Why Buy an Upright Walker?
After scouring the field for the best upright walkers for seniors in every price range, we narrowed it down to five products to bring into the lab for an in-depth comparison.
This definitive guide will give you a complete overview and covers everything you need to know to make an informed decision, including what to look for and which options are best.
Upright walkers, also called stand up straight walkers have been gaining in popularity with older adults in recent years. This may be thanks in part to the upright walker as seen on tv and their unique design benefits that promotes better posture while taking pressure off your wrists, back, knees, and ankles.
The natural upright posture that is used with these walkers helps to minimize back pain and encourages a natural gait. Many people find they feel safer and more stable while using an upright forearm walker compared to a traditional walker or rollator walker making them a great mobility aid.
This can help eliminate the fear of falling, enabling you to go longer distances and greatly increasing your daily step count.
When we started researching these “stand up straight walkers” we found there are a lot of products on the market, and some are much better than others. In fact, a few of the walkers with armrests we considered for review were actually quite dangerous because of their poor design and unbalanced weight distribution. We eliminated those from our list and spent time looking closer at the remaining products.
Read on for our reviews and to discover our upright walker top picks.
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The Vive Upright Walker
Our Upright Walker Review Winners
Here are our top picks for the best upright walkers on the market right now:
Upright Walker Reviews
Before writing this review we unboxed and assembled the Vive walker in our testing lab and found that this walker is very easy to assemble. Vive Health has provided a short 2 minute and 4 second video that shows the simple steps to assemble this stand up straight walker.
Vive Upright Walker Easy Assembly Video
To assemble the Vive upright walker, the only tool we needed was a pair of scissors to open the box! After the box was open and the pieces laid out on the floor it took only 5 minutes to assemble.
What we liked:
- Easy to assemble
- Normally we fault upright walkers for having external brake cables because they are a potential tripping hazard. But the Vive Mobility Upright Walker provides velcro straps and clips to keep them safely close to the walker frame.
- A generously sized travel bag comes with the upright walker that can be easily removed. We found that it easy to carry with its padded shoulder strap.
- In our testing we found that the lightweight design and the responsive wheels makes it very easy to maneuver
- The nice price! The Vive upright walker is easy on the budget compared to many other upright walkers.
- Nice seat with “sit to stand” handles to help get back up.
- This Vive upright walker is lightweight weighing less than 25 pounds making it easy to use and transport
- It can safely handle a weight capacity of up to 300 pounds.
- The handles can be adjusted to accommodate people from 5 feet to just over 6 feet tall.
- Comfortable padded armrests
- Cane holder included at no extra charge
- The Vive upright walker is easy to fold by simply pulling up on the seat handle
Vive Upright Walker Video
Elenker burst onto the scene just a couple of years ago and are already making a name for themselves with a number of highly-rated, budget-friendly walkers.
Their Euro Style Upright Walker is another excellent product and it gets our pick as the overall winner in this category thanks to it’s maneuverability, light weight, and competitive price.
(Be Aware: The Elenker is also sold under other brand names such as “The Perfect Walker II”, which costs twice as much even though it’s the same product.)
The Elenker comes standard with large 8-inch wheels, dual locking loop hand brakes, comfortable seat, and storage bag.
It folds up with one hand simply by pulling up on the seat handle and compacts down to a narrow size for easy storage and transport. And at just 18.5 pounds it’s light enough for most elderly people to lift in and out of a car for transport.
With some upright walkers for seniors costing two to three times as much (while offering little extra in terms of features) it’s hard to go past the Elenker as a great budget-friendly choice.
Why we love it:
- Competitively priced and represents great value for money.
- Small and nimble makes it perfect walking aid for around the house.
- Handles adjust from 38-43″ making it suitable for most average height people.
- Weight capacity up to 300 LBS.
- Lightweight walker at just 18.5 LBS makes it easy to transport.
- Folding rollator walker that’s easily transported with one hand by pulling up the seat handle.
- Large 8″ walker wheels suitable for most indoor and outdoor surfaces.
- Includes storage bag for safe keeping of personal items.
- Dual braking system – pull to apply the hand brake, push to lock them.
- Seat might be a little tight if you are close to the 300 LBS weight limit.
- Only available in red. (It’s a nice color but we like to have options!)
- Does not offer quite as much stability as the UPWalker upright walker
If you like the build quality and design features of the original UPWalker but need a walker that’s smaller, lighter, and more maneuverable, then the new
UP Walker Lite might be right for you.
Weighing in at just 15.5 pounds, and with a significantly smaller footprint than the original, the new Lite version of the UPWalker is much easier to lift, move, and transport. If you tried the original and found it too bulky — or are simply worried it might be too large for you to use comfortably — then the UP Walker Lite’s 34% lighter frame will be much better suited.
With large 8-inch front wheels and smaller 5.75-inch rear wheels, the UP Walker Lite is more suited to indoor use. However it will handle smooth flat outdoor surfaces easily enough.
Unfortunately right now it only comes in one size, so you must be between 4’11” and 5’10”, and under 300 LBS, for it to work for you. But if you’re lucky enough to fit these dimensions and can afford it, this is a very well made upright rollator that will give you much greater posture and confidence when walking.
Up Walker Lite
Why we love it:
- Weighs just 15.5 LBS so it’s easy to lift and transport.
