Best Walkers For The Elderly - A Quick Guide

Confused about which is the best rollator 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.

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.

elderly woman in laundry room

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.

These are good for those who need the extra stability that a rollator can provide and for seniors that may need a convenient place to sit down.

For a more detailed breakdown, see our guide on the best walkers with seats.

Drive Medical Four Wheel Walker Rollator with Fold Up Removable Back...
8,743 Reviews
Drive Medical Four Wheel Walker Rollator with Fold Up Removable Back...
  • 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 (D) x 12 Inch (W) x 21 Inch (H); Weight Capacity: 300 lbs

Last update on 2020-02-20.

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 Wheeled Walker,...
801 Reviews
Able Life Space Saver Walker, Lightweight Folding 2 Wheeled Walker,...
  • 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 wheeled walker
  • HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE: Customize the Space Saver Walker to your individual comfort and height; the padded handles can be adjusted from 32 to 38 inches from the floor, making the walker compatible with a variety of heights; 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 2020-02-20.

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...
633 Reviews
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
  • The three wheel rollator features one wheel in the front and two wheels in the back. This adult walker is perfect for senior members of the family who still want their independence.

Last update on 2020-02-20.

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
1,305 Reviews
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 2020-02-20.

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