When shopping for a rollator, there are a few factors to consider: the weight capacity of the seat, any desired storage features and your budget — rollators range from $50 to a few hundred dollars or more. Also, check the total weight of the item to ensure it’s easy for you or a caregiver to transport. To select our top rollator picks, we considered these factors, ruled out any products with poor customer reviews and gave preference to rollators with built-in back support and storage features.
What is a rollator?
A rollator, also referred to as a wheeled walker, is a walker with a seat, three or four wheels and handlebars. Rollators are mobility devices ideal for those who are able to walk but may need assistance or require frequent breaks. Many rollators also let you adjust the height and include handle brakes and a crossbar for back support when sitting.
What’s the difference between a rollator vs. walker?
A walker is a mobility device with handlebars and four legs. Walkers may feature two wheels or no wheels, depending on the model. A rollator is similar but includes three to four wheels and a seat.
The main difference between a walker and a rollator is that a rollator lets you sit comfortably with support when you need a break from standing. Because rollators have wheels on all legs, they may not provide as much stability for someone with severe balance issues as the stationary legs of a walker would.
Understanding rollator types and features
Indoor/outdoor rollators: If you plan on using your rollator outside often, we recommend looking for a device with larger wheels (6 inches or larger) to handle outdoor terrain. Likewise, if you plan on using your rollator in your home, you want to look for a rollator with nonskid wheels that won’t scuff up your tile or wood floors.
Adjustable rollators: Many rollator models let you adjust the height of the handles. This is an important feature to consider if you’re shorter or taller than average — bending or straining to reach the handles can render your rollator ineffective.
Rollator size: You can find rollators with three or four wheels. Three-wheel models tend to be smaller and more narrow, and they can easily maneuver most door frames. Four-wheel rollators tend to provide more support and stability and be a heavier duty option. If you want a four-wheel rollator and plan to use it in your home, measure your door frames to be sure it will fit.
Rollator storage options: Many rollators will come with built-in storage, such as a basket or a bag underneath the fold-up seat. Additional accessories, including storage bags, backpacks and cupholders, can be purchased for rollators to increase the storage capacity of the device.
Rollator brakes: There are two common rollator braking systems: loop-lock brakes, which work by squeezing the handles of your rollator, and push-down brakes, which require downward pressure on the frame. Both systems are generally easy to use, but the push-down brakes require more overall strength or body weight than loop-lock brakes and may cause trouble for petite individuals. Loop-lock brakes tend to be more common and are similar to bicycle handle brakes. A loop-lock brake can easily lock in place if the user pushes down on the brake handle instead of pulling or squeezing upward.
Our top rollator picks
Drive Duet Transport Chair and Rollator
This model features a padded, fold-up seat and a spacious underseat pouch for storing belongings. The design allows for indoor and outdoor use and includes a flip-down footrest for use while sitting. This feature effectively transforms the rollator into a transport chair, giving users the best of both worlds.
- Seat width: 13.5”
- Seat height: 21”
- Handle height: 31.5” to 37”
What we like: The combination rollator transport chair functionality makes this pick a great value for your money. We also like that it comes in your choice of red, blue or black frame. Many rollators come in only red or blue, so the black option is a nice addition. This model also features locking, flip-up armrests for use while seated, which adds an extra layer of comfort and support.
What to consider: At $167 (at the time of publishing), this rollator is one of the pricier models on our list. You can definitely find a cheaper option if cost is a core concern.
What customers say: Customer reviews mention that it’s easy to use and well made. While some reviewers say the rollator function works smoother than the transport chair function, the overall reviews for the product are overwhelmingly positive with a 4.5 star rating and more than 1,500 reviews on Amazon at the time of publication.
Drive Medical Adjustable Height Rollator
The Drive medical adjustable height rollator comes with 6-inch wheels, a removable padded backrest and soft grip tires for indoor and outdoor use. The padded seat also includes a zippered underseat pouch for personal items. Loop locks also provide extra stability and security when mobile.
- Seat width: 12”
- Seat height: 20”
- Handle height: 32" to 37"
What we like: This model features offset casters that provide additional strength. Both the seat and the handles can be adjusted to suit the height of the user. The seat adjusts from 18 inches to 22 inches, while the handle height can adjust from 29.5 inches to 38 inches.
