View The Best Power Wheelchairs With Elevating Seats for 2022

View The Best Power Wheelchairs With Elevating Seats for 2022

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Merits Vision Super Heavy Duty with Elevating Seat
Merits Vision Super Heavy Duty with Elevating Seat
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Jazzy Air 2 Power Chair with Elevating Seat
Jazzy Air 2 Power Chair with Elevating Seat
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Merits Vision Sport with Elevating Seat
Merits Vision Sport with Elevating Seat

Introduction to Elevating Power Wheelchairs

For everyday folks who have no mobility issues whatsoever, the act of reaching higher to pick something off a cabinet or switching the lights off is something they never give much thought to. However, if you’re someone who must go about your daily activities in a power wheelchair, then you may experience difficulty in reaching items which require your torso to be a few inches higher than your normal seated position.

Merits' Vision Super Heavy Duty Power Wheelchair offers larger customers excellent maneuverability with a turning radius of only 20.7 inches. This model has a maximum weight capacity of 450 pounds, perfect for those that need bariatric wheelchairs. As well as 12-inch drive wheels, dual in-line motors, and full front and rear suspension. An optional seat elevator gives the rider up to ten (10) inches of additional height, although selecting this feature will reduce the maximum weight supported.

KEY FEATURES OF THIS ELEVATING POWER CHAIR

  • Real mid-wheel-drive design for tight space maneuverability
  • All back-contoured seat
  • Full front and rear suspension
  • Dual in-line motors for enhanced efficiency, torque, range and performance
  • 2 full-length arms

SPECIFICATIONS OF THIS ELEVATING POWER CHAIR

  • BRAND: Merits Health
  • WEIGHT: 121 lbs
  • WEIGHT CAPACITY: up to 450lbs
  • RANGE: 20 Miles

PROS & CONS OF THIS ELEVATING POWER CHAIR

  • lightweight
  • mid wheel drive (for better turning)
  • 3 different armrest options
  • knobby tires
  • not foldable

If you’ve ever had a chance to use the Pride Jazzy Air, then you’re absolutely going to love the Pride Air Jazzy 2. Improving from its predecessor in a number of ways, the Jazzy Air 2’s elevation mechanism works even more seamlessly – allowing users to elevate their chairs by 12” in just 11 seconds, even when it’s moving.
Available in eye-catching, sporty colors like Matte Black Pearl, Matte Garnet Red and Matte Tanzanite, the $3,999 Jazzy Air 2 is currently one of the most popular and best-rated power wheelchairs with elevating seat, helping people live their lives the way they want.

With a top speed of 4 mph, even in the maximum elevated seating position, it can carry users over an impressive 16.2 miles after a single battery charge.

KEY FEATURES OF THIS ELEVATING POWER CHAIR

  • Bright LED lighting for visibility in all environments
  • Stability-enhancing Active-Trac suspension
  • Single-sided caster forks for enhanced maneuverability
  • High-back or solid seat pan, reclining sport seat
  • Newly re-designed lift features

SPECIFICATIONS OF THIS ELEVATING POWER CHAIR

  • BRAND: Pride Mobility
  • MAX.SPEED: 4 mph
  • WEIGHT CAPACITY: 300 lbs
  • RANGE: 16.8 - 19.2 Miles

PROS & CONS OF THIS ELEVATING POWER CHAIR

  • rises 12 inches in just 11 seconds
  • move up and down while driving
  • excellent suspension
  • upgradeable battery for a longer range
  • a bit expensive

One of the most sought after such chairs on Google, the Merits P326D power elevating wheelchair is a beauty of engineering bound to improve your life in countless ways.
With an option for 7.5" of extra elevation, using you kitchen countertops and cabinets, speaking to friends at a normal level whilst they are standing, and seeing the teller at your local bank or box office all become attainable tasks with the push of a button.

