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Looking for the best heavy duty walker with a seat? We researched all the products from the top manufacturers and put them side-by-side for the ultimate showdown.
We compared , seat width, ease of use, comfort, and quality, and have condensed everything down to this concise review. Choosing the right for your situation doesn’t have to be a pain in the neck because we’ve done all the hard work for you.
Whether you’re looking for a that’s just a little more stable than normal, or if you want the absolute best on the market, we’ve got you covered. Read on to discover our top picks for your needs and budget…
In a hurry or don’t feel like reading? The NOVA Mighty Mack is our pick as the best with an extra-wide , 600 lbs , and large 8-inch wheels.
What Is A Bariatric Walker?
A bariatric walker is a mobility aid designed for people over 300 pounds, or someone who is simply looking for a stronger, more stable, and wider walker than normal. The rollators we looked at for this review all support at least 440 pounds — up to 600 pounds for the Nova — and feature wide seats.
Bariatric Equipment Definition
In simple terms, equipment refers to equipment that has been designed specifically for large or obese people. They are stronger, wider, and more than regular mobility aids. For example, a typical might have a of just 250 pounds, while a version may support up to 600 pounds. The word “” comes from the Greek words “baros”, which means weight, and “iatrics”, which refers to medical treatment. And while there are no designated specifications for for equipment, most mobility aids in this category will support 400 pounds or more.
Why Choose A Bariatric Walker?
There are 3 primary reasons people choose a bariatric heavy duty walker over a regular model:
- You weigh over 300 pounds. (This is the weight-limit of most regular walkers.)
- You want a wider with more room to get comfy.
- You’re looking for the most stable rolling walker possible
Our Top 3 Heavy Duty Walkers
The first thing you notice about the Mighty Mack is the extra-wide seat. At 20 inches wide and with 23.5 inches between the handles, this is the largest and most roomy seat of all the products in our review. Also the is 22″.
In everyday use it never misses a beat. The 8-inch wheels will cruise over most terrain without trouble. And the locking handbrakes provide solid control and hold well.
If you want the sturdiest rollator walker on the market then this just might be it.
Why we love it:
- The Mighty Mac is built for a big man up to 600 pounds.
- Extra-wide 20-inch padded seat with backrest that is surprisingly comfortable.
- Extremely stable.
- Large 8-inch wheels work just as well outdoors as indoors.
- Walker weighs just 24 pounds so it’s easy to move around.
- Comes 99% assembled and requires no tools. (We didn’t even need the instructions!)
What could be improved:
- Might not be suitable if you’re over 6’4″ tall. (Double check your sizing.)
- The extra width means it won’t go through most bathroom doors.
Read review: Nova Mighty Mack Review
We’re big fans of Drive Medical with a number of their rollators winning our “best in class” awards for different categories. The HD Nitro only just misses out on the top spot for heavy duty rolling walkers due to it’s relatively low weight-capacity.
Definitely the best-looking walker in our review, the Nitro has a classy design that turns heads everywhere you go. But it’s got more going for it than just looks. The 10-inch front wheels (8-inch rear), solid construction, and ability to partially close the walker to get through small doorways makes it a zippy little unit that is actually quite fun to use.
With adjustable handles that reach up to 41 inches this is the best walker for tall and heavy people.
- Height adjustable for people up to approximately 6’8″.
- Very comfortable 18 inch wide seat with back support.
- Huge 10-inch front castor wheels cruise over bumps in the road.
- Weighs just 20.5 pounds so you can fold it up with one hand.
- Small enough to fit in the trunk of a car.
- Stands independently while folded so you can stow it out of the way anywhere.
- You can partially fold it and still put weight on it to get through narrow doors.
What could be improved:
- Relatively light 450 pound weight capacity.
If you’re on a budget and need a heavy duty rollator that doesn’t break the bank, then the Medline might be worth taking a chance on.
There have been some quality control issues and almost 19% of people who purchased reported some kind of fault. But if you’re one of the lucky ones who gets a good one, then it’s hard to beat for the price.
The best choice for those on a budget or who only need a walker for a short time.
