Two of the most common everyday mobility solutions are power wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Both allow users to easily navigate daily excursions without the stress of walking, though they do have important differences. Here, we’ll cover what differentiates power wheelchairs and mobility scooters, as well as how to choose which solution is best for you.
If you or a loved one needs some extra support “getting around”, mobility scooters are the most popular, affordable option. These battery-powered scooters are great for users who need only mild to moderate mobility assistance, as they do require arm and torso strength to operate the tiller handle.
Mobility scooters can be excellent for travel: many models fold down or disassemble to be easily tucked away in a storage compartment. This bypasses the need to purchase an expensive vehicle lift. Mobility scooters come in many lightweight models to make even airline travel a breeze.
Buyers can choose between smaller 3-wheeled scooters with tight turning radiuses or more sturdy 4-wheeled scooters that can navigate rougher terrain with ease.
Mobility scooters are a great option for many, but do have limitations. They are not a good solution for users who lack arm/torso strength or will be primarily in tight, narrow spaces. Scooters are generally larger than electric wheelchairs and require a bit extra space to maneuver.
In short, scooters are entry-level mobility solutions: designed for those who are still largely mobile but need a bit of extra help. In contrast, a power wheelchair is designed for users who progress out of a scooter and are more dependent on a mobility device for everyday life.
As compared to manual wheelchairs, battery-powered wheelchairs can be operated easily with a one-handed joystick– this allows users to control the chair with very little effort.
These wheelchairs are usually more compact than mobility scooters, and can easily navigate smaller spaces. However, many models lack the portability of mobility scooters. They can be more difficult to transport, as most cannot be folded or disassembled for travel. Power wheelchairs can come in a wide range of models for different lifestyles, and some even support extreme terrains like sand or snow.
Questions to consider when purchasing your mobility device
When deciding whether to purchase a power wheelchair or mobility scooter, you may want to consider the following questions:
What level of mobility does the user possess? Will they use this device all day, every day, or only occasionally?
Does the user have sufficient arm/torso strength to operate a scooter tiller?
Will the user be traveling frequently? How important is portability?
In what terrains will the device be used? Around the house? Across grass or gravelly areas?
The answers to these questions should help inform your purchase. However, if you find yourself needing a bit more assistance we strongly recommend you contact our team of product specialists to find the perfect model for you.
For those wanting to maintain their independence and a busy lifestyle, mobility scooters can make a world of difference. Built for users who struggle to walk long distances, scooters can drive across dozens of miles on a single charge.
One of the most important considerations when purchasing a mobility scooter is determining where you want the scooter to take you. For most individuals, a scooter will be used indoors, in shopping centers, or in other day-to-day environments.
However, some users may be looking for a little more adventure. Do you often travel on dirt paths, gravel, grass, or sand? Don’t want to miss the family camping trip or beach day? It may be time to consider an all-terrain scooter.
Designed to withstand rugged, uneven terrain, these heavy-duty scooters are capable of traveling almost anywhere.
While individual models may vary, most all-terrain scooters have the following features:
Shock absorption systems for a smooth ride on uneven ground
Large tires with anti-slip tread
LED Headlights and reflectors to safely travel off-road and into less-lit areas
High ground clearance to glide over small obstacles
All-terrain models are larger and more powerful than typical mobility scooters. They’re not designed to be easily folded up and packed away, but are sturdy enough to keep up on off-road adventures.
Here, we’ve put together a list of four of our best-selling all-terrain scooters in the United States. Each of these options is highly-rated and well-designed. If you’re looking for a lifestyle that’s off the beaten path, this is a great place to start.
Fully-loaded with features, the Baja Wrangler’s industry-leading CTS suspension ensures a smooth ride over rugged terrain.
A powerful LED console display shows the current temperature, time, miles driven, past trips taken, and other helpful information. The scooter travels an impressive 29 miles on a single battery life, limiting the need to stop and recharge. Adjust the tiller to your comfort while you charge your phone via the built-in USB charger. The Baja Wrangler makes it simple: write a list of your next epic adventures, and this scooter can take you there.
A highly versatile personal mobility vehicle with a 450lb weight limit, this scooter is perfect for all kinds of terrain. The Afiscooter was manufactured to adhere to rigorous European safety standards, and includes protective features like a panic sensor that halts operation if the accelerator is over-squeezed. Drive over obstacles and rough paths with ease due to high ground clearance, shock absorbers, and dual suspension.
