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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.

Overview

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
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Summary

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.

Features

  • 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.

Manoeuvrability

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.

Seat

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.

Wheels

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.

Brakes

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!

Storage

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″

Conclusion

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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33 Comments

  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.

        Regards
        Jim

  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,

      Jim

  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!

      Jim

  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,

      Jim

  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,

      Jim

      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
        Linda

        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!

      Regards
      Jim

      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.

      Regards
      Jim

    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.

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