Where to begin in searching for the best mobility scooter?
How many times have you been out in public and seen someone riding on a mobility scooter and thought;
If only mum or dad had a mobility scooter… it would give them so much more independence and enable them to get out more.
But where do you start in looking for a mobility scooter? Is it like buying a car? Are there certain things that it needs to be able to do? Will the person riding it become stranded if they go out too far?
These are all questions I asked when researching mobility scooters.
In fact, I didn’t even know if mum (the person I was researching it for) would actually want to use it or if it would just sit in the corner being another fancy ornament with a motor…
Are you in a similar position to where I was?
This post should help you to learn about mobility scooters and give you some examples of the best ones on the market
The Boot Scooter ST1 is one of the more affordable mobility scooters on the market.
For less than £600, it does most things that the premium mobility scooters do, but for less money.
It is super easy to set up and to use.
(You will need someone able bodied to receive the delivery, and to take it inside as it is very heavy when all together in one box.)
Conveniently, this mobility scooter can be broken down into 5 parts, (the heaviest part weighs only 14kg) to enable you to take it with you in the car.
This also helps if there is limited room to store it, the whole scooter can be assembled by one person with limited mobility.
I love the 360 swivel chair, which makes it really easy to get on and off the mobility scooter.
(This is something people sometimes struggle with – having the confidence to get on and of a scooter if they have to get on sideways.)
The arm rests attached to the seat unit also aid in helping you get out of the sea with ease.
They also give a greater feeling of security whilst riding on the scooter, as there are no seat belts on mobility scooters, the arm rests helps you to feel more enclosed.
This mobility scooter is available in red or blue too which is nice, there is a detachable basket big enough for a few groceries and a newspaper.
The Boot Mobility scooter is suitable for use on pavements and other public places, but not on roads.
- Puncture proof tyres with added anti roll back mini wheels at the back.
- Anti roll back motor.
- Front basket.
- Adjustable tiller (handle bar column).
- Travel range of 8 miles.
- Can be dismantled easily.
- Supports a weight of up to 18 stone.
- Fitted with illuminated controls to make it easier to see the dial and buttons.
- No option for a raincover.
- No rearview mirrors.
- Awkward to dismantle if you’re in a hurry.
Top speed: 4 mph
Range: 6 miles
Ground clearance: 6.5cm
Price Range – Budget
Our rating – 7.5/10
The Go Go Elite easy fold is a slightly more expensive mobility scooter than the budget ‘Boot Scooter’.
It is a ‘class 2’ mobility scooter, which means you can drive it anywhere, including the pavement, just not on the roads – you don’t need to register it with the DVLA.
This mobility scooter has changeable panels, so you can customise and switch easily between red and blue.
The maximum user weight for the Go Go scooter is 21.6 stone.
There is an optional larger battery for this scooter, incase you are worried about the distance being too far and the mobility scooter running out of power.
The standard 12 Amp battery that is included will take you up to 16km, (10 miles), whilst the upgrade to the 18 Amp battery will travel up to 21km, (13 miles).
The maximum advised gradient of hill is 6 % to stay in control and safe on the mobility scooter.
If the mobility scooter is to be stored in a small house or bungalow, or taken out in a car, space won’t be too much of an issue;
This mobility scooter splits down into 5 parts, quickly and easily and can be built again quickly, it has an auto latching mechanism for building and dismantling.
If you’re trying to build it on a car park, you won’t get into a pickle!
- The frame can be easily separated with one hand.
- 360 swivel chair for easy mounting and dismounting.
- Sturdy arm rests.
- The steering column is pivoted at the bottom, to allow it to be lowered towards the seat, to make it suitable for different users.
- Fits in the car easily.
- Ideally shouldn’t be used in the rain.
- No mirrors or lights.
Max Speed: 4 mph
Range: 10 miles
Seat Height: Can be set at 40cm to 43.25cm depending on the height of the person
Ground clearance: 5.7cm
Weight of scooter: 40kg
Price Range – Budget
Our rating – 8/10
This is an advanced mobility scooter, it does cost a lot more, but has a lot more functionality and comfort.
It is also suitable for use on roads.
If the person is quite adventurous and wants to go further than the local shops, but doesn’t have the use of a car to transport them; the Shoprider scooter is suitable and beneficial.
