Mobility scooters are a great way to help those with limited mobility travel at their leisure. Durable and built for both indoor and outdoor use, mobility scooters come in all shapes and sizes. With such a large variety of devices on the market, choosing the best fit for your needs can be incredibly difficult. To help with that choice, here are some quick facts about the different kinds of mobility scooters available on the market:

Indoor Scooters

Mobility scooters can be used both indoors and outdoors, but there are some differences between the two. Indoor scooters are usually smaller, and built for even terrain. Indoor scooters tend to excel at making turns in small spaces, and tend to have slower maximum speeds. Indoor scooters may also be lighter and easier to transport due to their compact size as well.

Outdoor Scooters

Outdoor mobility scooters are much larger than their indoor counterparts, and boast longer battery life, higher max speed, and more stability. Since outdoor terrain isn’t guaranteed to be completely flat, outdoor scooters tend to handle uneven terrain much better than an indoor scooter.

 

There are many scooters designed for both indoor and outdoor use as well, and these devices will blend the benefits of both an indoor and outdoor scooter together.

Travel Scooters

Although not nearly as durable as an outdoor scooter, travel scooters are another excellent indoor/outdoor mobility aid. These scooters are designed specifically for easy storage and transport, so users can bring them on planes, buses, and the like without difficulty. Travel scooters are also often available for rent when traveling abroad.

What’s the Difference Between 3-Wheel and 4-Wheel Mobility Scooters?

Overall, there are two main types of mobility scooter: three-wheel scooters, and four-wheel scooters. Most four-wheel scooters are designed for outdoor use, mainly because the four wheels provide extra stability when going up hills or uneven terrain. However, the additional wheel does increase the scooter’s turning radius, which means it will need more room to make turns. The extra stability also allows four-wheel scooters to travel faster than their three-wheel counterparts.

 

Three-wheel scooters are designed mainly for indoor use, since they are smaller and can make tighter turns. These scooters tend to have lower max speeds as well, due to their lack of stability from a fourth wheel.

A Look at Brands

Some manufacturers specialize in different kinds of equipment than others, and that includes the types of mobility scooters they produce. When shopping around for a scooter, knowing what each brand specializes in can make your decision much easier. On the site, there are three brands of scooter available:

Zipr

Zipr specializes in mobility scooters, and does not offer many other kinds of mobility devices. Most of their products are designed specifically for indoor use, travel, and portability; their lightweight and ergonomic design gives them all a very sleek look. Zipr scooters tend to range from $800-$2000.

Drive Medical

Drive Medical offers the widest variety of scooters on the site, as is the case with many other mobility aids. Because of this wide variety, prices tend to vary as well, but most scooters are on the more expensive side, at over $2000. Drive Medical produces travel scooters, three-wheel scooters, four-wheel scooters, and scooter accessories. These scooters are designed for long-term use and durability overall, meaning they might not be as lightweight as other scooters available. Drive Medical also offers heavy-duty and bariatric products as well.

Golden Technologies

There is only one scooter designed by Golden Technologies on the site: The Avenger Electric Scooter. This scooter, although the most expensive on the site at $3,200, is built specifically for outdoor use. Its four-wheel drive and large tires provide smooth maneuverability over a variety of surfaces, as well as at its max speed of seven miles per hour.

Which Scooter Should I Choose?

In the end, choosing a mobility scooter is based around your lifestyle and lifestyle choices. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, an outdoor scooter would most likely be best for you. If you prefer to have extra room when making turns, consider a three-wheel mobility scooter. Along with these factors, you should also consider:

  • The type of terrain you will most likely be on
  • The level of stability you are most comfortable with
  • Maximum battery life and charging accessibility
  • The maximum speed you are most comfortable with

For extra help finding the perfect scooter, consider speaking with your doctor or insurance agent for more information. To view our wide variety of mobility scooters and other mobility aids, visit us at Medical Supply Depot website.

 

 

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