What to Look For in a Reacher or Grabber Tool

Chad Birt

Written by Chad Birt on Mon May 15 2023.

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If you have arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, or another health problem that makes it hard to extend your arm or hold onto things, a hand-held reacher tool may improve your mobility and independence.

“These tools can be helpful for people with mobility issues who need assistance with tasks that involve reaching,” said Lawrence Barnier, a health officer at Women’s Resources e-Information, an online publication dedicated to women’s health, well-being, and empowerment. “Grabber tools are especially useful for picking up items from the ground, retrieving objects from high shelves, and pulling things out of tight spaces.”

Choosing a reacher or grabber tool can be challenging if you don’t know what to look for. Below, we provide some simple tips and tricks.

Who Should Use a Reacher or Grabber Tool?

Consider using a reacher or grabber tool if you find routine tasks challenging, like grabbing spices from the kitchen cabinet or picking up the TV remote when it drops on the floor.

Reacher or grabber tools can be especially beneficial for people with musculoskeletal conditions that affect the hands or shoulders, including:

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Rotator cuff tendonitis

  • Rotator cuff tendinosis

  • Rotator cuff tears

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Shoulder impingement syndrome

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Tennis elbow

  • Golfer’s elbow

You don’t necessarily need to have health problems to benefit from a reacher or grabber tool. For example, if you’re pregnant or just not as flexible as you used to be, they can make it easier to do things around the house.

Do I Need to Take Measurements Before Buying a Reacher or Grabber?

Getting an assistive device, like a walker or cane, requires you to take certain measurements. But you don’t need to worry about that with a reacher or grabber tool. Still, Barnier says it’s important to consider two factors:

  • The length of the reacher or grabber tool: Think about what you plan to use the reacher or grabber for and how mobile/flexible you already are. 

  • The weight of the reacher or grabber tool: Consider how heavy the items you’ll pick up will be. Just as important is thinking through how much weight you can physically pick up. If you’re in good health and just need help reaching objects because you’re on the shorter side, the weight of the tool probably isn’t as big of a deal.

Where Can I Buy a Reacher or Grabber Tool?

We carry several reacher-grabber tools here at Carewell. Here’s a closer look at our 5 top sellers:

1) McKesson Hand-Held Reacher

This hand-held reacher tool from McKesson is 26.5 inches long and has a jaw opening of up to 2.5 inches. The claw features non-slip rubber tabs and magnetic tips, making it easy to grab items securely. 

Key Benefits & Features:

  • Ultra-lightweight frame made of durable aluminum

  • The pistol trigger only requires 7 oz. of pressure

  • Reacher tool folds flat for easy storage and transportation

McKesson Hand-Held Reacher
McKesson Hand-Held Reacher

Price: $7.95 - $591.02

2) Cardinal Health 22” Suction–Cup Reacher

This reacher tool from Cardinal Health features suction cup tips. It extends 22 inches and has a responsive, easy-to-use trigger handle.

Key Benefits & Features:

  • Lightweight construction

  • Suction cup tips for extra grip

  • Under $20.00

3) Carex Metal Reacher, Magnetic Tips

This metal reacher from Carex is heavier than the two previous tools listed. However, it offers 27 inches of reach and has magnetic tips, perfect for picking up small metal objects, like jewelry, loose change, and silverware. 

Key Benefits & Features:

  • Easy to use

  • Features a sturdy metal body

  • Extends to 27 inches

Carex Metal Reacher, Magnetic Tips, P601-C0, 32" - 1 Each
Carex Metal Reacher, Magnetic Tips

Price: $14.99 - $17.46

4) Medline Reacher, 31”

This Medline grabber tool offers the longest reach with a wingspan of 31 inches. It can hold objects weighing up to five pounds and features a wide handle that cradles all four fingers for enhanced grip strength.

Key Benefits & Features:

  • Designed for full hand grip 

  • 5-pound weight capacity

  • Non Slip tabs over jaws for secure grab

Medline Reacher, 31", MDS86031RCEH, Blue - 1 Each
Medline Reacher, 31"

Price: $11.12 - $21.29

5) HealthSmart Duro-Matic Metal Reacher, 26”


Rounding out this list of grabber tools is this duro-matic metal reacher from Healthsmart. Made of lightweight aluminum, the tool weighs just two pounds but can pick up objects as large as a quart. 

Key Benefits & Features:

  • Compact and easy to hold

  • Slip-resistant contour handle for a secure grip

  • The attached magnet helps pick up metal objects

Have Questions?

If you have questions about a reacher or grabber tool, contact our friendly and knowledgeable Caregiving Specialists today. Our team speaks English and Spanish and is available 24/7 to address your concerns, make recommendations, and help you select a tool that meets your budget and needs. Call (800) 696-CARE or send an email to support@carewell.com. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Chad Birt
Chad Birt

Chad Birt is a freelance medical writer who resides in Astoria, Oregon. When he isn't behind a keyboard, you can find him hiking, camping, or birdwatching with his wife Ella and their two dogs, Diane and Thoreau.