This is a mobility scooter for enhanced freedom and ease of use.
It is not suitable for putting into a car and travelling with, it is just too big and heavy.
Something I really liked about this mobility scooter is that the controls can be fitted to be operated by either hand.
Say the person that the mobility scooter is for has trouble using their right hand, you can contact the seller beforehand and ask for the controls to be switched to be operated by the left hand instead of the right.
The mobility scooter is delivered almost completely assembled, in a huge box, on a pallet. Absolute minimal assembly is required, all you need to do is charge the battery and you’re good to go.
This mobility scooter feels extremely robust and has a reassuring feeling when you’re sitting in it.
It has to be registered with the DVLA as it is suitable for road use, this is a very simple process though, don’t worry.
- Two speed controls for road and for off road.
- Fully adjustable chair.
- Full suspension for a smooth ride and extra comfort.
- Large front basket.
- Hazard flashers and a horn – you need these to use a mobility scooter on the road
- Front and rear lights.
- Adjustable driving tilla (stick).
- Quite expensive, due to the higher performance criteria.
- No lid for the basket – this is a small detail, but it would be nice to know your belonging are safe in the basket which you can’t reach whilst sitting down.
- Quite bulky, would be difficult to drive it around some small shops.
Max Speed: 8mph
Range: up to 20 miles
Ground clearance: 8.8cm
Weight of scooter: 100kg
Price Range – Mid Range
Our rating – 8/10
This is a fantastically reliable mobility scooter.
Its top speed is 4mph, this is a standard speed for a Class 2 mobility scooter.
The great thing about this scooter is that it can drive up to 30 miles on one full charge.
If you or your relative is hesitant to invest in a mobility scooter for the fear of being stranded whilst out and about if their battery goes flat, the Drive Envoy, should settle their anxieties, when they learn that it can travel 30 miles before needing to be charged!
It is quite a big and robust mobility scooter, but not as bulky as the road suitable ones like the Shoprider Cadiz.
I love the handle bar design (‘Delta’) they can be held in a variety of ways, so if you are driving along and your wrists, fingers or hands start to ache, you can change the way you are holding the handles for relief.
This mobility scooter comes with air filled tyres, which are more comfortable and provide a smoother ride.
However, they are not as robust and long lasting as solid tyres.
(Solid tyres can be fitted for an additional cost.) Something worth thinking about – to avoid the worry of getting a puncture.
The maximum user weight is 25 stone.
- Delta handlebars for extra comfort.
- Long range of 30 miles from one charge.
- LED front headlight which will last a long time.
- All round suspension.
- Available in red, white or silver.
- Maximum gradient of 8 degrees.
- Variable speed control, for safe navigation in crowded areas!
- One rear view mirror, this helps put the rider at ease, knowing what or who is behind them.
- Comes with air filled tyres – these are great for extra comfort but can get worn quicker that solid tyres.
- Not easy to take apart for travelling – best used for trips that leave from the house and return to the house.
Max Speed: 4mph
Range: 30 miles
Ground clearance: 5.7cm middle, 3.5cm rear
Weight of scooter: 94kg
Price Range – Mid Range
Our rating – 7.5/10
This is a fantastic all round mobility scooter that is extremely reliable, safe and functional.
The comfortable padded seat is able to swivel using the lever to make it easy to get on and off this mobility scooter.
This mobility scooter has a maximum weight of 28 stone, which is more weight than many of the others available.
Two driving modes mean you can go forwards and backwards using the motor, or you can select the mode which enables you to freely push the scooter manually, ideal if the scooter is stored in a garage, or indoors somewhere.
The Pro Rider King has electromagnetic braking. – (This is a fancy name for auto braking.)
Basically, as the driver removes his or her foot from the accelerator, the mobility scooter will come to an automated, safe and quick stop.
This is a class 3 mobility scooter, so it can be used at 8mph on the road and 4 mph on the pavement.
Being a class 3, it has to be registered with the DVLA. This is a very simple and quick free process, the seller of this mobility scooter even supplies paper work for you to fill in and send off.
The thing I love about this scooter is that it can go up hills.
If you live in a hilly village, some of the mobility scooters wouldn’t be suitable or powerful enough to cope with the slopes; however this mobility scooter would cope just fine.
