It is common for many seniors to cope with a general decrease in mobility with the onset of age. A number of factors can be responsible for this such as osteoporosis and arthritis, cognitive disorders or cardiopulmonary conditions.
However, seniors aren’t the only ones who must cope with physical limitations. At times, young and healthy individuals also find themselves on the receiving end due to an illness or accident that left them physically handicapped.
If it’s something that we can deduce from this right off the bat, it’s the fact that irrespective of your age or circumstances at any given time, you would want to lead an active and healthy lifestyle, whether at home or in public places. Power scooters, in this regard, are an excellent ‘third leg’ that help you pursue an active lifestyle in a safe and hassle-free way.
Today, there are many varieties of mobility scooters available on the online marketplace from some of the top US manufacturers such as Pride Mobility, Drive Medical and EV. However, with such a diverse range to choose from, it can often be confusing to choose a model that fits your specific mobility demands.
If you’re somewhat held back by a budget and want to invest in the bare-minimum necessary for regaining your mobility, then we have dedicated ourbudget scooters range to just that.
Why Invest in a Budget Mobility Scooter?
Mobility scooters are a quick and easy way to move between your desired destination, be it indoors or outdoors. For people who are unable to commute on foot, these wonderful 3-wheeled and 4-wheeled machines are literally lifesavers.
Investing in a budget scooter will not only give you a chance to get familiar with how they work and feel, but also help you better understand if you’ll require a more powerful and feature-packed model in future to meet your travel and mobility demands.
If you’re someone who’s experiencing mobility problems with everyday activities like going to the mall or grocery store, going with the family on vacation or simply moving between rooms inside your home, then you should consider buying a budget scooter.
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Being stuck in one place and constantly asking others to help you move around can not only be embarrassing many a times, but it can be a downright awful feeling – a feeling associated with depression, anxiety and a sense of uselessness. After all, as humans, we are wired to stay active, to explore and do things for ourselves.
Finding the right budget scooter can help you regain every ounce of personal independence and freedom that you rightfully deserve. If you’ve arrived on this page, then there’s a good chance that you’re on the lookout for a cheap power scooter – one that has enough power, battery life and comfort to conveniently get you from point A to point B – while still offering lots of riding joy for practically half the price.
After painstaking research and countless customer reviews, our “mobility researchers” have narrowed it down to a select few models between the $750 and just over $1,000 range, to help you pick a budget scooter that fits your unique criteria. Since price played a huge determining factor in arriving on this list of budget scooters, we would highly recommend that you also take the time to check out our top-range models from the Menu tab on the main Home page.
With that out of the way, it can still be initially confusing to see so many choices at your fingertips and going with a budget power scooter that meets your needs. Now, logic might dictate that the best budget scooter might naturally be the one with the steepest price tag as it probably has the most bells and whistles, right?
Well, truth be told – that may be the case with some models, however, we would recommend that you ditch the age-old price tag rule, and instead, focus more on the feature set that best meets your criteria.
Cheap scooter A, for instance, may not be the best scooter for everyone, although it may still be able to meet the needs of most users looking for a budget scooter. In essence, a good way to go about it is to run some comparisons and view the descriptions and spec sheets of the scooters you are interested in – while focusing on common attributes like features, usability, cost, user reviews and other attributes that may be of interest.
Picking a Budget Scooter that’s Right for You
To give you a better idea of what these budget scooters are capable of, let’s start at the very low end: the $750 Drive Medical Spitfire Scout 3.
The cheaper, three-wheeled variant offers improved maneuverability and legroom over the $800+ four-wheeled model. There is one minor drawback to consider though, if it can be called that, and that’s stability. Four-wheelers are generally more stable over rough and uneven surfaces.
With that said, if you’re going to be using your scooter on relatively smooth surfaces or mostly indoors, then this is a really great pick, for starters. Additionally, it also comes with an adjustable swivel seat, padded armrests, and a tiller that features an ergonomic throttle control. Just about every user has rated it 4.5 stars or more.
Some of its base features include a weight capacity of 300 lbs., a fairly large storage basket and a top speed of 4.25 mph – something that everyday scooter users on a budget would fine quite sufficient.
Kicking it up a notch, the Drive Medical Spitfire Scout 4 comes in at $899 – a budget scooter that is fantastic for everyday travel. The 4-wheel configuration means it is capable of easily negotiation rough, rugged or rocky surfaces. No matter what kind of use you intend to get out of it, its maximum weight bearing capacity of 300 lbs. ensures that it continues to chug away on a variety of surfaces with minimal effort.
