The Best Wheel Walkers/Rollators Reviewed

For many people the onset of old age, or illnesses and conditions that render walking a chore, can limit mobility. For use getting from one place to another you can buy an affordable mobility scooter, one that will enable you to go to the shops, visit friends or attend social events with ease. These come in many shapes and sizes, with different levels of performance, and there is bound to be one for you that offers the ability you require at a price you can afford.

For getting around at home, however, or perhaps a trip to the shops, you might want to be on your own two feet, and that is where the rollator – also known as a wheel-walker – comes into the picture. You will have seen these devices – they take their cue from walking frames and have a metal frame with wheels attached, plus handles and usually a seat or padded section. They are used for support and mobility, and are very versatile and a great help for many people who would otherwise be limited in their scope to move around.

Rollators are clever yet simple devices that generally fit a basic design, yet there are some clever touches to some of these that may make particular models more interesting than others. They also cover quite a wide range of prices, so you can find one to suit your budget, too. To help you find the one that is best for your needs, we reviewed ten of the most impressive wheel-walkers around, but before we go into detail about individual models, let’s have a look at what you need to consider when buying one of these.

The Best Rollators

Here we have picked the very best rollators on the market so that you can make an informed choice. Let’s have a closer look at them all.

Drive DeVilbiss R8 Rollator


We picked this as our first example as it is not only typical of the breed, but it comes from a maker with a strong reputation for producing a wide range of mobility goods and accessories. The R8 is finished in neat blue aluminium, and is cleverly designed with a large capacity bag that sits under the padded seat. This is a great space-saving idea that we like very much.

It has a padded rest bar on the frame, too, so you can take a rest comfortably whenever you wish, and the handles are designed to be anatomically comfortable. It is a four-wheeled model for ease of use, comes with clever yet simple and effective loop-cable breaks that require little maintenance and, perhaps most impressive of all, weighs just 7kg. It is height adjustable across a wide range, and can easily be folded flat for transport. At around £50 it is also very sensibly priced, so is definitely one for the shortlist.

Pros: brand, lightweight, clever design, good brakes, plenty capacity, price

Cons: none that we can see

 

Days Lightweight Rollator


This is another very typical model from a maker with a large range of mobility products, and it comes with many fine attributes. One thing we should highlight is that this sort of product may qualify for VAT relief in the UK, so it is worth checking out if you qualify before you make your choice. This is a four-wheel model – we think these are best for stability – with a nice padded seat and the under-seat bag storage as above. It comes with a range of height adjustments so you should be able to find your ideal position.

The padded seat and convenient rest bar are ideally located, the handles are designed for ease of use, and the brakes are the simple design as usual for locking the walker in position. It is made from lightweight yet durable aluminium, and as it weighs in at a remarkable 6kg, is surprisingly light. It can also be folded away to a very small flat package, and with a price tag of around £50 is right in the ball park where cost is concerned.

Pros: price, neat design, very light, folds cleanly, good seat

Cons: difficult to fault

 

Days Lightweight Three-Wheel Rollator


There are certain benefits to the three-wheel variety, as this model – another from the Days brand – shows. The most prominent of these is perhaps the weight; this model weighs in at just 5kg, which is extremely light when compared to most rivals with four wheels. For some people, however, the added stability of the extra wheel is preferable, while for others, the compactness and ease of use of a 3-wheel model is preferable.

This one is fully height adjustable and comes with ergonomically designed handlebars so you can fine-tune it to your own preferences, plus it has easy to use and effective brakes. It does have a large-capacity bag – 3-wheel walkers are designed with shopping in mind – but you do not get the padded seat and rest that you do with bigger models, so it’s best for short runs. If none of this bothers you then at about £50 it’s not expensive, but we do feel there are certain things lacking that others feature.

Pros: light, compact, folds down neatly, brakes, choice of colours

Cons: 3-wheels, no seat, no backrest, no cheaper than a 4-wheel model

 

Homecraft 4-Wheel Rollator


This model comes from another brand with a string reputation for excellent products in the mobility world, and is a very neatly designed rollator that has many fine features. It is made from durable yet light aluminium – it weighs in at less than 7kg which is about right for one of these – and is designed to be used in and out of doors. It comes with basket – but no bag, as others do – and is easy to fold down with the basket clipped to the front.

