Your guide to choosing a mobility scooter or power chair
Scooters and power chairs help those with mobility issues get out and about, so they can continue to enjoy an active social life, maintain their independence, and be involved in their community.
With so many different types available, it can be hard to choose the one that’s right for you. Continue reading for a breakdown of the three main types of scooter and a deep dive into who they’re most suitable for.
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3-wheel scooters are more compact and often lighter than their 4-wheel cousins, making them more portable and easier to store. Since they only have one front wheel, 3-wheel scooters have a sharper turning radius. This makes it easier to navigate small spaces such as narrow corridors and alleyways, tight turns, and obstacles around the house. However, this can also make them less stable, so they’re recommended for use indoors and on smoother surfaces.
In addition, 3-wheel scooters usually offer more legroom than 4-wheel versions because your legs aren’t constricted by the two front wheels. This is something to consider for taller individuals and those who suffer from any leg and knee injuries.
Wellwise by Shoppers™ offers a wide range of 3-wheel scooters, which you can browse here.
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If you’re looking for a sturdier, more stable product, a 4-wheel scooter could be for you. These are safe to use outdoors as well as indoors since they’re better at handling uneven ground and rough terrain such as curbs, hills, gravel, and grass. They are often larger, faster, and capable of longer distances than the 3-wheel scooters that are available and tend to have a higher weight capacity.
Click here to explore our range of 4-wheel scooters.
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Power chairs, also known as electric wheelchairs, are a newer alternative to mobility scooters. The main difference is that they are operated using a joystick found on the armrest and can also be remotely controlled by a caregiver. This is great news if you have limited mobility since you don’t need to stretch or move much in order to operate the device. Power chairs are often more customizable than mobility scooters, allowing you to adjust the seat, height, footrest, back, and headrest.
Power chairs are usually smaller and easier to maneuver than 4-wheel scooters but still work well on uneven, outdoor terrain. However, unlike 4-wheel scooters, they shouldn’t be used on the road.
One final consideration is that power chairs are allowed in all public buildings where wheelchairs are allowed, while mobility scooters often have to be left outside. This may make them a better option if you’re only able to walk very little.
You can check out our range of power chairs here.
The mobility scooter or power chair you choose will depend on your needs and lifestyle. If you only use your scooter indoors or on smooth, well-paved roads, a 3-wheel scooter may be best for you. A 4-wheel scooter could be a better choice if you’d like a sturdier option that can travel faster and farther. Meanwhile a power chair may be the best option for those with limited mobility who want to easily transition from indoors to outdoors.
If you’d like more information to help you choose the right mobility scooter or power chair, you’re welcome to visit us in store. You’ll be able to try out the different models we have in stock and our friendly staff will be there to help you with your choice.
The information presented in this article is designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on any information in this post as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or as a substitute for professional counseling care. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional.