3 Wheeled Mobility Scooters – What They Are and Why To Buy One
There are more than a handful of reasons to consider buying a power scooter that has three wheels.
For starters, the three wheels provide a lot more safety and stability than traditional models with only two. Many three-wheeled models even offer more torque and longer usability to those who are keen on more rigorous day to day use.
Plus, a major benefit of riding a “3-wheeler” is that you still get to enjoy the stability of a scooter for adults, while taking advantage of the impressive turning radius of one with two.
There are many three-wheeled handicapped scooters available on the market today, although they serve a greater purpose than just that of a ‘mobility aid’.
A broad range of 3-wheeler scooters for the elderly are available at Scooters ’N Chairs, from top manufacturers in the market such as Drive Medical, Pride Mobility and Golden Technologies. Our unique range of models cater to different types of riders who have specific mobility needs. From long three wheeled scooters with an advanced suspension system and comfortable seat to a more basic and economically priced one that will still offer you a lot of bang for the buck.
The best part of riding an elderly scooter with three wheels is that they run off batteries which means they can carry you many miles after just a single charge.
Add to that the fact that all our 3-Wheel electric scooters have the option for more than adequate storage space onboard to keep your valuables within easy reach – including cup and cellphone holders, bags and storage baskets – as well as space for spare batteries and accessories like canopies to keep you dry during the rain.
You have a right to continue doing what you love to do each day while pursuing an active lifestyle, no matter what your age or physical limitations. Buying a high quality 3-wheeler disability scooter from Scooters’N’Chairs is one of the best long term investments you can make towards your wellbeing and satisfaction.
The Best 3-Wheel Electric Scooters for Mobility-Restricted Adults
When there are so many choices at your disposal, deciding which three wheel disabilty scooter to buy isn’t always the easiest of tasks. Luckily, we have detailed descriptions for each one of the models on offer, so that you can narrow it down to the one that has the best features, according to your daily needs.
Our range of models are a lot more than just handicap scooters or your average grocery store ride. On the contrary, they are the best of the best – ranging from fast, reliable and well-built ‘power rides’ to more basic, ‘everyday use’ models appropriate for the frugal rider.
The Drive Medical Phoenix 3 Wheel Heavy Duty Scooter, for instance, is a robust and stylish, high-performance entry level-midrange scooter with a just under $1,400 price tag. For the price, you get a lightweight power adult scooter that weighs only 115 lbs. and can be easily disassembled and fitted into the back of a car – with its heaviest component weighing just 32 lbs. With a tight 43” turning radius, it offers high maneuverability and a strong frame capable of carrying a maximum of 350 lbs. – while allowing you to travel at speeds of up to 4 mph, along with a travel distance of 15 miles at a stretch. For many, this might suffice.
However, if you’re looking to step up your three wheel elderly scooter game a little, and perhaps make your neighbor somewhat jealous too, then behold one of our top-of-the-line three-wheeled models: the E-Wheels 82 ‘Happy Scooter’.
This is what we like to call the “Happy Day” model at Scooters ’N Chairs because it is quite the piece of sunshine on wheels – not only due to the sheer riding pleasure it offers but also the eye-pleasing and mood-elevating bright lemon-yellow color featuring beautiful, perfectly placed hand-painted white daises.
The E-Wheels 82 Happy Scooter is for the elite rider who wants nothing less than an 18 mph top speed, a maximum travel distance of 45 miles and variable speed, twist throttle-style speed control for maximum safety. And then of course, there’s the seat with rear storage basket as standard, built for maximum ergonomic comfort.
We also offer a variety of midrange to high-end models which offer the best of both worlds – i.e. price, performance and features. Actually, make that the best of three worlds!
EV Rider’s Transport AF three-wheeler, for instance, which is just shy of $2,000, is a one-of-a-kind scooter capable of automatically folding up with your handheld remote. It literally takes just a few seconds to fold up at the push of a button. This is why it has been approved for airline travel, with its 44 lb. weight, making it the perfect travel companion not just for air travel but also cruise ship and train trips. An LED headlight, height adjustable tiller and dual hand two-way throttle all come standard.
Heavy duty three-wheeled scooters are also among our staple offerings and are, in fact, perfect for bariatric seniors or those who love using their scooters on a very frequent basis, particularly outdoors.
The Maverick Heavy Duty Scooter by leading manufacturer, Drive Medical, may come in at a cool $3,899 price tag, but offers rugged mobility and luxurious styling unlike any three-wheeler you may have ridden before. It’s been designed with the goal of mimicking a three-wheeled motorcycle, not only in terms of aesthetics but also riding comfort. Air-filled, high-grip tires and a reasonably high ground clearance means you can enjoy a smooth and effortless ride over just about any urban terrain.
We could go on and on about how there’s something for everyone, but suffice it to say – there really is something for everyone! Have a look around and do a few comparisons if you like – we’re sure you’ll be greeted with some of the most eye-pleasing and highest performing three-wheeled elderly scooters this side of town.
