- Disabilities & the Disabled
Medline Rollator Review
My Walker: My Key to Freedom!
I have been using my Medline Rollator for almost four years. I have a mobility condition that comes and goes, and very much impairs my ability to get around. At those times, walking and standing is extremely tiring, just because it takes so much more energy to lift my legs and hold myself erect.
I used a cane for years, but eventually my walking was so poor that I needed more. The walker has been a lifesaver for me! It makes it possible for me to go places and do things that I would have been afraid to do in the past.
I will tell you why I like my rollator walker so much, and hopefully this will help you in any decisions that you need to make about purchasing a mobility device for yourself or a loved one.
Photo of my rollator (Photo property of author. All rights reserved).
Medline Walker - This is the model I use
The walker I use is still available from Amazon. As you can see, the price is very good and it is eligible for free shipping with Amazon Prime.
If you don't like burgandy, it is available in several other colors including smoky blue and black.
I especially like the seat on this walker. It is very comfortable, and is especially useful when I need to wait in line. I never have to worry about standing too long as long as I have my walker. Sometimes I take it with me on days I am walking okay, just to assure myself that I will have a seat in case of a crowd.
What I Like About My Medline Rollator
I have been using this walker for almost four years and it is still as good as the day I bought it. It has given me no trouble at all. It always does what it is supposed to do, and has not required any maintenance.
It was not hard to put together. It took me less than an hour to do. Some parts are similar, and I initially put two of the legs on backwards and had to start over. As long as you go slowly and follow the instructions in the manual you should have no trouble.
The height is adjustable, and will fit people from about 4'10" to about 6'2" tall. I am 5'6" and it fits me just right. It may take some experimenting to determine exactly how high to set it. There are two places where adjustments can be made, so that you can adjust both the seat and the handlebars as needed.
This walker is lightweight, only a little over ten pounds. It is easy for me to maneuver in and out of the car, even when I am at my weakest.
It folds up compact and is easy to transport in the backseat of a vehicle or trunk, and store in a closet or under a bed. The wheels get dirty, so if you put it into your car, you might want to take a sheet or blanket to protect your upholstery from any grime or wetness from the tires.
Do You Own a Walker?
Do You Own a Walker?
Detachable Storage Bag Under the Seat
This Walker has a Seat
It's Very Handy!
One of the main reasons I bought this walker was because of the seat. This is a very convenient feature, and I don't know if I would like the walker as much if it did not have one. I use it all the time!
It is great for people who tire easily, because wherever you go you have a spot to sit down and rest. This is great for all kinds of outings, because you never know when you might need a seat.
Once I went to an awards ceremony for my daughter, and we got stuck in an elevator on the way there. I was able to sit down while we waited to get rescued. That took about 20 minutes, so I was very glad I had my rollator with me!
Then, once we got to the awards ceremony, the auditorium was packed and there were no chairs left. It did not matter though, because I just parked my walker in the aisle and sat down on it. I had the best seat in the house!
It is also great for waiting in lines. I took it with me when I voted back in the fall. Everyone was talking about how bad the lines were and I knew I would be in trouble if I had to stand on a concrete floor for very long.
The seat is also useful for carrying things. I have been known to put a box on the seat and fill it with items I need to carry. This turns the walker into a little cart and has saved my back more than once!
It has made my life easier in so many ways, and has been wonderful at helping me conserve my energy so many times! I feel this device has been well worth the money I paid for it, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
My only regret about buying the Medline rollator is that I waited so long before purchasing it. I needed it several years before I finally did it. I could have enjoyed my life so much more if I had gone ahead and made the investment. I would have saved energy that I needed to be a good mom instead of using my limited reserves just trying to walk from one place to another. That is my main regret, and it is a big one.
Accessories for the Medline Rollator
A variety of convenient accessories are available to pimp out your rollator. I have not purchased any of them, so I cannot really say how well they are made.
The one thing I do have on my wish list is a cup holder. It is very hard to push the walker while carrying a beverage, and if you put a drink on the seat you risk a spill.
The other thing it is hard to do is carry an umbrella while pushing the walker. I am not sure there is such a thing as an umbrella attachment though. It might be a business opportunity waiting for someone!
I like this cup holder that adjusts for different sizes of beverages. It can be used on walkers, wheelchairs and even scooters. It has over 100 five-star reviews on Amazon, and is eligible for free shipping.
NOVA Handy Carrying Pouch
This pouch certainly does look handy! You might not need to carry a purse if you attach this to your backrest. It comes in black or a blue crazy daisy pattern.
Keep all of the things you need at your fingertips, without the worry of keeping up with a purse.
This is another accessory that would be very convenient. I have been known to toss my cane across the handlebars. This makes it tough to get through narrow passages, and won't work at all in a crowd. With this clip, your cane hugs the side of the walker, for a streamlined silhouette!
Attach your cane to the side of your walker. It is there when you need it, but safely out of the way.
Headlight for the Walker
There have been several times I have wished my walker had headlights. This light attaches to the side rail and illuminates your path. An excellent safety feature!
This light can also attach to a cane, for safe traveling through the house or out in public.
Medline Rollator Demonstration
This video shows how easy it is to assemble the rollator, and goes over some of the product's important features.
Find a Medline Rollator and Accessories on eBay
You might be able to find what you need on eBay, perhaps at a bargain price. Here is a sample of what they have available today.