Best Walking Frames 2024
When you need a bit more support than what a regular walking stick can provide, you might want to consider start using a walking frame. Walking frames are designed to be used over short to medium distances, and come in various designs, with numerous possible accessories added to them, to accommodate your specific needs.
If this is your first time shopping for a walking frame, the choice might be overwhelming, which is why we've decided to put together this short article that should help you find the right frame for you. When choosing a walking frame, there are a few important things you first need to consider:
- Do you want your walking frame to have wheels?
- Is it important for the frame to be adjustable in height?
- Do you want to be able to fold the walking frame for easier storage when not in use?
- Should your walking frame come with comfortable forearm platforms?
- Do you need a bariatric walking frame?
Once you have those answers, finding the ideal walking frame shouldn't be a problem. To make things even easier for you, we've put together a list of suggestions that includes various types of walking frames.
Our Favourite Walking Frames
Drive Medical Domestic Medium Walking Frame
The best place to start is with one of the most traditional frames available. The Drive Medical Domestic Medium Walking Frame features soft PVC hand grips that are extremely comfortable, allowing you to use the frame as long as necessary. Moreover, the lightweight aluminium frame is adjustable in height, so it can be used for a wide range of people.
The fixed legs make this walking frame more suitable for patients with severely limited ability, who need a walking frame wherever they go. The overall weight of 2.5kg makes the frame easy to move even by users with limited upper body strength.
Key Features: No wheels; height adjustable; doesn't fold; PVC hand grips; supports up to 25 stone (160kg)
Drive Medical Easy High-Rise Walking Frame
In many ways similar to the basic walking frame mentioned above, the Drive Medical Easy High-Rise Walking Frame has been designed with two pairs of hand grips on a lower and higher level, so you can get up from a seated position with ease. This is perfect for users who often need to sit down to rest, as the support can help you quickly rise from a sitting position and carry on with your work.
The Easy High-Rise Walking Frame has been also created with a one-touch folding mechanism that makes storing and transporting the aid extremely easy. Its strong aluminium construction will keep you safe, while the lightness of the material makes the walking aid easy to move around.
Key Features: No wheels; height adjustable; folding design; vinyl handles; supports up to 21 stone (135kg)
Drive Medical Domestic Large Walking Frame with Wheels
The Drive Medical Domestic Large Walking Frame with Wheels is a traditional frame that has been equipped with two front wheels, which help make your walking pattern more fluent that similar, more traditional aids. The rigid bit lightweight frame is made from aluminium, which means the support has a strong structure that will keep you safe, while remaining light enough to make moving around with the aid an easy process.
The frame can be adjusted in height, and features PVC hand grips. The soft grips are latex free, which makes them suitable even for those suffering from this common allergy.
Key Features: Front wheels; height adjustable; doesn't fold; PVC handles; supports up to 25 stone (160kg)
Drive Medical Domestic Walking Frame with Forearm Platforms
If you're looking for a more comfortable walking aid, with cushioned supports for your hands and forearms, the Drive Medical Domestic Walking Frame with Forearm Platforms is ideal for you. Created with two forearm platforms and a strong but lightweight aluminium frame, this aid offers you excellent support while remaining fairly simple in style.
The padded armrests not only improve the level of comfort, but they also help disperse weight between your arms and legs, so you don't feel the pressure in one particular area of the body after long-term use. Moreover, the armrests are equipped with Velcro straps, offering additional security by preventing your arms from slipping off the support.
Key Features: Front wheels; height adjustable; doesn't fold; cushioned forearm platforms; supports up to 25 stone (160kg)
Drive Medical Bariatric Folding Frame
The Drive Medical Bariatric Folding Frame has been created for the heavier user. The sturdy frame can support up to 36 stone (227kg), ensuring you get the aid you need to go about your daily life.
The bariatric frame features two comfortable handles that provide excellent grip and prevent your hands from slipping off the support during use. Moreover, this Bariatric Folding Frame has also been designed with ferrule tips on all four legs, ensuring a safe grip on most surfaces.
Key Features: No wheels; height adjustable; folding design; plastic hand grips; supports up to 36 stone (227kg)
Once you know which features your ideal walking frame needs to include, finding the right one shouldn't be too difficult. If none of our suggestions seems quite right, make sure to explore our full range of Walking Frames.