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Walking Frames with trays

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The Best Walking Frames With Trays

Walking frames are often used by the elderly or disabled to provide extra support when walking.

They are widely known as Zimmer frames; the name coming from Zimmer holdings, a well-known producer of walking frames. Walking frames are also referred to as Tri walkers or Walking trolleys.

Indoor walking frames with a tray offer a stable base so that people with balance or mobility issues can move around independently. There are many types of walking frames with different designs based on intended use.

The standard frames come in two, three and four-wheel varieties, with and without trays. Frames intended for use outside the home include storage bags, baskets and seats. They include brakes for stability and safety.

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Our Number 1, and best rated, walking frame with trays

Aidapt Height Adjustable Wheeled Tray

Why we rated this the best

  • Smooth trays for easy cleaning
  • Great height for use as a table for meals
  • Large sized wheels for easy movement on carpet
  • Wheel guard prevents carpet fibres and hair lodgement

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This is rated our best value for money walking frame with trays

Folding Lightweight Rollator walking frame

What you need to know

  • Features cane holder and basket
  • Tray lifts off easily to use seat
  • Brake lock for seated use
  • Bi-directional folding mechanism

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The best of the rest

Days Flat Packed Height Adjustable Plastic Shelf Trolley

What you need to know

  • Recessed bottom shelf to aid use as a table for meals
  • Robust, sturdy design with simple assembly
  • Use on all surfaces with smooth turn wheels
  • Two removable clip-on plastic shelves

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Drive Steel Tri-Walker with Vinyl Bag

What you need to know

  • Great for errands including a large basket and storage bag
  • Easy steer wheels for fluid movement
  • Adjustable arthritic friendly, lockable, looped brakes
  • Folds for hassle-free transportation

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NRS Healthcare M03792 Home Helper Trolley

What you need to know

  • Aluminium frame adjusts to the desired height
  • Eligible for VAT relief
  • Both plastic trays feature raised edges
  • Easy to assemble

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Drive Height Adjustable Aluminium Walking Frame

What you need to know

  • Includes storage basket and cane holder
  • Durable tyres are non-marking
  • Large wheels for comfortable outdoor use
  • Very reliable brakes

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Three-Wheel Rollator Walking Aid with Basket & Tray

What you need to know

  • Sturdy design with height adjustable frame
  • Three wheel system for easy turning
  • Multifunctional, complete with storage basket, bag and removable tray
  • Fluid wheels

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Homecraft Folding Three Wheeled Rollator

What you need to know

  • Easy fold by use of a pull handle
  • Strong loop brakes with a lock for quick stopping
  • Three wheels offer added maneuverability
  • Large rubber tyres for all surface use

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Design

Generally speaking, walking frames are lightweight, with handles for gripping.

Most users cannot move them if they are heavy. They are usually waist high, and most will be height adjustable. The height will have to be set correctly for that specific user to avoid back problems and other physical issues for the user.

Using a walking frame

To use a Walking frame, the user walks within the frame with the front and the sides surrounding them.

If non-wheeled, they hold on to the sides of the frame and walk forward by picking the frame up and placing it in front of them. The process is the same with wheeled walkers but they make walking easier as the frame does not have to be picked up every few steps.

Wheels are also necessary for effective use of trays to carry items from one room to another.

Different types of walking frames

There are many types of walkers available. The prospective user should choose one based on their needs, level of mobility and strength. Below are some examples of the different varieties of Walking frames: Two-wheeled walkers

Best suited for indoor use, two-wheeled walkers are suitable for people who need a sturdier support when walking. The 2 wheels are located at the front, with two rubber stoppers or glides at the back closer to the user.  The rubber stoppers are more stable than the glides but the glides are more easily pushed.

These walkers are much less manoeuvrable than the other designs but provide more support.

1 – Three-wheeled walkers

These are also known as tri-walkers.  One can use this style of walker both inside and outside the home. It is most suited to those who may need added support when outside or when covering longer distances.

Three-wheeled walkers are less stable than the four-wheeled variety but many users prefer them as they offer greater manoeuvrability than the four-wheeled versions and take up less room when folded. These walkers generally feature brakes.

2 – Four-wheeled walkers

These are much the same as three-wheeled walkers. As mentioned in the earlier paragraph a four wheeled walker will offer more stability for the user. This added stability comes at the expense of manoeuvrability.

Additionally, they feature a larger support base than the three-wheeled version. Four-wheeled walkers are the most commonly used walking frames.

3 – Rollators

Rollators are used by a more mobile person.

They come in three or four wheel varieties. The wheels are larger than on regular walking frames. The main feature of these is the seat which allows for rests without having to find a bench.

Rollators are generally very sturdy. They have many features, with good quality, lockable brakes for safety and baskets and storage bags attached.

Considerations when choosing a walking frame

The following are considerations that should be considered when choosing your walking frame.

  • Is it transportable?
  • Does it fold?
  • What size is it?
  • Will it fit through the door frames if used at home?
  • Does it have a seat? Is it adjustable?
  • Is the height of the frame adjustable?
  • Does it have brakes? If so, what type?

A helpful video for you

Want to learn more? Well here is a useful video that provides you with more useful information when looking to make a purchase.

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Jane Parkinson

Jane Parkinson

Jane is one of our primary content writers and specialises in elder care. She has a degree in English language and literature from Manchester University and has been writing and reviewing products for a number of years.

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