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NOVA Mighty Mack Review 2019

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The Best Bariatric Rollator for 600 lbs?

NOVA Mighty Mack Review

Our Rating:


Price: (Click here to check price on Amazon.)
Pros: 600lbs weight capacity. Very sturdy. Extra-wide 20-inch seat.
Cons: Not suitable for people over 6’4″. Too wide to go through small doors in some houses.
Best For: You want the heaviest duty walker with the most roomy seat available.

In a hurry or don’t feel like reading? The NOVA Mighty Mack is the only consumer walker we’ve found with a weight-capacity of up to 600lbs. (Some places list it as 500lbs but we have had confirmation from Nova it is rated to 600lbs.) It’s built extremely well, has the widest seat in it’s class, and wheels around very smoothly indoors and out.  Click here to check it out on Amazon.

Overview

The Nova Mighty Mack earned our 5-star review for it’s top of the line 600 pound weight-bearing capacity, best in class 20-inch wide seat (complete with comfy back rest), and it’s overall smooth operation whether cruising around town or puttering around the house.

It’s a good looking walker that feels extremely stable both rolling and when you’re seated.

Possibly it’s only real weaknesses are the relatively short maximum handle height of 36 inches, making it unsuitable for most people over 6’4″, and it’s 28-inch width, which can make it a little difficult to manoeuvre through small doorways. However I’m not sure if you could really improve much on these “weaknesses” as they are part of the reason why this is the most heavy duty bariatric walker on the market.

  • Build Quality
  • Performance
  • Design
  • Weight
  • Value
4.8

Summary

Overall, we really liked the Mighty Mack and gave it a solid 4.8-star rating.

Features

  • Weight Capacity:  600 lb.
  • Approximate User Height: 5’5″ – 6’4″
  • Handle Height Adjustment: 30.25″ – 36.25″
  • Overall Width: 28″
  • Width Between Handles: 24″
  • Basket Dimensions: 17.25″w x 10″d x 6.5″h
  • Seat Height: 22″
  • Seat Dimensions: 20″w x 13.25″d
  • Wheel Size: 8″
  • Product Weight: 24 lb

Our Analysis

Nova was started by Sue Chen back in 1993 with the vision of providing style and function to the mobility equipment market. The Mighty Mack is an excellent example of this vision coming to life. With a simple elegant design that looks great on the street. And the practical functionality of a form designed for the larger person.

On The Road

Cruising around the shops the Nova rolls smooth and silent. The large 8-inch wheels have solid rubber tyres that grip nicely even on super smooth tiled floors. It handled a speed bump in the carpark without missing a beat. And it always feels reassuringly sturdy.

Around the house it had no trouble with some fairly deep shag carpet and zips over the transitions between the carpet and floorboards like they’re not even there.

Manoeuvrability

The Mighty Mack handles extremely well for it’s size and moves freely wherever you want to go. You really don’t notice the weight when it’s in motion. It is fairly wide at 28-inches, so turning around in tight spaces can be tricky, and getting through small doors can require some careful shuffling. We found it’s easier to shift to a standard walker to get around the bathroom than trying to cram it in there.

Weight & Folded Size

At 24 pounds it’s certainly not the lightest rollator on the market, and you wouldn’t expect a heavy duty walker to set any records in that department. It’s built tough and designed to accomodate heavy individuals. But it’s still light enough that most people won’t have any trouble getting it in and out of the car.

The Nova closes “front to back” and compresses down to just 18.5 inches deep when folded. Small enough to fit into the trunk of most cars. But if you’ve got a particularly small car you’ll want to double-check the measures to make sure it will fit.

Seat

The Nova is equipped with a 20-inch wide seat which is not only the largest seat of any rollator we’ve looked at, it’s also quite comfortable. The backrest doesn’t look like it would provide much support but is actually quite functional and helps keep you in a good seated position.

The seat feels even more roomy thanks to the handles offering a full 24-inches between them. This gives you plenty of room to sit and turn in the seat without catching your clothing on the handles or brakes.

The seat height on the Mighty Mack is fixed at 22-inches, which we found perfect for our 5’10” test pilot, but if you’re on the shorter side of the recommended height (around 5’5″) you might find this a little high and your feet might not completely touch the ground.

Hot tip: You can use the seat as an extra storage shelf for shopping bags, carting things around the house, or keeping your furry friend with you at all times.

Wheels

Solid rubber 8-inch wheels have become pretty standard on most quality rollators, and the Nova is no exception. As you would expect they roll smoothly and will have no problems with any day-to-day terrain you’re likely to come across.

The front wheels swivel while the rear wheels remain fixed in place. This helps you turn and manoeuvre quickly while providing stability, similar to how the wheels on a car work.

Brakes

When you’re moving and want to slow down, you apply the brakes by pulling up on the brake levers just like a bike. They work well and give you good control of your speed and how far out in front of you the walker can go.

You lock the brakes by pushing down on the brake handles. (Always lock the brakes on the walker before sitting down!) The park/safety brake holds solidly and is easy to lock and unlock.

It’s only a small criticism, but I’d prefer if the brake cables ran inside the tubing, because it looks cleaner and you don’t have to worry about them catching on anything. However I’m sure this was a conscious design choice in order to improve the strength of the walker and make replacing the brake cables much easier.

Storage

The storage basket on the Mighty Mack is more than adequate for most daily activities, and thanks to the wide design of the walker it measures a full 17-inches wide by 10-inches deep and 6-inches high. Big enough to carry all your personal items as well as some groceries.

Personally I prefer a bag rather than a basket because it gives you a little more security and protection if it rains. But the good news is you can get a basket cover that turns the basket into a bag, so you’ve got the best of both worlds.

Build Quality

The Nova Might Mack is built like a tank and feels like it will last a lifetime. You don’t get a 600lbs weight capacity by skimping on parts, and every component on this walker feels stronger and tougher than any standard walker I’ve tried.

Whether you’re walking, sitting, braking, or folding the walker it always feels solid and well-made which is reassuring especially when you’re putting some weight on it.

Best of all, every part on the Mighty Mack is replaceable, so if anything breaks or wears out after a couple of years, you can simply order the part you need direct from Nova and be up and walking again in no time.

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What We Liked

  • Highest weight capacity we’ve found at 600lbs!
  • Comfortable 20in seat with back support.
  • Feels very stable in use.
  • Rugged 8in wheels roll smoothly and last a long time.
  • Relatively light weight for it’s size and strength. (24lbs.)
  • No-tool assembly was super simple.

What Could Be Improved

  • Would be great to increase the max height of the adjustable handles so it would fit taller people over 6’4″.
  • The extra-wide seat and added support comes at the cost of width and it won’t fit through smaller doors.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for an extremely sturdy rollator that can support up to 600 pounds then the Nova Mighty Mack might just be your only option! However, you’re in luck because this is a very well-built machine that looks great and works flawlessly.

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