The P326D has a minimum seat height of 21" to 30.5". This is because besides for 7.5 of power assisted lift, you can also toggle the chair 2' manually, in a more permanent configuration.
If setting the seat at 21", your power seat height range will be from 21" to 28.5'. When setting the seat at the higher 23" manual setting, you can elevate your seat up electrically up to 30.5" from the floor. You'll also be getting rugged independent suspension to keep your journey pleasurably smooth and a semi-reclining back that allows you to relax backwards up to 135 degrees.

KEY FEATURES OF THIS ELEVATING POWER CHAIR

  • Very stable base
  • Mid Drive Wheel
  • Dual in-line motors
  • many extra options available
  • High Performance Model

SPECIFICATIONS OF THIS ELEVATING POWER CHAIR

  • BRAND: Merits
  • MAX.SPEED: 5 mph
  • WEIGHT CAPACITY: 300 lbs
  • RANGE: up to 18 Miles

PROS & CONS OF THIS ELEVATING POWER CHAIR

  • can absorb up to 250lbs
  • Rugged independent suspension
  • Semi-reclining back
  • very sporty
  • only operates at 1/2 speed when elevated

The Merits Gemini is a mid-range elevating seat power wheelchair that offers a high degree of independence and features to seniors. The 21” turning radius, for instance, provides easy maneuverability in cramped indoor spaces, while the 4” ground clearance ensures that users feel completely confident and in control while riding their mobility companion on rough outdoor terrain.
The full-foam tires on the Gemini Power Wheelchairs have plenty of bounce and “give”, ultimately providing noticeably more traction than solid tires found on a variety of other power wheelchairs with elevating seats.

Another factor that makes it a top choice among seniors is that just about everything is customizable, such as the controller, swiveling seat with different reclining angles, armrests, footplate and more. With simple and easy-to-use controls and a wide 22” seat, you can easily go about doing your daily activities without ever having to recharge your electric companion before a good 20 miles.

KEY FEATURES OF THIS ELEVATING POWER CHAIR

  • Unique suspension system and high-density foam seat
  • Programmable controller with a wide range of selections
  • The sophisticated controller coupled with 14" aluminum cast drive wheels offer excellent maneuverability
  • many extra options available
  • Rear Wheel Drive

SPECIFICATIONS OF THIS ELEVATING POWER CHAIR

  • BRAND: Merits
  • MAX.SPEED: 5 MPH
  • WEIGHT CAPACITY: 450 lbs
  • RANGE: up to 20 Miles

PROS & CONS OF THIS ELEVATING POWER CHAIR

  • very comfortable
  • easy to use controls
  • excellent suspension
  • Heavy Duty
  • not easy to transport due to higher weight

Maintaining your independence is important to you and with the Merits Compact 2in1 Dualer with Elevating Seat, you can keep your independence while still maintaining optimal mobility. This mobility chair is designed to provide support, comfort, and versatility at its best with incredible features that you cannot find with your average mobility chair.

The Merits Compact 2-in-1 Dualer with Elevating Seat is the ideal solution for anyone who wants a choice in how they ride. This unique design features a rotatable seat that allows you to effortlessly switch from front wheel drive to rear wheel drive depending on the conditions you are in and how much power you require for the journey and with two convenient foot rests, both positions help you maintain total comfort. Check out the Best Merits Wheelchairs and Scooters here!

Narrow spaces are not a problem for the Merits Compact 2-in-1 Dualer with Elevating Seat. The entire chair maintains an extremely small 24” width and 37.5” length with a miniscule, 22” turning radius, so going through small hallways or tight spaces in your home is never an issue. The Merits Compact 2-in-1 Dualer with Elevating Seat is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use with heavy duty 8” casters and 10” driving wheels, all foam filled for maximum durability and use on uneven and rough surfaces. This mobility scooter can take you anywhere you need to go with ease.

