In a Nutshell:

A nice, multi-function mobility device, though a little on the small side, so not a good fit for all users. ProBasics Transport Rollator is recommended for average to small-sized people who are looking for a versatile, occasional-use mobility aid.

Customization options
Ease of Use
Comfort
Usability

Overall Rating

4.2/5

Benefits

  • Dual functionality
  • Under-seat storage
  • Modest price
  • Portable seat option
  • Easy to use as a walker
  • Compact size

Drawbacks

  • Niche product
  • Thinly padded seat
  • Lack of proper seat back
  • Not for extended use
ProBasics Transport Rollator
4.2

Recommended For: Average to small-sized people who are looking for a versatile, occasional-use mobility aid.

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Do you consider yourself “fairly mobile” even with your mobility issues? Can you sometimes get around on a walker? Have you ever been using your walker, gotten tired, and wished you had a more versatile mobility device?

You’ll love our in-depth look at the ProBasics Transport Rollator if you answered yes to any of those questions. Consider this the “Transformer” (like the movie) of transport chairs. With a few quick and easy adjustments, it can be turned from a transport chair into a rollator (wheeled walker) and back again!

Suppose you’re unsure whether you need something like this. In that case, we’ll cover everything this incredibly handy little device can do and let you know about its various limitations (and it has them). Hence, you have all the information you need to make an informed decision.

Ready to take a closer look? Let’s get right to it! 

Key Features of ProBasics Transport Rollator

We’ll say immediately that this mobility device isn’t for everyone. You don’t need this if you can’t use a walker (wheeled or otherwise). But if you are mobile enough that a walker is often your preferred choice, and you don’t want to buy a transport chair separately for when you need one, this splendid product could be exactly what you’ve been looking for. The ProBasics Rollator pulls double duty as an occasional transport chair and a wheeled walker.

ProBasics Transport Rollator in blue frame Side View

ProBasics isn’t one of the best-known companies in the industry, but they make excellent, well-designed products targeted at the value segment of the market. From a practical perspective, this means that aside from the fact that it can serve in two different capacities, you won’t find much in the way of extras and creature comforts in ProBasics wheelchairs.

Visually, it’s not much to look at. It’s by no means ugly, but it’s clear that the designers placed the bulk of their emphasis on form over function. We don’t have a problem with that. Given the device’s multi-function nature, making it stylish and attractive would be difficult without making it more complicated to reconfigure.

It’s reasonably well-made and sturdy, crafted of lightweight aluminum, and capable of supporting up to 250 pounds. Note that the ProBasics Transport Rollator is somewhat heavier than conventional walkers, weighing 22 pounds. That’s about middle-of-the-pack where transport chairs are concerned, but it is notably heavier than a standard walker, which is something to keep in mind if you use it primarily as a walker.

Here are some of the device’s other relevant dimensions:

  • Seat Width: 14.25”
  • Seat Depth: 13.25”
  • Seat to Floor height: 21.75”
  • Handle height adjustability range: 34.75” – 39”
  • Width between handles: 19”
  • Folded dimensions: 36” x 22” x 24”

Adjustability

This device’s biggest “adjustability” feature is its ability to serve as a rollator or a transport chair. That alone makes it a wonder of versatility, and we’ll add that although it has some limitations and shortcomings when serving as a transport chair, it’s quite acceptable for occasional, short-duration sitting.

Foldable feature of ProBasics Transport Rollator

One of the things we like best about the design of the ProBasics Aluminum Transport Rollator is that it has fold-down footrests that you can use when in its transport chair configuration.

A close second for us is the fact that the height of the handles is somewhat adjustable. Although we’d love to have seen a broader range here (you can only move them up or down a total of 4.25), while any adjustment capability is better than none, the device will appeal to a somewhat narrower slice of the market.

Adjustability-wise, there’s nothing else to discuss here, but we don’t regard that as a negative. Quite to the contrary, given this model’s modest price, we’re impressed with the adjustability features on offer!

Comfort

Let’s talk about comfort, though, as this is a bit of a limitation for the model and may give you pause.

Fold down foot rest of ProBasics Transport Rollator

For starters, note that the width of the seat is relatively narrow (14.25”) and not especially deep either (just 13.25”), which means that you’ve got to be fairly trim to sit comfortably in it. Since neither can be customized at the point of sale, the number of people using the transport chair function is limited.

While the seat is padded, the padding isn’t very thick, and when in transport chair mode, it only has a bare minimum of back support. Where other single-function transport chairs have a proper seat back, this one only has a padded roll bar for back support.

