There are dozens of different walkers with seats available on the market for seniors with mobility issues. Today, we’ll review some of the best standard walkers and rollators for this demographic, while also covering the key things you’ll need to consider before purchasing a walker with a seat.
- Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Walker or Rollator
- What Are the Best Walkers for Seniors with a Seat?
- Summary and Recommendations
Things to Consider When Purchasing a Walker with a Seat
Weight, width, comfort, adjustable height, transportability, and the price tag are all things you’ll want to think about before purchasing a walker with a seat for an elderly person. Below we’ll highlight some of the typical features you’ll need to consider prior to making a final decision.
Depending on the make and model, a walker or rollator can run you anywhere from one hundred dollars to six hundred dollars or more. In general, walkers with seats tend to cost more than ones without, so make sure to check out as many options as possible prior to purchasing.
It’s essential to consider both the weight of the user and the weight of the device when buying a walker or rollator. If you’ll be transporting the walker frequently, look for a model that is lightweight and foldable. On the other hand, if you need a device that can support a higher weight capacity, then a bariatric or heavy-duty model may be the way to go.
Wider walkers and rollators will usually be more comfortable for elderly people to sit in, which is a big advantage. However, you’ll want to make sure the device is still able to fit through the doorways in your living space, especially if you live in an older home or apartment.
Check out our post on the best narrow walkers for small spaces to learn more!
It’s becoming more common for both walkers and rollators to come standard with a padded seat that allows the user to sit down and rest when they get tired. While these seats do not offer as much support as a wheelchair or mobility scooter, it’s still important to look at the seat width, depth, and construction material to find the style that will be most comfortable for you or a senior family member.
Mobility of the User
In all cases, seniors will at least need to be able to walk short distances in order to use a rollator or walker with a seat. If the user is unable to walk at all, a wheelchair, mobility scooter, or powerchair will be a better option for them.
Almost all walkers and rollators are highly portable, with many being able to fold up to a compact size for easier transportation and storage. Depending on the manufacturer and model, the device may either fold front-to-back or side-to-side and have an adjustable height.
What Are the Best Walkers for Seniors with a Seat?
There is no “one size fits all” solution when it comes to walking aids. The best walker with a padded seat for a senior will depend on the individual and their needs. Every elderly person has slightly different mobility requirements, and what works best for one person may not be a good fit for another.
We’ve compiled a list of four versatile walker and rollator options below. All these models come with a built-in seat, so check out other important specifications like weight capacity, width, and price to determine which one will be the best fit for your requirements!
Drive Four Wheel Walker Rollator
The popular Drive Four Wheel Rollator Walker is a fantastic all-around option for seniors who are looking for a sturdy and reliable standard walker with a seat. This rolling walker has a weight capacity of 300 lbs and an overall width of only 24.5”, allowing it to comfortably fit through most household doorways. The Drive Medical Four Wheel Rolling Walker also has a hinged backrest that can easily be folded up for transport and storage.
Stander EZ Fold-N-Go Rollator
The EZ Fold-N-Go Rollator from Stander is one of the most compact walkers with a seat currently available on the market. Although this rollator has a slightly lower weight capacity (250 lbs) and larger width (27.5”) than the Drive Rolling Walker, it makes up for it with its exceptionally small folded width of only 13”. This makes it a great choice for seniors who will be frequently transporting their walker in the trunk of their car.
Drive Nitro Euro Style Rolling Walker
The Drive Nitro Euro Style Rolling Walker features a comfortable seat with a padded backrest, allowing elderly people to sit and rest for longer periods of time without becoming sore. This narrow walker has the smallest width of all the options we've listed, with an open width of 23” and a folded width of only 8”. The Drive Medical Nitro Rollator Walker is ideal for use both indoors and outdoors, sports an attractive euro-style design, and has height adjustable handles.
Drive Go-Lite Bariatric Steel Rollator
With reinforced steel construction and a weight capacity of 500 lbs, the Drive Medical Go-Lite Bariatric Rollator is an ideal option for seniors who are looking for a stable and strong seated walker. At 18” by 13”, this heavy-duty rollator features the largest padded seat of any of the options highlighted here. The Go-Lite Bariatric Rollator also comes standard with a basket mounted underneath the seat, allowing you to conveniently store groceries and other personal items.
Summary and Recommendations
The best walker with a seat depends on the wants and needs of the individual user. If you are looking for a simple and inexpensive walking aid, the Drive Medical Four Wheel Rolling Walker may be your best bet, while users who want a narrow and stylish rollator may want to go with a model like the Nitro Euro Style Rolling Walker. For larger users who require a walker with a higher weight capacity, the Drive Medical Go-Lite Bariatric Rollator may be the perfect fit.
You can find all these walkers with seats and more online in the Scootaround Store!
There are a lot of factors to take into consideration when looking for the best walker with a seat for a senior. If you want to learn more about our full line of walkers and rollators, give us a call at 1-844-664-7467 or email [email protected]. You can also shop online at scootaroundstore.com. We look forward to assisting you!