- 25″ at the widest point make it easy to maneuver in tight spaces.
- Sit-to-stand handles assist you when standing up.
- Brake cables are tucked away out of sight to reduce risk of getting caught.
- Adjustable handles make it suitable for people from 4’11” to 5’10”.
- Weight capacity of up to 300 LBS.
- Comes with three free accessories — drink holder, backrest support, and personal item carry bag.
- Arrives fully assembled!
- Only comes in one size so not suitable for everyone.
- Still rather expensive compared to the competition.
Stylish Upright Walker For Adults
The Upright Rollator from Beyour Walker is another budget-friendly option that is particularly well built and stylish.
Available in a classy black and white color combo, this is a really well proportioned walker that looks great and gets a lot of questions from passers-by.
You get large 10-inch wheels in the front and 8-inch wheels in the back, dual locking brakes, easy folding action, large storage bag, and adjustable handles.
While nothing about this model is the best in it’s class, everything about it is above average… which makes it a very solid product overall.
What We Liked
- Competitively priced
- Similar features to more expensive upright walkers
- Easy to walk with and maneuvers well
- Solid build quality feels sturdy when walking
- Comes with a cane holder
- Not good for tall people (Over 6′)
- The seat has no sit-to-stand handles to help you get up
- Poor outdoor performance
UPWalker EZ Lite
Are you in search of a game-changing mobility aid that combines comfort, stability, and maneuverability?
Look no further than the UPWalker EZ Lite!
As a smaller and more affordable iteration of the renowned UPWalker Lite, this remarkable device is meticulously designed for both indoor and outdoor use.
The UPWalker EZ Lite is set to elevate your mobility experience to unprecedented heights.
A Personalized Touch: Thoughtful Accessories
The UPWalker EZ Lite comes equipped with a range of thoughtful accessories that further enhance its functionality and convenience.
With a built-in backrest, you can find respite and support whenever needed, allowing you to rest and recharge during extended periods of use.
The personal item bag ensures that your essentials are always within reach, eliminating the need to carry additional bags or burdens.
Additionally, the convenient beverage holder provides a dedicated spot for your favorite refreshment, ensuring hydration is never an afterthought.
In conclusion, the UPWalker EZ Lite sets a new standard for mobility aids, combining unparalleled comfort, stability, and convenience.
With its remarkable maneuverability, lightweight design, customizable height options, and exceptional stability, this device empowers individuals to regain their mobility and independence.
Bid farewell to limitations and embrace a life of newfound freedom with the UPWalker EZ Lite. Upgrade your mobility experience today!
Upright Walker Buying Guide
With so many products on the market it can be difficult to pick the right upright walker simply by looking at pictures online. Often the differences between a great walker and a dangerous one are quite subtle. Here are some of the things we looked at when considering which products to review in-depth.
The most important feature of an upright walker is a design with a stable base, correct weight distribution, and low centre of gravity. Because you rest your forearms on the walker your natural center of gravity is higher than with a traditional walker. This means you need an upright rollator walker with a slightly longer and wider wheelbase to compensate, otherwise you risk tipping the walker over when you hit a bump in the road.
Choosing an upright walker with seat is going to be the right choice for most people. Thanks to the strong yet lightweight materials used to make the seat they add only a very small amount of weight to your rolling walker while greatly increasing it’s functionality.
Make sure you pay attention to the width, depth, and handle position in relation to the seat to ensure you can sit comfortably for extended periods.
“Sit to stand” handles are a very nice to have feature because they give you a solid base to use your arms to help when standing up from the seated position.
Armrests Provide Good Support
An upright walker rollator with arm support will get little use if the arm rests are uncomfortable or poorly positioned. Pay attention to the material used in the padded armrest, good quality foam or rubber goes a long way to adding comfort and will last a long time if cared for properly and cleaned regularly.
Weight & Folded Size
If you plan on traveling with your walker (whether for a quick car ride to the shops or on an international flight) make sure you check the walker’s weight and dimensions when folded. You want to make sure you’re both able to lift the walker rollator and that it will fit where you need to store it while on the move.
How To Fit Yourself For an Upright Walker – infographic
How To Fit Yourself For an Upright Walker
Fitting yourself for an upright walker is a little different to a standard walker because you are standing up straight and resting on your forearms rather than walking with your arms at your sides.
Here’s how to get a perfect fit:
- Make sure you’ve got your regular walking shoes on.
- Stand upright and bend your arms to 90 degrees so they are parallel to the floor.
- Have someone measure from the ground up to your forearm.
- This measurement (in inches) is the correct arm rest height for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will Medicare pay for an upright walker?
Upright walkers are classified as Durable Medical Equipment and are therefore eligible for coverage by Medicare. The same rules apply as for other walkers and rollators. This means the equipment must be deemed medically necessary, be prescribed by a doctor, and be cost effective.
Is the UP Walker covered by Medicare?
Unfortunately in most cases the UPWalker will not be covered by Medicare because it fails the “cost effective” test.
How much does the UPWalker cost?
Prices of the Small, Standard, and Large size UPWalkers vary regularly and usually come with free shipping. It’s best to check the current price and any special offers available at Amazon here.
How much is The Perfect Walker II?
The Perfect Walker II retails for $499, however you can find it sold much cheaper under different brands names such as Elenker.
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