You get the usual loop-brakes that are easy to use and lock on with one single action, and they hold the walker very well. It is height adjustable and comes with cleverly designed very comfortable handles, and it has the required padded seat and backrest for comfort stops. We do like the hidden zip pocket underneath the seat that is perfect for small items that need to be locked away. This is a good wheel-walker, but at close to £70 we found we were looking for something to justify the extra cost over some of the others here.

Pros – durable, light, quality, comfort, adjustability, four wheels

Cons – basket but no bag, costly in comparison to some

 

Days Deluxe Lightweight


There are some rollators that are a little bit different, and this is one of them. Another from Days, who specialise in quality and lightweight mobility equipment, this one is clearly designed for maximum mobility, if not for carrying large amounts of goods. It comes equipped with a net carrying bag and a walking stick attachment, and is a 4-wheel model, but differs in design to the norm. This is because it is intended for easy use in difficult spaces, as it can be folded inwards when in use for passage in tight spaces.

It weighs the standard 7kg and is built from quality materials, has excellent brakes and the required cushioned seat and back rest, is very compact and simple to use and is fully height-adjustable. It is perfect, therefore, for anyone who needs to carry a portable wheel-walker in a car for use when they get to the destination. While this is a very clever design, and one from a top maker with credentials, at more than £90 it appears expensive in comparison to some, but for the purpose it may be difficult to match.

Pros – very compact, folds flat easily, great brand, 4-wheels, adjustable

Cons – small bag capacity, price

 

Ability Superstore Blue Jay Lightweight


Back to the typical 4-wheel design with this one, from the Ability brand, which is finished in a nice blue colour, and is made from high-quality steel. Although this puts a premium on weight when compared to aluminium, this model weighs not much more than 8kg, so is still acceptably light in weight. It’s a standard design with the usual four-wheel frame, loop brakes that lock in one move, and easy folding so it can be carried around in the car boot.

You do get a basket but no bag – that might be a clincher for some although bags can be bought and attached as accessories – and it does have the usual padded seat and back-rest for those much-needed pauses when shopping, so it ticks all the boxes there. It is adjustable for height, too, and has nicely made handles that are designed for people with poor grip. Remember, like all of these, this one is available with VAT relief, and at around £50 we think it is good value.

Pros – steel frame, great colour, adjustable, padded seat, price

Cons – no bag, just a basket

 

Aidapt Tri-Walker


The major benefit of the three-wheeled variety – of which this is one – lies in the fact it is more compact and can be used in tighter spaces than its 4-wheeled cousin, and also that it is designed to be easy to fold flat. This one wins on both of these counts, and will fit easily in the boot of even a small car. It is well made – the maker has a wide range of mobility goods – and is neatly designed to be easy to use, so comes with ticks there.

The adjustable height means comfort is guaranteed, and the ergonomic handles are for those with limited grip. It is ideal for use both indoors and out, and comes with a large capacity bag that is perfect for those shopping trips. Brakes are the loop-cable variety and are easy to lock in one movement, but as with most of the 3-wheel variety, you don’t get the padded seat or backrest. If short shopping runs or getting about the house are what you need one for, this rollator could be good value at around £50.

Pros – neat design, very compact, easy to fold, adjustable, large bag

Cons – 3-wheels, no seat or rest

 

X-Cruise Lightweight Rollator


Sometimes manufacturers try to improve on a tried and tested design, and that’s what has happened here with this very clever rollator. Does it work? There are, as always, things we like and those we don’t, but we can’t deny it does have some very clever attributes and features. For a start, it is a very compact model for a 4-wheel design. The brakes are easy to use and lock – and efficient – and the handles are adjustable for height so you get perfect comfort. It also has a clever step feature, so it can get up kerbs more easily.

However, in order to cut down on weight this one features not a padded seat and backrest, but canvas versions; this is clever, but for some people with back problems may not be enough. It also comes with a large bag that is suitable for shopping or carrying other goods, and is easy to use. Is it worth the extra effort that has gone into the design? In some ways it does improve on the standard, but to be fair, at £100 it should do, as there are others that are half that price that do the same job.

Pros – neat and clever design, very light and compact, adjustable and easy to use

Cons – expensive in comparison, only canvas seat and rest

 

Days 09 Lightweight


This is another very typical model from a maker with a large range of mobility products, and it comes with many fine attributes. One thing we should highlight is that this sort of product may qualify for VAT relief in the UK, so it is worth checking out if you qualify before you make your choice. This is a four-wheel model – we think these are best for stability – with a nice padded seat and the under-seat bag storage as above. It comes with a range of height adjustments so you should be able to find your ideal position.

