Knee Scooter

7 Best Knee Scooters When You are Injured

This is a review of knee scooters, also known as knee walkers. Now, these knee scooters are a replacement for crutches. By the way, as anyone who had to use them can testify, though they are cheap, crutches are hard to use. On the other hand, knee scooters make it easy to get around and do your chores. Moreover, some can be easily folded and carried in your car.

 Meanwhile, as you review these knee scooters, it helps to gather the following information to help you find the right scooter:
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    First, your weight in pounds.
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    Second, the height, in inches, from the floor to the bend of your wrist.
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    Finally, the height from the floor to your shinbone, while standing, with your lower leg bent at the knee so that the lower leg's shinbone is parallel to the floor.

Quick Answer: Scooters for the Knee When You Are Injured in 2019

Table of Contents

Review of Knee Scooters

Editor’s Choice of Best Scooters for the Knee

Deluxe KneeRover

Comparison of Best Scooters for the Knee

Scooter

Weight (lbs)

Handlebar

Knee Pad

Basket

A/A+ Feedback

1-5 Rating

Drive Dual Pad

350

31” – 40”

16.5” – 20.5”

Yes

78%

4.4

Drive DV8

300

33” – 37.5”

17.5” – 21.5”

Yes

79%

4.6

ELENKER

300

34” – 42”

19” – 23”

Yes

90%

4.5

All Terrain KneeRover

350

34” – 41”

18” – 21.5”

Yes

82%

4.7

Deluxe KneeRover

300

34” – 41”

16” – 22.5”

Yes

87%

5.0

Economy KneeRover

300

29” – 37”

16.5” – 22”

No

84%

4.8

Steerable 

KneeRover 

300

29.5” – 39”

17.5” – 22”

Yes

83%

4.9

Drive Dual Pad Knee Scooter

dual pad knee scooter
drive dual pad folded

Functional Features

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    First, it is usable by anyone weighing up to 350 pounds.
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    Also, it has four large 8-inch diameter caster wheels that are ideal for indoor and outdoor use.
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    In addition, the two knee pads provide superior comfort. Furthermore, their height is adjustable using a release lever that requires no tools.
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    Next, the scooter comes with a removable front basket.
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    Also, the handles include a brake to safely slow down and stop the scooter. Meanwhile, the braking mechanism on the rear wheels, slows down wheel rotations. In addition, the rear wheels can also be locked to prevent them for sliding.
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    Next, the handlebar is adjustable to user’s height by turning a knob on the steering column and pulling up or pushing down the handlebar.
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    Also, the handlebars steer the front wheels.
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    In addition, the steering column can be easily folded for storage and transport.
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    Finally, it features a limited lifetime warranty and a lifetime warranty on the brake cable.

Physical Features

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    First, for the convenience and comfort of the user, the height of the handlebar is adjustable from 31 inches to 40 inches.
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    Also, the scooter’s lowest height is 31 inches.
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    In addition, the scooter is 30 inches deep from front to back.
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    Moreover, the two front wheels are 16 inches apart. By the way, the front wheel assembly is turned by the handlebar.
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    Next, the knee pad is 7 inches wide and 15 inches long.
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    Also, the knee pad’s height above the floor can be adjusted from 16.5 to 20.5 inches.
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    Most of all, the scooter has a durable steel frame.
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    Finally, it weighs 22 pounds.

Pros

  • Knee Pads
    First, the two smaller knee pads provide superior comfort.
  • Knee Pad Height
    Also, the thumb lever makes it easy to adjust knee pad height.

Cons

  • Folding
    While the steering column can be bent, the scooter is not as compact as others.

Drive DV8 Scooter

DV8 knee scooter
Drive DV8 folded

Functional Features

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    First, it is usable by anyone weighing up to 300 pounds.
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    Also, it has four large 8-inch diameter caster wheels that are ideal for indoor and outdoor use.
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    In addition, the leg pad has a channel for the lower leg. In fact, this channel improves stability and comfort. Furthermore, the height of the leg pad is adjustable using a knob below the pad.
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    Next, the scooter comes with a removable front basket.
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    Also, the handles include two brakes to safely slow down and stop the scooter. Meanwhile, the braking mechanism on the rear wheels, slows down wheel rotations. In addition, the rear wheels can also be locked to prevent them for sliding when parked.
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    Next, the handlebar is adjustable to user’s height by releasing a thumb lever on the steering column and pulling up or pushing down the handlebar.
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    Also, the handlebars steer the front wheels.
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    In addition, the steering column can be easily folded for storage and transport.
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    Finally, it features a limited lifetime warranty and a lifetime warranty on the brake cable.