Travel up to 31 miles on a single charge, driving at a surprisingly quick 9.3mph. Additional features include a front lock box, built-in cup holder, ergonomic captain’s seat, and elegant stitching. A detailed LED control panel displays the current speed, miles traveled, and more.
If you’re looking for a more affordable option, the Patriot Off-Road Scooter is a great choice to make outdoor travel practical and comfortable. Cruise around town or your property at a top speed of 8mph, traveling 18 miles on a single battery charge. 13” low profile, non-marking solid tires mean you’ll never have to worry about changing a flat tire, and a 3.5” ground clearance glides over most small obstacles.
Golden hasn’t forgotten about the details, either: store your belongings in the front basket or water bottle compartments, then relax in the cushioned captain’s seat as you head to your next destination.
With an all-terrain mobility scooter, you can create a world without limits. Browse our online selection of scooters, or enlist the help of one of our product specialists. With over 30 years of experience helping our customers find the perfect mobility solutions, we’d love to help you find the best fit for your needs.
A sleek, modern design that packs a punch: the Silverado Extreme is the best of both worlds when it comes to an all-terrain mobility solution. The scooter features full suspension, extra storage space beneath the tiller, a modern LED dashboard display, and even safety mechanisms that slow speed when turns are detected.
The Silverado sports the longest battery range from the options listed in this guide: travel up to 55 miles without needing to recharge! Relax in a generously-sized seat, adjust the armrests, and cruise around at up to 9.6mph.
Mobility scooters can be a great option for anyone needing an extra bit of support and independence to live an active lifestyle. By finding the right scooter for your needs, you won’t miss a beat in accomplishing daily errands, excursions, or even international travel.
When to purchase a mobility scooter
Do you or a loved one ever avoid going out because of the required walking or other fatigue the trip would create? Do you struggle to “keep up” with others? A mobility scooter can instantly make your life more comfortable, giving you the energy to accomplish more in your day.
Elderly users often benefit from mobility scooters, as well as those with a handicap or illness that impacts their mobility. Scooters can also be a great fit for individuals recovering from surgery, allowing them to get back to their busy lives as soon as possible.
Benefits of a mobility scooter
Forget being limited to smooth pathways– the right mobility scooter can take you just about anywhere. With varying degrees of clearance, incline ratings, large wheels, and shock absorbers, scooters can handle all sorts of terrain: from grass to gravel, dirt, and more. Go wherever you need to with greater independence and comfort.
Many scooters can quickly become your most trusted travel companion! Portable scooters fold or disassemble into parts convenient to store in the back of a vehicle or plane overhead compartment.
Keep Up With Your Busy Schedule
Get more done in your day without losing energy. Electric mobility scooters don’t require manual force to move, meaning you or a caretaker won’t tire from pushing a chair. Incredibly, these scooters often travel from 5-20 miles on a single charge, keeping up with your most action-packed days.
Mobility scooters are designed for comfort, helping you accomplish all your tasks without strain. Sit back, relax, and cruise through grocery store aisles or shopping malls as fast as you’d like.
Most electric scooters also have storage baskets and compartments to store your bags and personal belongings without added strain.
Which Mobility Scooter is Right for Me?
These days, electric mobility scooters come in a wide range of models for your specific needs and lifestyle: from a simple travel folding chair to an all-terrain power scooter that can tackle snow and steep curbs.
The first thing to consider when choosing a mobility scooter is the number of wheels (really!).
3-Wheel vs. 4-Wheel Scooters
Both scooters are great options but have different benefits according to your lifestyle preferences.
A 4-wheel scooter is a great mobility option for those who live active, outdoor lives. They typically come equipped with a sturdier wheelbase, greater clearance heights, larger tires, and higher incline ratings. These scooters generally boast higher speeds and greater battery mileage, limiting the times you’ll need to stop and recharge.
On the other hand, 3-wheel scooters have tight turn radiuses and are better for maneuvering in narrow spaces. If you primarily use your scooter indoors, a 3-wheel scooter may be a better option. The triangular design also gives users more legroom to stretch out and relax. If you travel often, 3-wheel scooters are often lighter and more compact.
There are, of course, exceptions to every rule. Some 4-wheel models are designed for travel, while certain 3-wheel scooters can easily handle outdoor terrain. Every scooter model will have a unique set of benefits, so be sure to read the description of each.
In addition to the number of wheels, here are some other items to consider:
Weight Limit: What weight requirements would you like your scooter to accommodate? If you need extra support, consider a heavy-duty scooter with weight limits of up to 600lbs.
Range: How long do you need your scooter to travel on a single charge?