KEY FEATURES OF THIS ELEVATING POWER CHAIR

  • Rear or Front Wheel Drive Capabilities
  • Low 22” Seat Height
  • Power Seat Elevation
  • Foot Rests for Both Driving Modes
  • Easy to Use Straight Joystick

SPECIFICATIONS OF THIS ELEVATING POWER CHAIR

  • BRAND: Merits
  • POWER:  DC 24V 180W
  • WEIGHT CAPACITY:  300 lbs
  • RANGE: Up to 18 Miles
  • GROUND CLEARANCE: 2"
  • TURNING RADIUS: 21"

PROS & CONS OF THIS ELEVATING POWER CHAIR

  • Integral Dynamic DL Programmable Controller
  • 12 Degree Gradient Rating
  • Up to 21” Seat Width, 16” Depth
  • 5 mph Max Speed Capabilities
  • 211 lbs. Total Weight

Mobility scooters come in a range of designs and types but the Jazzy Select 6 with Elevated Seat has been designed to not only be functional, but stylish and sporty as well. While riding in the Jazzy Select 6 with Elevated Seat, you will feel like you can take on the world, and with its indoor outdoor capabilities, you truly can.

The Jazzy Select 6 with Elevated Seat is ideal for anyone looking for a remarkably comfortable and versatile mobility scooter. The power elevating seat allows you to get the exact height and angle for the most comfortable ride and the enhanced Active Trac suspension system allows for a smooth ride even when the ground is not. This revolutionary technology allows all 6 wheels to remain on the ground, so you never have to worry about feeling unstable during your ride even on some of the roughest terrains.

Not only can you adjust the elevated seat in the Jazzy Select 6, you can have full control of other areas as well including the adjustable foot plate that allows you to perfectly conform to your comfort level. The reclining seat is another incredible feature that will allow you to find your exact position for comfort during even the longest of rides.

Although the Jazzy Select 6 with Elevated Seat is a very robust, heavy duty style mobility scooter, it remains remarkably slim for the model with an overall width of just 23.5” with a length of a mere 35.38”. Its slim design allows the scooter to be easily used indoors, but capable enough to handle the rigors of outdoor use as well, so you can truly take it anywhere you need to go.

KEY FEATURES OF THIS ELEVATING POWER CHAIR

  • Active Trac Suspension
  • Enhanced Foot Platform Design
  • Power Elevating Seat
  • Adjustable Armrests
  • Relining Seat

SPECIFICATIONS OF THIS ELEVATING POWER CHAIR

  • BRAND: Pride Mobility
  • POWER:  Mid Wheel Drive 2 – 12V U1 Batteries
  • WEIGHT CAPACITY:  300 lbs.
  • RANGE: 15 Miles
  • GROUND CLEARANCE: 1.75"
  • TURNING RADIUS: 21.5"

PROS & CONS OF THIS ELEVATING POWER CHAIR

  • Comfortable Captain’s Seat
  • 6 Degree Incline Rating
  • 4 mph Max Speed
  • Elevated Leg Rest Option
  • Not Foldable

Why Buy An Elevating Power Wheelchair?

Mobility challenges aside, among the biggest challenges wheelchair users face is difficulty reaching upper shelves at stores, ATM machines or cupboards at home – as well as a number of other items that regular people don’t give a second thought to.

Power wheelchairs with elevating seats allow seniors and those with physical disabilities to easily complete day-to-day tasks, which they may otherwise find unusually challenging, if not entirely impossible. Adjustable seat height power wheelchairs may not be something you see everyday among the typical power wheelchair using lot, as only a handful of US brands manufacture them. However, many individuals who have invested in them have found them to be a huge help in making their lives far more independent and productive, with an improved sense of wellbeing as well.

Read any online review on elevating seat power chairs by Merits, Pride Mobility or EV Rider, and you’ll see how they have transformed people’s lives in wonderful ways. These elevating electric seats offer an excellent alternative over normal power wheelchairs, to people who generally find it painful to stand or can’t seem to support their weight after getting out of their wheelchair. It is for this very purpose that top US brands like the aforementioned ones have designed adjustable height power wheelchairs, allowing people to easily do what they love doing, while comfortably remaining seated in their electric mobility companion.

How do Elevating Seat Power Wheelchairs Work and are they Safe?

