Best Walkers For The Elderly - An In-Depth Guide

Last Updated: 03/24/20

Confused about which is the best walker for seniors out there?

So was I.

I did some research this is what I found:

The best walker depends on your situation and what you'll need it for. Please make sure to consult with your doctor since we are not health professionals - we're just giving our opinion based on our experience.

elderly man and woman doing chores

A walker is one of those things you don’t think much about...until the time comes you need one. Being able to walk and get around is just something we all tend to take for granted. Then, a walker for seniors, becomes extremely important. It will be what keeps you, or your loved one, as independent as possible.

According to a Statistics for Mobility Awareness Month study (1), over 6 million people in the United States and Canada have mobility issues. Odds are, one day, you or a loved one will require some form of help to get around. Fortunately, there have been monumental advances in mobility devices.

Walker With Seats

We like the Drive Medical 4-Wheel Walker Rollator because it’s affordable, light-weight, and can fold up for easy transport.

Drive Medical 10257BL-1 Four Wheel Walker Rollator with Fold Up...
  • Four Wheel Rollator provides reliable support with maximum comfort and is ideal for uneven or outdoor terrain
  • Features deluxe loop locks for safety, non marking wheels, and a convenient pouch for personal belongings
  • Built in padded seat with backrest and adjustable handle heights ensure customized comfort
  • Easily store and transport walker by removing or folding backrest into compact size
  • Handle height: 31 to 37 inch; Seat dimensions 12 inch (L) x 12 inch (W); Weight capacity: 300 pounds

Last update on 2020-09-18.

There are many types of mobility aids. Walkers with seats are also called rollators. These are generally used by those who need a little more assistance than a walking stick or cane. Four-wheeled versions offer additional stability for those who need more support.

Seated walkers have an extra measure of safety and convenience because you can sit down and take a breather when walking gets to be too much. This helps if you are feeling faint or tired.

Additionally, these types make it easier to cover more ground at a faster pace. The seat also allows those with more advanced mobility issues with retaining their independence longer. Having the option to sit is essential when getting around with a traditional one might be out of the question.

Four Wheel Walkers

Drive Medical 4 Wheel Rollator

If you’re looking for an economical, basic 4-wheel seated walker, the Drive Medical Four Wheel Walker is easy on the pocketbook but is stellar in style. It is a comfortable ride with a fold-up, fully removable back support, and a nice padded seat.

It is a reliable model that is well-constructed with 7.5-inch casters. There’s even a basket for your belongings. This walker is surprisingly lightweight and easy to fold and store.

Drive Medical 10257BL-1 Four Wheel Walker Rollator with Fold Up...
  • Four Wheel Rollator provides reliable support with maximum comfort and is ideal for uneven or outdoor terrain
  • Features deluxe loop locks for safety, non marking wheels, and a convenient pouch for personal belongings
  • Built in padded seat with backrest and adjustable handle heights ensure customized comfort
  • Easily store and transport walker by removing or folding backrest into compact size
  • Handle height: 31 to 37 inch; Seat dimensions 12 inch (L) x 12 inch (W); Weight capacity: 300 pounds

Last update on 2020-09-18.

Bariatric & Heavy Duty Rollators

Who says just because you are packing a few extra pounds and have mobility issues that you can’t still live large? If you’re worried about a walker holding your weight, here are some that can handle the calling.

Medline Heavy Duty Walker With Seat

The Medline Heavy Duty Rollator is an excellent choice for plus-sized individuals. This walker has the added security of a heavy-duty steel frame.

It's built extra-large and supports up to 500 pounds.

This chair sports sturdy 8-inch wheels with reinforced spokes, so it boogies across even the roughest terrains. Even with all the heavy-duty trimmings, it’s still a cinch to fold up flat and store.

Medline Heavy Duty Rollator Walker with Seat, Bariatric Rolling Walker...
  • HEAVY DUTY STEEL FRAME - The Medline Bariatric Heavy Duty Rollator features a strong, reinforced steel frame to support up to 500 lbs
  • LARGE 8 INCH WHEELS - Smooth rolling 8 inch wheels with reinforced spokes for extra strength easily roll on all indoor surfaces and outdoor terrain
  • EASILY FOLDS - Rollator walker folds flat for easy storage and transportation. Walker weighs 25 lbs
  • LARGER ROLLATOR FOR EXTRA COMFORT - Wide 17.5 inch x 14 inch padded seat with velcro pocket underneath | Width between handles: 23.5 inches | Overall rollator dimensions: 29" W x 44.5" H x 29" D (may not fit through all door frames)
  • ADJUSTABLE HANDLES - Handles adjust from 31.5" - 37.5" allowing users a more customized fit. Measurements from floor to seat: 22" (not adjustable). Latex free

Last update on 2020-09-18.