Incline Rating: Do you live on a steep driveway or regularly encounter hills? You may need a scooter with a larger climbing angle.
Portability: Consider where you’ll be taking your scooter. If you’re a frequent traveler, find a model that can easily fold or disassemble.
Storage: Scooters come equipped with a variety of storage compartments and baskets. If you’d like to use your scooter for regular errands, select a model with your desired storage space.
Style: Make sure to choose a color and scooter model that you love. Many models come in multiple colors, making it easy to match your personal style.
Add-ons: Consider any add-ons which are important to your ideal comfort and functionality. Such as safety lights, USB charging, LCD displays, cupholder, and more.
While we stand by every mobility scooter in our carefully-selected catalog, a few of our bestsellers are a great place to start your search.
EW-72 Recreational All-Terrain Scooter
Looking for peak performance alongside a smooth ride? The EW-72 is at the top of its class. With a long-lasting 43-mile charge and a record-breaking 15mph top speed, the EW-72 mobility scooter is built for outdoor adventures. This stunning 4-wheel scooter has full suspension, extra-large tires, and a 6” ground clearance to tackle just about any terrain.
Pride Go-Go Elite Traveller 3-Wheel Scooter
Small but mighty! This 3-wheel Pride scooter is built with easy travel in mind. It easily disassembles into 5 lightweight pieces, connected by a front-to-rear cable, to pack up and take to your next destination. A unique wrap-around ergonomic tiller allows users to smoothly navigate around tight corners without strain.
Buzzaround EX Extreme 4-Wheel
A stable, comfortable scooter perfect for long-distance rides and travel. The Buzzaround EX Extreme 4-Wheel can travel up to 18 miles on a single charge with a top speed of 5mph. It’s packed with extra details and add-ons: from a plush stadium-style seat, to extra foot room and a super bright LED headlight.
Revo 2.0 3-Wheel Scooter
This 3-Wheel scooter effortlessly combines durability and versatility. This scooter can travel up to 12 miles on a single battery charge, and its generous 400-pound weight capacity makes it a great choice for a variety of users. The 40” turning radius and flat-free tires mean this scooter can adapt to many different environments, and an ultra heavy-duty drivetrain provides all the power you need. Traveling? Quickly disassemble the scooter into 4 portable pieces.
Need some extra assistance finding the perfect scooter for you or a loved one? Contact our team of product specialists, and we’d be happy to help you find the best pick for your needs and lifestyle.
Some people assume using a mobility scooter to get around means losing their freedom. In fact, the opposite is true. Using a mobility scooter enhances a person’s freedom to move about wherever they want to go. It allows them to be present and participate in activities with others instead of sitting out on the sidelines.
With a mobility scooter, you’re not restricted by the pain and difficulty of walking caused by arthritis, muscular disease, or other painful conditions.
All you need to do is choose the best mobility scooter to buy for your circumstances, take a seat, and off you go!
7 Different Types of Mobility Scooters
There are dozens of different types of mobility scooters on the market, each with its own features and benefits. To simplify the search for you, we’ve grouped them into seven categories (although there will be some overlap).
Don’t let the number of different types of mobility scooters overwhelm you—Med Mart just mentions them here for your information.
First, we will unpack scooters and their wheel counts. If you want to skip that and immediately determine the best mobility scooter for you, scroll down to the next section. Otherwise, keep reading.
1. 3-Wheel Scooters
3-wheel scooters are an excellent option for indoor use because they fit through tighter spaces and can easily maneuver around furniture.
Features and benefits:
The two larger wheels in the back and one smaller front wheel provide a tight turning radius.
There’s a lot of legroom, which is better for people who have knee or leg injuries or ailments.
The lightweight design means these cost less than 4-wheel scooters.
Price Range: $799 to $5,320
2. 4-Wheel Scooters
4-wheel scooters are great for handling general transport situations inside buildings. They’re also the best mobility scooter choice for the outdoors.
Features and benefits:
Two wheels in the back and two in front keep the scooter from tipping over, providing ultimate stability.
The four wheels grip the ground better, so it can easily handle curbs and small hills.
Price Range: $849 to $6,920
3. Folding Scooters
Folding scooters are a great option if you want a scooter on hand for occasional, short-distance use (like when traveling on vacation or to visit the grandkids).
Features and benefits:
The entire scooter folds up for easy storage and transportability.
Some scooters can fold and unfold via remote control.
The scooter’s compact design only weighs about 50 pounds, offering convenient transportability.
