So glad I got this for Mom! The old simple walker she had was more of a hazzard than an aid. This rollator makes mobility so much easier for her that I think she will walk more and get stronger. She said "this is like dancing" when she tried it the first time!
PROS —Sturdy —Compacts easily —Hidden brake lines —Attractive design —Quality materials CONS —Heavy —Storage limited, inconveniently located —Less ideal for indoor use —Seat not entirely comfortable —Too much space between handles and brake release Even with my substantial list of cons, I could not give this rollator anything less than 4 stars. Yes, the Nitro DLX Euro Style Walker Rollator is almost 10 pounds heavier than the classic rollator my mother has been using for the past several years. And, yes, the handbrakes are at a greater distance from the handles, requiring her to remove her hands entirely from the handles just to release the brakes, unlike her previous rollator, which simply allowed her to rest her palms securely on the handles while using her fingers to release the handbrakes. It seems the rollator fixes one problem but creates another. The large wheels that are ideal for tackling the tough terrain outdoors seem a bit bulky for our carpeted place indoors, where my mother spends most of her time. Also, while the extension of these large wheels ensure a sturdy support, they can encumber accessibility to objects within forward reach. YET, compared to most other rollators I’ve seen, Drive’s Nitro Euro Style is the Mercedes of its field when it comes to aesthetics and innovation. The sleek, modern design definitely reduces that medical, or elderly, stigma that is easily associated with standard walkers. And, for me as the caregiver in particular, the ability to fold it in one easy step — just lift the handle in the center of the seat and the entire frame compacts — has made traveling with my mother a bit less demanding, despite the heavier weight when lifting the rollator into the car. My mother, of course, likes the sturdiness of her new “ride,” as she calls her rollators. The deduction of the star is primarily due to the storage. The storage beneath the seat of my mother’s former ride, which was like her trunk space, allowed her to transport small items from one room to the next, and could be accessed simply by lifting up the padded seat. Not to mention that the flat seat enabled her to carry her tray of food to the table without spillage (the seat on the Nitro DLX is rounded). But the smaller storage bag of the Nitro Euro Style forces her to lean farther over to store/retrieve items, which poses a significant challenge for someone whose equilibrium is already insecure. I hope Drive will continue to improve upon this model to help an aging and health-challenged community who longs for better products.
This is a newer product but had everything inward looking for. I initially looked at 2-wheeled traditional walkers with fold-down seats, but they are roughly twice as expensive. This still lets you walk between the handles but leave the seat down, so it doubles as a tray to carry stuff, for me. Rolls smoothly and the back stopping mechanism works great for me, but I out tens balls on for inside the house to avoid messing up the floors. While similar in design to a 4-wheel walker, the wheels are smaller so this is much less obtrusive, easy to get in and out of car, lightweight. My PT was very happy with it as well. It gives me a bit more freedom than a regular walker with fixed front wheels, since these swivel and you don't have to pick up each time, but isn't too fast like a 4-wheel rollator would be. I'm happy with my purchase!
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