This is a question many of our customers come to ask.
Certain factors should be taken into consideration when buying or renting a knee walker.
However, being non-weight bearing comes with setbacks, and sometimes a longer rental period is needed. More extensive surgeries could also require extended use of the knee scooter.
While no one wants to run into unforeseen circumstances during recovery, it does happen.
So what's the best solution for you? To rent or to buy?
Renting a knee walker comes with a lot of perks. When you rent from us, all rental models are only $30 a week. No deposits or surprise fees—just one simple rate.
A rule a thumb, if you expect to use the knee scooter for less than 6 weeks, then renting will be your most cost efficient solution.
Our rental flat rate allows you to take pricing out of the equation when deciding on the best knee scooter for you.
Everyone has different needs. Some need a knee scooter for outdoor use, some with a specialized knee platform, some for small indoor space use, etc. Check out our guide below on how to choose the best knee scooter for you.
Knee scooter rentals can be delivered anywhere in the continental US.
Rent A Knee Walker rentals ship free both ways.
Guide: How to choose the right knee scooter for you.
When renting a knee walker, it is similar to leasing a car. You can rent a higher spec, more comfortable model for much less than if you bought the car outright. This is why renting a knee walker is a great option.
Our highest end model is the Swivelmate. It's a very comfortable knee scooter, with a unique turning radius capability and 5 wheels. It retails for $399, but you can rent this very same model for $30 a week.
Here's another great thing about renting with us:
If you find during recovery you need the unit for longer, the rental can be converted into a purchase at around 14 weeks. So any money spend on renting can apply to to purchase your knee walker—you never loose any money invested on renting your model. Rent to own for the win!
The cost of knee walkers can vary. The range of price that you can expect is around $175-$450—depending on the model you need.
Buying a knee scooter is an option if you're the type who prefers to own things outright—but obviously it incurs the upfront cost.
Pictured is the hybrid Orthomate all-terrain knee scooter.
You can make your knee scooter even more comfortable with a knee pad cover.
When deciding whether to purchase a knee walker its best to consider the following:
||Will you need the knee scooter for long period of time, more than 6 weeks?
Or perhaps you know you have more than 1 surgery planned, so you know you will need it for more than 1 recovery.
If so then purchasing a knee walker may well be right for you.
Knee walkers are items that typically, you don't need until you need them, so unlike renting where you send your knee walker back, you will be left with it after recovery with no use for it. So you have the option of storing it, donating it to Goodwill or church, or try and sell it on eBay.
Further Reading: The Best Knee Scooter Accessories
Quality & Features
This is the biggest factor to consider whether you choose to buy or rent—the quality and features available will only be as good as the model you choose.
There are lower cost knee walkers available through the large marketplaces that make buying cheap very attractive.
However, the age old saying, "you get what you pay for" very much applies with knee walkers.
The Problem with Cheap Models
You want your knee scooter to be a good asset to your injury recovery. You want it to be comfortable and easy to use. The problem with cheap knee scooter is that, well, they are built cheap—so that they can be sold at the lowest price possible.
Here are common problems with cheap knee scooters:
||• Thin and uncomfortable knee pads.
• Cumbersome to secure parking brake.
• They are not easy to fold for transport.
• Wide turning radius makes necessitating to make 3 point turns.
• Tires wear out fast.
• Uncomfortable to ride outdoors.
Higher-priced models are going to be built to a higher standard and design quality as you would expect. These higher end models also have more perks and desirable features than a model of lower quality.
Ready to take a look at some knee scooters?
Check out our Comparison Guide to find the best knee scooter for you.