Physical Features

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    First, for the convenience and comfort of the user, the height of the handlebar is adjustable from 33 inches to 37.5 inches.
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    Also, the scooter’s lowest height is 33 inches.
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    In addition, the scooter is 31.49 inches deep from front to back.
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    Moreover, the two front wheels are 17 inches apart. By the way, the front wheel assembly is turned by the handlebar.
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    Next, the knee pad is 7.25 inches wide and 14.25 inches long.
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    Also, the knee pad’s height above the floor can be adjusted from 17.5 to 21.5 inches.
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    Most of all, the scooter has a durable aluminum frame.
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    Finally, it weighs 22.7 pounds.

Pros

  • Knee Pad
    First, the lower leg channel in the knee pad improves stability and comfort.
  • Handlebar Height Adjustment
    Also,the thumb lever makes it easy to adjust handlebar height.
  • Folding
    Finally, the handlebar can be folded to be nearly parallel to the body of the scooter. Also, the front axle can be rotated to be close to the body

Cons


ELENKER Knee Scooter

Elenker knee scooter
Elenker folded

Functional Features

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    First, it is usable by anyone weighing up to 300 pounds.
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    Most of all this scooter can be used by anyone from 4’9’’ tall to 6’6” tall.
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    In addition, it has four large 8-inch PVC wheels for added stability.
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    Next, the memory foam knee pad evenly distributes pressure, relieves pain, reduces friction, and skin irritation for comfortable everyday use.
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    Also, the handles include brakes to help safely slow down and stop the scooter. Meanwhile, the easy-to-use, push down brakes lock the wheels and prevent them for sliding.
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    Meanwhile, the handlebar is adjustable to user’s height by turning a knob on the steering column and pulling up or pushing down the handlebar.
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    Next, the steerable handlebar has a quick release folding mechanism for easy transport and storage. In fact, simply open the steering lock, push it to the left, and fold down the knee walker.
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    Finally, it is FDA approved.

Physical Features

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    First, for the convenience and comfort of the user, the height of the handlebar is adjustable from 34 inches to 42 inches.
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    Also, the scooter’s lowest height is 34 inches.
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    In addition, the scooter is 31 inches deep from front to back.
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    Furthermore, the two front wheels are 17 inches apart. By the way, the frame with the front wheels is able to turn in any direction you want to go.
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    Next, the seat’s height above the floor can be adjusted from 19 to 23 inches.
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    Meanwhile, the handlebar is 16 inches wide.
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    Finally, it weighs 22 pounds.

Pros

  • Government Approval
    Most of all, the scooter has FDA certification.

Cons

  • Folding
    While the steering column can be bent, the scooter is not as compact as others..

All Terrain KneeRover

all terrain knee scotter
kneerover all terrain in use

Functional Features

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    First, it is usable by anyone weighing up to 350 pounds.
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    Most of all, this scooter can be used by anyone from 5’6’’ to 6’6” tall.
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    Also, it has three large, air filled, 12” diameter, off-road, pneumatic tires for use on grass, gravel, compact sand, dirt, sidewalk gaps with incredible ease and agility.
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    In addition, it comes with a rear stabilizer wheel for increased stability while maneuvering the scooter.
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    Next, the padded contoured knee pad is not only comfortable but is also easy to fold. Also, the knee pad is made of 3 inches thick molded foam. In addition, the pad can be used for both the left and right knees.
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    Meanwhile, the handlebar is made of 7/8-inch steel, with ergonomic rubber hand grips for comfort.
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    Also, it has two adjustable locking hand brakes that provide immediate stopping ability and control. By the way, these hand brakes work in tandem with dual rear on-wheel brakes.
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    In addition, the scooter has a simple push button parking brake on the handlebar.
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    Meanwhile, the handlebar is adjustable to a user’s height by turning a knob on the steering column and pulling up or pushing down the handlebar.
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    Next, the scooter has an advanced automotive style tie-rod steering mechanism which provides excellent stability, even when traversing rough terrain.
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    Also, the steering column has a quick release folding mechanism for easy transport and storage. Moreover, the front axle can also be removed to make it even more compact.
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    Finally, it comes with a limited lifetime warranty on the side frame and cross braces. In addition, it comes with a one-year warranty for defects.

