Comfortable Mobility Scooters: Unique Guide For 2020
There are a lot of things to consider when buying a mobility scooter. Some people prioritize comfort over versatility. Others choose agility over speed. Regardless of your mobility goals, it is important to get a scooter that feels comfortable.
Whether it’s using the scooter in your kitchen, shopping for groceries, meeting a friend at a cafe or exploring a new city, we have written this guide to show you the most comfortable mobility scooters and what to look out for.
Comfortable Mobility Scooters Explained
This guide is quite unique because we categorize comfort in various ways: how comfortable the seat is; how easy it is to store the scooter; operational usability, and how easy it is to travel with the scooter without any hassle.
For most people, the decision to buy a scooter or power wheelchair for themselves or a loved one centers around freedom. It also provides a certain level of independence. Because of their repeated use, choosing the right scooter model is essential. Heavy-duty scooters are generally considered more comfortable because they can support up to 500 pounds of weight. They also offer a more generous seating space, making them ideal for larger people.
However, power scooters are more portable and lightweight, making them easier to disassemble and travel with. In our previous post about traveling by plane with a mobility scooter, we highlighted some important airline requirements concerning scooters. Airlines place limitations on scooters and wheelchairs which use lithium-ion batteries, so please check those requirements if you will be traveling a lot with your scooter.
The Most Comfortable Mobility Scooters
Without further ado, here's our list of scooters, ranked by seat comfort, safety, usability, weight, and portability.
Seat and Driving Comfort
One of our most popular mobility scooters is the Drive Medical: Panther Heavy Duty Scooter. It is known for its remarkable comfort and safety features. From the ergonomic throttle control to the fully adjustable captain’s seat which swivels in increments of 45 degrees and reclines, this scooter is the ultimate in comfort. It also features front and rear suspension, anti-tip wheels and dual rear-view mirrors.
If you are looking for more comfortable mobility scooters on a budget, one of the most recommended 3-wheel scooters is the Golden Technologies: Buzz Around XLS HD. It has a wrap-around delta tiller to ease the strain on your hands and wrists as you maneuver. The seat operates on a comfort spring suspension system with a 325 pound weight capacity. In addition, an LED battery gauge lights your way after dark for a full 22 hours.
If you travel a lot, a portable mobility scooter is ideal. We highly recommend the Drive Medical ZooMe Auto-Flex Folding Scooter. It takes easy portability to a whole new level, automatically folding in just 15 seconds using a wireless key fob. It is a compact electric scooter that comes with an airline-safe lithium battery, padded and adjustable armrests, anti-tip wheels, front and rear reflectors, and a delta tiller. In addition, it is very lightweight, and easy to transport, at just 17-inch overall width and 37-inch overall length.
Safety & Usability
At Scooters N' Chairs, we strive to ensure all the scooters we stock provide enhanced safety features. If you are looking for a scooter that maximizes speed and distance while offering enhanced safety features, the E-Wheels 36 Scooter is a great choice. It is the fastest mobility scooter on the market. It reaches 18 mph, with an exceptional driving range of 45 miles. With this speed comes a range of safety features, including a comprehensive lighting system with high and low-beam headlights, turn signals, tail and brake lights. The 36 scooter also comes with large wheels and rear shock absorbers for increased handling and safety.
Choosing Comfortable Mobility Scooters
Choosing the type of scooter to buy depends entirely on your goals. If you travel a lot, you should consider getting a lightweight, portable scooter, which is more comfortable to travel with than a heavy-duty scooter. However, if you'll be using the scooter for longer distances, choosing a heavy-duty scooter makes more sense because of its generous seating space. You might also be looking for scooters with enhanced safety features. If so, you should read our guide on the best scooters with high-level safety features.