Walker vs. Rollator: How to Choose

Walker vs. Rollator: How to Choose

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Walker or Rollator?

A Quick Guide on How to Choose

Accepting that you or your loved one needs a walker is an emotional decision – before using a mobility device most feel like they’re ‘giving in’ to their mobility challenge. However, once the device is in use, the feeling is opposite; the fear of falling is reduced and people feel more independent because they are not dependent on a loved one or caregiver.

What is the difference between a walker and a rollator?

A walker is simply a handled frame with legs, while a rollator has three or four wheels, a seat, handlebars and hand-operated brakes.

A Walker

could be the right choice if a person…

  • Cannot bear weight on one or both legs such as after a hip replacement surgery
  • Is mobile enough not to require a wheelchair
  • Needs to navigate narrower spaces
  • A cane no longer offers the needed support

What kind of Walkers are available?

  • With or without wheels
  • One or two buttons for folding
  • With a basket or a tray
  • Height adjustable

A Rollator

could be the right choice if a person…

  • Is able to walk steadily but fatigues easily
  • Needs help with balance
  • Wants the option of three or four wheels
  • Wants a mobility aid for indoor and outdoor use

What kind of Rollators are available?

  • Three or four wheels with varying wheel sizes of 6” – 8”
  • Loop or push down brakes
  • Junior, hemi, standard or tall height sizes
  • Lightweight
  • With a basket or pouch
  • With a cane and/or cup holder
  • Bariatric/heavy duty


Choose the best Walker or Rollator for your or your loved one’s mobility needs.

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Disclaimer: No information presented on this website or in this walking aid guide is medical advice or intended as a substitute for the advice of a physician. All information on this website concerning medical conditions is from publicly available sources.

By | 2020-02-11T14:14:31+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Guest Posts, Guides|2 Comments


  1. CL July 13, 2017 at 4:54 am

    I’d prefer a rollator. The fact that I can carry more with one over a normal walker seals the deal for me.

    • Hanna Landman July 13, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      Hey CL,
      Customers often prefer rollators for that reason – the added conveniences like the storage space, seat and more… Of course, mobility levels also have to be taken into account, since the four wheels of a rollator means less support for the user compared to a walker.
      Thanks for sharing your perspective!

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