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Top 7 things to know when choosing a Rollator

Top 7 things to know when choosing a Rollator
Swati Chadha

Mobility aids are a boon to those with mobility concerns as these products help them regain their independence. However, it is imperative to make an informed decision of investing in the correct mobility aid, one which addresses the user’s specific needs. Understanding one’s situation, specific needs, educating oneself on the choices available, and then investing in the correct mobility aid, is very crucial. It is against this backdrop that this article, with a focus on rollators as a mobility aid, tries to understand who needs them, their specific features, types, uses, and functions.

What is a Rollator?

A rollator also referred to as a wheeled walker, is a walker on wheels comprising of a frame with three or four wheels, handle bars, and a built-in padded seat. It features handbrakes, a backrest as well as a basket/pouch to carry personal things. Rollators are easier to use than a walker because they just need to be pushed around like a cart instead of having to be lifted and placed with each step.

Who needs a Rollator?

A rollator is ideal for someone who can walk but needs a helping hand in maintaining stability and balance. The following conditions necessitate the use of a rollator:

  1. Decreased weight-bearing capacity on one or both the legs: because of fracture, wound on the feet/lower legs, arthritis, pain in legs due to poor blood circulation, surgery, hip replacement, etc.

  2. Fatigue: due to respiratory conditions, illnesses, diabetes, aging, etc.

  3. Poor balance: due to neurological conditions, low blood pressure, dizziness, ear disturbances, slow reflexes, etc.

They primarily keep the users active and independent, while ensuring their utmost safety.

Features to look for when buying a Rollator-

Let us look at some of the salient characteristics of rollators which will help the user pick the one that suits his needs best.

  1. Style: Rollators come in three and four-wheel styles. A 3-wheel rollator is narrower and therefore easily maneuverable in narrow spaces. It is also lightweight, making it ideal for users who want to walk at a faster speed, foldable but does not have a seat for resting. A 4-wheel rollator provides a wider and more stable base. Thus, it is ideal for bariatric users and those with poor balancing. It also has a retractable padded seat which can be used for resting in between walks.
  2. Seat: As mentioned above, only 4-wheel rollators have seat provision. The seat’s height is an important consideration for the user. The higher the seat the easier it is for the user to get on or off it. Some models have seats whose height can be adjusted. Most rollators have the standard seat width in the range of 13 to 18 inches. Shape and material of the seat are other deciding factors. A contoured and padded seat is more comfortable than a plastic one.
  3. Width: The width of a rollator is important especially if it is for indoor use. Three-wheel rollators are narrower and foldable making them an ideal pick for indoor use. Most 4-wheel rollators are wider than 22 inches, the standard width of a door.
  4. Wheel size: Most rollators have wheels that are 6 and 8 inches. The 6-inch wheel rollators are for petite users and indoor use whereas the 8-inch ones are for outdoor use and rough terrain.
  5. Weight: This refers to the weight capacity of the rollator as well as its overall weight. The user’s weight should be within the weight capacity of the rollator. Even its own weight should be manageable, seen particularly from the point of view of portability.
  6. Bariatric rollators: They are constructed to accommodate higher user weights. Always with 4-wheels, they provide utmost stability. The wheels swivel easily to allow smooth turning. Made of steel or aluminum, bariatric rollators have reinforced frames and welded stress points to safely handle extra user weight and provide durability. Most models offer height adjustability. Some models also allow width adjustability to have wider space between the handles. The seats are also wide and well-padded for comfort. Most models offer locking hand brakes for safety reasons. They come in collapsible or folding designs which make transportation easy.
  7. Collapsible pouch: Most rollators offer a toting device, basket or storage under the seat. Some users prefer collapsible pouch to basket. Unlike baskets, pouches need not be removed while folding the rollator.

Thus, available in several styles, sizes, and configurations, rollators have multiple features that can readily meet individual user needs. So, picking the right rollator must be a well-informed decision. Seeking guidance from healthcare professionals can be very handy in this regard. They can further guide the user on how to use it safely. Lastly, like any other piece of equipment with moving parts, rollators too require periodic maintenance. Regular servicing should be done to correct any damage or wear and tear. This will ensure user safety and prolong life of the rollator.

