There are many motorized scooters available for sale. They vary from heavy duty models for use indoors, to very light and compact models which are useful for outdoor activities and traveling. Though owners differ widely in what they need, and each person has different expectations for how they will use their scooter, manufacturers are taking note of the things that generally make life easier for scooter riders. These features include lighter weight, more adjustable features, longer battery life and easy folding or take apart functions that help people travel from place to place.
1. Invacare Pronto P31 Power Wheelchair
Part of the success of this scooter is its flexibility. It features arm rests which are full length for comfort, will flip up out of the way, are adjustable and can be removed if desired. The footboard also will adjust to accommodate different heights and angles. The charging connection is located right on the joystick, which makes it very convenient to recharge. The blue shroud can be removed to easily service the parts underneath. There are electromagnetic brakes and 9 inch flat free wheels. Of the 10 customers who posted reviews, 60% gave 5 star ratings and 20% gave 4 star ratings. Most customers noted the flexibility features as being some of the best things about this scooter. Most mentioned that the chair is too heavy, whether broken down or not, for them to consider it as a travel solution.
2. EV Rider: Mini Rider 4 Wheel Travel Scooter
With its deeply cushioned seat and flip up armrests, this scooter offers comfort along with style. It is available in Metallic Blue or Metallic Red. Of the 8 customers who posted reviews, 50% left 5 star ratings and 38% left 4 star ratings for this light weight, easy to assemble and take apart product. Owners found that it is a good option for traveling by airplane. Some felt that it was a bit heavy for moving into and out of car trunks. Though some felt that it rides a bit low to the ground, others were able to take it camping and found that it moved easily through their campsite, making it a good option for outdoor vacations.
3. CHALLENGER X Recreational Electric Mobility Scooter
With its cheerful bright red color, this 3 wheel scooter is a simple mobility solution. It has a nice chair, which can be removed so that the scooter can be used standing. It also comes with a safety helmet. With a weight capacity of 300 pounds, this product will travel up to 20 miles with a top speed of 18 miles per hour. It includes a front storage basket. Owners note that it is possible to alternate between sitting and standing positions while riding, without removing the seat. It has a three speed switch, which owners noted as being easy to use. One con noted was that the charging port for the battery is underneath the vehicle, so that customers must tip it at an angle to plug it in. The scooter weighs 125 pounds, and plugging in to charge it is cumbersome and awkward.
4. Tzora Titan 4 Electric Mobility Scooter
Styled for all terrain use, this motorized scooter has a generous weight capacity of 300 pounds. It features large tires and a full suspension for riding stability and comfort. Of the 14 customers who posted reviews, 72% left 5 star ratings and 21% left 4 star ratings. Some features customers liked include the battery being in its own case with grab handles, making it easy to remove, and that the entire scooter is easy to put together and take apart. Many have taken it to varied outdoor locations and used it without problems. They post that the scooter is very quiet, will tackle steep hills and has its own lights. Others really liked the sporty design which is great for young hearted riders.
5. Drive Medical: 4 Wheel Heavy Duty Scooter, Model: Phoenixhd4
This heavy duty mobility scooter offers stylish two tone upholstery in gray and black. It is easy to assemble and take apart. The batteries are also quick to connect. There are decorative panels in blue and red to interchange for a different look. The tires are flat free and anti-tilt designed. The product includes a carrying basket that is located right up front near the ergonomic throttle control. The price includes free shipping. Of the customers who posted reviews, 80% gave it 5 star ratings and 20% gave it 4 star ratings. Pros customers noted included the swivel seat for easy access, the ergonomic throttle which helps those with unstable hands, and the wide range weight capacity of 350 pounds.
