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Is This The Best-Value Upright Walker
With A Seat For Seniors?
Price: (Click here to check price on Amazon.)
Pros: Great value. Fairly lightweight. Small and easy to manoeuvre.
Cons: Only one colour (red). 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
Elenker Euro Style Upright Walker
- Build Quality
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
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 red 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 the red colour is quite nice.
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. (UPDATE: The new model has a sliding seat which moves forward for walking and backwards for sitting which should fix this issue.)
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.
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
What Could Be Improved
- Seat is not very comfortable
- Only one colour option
- 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.