That means two things. First, there’s no practical way to affix an aftermarket seat back cushion to this chair, so you can do nothing to improve the back support or comfort.

Because of that, you probably won’t want to bother with an aftermarket seat cushion, which leads us to our second observation: This transport chair is not designed for regular use as a transport chair. Its primary function is as a wheeled walker, but it can serve as a transport chair for short periods if and as needed.

Comfort doesn’t factor into the equation when using it as a rollator, so there is nothing to add.

On-Board Storage & Extras

There are two major things to discuss here, and both are points in favor of the model.

First, the ProBasics Transport Rollator has onboard storage, either a waterproof nylon compartment or a metal basket. Both are conveniently located under the seat when in transport chair mode, which we like very much because it means that the person sitting in the chair can easily access the storage. You can specify your storage preference (nylon or metal basket) at the point of sale.

ProBasics Transport Rollator waterproof nylon compartment

The second thing worth mentioning here, and something we count as a nice extra, is that the device can also be used for a third function.

Just lock the brakes, and you have an instant mobile seat. Suppose you’re using the rollator as a walker and suddenly find your energy flagging in seconds. In that case, you can have a reasonably comfortable chair to sit in while you collect yourself and get your second wind.

The handbrakes are useful in both of the chair’s modes. It enables you to lock the wheels when you’ve got it in rollator mode, so the walker doesn’t slip away from you, and it allows an assistant to slow you down when you’re headed down a slope. A nice touch that some more expensive models of transport chairs don’t offer, so we were quite pleased to see it here.

Normally, where transport chairs are concerned, we’d take off points if the chair didn’t include a travel bag for storage, but this model gets a pass on that front. Since it’s designed to be used primarily as a walker, and since none of the components have to be taken off for transport, adding a travel bag isn’t as necessary. Sure, we’d love to have seen one included, but we don’t consider that a deal breaker.

Only Useful on Smooth Surfaces

Another potential limitation of the chair is its four equally sized 8” wheels. These are excellent for indoor use and enable you to navigate smooth, level outdoor terrains, too, but if you plan on using your mobility device outdoors much, this one will likely leave you unimpressed.

ProBasics Transport Rollator 8 inch wheels

Even cobblestones or a badly cracked sidewalk will make using this model a bit of a challenge, so if you’re buying primarily for outdoor use, look for a transport chair with larger rear wheels, as these are much more capable of handling a wider range of uneven terrains.

As mentioned in the last section, the device offers handbrakes, which are useful when in transport chair mode. They enable an assistant to more easily navigate sloping terrain (as long as it’s relatively smooth). However, given the seat design and the absence of a safety belt, taking someone out for a walk over hilly terrain isn’t recommended. Even so, the brakes are a nice addition.

A Slight Learning Curve & Minimal Assembly Required

The single biggest thing to learn here is how to reconfigure the device so you can switch between its rollator and transport chair configurations. It’s not a complicated process; you can master it with just a few minutes of study. Once you have mastered it, switching from one configuration to another will take under two minutes.

Note that when you get the device, it does come mostly assembled, which is another plus. There are just a few nuts and bolts to tighten, but the process shouldn’t take more than ten minutes from unboxing to first use.

Pros & Cons of ProBasics Aluminum Transport Rollator

We like this model and regard it as an indispensable device – for the right user.

Its biggest strength and selling point is its ability to serve as a rollator and a transport chair in a pinch (and as an instant portable seat if needed). We also love the under-seat storage and wish more transport chairs offered this feature.

ProBasics Transport Rollator in burgundy color

While both of those are undeniably good things, the fact remains that no matter how much we like this model, it is a niche product. To make full use of it, you have to be:

  • Fairly mobile, and more inclined to use it as a walker than as a transport chair
  • Tall enough so that the handles, when set to their lowest height (34.75”), will be a good fit for you
  • Yet trim enough to fit into the somewhat narrow 14” seat

In addition, while no transport chair on the market today can truly say it offers a blissful, comfortable seating experience, this model’s thinly padded seat, coupled with the lack of a proper seat back, makes this device useful only as an occasional-use transport chair. Even then, it’s not something you’ll want to sit in for more than an hour or two.

Conclusion for ProBasics Transport Rollator Review

We love the ProBasics Transport Rollator, but readily admit it’s not for everyone. If the conditions above, in the Pros and Cons section, describe you as a user and how you plan to use the device, you’ll find it an indispensable addition to your mobility arsenal.

If those conditions don’t apply to you, then take a pass on this one. Some other model is bound to be a better fit for you.

This one is highly recommended for the “right” user, especially given its modest price.

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