Elenker Upright Walker Review

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

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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    james mc crudden

    I was given the Elenker Walker as a Christmas gift . I live in a senior living community and had it put together by our maintenace dept.Since then I have tried to get details concerning it and have sent questions and suggestions concerning the walker and —- this is the most informative But I have not received any thing in response.
    I noted in one of my E-mails
    a discrepancy to wit “you can or can not handle those in the 6ft range.”I hope you can as there is a strong appeal
    with taller residents.If none exists now-there is a suggestion –
    ‘move the arm rest pad and place it on another pad.- this will raise the stance of the user ‘ this may require simple adjustments but I am sure your engineers can make the adjustments.I hope this is practical – both engineering and financially.

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    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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    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.

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      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.


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    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!

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    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.

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      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.


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      Hi Belma

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


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