How to Choose a Mobility Scooter

You’ve decided to purchase a mobility scooter. This is the first step to enhancing your mobility. Yet, there are so many different types of scooters out there. How do you know which electric scooter is right for you? When choosing the right mobility scooter, it’s important to ask yourself several questions.

  • Do I want a 3-wheel scooter or a 4-wheel scooter?
  • How will I use my motorized scooter?
  • How fast do I want my power scooter to go?
  • How far do I want to travel with my mobility scooter?

First, it’s important to understand the major differences between 3-wheel and 4-wheel electric scooters. A 3-wheel scooter has many benefits, such as a sharper turning radius and more leg room for taller individuals. Three-wheel power scooters are also better suited for smooth, indoor surfaces. In contrast, 4-wheel motorized scooters provide a broader and more stable wheelbase, ensuring better weight distribution. Four-wheel scooters are also well-matched for outdoor driving. The second thing to anticipate when choosing a mobility product is how you will use your scooter. If you need a scooter mainly for inside your home, you want a device that offers a tighter turning radius, such as the Zero Turn 8 or the Go-Go Elite Traveller®. These scooters fit through door frames and maneuver around corners easily. If you prefer to use a scooter outdoors, you need a product that is more rugged and can handle varied terrain, while still offering comfort and stability. The Revo™ 2.0 features suspension components that absorb shock, giving you a smoother and more enjoyable ride. To some, the speed of a scooter is important, as well as safety features. The Raptor cruises up to 14 mph and is equipped with a regenerative braking system. If you are concerned about visibility, then look for a motorized scooter that offers LED lighting. This ensures your safety when driving your scooter in low-light environments. Lastly, the range of a scooter can also play a huge role in choosing the product that is right for you. Many scooters are battery-powered. Consider how far you want to drive your mobility scooter on one charge. Depending on the kind of batteries used, the Victory® 10.2 can travel up to 13 miles in a single charge. Still not sure which scooter is a good fit? Search for a local dealer near you and take a Pride® scooter for a test drive today!

9 thoughts on “How to Choose a Mobility Scooter

  1. I totally depend on my scooter and I am having a problem keeping it charged and the batteries are new. The scooter came to me second hand from a friend and I love it but I think I need a new power cord. How can I get one ? and how much will it cost?

    1. Hi Susie, I’m so sorry to hear that you’re having a problem keeping your scooter charged. if you’d like we can try troubleshooting that here or you can call into our customer service team at: 800-800-4258. When was the last time the batteries were charged, and how often are they typically charged?

  2. I like how you mentioned how many wheels, what will you use it for, and travel distance are all things to consider when searching for a mobility scooter. My older sister is thinking of looking for a powered scooter because she had surgery last week on her knee and won’t be able to walk for a number of months. It seems like a good idea for my sister to consider all of her options when looking for a reputable motorized chair to help her get where she needs to go without walking.

    1. We’re so happy you found this article interesting Jesse! You make some really good points regarding the factors to consider when you’re searching for a mobility scooter. We’re hoping that your sister has a speedy recovery, and we’re here if you have any questions at all. Thank you for taking the time to read our blog!

  3. I found your article helpful. I am planning to purchase either a power lightweight folding scooter or wheelchair. I can walk short distances around the house but not more than that. I would like to be able to go shopping and amusement parks with my grandchildren and maybe some travel ( my daughter will drive and lift the device into her car). Can you recommend which type product and brand you would recommend?

  4. I just sent a question request and forgot to add that I am 5’4” and weigh 210 lbs. I have degenerative disc disease throughout my spine and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

  5. I have a Jazzy 614 HD that I received second hand. It is in good shape but the seat is too low. Is there a way to adjust the seat ? I am 5’9″ tall and I am not comfortable with the seat in the low position. Thank you.

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