The padded seat and convenient rest bar are ideally located, the handles are designed for ease of use, and the brakes are the simple design as usual for locking the walker in position. It is made from lightweight yet durable aluminium, and as it weighs in at a very decent 7kg, is on the ball. It can also be folded away to a very small flat package, and with a price tag of around £60 is not the cheapest here, but is a brand name and a quality item.

Pros: price, neat design, very light, folds cleanly, good seat

Cons: not the cheapest, but not expensive

 

Fenetic Wellbeing Folding Rollator


Our final model, another of the standard 4-wheel designs, is mainly intended for use indoors, as it features a tray for carrying meals, and a basket but no bag. It is well-made and does the job it is intended for, and also adjustable for height and comfort, but the seat that it does offer is only lightly padded, and there is no backrest.

Brakes are the standard loop-cable variety with simple locking and easy maintenance, the handles are designed for those with limited grip, and it comes with anti-puncture runner wheels for a good ride and reliability. It folds flat for carrying in the boot of even a small car and is easy to reassemble, and it weighs a little less than 10kg, which is not the lightest. However, it’s perfectly good, and at around £50 is not bad value.

Pros – robust, fitted tray, seat, puncture-proof wheels, good price

Cons – basket but no bag, no back rest

 

That’s our list of the ten best wheel-walkers or rollators on the market, and we reckon you will find one among them that is right for you. Which you choose is a personal choice, but we tend to prefer the four-wheel versions for stability and carrying capacity – as well as the comfort of the padded seat and backrest that most (but not all) of them feature. The prices covered here range from a little under £50 to around £100, so there is also something for all budgets. We recommend you check our reviews and then have a detailed look at the manufacturer specifications, as this will give you the best idea of which wheel-walker is the one for you.

 

What to Look For

What do you need to consider when buying a rollator? The basic theme is the same – it’s to support you and enable you to move safely – but there are some features that you should look for if you are to get the best out of your purchase. Here’s a quick guide that will help you choose.

Lightweight

No matter the model you choose, you need to look for one that is as light as possible. This will make it much easier to use when on the move, as well as to carry around if you will be transporting it to other places for use, perhaps in a car. The lighter the frame the better, and you will find that most of those we have reviewed offer suitably light frames that are designed for the purpose.

Wheels

All rollators have wheels, but some have different numbers; you can find them, usually, with four or three wheels, and it is up to you to choose which suits you best. We suggest you try a few of the various configurations before buying, so you can get a good idea of which feels right to you.

Brakes

Your wheel-walker simply must have effective brakes; these re used not just to stop you, but more usually to lock the device into place when at a standstill. This can be very important in security and safety terms, so make sure yours has the required level of braking power for such a device. Our reviews include details on the braking system on each one, so make sure you check them carefully.

Seat and Rest

Anyone who uses a wheel-walker is going to need to take a rest once in a while, and this is best done sitting down – or at least resting against something sturdy. Many of the rollators on the market have a padded seat and additional padded rest bar so you can lock the brakes and take a rest wherever you may be, without the chance of it moving under you. This is a very important feature, so make sure you read our reviews for the best versions.

Load Capacity

You want to be able to load your shopping into your rollator, or carry other items from place to place, so you will find that most have a handy basket as part of the design. You can also get bags that attach to the frame for added load capacity, and these are affordable and worth checking out.

Compactness

When not in use, you want to be able to fold your wheel-walker into a compact package, so it does not take up too much space. Some of the models here require the basket to be removed before folding, others can be folded with the basket in place. It is up to you which you prefer, but our reviews will help you choose the best one for you.

Comfort

Not everyone is the same shape, size or height, so you need a rollator that offers adjustable hand grips in order to make sure you have the most comfortable position when using it. This is an essential feature, so don’t buy without checking for it first.

Price

You will have a budget that determines how much you can spend, so make sure you use the information provided to compare not only specifications, but also the price. There will be a rollator within your budget among our chosen models.

That’s our brief guide to what to consider when buying one of these, not let’s take a closer look at the best models on the market, and see if we can help you find your ideal choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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