Mobility Scooter Vs Powered Wheelchair: What Should You Go For?

The developments in personal mobility equipment in recent years has led to greater variety and options for consumers to choose from. You may be considering an electric mobility scooter rental or a powered wheelchair. 

Before making a decision to rent or purchase a mobility device, it is important to understand the main differences between a mobility scooter and a powered wheelchair.

Mobility Scooters

Mobility scooters are affordable and allow for seamless movement without the restrictive physiological burden of a wheelchair. You can choose between different colors, styles, and enhancements so that you’re as comfortable as possible. 

When it comes to mobility scooters there are several different options to choose from including:

Three Wheel Mobility Scooters:  Such a scooter provides better handling in restricted areas and provide plenty of legroom compared to other options in the market.

Four Wheel Mobility Scooters: This scooter is made to provide extra stability as it weighs a high as 500 lbs.

Compact Mobility Scooters: There are situations where storage space is limited. Such scooters are made to make it possible for them to collapse so that they can fit in small places, be it in a home or a van.

Features of Mobility Scooters Explained

The steering and control of electric mobility scooters are typically performed by the handlebars. They are the same handlebars that you will find in a motorcycle. The top speed can be up to 8 miles per hour. There are some high powered versions that can be used on the streets without a problem. One of the greatest advantages is a mobility scooter can easily be mounted on the rear of a vehicle of a trailer. Personal mobility scooters are quite affordable as you can get a decent one for as little as $1000. The high-end models can go for even $5000 depending on the add ons.

Electric Wheelchairs

The modern electric wheelchair is advanced and equipped with high functioning features. They have 4 or 6 wheels, are programmable and provide easy maneuverability as they have a convenient joystick.

Choices

You also get different choices when it comes to electric wheelchairs. There is a wide variety that provides different seat motion choices, tilt, support, motor-driven stands, and recline features.

The three main disadvantages of electric wheelchairs are the price, they don’t collapse down, and are heavy compared to other alternatives in the market. The weight of an electric wheelchair makes transportation a challenge. The price might also not be affordable for everyone as some could go for even $15000 depending on the features that you require.

To sum it up, choosing between a mobility scooter and an electric wheelchair will all come down to your needs. A mobility scooter is often considered more convenient as it is affordable and just as highly functional as an electric wheelchair. You can go for high-powered mobility scooters if you want to ride outdoors where the terrain can be more rugged at times. For more information on mobility scooters, you can check out https://scootanywhereusa.com/rent/

 

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By | 2019-08-22T15:44:33-05:00 July 17th, 2019|Mobility Scooters|Comments Off on Mobility Scooter Vs Powered Wheelchair: What Should You Go For?

About the Author:

MJ Cook is the Managing Partner at Scoot Anywhere USA. She specializes in providing mobility solutions to customers throughout North America including mobility scooter rentals and sales.