I have been using walkers for many years and I want to give you some insights into my experiences with walkers.
Standard walkers without wheels
These standard walkers do not have two front wheels. While these walkers are not necessarily heavier than walkers with two wheels, they are more difficult to move. I have found that walkers with two front wheels make the walker easier to move.
My walker without wheels was located in my den, and I would use it to help me maintain a fish tank that I once had. Ironically, the walker had one leg that was shorter than the others, which made the walker somewhat unbalanced. At first, I almost fell with the walker, but in time I learned to compensate for the short walker leg. It may have been possible to get a spare rubber walker foot for the walker leg. Typically, the walker feet have a metal ring that helps to maintain the walker’s rubber feet. Adding this may have helped balanced the walker, although I admit that I never did this.
All walkers, both with or without wheels, have rubber or plastic grips. I found that the rubber grips gave me a more secure grasp on the walker, however, rubber grips after a few months were notorious for moving to an inconvenient place on the walker’s handle bar. They could be moved back in place, but only with a substantial effort.
Household walkers with and without wheels cannot be used for a substantial amount of walking outside the home. The rubber feet get worn out very quickly on concrete and asphalt. You will find that you are almost constantly putting on new rubber feet. A task which is neither easy nor convenient because the rubber feet are typically tight around the legs of the walker. Invariably, you will find it necessary to purchase a rolator. They come in different colors, sizes and styles. They often have four wheels.