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How to choose a suitable rollator? 

Rollator comparison

It is easy to be overwhelmed by the variety of features and options available on rollators.  Recommendation: decide upon your must have features - no more than a two or three.  Then restrict your search to rollators offering those options.  By comparing these models to one another in terms of nice to have features, you will probably quickly develop a preference. 

What size suits?

With walker wheels, the general rule is the larger the wheel, the easier it is to push, especially over rough ground.  Walkers with small solid wheels are really only suitable for indoors.

 

Three wheels or four?

Walkers with three wheels are more maneuverable but less stable than those with four wheels.  Four wheel walkers are easy to push, especially if the wheels are large and swivel.  This is a real advantage.  If you need to lean or push against the rollator's frame for support, you may find a standard walker too mobile - the frame may "run away" from you.  The solution may be a wheeled walker with slow-down brakes, where with the turn of a knob you can adjust to have tension on the wheels.  

 

Steel or aluminum?

Steel is stronger, but aluminum is lighter. If you weigh more than 250 pounds, you will likely want a steel walker.  Otherwise, you can go with one of the lighter (and more easily pushed) aluminum rollators.

 

How high should it go?

The handle height on rollators adjusts, either at the base or with individual handle adjustments.  The minimum height setting may be as low as 30" (on a petite model), the maximum can go as high as 38."  The exact range varies with the walker.  One rollator model might have a 31" minimum and a 35" maximum.  Another might run from 33" to 36."  Yet another, from 34" to 38."   Select a rollator whose handles can be adjusted to a comfortable height for you.  Taller folk will need higher ranges (say between 34" and 38"), shorter folk will need lower ranges (perhaps 30" to 33"), with others falling somewhere in between.  Ranges overlap, and you don't have to fit into the middle of a range, so long as it includes your preferred handle height.   

CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTION. WE ARE HERE TO HELP CHOOSE THE RIGHT DEVICE FOR YOUR EVERYDAY MOBILITY NEEDS.

 



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