Comodita Spazio Extra Wide Heavy-Duty Rolling Walker

If you don’t mind paying a little more, the Comodita Spazio Heavy Duty Rollator is one of the safest and sturdiest you’ll find. It has a weight capacity of 400 pounds.

It also has a reinforced frame and super strong wheel support. At around 19.5 pounds, it’s slightly heavier than most walkers, and might not fit through narrow doors.

The 8” wheels are rubber so they grip well and shouldn't scratch your hardwood floors or scrape up your tile. This model has an ergonomic backrest plus a 15”, high-density foam padded seat, so you’ll have a smooth and comfortable ride.

Comodità Spazio Extra Wide Heavy-Duty Bariatric Rolling Walker -...
  • Cup Holder and Cane Holder included.Weight capacity of 440 lb. Built with reinforced frames and wheel support for increased safety, which makes this model approx. 2 lb heavier than similar models. Make sure you can comfortably handle a 20.5 lb walker before purchasing.
  • Extra wide space between rear wheels to help avoid tripping and falling. THIS WALKER IS WIDER THAN REGULAR WALKERS, AND WILL NOT GO THROUGH DOORS THAT ARE LESS THAN 30" wide.
  • Extra-large 8"wheels with rubber tires provide superior grip when brakes are applied, even on smooth surfaces such as tile and hardwood.
  • Adjustable handle height with handbrake locks. RECOMMENDED USER'S HEIGHT: 5'4" to 6'2". Seat Height from floor: 22".
  • Ergonomic backrest and padded 19" extra wide nylon seat ( 20" between handles ) WITH HIGH DENSITY FOAM THAT PROVIDES MORE COMFORT AND SUPPORT.

Last update on 2020-09-18.

Narrow Walkers

The Able Life Space Saver is our choice because it’s so light-weight and can fit into tight spaces.

You'll need a narrow walker for fitting through smaller spaces. These are typically lighter than the other types and make it easier to move them around.

Read our guide on narrow walkers for seniors for more information.

Able Life Space Saver Walker, Lightweight Folding 2 Wheel Rolling...
  • FOLDABLE COMPACT WALKER: The Able Life Space Saver Walker folds 4 times smaller than average walkers and rollators making this walker portable and easy to store; easily collapse the walker like an umbrella stroller with the touch of a finger, making it easy to stash in your car, shopping cart, or overhead airplane compartment
  • TRAVEL FRIENDLY: Easily use the Space Saver Walker when traveling, running errands, or getting around the house; the lightweight, 8 pound frame is easy to load and unload from a vehicle but sturdy enough to safely support up to 400 pounds; regain independence with this compact, two wheel walker
  • NO ASSEMBLY REQUIRED: The Space Saver Walker is pre-assembled making it ready to use when you pull it out of the box; the height of the padded handles can be adjusted from 32 to 38 inches from the floor; please adjust the handle height to match the height of your wrist when your arm is extended down
  • FIXED FRONT WHEELS: The 6-inch fixed wheels provide stability and security when walking with the Space Saver Walker; the rear easy-glide skis provide ease of movement indoors and outside; customize your walker with our front organizer pouch or a set of locking swivel wheels
  • NARROW AND STYLISH DESIGN: Measuring 24 inches wide and 24 inches deep when open, maneuver through tight spaces with the low-profile Space Saver Walker; when folded, the walker is self-standing and has a compact footprint measuring 5 by 7 inches; available in 3 fun, expressive color choices to fit your personality and lifestyle

Last update on 2020-09-17.

3 Wheel Walkers

Based on our research, the Carex is great because it’s lightweight and maneuverable.

These types are very maneuverable and fast due to their triangular shape. Check out our guide on 3 wheel walkers to learn more.

