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Choosing the Best Reacher Grabber

by Jessica Hegg July 25, 2019 0 Comments

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Reacher Grabbers are an excellent tool to have around the house, whether you’re picking up trash, reaching hard-to-get items, or looking for a way to maintain independence later in life. Each of our reacher grabbers comes with its own unique features, and choosing the right one comes down to the user’s individual needs. Review our guide below to see how grip type, length, claw width, and other features come into play, and get personalized recommendations based on your needs.

What to Consider when Choosing your Reacher Grabber

Be sure to consider all these factors before choosing your reacher grabber.

Jaw/Claw Type

Rotating Head

Claws with a rotating head are perfect for versatility, letting the user customize the grip to their needs. Simply pull the claw of our rotating reacher grabber and turn ninety degrees to switch between vertical and horizontal orientations. This allows you to handle a variety of items like cups from high kitchen shelves, loose change on the ground and can even be used for reaching behind appliances.

Rubberized Grip

Our rotating reacher grabber and folding reacher grabber incorporate a rubberized grip into their design to make it easier to pick up and hold slick objects. The contoured rubber includes raised lips around the edges to firmly hold a range of different materials.

Suction Cups

The suction cup grip on our suction cup reacher grabber can securely lift up to five pounds, including wet objects or slick surfaces like glass. A leaf-style jaw made of springy aluminum makes it easy to get a firm grip.

Rubberized Teeth

The rubberized teeth on our claw reacher grabber are made to grip small and large items and is strong enough to hold up to five pounds safely. The rubberized teeth offer additional dexterity, making it perfect for hooking onto smaller objects.

Extended Reach

Each of our reacher grabbers feature 32” of extended reach, with a durable aluminum shaft. This lets users comfortably grab items off the floor from a standing position, or get objects from out of reach areas like shelves or behind appliances.

Ease of Storage

Our reacher grabbers are slim and lightweight, letting them store easily on a shelf or in the corner of a closet. Our most compact option is the folding reacher grabber which can fold down to half its length for storage in most bags. The folding hinge locks when in use and can be bent at the push of a button.

Trigger Grip

The trigger grip included on all of our reacher grabbers makes them easy to use, even for those with low dexterity or arthritis pain. The grip and handle feature an ergonomic design, making them comfortable for regular use, and don’t require excessive pressure when squeezing.

Intended Use

Reacher grabbers can be used for a variety of different purposes, making them one of the most versatile mobility aids we offer. See some of the most common uses in our recommendations section below.

Our Recommendations for... 

Find the ideal reacher grabber for your needs based on our most common recommendations below.

Reacher Grabber good for Picking up Trash

Picking up Trash

Trash comes in all shapes and sizes, and so choosing a reacher grabber with versatility is the answer for clean ups. Our rotating reacher grabber works well because it can function in a vertical or horizontal orientation, making it easy to pick up different kinds of trash without bending over. A 4” wide claw width also means it can pick up most objects without straining. Another good option is the suction cup reacher.

Reacher Grabber good for Travel


Taking a reacher grabber on your next trip lets you know you can always pick up dropped items, or grab anything out of reach. Our folding reacher grabber brings all the functionality of our other grabbers in a compact, collapsible design. At the press of a button, it can be folded down to half its size, making it easy to store in most bags.

Reacher Grabber for Limited Mobility

Limited Mobility

If you are confined to a bed or chair, or have a hard time sitting and standing, it’s important to make sure all of your must-have items are within reach. The rotating reacher grabber allows you to grab a book, TV remote, or anything else, while avoiding injury from overreaching. It’s easy to change the orientation of the grabber claw. Simply pull the claw out of the lightweight aluminum shaft and turn 90 degrees.

Reacher Grabber for Cell Phones and Mini Gadgets

Cell Phones, Ipads & Glass Objects

Objects made of glass, metal, or other slick surfaces can sometimes give traditional reacher grabbers a bit of a challenge. In these cases, try our suction cup reacher grabber which can get a firm grip on smooth surfaces. Twin suction cups on either side of the claw are made to grip items as heavy as five pounds, with a wide 4.5” jaw. An ergonomic trigger grip makes grabbing comfortable at all angles.

Reacher Grabber for small items

Small Items

Picking up the smallest items requires dexterity and coordination that not all reacher grabbers can offer. That’s why our claw reacher grabber was designed with rubberized teeth and hook shape that can get a grip on the fine contours of objects like coins or key rings. For a bit of extra functionality, our rotating reacher grabber allows the user to turn the claw 90 degrees, making it easy to pinch from any orientation.


Frequently Asked Questions

See what other users are asking and learn more about our reacher grabbers.

Q: What are some of the most common uses for reacher grabbers?

A: We listed a few of the most common uses above, but the fact is reacher grabbers are so versatile that there is almost no limit to their uses. See some of the most popular here:

  • Maintaining mobility during later stages of pregnancy
  • Pick up branches while riding lawn mowers
  • Putting away groceries
  • Cleaning up childrens’ toys
  • Aiding those with arthritis or dexterity impairment
  • Grab objects out of ponds or rivers

Q: Do reacher grabbers require maintenance?

A: Our reacher grabbers are ready to use right out of the packaging, but there are a few usage and maintenance tips that will keep them working longer. First, remember to oil moving parts over time to keep them working smoothly. Also, be sure not to exceed the 5 lb weight limit when lifting objects, as doing so may be dangerous.

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Jessica Hegg
Jessica Hegg

Jessica Hegg is the content manager and at With vast product knowledge and understanding of individual needs, she aims to share valuable information on making smart buying choices, overcoming obstacles and overall improving the quality of life for others. Avid gym-rat and nutrition enthusiast, she’s interested in all things related to staying active and living healthy lifestyle.

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