31 Mar Which mobility scooter is the best?
I get asked this question a lot, and the best mobility scooter is always going to be the one that suits your needs best. I realise that statement isn't very helpful, so I'll break it down a little further and I'll also tell you which mobility scooters to avoid.
Make a list of the most important things you're looking for and give them an order of importance. For example, if I were to make a list of requirements for someone who had COPD and spinal issues, it would look like this;
1. Comfort. Does the mobility scooter have enough suspension to eliminate spinal jarring when going over small gaps in paving?. Can you try the scooter before buying?. So many portable mobility scooters have poor ineffective suspension, so I would be looking for something with pneumatic (pump-up) types as these make a noticeable difference to the quality of the rise.
2. Weight. Can you bend down and lift the scooter up into the boot of your car? Could you bend down and fix and attached various components? There are some incredible light scooters on the market today, but most require some sort of assembly because lifting anything over 15kg is not that easy.
3. Ease of assembly. Unless you opt for a folding mobility scooter, which are heavy, you are going to have to put some parts of the scooter together. This can prove difficult if you're disabled and some of the cheaper mobility scooters lack the quality engineering that makes the assembly and dismantling easy and slick. I urge you to try the various scooter mechanisms yourself before purchasing.
4. Suitability. Swivel seat, driving range, user weight, left or right handed, leg room, straight leg