Carex 3 Wheel Walker for Seniors, Foldable, Rollator Walker with Three...
  • Contains (1) Carex Trio Rolling Walker, three-wheeled rolling walker for seniors. Lightweight, foldable & compact for easy maneuverability in tight spaces. Collapses quickly for storage & transport. Large storage bag & height adjustable handles. 7" wheels with locking brakes, one of the leading walkers in the category.
  • This lightweight, folding, three-wheeled walker is easy to maneuver for increased mobility in narrow spaces. It goes where you go with its quick-collapse system for easy storage & transport. 3 wheeled rollators are much more maneuverable, but are really not intended for people who need full support or side to side balance issues
  • The Carex Trio Rolling Walker includes a large storage bag with pockets for ID cards and cell phone. Transport yourself and your accessories with ease as you cruise through your day. It folds neatly and is a great choice for the elderly or handicap.
  • With height adjustable handles, the Carex Trio Rolling Walker is easy to customize for an ideal comfort level. The 7" wheels with locking brakes mean you get the support you need whether standing still or rolling smoothly along. Quick tool-free assembly
  • Wheels material: PVC

Last update on 2020-09-17.

Walker Wheelchair Combination

The Drive Medical Duet Dual Transport is our pick because of its ease of use and overall durability.

Read our guide on walker wheel chair combos to discover more.

Drive Medical Duet Transport Wheelchair Rollator Walker, Black
  • Combines the features of a Rollator and transport chair in one unit
  • Locking flip up armrests and flip down footrest are used in transport chair mode and are easily removed and stowed away in Rollator mode
  • Tool free, two position contoured padded backrest with a comfortable padded seat and carry pouch for added privacy and security of personal items
  • Folding frame with lock out feature to ensure the unit stays open while in use and ensures the unit will stay folded during transport. 8 inch casters are ideal for indoor and outdoor use
  • Product Weight: 20 lbs; Overall Dimensions: 26"(L) x 25.5"(W) x 37"(H); Seat Dimensions: 13"(D) x 13.5"(W) x 21"(H); Handle Height: 31.5" 37"; Weight Capacity: 300 lbs

Last update on 2020-09-17.

Accessories

For those who want all the trimmings, or at least a few, you’ll find there’s a wide array of extra accessories you can get with a walker.

Padded Seat

Who can get enough padding? If you like to sit in the lap of luxury, you’ll be happy to know that this padded seat can be added on to most walker seats for optimal comfort. It’s made of high-quality poly-foam and has a removable zipper cover.

DMI Seat Cushion for Wheelchairs, Mobility Scooters, Office and...
  • Easily add support, comfort, and height to any chair
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Eligible
  • Reduce pressure on your back and tailbone as the cushion conforms to your natural body contours
  • Lightweight seat cushion includes removable poly/cotton machine washable cover
  • Durable cushion is made of high density foam that will not crack or crumble

Last update on 2020-09-18.

Basket

It’s a lot easier and safer to walk behind your walker when you aren’t carrying anything. The Drive Medical Walker Basket is constructed of sturdy wire so that it won’t easily break. There’s a plastic insert tray, and cup holder included.

Drive Medical Walker Basket, White, with Plastic Cup Holder
  • Includes plastic insert tray with cup holder
  • For use with all 1" folding walkers
  • Easily attaches to walker
  • Great storage solution for your walker
  • The dimensions are 16 x 5.8 x 7 inches

Last update on 2020-09-18.

Drink Holder

You need to take a drink with you when you walk. This cup holder conveniently fits onto almost any walker so you can carry a bottled or canned drink or even your special cup or glass.

Drive Medical Universal Cup Holder, Black
  • Easily attaches to keep a drink nearby when using wheeled walkers, Rollators, transport chairs/wheelchairs
  • Swivels to keep contents level
  • Fits products with tubing diameter from 5/8" to 1"
  • Constructed of durable, lightweight plastic
  • Product Diameter: 3"

Last update on 2020-09-18.

Seat Cover

This seat cover adds fashion flair to your “ride.” Not only does it add some style, but it also protects your seat and backrest from spills, dirt, and dust.

Crutcheze Butterfly Rollator Walker Seat and Backrest Covers - Unique...
  • FASHION FUNctional form fitting covers protect seat and backrest from daily wear, tear and sun damage.
  • MADE IN USA from the finest stretch performance materials that are resistant to dirt and body oils. Washable. Latex free.
  • Set contains one seat cover and one backrest cover. Rollator walker and bag NOT included.
  • EASY TO APPLY - Stretch covers over seat and backrest. Attach for instant fit.
  • 60 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE! Does not fit Bariatric Rollators.

Last update on 2020-09-18.