Physical Features

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    First, for the convenience and comfort of the user, the height of the handlebar is adjustable from 34 inches to 41 inches.
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    Also, the scooter’s lowest height is 34 inches.
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    In addition, the scooter is 35.5 inches deep from front to back.
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    Furthermore, the two front wheels are 21 inches apart.
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    Next, the knee pad is 7 inches wide and 12.5 inches long.
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    Also, the height of the knee pad can be adjusted, without using any tools, to be anywhere from 18 to 21.5 inches above the floor.
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    In addition, the scooter comes with a wire storage basket which is 8 inches wide, 12 inches long and 8.5 inches deep.
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    Furthermore, it has a rugged dual bar frame..
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    Also, no tools are needed to assemble and set up the scooter.
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    In addition, it weighs 27 pounds.
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    Finally, the height of the scooter with handlebar folded and knee pad removed is 19 inches. Consequently, it is easy to transport and store.

Pros

  • Tires
    FIrst, it has three large, air filled, 12” diameter, off-road, pneumatic tires.
  • Stability
    Also, it comes with a rear stabilizer wheel for increased stability.
  • Steering
    In addition, for more stability, the scooter has an advanced automotive style tie-rod steering mechanism.
  • Folding
    Finally, the steering column can be folded. Also, the front axle can be removed to make the scooter even more compact. 

Cons

Deluxe KneeRover

kneerover deluxe

Functional Features

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    First, it is usable by anyone weighing up to 300 pounds.
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    Next, this knee scooter can be used by anyone who is 4’9’’ to 6’6” in height.
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    Also, it has four 7.5 inches, non-marking, solid polyurethane, rubber wheels with shock-absorbing sealed windows that provide excellent stability.
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    In addition, it can be used both indoors and outdoors.
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    Furthermore, it can be used with either the left or right leg.
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    Next, the comfortable 3.5" thick contoured knee pad’s height is easily adjustable, without tools, for users of different heights. Moreover, the knee pad can be used for either the left or right leg.
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    Also, it has two adjustable locking hand brakes providing immediate stopping ability and control. In fact, they work in tandem with the rear drum braking system to provide quick stopping ability and control.
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    In addition, it has a simple push button parking brake on the handlebar.
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    Next, the handlebar, with ergonomic rubber hand grips, and steering column is adjustable to user’s height. In fact, this is done by turning the knob on the steering column and pulling up or pushing down the handlebar.
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    Meanwhile, these steerable scooters have an advanced automotive style tie-rod steering mechanism which maintains front axle width even during turns. As a result, they provide maximum stability and control when maneuvering.
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    Next, the quick thumb-release lever folding mechanism on the steering column, removes the front axle and handlebars. Consequently, it is easy to move and store this scooter.
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    Finally, it comes with a limited lifetime warranty on the side frame and cross braces. In addition, it comes with a one-year warranty for defects.

Physical Features

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    First, for the convenience and comfort of the user, the height of the handlebar is adjustable from 34 inches to 41 inches.
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    Also, the scooter’s lowest height is 34 inches.
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    In addition, from front to back, the scooter is 32 inches deep with basket and 29 inches deep without basket.
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    Furthermore, the width of the front axle is 17.5 inches.
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    Meanwhile, the knee pad is 7 inches wide and 12.75 inches long.
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    Also, the height of the knee pad can be easily adjusted from 16 inches to 22.5 inches above the floor.
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    In addition, the scooter comes with a wire storage basket which is 8 inches wide, 12 inches long, and 8.5 inches high.
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    Furthermore, no tools are needed to assemble and set up the scooter.
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    Also, the knee walker weighs 24.8 pounds.
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    Finally, the height of the scooter with handlebar folded and knee pad removed is 17 inches. Consequently, it is easy to transport and store.

Pros

  • Wheels
    First, it has four non-marking, solid polyurethane, rubber wheels with shock-absorbing sealed windows.
  • Steering
    Also, the scooter has an advanced automotive style tie-rod steering mechanism which maintains front axle width even during turns. As a result, it provides maximum stability and control when maneuvering.
  • Folding
    Finally, it has a quick thumb-release lever that removes the front axle and handlebar. Consequently, the height of the scooter with handlebar folded and knee pad removed is only 17 inches.

