Elenker Upright Walker Review

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Is This The Best-Value Upright Walker
With A Seat For Seniors?

The Elenker Upright Walker

Our Rating:

Price: (Click here to check price on Amazon.)
Pros:  Great value. Fairly lightweight. Small and easy to manoeuvre. Three colours available.
Cons:  Not suitable for people over 6′. Uncomfortable seat.
Best For: You want a budget-friendly upright walker complete with seat and storage.
Related: Best Upright Walkers of 2020

In a hurry or don’t feel like reading? The Euro Style upright walker from Elenker earned the title of Best Overall Upright Walker in our review of the top upright walkers due to it’s relatively light weight, ease of use, and lowest price in the category. Click here to check it out on Amazon.


The Elenker Euro Style Upright Walker claimed top honours in our “best of” comparison, beating out the industry-leading UPWalker and UPWalker Lite, mostly thanks to it’s solid overall performance and significantly lower price. While the UPWalker’s might both technically be slightly better products, the question is are they worth more than two times the price of the Elenker? Perhaps for some people, but overall we think the Elenker is the better choice for most. As such, this is our go-to if you want an upright walker that does the job well and won’t cost an arm and a leg.

Elenker Euro Style Upright Walker
  • Value
  • Build Quality
  • Performance
  • Design
  • Weight


A budget upright walker offering the same basic features as competitors costing two to three times as much, the Elenker Upright Walker is light, easy to use, and is great value for money.


  • Weight Capacity: 300 lbs
  • Product Weight: 18.5 lbs
  • Handle Height Adjustment: 38″ – 43″
  • Approximate User Height: 5′ – 6′
  • Overall Width: 24″
  • Overall Length: 28″
  • Width Between Handles: 18″
  • Storage Bag Dimensions: 18″W x 4″D x 10″H
  • Seat Height: 20″
  • Seat Dimensions: 18″W x 10″L
  • Wheel Size: 8″
  • Folded Dimensions: 28″L x 38″H x 12″W

Our Analysis

Elenker entered into the mobility market fairly recently in 2017. Since then they have released a number of well-regarded and highly-rated rollators and knee-walkers. Their Euro-Style Upright Walker is the newest product in the lineup and it’s already getting lots of positive reviews from customers. In fact it was one of our readers who bought one and liked it so much they brought it to our attention and suggested we take a look at it.

Design & Style

Frankly there’s not too much to say about the design of the Elenker. It’s about as standard looking as you can get for an upright rollator. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just a simple design focused more on function than form. The main part of the frame is constructed from aluminum tubes connected with a black aluminum “X” style cross brace that connects the two sides of the walker and provides the hinge for folding the unit. The extendable forearm rests are mounted on silver aluminum tubes. Exposed brake cables, chunky arm rests, black plastic knobs, and nylon seat and storage bag complete the look. It certainly won’t win any awards for it’s design aesthetic but it’s simple and functional and is available in your choice of three colours; red, white, or silver.

On The Road

The Elenker Upright Walker performs well indoors thanks to it’s smooth-rolling 8-inch wheels and easy to manoeuvre lightweight frame. Floorboards, tiles, and carpet are all handled with ease, as are the transitions and little bumps between surfaces. One of our testers did find the position of the seat when you are walking a touch too close to their knees, so when you are first getting used to the walker you might lightly bump your knee into the soft fabric seat until you adjust your gait. However our other two testers did not mention this as an issue so this is likely down to the individual.

Outdoors the Elenker works well on flat and smooth surfaces such as sidewalks, carparks, and around the mall. Firm grass and compact dirt are also not a problem. Obstacles such as small cracks in the pavement and little pebbles were easily overcome and the Elenker made short work of them. However while the manufacturer says the wheels are “multi-terrain” this is really not an all-terrain walker. When the road gets bumpy, the grass gets soft, or the obstacles get larger, the Elenker will start to bog down a bit. To be fair, this is a fairly common issue with most upright walkers because they are really not designed for this type of use.


