Until recently, crutches were the go-to device for people recovering from ankle, leg or foot injuries. Now, knee walkers – which look a lot like a kids scooter – are helping people get around without the inconvenience of hopping around on uncomfortable crutches.
For the elderly and disabled (who have difficulty using crutches), a rolling knee walker is a great alternative.
There are a variety of knee scooters and rollers available on the market. The right one for you will depend on where you’re going, your weight and your needs. We’re going to take an in-depth look at some of the top models on the market to help you find the right one for you.
1. KneeRover Steerable Knee Scooter
The steering function and handlebars provide stability and control, and allows you to maneuver through tight spaces with ease.
This steerable scooter can be used indoors or outdoors, and features four 7.5” rubber wheels. The contoured platform is 3.5” thick for added comfort, and is compatible with either the right or left leg.
A free basket is included, so you can carry essential items with ease. The basket’s dimensions are 8.5” x 11” x 8”, which provides you with plenty of storage space.
A dual-bar frame adds to the durability and stability of this scooter, and the rear disc brake gives you more control.
A quick-folding mechanism makes it easy to fold up this scooter for storage and transport. This scooter is also lightweight at just 22 pounds.
Both the handlebars and the knee rest are adjustable for users between 5’ and 6’6” tall. This model also features a 300-pound capacity.
If you’re looking for a sturdy scooter with convenient storage, the KneeRover steerable model is a great option.
- Easy to transport
- Includes a basket for storage
- Sturdy and stable
- Steering gives you more control
- High weight limit accommodates most users
- Folds up for easy storage
- A little unstable on rough surfaces
2. Drive Medical DV8
The DV8 is a great alternative to crutches if you’re recovering from a break, foot surgery, amputation, sprain, or ulcer of the foot. Like the KneeRover model above, this scooter is easily steerable using the handlebars.
The contoured knee pad makes the scooter more comfortable to use, but also helps add stability. The pad features a channel in the center for supreme comfort.
The seat height and handlebars are both adjustable, so you can find the right height for you. Both heights are easily adjusted without tools. The steering column also folds down for easy transport and storage.
Hand operated brakes make it easy to stop on a dime to provide you with more control. Push button brake locks are also included, so you can park your scooter when necessary.
The dual-brake system and 8” wheels make this scooter great for both indoor and outdoor use.
The only real drawback with this scooter is that it does not include a basket. Although this does not affect the scooter’s performance, having a basket can be convenient and provide you with much-needed storage.
The DV8 also boasts a maximum weight capacity of 300 pounds, so it can accommodate most users with ease. And with a light weight of 24.8 pounds, this knee roller is easy to transport.
- Folds up for easy transport and storage
- Advanced brake system for added control
- Height adjustable pad and handlebars allow for a customized fit
- Parking brakes
- No storage basket included
3. Deluxe Steerable Knee Walker by KneeRover
The Deluxe Steerable kneeling scooter from KneeRover is marketed as one of the most advanced scooters on the market. Part of what makes this scooter such a great option is the fact that it’s extra sturdy and provides maximum control.
What makes this scooter so advanced? It features an advanced automobile-style tie-rod mechanism – something you won’t find on most knee scooters. It also boasts an adjustable handbrake that’s lockable.
The KneeCycle comes equipped with four 7.5” wheels that are non-marking. The 3.5” thick knee pad is contoured and designed for maximum comfort. Compatible with either the right or left leg, this scooter also comes equipped with a free basket.
Both the knee platform and the handlebars are adjustable, so you can find the ideal height for you. The handlebar can be adjusted between 37” and 45,” while the knee support can be adjusted between 17” and 22.5” tall.
The knee pad is contoured for added comfort, and the handlebars have ergonomic rubber grips for easy steering.
The KneeCycle also has a removable front axle and handlebars, and features a quick folding mechanism for easy transport.
This model features a 300-pound weight capacity, and can accommodate users between 5’ and 6’5” tall.
- Advanced steering system
- Adjustable hand brakes
- High weight capacity
- Folds up for easy storage and transport
- Adjustable heights for the knee pad and handlebars
- Indoor and outdoor use
- Difficult assembly
4. All Terrain KneeRover Heavy Duty
With 12” pneumatic tires, this scooter can maneuver just about any type of outdoor terrain, from grass to dirt, gravel and difficult sidewalks. This scooter can even be used on easy walking trails, so you can enjoy nature as you recover.
Like the KneeCycle, this model also features a tie-rod steering system as well as an adjustable hand brake system. Most knee scooters don’t have such an advanced steering system.
The height of the knee pad and handlebars are both adjustable, which allows you to find a comfortable height.
A folding mechanism is also built-in for easy storage and transport. Despite its large wheels, this scooter is relatively lightweight at just 27 pounds.
The double-bar construction of this scooter offers maximum strength and durability, so you gain control and stability. A free basket is also included, so you can bring essential items with you on the go.
The All Terrain scooter boasts a 300-pound weight limit, and can accommodate users between 5’ and 6’5”.
- Large tires can maneuver outdoor terrain with ease
- Convenient storage basket
- Adjustable pad and handlebar height
- Folds up for easy storage
- Balancing requires a little practice
If you’re recovering from a leg, ankle or knee injury, a knee wheeler is a great alternative to crutches, which can be awkward and difficult to use. The narrow body allows you to maneuver tight spaces with ease, and the wheels allow for better mobility both indoors and outdoors. No matter your budget or lifestyle, you’re sure to find a model that fits your needs on our list above.