Best Walkers TechnoBuffalo 2020

Walkers give a little extra support to those who need help walking a bit more steady, or to keep weight off of a foot or knee following surgery or an injury. The best walker will have wheels designed for smooth support over uneven ground and easy folding for storage and transport. Here are several different popular walker designs with some that are versatile enough to be used for more than one purpose.

Best overall: Drive Medical 10257BL-1 Four Wheel Walker

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This walker features four, non-skid wheels that lock when you need them and a seat with back support that can be removed. The design of this walker is good for use on uneven terrain, and it folds up for easy storage or transport in a car between destinations. There is a convenient pouch under the seat to keep personal belongings safe and your hand free to use this device.

$61 from Amazon

Best upright walker: ELENKER Upright Walker

This walker has an upright design that helios you walk straight rather than hunched over. The back wheels lock, which is convenient when using the walker's seat and backrest. It collapses using only one hand and folds small enough to store in small spaces. It features arm rests that are used while walking and personal storage back at the front of the walker that is easier to access compared to under-seat pouches.

$230 from Amazon

Best folding walker: Drive Medical 10210-1 Deluxe Two Button Folding Walker

This walker is a step up from a basic design because it features two front wheels to make it easier to use over bumps and uneven ground. There are two buttons on either side of the walker that, when pressed, fold up the waler rather flat so it can be stored in a closet, under a bed, or in a car.

$30 from Amazon

Best knee support walker: KneeRoller Deluxe Steerable Knee Walker

This walker from KneeRoller supports knees, feet, and legs after a break, sprain, or surgery. A good alternative to crutches, this walker features a three-inch-thick padded and contoured platform, four wide wheels for steadying the device, and adjustable handlebars for easy control. There is a basket for keeping personal belongings and a handbrake just in case it's needed.

$160 from Amazon

Best lightweight walker: Goplus Standard Lightweight Walker

This walker is made from aluminum alloy, which makes it lighter and easier to maneuver compared to other standard walkers. It comes with armrests that support you as you walk more upright. They can be removed and the device converts into a more conventional walker for different purposes including toilet support and standing assistance. The walker easily folds up when not in use.

$100 from Amazon

Bottom line

Walkers are designed for both short-term and long-term use with the best being versatile enough to work for a variety of purposes. For example, the Goplus walker has a standard design for walking and assisting in standing. But it can also lock into place to be used as a support rail in the bathroom. It also has armrests that help you walk more upright.

The best walker for most people will be the Drive Medical 10257-1 four wheel walker. This device has four, locking wheels, a padded seat, and back support in case you need to rest. There is a pouch attached under the seat to keep personal belongings. The Drive Medical walker folds down so you can take it with you in a car, or store it out of the way when not in use.

If you've recently had foot surgery or broke a bone, you can forgo the crutches and use the KneeRoller Deluxe knee walker instead. This walker supports your healing foot, leg, or knee while giving you greater mobility. This walker had a handbrake on the handlebars and has large, skid-free wheels that help you glide over uneven floors and rough terrain.

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