The Elenker Upright handles swiftly and is a breeze to walk around the house. Navigating through doorways, halls, and around furniture is quite easy thanks to it’s relatively light weight and it’s fairly small footprint. To put things in perspective, it weighs just 18.5 pounds, which is 3-pounds heaver than the UPWalker Lite, but 4.5-pounds lighter than the original UPWalker. And it measures 24-inches wide and 28-inches long, which is about an inch shorter and narrower than the UPWalker Lite, and significantly smaller than the original UPWalker. So manoeuvrability-wise it’s right up there with the more expensive models.

Weight & Folded Size

Hitting the scales at 18.5-pounds the Elenker Upright Walker is right around the average weight for a rollator. Most seniors and elderly people will have no trouble using a walker at this weight for regular day-to-day activities. When folded down for transport or storage the Elenker compresses to 12-inches wide, which is a little wider than average compared to other products in this category. For comparison, the UPWalker Lite folds to 8.5-inches wide and the original UPWalker folds to 11-inches wide. So if ease of transport is a high priority for you then the UPWalker Lite is probably a better fit due to it’s lighter weight and smaller folded dimensions.


The Elenker comes fitted with an 18-inch wide by 10-inch deep sling-style seat. On the plus side, there is a seat, and in a pinch it can come in handy if you are tired and there are no other options. Unfortunately the negative side of the seat outweighs the positive as the seat is not the best design and is fairly uncomfortable. Slung between the two upright arm poles, there is little room on either side of the seat because you are wedged in between the frame of the walker. If you do manage to fit in there comfortably then you have the arm rests and strap which get in the way of your upper body, and there’s no back rest to offer support. Finally if you do manage to sit without any of those issues affecting you, getting up can be difficult because there are no sit-to-stand handles and no easy place to use your arms to help you get up.

If the seat is an important factor in your decision and you will be using it on a regular basis then the Elenker might not be a good option for you. You would fare better looking at the UPWalker Lite which comes with the same size seat but is more comfortable, better-engineered, and has sit-to-stand handles.


8-inch wheels adorn the Elenker Upright at all four corners, which is fast becoming the standard on most walkers because it provides a nice balance between handling, smooth rolling, and the ability to glide over most obstacles. These are wrapped in “multi-terrain” tyres that while not suitable for true off-road duties are more than capable of tackling your typical everyday needs.


The Elenker features the same dual-lock loop-style brakes that you find on most walkers. To slow down you pull the brake levers towards you. And to lock the walker you push the levers away from you which activates the park brake. These are fully adjustable so you can get the correct braking force for your size and weight. The brake cables are external which does present a small chance of snagging them on obstacles, although this is fairly uncommon.

Overall we found when using the walker correctly the brakes work well and provide the safety and stability you need.
However the weak point in the braking system is actually the tyres, which will break traction if you push hard enough on the walker. This is not a problem under normal conditions, however on particularly loose or slippery surfaces, or if you’re trying to force the walker to move despite the brakes being on, then keep in mind that you will probably be able to do it!


On the front of the Elenker you’ll find a large nylon storage bag suitable for personal items. The bag measures approximately 18-inches wide by 10-inches tall and 4-inches deep. Plenty of space for your purse, wallet, car keys, and other daily necessities. But it’s not really deep enough to carry any shopping or anything bulky. And the position of the storage bag makes it a little cumbersome to access because you have to open the bag from in front of the walker. It’s not easily accessible from the side you walk on nor from the seated position which is a shame. There is also a built-in cane holder which is a nice touch.

Build Quality

The frame of the Elenker Upright Walker is made of high quality aluminum and is extremely sturdy. Even close to the 300-pound weight limit it showed no signs of flexing or bending. The plastic components do feel a little cheap but they are all very strong and seem like they will last a long time.

What We Liked

  • The price!
  • 300 lbs weight capacity
  • Small, light, and easy to manoeuvre
  • Most of the same features as products costing 2-3X as much
  • Very sturdy and well-built frame
  • Available in red, white, or silver.

What Could Be Improved

  • Seat is not very comfortable
  • Not suitable for people over 6’0″


If you’re looking for the best value upright walker on the market then the Elenker is hard to beat. It’s fairly lightweight, easy to walk with, and has the same basic features as other products in the category costing more than twice as much.

