December 1, 2011. Samuel Valero
Buying your first rollator walker and you don’t know what features and specifications to look for in it? Even though rollator walkers are very similar to regular walkers there are a number of key ways in which they are different and indeed are used differently that makes choosing one a different process for each. The first thing to remember is that you do not lift up a rollator walker like you do with a regular walker at each step.
What this means is that weight is not such a huge issue. You may be surprised to find that when you are looking for rollator walkers that they are mostly heavier than good quality walkers. This is because with a rollator the emphasis is on strength and not on weight savings as you will not be lifting it up many times each minute.
So instead of looking for the lightest rollator walker you should instead be looking for one that has the strongest possible construction. Look for a model that is all metal in design and preferably aluminum if you are looking for strength as well as lightness. Do not go for a foldable rollator walker unless you specifically need one as folding models are never as rigid or as storing as regular rollator walkers.
Look for the biggest and thickest wheels that you can possibly find when looking at rollator walkers because the bigger the wheels are the smoother the rollator walker will be to use. Bigger and wider wheels absorb more bumps and undulations and make the ride better.
Go for a popular model from one of the big and well-known brands like Drive Medical rollators or Medline rollators rather than going for a model from some unknown brand. This will ensure that you get a better quality product even if you have to pay slightly more for it and that you will get good warranty support should you ever need it.
Updated December 1, 2011. Published October 13, 2011. Samuel Valero