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How To Buy A Rollator

Posted by Mike Phipps on December 10, 2018

A woman walking with a rollator

This article was updated on 22/04/2024.

If you're looking to buy a rollator online and you can’t decide if it's the right walking aid for you, then take a look at our useful guide on how to buy a rollator.

What is a Rollator?

A rollator is typically described as a walking aid consisting of a sturdy frame with four wheels, handlebars for gripping, and a set of brakes for safety and reassurance.

It is thoughtfully engineered to offer stability and balance, allowing users to move about safely and independently.

As rollators have four wheels, they can offer more stability than a tri-walker or three-wheeled walker!

We stock many different models of rollators, all with their own unique features, so it can be difficult to know what would be best for you. That’s why we have written this handy guide to inform you on the best rollator for you!

Why buy a Rollator?

If you’ve never used a rollator before, you might be unaware of the benefits it can have for your mobility, taking pressure off your legs and equally distributing your weight. This means you can walk further than you could previously, and without the strain.

Whether you're recovering from an injury, managing a chronic condition, or simply seeking assistance for daily activities, a rollator can allow you to navigate through various environments, indoors and outdoors, comfortably.

If moving to a standing position, walking across the living room, or taking a walk outdoors has become difficult if unaided, then it may be time to invest in a rollator.

Most rollators come with optional extras such as a bag, walking stick or crutch holder, or a backstrap. This makes it an ideal mobility aid for use outdoors. What may have been a hard task, such as walking to the shops, now becomes easy as you can rest on the seat along the way and store your shopping in the bag!

Depending on your circumstances, you may need a rollator intended for use indoors or one more suited to outdoor adventures!

Indoor Rollators - if you struggle moving around at home

If you are finding moving from the living room to the kitchen is becoming a struggle, then it may be time for you to get an indoor rollator.

An indoor rollator can be a fantastic alternative to a household trolley, as it is much lighter and easily manoeuvrable, and still has a tray for you to store books, newspapers and cups of tea around the house!

Days Breeze Indoor Rollator

Days Breeze Indoor Rollator

This Days Breeze Indoor Rollator is a fantastic example, with its compact size able to fit through doorways and any nook and cranny in the house! As well as a tray, it also has a zip pocket to store any more valuables you’d like to take with you around the home!

It can also be folded up, making it easy to store away in cupboards or anywhere else around the home.

Outdoor Rollators - for going out and about

Outdoor rollators differ from indoor rollators with a few unique features such as heavy-duty wheels or smoother riding technology suitable for all terrains. Some other features may include a larger storage compartment for easy shopping trips.

Let’s Shop Rollator/Walker

Let's Shop Rollator/Walker

This Let’s Shop Rollator/Walker is a prime example for aiding trips to the shop, with it’s sturdy 25 litre capacity storage bag also doubling as a seat for whenever you might need a sit down, with lockable brakes too! There is also a separate section inside the bag so you can keep freezer or fragile goods away from everything else. They really have thought of everything here!

 A similar model to this would be the Rollz Flex Shopping Rollator with Classic Brakes, with a smaller 20 kg capacity.

Our Range

Ability Superstore have the pleasure of stocking some sought-after and top of the range rollators exclusively for you, each one more unique than the other. We’d like to show you some examples here:

Rollz Motion 2.1

Rollz Motion 2.1

This award winning Dutch designed Rollz Motion 2.1 easily converts between an wheelchair and rollator, which makes it ideal for those who may sometimes need assistance getting around. One of its features is its curb assist, which makes crossing doorsteps and curbs safe and easy, giving you peace of mind every time you leave the house.

The comfortable, padded seat can offer you a snug ride whenever you require it.

Nitro Rollator/Walker

Nitro Rollator/Walker

The sleek design of the Nitro Rollator is a sure winner amongst those who require walking aids. Not only does it look fantastic, but its caster fork design makes it suitable for tight spaces, making turning easy as pie. It is quite a lightweight model that can offer you smooth handling.

Its comfortable seat and back rest can also offer a reliable seat whenever you may require it.

100 Series Four Wheel Rollator/Walker

100 Series Four Wheel Rollator

One of our most popular and budget-friendly models is the 100 Series Four Wheel Rollator. Available in a wide range of colours and widths, you can be sure you can find something that suits your style.

Each rollator in this innovative new range comes with a maximum user capacity of 165kg (26 stone), perfect to provide additional walking support for an incredibly diverse range of users.

What’s more, you can also customise it with a range of patterns such as dogs or owls with the Rollator Makeover set!

Buying your Rollator

We hope with all the models we’ve shown you, we’ve informed you which features can benefit you when it comes to your purchase.

If you’re still stuck on where to start, take a look at our infographic here!

Buying a Rollator - If you sometimes require assistance, make sure the model you want has a seat! If you want to take it on shopping trips, check the bag capacity! If you only plan on using a rollator indoors, buy an indoor rollator! Style is key - what suits your needs but also looks the part? Check the measurements to see if it will fit you comfortably!

Get in Touch

If you have any more questions regarding rollators, don’t be afraid to get in touch with our helpful and friendly customer support team! They can point you in the right direction when it comes to buying a rollator and give you all the information you need. Happy Shopping!

Kate Makin, OT

Kate Makin, Ability Superstore's Occupational Therapist

Kate Makin qualified as an occupational therapist (OT) in 2001 with a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy. She is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT).

As a registered occupational therapist (OT), Kate is a science degree-based, health and social care professional, taking a “whole person” approach to both physical and mental health and wellbeing. This enables individuals, of all ages, to achieve their full potential and lead as independent life as possible.

Click here for Kate’s registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Throughout her career, Kate has worked in many different clinical settings, in both the public and private sector. Kate has been running her own independent occupational therapist business since 2009. She is passionate about disability aids and adaptations, with a specialist interest in postural management and seating.

As Ability Superstore’s resident OT, Kate is on hand to offer professional advice and answer any queries.