In order to give you the most accurate information, we have researched and analyzed a wide range of mobility scooters. We looked at each product’s design and features, as well as its specs, where possible. We also used the owner’s manual to help us better understand how each scooter works.
Now let’s take a look at some of the top considerations you could make to help you find your ideal mobility scooter.…
The weight capacities for the scooters we reviewed vary between 250-400lbs. This includes anything you might be carrying, such as groceries, so it is important to know your total weight and whether or not it surpasses the maximum limit. Exceeding this limit can reduce the range and speed of the scooter.
The fastest scooters we included in our test max out at 7 miles per hour. This is good because if the scooters went any faster, they'd risk throwing you off or tipping over while turning. While most scooters max out between 4-7 miles per hour, the slowest scooters max out at about 3 miles per hour.
Each scooter’s operating range varies widely. Some go as far as 20 miles, while others only run for 2 or 3 miles before you must recharge the battery. The information is particularly important if you plan to use your scooter for extended periods, such as a day at the amusement park.
We evaluated the operating ranges of three scooters. The largest model has an operating range of 24 miles, while the two others have an average 10-15 mile operating range. If you only plan on using your scooter for short trips or inside, a smaller operating range will be fine. Otherwise, you should look for one with at least a 10 mile operating range.
A mobility scooter’s maneuverability is generally based on the rider being average weight and height. However, it is important to consider how maneuverability will be affected by your body weight. Power scooters are not designed to be used by overweight individuals, so when a heavier individual rides one, they may not perform as well as they should.
The scooters we evaluated sit low to the ground with a clearance between one and four inches. Since they are low to the ground, they are more stable than their taller counterparts; however, low-clearance scooters incur more damage when driven on uneven terrain, so they are best used indoors and on flat or paved surfaces.
No matter where you use your scooter, you need one with a small enough turning radius to get you around tight corners. The scooters we reviewed have turning radiuses between 31 and 56 inches. Not surprisingly, three-wheelers are more maneuverable and turn tighter. That said, three-wheelers have a higher risk of tipping over.
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires commercial ramps to have a ratio of 1:12 slope or five-degree incline and residential ramps require a 2:12 slope or 9.5-degree incline. All the scooters we reviewed can climb an incline of six degrees, and two of the scooters can climb inclines anywhere from eight to 12 degrees.
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