We like to talk up the Swivelmate at Rent a Knee Walker. When I joined the team two and a half months ago, I wasn't sure why we praised it so much. Then again - I didn't know much about knee scooters in general (thank goodness that wasn't a qualification). I had seen them before, they were widely used by doctors and nurses in the hospitals I worked at prior to my job here. I always thought they were pretty cool as the doctors could get from one place to the next without losing any time.
Then I started my position with Rent a Knee Walker and was told that there are different models of knee scooters. I had no idea that there was an option in how you could get around. I have been on crutches multiple times in my life thanks to a passion for soccer, and had never been offered a knee scooter. I'm actually pretty upset because they look so nifty. I remember icing the bruises under my arms, the rubber of the bottom of my crutches slipping on slick surfaces and having to catch myself on my sprained ankle, and the obnoxious "click click" sound that followed with me everywhere I went. Not that I'm hoping for an injury, but if I were to sprain another ankle, I know I will be using a knee scooter.
And now that I am somewhat up to speed in the fascinating world of knee walkers, I completely understand the obsession our customers and coworkers share with the Swivelmate. Short explanation for why - it's the best. Long explanation - it's unmatched turn radius, foldability and 5-wheel stability help it stand out among the competition.
At 90 degrees, the Swivelmate offers the best turn radius on the market. If you want the next best anywhere, you're looking to work with the 45 degree radius of the Free Spirit and anywhere as little as 25 degrees with the Knee Rover. The Swivelmate offers a 100% better turn radius than the next best model, and this is what some people have had to say about it.
"The Swivelmate with its tight turning radius worked like a dream navigating the narrow hallway and pocket door in my 750 sq.ft. house." - Donnell P, Grover Beach, CA-
"Although I liked the concept of the all-terrain scooters I knew that turning radius would have to take priority for me because I live in a 50 year-old house with smaller rooms. I don't know how I would be managing in my house, negotiating around furniture, people and pets without having such a nimble scooter." - cornishhen1, Amazon-
"It was very helpful in helping me get around the city of Boston especially with the variety of sidewalks! Loved the turning radius ability!- Jake F. Boston, MA -
"The usefulness of the turning radius can't be understated." - sieler, Amazon
With tighter work and living spaces becoming more apparent in society, it's no wonder why this feature is so highly raved about in customer reviews.
Most knee scooter models fold these days, but the way to fold them are less convenient than the Swivelmate. With the Swivelmate all you need to do is turn the knob about three times to loosen the fold mechanism. No pulling, pushing, or difficult maneuvering involved!
"This scooter is easy to fold and fits into the passenger seat of my T-bird. I can go just about anywhere I choose." - Tammy M, Amazon
"I was able to fly with it from Orlando to Columbus, and it folded up perfectly." - Ashley S, Orlando, FL
"Plus it was easy to fold up to get it in and out of taxis" - Amazon Customer upon using the Swivelmate knee scooter in NYC.
5 Wheel Stability
A quick search or look at any other model of knee scooter will show a trend in 4-wheel models. The extra wheel on the Swivelmate provides for more stability that comes in extra handy when making those sharper turns. The last thing you want when injured is to further injure yourself by an unstable aid. Here is what our customers had to say about the stability of the Swivelmate.
"Before deciding on this model, I had test-driven a different brand/model that the hospital loaned me. I must say, the stability of this Swivelmate, and the tight turn radius, is much better." - Amazon Customer
"At 3 days from surgery I was doing fine and happy to have the Swivelmate. Very good quality and stable compared to other knee walkers I've used in past." - Kim K., Lewiston, ID
"Works great. Easy turns, much more stable on uneven surfaces than other models Kelly R - Amazon
"This walker has been extremely stable on all surfaces." - Amazon Customer
The Swivelmate has been at the top of the best knee scooter lists for some time now. Here are just some where we make number 1.
-Best Knee Scooter
-2017 Best Knee Scooter
-Swivelmate Best Knee Scooter
No doubt, if I am to ever get injured again *knocks on wood*, not only am I going to go with a knee scooter, but I'm going with a Swivelmate.