We are often asked which type of rollator is better, a
3 Wheel Rollator or a 4 Wheel Rollator. The answer ultimately depends on user preference and what qualities in a rollator is most important to you.
What is the difference between 3 and 4 Wheeled Rollators?
Both 3 Wheel Rollators and 4 Wheel Rollators have advantages and disadvantages. Here are the main differences between the two:
3 WHEEL ROLLATORS
- Folds Up Easily
- Tighter Turning Radius
- No Seat
4 WHEEL ROLLATORS
- Higher Weight Capacity
- More Stability
- Large Adjustable Range
- Resting Seat
How do you choose a rollator?
When choosing a rollator, many users shop by price or style. While those factors are important, there are other questions you should ask yourself.
- 3 Wheels or 4 Wheels? Consider the differences we pointed out above. Which type fits your personal needs better: A 3 Wheel Rollator that is lighter weight with a tight turning radius or a 4 Wheel Rollator with more stability and a resting seat?
- Weight Capacity? Make sure the weight capacity of the rollator will accommodate the user. Standard rollators have a weight capacity ranging from 250-300 pounds while Heavy Duty Rollators have a higher weight capacity of up to 400 pounds or more. We like Invacare's Bariatric Rollator for it's weight capacity of 500 lbs.
- Height Adjustment? Make sure the height on the rollator can be adjusted to accommodate the user. Two factors to consider are seat height and handle height. Standard seat height is approximately 21-23 inches high. For users who are under 5'6", this may be too high to have their feet safely on the ground. Handle heights may be adjusted. Measure from the floor to the users hands with the elbow slightly bent (45 degrees angle) in inches. Make sure the handle height range of the rollator will match that measurement.
- Indoors or Outdoors? A majority of rollators are made to be used both indoors and outdoors. However, our feedback shows that the rollators with the larger wheels (7.5-8 inches) do better outdoors. The larger wheels allows easier movement through gravel, grass, or on pavement then the smaller 5-6 inch wheeled rollators. The smaller wheeled rollators tend to do better indoors on hardwood floors or tight knit carpets.
- Overall Weight? Standard rollators are anywhere from 11-26 pounds. The Lightweight rollators are between 11-14 pounds where the standard rollators are between 16-26 pounds. So, consider if the rollator will be transferred often in and out of vehicles, if the user or care taker is able to lift the weight of the rollator, or if the rollator will not be transferred often. Drive Medical's Winnie Lite Supreme 3-Wheel Rollator is just 11 pounds!
So, are you confident in your mobility and just need a little extra support while up and about? Then a
3-Wheel Rollator may be the choice for you! Or do you need support while mobile and prefer safety and comfort over ease? Then a 4-Wheel Rollator is the answer for you! If you want the ability to ambulate independently or be pushed safely by a care giver, check out our Combination Rollator Transport Chairs. These rollators combine the features of a 4-Wheel rollator and transport chair all in one unit!
Want to learn more about 3 or 4 Wheel Rollators?
Our MedLife family has over 18 years of medical sales experience and only offers top quality equipment you can rely on. Our customer support staff can help narrow down which rollator will best fit your personal needs. As you now know, not all
Rollators are the same!
Call and speak with a MedLife team member at 888-255-7540 today!