How to Choose a Mobility Scooter
Medically Edited and Reviewed by Dr. Erin Zinkhan MD, BSBE
Scooters make taking a trip to the supermarket, library, or a friend's house easy and fun. So, how can you choose the right mobility scooter for you? There are a few things that you will want to consider before you purchase a mobility scooter. Choosing the right mobility scooter will depend upon a number of factors: your level of mobility, budget, and personal preferences. The sooner you determine which scooter is right for you, the sooner you can start enjoying the ride!
Fun vs Serious Scooter Designs
When choosing a scooter, one of the first things to consider is the overall design of the scooter. Fortunately, there are plenty of different types of scooters in a wide variety of designs. Some scooters are fresh and funky, while others are more streamlined and serious. Are you looking for a mobility scooter that will turn heads while you're riding it? You might enjoy the eye-catching Pretty In Pink Scooter from eWheels. Are you looking for something a little more masculine? The aptly-named Dude Scooter by eWheels is right up your alley.
Different Types of Three Wheel Mobility Scooters
- Three-Wheel Indoor and Outdoor Scooters: A three-wheel scooter is a great choice for you if you use your scooter both indoors and outdoors. Three-wheel scooters have lots of leg room and have a tight turning radius for sharp corners.
- Three-Wheel Travel Scooters: Three-wheel travel scooters are compact and designed to negotiate narrow spaces. Typically designed to be lightweight, a three-wheel travel scooter is a great choice to use for outings, vacations, shopping, or errands.
- Three-Wheel Heavy Duty Scooters: If you're looking for a mobility scooter specifically built for a larger body frame, then a three-wheel heavy duty scooter might be the best choice for you. Heavy duty scooters can usually accommodate weight ranges more than 300 lbs. They also feature a tight turning radius for easy cornering.
Different Types of Four Wheel Mobility Scooters
- Four-Wheel Indoor and Outdoor Scooters: A four-wheel scooter is a great choice if you're searching for a scooter with extra stability. These types of scooters provide a smoother ride on even surfaces and can be used outside, too. If you're searching for a scooter that is equipped with speed, comfort, and a long battery range, then consider investing in one of these scooters.
- Four Wheel Travel Scooters: If you're searching for a lightweight and compact scooter, you might be interested in a four-wheel travel scooter. Ideal for quick trips or for maneuvering around town, these scooters are easy to assemble and are conveniently portable.
- Four-Wheel Heavy-Duty Scooters: These types of scooters are the largest of the scooter family and are designed to be fast, dependable, and durable. Many of these scooters can accommodate weight capacities between 350 and 500 lbs.
Important Things to Consider When Choosing a Scooter
There are several things that can affect which mobility scooter is the right choice for you.
- What Is Your Physical
- Before you purchase a mobility scooter, think about your current physical capacity. Ask yourself whether you are able to sit upright for long periods of time? If so, then you're a good candidate for a mobility scooter. If you have difficulty sitting upright for long periods of time, then you might want to reconsider purchasing a mobility scooter. A scooter requires you to sit upright while using it. If you have difficulty sitting upright, then a power chair would be a better option for you.
- How Much Weight Should the Scooter Carry?
- When looking at different scooters, take into consideration not only your own body weight but also the accessories that you will carry with you. The combined weight of the accessories and your own personal weight may help you narrow down your scooter options. Don't choose a scooter with a weight capacity close to yours; instead, choose a scooter in the next highest capacity range.
- What Is Your Current Environment Like?
- If you're searching for a mobility scooter to get around the house, you will need to take into consideration how narrow your hallways or bathrooms are. If you live in a smaller, more compact home, then you might want to consider a three-wheel mobility scooter. If you're going to travel with your scooter, then you may want to consider investing in a travel scooter, which usually come apart easily for quick transport.
- Indoor or Outdoor Scooter?
- If you're going to be using your scooter primarily outside the house, then you should consider purchasing either a four-wheel scooter or a four-wheel heavy-duty scooter. Heavy duty scooters have a high weight capacity and larger drive motors, making it an ideal type of scooter for people who weigh more and who are going to be taking their scooter on long excursions. If you're going to be using your scooter primarily inside, then your best choice is going to be a three-wheel scooter that will maneuver around small spaces more easily.
- How Will You Store Your Mobility Scooter?
- If you plan to transport your scooter, then you will want to choose a scooter that can be quickly assembled and disassembled. Additionally, you will need to check the dimensions of the scooter to make sure that it will fit safely in your car. If you can afford it, it might be ideal for you to have multiple scooters for both home and travel.
Talking to Your Doctor About a Mobility Scooter
If you're unsure which scooter is ideal for you, talking to your doctor can help. Because there are so many different types of scooters in a variety of different styles, it can be overwhelming to choose one. But with input from your doctor, you should be able to narrow down which scooter is the best choice for you.
Vitality Medical carries a wide variety of scooters, including three-wheel scooters, four-wheel scooters, heavy-duty scooters, and lightweight scooters. You can visit our mobility scooter page to learn more about the different options available to you.