Top 5 Best Orthopedic Knee Scooters
- A knee scooter, also known as an orthopedic mobility knee scooter, is one of the most advanced mobility equipment available if you're recovering from injury or surgery to the foot, ankle, or lower leg.
In this guide, we'll review some of the best Orthopedic knee scooters to help you through your buying or rental decision:
• Swivelmate Knee Scooter (4.5 / 5)
• Orthomate All-Terrain (4 / 5)
• Knee Rover All-Terrain (4.5 / 5)
• Roscoe Knee Scooter (4 / 5)
• Free Spirit Knee Walker (4.5 / 5)
Swivelmate Knee Scooter
Ease of Use Comfort User Rating Rating on how easy it is to set up out of the box, fold and unfold, and daily operation. Metric of how ergonomic the unit is, softness of the knee pad, and overall user comfort while scooting. Average customer rating on e-commerce sites. The Swivelmate's ® unique patented BeltDrive steering outperforms every other knee walker on the market today by offering a 90-degree turning radius—stability is never compromised. This is the number one choice for use in smaller spaces, like apartments, kitchen, bathrooms or office spaces.
The tool-free assembly makes set up a breeze--it is up and ready to use in minutes. The steering column adjusts up and down, but it can also be adjusted front to back to ensure a comfortable fit. The thick padded knee rest can be adjusted to accommodate users from approximately 4'8"-6'8".
The Swivelmate includes a powerful disc brake for the most controlled braking, especially useful when going down ramps or inclines. It has dual-sided hand brakes with easy to use parking brakes. It folds effortlessly for storage or transport.
Pro Cons • Great for use in small spaces
• No tools assembly.
• Strong braking system
• Best turning radius on the market
• Small basket
Orthomate All-Terrain Knee Scooter
Ease of Use Comfort User Rating Rating on how easy it is to set up out of the box, fold and unfold, and daily operation. Metric of how ergonomic the unit is, softness of the knee pad and overall user comfort while scooting. Average customer rating on e-commerce sites. The Orthomate All-Terrain Knee Scooter is designed for those users who need to navigate rough outdoor terrain. The air-filled tires allow for a smoother ride on surfaces like grass or small gravel, compared to standard knee walker tires, but are small enough to be still easy to use inside your home.
This model is an ideal combination of a regular knee walker and an all-terrain one. You get the smaller size and better turning radius of a regular model plus the benefits of all-terrain wheels. You no longer have to struggle with the larger, more massive all-terrain models like the Knee Rover.
The Orthomate comes with all the desired features of a large, 14" knee pad, smooth steering, and folds easily for transport. The offset knee pad adjusts for both left side or right side leg use. It can accommodate users in height from approximately 5'2"-6'3" and up to 350lbs.
Pro Cons • Air-filled tires for a smooth indoor and outdoor ride.
• Hybrid all-terrain design great for indoor use as well.
• No tool assembly.
• Slightly heavy compared to other scooters.
• Average turning radius.
Knee Rover All-Terrain Knee Walker
Ease of Use Comfort User Rating Rating on how easy it is to set up out of the box, fold and unfold, and daily operation. Metric of how ergonomic the unit is, softness of the knee pad and overall user comfort while scooting. Average customer rating on e-commerce sites. This hefty all-terrain knee scooter is perfect for those who spend a significant amount of time outdoors.
The 12" diameter off-road pneumatic tires are designed to traverse grass, sidewalks, gravel, and dirt easily, something that is tough to do with most knee scooters.
This KneeRover has a 3" thick contoured knee platform and ergonomic rubber hand grips for comfort.
KneeRover knee walkers are equipped with a free detachable storage basket and feature tool-free assembly, setup, and height adjustments.
Pro Cons • Big wheels excel on really rough terrain. • Major assembly needed upon arrival.
• Wide turning radius means you need more room to make turns.
• Heavier than other models at 27 lbs.
Roscoe Knee Scooter
Ease of Use Comfort User Rating Rating on how easy it is to set up out of the box, fold and unfold, and daily operation. Metric of how ergonomic the unit is, softness of the knee pad and overall user comfort while scooting. Average customer rating on e-commerce sites. This knee scooter from Roscoe is one of the few models that has a split knee rest. It's helpful for people who have an Air Pump or a plaster cast—this provides a better resting place for these particular immobilizers.
Assembly is straightforward, with no specialized tools required.
It is light compared to other models so that if you are able to balance on one foot, you can load and unload it in your car.
This knee scooter is equipped with an easy folding mechanism that collapses using a thumb release lever and fits beneath the raised knee platform for ease of storage and transportation.
Pro Cons • Has split knee pad that accommodates Air-Pump and Plaster casts.
• Folds easily for transport.
• Tool free assembly.
• Drum brake not as strong as other models.
• Turning radius average.
Free Spirit Knee Walker
Ease of Use Comfort User Rating Rating on how easy it is to set up out of the box, fold and unfold, and daily operation. Metric of how ergonomic the unit is, softness of the knee pad and overall user comfort while scooting. Average customer rating on e-commerce sites. The Free Spirit knee walker has features such as ergonomic loop-style brake handles, dual independent brake lines and a thick supportive knee pad.
The knee pad and handlebar are height adjustable, allowing a perfect fit. It is fully steerable by turning the handlebars in the direction you want to go and has an excellent turning radius.
It comes standard with a large vinyl storage pouch, which also has a small mesh pouch for storage of small loose items. The pouch is attached with Velcro, so it can be easily removed if desired.
The Free Spirit knee scooter weighs 24 pounds and can accommodate user weights up to 400 pounds.
Pro Cons • Accommodates taller user height ranges.
• Dual ergonomic hand brakes.
• Great turning radius.
• Requires tools to assemble.
• Confusing folding mechanism.
Specifications Side by Side
Each user has their own specific criteria they look for in a knee scooter, things such as: weight capacity, wheel type, user height capacity, price, turn radius, etc.
Here's a chart so that you can see all the scooter's specs side-by-side.SwivelmateOrthomate All TerrainKnee Rover All TerrainRoscoe Knee ScooterFree Spirit
Weight Capacity400 lbs 350 lb 350 lb 350 lb 400 lb User Height Range 4'8" - 6'8" 5'2" - 6'3" 5'4" - 6'2" 4'11" - 6'4" 5'2" - 6'5" Scooter Weight 24 lb 26 lb 27 lb 23 lb 24 lb Turning Radius 90 degrees 35 degrees 25 degrees 30 degrees 45 degrees Wheel Size 7" 8 " 12 " 8 " 8" Wheel Type Solid Air-filled air filled solid solid Brake Dual hand brakes Right handle grip Right handle grip Right handle Dual hand brakes Parking Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Color Blue Blue Blue Burgundy Silver Knee Rest Offset Yes Yes No Yes No
No mater which Orthopedic knee scooter you choose, you will be able to move around quickly, effortlessly, and safely compared to other mobility aids.
Many people who've used them call them lifesavers—and they certainly are!
What to Choose?
With the rising popularity of these steerable medical knee walkers, there's more demand, and there's certainly plenty of supply. There's a lot of great models out there, but there's also a lot of cheap ones as well.
The problem with cheap knee scooters, which are made by obscure manufacturers, is that many things are sacrificed for the sole purpose of making them as cheap as possible—so that they can sell at a low price.
They are cheaply made, uncomfortable, and not the most stable.
Invest in Your Health
When it concerns your health and proper healing of your injury, where there's a risk of reinjury and irreparable damage—we have to ask ourselves— is this all worth risking just to save a couple of dollars?
The more you invest, the more durable, comfortable, stable, and safe your knee scooter will be.
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