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  1. Mary Ellen Iverson

    Thank you for your articles. I have been prescribed a stand up walker as I am only 68 and legs are strong enough to propel me with a good gait and longer distances outside. But I have muscle, pain, and joint disorders in all parts of my body from neck to toes. Possibly a scooter in my future.

    But I can see how this would improve the pain in my back and arms when using my standard rollator I have now.

    I loved the upwalker lite and comparing anything to it except for the price it would probably be my first choice. I have been researching this for a month and just found your page today. Thank you for your dedication to help us make informed choices

    1. Thanks Mary Ellen, I appreciate the feedback and am glad I could be of assistance.

      If money was no object I too would most likely go with the Upwalker Lite!

      But for those of us on a more limited budget the Elenker is a great option.

      1. Hi Belma

        As mentioned in another comment, the Elenker is manufactured in China which is one of the reasons it’s so competitively priced.


          1. Hi James

            You’ll need to contact Amazon customer service directly and they’ll be able to help you out.


  2. I need a back rest for the upright walker. Or she won’t use it. I’ve tried all accessories. For some reason mine from Ebay didn’t have one

    1. That’s strange Debi! If you bought the walker from Elenker or a legitimate reseller then you should be able to contact them and let them know you didn’t get a back rest with your purchase and they’ll send you one.

  3. I’m looking at getting an upright walker for my 93 old mother who is currently using a standard walker. She has pretty severe hand arthritis, could you comment on how difficult it may be to work the braking system? She uses her current walker somewhat to help her stand up from a sitting position, so I’m thinking she would definitely need to set the brake on a rollator model. Are there any upright walkers on the market that are not a rollator?
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Sue

      If your mother’s hand arthritis is fairly severe then my best guess is she would most likely struggle with the brakes. Perhaps not all the time, but enough that it might be a concern.

      It’s a bit more expensive, but the brakes on the UPWalker Lite are better quality and easier to use, plus it has “sit to stand” handles that your mother might find useful.

      There are one or two standard upright walkers (not rollators) that have recently come on the market, such as this one from Urge Medical. Unfortunately, I’ve not yet had a chance to review this one though so I can’t say much about it.

      Hope that helps,


  4. I love my new elanker upright walker. Where I could only walk a short time with my traditional walker or my cane, I can now walk most of the day. I am now on a cruise and have explored the ship with no pain and I’m looking forward to the shore excursions. Incidentally, I almost wish I worked for Elenker because I could have sold my walker at least seven or eight times yesterday alone.

    1. Hi Norb

      I’m not aware of anyone currently supplying the Elenker via Medicare. You can always check your local area using the Medicare supplier directory located here. Good luck!


  5. Hi Jim, I am over 6’3, and will be needing an upright walker soon. Can you give me some suggestions? or,,,, can I contact Elenker direct or through you, and get a walker custom made for a taller person?

    1. Hi Paul

      You’re in luck, the Upwalker size large is suitable for people up to 6’4″ so should be good for you.

      It’s more expensive than the Elenker but is a very solid piece of kit, and would likely still be less expensive than trying to get something custom made.

      Hope that helps,


  6. I bought my 94 year old dad this Walker for Christmas he complained that it tilts and feels that it pulls him off balance my sister whet over and she too felt something wrong with wheels. Any suggestions

    1. Hi Linda

      If you’re looking an upright walker with more support, then your best option is the Upwalker.

      Unfortunately it is quite a bit more expensive than the Elenker, however it is the best built and most sturdy option available.

      Hope that helps,


      1. This is what we bought. Just sits in garage as it tilts him forward. He was so happy to get it but now we have concerns about it. We think it has a problem.
        Any suggestions it was not a cheap Walker to have this problem

        1. Hmmm it does sound like maybe there is an issue with the one you received? I would speak with the manufacturer and see if you’re able to get a replacement so you can rule that out. There’s no point having it just sit in the garage. Good luck!

  7. In the review of the Elenker Upright Walker, it is stated that “UPDATE: The new model has a sliding seat which moves forward for walking and backwards for sitting which should fix this issue.” under the “On the Road” section.