Moreover, you will find this model to offer one of the best comfort levels within the budget scooter range, thanks to the adjustable and padded swivel seat, a backrest and ergonomic armrests. The delta-shaped tiller makes operating the scooter absolutely seamless while the roomy 17-19” floor-to-seat height ensures that you are easily able to get on/off your scooter.
The Spitfire Scout 4 also happens to be a very compact scooter, allowing you to conveniently disassemble it into 5 pieces and take it with you while traveling. The double protection on the chassis and frame ensures that it resists everyday scuffs and scratches easily whether you’re using it or moving it around while traveling.
At the end of the day, it is a lightweight budget-friendly scooter which is super-easy to disassemble and store away in a closet, load in the back of your car or carry it with you on public transport. In fact, the lightweight and compactness of the Spitfire Scout 4 might mislead you into thinking that it may not provide sufficient stability on uneven outdoor terrain – while the exact opposite holds true.
With a top speed of 4.25 mph and a travel range of 9 miles, it is also a very accessory-friendly model, offering extras like crutch holders, cup holders, an additional storage basket and more.
In the just above $1,000 range, we have the Pride Mobility Go-Go Elite Traveler 4, a high performance travel scooter that offers a lot of bang for the buck. With its heaviest piece weighing just 32.5 lbs. it can easily be disassembled on the go and taken with you practically anywhere. It’s also capable of withstanding a maximum weight of 300 lbs., boasts a top speed of 4 mph and includes interchangeable blue and red colored panels.
The front LED light offers increased safety in the dark while the large deck basket offers plenty of storage space, letting you carry heavy grocery bags or just your everyday valuables. The convenient charger lets you charge the battery pack on or off-board using the integrated tiller charger port. While the sleek look and easy disassembly are certainly winning factors to consider, the dual voltage charger which makes it possible to charge your battery onboard or off, is perhaps one of its best-selling features.
If you still want to keep your power scooter purchase under $1,000 – the extremely popular (and often sold out) EV Mini Rider 4-wheel is worth considering. Don’t let the “Mini” in the Rider catch you off guard though because the twin 18 Ah batteries give other great budget scooters like the Spitfire Scout 4 a run for its money.
With more power at your disposal, you can reach speeds of up to 5 mph and even enough torque to easily negotiate inclined surfaces of up to 10°. This sporty looking budget scooter is very easy to assemble/disassemble, and like most scooters in our cheap scooter range, can be easily taken with you on your travels.
Key Attributes to Consider When Buying Your Budget Scooter
Naturally, this is one of the first factors worth considering. Your scooter’s ability to let you control it in confined spaces or rough terrain, for example, might mean the difference between choosing one model over the other.
Some scooters do an excellent job at making 180° turns and U-turns within very tight spaces while others offer improved stability and handling characteristics over rugged terrain. The specifications sheet for each scooter is a good place to start. The lower the turning radius, the more maneuverable your scooter will be in tight spaces.
Furthermore, if outdoor traveling over a variety of terrains is your main purpose for buying a scooter, then you’d want to go with a 4-wheel budget scooter that has rugged wheels and a suspension tuned to withstand a variety of outdoor surfaces.
Despite having similar price tags and handling characteristics, many will offer features that cater well to some users, while not catering all that well to others.
For instance, if you’re main purpose for buying a cheap scooter is to do a fair amount of daily commuting, then you’d want a scooter that can take you 15 miles or more at a stretch. However, if your daily movement sees trips to the grocery store or visiting the neighbors now and then, then you should be fine with a travel range of 6-8 miles.
We can’t stress enough on the importance of weighing in battery life before making your purchase. You certainly don’t want your battery dying out on you in the middle of a trip to the mall or when you’re out with the family, having fun with your grandchildren.
Even though many models do offer the option to carry larger batteries as an accessory, there’s no harm in buying a scooter that offers at least 25-30% extra battery life than what you would normally require.
If you feel that your scooter is going to be getting used a lot indoors, then there’s probably no need to worry about how quickly you can disassemble it. Budget scooters aren’t that large or heavy to begin with, so you can just park yours in a corner and that will be that.
However, if you are used to taking your scooter with you in a car and will be using it everywhere you go, then portability is definitely a factor to consider.
All high-quality scooters that we have in our range are built to last. However, should yours ever break down, the manufacturer’s warranty will take it from there. It’s a good idea to check how many years’ coverage the warranty offers and what exactly it covers.
In any case, our dedicated and manufacturer-authorized repair facility will take care of anything that’s not covered under the warranty.