Price Range: $1,499 to $3,299
4. Portable Scooters
Portable scooters are perfect for taking on errands, shopping trips, and social events because they’re easy to disassemble to fit into the trunk of a car. No lift is required.
Features and benefits:
Small, lightweight pieces are quick to reassemble on the go.
They're quite affordable at a lower price than larger, heavier-duty models.
They’re easy to operate. You can focus on what’s happening around you without the distraction of too many functions.
Price range: $799 to $2,699
5. Full-Size Scooters
Full-size scooters are sturdy and have a far enough driving distance range to be used as your primary transportation vehicle.
Features and benefits:
There are advanced features for comfort, performance, and safety.
There’s plenty of room for your legs and feet, so you never feel cramped.
An attached hitch lets you connect a range of accessories.
A full suspension provides a smooth ride.
Price range: $1,844 to $6,995
6. All-Terrain Scooters
All-terrain mobility scooters are the best for the outdoors if you’re the type of person who wants to go anywhere without being held back by the rugged terrain often found in nature.
Features and benefits:
The high ground clearance handles dirt roads, grass, gravel, and more.
A sturdy frame, large pneumatic wheels, and a sound suspension offer ultimate comfort.
The canopy or shield option protects you from wind, rain, and other outdoor elements.
The seats are wider and more cushioned, so you don’t get sore.
Nicer, bigger wheels let you travel farther, quicker.
Price Range: $1,696 to $6,995
How to Choose the Best Mobility Scooter for You
There are so many options available that choosing the best mobility scooter for you is an easy task, regardless of what you need. Use our list and pick the one that will suit your needs best. If you have questions, Med Mart is here to help!
Indoor vs. Outdoor
If you’re planning to do most of your scootering indoors, you might want a portable 3-wheeler since they can turn tighter. If you’re planning on spending time outside, you’ll probably want a 4-wheeled scooter with bigger wheels, higher clearance, and a more comfortable seat.
How Fast Mobility Scooters Go
How fast a mobility scooter goes should be a significant factor in your decision. Depending on whether you’re riding inside, on sidewalks and pathways, or on the road (preferably in a bike lane), you'll have different requirements.
The speed for mobility scooters ranges from 3.6 miles per hour (perfect for home use) to 8.1 miles per hour (best for driving on smooth surfaces outdoors). Consider the areas where you’ll be driving the most to determine how fast your mobility scooter should go.
Regarding technical specifications, there’s something for everyone’s body, lifestyle, and personality.
Seat Width: There’s a good fit for all, with sizes ranging from 14 inches to 23 inches across.
Color: Anything from black or white to camouflage or gold are available. You can choose your best mobility scooter hue.
Style: Feeling sleek, rugged, chic, or sporty? It’s up to you—each feature is a possibility, so there’s no need to compromise.
Features: Just a few of the possibilities include: Automatic folding Canopy Dual seat Foot pedal drive Power-elevating seat
Weight Capacity: This ranges from 200 pounds all the way up to 600 pounds, so absolutely anyone can ride.
Drive Range: Some mobility scooter batteries have a maximum range of 20.1 miles or more on a single charge.
Turning Radius: This can be as little as 35 inches.
You’d be surprised at the different styles and types of mobility scooters available for your needs. Check them ou
Portable scooters allow you to traverse any surface easily, and they fit in the trunk of your car. They’re a compact, streamlined option for those that want to reclaim their independence. If you’re a senior (or a caretaker) looking for a way to get mobile again, these portable scooters are a fantastic option.
There’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to visit your favorite places and enjoy your freedom. That’s why we’ve included compact and foldable options and heavy-duty scooters for more challenging terrain. While this might not be the purchase you’ve been looking forward to, this list will show that there’s plenty to get jazzed about when it comes to scooters.
The unique benefits of portable scooters are endless. Let’s jump into it and talk about the 8 best portable scooters for seniors.
Med Mart was founded in 1992, but our story starts in 1969. Jack Fesman, our to-be founder, started Glendale Pharmacy in Springfield, Ohio after graduating from Ohio State University. He created a whole new pharmacy experience by stocking medical and accessibility equipment on top of the everyday pharmacy products and eventually expanded the operation to 6 locations. Jack sold his first Lift Chair in 1983 and quickly began to transform the medical equipment industry. Throughout the 1980’s he opened 7 distribution centers across the nation and continued his mission to provide the best products and experience to his customers.
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Scooters are a great way to stay mobile and get outside! We have options for everyone, no matter your needs or travel plans. Ride in comfort in a full size scooter, drive over rugged terrain in a heavy duty model, or travel internationally with an FAA approved portable scooter.