Dear Savvy Senior,
What kinds of reacher grabber tools can you recommend for seniors who need help picking things up off the ground? I bought a cheap one at Walmart a few months ago that doesn’t work very well for me, and would like to find one that does.
—Need a Hand
A good reacher grabber is a very handy tool for anyone with mobility issues. It works like an extension of your arm allowing you to reach down and pick things up off the ground without bending or stooping over. It can also help with reaching and grabbing things in high overhead places, as well as areas that are difficult to get to.
But with so many different reachers on the market today, finding a good one that works well for you is not always easy. Depending on your needs, here are some top options to consider.
Featherweight The Original Grabber Reacher 2-Pack: If you want a reacher primarily for picking up small lightweight items around the house, the “Featherweight The Original Grabber Reacher 2-Pack“ by My RMS Store is multifunctional. Available in 32 and 26-inch lengths, it has a trigger-style handgrip with a serrated jaw that provides a secure grip when lifting objects. It also has a magnet built into the tip for picking up lightweight metal objects like a paperclip, and a small hook (or horn) that aids in retrieving things like clothes, shoes or keys. But, because of its lightweight design, it doesn’t work as well at retrieving heaver items like canned goods from shelves.
RMS Handi Grip Grabber Reacher with Rotating Head: For retrieving small and medium-sized items, the “RMS Handi Grip Grabber Reacher with Rotating Head “ can handle most chores. Available in 19, 26 and 32-inch lengths, it has a soft comfortable trigger handgrip and a rubberized jaw that’s strong enough to lift objects up to 5 pounds and up to 4 inches wide, yet sensitive enough to pick up something as small as a dime. The jaw can also swivel 90 degrees to reach things in awkward spaces.
RMS Soft-Grip™ Folding Grabber Reacher with Ergonomic Handle: If you have hand or wrist arthritis that makes gripping difficult, the 31-inch “RMS Soft-Grip™ Folding Grabber Reacher with Ergonomic Handle“ has a handgrip that lets you use all five fingers to close the jaw for better gripping power. This Folding Grabber Reacher from My RMS Store is easy to fold and unfold to a full 26" long. Ideal for travel or carry on. Specially designed ergonomic handle to provide soft and comfort grip.
RMS Soft-Grip™ Grabber Reacher with Orthopedic Handle: For easier storage or travel, the 32-inch “RMS Soft-Grip™ Grabber Reacher with Orthopedic Handle“ has a slip-joint in the arm that allows it to fold in half. Our Grabber Reacher with Orthopedic Handle has a soft yellow non-slip jaw gripping surface grabs small or large objects securely. It also features a magnetic tip helps pick up small objects and is fitted with a post to assist with dressing. Specially designed Orthopedic handle provides soft and comfort grip. The width of the jaw can be easily adjusted by untying string and retracting to desired width. 2 Sizes to choose from: 26' or 32”.
Where to Buy
You can buy reacher grabbers at many pharmacies, retail, medical equipment and home improvement stores. But, because it’s a specialty item, the selection is very limited. Your best bet is to buy one online at https://www.myrmsstore.com, which sells all of the top reachers at prices ranging between $12 and $40. Just type the product name in the search bar to find it.