Top Ten Rollators for 2022

1. UPWalker Lite Walking Aid - Upright Walker

The UPWalker Lite is a smaller and lighter version of the original UPWalker, affordable and perfect for indoor use. This revolutionary breakthrough in mobility aids allows users to walk upright in a secure and safer posture compared to the traditional walkers and rollators that require users to hunch over. This budget-friendly version of UPWalker is lightweight, making it easier to lift and transport, while the small size allows easy travel in tighter spaces.

Features of UPWalker Lite Upright Walker

  • New lightweight mobility solution designed for daily living
  • 34% lighter and folds easily for easy transporting
  • Supportive upright posture walker
  • Less pain, more walking comfort
  • Designed for stability and safety
  • Weight capacity: 300 lbs.
 

2. Nova Medical Phoenix Rise Up Rollator

Nova Phoenix Rise Up Rollator's unique design allows the user's body and vehicle to rise and makes it possible to walk with an upright forward-looking stance, providing excellent control and stability, significantly decreasing bodily strain and weariness. This upright rollator walker is durable, contoured, and comfortable for forearms. The user can stand straight while resting their forearms.

Features of Nova Medical Phoenix Rise Up Rollator

  • Allows the user to rise and look forward
  • Stabilization strap gives the user optimum stability on the rollator
  • Lightweight only weighs 20.5 pounds with a weight capacity of 300 lbs
  • Comes with a comfortable seat and extra-wide backrest
  • Folding frame
  • Height adjustment with just one button
 

3. Drive Duet Transport Chair and Rollator

Drive Duet Transport Chair and Rollator combines the features of a transport chair and rollator in one unit. The tool-free two position contoured padded back-rest is reversible depending on whether one is using the Duet in an ambulatory or transport chair mode. Comes with a comfortable padded seat with a large under seat pouch for storage of personal items which ensures that the unit stays open while in use and remains folded during transport. Drive Duet Transport Chair and Rollator has large 8" casters which are ideal for indoor and outdoor use

Features of Drive Duet Rollator and Transport Chair

  • An individual can ambulate independently or be pushed safely by a caregiver
  • Folding frame has a lock-out feature
  • Handles are adjustable in height
  • Easy release loop locks
  • Inside the pouch is a handle to aid with the folding
  • Locking flip-up armrests and a flip-down footrest to aid the user while the Duet is used in the transport chair mode
 

4. Drive Nitro Euro-Style Tall Aluminum Four Wheel Rollator

Drive Nitro Euro-Style Tall Aluminum Four Wheel Rollator eliminates the need to lift the device and allows walking with an easy, smooth gait. It is designed for those who want unmatched value along with proven comfort and convenience. With a sturdy and long-lasting frame made of lightweight aluminum, this rollator is durable, yet easy to move around over all surfaces. Flexible height adjustable removable back and height adjustable ergonomic handles conform to the individual user needs. Nitro Tall Rollator is ideal for users 6 feet and above.

Features Nitro Tall Aluminum Rollator

  • Lightweight, Aluminum frame
  • Attractive, Euro-style design
  • Easily folds with one hand to ultra-compact size for storage
  • Brake cable inside frame for added safety
  • Seat is durable and comfortable
  • Handle height easily adjusts with unique push button
  • Cross-brace design allows for side-to-side folding and added stability
  • Back support height easily adjusts with tool-free thumb screw
 

5. ProBasics Aluminum Rollator with Six Inch Wheels

ProBasics Standard Aluminum Rollator is carefully designed to fit the fundamental needs of patients with a focus on both style and affordability. Constructed of durable but lightweight aluminum, it offers great maneuverability and stability, allowing patients to move around easily. Each rollator comes equipped with easy-to-operate ergonomic hand brakes, a removable padded backrest, and a water-resistant nylon pouch for private storage of personal belongings whenever on the go. The FSA-approved aluminum rollator also easily folds up for storage when not in use and for transport with a built-in fold strap.

