A four wheel walker allows for maximum stability without slowing you down. With standard walkers, the walker must be lifted and re-positioned with each step, which slows you down and requires extra strength.
Ideal for those who do not need to lean on a walker for balance, wheeled models allow you to continue moving without interruption and eliminate the need to constantly lift and move the walker.
Whether this is your first time buying a 4 wheeled walker for seniors or you’re simply looking for a change from your current walker, we know how challenging the entire buying process can be.
Our goal is to make things as simple as possible, so we’ve rounded up seven of the best walkers on the market.
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4 Wheel Rollators
Top 7 Four Wheel Walkers With a Seat
The following seniors mobility aids are the best walkers with a seat you can find in 2019. There are options for every price range. Let’s get to the reviews…
1. Drive Medical Nitro Euro Style Rollator
Drive Medical’s Nitro Euro is ideal for those who travel often and need a very portable walker.
Featuring an aluminum frame, this walker is lightweight, and its cross-brace design allows for easy side-to-side folding and extra stability.
Two large 10 inch caster wheels in the front of the walker make it easier to steer and enhance comfort. This folding walker is ideal for use indoors or outdoors and can easily maneuver a variety of terrains.
Like all of the other rolling walkers on our list, this model has a built-in chair with backrest. A zippered storage bag is also included that can easily be removed. A saddle bag attachment helps keep the pouch securely in place even when the walker is folded.
The Nitro Euro has a brake system with cables that are designed to be inside the frame for extra safety.
Weight capacity with this model is 300 lbs, and the handle height is adjustable between 33.5” and 38.25” in size. The back rest is height adjustable as well to maximize support and comfort. The generously padded back rest is also another welcome feature.
These four walkers come in a wide range of prices, but the overall functionality is roughly the same. The Nitro Euro is the most expensive model, but offers more in terms of stability and convenience. The first Drive Medical walker is one of the most affordable, but does not compromise on quality and has all of the basic functions you’ll need.
No matter your budget or needs, one of these models is sure to fit the bill.
In our opinion the Drive Medical Nitro is the best walker with a seat for seniors you can buy in 2019.
2. Vive’s Folding Walker Rollator
Vive’s rolling walker is a mobility aid for adults that has a very unique design. While the rolling walker appears bulky at first glance, it’s just well-padded and provides everything you could want in a rollator, from a chair and bag to the safe dual braking system.
Vive’s rollator features:
- Center strap collapsing option
- Adjustable handle height
- Ergonomic hand grips
- Removable rear legs and front wheels
- Folding options
- Dual braking system for ultimate in safety
- Sturdy, padded backrest
Vive’s rollator has one of the best braking systems. The dual braking system on the hand grips keeps the rollator firmly in place. A cane holder is equipped to the rollator to allow for every more mobility options.
Offering a seat storage bag, the Vive rollator can store all of your items safely: keys, wallet, drinks or anything else you have.
The sturdy back rest is wide and comfortable. The padded seat is extra-wide to provide added security and comfort to users. Foldable, you can remove the front sport wheels and fold up the rear legs for easy storage.
A major drawback of Vive’s unit is that it’s only able to hold users up to 250 pounds. While the unit weights 20 pounds, I was hoping that it would be able to accommodate heavier seniors. If the weight capacity is not a concern for you, this is definitely a unique rollator that has supreme braking power for users.
3. Medline Premium Empower Rollator
Medline’s first mobility rollator on our list. This model comes in sleek blue color, and it has 8-inch wheels to make going on all terrain – indoor and outdoor easy and safe. Empower is designed with an extra-wide memory foam chair that provides supreme comfort when sitting.
The backrest can be flipped to act like arm rests for additional comfort.
Filled with extras, this rollator includes:
- Reflective tape for added safety
- Weight capacity: 300 pounds
- Storage tote for accessories (under the seat)
- Foldable, adjustable cup holder
- Tray organizer
- Lifted seat support for easier walking
- Loop-style, squeeze brakes
- Easy folding option
Weighing 17 pounds, Empower’s sturdy design is able to hold users up to 300 lbs. A latch is all that’s needed to move the seat out of the way for step-in support. When the chair is kept down, you can open the seat storage underneath to store all of your items.
The large wheels offer more than enough options for going over grass, walking indoors or walking on gravel.
