How To Choose A Rollator. Some 3 Wheel Options

Selecting a 3 -Wheel rollator to purchase when considering how to choose a rollator requires that you carefully consider the features of each model. This article compares the similarities and differences of four 3-Wheel rollators based on their unique features and safety requirements.

Benefits of a 3-Wheel Rollator

The major advantage of a 3-Wheel Rollator lies in its ability to easily maneuver around in tight spaces and around corners. Many seniors find this an important feature of the device as it enhances their mobility and independent lifestyle. While 3-Wheel rollators are popular with seniors and the elderly, they are usually not recommended for users with a weight issue or those with severe balance issues. Most importantly, check the recommended weight capacity before buying to avoid tipping over issues that could cause falls.

Other appealing unique features of this rollator type include the lightweight folding frames, two options for the tires, and fitted accessories.

Four options are compared in this article ranging from a low to high budget

Drive Medical 3-Wheel Walker Rollator

Product details – Unique Features

  • Item Weight: 4.99 Kilograms
  • Product Dimensions : 25″x 24″
  • Color: Flame Red, Flame Blue
  • Comes standard with basket, tray and pouch
  • Basket conveniently folds for easy storage
  • Handle Height: 31 inches -38 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 300 lbs (~136kg)
  • Easy one hand folding makes for simple storage.
  • Easy to adjust handle height with self-threading knob.
  • Lightweight solid 8″ Wheels for indoor and outdoor use.
  • Comes standard with special loop locks made of internal aluminum casting to ensure safety.

PROS – Low budget price, lightweight feature makes lifting easy

CONS – Appears to tip forward if too much weight is placed on the device.

DRIVE MEDICAL NITRO 3 Wheel Walker Rollator – **NEW

Features a hidden inner brake cable designed with safety in mind while indoors or outdoors. The Nitro™ 3 easily navigates narrow spaces and folds flat while in the standing position so it can roll, park and store anywhere. Also included is a large, removable pouch to keep personal items close. The walker comes pre-assembled.

Product details – Unique Features

  • Item Weight: 5.77 Kilograms
  • Product Dimensions :‎ 22″x 29″
  • Color: Red only
  • Lightweight aluminium frame
  • Dual front fork design enhances safe turning radius
  • Built in cable brakes
  • Large 9″ front wheel allows for optimal steering over most terrain indoor or outdoor; Rear wheels are 8″ in diameter
  • Handle Height (Min): 32.5 – 37.5 inches
  • Adjustable handle height with push button adjustment.
  • Easy side to side fold allows the rollator to remain in the standing position
  • Ergonomic hand grips that are comfortable and treated with an antimicrobial agent that helps to minimize the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew
  • Weight Capacity: 300 lbs
  • Comes with a large removable pouch
  • Lifetime warranty

PROS – Walker comes pre-assembled; Lifetime warranty; Built in cable brakes

CONS – No tray or basket

NOVA Traveler 3-Wheeled Rollator Walker

Product details – Unique Features

  • Item Weight: 7.26 Kilograms
  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 23.5″W x 24.5”D x 37”H (overall)
  • Color: Black, Purple, Blue, Red, Sky Blue
  • Foldable design and large 8″ wheels
  • Outdoor and indoor use
  • Handle height adjustment: 33″-37.25″
  • Comes complete with roomy zippered pouch, large basket and tray.
  • Rust-Resistant, crack-resistant
  • Weight capacity: 250 pounds
  • Easy to use locking handbrakes designed for maximum comfort and control
  • Large 8″ rugged wheels are ideal for maneuvering over diverse terrain, while providing optimal stability and mobility.: Front wheels have 360 degree rotation excellent for smooth maneuvering
  • User height: 5′ 4″ – 6′ 2″
  • Easy to use locking handbrakes designed for maximum comfort and control
  • Width between handles: 12″
  • WARRANTY: NOVA walkers are built for life and backed by the best service and warranty.  The NOVA Traveler has a Lifetime Limited Warranty on the frame and 5 Warranty on the Brakes.