    Do you know if the new model is the one that is currently for sale through either Elenker direct or through Amazon? I tried to contact the company but the customer service agent I spoke with wasn’t familiar with the “sliding seat” feature. I would very much like to buy the new model but I don’t want to rush ahead with my purchase and end up with the older version mistakedly.

    1. Great question Cris. After Elenker’s initial announcement about a new model having a sliding seat they now seem to have removed any reference to it in any of their product listings. I’ve removed that update from my review until I hear back from them.

  8. Thanks Jim for your quick response! I emailed Elenker’s Customer Service about this earlier today. I will let you know if I get a response.

  9. My Mom is 90 with balance issues. She loves to walk but does not want to be stooped over on a regular walker. She is 5’3” and weighs about 200 lbs. Is she better off with the Upright Walker for stability? She has difficulty getting out of a chair. Would she need the standard size or small size?

    Thank you for your help.

    1. Hi Linda

      If you’re after maximum stability then the UPWalker is definitely the best option on the market right now. For someone your mother’s size I would suggest the Standard size. I hope that’s helpful!


      1. Jim,
        Thank you. I just read the
        Upwalker Light allows for 300lbs.
        My Mom is 5’3” and 200lbs.
        Is there any reason to get the regular standard Upwalker instead of the Upwalker Light?

  10. Thank you, Jim. I have one more question regarding the Upwalker for my 90 Year old Mom. Is there any reason to purchase the standard Upwalker instead of the Upwalker Light? I like the idea of the lighter weight. As mentioned, Mom is 5’3” and around 200lbs.

    1. Hi Linda

      The original UPWalker is a little more stable than the new UPWalker Lite — that’s really the main advantage so I recommend it for people who want maximum stability. However that stability comes at the cost of being larger, heavier, and a little more expensive than the Lite model. Because your mom is not particularly tall I would say the UPWalker Lite would be stable enough for her, and a little easier to manoeuvre as well.

      Either way you go they are both really great walkers.


    1. Hi Jul – the Elenker is a manufactured in China which is one of the main reasons it’s priced so inexpensively.

        1. That’s fair enough Jul, good on you for supporting local manufacturers. In the upright walker category both the UPWalker and UPWalker Lite are designed and developed in the USA, but manufactured in China. From my research the rest are all designed and manufactured overseas.

  11. Sharon McDonald

    Thanks for doing this comprehensive comparison. I have one of the original UpWalkers and I love it! I feel like I’m flying and can even lap a slow walker on an indoor track. (Ok – they are also reading a paper book.) But the thing that has me looking into other walkers is transporting it around with me. I have a Subaru Impreza that I really love because it’s low to the ground and handles like a dream. It has what I’m sure is standard cargo space – I have the so-called 5 door so it’s a hatch back, essentially.
    When I fold up my walker, arms down as far as they’ll go, pulled together as close as they can be and velcroed tight, it’s really hard (feels like impossible) to fit it into the car with the back seats up. It probably can be done but by someone stronger than I. If I fold one of the back seats down, I can get it in but I still have the problem that it’s incredibly heavy. When my walk has really tired me out, I just fold it up an then roll (shove) it into the backseat passenger foot wells. That’s pretty easy to do because it’s not as high a lift.
    It annoys me that I’m basically driving a two passenger (and one dog) car! When I go out of town to visit my kids, I have to take a ginormous oxygen concentrator so the back of my car looks like that of a traveling medical supply salesperson.
    I’m thinking that none of the lighter walkers have enough features to make them fold up better. The UpWalker’s handles can be set at straight up to angled down 45 degrees for a less “confrontational” look, AND lowers their profile from 6 inches to zero. I’m thinking about buying some portable ramps that would remove the heavy lifting when I want to use the back of the car.
    My kids don’t seem to understand the problem nor why it bugs me so much. Mostly I hate the heavy lift but I’m not crazy about snow and slush all over what someday might be a passenger seat.
    You seem to be a thoughtful guy – got any ideas off the top of your head?
    Sharon McDonald
    PS There is one other thing I’m not crazy about and had me looking at new walkers. The UpWalker really needs to be used on relatively perfect surfaces. It catches on little sidewalk imperfections, it sucks on grass and I have to straight up carry it over uneven dirt or construction debris. I use it now on a University indoor track but it’s been closed for 3 months due to COVID. So, I’m hitting the pavement. The little old school rollator did “offroad” like a champ – snow, ice, you name it and I could roll that puppy right over it. Not so the the UpWalker. I was hoping that issue was specific to the UpWalker but it sounds like it has to with the design as I saw references to that issue in the comments. Am I right?

