Standard and two-wheeled walkers don’t need brakes, as the wheel-less legs provide ample stability.
Four-wheeled walkers, on the other hand, require brakes for stability. In addition, the brakes prevent the walker from rolling away when the user travels downhill.
Many people find that a walker helps them gain or maintain independence. For instance, a handicapped person might be able to visit the grocery store alone with a walker in tow. A basket proves invaluable in a case like this, as groceries and other items can be stored inside it.
That said, a person who intends to use the walker primarily at home might not need or want a basket.
Some walkers have seats. This feature allows the user to stop and catch his/her breath as needed.
Most of the time, it’s only four-wheeled walkers that have seats.
If you shop around, however, you may be able to find a standard or two-wheeled walker with a seat.
The weight of your walker matters if it’s a standard model, as you must be able to fully lift it off the ground. If you’re buying a standard walker, make sure it’s not too heavy for you to lift.
Weight matters slightly less if you have a wheeled walker, but you still might want to be able to lift it up your front step or into the trunk of a car.
Weight limit refers to the amount of weight that the walker is designed to support. The majority of walkers we’ve researched tend to have a weight limit somewhere in range of 250 to 300 pounds. If your weight exceeds this, you may need to look for a specialist walker designed for heavier people.
Most walkers allow you to adjust for your height. After all, you don’t want to have to stoop over your walker. We advise against buying any walker that’s not adjustable for height.
Some walkers fold and others don’t.
As a potential buyer, you must decide if having a foldable walker is important to you.
If you plan to store your walker in a small space or take it in the car for family trips, we recommend a product that folds down to a smaller size.