PROS – Very popular; Sturdy and stable, Front wheels rotate full 360 degrees; Very little assembly required; The width allows access through narrower doors

CONS – Higher budget price; Popularity makes it difficult to get the color you want although it is available in 5 colors,

VIVE HEALTH Lightweight Folding 3 Wheel Rollator

Product details – Unique Features

  • Item Weight: 5 Kilograms
  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 21″x 26″
  • Color: Black, Blue
  • Easy to assemble
  • Lightweight but strong aluminum frame – corrosion resistant
  • Foldable design and large 8″ wheels,
  • Handle height adjustment: 31″ to 38 5″
  • Includes a removable storage bag
  • Weight capacity: 250 pounds
  • Ergonomic hand brakes for secure stopping
  • User height: Push button adjustable handles – fits people of different heights
  • Easy to use locking handbrakes designed for maximum comfort and control

PROS -For lighter-weighted users

CONS – User height information is not provided.

DYNAREX DynaGo Zoom Folding 3-Wheel Rollator

Product details – Unique Features

  • Item Weight: 4.99 Kilograms
  • Product Dimensions : ‎25″x 27″
  • Color: Plum
  • Lightweight aluminum frame provides support without sacrificing stability or sturdiness
  • Foldable design and large 8″ wheels,
  • Handle height adjustment: 31″ to 38″
  • Includes a removeable water-resistant bag
  • Weight capacity: 250 pounds
  • Ergonomic hand brakes for secure stopping
  • User height: Not provided.

PROS – For lighter-weighted users

CONS: Comes in only one color

DMI Folding Lightweight Aluminum Rollators with Swiveling Front Wheels

Product details – Unique Features

  • Item Weight: 3.2 Kilograms
  • Product Dimensions : ‎25″x 27″
  • Color: Burgundy, Royal Blue
  • Constructed of lightweight 1 inch anodized aluminium tubing
  • Foldable design to 4 1/2 inch width for storage by pressing down on button at the top to release it
  • 5″ front wheels glide across the floor; Slip resistant rubber tips in vibrant colors give a firmer grip
  • Handle height adjustment: 32″ to 38″ in one inch increments: Handles with molded soft foam hand grips
  • Includes a removeable water-resistant bag and convenient basket
  • Weight capacity: 250 pounds
  • Ergonomic hand brakes for secure stopping
  • Steel crossbrace provides additional support of the frame
  • User height: Not provided.
  • No assembly required
  • 3-year Limited warranty

PROS: Very lightweight and easy to carry; Folding activated by a push button.

CONS: User height not stated, but weight capacity implies use by lighter weighted individuals

Drive Medical 10289BL Three-Wheel Rollator

Product details – Unique Features

This product is an upgrade on the Drive Medical Winnie Lite Supreme 3 Wheel Walker Rollator. It has a lightweight aluminum alloy frame lightweight and is rust resistant in addition to having a bag and a basket with a removable tray. In addition, the basket is also foldable for easy storage.

  • Item Weight: 4.99 Kilograms
  • Product Dimensions : ‎ 25’x 24″
  • Color: Blue
  • Lightweight aluminum alloy frame
  • Foldable design and 8″ wheels
  • Comes with frame folded and compact
  • Handle height adjustment: 31″ to 38″
  • Includes a bag and a basket with removable tray
  • Rust-Resistant, crack-resistant
  • Weight capacity: 300 pounds
  • Ergonomic hand brakes for secure stopping
  • User height: Not provided

PROS – Intermediate budget price, lightweight and stable; Folding basket; Width allows access through narrower doors: Very popular

CONS – Leaning to one side could cause flipping

Conclusion

When considering how to choose a rollator, the ability to compare various models using fairly similar specifications and features can be very helpful. This round-up comparison of five models of 3 Wheel rollator walkers looks at the unique features of each model in terms of general product specifications, functionality design features and convenience features. These include the product weight, dimensions, accessories provided and stability.

Price should never be the first criteria used when selecting a product. This is because in many cases, the differences in features will be reflected in the pricing. Always consider those needs you cannot do without first. The popular 3 Wheel rollators compared range from a low, intermediate and higher budget.

All five models look very similar and this article provides information that clearly highlight their similarities and differences to guide you to your decision of choice.

Leave a comment below if you find the article informative or if you have a question.

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References

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders – NIDCD (2012)https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/statistics/age-which-hearing-loss-begin

4 thoughts on “How To Choose A Rollator. Some 3 Wheel Options”

  1. What a terrific review! You thoroughly covered all the features of these rollators. I’m sure they will come in very handy when deciding on which one to buy. As you said, you shouldn’t choose one according to price. You need to look at all the features of each before making a decision. Your review was so informative that I would not look anywhere else once I decided on this product. Thanks for the article!
    Nina

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