Organizer Tote

If you like to take your “stuff” wherever you go, here’s a great solution - this tote bag not only stores things, it organizes them so you can find what you’re looking for when you need it.

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Vive Rollator Bag - Universal Travel Tote for Carrying Accessories on...
  • FITS ANY STYLE ROLLATOR, WALKER OR WHEELCHAIR: Quickly and easily secure the durable rollator bag on any style rollator, walker, wheelchair or transport chair with two adjustable fastener straps. A padded shoulder strap is also included as a convenient alternative for caregivers or loved ones. The large rollator bag measures 12” wide by 12” high by 4.5” deep.
  • HANDS FREE STORAGE: Walker tote provides plenty of storage for everyday life or travel. The front of the tote bag has three convenient outer pockets providing easy access to everyday items such as drinks and snacks, glasses, electronic devices and more. Two mesh pockets are located on the back of the rollator bag for additional storage. The large zippered interior bag easily holds a purse, a change of clothes, or necessary medical supplies.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT AND WATERPROOF: Constructed with a durable, lightweight nylon material, the rollator bag features double-stitched seams to remain sturdy with extensive use. The durable bag is also water resistant to keep contents safe and dry. A large, easy to use o-ring zipper pull allows the contents to be accessed quickly and easily.
  • MACHINE WASHABLE: Sturdy nylon material is machine washable for added convenience. For best results, machine wash in cold water and allow the bag to air dry.
  • VIVE GUARANTEE: 60 day unconditional guarantee so you can purchase now with confidence.

Last update on 2020-09-18.

Talking the Walk

Finding the best mobility aid can be a daunting task. It’s not that variety is lacking. It’s the fact that there are so many to choose from; the process can be confusing and downright exhausting.

From sleek and stylish designs with top-of-the-line, premium materials to hardy reinforced frames that can handle the extra weight and bumpy terrains, you are sure to find the ideal walker out there.

You have to know what you are looking for, especially since there are so many choices.

Facing the facts, nobody wants to be on a rollator If we had things our way, we’d stay mobile (and young) forever. But, life isn’t perfect and eventually, most people who are fortunate to live long enough will need some help getting around.

Luckily, those who do require one now have incredibly impressive options. What’s important is that we all get where we are going, by whatever means we can, and that along the way, we enjoy the ride!

A Little Background on the Author

I’m not that old - just the right age to be a grandma, but young enough to rock and I don’t mean in a rocking chair. I’m not even a senior yet.

It all began when I worked about 14 hours a day. I wrote books and had a full-time freelance writing business plus cleaned houses and businesses on the side. I also had a job as a kennel technician at a local rural veterinary clinic.

I slept in shifts and spent time with my young grandkids as often as possible. Oh, my dog made sure I took him on long walks every day.

One day while on my way to clean a vast house nestled in the mountains near Telluride, Colorado, my heart began to flutter. Then, it started to race. I completed a 5-hour clean and still...my pulse was pounding.

After 8 hours or so, I was back to normal...except for one thing. I was limping. I was falling. For someone who used to be a gymnast, it was entirely out of character and was unsettling.

The Diagnosis

I went to a chiropractor only to find out the issue was with my gait. I took MRIs. My results showed I did not have a stroke (I still wonder about that diagnosis). I had what is called “Spinal Stenosis” but with complications.

The doctors told me the nerves in my spine were in the process of being strangled by calcification, and the damage was permanent.

Five years later, I still walk with quite a limp. I fall sometimes. I’m still not a senior, but I have a condition that is indeed consistent with one. I don’t walk with a walker, yet.

Six years ago, I would not have paid much attention to what walkers have to offer. Now I do. I’ll put off using a walker as long as I realistically can.

You may be doing the same or may have in the past. The bright side is that when that day comes, and most likely it will, there will be a fabulous walker waiting with all the bells and whistles.

Life is a journey, and I intend to take in all the beauty of it, even if it’s with a mobility aid.


References:

1. Mobility Awareness Month study, https://www.nmeda.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/NMAM-Statistics.pdf

Cheryl Jerabek


Cheryl Jerabek lives in a tiny remote town in Southwestern Colorado. She writes full-time from her cabin nestled in the mountains. She often expresses how lucky she feels to be able to do what she loves from a setting that looks like a postcard. When she’s not writing, Cheryl loves hanging out with her husband and two grown children, her dog, Joe, and adores spending time with her three grandchildren.