There are a lot of things to consider when buying a mobility device. Some people prioritize comfort over versatility. Others choose agility over speed. Regardless of your mobility goals, it is important to get a unit 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 products and what to look out for.
Comfortable Handicap 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 it without any hassle.
For most people, the decision to buy a mobility device 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 models 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 versions are more portable and lightweight, making them easier to disassemble and travel with. In our previous post about traveling by plane with a mobility unit, 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 unit.
The Most Comfortable Products
Without further ado, here's our list of models, ranked by seat comfort, safety, usability, weight, and portability.
Seat and Driving Comfort
One of our most popular models is the Drive Medical: Panther Heavy Duty Units. 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 unit 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 devices on a budget, one of the most recommended 3-wheel models 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 unit is ideal. We highly recommend the Drive Medical ZooMe Auto-Flex Folding unit. 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 device 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 models we stock provide enhanced safety features. If you are looking for a unit that maximizes speed and distance while offering enhanced safety features, the E-Wheels 36 is a great choice. It is the fastest product 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 also comes with large wheels and rear shock absorbers for increased handling and safety.
Choosing Comfortable Mobility Devices
Choosing the type of model to buy depends entirely on your goals. If you travel a lot, you should consider getting a lightweight, portable unit, which is more comfortable to travel with than a heavy-duty one. However, if you'll be using the scooter for longer distances, choosing a heavy-duty model makes more sense because of its generous seating space. You might also be looking for units with enhanced safety features. If so, you should read our guide on the best scooters with high-level safety features.
The Safest Mobility & Electric Scooters: 2020 Top 3 List
There are several safety features to consider when buying a mobility product. But how do you decide which ones are more important? More than half of people searching for mobility equipment think safety is a top priority. This is according to our own independent data at Scooters N' Chairs.
If you are wondering which features to look out for, you are in the right place. We have written this useful guide to help you out. We will list the safest mobility scooters, explain the safety features and describe what to look out for.
The Safest Mobility Devices Uncovered
Safety features in models are plentiful. Most of our customers either look for the most comfortable mobility units, the most agile, the most lightweight option, or the safest. But a lot of people are not aware of the various features.
Safety features in mobility vehicles go beyond usability. Did you know that some airlines place restrictions on scooters and wheelchairs with a lithium-ion battery that is larger than 300-watt hours? If you wish to travel by air with a mobility scooter, you should consider getting a folding model like the Drive Medical: ZooMe, which comes with an airline-safe lithium battery.
Popular manufacturer EV Rider creates chairs that feature automatic speed reduction, a digital display panel showing the odometer, speed, trip meter, battery indicator, and ambient temperature.
Which Safety Features Are Most Important?
We believe all the safety features are important. However, your decision will depend on how you or your loved one intends to use the device. LED and headlights are extremely important if the unit will be used very often at night. If you require a scooter that is fast, consider going for something that has emergency brakes and automatic speed reduction.
If you live in a busy area, mirrors are essential on your device. And if you travel a lot, we highly recommend getting one with an airline-safe battery.
Here is our list of the top 3 safest models.
Top 3 Safest Mobility Devices
This list is by no means exhaustive. If you are looking for a mobility scooter to suit your budget, please give us a call on 1-800-674-8395 or message us on live chat anytime.
An extremely comfortable and safe electric model with a driving experience that feels almost like a car. It features advanced steering and suspension, together with a sensor that turns the unit off automatically if the rider over-squeezes the accelerator. This is the ideal scooter for anyone looking for comfort and safety.
This is the perfect outdoor device that offers both performance and style. In addition to its stunning looks, the Cobra is built with speed control, an emergency handbrake, a seatbelt, two rearview mirrors and ultra-bright LED lights. This is a great unit with amazing capabilities.
This highly affordable heavy-duty model is comfortable, versatile and offers an ultra-bright, angle-adjustable LED headlight, with a battery gauge that lasts 22 hours, keeping you safe when driving after dark.
Choosing The Safest Models at the Right Price
We know that there are a lot of things to consider when choosing a mobility device. Several factors like the portability of the scooter, how comfortable it is and what safety features it offers. The reality is, the price will play a part in your decision. If you would like to find out more about the different scooters, brands and safety features, you can chat with us anytime.