Once you’ve determined that using a walker will be beneficial for your loved one- whether as a temporary or permanent aid- it’s time to find the walker that will work best for them. ConsumerSearch used various customer reports to determine the two most comfortable and reliable models available: the Nova Cruiser Deluxe 4202 and the Hugo 007-010 Adjustable folding Walker.
Nova Cruiser Deluxe 4202
Despite being slightly heavier than some of it’s competitors, this Nova Cruiser Deluxe 4202 is a plush rolling walker (also called a rollator) narrow enough to fit through bathroom doors. Its 8-inch wheels provide smooth maneuverability on all surfaces, including grass, gravel, and even snow. Braking is smooth and easy, even for users with small hands. The curved, padded backrest flips up, and the whole walker is easy to fold to a 10-inch depth once the front shopping basket is removed. There are many accessories available, and Nova earns high marks for superior customer service and a strong warranty — important since all walkers have parts that wear. Assembly is tool-free.
Hugo 007-010 Adjustable Folding Walker
The Hugo 007-010 Adjustable Folding Walker’s basic folding frame walker lacks a seat, but is light, folds compactly and, unlike most walkers, is narrow enough at 20 inches to fit through doorways, even with the optional front wheels attached. Both wheels and standard legs are included, so they can be switched out as needed. Storage pouches on the side include a drink holder. Height is adjustable from 31 to 37 inches to fit most users, but the overall inside width might be too small for some. Assembly is also tool-free, and the frame carries a limited lifetime warranty.
It is important to find the walker with the right fit, size, weight, and comfort level for your parent and their specific needs. Consult with a physician before making any purchase or use the Mayo Clinic’s guide on tips for choosing and using a walker.