Cons

Economy KneeRover

kneerover economy

Functional Features

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    First, it is usable by anyone weighing up to 300 pounds.
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    Next, this knee scooter can be used by anyone who is 4’9’’ to 6’6” in height.
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    Also, it has four 7.5-inch solid rubber wheels that provide excellent stability, making it easy to steer while helping your balance.
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    In addition, it can be used both indoors and outdoors.
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    Furthermore, it can be used with either the left or right leg.
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    Next, the height of the comfortable, cushioned, and padded knee pad is easily adjustable for users of different heights. Moreover, the knee pad can be used for either the left or right leg.
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    Also, it has two adjustable locking hand brakes along with dual rear on-wheel brakes. By the way, these brakes provide the ability to quickly stop and control the scooter. Moreover, it has a simple push button parking brake on the handlebar.
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    In addition, the handlebar is adjustable to user’s height by turning knob on the steering column and pulling up or pushing down the handlebar.
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    Furthermore, it has a quick release folding mechanism that uses an easy to use thumb-release lever on the steering column. Consequently, it is easy to move and store this scooter. Also, the front axle can rotate 90 degrees, which makes it easy to transport and store.
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    Finally, it comes with a limited lifetime warranty on the side frame and cross braces. In addition, it has a one-year warranty for defects.

Physical Features

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    First, for the convenience and comfort of the user, the height of the handlebar is adjustable from 29 inches to 37 inches.
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    Also, the scooter’s lowest height is 29 inches.
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    In addition, from front to back, the scooter is 31 inches deep.
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    Furthermore, the two front wheels are 16 inches apart.
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    Next, the knee pad is 7 inches wide and 12.75 inches long.
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    Also, the height of the knee pad can be adjusted from 16.5 inches to 22 inches above the floor.
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    In addition, no tools are needed to assemble and set up the scooter.
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    Furthermore, the knee walker weighs 21 pounds.
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    Finally, the height of the scooter with handlebar folded and knee pad removed is 16.5 inches.

Pros

  • Folding
    Most of all, it has a quick release folding mechanism that uses an easy to use thumb-release lever on the steering column. Consequently, it is easy to move and store this scooter. Also, the front axle can rotate 90 degrees, which makes it even more easy to transport and store.

Cons

  • Basket
    However, it doesn't come with a basket.

Steerable KneeRover

Kneerover Steerable

Functional Features

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    First, it is usable by anyone weighing up to 300 pounds.
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    Next, this knee scooter can be used by anyone who is 5’ to 6’6” in height.
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    Also, it has four 7.5-inch diameter non-marking polyurethane rubber wheels with shock absorbing clear windows that provide excellent stability, making it easy to steer while helping your balance.
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    In addition, it can be used both indoors and outdoors.
  5. 5
    Furthermore, it can be used with either the left or right leg.
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    Next, the comfortable 3.5" thick contoured knee pad’s height is easily adjustable, without tools, for users of different heights. Moreover, the knee pad can be used for either the left or right leg.
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    Next, the height of the comfortable, cushioned, and padded knee pad is easily adjustable for users of different heights. By the way, no tools are needed to adjust the knee pad’s height.
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    Also, it has two adjustable locking hand brakes along with ergonomic rubber hand grips, and rear drum brakes. By the way, these brakes provide immediate stopping capability to help control the scooter. Moreover, it has a simple push button parking brake on the handlebar.
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    In addition, the handlebar is adjustable to user’s height by turning knob on the steering column and pulling up or pushing down the handlebar.
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    Furthermore, it has a quick thumb release lever on the steering column to fold the scooter. Consequently, it is easy to move and store this scooter. Also, the front axle can rotate 90 degrees, which makes it easy to transport and store.
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    Finally, it comes with a limited lifetime warranty on the side frame and cross braces. In addition, it has a one-year warranty for defects.

Physical Features

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    First, for the convenience and comfort of the user, the height of the handlebar is adjustable from 29.5 inches to 39 inches.
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    Also, the scooter’s lowest height is 29.5 inches.
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    In addition, from front to back, the scooter is 31 inches deep.
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    Furthermore, the two front wheels are 16 inches apart.
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    Meanwhile, the knee pad is 7 inches wide and 12.5 inches long.
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    Also, the height of the knee pad can be adjusted from 17.5 inches to 22 inches above the floor.
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    In addition, the scooter comes with a storage basket which is 9 inches wide, 11 inches long and 8 inches high.
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    Furthermore, no tools are needed to assemble and set up the scooter..
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    Moreover, the knee walker weighs 22.3 pounds.
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    Finally, the height of the scooter with handlebar folded and knee pad removed is 18 inches.

Pros

  • Wheels
    First, it has four non-marking, polyurethane, rubber wheels with shock-absorbing clear windows.
  • Folding
    Next, it has a quick release folding mechanism that uses an easy to use thumb-release lever on the steering column. Consequently, it is easy to move and store this scooter. Also, the front axle can rotate 90 degrees, which makes it even more easy to transport and store.