Assessing Your Needs – How to Pick the Right 3 Wheeled Disability Scooter for Yourself
To make it super-easy for you to pick the right three-wheeled scooter, we’ve broken down some of the key features and related aspects to consider:
Not every model – no matter how much power it may have or the plethora of features that come with it – may be suitable for use on all kinds of road and dirt surfaces. While some models cater particularly well to indoor home use only or use within tight hallways and alleyways, others are purpose-built to withstand everyday wear and tear as a result of being driven on roads and sidewalks.
There are still three-wheeled models that are suitable for highway use with bright headlights, brake lamps and turn signals. And, the most powerful of three-wheel scooters are capable of easily going up and down hills and other areas where there may be a fair amount of rough and undulating terrain.
Therefore, it’s always a good idea to carefully think where you’re going to be mostly using your device. It’s okay to choose one that offers ‘extras’ in terms of terrain-friendliness. For instance, if you currently need one for indoor use only but plan to use it on open roads somewhere down the line, then you might as well go with a model that’s compact and maneuverable enough to be used indoors – while also having enough power to drive long distances on open roads.
Weight and Compactness in 3-Wheel Models
Small and foldable handicap scooters which can also be disassembled within minutes or even seconds, weigh as little as 50 lbs, even less in some cases. They can be conveniently folded/disassembled and tucked away in a closet, the back of your car or taken with you on a flight, cruise ship or train.
If you know for sure that you’ll be doing a fair amount of traveling and will need your trusty travel companion right by your side, then by all means opt for a compact, lightweight model which can be disassembled and assembled at the drop of a hat.
However, if you’re the kind of rider who prefers to take long road trips or do most of your traveling via public roads, then a heavy duty model is far more appropriate. They do weigh a lot more than lightweight models, naturally, but then again, there’s no need to lift them or pack them up. All you need to do is charge, drive (while keeping the maximum travel range in mind), and then park them when not in use – but preferably use a dust cover or canopy to protect them from undesirable weather elements and unnecessary wear and tear.
3-Wheel Overall Size and Maneuverability
Motorized scooters featuring three wheels, for disabled people, are available in a range of sizes – from our light and slender three-wheelers to more heavy duty ones best suited to the great outdoors.
Since they offer a fairly tight turning radius, they prove to be slightly more effective and practical indoors – however, that’s not to say that only models with four are best for outdoor use.
With that said, if you believe that most of your scooter use will be indoors, then this is another aspect to give thought to before making the purchase – i.e. turning radius and overall maneuverability within confined spaces or higher top speed and acceleration at the expense of reduced maneuverability.
Top Speed with Three Wheels
When it comes to average speed, there are models that typically have a top speed of 4 mph or just under 4 mph, which are well-suited to indoor and sidewalk use. Additionally, there are those which have an average speed of around 8 mph or between 8-18 mph, which are ideal for road and highway use.
Now, this isn’t a very major consideration for many users, particularly seniors, but it may be worth considering if you need to travel over a variety of terrain types and particularly if you have time considerations. However, if you feel insecure travelling at higher speeds on three wheels, then the faster models may not be the best choice.
Power scooters that have three wheels need a fixed amount of charging via a regular plug and wall outlet, after which they can travel a certain number of miles. These can range from 12-15 miles, all the way up to 40+ miles for the more expensive and powerful, heavy duty scooters.
We’d suggest that you carefully think about how frequently you’re going to be using your device and how much distance you’ll be covering at a time, on any given day – and let act as a guide to purchasing the right model.
Safety Mechanisms and Features with Three wheeled Senior Scooters
Safety will arguably be one of your key concerns when buying a model. One of the most common features found in such devices for the elderly is anti-tip wheels and a tiller which prevents users from making sudden turns while travelling at significantly higher than normal speeds. Magnetic brakes for optimal stopping power and an active suspension is another common safety and comfort feature found here.
In other instances, a battery charge indicator and bright LED headlight may also be regarded as a safety feature. Let’s put this to practical use: if you need to buy a highway and road-ready 3-wheel scooter, then you should ensure that it comes with the appropriate hazard lights, turn signals, bright front and rear LED lights, a reasonably loud horn and sideview mirrors. The latter can often be added as an accessory.
3-Wheel Disability Scooter Comfort Features
Comfort will probably be one of the most important items on your list of considerations. Chances are you’re going to be riding for several hours on end, and quite possibly, without that many gaps or breaks in between – so it pays to understand what comfort options your device comes with.
Many three-wheelers have adjustable arm rests and head rest, foot position, tiller, etc. and offer the option to go for wider, more comfortable seats with improved ergonomic support.
It’s also important to know how much weight your model can withstand. With your weight and anything your carrying combined, most 3-wheelers can withstand anywhere between 300 lbs to nearly 500 lbs, while still performing as intended.
At Scooters ’N Chairs, our three-wheeled scooter options are wide and varied. Browse through our collection with confidence and complete peace of mind.