Introduction


Rollators are ideal for indoor and outdoor use as they are easy to operate and affordable. They are available in either steel or aluminium frames and come in a choice of attractive powder-coated colours. Rollators are available with either three (called Tri-Walkers) or four wheeled versions in a variety of styles and sizes to suit.

Types of Rollators


Red Tri-walker Outside

Tri-Walkers

Three-wheeled Rollators are commonly known as Tri-walkers. Tri-walkers are generally the lightest and narrowest option. They can be easier to maneuver, as they have a tighter turning circle and can be useful if doorways are particularly narrow.

Tri-Walkers

The triangular base of a Triwalker can feel more unstable on uneven surfaces than the square base of four-wheeled rollator. Most Triwalkers do not include a seat and so are generally only recommended for use by those that have more confidence in their mobility.

  • Narrower frame more suitable for indoors.
  • Generally lighter than Four Wheeled Rollators.
  • Tighter turning circle
  • Most Models have a basket, bag and tray.
  • Rarely have a built in seat.
  • Less Stable than Four Wheel Rollators.
  • May not be suitable for heavy or large users.
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Rollator with Seat and Basket Outside

Four Wheel Rollator

Most people choose to buy a Four Wheeled Rollator. Four Wheeled Rollators will be generally heavier but will feel more stable, especially when used outdoors and will be more comfortable for longer journeys. They have a greater turning radius and wider frame which may make them unsuitable for indoor use.

4 Wheeled Rollators

They will come in a wider choice of styles and sizes to suit individual needs and most come with a built-in seat.

  • Most Popular Choice
  • Wide Range of choice and styles
  • Easy to Fold
  • Most Models have either a basket, bag and tray.
  • Most Models have a seat
  • More Stable than Three Wheeled Models
  • Heavier than Three Wheeled Models
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2 in 1 Rollator Outside in Amsterdam

2 in 1 Rollators

2 in 1 Rollators function as a rollator but are supplied with special handle and footrest attachments allowing them to be converted into a transport chair. Ideal for short trips although most 2 in 1 rollators are not suitable for longer journeys where a wheelchair would otherwise be required.

2 in 1 Rollators

A cost effective option for people recovering from surgery who are transitioning from being pushed to walking on their own.

  • Easy to Fold
  • Can be converted to be used as a wheelchair
  • Allows users to walk by themselves or be pushed by someone else
  • Models can be expensive
  • Some models feature small wheels making them difficult to push over uneven surfaces when used as a transport chair.
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Optional Features


Aluminium Rollator in Town Centre

Aluminium Frames

Rollator Frames made from aluminium are the most popular choice. Aluminium is light, and resistant to corrosion.

Aluminium Frames

Aluminium is used to manufacturer most rollators. Beware of rollators or triwalkers advertised as lightweight, they may not be made from aluminium.

  • Most Popular Choice
  • Resistant to Corrosion
  • Lightweight
  • Models are generally about 20% more expensive
Steel Rollator in park

Steel Frames

Frames made from steel are stronger than aluminium but can be heavy. Steel frames are generally only found on low priced rollators and heavy duty rollators

Steel Frames

Most Frames made from steel have durable powered coated paint to protect for corrosion. However this can become chipped or damaged over time allowing for corrison to begin.

  • Economical Option
  • Strong
  • Vulnerable to corrosion.
  • Heavy Material.
Loop Brakes for Rollator

Loop Brakes

Loop brakes are found on most rollators and Tri-walkers. Loop brakes are operated by squeezing both levers.

Loop Brakes

On most models of rollators loop brakes can be locked like a parking brake for stability when seated

  • Familiar and Easy to operate
  • Found on the vast majority of rollators
  • Pain and stiffness in the fingers can make them difficult to operate
Rollator with Seat

Seat

A seat is common feature on most rollators. Triwalkers tend not to offer a seat because the frame is narrower.

Seats

If you need to rest frequently a seat can be a valuable feature. There are many different types and styles of seat so it is important to ensure you pick the right one for you.

  • Provides a convenient place to rest.
  • Found on the vast majority of rollators.
  • Makes the rollator heavier to lift.
  • Some seats can be uncomfortable.
Rollator with Net Bag

Storage Bags

Storage bags are a common feature and allow for convenient storage of personal items and shopping.

Storage Bags

There are many size and types of storage bags. Some can only hold a limited number of items and are not suitable for shopping.

  • Provides convenient storage for personal items.
  • Protects items from the weather
  • May have limited storage
  • May not be suitable for shopping and heavier items.
Rollator Basket

Wire Baskets

Baskets are normally made from metal or a strong plastic and can generally carry more heavier items.

Baskets

It is important to remember that for most rollators the basket needs to be removed before the rollator can or Triwalker can be folded.

  • Large Capacity.
  • Can carry heavier items.
  • Offer little or no protection from the weather.
  • Increases overall weight of rollator.
  • Personal items are visible.
Solid Tyres for Rollator

Solid Tyres

Most rollators are supplied with solid tyres. Solid tyres are not filled with air and are made from rubber or a hard wearing plastic.

Solid Tyres

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  • Maintenance Free.
  • Durable.
  • Can withstand punctures and debris.
  • Offer little or no shock absorption.
  • Limited traction on smooth surfaces.
Pneumatic Tyres For Rollator

Pneumatic Tyres

Pneumatic tyres are similar to those found on cars and bicycles. They have a solid rubber surface but the inside is inflated with air.

Pneumatic Tyres

Pneumatic Tyres are less commonly found on the rollators and Triwalkers

  • Shock absorbtion provides a more comfortable ride.
  • Can provide more traction compared to solid tyres
  • Require maintenance.
  • Vulnerable to punctures and debris.

How to Measure for a Rollator or Triwalker


Handle Bar Height for Rollators

Handle Height

Choosing a rollator or Triwalker with the correct handle height is very important. Choosing a rollator that is too large or small will be uncomfortable and unlikely to give you the support you need.

Measuring Handle Height

It is worth asking a friend or family member to help you with this measurement.

  • Start by standing straight with your shoes on.
  • Allow you hands to rest naturally by your side.
  • Measure from crease in your wrist to the floor.

Keep in mind this is a general measurement. You may find you prefer your handles set at a higher or lower height. Most rollators and Triwalker handles feature adjustable height so try and pick a rollator where with a handle bar height can be adjusted higher or lower than your wrist measurement.

Two people siting on rollator by park

Seat Width

If your rollator or Triwalker features a seat it is important to ensure that the seat and the width between the handle bars is wide enough to accommodate you comfortably.

Seat Width

It is worth asking a friend or family member to help you with this measurement.

  • Start by siting on solid surface
  • Measure the widest part.
  • Add 2 inches to allow for when wearing a winter coat.

Remember most Standard rollator seats range in size from 13 inches to 18 inches. Bariatric or Heavy Duty rollators have 22 inch seats. If you choose a rollator with a wide seat be sure the check the overall width especially if you plan to use the rollator indoors. A standard door in the UK is 30 inches (76.2cm)

Weight Capacity

Weight Capacity

Rollators and Triwalkers all have a weight capacity. It is very important to ensure you do need exceed this value.

Weight Capacity

Standard Rollators and Triwalkers have a weight capacity of 100 kg to 150kg. Bariatric or Heavy Duty Rollators can accommodate up to 300 kg. Each Rollators weight capacity is different and depends on the design and materials used to manufacture so it is important to check the specifications. In general, the higher the weight capacity the heavier the rollator.

Conclusion


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