There are generally two unique mechanisms that help electric wheelchair users elevate their seats:

Elevating seat single/quad post

Elevating seat single/quad post

Perhaps this is the most common type of power wheelchair elevating seat – supported by a single bi-directional threaded rod that moves up/down with the help of an electric motor. This seamlessly elevates the seat up, with the threaded rods rotating in the opposite direction in order to return the seat back to its normal position. Depending on the make and model you buy, these power wheelchairs with elevating seats can easily raise individuals weighing anywhere between 300 lbs. and 450 lbs. by 12” or more.

Users have the luxury of elevating or lowering their seat however they want within the specified seat travel range – i.e. the height is not limited by increments but rather can be adjusted in infinite increments or ranges within the maximum travel range. In addition, there are certain models that have quad-seat supports for added stability and sturdiness, rather than just one.

Elevating seat scissor configuration

Elevating seat scissor configuration

The somewhat less common type of electric wheelchair with adjustable seat height is one that’s based on a scissor mechanism for raising or lowering the seat. This system also incorporates the same threaded rod configuration that’s used in the former, although in this case, the rod resembles a scissor frame that’s clamped to the seat. See the video below for the basic principle of lift using a scissor mechanism:

The main difference between the single/quad post mechanism and scissor mechanism is that throughout the travel range, the seat frame is robustly supported on all corners – as opposed to just a single point in the seat frame’s center or the quad points at each corner – which don’t quite offer the same level of durability and stability.

Elevating seat scissor configuration

Let's start off by saying that all wheelchairs have to pass rigorous FDA safety tests before any patient can use them.

FDA

However, since elevating the seat on your electric wheelchair would make the center of gravity much higher, this means a less stable wheelchair in motion. With that said, certain wheelchairs with elevating seat models are capable of maintaining the same degree of stability no matter what the seat position – such as the EV Rider Vision P13, the Merits Vision Super HD or the Pride Mobility Jazzy Air 2. However, just to be on the safe side, we would not recommend going at the maximum top speed on uneven outdoor terrain with the seat raised all the way, due to safety reasons. Here is an explanation to the principle of center of gravity and why this is so:

Besides, it’s hard to imagine being in a situation where you’ll need to hammer the throttle with the seat elevated all the way!

How do you adjust the height of a power wheelchair seat?

The way you elevate or lower the seat of a power wheelchair with a power assisted seat is either using your joystick controller at the end of the chair's armrest, or with a dedicated button, sometimes on the opposite armrest to the one your joystick is on. Often, just like any other function on a power chair, including moving forward or backward, there will be button to press near the joystick knob, allowing you to power the seat up or down as needed.

joystick controller

Raise/lower seat buttons on VR2 power wheelchair controller

After pressing the button for either going up or down, you may need to push the joystick knob to actually get the chair seat to raise or lower itself.

What is the height of a power wheelchair seat?

The height of power wheelchair elevating seats start at around 20" on their lowest setting, depending on the model you get. The lowest seat setting on power assist seat chairs may be a little higher than the average for power chairs, due to the lifting mechanism which takes up space under the seat.

height of power wheelchair elevating seats

Nevertheless, the lowest seat settings which are usually between 20" and 22", are designed to allow you to sit at a table and be level with seated people, without feeling too much above the ground. The height of elevating power chair seat at their highest level varies greatly from model to model. The Jazzy Air 2 is certainly one of the highest, giving you a highest seat to floor measurement of up to 33" when the seat is at its highest. Usually, the higher the seat can elevate, the more sturdily the chair will have to be built to maintain 100% safety even while the chair moves along at that height.

Jazzy Air 2 extra robust engineering higher seat lift

Jazzy Air 2 extra robust engineering allows for a higher seat lift

This normally translates into a higher price tag for a higher wheelchair seat riser.

how do elevating wheelchairs work

What other Benefits does an Power Wheelchair with an Elevating Seat Offer?

Increased confidence and self-esteem

It goes without saying that power wheelchairs in general are lifelong companions for those with mobility issues. After all, they allow seniors and people with physical handicaps move effortlessly between destinations, allowing them to lead a very independent life.

