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Comparing Wheelchairs and Mobility Scooters

 

Need a mobility device that can help you get out and around town, but not sure where to start?  Read on to learn more about your options!

 
Advantages of Power Wheelchairs
Maneuverability: 
  • Small turning radius, which makes it easy to navigate small spaces
  • Rear wheel drive system that provides enough power and stability to overcome small curbs and other obstacles while center wheel drive chairs provide the tightest turning radius available.

Versatility:  Perfect for indoor use

Range: Most chairs have a battery range of over 9 miles

Comfort: Power wheelchairs tend to be more comfortable than a mobility scooter because most wheelchair users will be in a power chair all day, every day.

 
Advantages of Mobility Scooters

Wide Selection of Models:

  • 3 Wheel Scooters:  tend to be more compact and easy to maneuver, making them ideal for small or crowded spaces 
  • 4 Wheel Scooters: offer greater stability and may be better for travel, depending on the model you choose
  • Heavy Duty:  both 3 and 4 wheel scooters come in heavy duty versions that have a higher weight capacity of up to 500 pounds
  • Travel Scooters: available in 3 wheel, 4 wheel, and heavy duty models and feature non-spill batteries and other options that make them easy to fold and store

Range and Power: Battery range of over 9 miles and can reach speeds of up to 6 mph

Portability:
  • Travelling with a mobility scooter is significantly easier than with a power wheelchair simply because scooters tend to be much lighter.
  • Many scooters are designed to breakdown into multiple pieces so that they can easily fit in the trunk of a car.
Affordable: Some models start at just $550

Because both power wheelchairs and mobility scooters can boast similar benefits, it ultimately comes down to your personal preference and finding the exact model that appeals to your practical, aesthetic, and budgetary needs.

 
 
Advantages of Manual Wheelchairs
 

Lightweight:  Many models feature frames that weigh less than 15 lbs.

Portable: Quick release wheels and collapsible seats allow for easy storage

Affordable: Prices start at around $100  

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