Know the Difference: Wheelchairs vs. Transport Chairs
While the differences between a wheelchair and a transport chair may seem minor at first glance, choosing the right mobility solution can have a major impact on your recovery, mobility, and daily life. Whether you are recovering from an injury, a surgery, or looking for a more long-term solution to help you get around, understanding which chair is right for you will play a key role in getting more out of every day.
Read below for a better understanding of the important differences between wheelchairs and transport chairs.
Self-propelled vs. Assisted.
The primary different between a wheelchair and a transport chair is that wheelchairs are self-propelled, meaning the person sitting in the chair propels the chair into motion. On the other hand, a transport chair is designed to be pushed from behind by a second person. This difference may seem simple, but it presents a choice that can have major ramifications for your mobility and daily wellness.
Differences at a Glance
- 2 large wheels and 2 smaller wheels
- Often heavier (~25 lbs minimum)
- Less transportable
- Used for longer periods and trips
- Highly customizable in size, comfort, style, and more
- Transport Chairs
- 4 smaller wheels
- Lighter weight (~20 lbs)
- More easily folded and transported
- More suitable for short trips
- Less commonly customized
- Typically 17” or 19” wide seats
Which Option is Right for Me?
Essentially, if you require a long-term, daily mobility solution to help you get around on your own, you will want to acquire a wheelchair. We have a variety of wheelchairs available both for purchase and to rent.
However, if you are unable to self-propel a wheelchair or need a temporary assisted solution while recovering from an injury or surgery, a transport chair is most likely the proper solution for you. We also carry a wide range of transport chairs to rent and own, which you can explore below.
Next Steps: Getting a Professional Assessment
It is recommended that you get a professional assessment before purchasing equipment like a wheelchair or transport chair – especially if you think you may qualify for full or partial reimbursement.
- Professional Assessments
Our in-store specialists would be happy to assist you in finding the right mobility solution for your needs, and help you navigate the funding assistance process.
- Funding Assistance
In order to help you get the financial assistance you need, we have put together online resources which outline funding assistance programs available in Canada.
Wheelchair and transport chair rentals
Whether you’re recovering from surgery or an injury, need a temporary solution while your chair is under repair, or just prefer the flexibility of renting, we offer a variety of rental agreements to keep you mobile, safe, and comfortable.
Rental Pricing Guide
- Standard Wheelchair
$90 per 28-day period
Standard wheelchairs have a narrower seat and are meant for general needs.
- Bariatric Wheelchair
$95 per 28-day period
Bariatric wheelchairs generally have a wider seat and are designed to be more comfortable and easier to use.
- Transport Chair
$70 per 28-day period
Transport chairs have smaller wheels are meant to be assisted, rather than self-propelled.