A rollator is essentially a traditional walker with wheels. Whereas you have to lift and place the walker each time, a rollator can just be slid along and halted anywhere using built-in brakes. Rollators come with 3 or 4 wheels but the 3 wheeled rollator is recommended by medical experts because of its superb maneuverability. A 3 wheeled rollator is typically lighter, fits into narrower passageways, has a better turning radius and can be folded into a smaller unit compared to the 4 wheeled one. Good ones come with a basket, tray or possibly a cup holder as add-on.
Unfortunately it isn’t easy to find a 3 wheel rollator with seat, because the seat makes the rollator unstable and there have been prototypes that haven’t received great reviews. But this segment has seen some innovation like the Flight Rollator which comes in Pacific Blue and is sold by Health Circle. If you’re keen on buying a three wheel rollator with a comfortable seat, you may want to explore sports walkers by Trionic who’ve come up with an innovative design that gives brilliant turning angles and have moved the bar a few notches higher, but not without a massive price rise. The front wheels act as one, but are two distinct wheels. These sports walkers rollators are for those who need a mobility aid but also are outdoor regulars and want to give their bodies some exercise. More details on these rollators coming up, but for now, my favorite 3. Have a look and see the price difference.
Our top picks for Rollators with a Seat and Optionally a Tray with 3 Wheels:
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- Weather proof seat – make sure the seat is waterproof or drying the seat will take very long and during that period your rollator will not be use worthy.
- Seat cushioning – Go for a seat that has some level of cushioning instead of hard plastic or a sling seat. Although some rollators have very good sling seats, it’s worth reading some 1 star and 2 star reviews to find out what existing users have to say.
- Back rest, support and stability – For people with bad backs, a back rest is very important and having one means that the rollator needs to be very stable. Usually three wheeled rollators struggle with balance as compared to the 4 wheeled ones, but some do provide good stability. Again, read some reviews on Amazon or other e-commerce websites.
- Leg rest or no leg rest – A leg rest is important especially for long journeys and some innovative rollator designs bring leg-rests that can be attached or detached at your convenience – I recommend these types of rollators. There are some that have leg rests built in as a permanent feature, but those usually end up occupying too much space for day to day use when the leg rest feature is only occasionally required for most people.
Tray, Baskets, Bags and Other Storage
Some people want a rollator for moving around the apartment which may not always be on the ground floor. In such cases you need a rollator that is light weight, easy to manoeuvre and fits into tight spaces. In such rollators, just having a tray and a foldable bag is enough. On the other hand, if you want to take your rollator out to the market or for long walks or carry medium to heavy stuff, then you will need a proper physical basket, a tray possibly even an attached day-bag and maybe a cup-holder. There is no end to the attachments that you can buy for most rollators, but do bear in mind that with each attachment, you’re making your rollator heavy and more difficult to carry around.
Weight and Weight Bearing of the Walker Rollator
Brakes, Locking and Tyre Material
One of the top safety features is high quality brakes that lock. If you’re buying a three wheeled rollator with a seat, then you’ll need it to lock perfectly when you decide to sit and take rest. If the brakes are inefficient, the rollator will slide and can make the user fall down and cause injury. Anti-skid material of the tyre also plays an important part as in wet surfaces perhaps like the bathroom, the ability of the wheels not to skid is very important or injury can happen.
Wheel Size, Height Adjustment, Center of Gravity and Folding Ability
These are the four most practical points to consider before making the final buying choice. Large wheels generally do better on rough surfaces and small wheels are good for indoors. Larger wheels (especially those filled with air) have better shock absorbing capability and are considered better.
Another important buying factor for tall people is the ability to adjust the rollator’s height via its handles. The walking posture while using walkers rollators should be straight upright (non-bent) as that posture allows longer use and minimizes back related pains and injuries.
When choosing a three wheeled walker rollator, remember that there is a trade-off. You will be getting better maneuverability, better turning radii, a lighter rollator which will fit into narrow walkways or doors but the trade-off is that it won’t be as stable as a four wheeled rollator and you will need to be careful with it. That is why you don’t see many 3 wheel rollators with seats, so make sure you study the design carefully and read the reviews before buying a tri-wheel walker/rollator with a seat and backrest.
And finally folding, carrying and storage – Most aluminium three wheeled mobility aids are designed so they can squeeze into a corner when not in use. Many have removable baskets that can be detached making the storage easy. So if you are someone who will be carry your rollator around in your car, do make sure that it folds nicely and is lightweight to carry around.
Another advantage of going with Trionic Series is the kind of add-ons you can buy for your walker rollator.