There are some remarkable walking aids available today, providing superior mobility for users with difficulty getting around. A modern variation on the walking frame, the rollator comes in three basic designs – a two wheeler, three wheeler and a four wheeler. Two wheelers have been around for a long time and are an effective step up from the standard walking frame. Here, we help you decide between a three wheel or four-wheeler CareCo rollator.
What are Rollators?
As mentioned above, they are similar to the typical walking frame but allow improved mobility. CareCo rollators are ergonomic, permitting control of movement, comfort and improved speed. Both the three wheel and the four wheel models provide stability when moving, but with the added bonus of a fluid and natural motion. Rollators are substantial in body but light in design with space enough for a basket or, in some cases, a seat.
In some cases, which CareCo rollator you choose will be a matter of personal choice, but there are functional differences too.
Advantages of Three Wheel CareCo Rollators
- The first major advantage for users choosing a three wheel rollator is that they have greater manoeuvrability. The third front wheel makes for much easier turning than you would get with a four wheel rollator
- With less mass in the frame, a three CareCo rollator is lighter to move. If you have limited dexterity in your hands or little in the way of upper body strength but still want to get around quickly, a three wheel is rollator certainly for you
- Thirdly, and this is important to those who need a rollator, the gap between the front wheel and the back two wheels provide the perfect niche in which to put a bag. This reduces the pain and strain of carrying a bag by your side or on your back
Disadvantages of Three Wheel Rollators
- The first major drawback of this type of model is the lack of stability. If you need extra support or feel precarious on your feet (for example, have a habit of falling) then a three wheel CareCo rollator may not be for you
- Secondly, there is not enough space for a seat on this type of model. Although there is enough space for a bag, some users need to sit down. A good quality rollator is often as much a portable seat as it is a walking aid
Advantages of Four Wheel CareCo Rollators
- The four wheel rollator will have enough space for a seat between the two sets of wheels. The larger frame offers the stability and comfort that when you tire of walking too far with your model, you can take a break. This is handy for those who want to be mobile but struggle to get around
- Four wheelers are also sturdy compared to the three wheelers. The more weight you need to put on a rollator, the more support you are likely to need, the more likely you are to need a four wheel rollator
- Four wheelers are better over uneven terrain where a three wheeler may lose some of that essential stability. The chances of a four wheel model tipping over on a slope are much smaller
Disadvantages of Four Wheel Rollators
- Three wheelers are great for turning, but four wheelers are rather cumbersome. Some users may struggle to turn when in a tight spot and when they have poor upper body strength. It may need to be lifted and turned manually
- The major and obvious disadvantage is the four-wheeler’s extra weight. Where the sturdiness gives you greater peace of mind, they are heavier to carry. Couple that with the lower manoeuvrability and a four wheeler could hinder some users
- Three wheelers may be folded for transport, but four-wheelers Simply, these are difficult to put into a car to take away for the weekend. The weight advantage for stability reduces its flexibility