Why we like it:
- Cheapest heavy duty rollator we looked at.
- Good weight-capacity (500 pounds) for the price!
- Large 8-inch wheels roll smoothly on most terrain.
- Storage under the seat for your wallet, purse, phone, keys etc.
- Fairly easy to assemble. (Watch the manufacturers video!)
What could be improved:
- At 25 pounds it might be a little heavy for some people to lift in and out of a car.
- Handles only adjust up to 37.5 inches so not suitable for tall people.
- Won’t fit through standard doors in the home.
- Seat is only 17.5 inches wide.
- Some quality-control issues. (I suppose you get what you pay for!)
The Invacare Bariatric rollator is a safe choice with over a thousand high customer reviews.
This sturdy rollator walker has a weight-capacity of 500 pounds thanks to its strong reinforced steel frame. The 8-inch wheels are good for indoor or outdoor use. The strong rubber tires give you solid grip even on loose surfaces.
The 18-inch wide seat is a bit narrow compared to the Nova Mighty Mac but it is a very comfortable flip-up padded seat. It is recommended for people between 5′ 8″ and 6′ 5″ tall.
Usually priced a fair bit cheaper than the Mighty Mack or Nitro, this is a great option for people who don’t want to spend a fortune on a folding walker, but want something that’s going to be more reliable than the Medline.
Why we like it:
- Well-made and sturdy for people up to 500 pounds.
- Nicely padded 18-inch wide seat with padded backrest is very comfy even when sitting for long periods.
- Large 8-inch rubber wheels provide reassuring traction.
- Beautiful blue color!
- It is a narrow bariatric rolling walker easy to maneuver
What could be improved:
- It is a little heavy at 26 pounds
- A few customers have complained about occasional defective wheels.
- Low price
What To Look For
When shopping for a heavy duty walker there are a few key things you want to look for to ensure you get the right product for your unique situation.
Sufficient Weight Capacity
First up, you want to make sure the walker you’re looking at can support your weight. A walker or rollator that is not engineered to handle enough weight will be at serious risk of bending or breaking which could lead to injury. All of the walkers we looked at here can support 440 pounds or more, which will be sufficient for most people. But if you need more, or would just feel more comfortable knowing your walker is designed to handle a lot more weight than you’re throwing at it, then the Nova is going to be your best choice because it supports up to 600 pounds.
Extra Wide Seat
The next consideration is the seat width and configuration. Regular walkers often have seats around 17in wide, which can be a little on the small side for even an average size person. And every inch can make a significant difference in both comfort and your ability to maneuver in and out of the seat. Once again the Nova shines here with a best-in-class 20-inch wide seat.
All the walkers we reviewed come with 8-inch wheels which we find are the perfect size for a heavy duty walker. This is large enough to handle just about any terrain you might come across. The Drive Medical rollator has massive 10-inch wheels on the front which really need to be experienced to be believed… they are so smooth.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can bariatric rollators handle 600 pounds?
The only walker we looked at that is rated up to 600 pounds is the Nova Mighty Mack. If this is out of your budget or you’re just looking for a regular walker, then you could try the Medline Heavy Duty Bariatric Walker which is a front-wheeled standard walker that can support up to 600 pounds.
Are there bariatric walkers for 700 pounds+?
Once you reach 700 pounds or more your options become very limited. You need to look at speciality equipment such as the Sizewise Bari Walker. It’s a front-wheeled walker that can handle up to 750 pounds.
How wide is a bariatric walker?
Because bariatric walkers are heavy duty equipment they are designed to be wider than a normal walker. On the narrow side, something like the Drive Medical Nitro is around 23-inches wide, while at the other end of the spectrum the Nova Mighty Mack and Comodità Spazio measure around 28 inches.
There you have it, the results of our countless hours of research into the best heavy duty walkers! We picked the Nova as our #1 choice because of the winning 600 pounds weight capacity, extra-wide 20-inch seat, and overall stability and build quality. If you don’t need quite that much support then the Drive Medical or Comodità Spazio are great choices. And if you’re on a budget then the Medline is really the only option.