The Nova GetGo Classic 4202C is a budget-friendly rollator that offers comfort, light weight and easy, compact folding at a moderate price. Storage is in a closed, zippered pouch under the seat. Some users prefer this to a front basket, since under-seat storage makes it easier to get close to a counter or cabinet, and keeps belongings private and secure. The seat is padded, and a padded, curved backrest flips up for compact folding. Reviewers say the walker's brakes are effective and easy to use. The GetGo Classic measures 24 inches wide, so if you have 24-inch bathroom doors, you'll have to turn the walker sideways to get through.
Assembly requires no tools, and Nova's customer service and warranty are well regarded by users. That's important because some walker components -- such as tires and seats -- are subject to wear over time. A low-cost walker for users shorter than 5 feet, 4 inches, the Nova GetGo Petite 4208 (*Est. $110) includes a removable front basket; seat padding is an extra option (*Est. $20). If your budget allows, the higher-end Nova Cruiser Deluxe 4202 (*Est. $160) has larger wheels for easier maneuverability over various surfaces, including gravel and even snow. At 23 inches wide, it also fits better through narrow doorways, but it has a wider seat and is a bit heavier.
There's no mention of malfunctioning Nova GetGo walkers in the Food and Drug Administration database of adverse incident reports. We found the most user-written reviews and ratings of the GetGo Classic 4202C at Walgreens.com, SpinLife.com and Costco.com. Amazon.com and Wayfair.com contribute less owner feedback, but it's still useful. A YouTube video by Nova's founder Sue Chen provides a comprehensive overview of what to consider when choosing a rolling walker.
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1. U.S. Food and Drug Administration
This database of adverse incident reports provides information on walkers that broke or malfunctioned in ways that caused serious accidents. There are fewer complaints regarding Nova walkers overall than for most other brands, and no incident reports at all involving Nova GetGo models.
Review: MAUDE - Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Updated March 31, 2012
About 50 owners review the Nova GetGo Classic at Walgreens.com, where it gets a score of 4.7 out of 5 stars. Most users praise this walker's light weight, sturdy construction, safety and ease of use. One says the seat might not be wide enough for heavier users, even if their weight is within the 300-pound limit.
Review: Nova GetGo Classic Rolling Walker 4202CBL, Contributors to Walgreens.com, As of April 2012
All of the more than 70 users reviewing the Nova GetGo Classic 4202C here say they'd recommend this walker to a friend. They give this model 4.8 stars out of 5, and many are surprised that a lightweight walker can be this sturdy. Some comments from 2008 complain of the handle grips shedding black onto the hands, but this issue has apparently been resolved. Some owners are unhappy that brakes and tires need to be replaced after a year or so of frequent use.
Review: GetGo Classic, Contributors to SpinLife.com, As of April 2012
Nearly 30 users give the Nova GetGo Classic walker near-perfect ratings here. Some say a bit of hand strength is needed to use the brakes.
Review: GetGo Classic Rolling Walker from Nova, Contributors to Costco.com, As of April 2012
About 10 users reviewing the Nova 4202C rollator at Amazon.com like its overall construction. The model gets 4.5 out of 5 stars, and its easy, compact folding and light weight earn praise. Some users wish for the bigger padded seat or 8-inch wheels found on the more expensive Nova Cruiser walkers, but the GetGo Classic is rated a good value overall.
Review: Nova "GetGo Classic" 4202C Walker, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2012
Half a dozen users give the Nova 4202C a perfect 5 stars out of 5 here, applauding its light weight and looks, and easy assembly and folding. One wishes for the bigger wheels found on some more expensive Nova walkers.
Review: Nova Ortho-Med, Inc. Cruiser Deluxe Classic Walker with Detachable Flip Back, Contributors to Wayfair.com, As of April 2012
In this video, founder of Nova USA Sue Chen demonstrates how to match a rolling walker to your specific needs. She discusses six important factors: safety, size, stability, seat, storage and style.
Review: The 6 S's for Choosing Your Nova Rolling Walker, Sue Chen, Oct. 27, 2010