    1. Hi Sharon

      You are too funny — I bet you’d lap them whether they were reading a book or not!

      None of the upright walkers on the market right now are particularly well suited to travel. They’re either simply too large overall (like the UPWalker) or a bit clunky to fold down (most of the other models) that it’s not really a pleasant experience. Certainly doable, just not as quick and easy as with a traditional rollator.

      The UPWalker Lite is the best of the bunch when it comes to transportability. It’s about the same size as the Elenker here but a little lighter, smoother folding, and has internal brake cables that won’t get caught on anything.

      Yes the higher centre of gravity doesn’t make upright walkers ideal for bumpy terrain. In my experience the original UPWalker is actually the best performer when it comes to outdoors and uneven surfaces, because the wider and longer wheelbase gives you a more stable platform than it’s smaller counterparts.


  12. I am 86, have Parkinson (diagnosed in 2011), scolisos and osteoprosos of the right hip. I walk about 1-1/2 to 2 hrs a day with my Nitro walker which works great on uneven surfaces, and enables me to take long steps (important for Parkinson), but causes me to bend over (one of my Parkinson symptoms when I walk without my walker). I use the walker to relieve pain in my left leg when I walk more than about 50 yards. Do you recommend that I get an upright walker? If so what would be your choice if price is not a concern. Thank you.

    1. Hi Allan

      An upright walker will almost certainly enable you to walk without bending over much easier than your current walker. If price is no concern and you just want the best product then the UPWalker is your best bet.

      I’m not sure how long your stride is but most people find they can walk comfortably with a normal gait.

      The main downside to be aware of is your Nitro performs better on uneven surfaces than any of the upright walkers. So you’ll need to take it easy and adjust to the higher centre of gravity.


  13. I just bought an Ellenker rollator to allow me to walk further as I have back pain when I walk without assistance. I am 69, still fairly strong and capable of walking fairly fast but with the back pain I have been limited to walking about 30 minutes. The Rollator seems perfect as it relieves the pressure on my back so I can walk longer. Tried it out for the first time today and was very disappointed that the front wheels shimmy and shake terribly every time I roll across the slightest bump or irregularity. Walking faster seemed to make it happen more often. Have you heard of this issue before and is there anything I can do about it? If there is no fix for this,I will have to return the rollator. Is there any product you can recommend that is good to assist with fast walking? Size doesn’t matter, and I can afford a more expensive model if needed. Thank you!

    1. Hi James

      I’ve not heard of that specific issue but it’s possible it’s a manufacturing fault? The cheaper walkers do tend to have a higher rate of issues like this. If you’re after the best money can buy then I would definitely check out the UPWalker which I reviewed here.


  14. Getting ready to purchase an upright walker, is the Elenker walker advertised for 200.00 reduced from 290.00 an older model. Also, do all of their walkers have padded arm rest? I am 5ft. 3in. so which one would better suit me. Money is an issue.

    1. Hi Ruth

      Yes I believe the $200 Elenker is the original one that we reviewed in this article. They all have padded arm wrests so that won’t be a problem.

      If money is tight then I would go with the original cheaper version of the Elenker. It’s more than capable and good bang for your buck.


  15. Mr Jim Walker, I desperately need some help in finding a replacement part for Elenker upright walker HFK-9223 part needed clamp lever. The item is new and I lost the spacer while I was assembling it. I have search for hours trying to find where I can get this part. I read your reviews and thought you maybe could help me locate the part. Thank you your assistance in this matter

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