Power wheelchairs with lift seats technology, however, take this independence to a completely new level. Users can now move with ease into their bed, reach for items placed on a high shelf or cupboard, and draw the curtains themselves to be greeted by the beautiful morning sunshine. It’s the little things that add up, giving us not only a better sense of personal freedom but also having a drastic effect on our overall well being.

Power Wheelchair with an Elevating Seat

Imagine – the ability to easily access stuff when you’re at a busy supermarket or grocery store, without having to ask for anyone’s assistance. Or, ordering your favorite cup of Joe at the local coffee shop or even choosing your favorite reads all by yourself at the library. Electric wheelchairs with elevating seats are your ticket to a more care-free and independent life, both inside and outside the house. Another notable benefit of using an elevating seat power chair is the ability to talk to people at the ‘same level’. Say, you’re engaged in a conversation with someone who’s standing – at the touch of a button, you can raise yourself to communicate more comfortably (and confidently) at eye level.

Power Wheelchair with an Elevating Seat

This is something we often don’t give much thought to, but being at the same eye-level with someone you’re talking to can drastically improve your self-confidence and even make the conversation more personable as well as enjoyable. Similarly, family and friends won’t have to constantly bend down just to be able to talk to you at eye level.

Easy transitioning

Even if you’ve never used a wheelchair, you might have still noticed how those that do tend to struggle while moving themselves into cars, or onto beds, toilets (assuming you’re a caregiver or family member) and seats. And in fact, this is made worse with some cars seats, sofas and beds being so high that they can increase the likelihood of sudden injuries.

Power Wheelchair with an Elevating Seat

A quality power wheelchair that raises and lowers is the answer to all these woes, helping people maintain their quality of life while still enjoying their personal space and freedom.

Ready to buy a Power wheelchair with Lift Seat?

Buy your Chair

Without question, an elevating seat electric chair is a major investment, one that you can expect to last a lifetime. And, for the majority of seniors and folks with disabilities, this is something they simply cannot imagine living without. It’s important to pick an power wheelchair elevating seat that meets your daily needs, so here’s what you should consider:

Comfort level

No matter how much time you spend sitting in your electric wheelchair with an elevated seat, you need to ensure that it’s nice and comfortable. The majority of power wheelchairs with elevating seats come with adequate padding and other comfort features, but this is still something that’s worth looking into – as certain models might offer more seat modifications and adjustment options. One look at our detailed specification sheets and product overviews, and you should be able to pick your desired model.

Power Wheelchair with an Elevating Seat

Apart from the padding and seat width, you’d also want to pay attention to the headrest, backrest and armrests. For instance, can you remove them if need be and what level of adjustability do they offer?

Power Wheelchair with an Elevating Seat

Suspension and wheel configuration

Most power wheelchairs with an elevating seat come with a suspension that’s durable enough to handle a variety of indoor and outdoor surfaces. However, the more feature-packed and durable models boast independent suspension at the front and rear with a large drive wheel at the center, which means they offer the most stability, sturdiness and safety, even if you’re moving with the seat raised.

Power Wheelchair with an Elevating Seat

Furthermore, you’d want to take the turning radius into account – the lower this is, the better. If you’re going to be moving your elevated seat power wheelchair in tight indoor spaces, then consider buying one that has a turning radius of 20-24”.

Battery range of Power Wheelchairs

Power Wheelchair with an Elevating Seat

The majority of elevating seat power wheelchairs we offer come with an impressive battery range of 10-20 miles, so pick a model that allows you to travel far enough without having to recharge the battery. Certain models also offer the ability to carry a larger extra battery.

Why buy your electric wheelchair with power elevating seat at Scooters 'N Chairs?

Here at Scooter 'N Chairs, we aren't a mindless, soulless company, we care about each customer and each purchase.

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We are here to assist you with the most personalized, patient and friendly team on the market, who find no question too trivial and will personally research any questions or queries you might have, until you are totally comfortable you have found the perfect elevating seat chair to purchase. For any questions about our top-of-the-line elevating seat electric wheelchairs, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly customer service team. We are available by phone, livechat, email - these details can be found on our contact us page linked above.

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