Not all mobility scooters are built the same and as technology and designs change, so do their effectiveness. In the past, a mobility scooter was seen as a luxury and wasn’t accessible to most people. Although their prices have come down over the years, they are still somewhat pricey, but they are not considered a luxury anymore.
When you reach an age where walking becomes painful, then a mobility scooter is like an assistive device. It should not be confused or compared to a wheelchair, because it is so much more than that.
If anything, it should be compared to a single-seater car. But what makes its design so important?
Mobility scooter pricing
When it comes to design and features, mobility scooter pricing is always going to come into play. As with anything else in life, the more features you add, the more expensive it becomes. Of course, there are also nice-to-haves and features which are non-negotiable.
Your needs will be the guiding factor when deciding on a scooter. These needs will also then determine which features you are willing to spend a bit more money on. Apart from the features that hike up the prices, the quality of the build is another indicating factor. Investing in quality is always a good idea.
Carry capacity is one of those features that is more specific for the individual, yet it is one that most scooters have. If you only want a device that can get you from point A to B, then you don’t need to go for a model that includes a basket.
If you use your scooter as a car and need to load your groceries, then a basket is a must. They come in all shapes and sizes and your load will determine which models you will be looking at.
When you live in an old age home or retirement village, then you don’t have to worry about the traveling distance that much. If you know that your scooter is your main mode of transport, then you need to look at the battery capacity of your ride.
Some models sacrifice comfort for distance as a lighter model will inevitably go further than a heavier model. The Golden Technologies’ Buzzaround EX Extreme 4-Wheel Heavy Duty Long Range Travel Scooter is one exception to the rule. It is one of the heavier models out there, but it has an 18-mile range.
The need for speed
When you reach the age where you have to make use of a mobility scooter, speed is often the last thing on your mind and class and size are more important. But when you are going to travel for longer distances, then you want to look at scooter models that provide a bit more speed.
On average, these scooters travel at speeds of around 5 miles per hour. The models that aim at speed, on the other hand, have no problem reaching speeds of up to 18 miles an hour. Their traveling distances are also much further, but they are generally not built for comfort.
Comfort is king
The last important feature of these mobility scooters is comfort. When you are still semi-mobile, then comfort is not the most important feature. All of these scooters have cushioned seats and there is a level of comfort if you are only going to travel for a couple of minutes at a time.
For the patrons who spend the majority of their days in these scooters, comfort is everything. Four-wheel models will generally provide a much smoother and stable ride. An adjustable seat is probably going to be the deciding factor.