Add in the cup holder, and it’s one of the most practical rollators on the market. You can also adjust the handles and seat to match the user’s needs. When it comes time to transport your rollator, fold the unit up and nest the wheels together.
It doesn’t get any easier than this folding walker to take with you.
4. Drive Medical Four Wheel Walker Rollator
This Drive Medical four wheel walker has a fold-up removable back support and a convenient wired basket to hold your belongings. Affordable in price, this model features a sturdy steel frame and weighs just 17.9 pounds.
The nice thing about this rolling walker is that it offers numerous features to make your life easier.
- A set of hand brakes are conveniently located on the handlebars. The brakes can be pressed to stop temporarily, or they can be pushed down to lock the walker in place.
- A removable, fold-up seat gives you a place to rest while you’re out and about. The seat also has a backrest, which has added comfort and support as you rest.
- An easy-turn lever is located on the handlebar for quick and easy height adjustment.
- Folds up easily for storage and transport.
- Weight capacity: 300 lbs
The 7.5 inch wheels are large, sturdy and great for both indoor and outdoor use.
You’ll love the independence this walker rollator offers. The height of the handlebars can be adjusted with the simple turn of a lever just beneath the handles. The brakes can be locked right from the handles, so you can stop and rest as needed. The included wired basket also gives you a place to hold or store your belongings while you’re out.
The handles on this rolling walker are ergonomically designed, so they can be used for long periods of time without worry that your hands or wrists will ache.
If you’re looking for an affordable rollator that’s ideal for either indoor or outdoor use, this Drive Medical model is a great choice.
5. Drive Medical Steel Four Wheel Walker
Another great model from Drive Medical, this rollator is made of heavy duty steel and also offers a fold-up back support.
The primary differences between this model and the previous are the hand brakes and the storage compartment (more on this shortly).
This heavy duty rollator offers a seamless padded seat with a zippered pouch underneath. The pouch adds extra security and privacy when storing personal items. This mode does not have a wired basket attachment.
The 8 inch wheels make this walker great for both indoor and outdoor use, and they’re non-marring for added convenience.
The ergonomic handlebars feature deluxe loop locks, so you can lock the walker rollator in place. The brakes on this model are a bit different from the previous model, but still improve the safety of this rolling walker.
The padded seat rest offers you a place to sit and rest when you’re out with friends or family. The built-in backrest is also foldable, so you can put it away when necessary. You can even remove the backrest if you prefer.
The seat is hinged and can be lifted up for easy access to the zippered pouch underneath. The pouch provides a safe and private place to store your wallet, purse or other personal belongings.
The height of the handlebars can be adjusted with ease thanks to the knob just under the handlebars. And when you’re ready to go home, just fold up your walker, and place it in the trunk of your car or the backseat. However, be advised that this heavy duty rollator may weigh a bit more than others on the list.
6. Hugo Portable 4 Wheel Walker
Hugo’s portable rollator is one of the best on the market, but it comes at a higher price than the average walker (around $100 when you buy online). Available in a blue color, this walker features a built-in seat with a backrest for added comfort.
Like the previous model, this one also features a convenient storage pouch underneath the seat. This storage pouch provides you with a safe and secure place to store your personal belongings.
The height of the handlebars can be adjusted with ease to ensure you maintain proper posture at all times. The grips on the handles are ergonomically designed to keep your hands at a natural angle as you move. This also gives you better access to the walker’s brakes.
Thanks to the tool-free assembly design, this walker is a snap to set up. It’s easy to fold, too, and fits nicely in most car trunks. Its light weight of 15.4 pounds makes it much easier to lift this walker into your vehicle.
Unlike many other rollator walkers, the elite rollator walker is suitable for people with conditions that compromise balance. The larger 8 inch wheels add to the stability of this walker, and allow this model has a weight capacity of up to 300 pounds.
The handle height is easily adjustable between 2’9 inches and 3’3 inches from handle to floor, which makes this walker ideal for people between 5 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall.
If your budget is a little bigger, the Hugo Mobility walker is a smart choice and will give you years of use.
7. ProBasics Lightweight Aluminum Rollator Walker
ProBasic’s lightweight rollator is made from aluminum, and it’s a four wheel aid that’s ideal for everyone, from a person who just had surgery to the elderly and disabled. Offering stabilization when you walk, this model boasts an impressive 8 inch wheel height to offer easy movement on all terrain types.
