Think of it as an upgraded version of walkers, designed to improve the mobility and independence for people having trouble with walking as freely as they should (either temporary or permanently), known as a rollator.
Basically, a rollator helps you to walk as a normal walker would, but with the attached seat that you can use to rest (or doing activities that requires sitting), or perhaps for the caregivers push you, just like a wheelchair would.
Convenient and multipurpose? You bet.
That said, with such innovative product rollator are generally more expensive than regular walkers – expect to fork out extra $50 to $100 compared to normal walkers at similar range. But personally, for the function a rollator provides makes the extra money worth to spend for, and you can certainly read until the end for our reviews on best rollators listed here.
Before deciding on the right rollator for your use, here are some of the things that you need to consider before making your first purchase.
What To Consider Before I’m Buying a Rollator?
The overall stability of the rollator plays a major role as this relates strongly with your safety. A stable, well-made rollator ensures that it will assist your walking steadily as well as for peace of mind for you and caregivers involved. While we’re on safety issues, consider what kind of braking mechanism used in the rollator. There are locking brakes, flip-down pedals, as well as ‘instant’ brakes, feature that you can consider for your needs.
Believe it or not, the number of wheels also affects your options in choosing the right rollator. Less number of wheels (two, for example) means generally higher degree of stability than four wheels that makes the whole maneuvering easier. Of course, the type of wheels also can be considered, with bigger wheels and rough texture is perfect for outdoor, heavy terrain use.
It goes without saying that weight capacity also needs to be taken account, and it relates to the type of material used for the frame. If you want your rollator to stay stable, the ones made from steel is better than aluminum. If you’re on the heavy side, you might want to consider a bariatric type of rollators or the ones listed as heavy-duty use.
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Users around using this rollator raves that it provides excellent value in aiding mobility, while in comfort. The Drive Medical Four Wheel Walker Rollator comes with a backrest and a detachable seat
As for security, it also comes with hand brakes for an impromptu stop.
And it has a basket to carry items if needed, although we might point out that this model does not come with a tote/pouch to keep your items discreetly; but we think we already have our own favorite bag so it’s not a bother, in fact, the basket can serve as additional storage by adding hooks if needed.
Overall, this rollator makes a decent intro if you’re first timers looking for rollators. The price point is affordable, and the value it provides is much more than the price paid, especially since the frame is sturdy and made to last.
Drive Medical Aluminum Rollator Walker Fold Up and Removable Back Support is considered to be the big size for a rollator, making it ideal for taller people with limited mobility. The seat is slightly higher than other rollators, and handles are adjustable accordingly for decent high for tall people. And yes, the seat is adequately padded with lumbar support bar for comfort that is handy if you make long trips.
This model also comes with a handy pouch that you can use to store items (rather securely and privately compared with baskets in other models reviewed here) underneath the seat.
Plus, we love that it comes with 7.5-inch caster wheels that are ideal for both indoor and outdoor use effortlessly. And surprisingly, it’s lightweight, weighing only 17.2 pounds that we think caregivers would have no troubling hauling the rollator if needed.
The Hugo Elite is convenient and easy to assemble and we love it’s adjustable seat and handlebar feature that it’s suitable for a wide range of sizes and heights. The rollator also comes with sturdy snap to lock the rollator so it’ll be completely and securely folded. To unfold it for use, simply pull the knob and it’ll snap back.
And as for storage, there’s a designated area, a hidden storage compartment at the backseat, and it also comes with additional saddle bag if you need to store more items.
Overall, Hugo Elite is a decent choice for a rollator but scouring the reviews revealed that while this make is affordable. The main downside is the material used for the seat, that most users say it’s kind of cheap that are likely to wear out in a year if used frequently. Hence, an extra seat or a seat cover is needed so the seat will last longer. After all, replacing the seat is unlikely; you might need to purchase a new rollator altogether.
The Medline Heavy-Duty Bariatric Mobility Rollator is a bariatric type of rollator (mentioned previously) made from steel frames that able to withstand heavier weights. Coupled with a padded seat, you can total all-around comfort while using this walker.
Despite the rollator made for heavyweights, the rollator maneuvers easily and the wheels are made for nearly all surface types, both indoors and outdoors. Plus, users even noted that this walker is surprisingly easy to push (effortless, to quote from some reviews) that’s it’s convenient to move around.
The only downside? As it’s made for heavyweights, naturally the width of this model is bigger compared to others, and this means there’s a chance that it won’t fit for standard size doors.
Another Drive Medical model that we review in this list, Drive Medical Nitro with the excellent comfort level, durable for long term use, convenience, and value. Users are impressed with this model as it’s comfortable to use every time and you can navigate the rollator easily.
What we love are the large 10 inches front wheels make this rollator ideal for outdoor terrains that it moves easily without compromising on comfort. Plus, the design of this rollator for storage, that you can fold into a compact size with its cross-brace design that we think it’s brilliant.
The HealthSmart Euro Style Rollator is one heavy duty beast that we think it’s made solely for outdoors (of course, we want value for money, certainly this beauty can be used indoor as well).
Strong and extreme durability is the keyword for this rollator, made with aluminum and robust frame design to ensure this rollator will last without breaking. The seat is wide with 10 inches in width, oversized 8 inch front wheels and 7 inches rear wheels
Comes with a storage tote with a shoulder strap that you can use to store items and with a cane holder (not seen on other models, we presume)
And this model comes preassemble that it’s convenient for quick setup.
That said, a number of users noted that this rollator can be difficult to fold for storage, that you need to loosen the knobs a bit – this can be a hindrance, as loosening the knobs might affect the security of the whole rollator while you’re using it. And since this rollator is what we call a beast, it might not suitable for anyone under five feet in height.
Comes with a limited three-year warranty.