Drive Medical Side Style Hemi Walker

Last updated date: February 19, 2019

DWYM Score
8.4

Why Trust The DWYM Score?

DWYM is your trusted product review source. Along with our in-house experts, our team analyzes thousands of product reviews from the most trusted websites. We then create one easy-to-understand score. Learn more.

Look for the DWYM seal for products that are the best in the category.

We looked at the top 1 Walkers and dug through the reviews from 2 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, Assisted Living Today and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Walker you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 52 expert reviews, the Drive Medical Drive Medical Side Style Hemi Walker placed 7th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 11, 2019:
Checkout The Best Walker for a detailed review of all the top walkers.

Expert Summarized Score
8.0
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
385 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Features hemi design that is suitable for indibiiduals with use of one hand or arm.
- BestReviews
Overall, it’s great quality at an affordable price
- Assisted Living Today
What experts didn't like
Height s a little chanllenging to adjust.
- BestReviews

From The Manufacturer

The Side Style Hemi Walker by Drive Medical is designed for individuals with the use of only one hand or arm. It is also ideal for individuals who do not require a walker but need a wider base for support. This product is lighter than a walker and more stable than a cane ensuring user safety.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Hugo Mobility Rollator Walker
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 7
2. Drive Medical Nitro Walker
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 3
3. Drive Medical Aluminum Rollator Walker
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 8
4. Drive Medical Deluxe Walker
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 5
5. Hugo Elite Rollator Walker
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 8
6. Drive Medical Four Wheel Walker
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 6
7. Drive Medical Side Style Hemi Walker
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 2
8. Medline Steel Foldable Walker
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 4
9. Medline Heavy Duty Bariatric Walker
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 6
10. Carex Folding Walker
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 1

An Overview On Walkers

You probably never thought about what you’d want in a walker until you needed one. But once you start shopping around, you’ll quickly see that there are plenty of things to consider. You’ll want a walker that’s stable, even when you’re rolling across rough terrain like a gravel driveway. But you also need a walker that’s comfortable to use.

With walkers, comfort is often in the handlebars. Some come with ergonomic grips that put you in control as you maneuver around. Some feature seats that make it easy to rest if necessary. As you look at various features, you probably know which ones you’ll most likely use so that you can narrow walkers down to the most comfortable.

One important feature in a walker is storage. Being able to stow items in the walker can come in handy, even if you’re just carrying an item from the kitchen to the bedroom. Many modern walkers include storage pouches that tuck away neatly beneath the seat. They’re just large enough for holding a wallet, smartphone, book and bottle of water or whatever combination of small items you might need.

Of course, some people prefer a more traditional walker, featuring nothing more than bars, comfortable grips and a couple of wheels. You can usually find a traditional walker for a much lower price than the versions with seats and storage, but there are walkers with those features that are priced in between the extremes. Another option is to purchase an affordable basic walker and buy a separate basket or pouch for it.

Lastly, it’s important to pay close attention to wheels. Some walkers have two wheels, while others have four. Four wheels will give you more control, especially if the wheels are larger. However, if you only plan to use the walker indoors, two wheels will probably suffice. Some walkers have no wheels at all, but if that’s an important feature, you can add them.

DYWM Fun Fact

Walkers are only one type of mobility aid used in the U.S., which help with both temporary and permanent mobility issues. Canes are the most popular, with an estimated one in 10 people over the age of 65 using one. Crutches tend to be more popular for temporary mobility issues, including post-surgical recovery. An estimated 4.6 percent of U.S. adults rely on a walker, which helps not only with mobility but balance. Wheelchairs are popular for traveling a long distance in a short time, but they can be more difficult to maneuver than a walker. Lastly, there are scooters, which can even be taken on some roads.

The Walker Buying Guide

  • The first thing you’ll need to decide as you start walker shopping is how much you want to spend. You can get a basic folding model with two wheels for less than $50. If you want storage or a seat, you can purchase those separately, usually for less than $30.
  • If you’re willing to spend more than $100, you can upgrade to a walker that has more advanced features. The Hugo Mobility Rollator Walker is still fairly affordable, and it offers a seat with a backrest and an under-seat storage bag that can hold quite a few small items. The Drive Medical Nitro Walker retails for more than $200, but you’ll get an attractive design and a firm seat with a comfortable back. A front-attached storage pouch zips to keep your items secure.
  • Wheels are also upgraded on many more expensive walkers. Instead of the two small wheels that you’ll get with basic walkers, like the Drive Medical Deluxe Walker, you’ll get four wheels that provide advanced maneuverability. The Hugo Mobility Rollator Walker features four 8-inch wheels, while the Drive Medical Nitro Walker has two large front wheels and two smaller back ones. If you plan to take the walker out of the house, where you might encounter unpredictable terrain, more wheels will increase your control.
  • The Carex Folding Walker doesn’t have wheels at all. You can buy a kit separately for a minimal upcharge, but you’ll need to install them.
  • Although more expensive walkers may have more features, those extras can also weigh them down. Basic walkers are much more lightweight, which will make them easier for folding and tossing into the back of a vehicle when you leave the house. The Drive Medical Deluxe Walker weighs 7 pounds, and the Carex Folding Walker weighs 6 pounds. Compare this to the Hugo Mobility Rollator Walker, which weighs 15.4 pounds, and the Drive Medical Nitro Walker, which weighs 22 pounds.
  • Most of your contact with the walker will be with the handgrips. The Hugo Mobility Rollator Walker has ergonomic handle grips that are situated at natural angles for more comfort. You can also adjust the handlebars to make sure they’re at the ideal height.
  • Since the Hugo Mobility Rollator Walker and Drive Medical Nitro Walker have four wheels each, they also need brakes to stop. The ergonomic hand grips on the Hugo Mobility Rollator Walker make it easy to roll to a stop when necessary. One issue with the Drive Medical Nitro Walker is that the brakes are either on or off, so you won’t have the option to slow down using them.
  • In addition to weight, the mechanism itself can make it easy to open and close the walker. The Drive Medical Deluxe Walker and Carex Folding Walker both feature push-button mechanisms that make them easy to close.
  • Width is also important in a walker. Measure the doorways of your home before you buy to make sure you can easily squeeze the walker through each door. The Drive Medical Deluxe Walker is narrow enough to squeeze through most doorways.
  • If you plan to regularly remove your storage pouch to carry around with you, it’s important to note that the Drive Medical Nitro Walker’s bag is difficult to remove and reattach.
  • Unless you’re purchasing the walker preassembled, consider the extra time and effort necessary to put it together. The Drive Medical Nitro Walker arrives fully assembled, which can be a bonus if you don’t have a helper to put it together when it arrives. The Hugo Mobility Rollator Walker is fairly easy to assemble and requires no tools. Despite its simple design, the Drive Medical Deluxe Walker can be complicated to assemble, so you may want to have someone on hand to help.