Best Rollator Walker Buying Guide 2020
What is a Rollator Walker?
Rollators are one of Best Mobility Aids available to help you Move Freely about your day to day activities, and Maintain Your Independence. Also referred to as ‘Wheeled Walkers’, Rollators consist of a frame with 3-4 big wheels so you can easily manoeuvre around, a built-in seat so you can stop and rest when needed, and a crossbar for additional back support and stability when walking around.
What are the Benefits of Rollator Walkers?
Rollators greatly enhances Your Autonomy, Self Esteem and Quality of Life. Not only do they provide Support and Stability when walking, but they also allow you to have a seat a rest when needed. By being able to socialize more, and exercise more, you will improve your circulation and your overall health.
How to Choose a Rollator Walker?
There are many different types of rollators on the market, and choosing the Best Rollator for your needs will depend on many factors such as your Height, Weight, Hand Strength, and Cognitive Abilities.
The most popular configuration of rollators are Three Wheeled Rollators and Four Wheeled Walkers.
Three wheel rollators are lighter and easier to maneuveur around tight and narrow corners, and tend to be lighter and easier to fold.
Four wheel rollators on the other hand tend to provide more stability, have a higher weight capacity, wider height ranges, and often have a seat that you can rest on.
If you plan to use Rollators outdoors you also want to have bigger 8'' wheels, but if they will only be for Indoor use then smaller 6'' wheels will make it easier to move around.
Rollator Frame Type & Weight Capacity
The majority of rollators on the market are made out of Aluminium, which is Durable and Lightweight, allowing you to easily transport your mobility aid any where you go.
However, most of these only have weight capacity of up to 90kg, and if you are heavier than this you should look at buying a more Durable Heavy Duty Rollator made of stronger metals such as Steel.
Rollator Seat Width
In addition to Frame Type and Weight Capacity, it is also important to consider the Width of the Rollator.
- Will you be able to comfortably sit on your rollator?
- Will the seat and armrest be wide enough to support your body?
- How wide are the hallways in your home?
Rollator Walker Brakes & Locking Features
Brakes are a vital component of your Rollator especially if you plan to walk on hilly areas. There are two main types of brake mechanisms:
- Push Down Brakes are ideal for Petite Lightweight Users who lack physical strength, and work by placing downward pressure on the spring loaded frame to prevent forward movement.
- Loop Brakes provide greater stability and instant breaking action, but require the simultaneous use of both hands and squeezing action.
If you plan to sit down and rest on your rollator, then a 'Locking Feature' is a must to prevent your rollator from running away.
Rollator Handle Height
To prevent straining of back and shoulders, it is crucial to adjust rollators to the right height. Ideally you want your back to be straight (not hunched or bent over) with your hip joints in line with rollator handles and arms slightly bent.
Rollator Walker Grips
The majority of walker rollators come with plastic grips which are durable, and provide good stability. However, if your hands tend to get sweaty frequently then you might want to consider foam grips or soft grip covers.
In addition to the above, you might want to consider a larger grip if you have any arthritis or joint issues in your hand.
How to Measure Rollator?
There are many measurements you need into consideration when buying a rollator it will fit your needs and be comfortable to use, and ideally you should consult your doctor or physical therapist to find the best ones for your needs, but following is a guide to assist you:
- Handle Bar Height: Aim to be able to adjust handle height to level of your hips.
- Chair Height: Aim to have height similar to length between back of knees and floor.
- Chair Width: Aim to have width similar length to shoulder width
Once you have the above measurements as a guide it is recommended to find a Rollator that can be adjusted within one inch of these values.
What are the Best Walker Rollators?
At Mobility Shop Direct we believe that the Best Rollator to Buy will depend on your personal needs, but in terms of Quality, Functionality and Value, we highly recommend you consider the Days Healthcare Range of Walkers:
If you are still struggling to find a Rollator to suit you needs feel free to call us on 1300132952, email at email@example.com or by filling out our contact form.