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After scouring the field for the best upright walkers for seniors in every price range, we narrowed it down to four 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.
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Upright walkers have been gaining in popularity with seniors in recent years, thanks in part to being seen on TV and their unique design that improves your posture while taking pressure off your wrists, back, knees, and ankles.
Many people find they feel safer and more stable while using an upright forearm walker compared to a traditional walker or rollator. This can help eliminate the fear of falling, 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.
Our Upright Walker Review Winners
Here are our top picks for the best upright walkers on the market right now:
|ELENKER Upright Walker||Best Value||See It|
|UPWalker Original Upright Walker||Most Sturdy||See It|
|UPWalker Lite||Best Lightweight||See It|
|BEYOUR WALKER Upright Rollator||Good Value||See It|
Check out our more detailed reviews on each of these products below…
Stand Up Straight Walker Reviews
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 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 transport and storage. 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 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 for around the house.
- Handles adjust from 38-43″ making it suitable for most average height people.
- Weight capacity up to 300 LBS.
- Lightweight at just 18.5 LBS makes it easy to transport.
- Folds easily for transport with one hand by pulling up on the seat handle.
- Large 8″ wheels suitable for most indoor and outdoor surfaces.
- Includes storage bag for safe keeping of personal items.
- Dual braking system – pull to apply the brakes, push to lock them.
What could be improved:
- 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
Read Our Full Review: Elenker Upright Walker Review.
The UPWalker is the original upright walker as seen on tv, designed by Lifewalker to improve your posture and reduce pain in your hands, wrists, back, legs, and joints.
The first thing you notice when the UPWalker arrives is just how solid and well-made it is. This was made for people who need maximum support and the ability to put a lot of your weight on the walker. It feels extremely sturdy whether you’re sitting, standing, or walking.
Lifewalker’s UPWalker is available in three sizes (small, medium, large) and each unit has adjustable height arm rests. This allows you to get an extremely good fit no matter what your height or physical dimensions. The weight limits can be a little confusing so Amazon has a handy size chart to help you find the perfect size for you.
It comes standard with a large storage bag, comfy seat with backrest, and cup holder.
Why we love it:
- Extremely stable and confidence-inspiring when walking.
- Supports up to 350lbs. (Depending on which size you get.)
- Arrives fully assembled and ready to use.
- Brake cables are hidden in the walker’s tubing to reduce chance of catching on objects.
- “Sit-to-stand” handles make standing up from a seated position a breeze.
- Large 8-inch rubber wheels roll smoothly on most surfaces.
- Three sizes available each with adjustable arm rests to get your perfect fit.
- Comes with three free accessories — personal item bag, cup holder, and seat backrest.
What could be improved:
- Large size makes it difficult to maneuver in tight spaces.
- Rather heavy at 23 LBS which makes it not ideal to travel with.
- More expensive than other options.
Read Our Full Review: UPWalker Review.
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 wheels on the front, and smaller 5.75-inch wheels on the back, 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.
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!
What could be improved:
- Only comes in one size so not suitable for everyone.
- Still rather expensive compared to the competition.
- It’s a new product so we’re still waiting for user reviews to come in.
Read Our Full Review: UPWalker Lite Review.
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 8-inch wheels at all four corners, dual locking brakes, easy folding action, a comfortable seat, 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.
Why we love it:
- Excellent value for money.
- 300 LBS weight capacity.
- Folds up with one hand by pulling up on the seat rope.
- Handles adjust from 38″-43″ so it will fit most people up to approximately 6′.
- Weighs 18.5 LBS making it light enough for most seniors to lift.
- Large 8″ wheels on all four corners.
- Dual braking system — pull to apply the brakes and push forward to lock the park brake.
- Built-in cane / umbrella holder.
- Comes with a large storage bag for personal items.
What could be improved:
- Below average performance on outdoor terrain.
- Must be assembled when you first get it.
- Seat doesn’t have a proper back rest, just a small strap.
Upright Walker Buying Guide
With so many products on the market it can be difficult to pick a good 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 centre of gravity is higher than with a traditional walker. This means you need a 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 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.
Good Forearm Support
A walker with arm support will get little use if the arm rests are uncomfortable or poorly positioned. Pay attention to the material used in the padding of the arm rests, 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 and that it will fit where you need to store it while on the move.
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.
There you have it, countless hours of research summed up in one exciting post. We picked the Elenker Euro Style Upright Walker as our overall winner, however we stand behind any one of the products that made our top four here in this review. They are all quality products from reputable manufacturers, and each has earned solid reviews online. The right choice for you will largely be determined by your budget, height, weight, and design preferences.