The large wheels are accompanied by:
- Built-in padded seat
- Handle adjustments
- Lockable hand brakes
- 8 inch wheels for easy mobility
- Easily folds for storage and transport
- Brake shoe
S-Day’s aluminum rollator walker includes the lightweight benefits of aluminum, yet this model is able to hold a weight capacity of 364 pounds. The height of the rollator can be adjusted between 34.25 inches and 39 inches tall, so the user can find a comfortable handle level.
A storing basket is included to hold all of your items securely, and the handles are ergonomic to fit comfortably in your hands.
If you want a light rollator that has large enough wheels to go over most terrain yet folds up with ease, the S-Day is a great option.
What Options Should I Consider in a 4 Wheel Walker?
There are many advantages to using 4 wheel walkers, but it’s important to choose a model that’s a good fit for your personal needs. When comparing models, there are several things to consider:
Before looking at any other feature, it’s important to find out the weight capacity of the walker. All walkers have weight limits, and it’s important to respect this limit. If you choose a walker that cannot accommodate your weight, you risk damaging the walker and your safety.
There are 4 wheel walkers that support virtually every weight. Basic walkers can generally support up to 300 pounds, while a bariatric walker can support up to 1,000 pounds.
A walker can only be effective if it’s the right height for your body. Look for walkers that offer adjustable features, such as handle, seat and backrest height. Adjustable features allow for a better fit and overall safety.
The walker should fit your arms comfortably to reduce stress on your back and shoulders. The top of the walker grip should be in line with the crease of the inside of your wrist.
Before you purchase a walker, take some measurements to ensure that you choose a model that will suit your height.
If you’re looking at a walker with a seat, make sure that you can adjust the seat the backrest to a comfortable height. Otherwise, it may be too difficult to sit down or stand up if the seat is too low.
Four-wheel rollators will come equipped with brakes for safety. These brakes will prevent the walker from rolling downhill and can also help you stop more quickly if you need to avoid an obstacle.
Make sure that the braking system is easy to use, and that the parts are replaceable in case the system stops working.
A conventional 4-wheel walker – not a rollator – won’t have a braking system because the walker is manually lifted and set down with each step.
Whether you choose a walker or rollator, it’s important to consider the weight of the unit – especially if you travel often.
Ideally, the walker should be light enough for you to lift up into the trunk of your vehicle. If you have assistance from a caregiver or family member, they should also be able to lift and handle the walker with relative ease.
The lighter the weight, the easier the portability. With that said, you don’t want a walker that is so light that it can easily be tipped or moved by the wind. Find a good balance between heft and lightness for easy – but safe – portability.
Many walkers either come with accessories, or have accessories available to purchase separately.
Helpful accessories include:
- Storage baskets and bags
Most of the accessories you find will be storage-related.
Do some research to see which accessories, if any, are available and which ones you may want to use with your walker.
Some walkers have storage, while others do not. You can purchase pouches and baskets separately, but if storage is a primary concern, you’ll want to look for a walker that already has built-in storage.
Think about the placement of the basket or pouch to ensure that it will be easily accessible for you. Also, consider how much storage you’ll need and whether you’ll need to purchase additional pouches or bags.
Can You Push Someone in a Rollator?
No. Wheeled walkers are a convenient way to get around, but they should not be mistaken for a wheelchair. Many wheeled walkers come with built-in seats, but these seats are only there to give you a place to rest and relax.
No one should ever push you while sitting in a rollator, nor should they push you while you’re using one. Wheeled walkers are walking aids only – they are not a transportation device. Most rollators do not have the weight capacity or strength to handle this type of movement.
The walker may become damaged or fall apart if too much weight is placed on it.
If you are looking for a mobility aid that allows you to be pushed around while seated, you might consider a wheelchair or a rollator/transport chair hybrid.
How Much Does a 4 Wheel Walker Cost?
The cost of a 4 wheel walker can vary greatly depending on the model and quality of the unit, but they generally start at $100.
Rollators with more complex features, storage spaces, higher weight capacities and higher quality frames will cost more.
Depending on your medical insurance, the cost of your walker may be covered or come at a very low cost to you.
Consider your budget, and look for a model that suits your needs and is high quality while remaining affordable.
Tim is a professional caregiver who has helped hundreds of seniors gain back their freedom and independence. He has been actively helping the senior community for 20+ years.
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