Features of ProBasics Aluminum Rollator

  • Two-button removable curved padded backrest
  • Comfortable, flip-up padded seat
  • Easy-to-operate ergonomic hand brakes
  • Height-adjustable for a custom fit
Buy ProBasics Aluminum Rollator with Six Inch Wheels
 

6. Drive Aluminum Rollator with Fold Up and Removable Back Support

The Drive Rollator with a fold-up removable back support rollator is designed to meet the mobility requirements of those unable to move around unassisted. Aluminum Rollator provides maximum support and improved posture. It comes with strong brakes with serrated edges that give a firm hold.

Features of Drive Medical Aluminum Rollator

  • Comes with a comfortable, durable padded seat
  • Zippered pouch under seat for added privacy and security of personal items
  • Removable, hinged, padded backrest can be folded up or down
  • Ergonomic handles are easy-to-grip and are adjustable
Buy HealthSmart Gateway Rollator
 

7. Drive Nitro DLX Four Wheel Rollator

Drive Nitro DLX Four Wheel Rollator is suitable for a single user with limited mobility. It is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. Nitro DLX easily folds with one hand into an ultra-compact size for storage. Caster fork design enhances turning radius and 10 inches front casters allow for excellent steering and rolling comfort. Cross-brace design provides side-to-side folding and added stability. Nitro DLX should be cleaned regularly by hand with a damp cloth.

Features of Drive Nitro DLX Rollator

  • Attractive, Euro-style design
  • Lightweight frame
  • Handle height easily adjusts with unique push button
  • Easily folds with one hand to ultra-compact size for storage
 

8. Rose Healthcare Four Wheeled Rollators

Rose Healthcare Four Wheeled Rollators feature adjustable height handles with comfortable foam hand grips. Its loop-type cable hand brakes operate on rear wheels and six inch wheels are ideal for indoor and outdoor use. It has easy folding mechanism for transport and storage. Rose Healthcare Four Wheeled Rollators are constructed of lightweight aluminum frame

Features of Rose Healthcare Four Wheeled Rollators

  • Handle height adjusts: 34" to 38"
  • Padded seat lifts up to accommodate removable 6" x 6" x 13" wire basket with handle
  • Smooth rolling 6 wheels
  • Padded backrest for extra comfort
 

9. ITA-MED Four Wheel Heavy Duty Aluminum Rollator with Loop Brakes

ITA-MED Four Wheel Heavy Duty Aluminum Rollator with Loop Brakes has anatomical hand grips with loop braking system. It features straight padded back rest and eight inch wheels with wheel locks. It is ideal for people with walking problems, injuries, mobility problems, post-operative or weakness. ITA-MED Four Wheel Heavy Duty Aluminum Rollator with Loop Brakes folds easy for storage and transport

Features of ITA-MED Four Wheel Heavy Duty Aluminum Rollator

  • Easy height adjustment
  • Handy wire basket for storage
  • Product weight: 20lb
  • Weight capacity: 400lb
 

10. Graham Field Lumex Walkabout Wide Four-Wheel Rollator

Graham Field Lumex Walkabout Wide Four-Wheel Rollator is ideal for larger individuals. The rollator is designed with a lightweight aluminum frame, it offers a comfortable and affordable solution to mobility. It has easy to operate locking and quick stop loop brakes, pull up to stop, and push down to lock. It folds quickly and easily into a compact unit for storage and transport. This lightweight rollator weighs 16 lbs and supports a maximum weight capacity of 350 lb. Graham Field Lumex Walkabout Wide Four-Wheel Rollator has ergonomic handgrips.

Features of Graham Field Lumex Walkabout Wide Four-Wheel Rollator

  •  Wide padded seat for increased seating surface and added comfort 
  • Basket included that can be placed underneath the seat for carrying of personal items 
  • Adjustable handle height to accommodate a broad range of user heights 
  • Heavy-duty 6 wheels for indoor and outdoor use 
  • Comes with added rear reflectors that increase visibility at night 
  • Removable padded backbar
 

Where to buy Rollators online?

At HPFY, we have an amazing range of premium rollators that offer exceptional mobility and help move around spaces with ease.

 

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HPFY Swati Chadha

Swati Chadha

I am Swati Chadha. Based out of Mumbai, I am currently a stay at home mom. My past work experience has been in the social development sector with focus on reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention. Working on different projects ...

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