6. FOLD-N-GO Power Wheelchair from One Kubed DESIGNS
Weighing in at just 46 pounds with its battery, this is one of the lightest, most portable, electric wheelchair available. The chair is available in six different frame colors, including Royal Blue, Silver Chrome, Canary Yellow, Red, Hot Pink and Black. Its lithium battery is approved for airplane travel and will provide 12 miles of drive time per charge. The chair’s maximum speed is 4 miles per hour and it comes with a 3 year warranty. There’s no need to worry about the logistics of wheelchair rentals when out and about traveling. Of the 19 customers who posted reviews, 95% gave this product a 5 star rating. Customers mentioned many things they like about this chair, including its ability to run on most any surface, how easy it is to fold up and put into any trunk, and the long lasting, quick charging battery.
7. Smart Chair Powered Wheelchair
The Smart Chair has many reasons for being named the #1 Best Seller in Electric Wheelchairs. It has much more flexibility than standard models in terms of size, portability and price. Costing thousands less than heavier weight versions, it can maneuver in tight spaces and is easy to store for traveling even on airplanes, buses, cruise ships or trains. Putting it into a car trunk is just as easy. It weighs just 50 pound with its battery, and it only takes 5 hours to fully charge. As long as the rider is able to transfer from chair to vehicle, there is no need to install or modify vehicles with separate lift equipment. Out of the 44 customers who posted reviews, 66% gave this product 5 star ratings. Many customers felt this chair was the perfect solution for easy, lightweight travels, and some were pleased that it is small enough to use in tight spaces in their homes. Some had problems with tipping going up steep inclines and learned to lean forward for better balance. A few had assembly difficulties, and some were disappointed that there is no travel bag yet available.
8. Pride Mobility: Pride Maxima 4 Wheel HD Scooter
Built to last, with carrying capacity up to 500 pounds, everything about this premium price point scooter is designed for practical use. The front wheels are anti-tip and the rear suspension is enhanced to hold securely. The tires are solid to avoid flats and the seat is wide enough for comfort. The carrying basket is located up front and center along the handlebars for easy access. Of the 3 customers who posted reviews, 100% gave it 5 star ratings. All are very happy with the quality and riding ease this scooter provides.
9. Golden Technologies GP162 LiteRider PTC 162
With its strong, red, tubular frame and full size stadium style seat, this scooter is a much more versatile option than an electric wheelchair. It includes a storage basket under the seat to provide space for items purchased while out shopping. The 2 customers who purchased it gave it 100% 5 star ratings. It runs on batteries and these are included, along with a joystick and a battery charger. It ships in 4 parts and must be assembled upon arrival, but customers noted that this is very easy. They also noted that it is easy to take apart for traveling in a car or truck. This is a premium product with a price point to match but it is well built and sized to fit in smaller areas, such as narrower hallways and older homes.
10. Drive Medical Bobcat 4 Wheel Compact Scooter
This red electric scooter is designed to use both indoors and outdoors. It advertises its compact size, emphasizing that it is essentially made in 4 parts. The idea is that it will be easy to assemble and take apart because it doesn’t need tools to do so. It has a nice carry basket included, the batteries are easily removed, and the tires will not go flat. Customer reviews on this product are very mixed, with 47% giving it 5 star ratings, 24% giving it 4 star ratings, 3% giving it 3 star ratings and the remaining 26% giving it a 1 star ratings. Part of the reason for the across the board reviews has to do with the overall quality. While many customers felt it was sturdy and had long running times between charges, others had problems with parts breaking. Most liked the compact size when taking it apart for traveling.
Because customers vary widely in terms of height, weight, and physical abilities, the motorized scooters reviewed here offer mobility solutions for many different needs. Customers will want to consider not only price, but whenever possible, they should look for things that are common problems across the board for many other motorized scooter owners. These include tires that are flat free, easy access to the battery recharging ports, longer battery run time, overall size when fully assembled or taken apart for travel, and the weight and height recommendations for riders. Other options are less important and are up to personal preference. It probably doesn’t matter so much what color the scooter is, but it certainly matters that it will be a safe and durable ride that will take the customer where he or she wants to go.