moving forward.
Most collators come with a carrying bag or basket attached to the front of the walker, or one can be added. Some rolling walkers have flip down seats which come in handy if the user becomes tired and needs a rest before proceeding.
The weight of a basic walker should be light enough that the person does not fatigue picking it up repeatedly to walk. With your specific needs in mind, let’s take a look at the walkers customers consistently rate highly.
Customers regularly commented on how the bi-level handgrip design helped them rise from the chair or toilet. One person commented that they did not need to buy a separate toilet rail support system since they could use the walker.
Another stated that due to her large size and weight, she felt safer using this walker over others. Some customers used this walker as a main stability device for transferring from a chair to a wheelchair and preferred that it not have wheels.
The dual opening and closing mechanism uses a “pop up” flap that makes an audible click when locked. Composite braces along the lower sides of the walker stiffen the structure to gain rigidity.
Sliding the telescoping legs and engaging the locking buttons allows for height adjustments. If you plan to purchase the 5-inch wheels for the standard model, take note that you will be raising the lower height limit and may want to buy the youth walker instead.
Lightweight, easy to fold Folds to 4 inches Can add 5-inch wheels Adjusts for multiple heights Comfortable to grip, supports 300 pounds Comes in youth height size Lifetime limited warranty Practically every customer commented on how lightweight and easy to fold the walker is for transport.
Those customers who did buy the 5-inch wheels commented that the height of the walker became taller and was a problem for short users. The Winnie Lite Supreme Aluminum Collator is a three-wheeled lightweight maneuverable walker suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
They reported the wheels move smoothly and easily, and they didn’t “feel like an old person” using it. A number of people reported that the brakes and cables arrived stuck or were too tight and needed adjustment with a screwdriver.
Cons: Tripod design not stable enough for some users No seat Brakes and cables may need adjustment or are hard to squeeze Does not come in a youth size The Guardian Envoy 480 Deluxe Collator is a lightweight, four-wheeled rolling walker with 8-inch wheels suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
Most customers found the Guardian Envoy 480 easy to use, safe, stable, and well constructed. People reported taking it outdoors, to stores for shopping as well as rolling it over grass and cobblestones.
A couple of people stated that while the walker does fold up to be carried in a car, it is a bit heavier than other collators they had tried and might not fit well in small trunks. The walker is easy to put together though a few people reported having trouble adjusting the brakes and that over time, some other screws loosen.
The front two wheels are 10-inch caster style allowing it to roll over more rugged terrain. The sling style seat is made of a thick nylon, and the backrest is removable and height adjustable.
People were very impressed with how well the 10-inch front wheels rolled over gravel or grass, and how light and easy the walker is to fold and stow in their car. Customers were constantly asked where they bought the walker and received other positive comments.
One woman felt more secure using the brakes on her Nitro over other collators she had owned, giving her more confidence. They had contacted Drive directly but since they had purchased the walker online versus at a medical supply store, they seemed to run into some roadblocks.
Pros: Lightweight, sturdy, easy to fold and transport 10.5-inch wheels roll over rugged surfaces, brakes well Adequately supports weights up to 300 pounds Maneuvers wells, comfortable seat Some people find walkers are an easier alternative to crutches or canes, particularly if they don’t usually use assistive devices.
If height is an issue, the I-Class Dual-Release walker comes in a youth size, and you can add two wheels. If getting out of a chair is the hardest activity to conquer, the Stand Assist Folding Walker will be a solid option.
Both these basic walkers are light and fold easily making them easy to take in the car or store when no longer needed. However, it is not as stable as a four legged or four wheeled walkers, which is a major consideration if the person is unstable in any way.
It rates the top spot because it comes in 3 sizes to accommodate tall, standard, or petite users. The Nitro is a few pounds lighter than the Envoy 480, has more streamlined handbrakes, and it is easier to fold for transport or storage.