What to consider: Without a locking mechanism for the folded device, some users reported trouble with it staying closed and flat during transport, especially when moving it in and out of vehicles. This may not be an issue if you’re not planning on transporting the walker often. If you are, getting a cheap piece of velcro or bungee cord to secure the rollator during transportation may solve the problem.
What customers say: Most users agreed that the rollator was easy to assemble, fold and use. Some customers noted that the seat height adjustment made this rollator a good choice for shorter individuals, with a few users ranging in height from 4 feet, 11 inches to 5 feet, 2 inches chiming in that the rollator adjusted to suit them well.
Drive Aluminum Rollator
The easy-to-use Drive aluminum rollator features a removable padded backrest and ergonomic handles. Adjust the height to your desired level, up to 38 inches, and enjoy comfortable support when walking or resting. Storage features include a zippered underseat pouch.
- Seat width: 14”
- Seat height: 23”
- Handle height: 33" to 38"
What we like: At 7.5 inches, the wheels are among the largest on our list. Typically speaking, the larger the wheel, the smoother your walking experience will be, which makes this a good option for anyone who knows their rollator is going to get heavy use and/or outdoor use.
What to consider: The quality of wheels should make it easy to use on any terrain, including indoors on hardwood and carpet alike. Just be sure to check the specifications to see if it will clear all the door frames in your home.
What customers say: Customers praise the price for the value and note the rollator is durable and sturdy and appears to be well made. At around 14 pounds, many users found it easy to lift and transport themselves, while a few others found it a bit too heavy to handle on their own when lifting it into or out of a vehicle.
ProBasics Aluminum Rollator
Built from lightweight aluminum, the ProBasics aluminum rollator features 6-inch wheels and provides support, stability and maneuverability. The rollator has ergonomic hand brakes, a flip-up padded seat and a removable padded backrest. Storage features include an attachable water-resistant nylon pouch.
- Seat width: 13.75”
- Seat height: 21”
- Handle height: 31" to 36"
What we like: At 13 pounds, this is the lightest rollator on our list. We like this option for anyone who may need to lift the walker in and out of a vehicle themselves. If look and design is important to you, this rollator comes in four color options, the most of any on our list. Options include red, black or two shades of blue.
What to consider: The seat height does not appear to be adjustable, but the handle height is. Be sure to look at the specifications to make sure the seat height will suit you.
What customers say: Customers commented on the easy assembly and folding function. The light weight makes it easy to transport, though some users reported they had to place it in their backseat because it was too big for their trunk. If you’re concerned, be sure to check the measurements of the rollator beside the measurements for your vehicle before purchase.
Medline Basic Steel Rollator
The Medline Basic rollator’s powder-coated steel frame makes it a lightweight and durable choice. The rollator folds compactly for storage and includes a padded seat. This model also includes underseat storage and supports weights up to 350 pounds.
- Seat width: Information not available
- Seat height: 20.5”
- Handle height: 31” to 35”
What we like: As the cheapest rollator on our list, we like the affordability factor for the user. In addition to the low price, this rollator also has one of the highest weight capacities of any on our list at 350 pounds — this is about as high as we’ve seen on a nonbariatric model. We like the durability and support the rollator provides to all sizes.
What to consider: The handle height adjusts from 31 inches to 35 inches. While this is likely to serve many users, it is a lower adjustable range than most of the rollators on our list, which tend to adjust from 31 inches up to 38 inches. If you’re a taller individual, make sure this height works for you.
What customers say: Customers like the price and ease of assembly, with one customer estimating it took fewer than five minutes to put together. Some customers did comment on the handle height, estimating it might not be high enough for users taller than 5 feet, 7 inches.
Medline Bariatric Heavy Duty Steel Rollator
The Medline Bariatric Heavy Duty Steel Rollator can support up to 500 pounds. It also includes easy-to-use loop breaks, a padded seat and removable padded backrest. The rollator has underseat storage.
- Seat width: 23”
- Seat height: Information not available
- Handle height: 31.5" to 37.5"
What we like: While a little pricier, this rollator is built to support weights up to 500 pounds and features 8-inch wheels for easy terrain navigation. For extra support, the rollator features a reinforced steel frame.
What to consider: With greater weight capacity comes a greater total device weight. At 25 pounds, this is the heaviest rollator on our list and may be difficult for an individual with mobility issues to lift and transport on their own.
What customers say: Most customers comment that the piece is well built and easy to assemble. Some customers have had issues with wheel stability and quality.
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