3 Rolling Walkers You Need to Cover Every Situation
At Senior.com we are often asked, “Which rollator (rolling walker) is the best one to buy?” That’s a complicated question because one rollator will not solve all mobility issues. Just like young parents usually own multiple strollers for their kids for different circumstances, we would like to suggest you own these 3 products to prevent falls and give you the freedom you deserve.
4-Wheel Rollator with a Seat for Getting Out
If you want to freely move in the community, a 4-wheel rollator with a seat is the best choice. You could select a standard rollator that will do the job or a premium rollator for more comfort.
Standard 4-Wheel Option: NOVA Star with 8” Wheels
The Nova Star Series are great lightweight rollators with a nice smooth ride. They are available in both 6″ Wheels & 8″ Wheels, but we recommend the larger wheels to maneuver curbs and uneven walkways easier. These rollators have a large range of height adjustability and features the new lightweight 14-lb frame. (Bariatric is 19.5 lbs.) We like the way it folds easily with a push button and has locking hand brakes. They come in a variety of colors. This is a terrific value for getting around with a convenient seat so you can rest anytime, anywhere
Premium 4-Wheel Option: Triumph Mobility Escape Rollator
If you are looking for a little more style and comfort, the Triumph Mobility Escape Rollator is a classic European design. The Escape is available in 3 seat heights to fit almost any user and has a compact folding system that is easy to fold with a simple lift of the release handle. This design makes it easier to lift into the trunk of a car but, as an added benefit, it also stands when folded for easy storage when not in use.
Escape features a large padded seat for added comfort, pressure reducing anatomical handgrips to maintain your hand strength and the easiest to apply hand brakes available on any walker. In addition, Escape offers a depth adjustable large padded backrest, spring loaded levers for easy handle height adjustment and innovative Gentle Touch braking system with no cables to catch on objects or get in your way.
500 lb Bariatric 4-Wheel Option: Mighty Mack
The strongest and mightiest of all rollators is the Mighty Mack! It has a 500-pound weight capacity and a standard seat height for average to tall users. The Mighty Mack comes with 8″ rugged wheels, an extra wide seat with a built-in seat pad, locking hand brakes, a front wire basket, and a removable back. The sleek frame is so easy to fold.
3-Wheel Rollator for Indoors and Small Spaces
The biggest complaint about a 4-wheel rollator is that it is not easy to maneuver in small spaces. So, if you are using a rollator to get from your bed to the bathroom, a 3-wheel option is absolutely the best choice. We always recommend using a 3-wheel walker inside your home to get around furniture, thick carpet, narrow doorways or hallways etc. If you don’t have a rollator that is easy to maneuver, you will opt not to use it. Just one fall can be a huge set-back to your health, independence and finances. I can’t tell you how often we hear that Mom or Dad fell in the bathroom because they weren’t using their rollator because it was too difficult in the small space. It was sitting OUTSIDE the bathroom. Resolve this safety hazard with a 3- wheel rollator.
The Traveler 3 Wheel Walker is perfect for maneuvering indoors around furniture and in tight places like a bathroom. It features NOVA’s easy to use locking hand brakes, a tray, basket, pouch and 8” rugged wheels, and is foldable for easy transport and storage. When relying on a cane in the home, falls can easily occur when a foot catches or balance is off. We like how the traveler 3-wheel rollator has a tray for food or drinks and a basket for other belongings. This frees hands to steady your balance so you can move freely in your home.
Why Do You Need Both a 3-Wheel and a 4-Wheel Rollator?
One reason we recommend owning both the 4-wheel and the 3-wheel, is the 4-wheel has a seat so you can sit down anywhere when tired. Often you are not near a chair and your 4-wheel rollator gives you that security. In addition, a 4-wheel rollator is maximum comfort for going outside, shopping, or to an event. The 3-wheel rollator would be left at home for indoor use in those tight spaces.
Lastly, We Recommend the EZ Fold and Go Rollator
Just like young parents appreciate the umbrella stroller for quick trips, the EZ Fold and Go Rollator is the perfect solution when a caregiver is taking someone to the doctors. It’s only 8 lbs and folds compact.
The unique, patented design allows the EZ Fold-N-Go Walker to fold up to a 7-inch diameter with the touch of a finger, just like an umbrella stroller. It’s perfect for traveling, going to the store, eating at a restaurant, or just maneuvering those tight spaces around the house.
Gone are the days when you have to find space for the bulky walker or rollator in the trunk of the car. Now you can keep it next to you in the front seat!
These are some of our favorite products to recommend. However, you can shop Senior.com for hundreds of mobility solutions from all the top brands. If you are a veteran or active in the military, we offer a 15% lifetime discount! If you sign up for Senior.com rewards, you can receive 10% off your first order. Lastly, Senior.com always offers FREE SHIPPING within the contiental United States. Age Well. Shop Smart.
About the Author
As Senior.com Director of Sales and Marketing, Kimberly Johnson is passionate about providing Seniors with the resources and products to live well. Kimberly is a seasoned caregiver to her family and breast cancer survivor. Her father battled ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease and she was a primary caregiver. Today Kimberly lives in Southern California near her 104-year-old grandmother, widowed mother, a mentally disabled sister and second sister who is also a breast cancer survivor. She is happily married to her husband of 24 years and they have 3 children.View All Articles