Cons

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When do you Need These Scooters?

Knee scooters are most helpful when you are recovering from the conditions such as the ones below.

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    First, a foot that is fractured, injured, sprained, had a surgery, or has ulcers.
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    Second, an ankle that is fractured, injured, sprained, or had a surgery.
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    Also, tears or ruptures of the Achilles tendon. By the way, this tendon is the largest tendon that connects the two muscles of the calf and attaches itself to the calcaneus or the heel bone. As a result, this tendon is essential for our ability to use the foot. Meanwhile, healing takes at least three months.
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    In addition, ankle arthrodesis caused by degeneration of the cartilage between the talus (the ankle bone) and the tibia (the long bone of the lower leg). Meanwhile, remedy includes surgery to fuse the two bones together. And, healing can take three to six months
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    Next, a lower leg that is fractured, injured, or had a surgery.
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    Also, stress fractures of the foot, ankle, tibia (long bone of the lower leg), fibula (smaller long bone of the leg that runs alongside the tibia), and talus (ankle bone).
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    In addition, Lisfranc fracture, which is a fracture of the midfoot.
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    Furthermore, calcaneal fracture, which is a fracture of the bone that makes up your heel.
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    Also, treatments for bunions. By the way, bunions are bony protrusions that occur at the base of the joint of the big foot.
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    Finally, amputations below the knee. 

When Shouldn’t You Use a Knee Scooters?

On the other hand, there are time when you shouldn't use these scooters.

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    First, if you injured both of your legs.
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    Second, if your good leg doesn't have the strength to drive the scooter.
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    Also, if you have balancing issues as you propel the scooter with the good leg.
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    In addition, if you have an injury that requires a cast above your knee that prevents you from bending your knee 90 degrees.
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    Next, if you live in a neighborhood that has steep sidewalks, roads, or hills you will have a hard time going up a steep slope, and an even dangerous time going down steep slopes. So, its best to avoid using these scooters in such conditions.
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    Also, unless you have an all terrain knee scooter, avoid using the scooter in gravel, rocks, sand, and grass.
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    Finally, avoid large objects in your path, such as speed bumps and raised sidewalks.

What are the Benefits of these Scooters?

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    First, they keep your hands free to do things while you are standing with one knee on the scooter. For example, things like cooking, doing the laundry, and others that require use of both hands.
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    Second, they don’t require a lot of upper body strength.
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    Third, they keep the body in a natural upright position.
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    Fourth, the scooter works with your body’s natural balance.
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    Next, by using muscles in both legs to help you balance and move, the scooter reduces the chances of muscle atrophy and prevents muscles from weakening.
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    Most of all, it keeps the lower injured part of the leg in a non-weight bearing position.
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    Also, it keeps the injured leg elevated which speeds up its recovery.
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    In addition, you can get around much faster than if you were using crutches.
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    Next, if it has a basket, you can do some limited shopping.
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    Furthermore, you don’t have to expend so much energy as you would with crutches.
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    Finally, the scooter gives you a sense of independence.

Why Crutches are Difficult to Use?

First and foremost, crutches require extensive upper body strength, rub under your armpits and are unstable. Most of all, they become painful when you are required to be non-weight bearing for a long period.

While crutches do provide a level of mobility, they are often very painful, and limiting in what you can do. For example, household chores that require use of both hands become very difficult or almost impossible to do on your own.

How to Choose a Scooter?

What Scooter Height Should I Look For?

In fact, use the same method that was used in finding walkers for seniors. Therefore, wear the shoes you are most likely to wear when using the scooter. Next, stand straight with your arms hanging loosely by your sides. Now, measure the distance from the crease in your wrist (this is where your wrist bends) to the floor.

So, the desired height for a scooter is where the top of the handlebar lines up with the crease in your wrists. Furthermore, you want to select a scooter whose height can be adjusted so that the handlebar is at least an inch lower and an inch higher than the desired height.

What Knee Pad Height Should I Look For?

The range of the scooter's knee pad height should include the distance from the shinbone to the floor that you were asked to measure at the start of this review.

Other Things to Look For?

First, make sure the knee walker has an adequate turning radius. For example, if you will be using your knee walker in a home, or office which requires you to make tight turns make sure your knee walker is capable of performing these turns.

Next, make sure you can use it outside, if that is your intention. By the way, most knee walkers are only designed to be used inside.

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