Even through this mobility scooter is a large and robust road worthy one it still has the ability to be folded down for easier storage or for transporting which is super useful.
(You probably wouldn’t want to fold it down and take it apart regularly, but should it need to be, at least the option is there.)
- Height adjustable seat.
- Foot rests.
- Steering wheel angle is adjustable.
- Front bumper.
- Detachable basket.
- Heavy duty tyres.
- Anti roll back wheels.
- Comes with a back up and warranty service, this company cares about their customers – if anything goes wrong, they will come out and sort it out for you.
- 2 modes of use – engine or push.
- Electromagnetic braking system.
- Great suspension.
- Headlight for night time driving.
- Maximum gradient of 12 degrees.
- No rear light – although it is advisable not to ride mobility scooters out in the dark, sometimes it is necessary. A back light is needed – these can be bought for a couple of pounds on Amazon.
- Expensive – because of the advanced features
Max Speed: 4mph for pavement, 8mph for road
Range: Up to 35 miles
Height: 129.5 cm
Width: 57.2 cm
Length: 133.4 cm
Ground clearance: 14cm
Weight of scooter: 96 kg
Price Range – Mid Range
Our rating – 9.5/10
A folding mobility scooter is the ideal type for someone who has limited storage in their home to keep it.
What could be better than a robust folding mobility scooter?
One that folds itself!
The Genie+ mobility scooter actually has this ability. You press a button, either on the key fob or on the back of the scooter and the whole thing folds in half into a compact bundle.
I absolutely love this feature and think it makes so much sense, especially for someone who would struggle to try and fold and manoeuvre heavy parts of a chair.
It also makes it much safer as the whole mobility scooter can be driven inside the house and then folded once inside.
If there isn’t room to store a whole mobility scooter in the home, they may be forced to store in outside or in a shed which could put it at risk of theft.
The Genie+ also folds itself back out when you want to use it. This is really convenient!
Aside from the self folding feature, the Genie+ also has electromagnetic brakes.
(Brakes which are automatically applied when the accelerator is not being pressed for extra safety precautions.)
This mobility scooter also has solid tyres which as more more resistant to wear and punctures.
The maximum weight for this mobility scooter is 21 stone and the maximum gradient of hill is 15 degrees, which covers you for many areas.
- Self folding and expanding mechanism.
- Anti roll wheels at the back.
- Very light, considering all of the features – could be lifted in the boot of a car by someone strong enough to lift 25kg.
- Solid tyres – more reliable than air filled ones.
- Electro magnetic brakes.
- Less mileage from a full battery than some of the other models of mobility scooter.
- Shame it is not a road scooter, (but this would make it a lot heavier.)
- Seat is not as padded as some of the other mobility scooters.
- Seat is not swivel.
Max Speed: 4 mph
Range: 9 miles
Weight of scooter: 25kg (Lightest mobility scooter I have come across.)
Price Range – Premium
Our rating – 9/10
The Green Power mobility scooter is a fantastic looking mobility scooter!
It is extremely robust and built to last. When I first looked at this trike mobility scooter, I thought you would have to lift your leg over the seat to get on it. However, this is not the case.
You just step up onto the foot platform and sit down like you would in a regular chair.
This wouldn’t be ideal for someone who isn’t so great with balance, you need a little strength and stability to step up onto the platform. (A conventional 4 wheel mobility scoter may be better if the person if it for has problems balancing.)
This mobility trike is road safe and can be driven at 8mph on the roads and 4mph on pavements and other public places.
The person driving this scooter can feel safe and secure with two rear mirrors for a clear view both sides of what is behind them.
This trike mobility scooter might be best suited to someone who is reluctant to use a conventional mobility scooter.
The thing I liked most about this mobility scooter is the fact that on delivery, a technician will arrive to help set the mobility scooter up for you. They will install it and walk you through how to use it, so that you feel confident in charging and using it.
(This is a free service from Green Power)
Another nice touch is that you get a free accessories bundle with the purchase of the mobility scooter. A rain cover – most mobility scooters do not come with a rain cover and this is usually something that has to be bought separately.
You also get a free phone holder and bottle holder. These are only small things but they are a nice addition. I was just happy that I found a mobility scooter that had the ability to add accessories like a bottle holder – my mum has a bottle of water by her side all the time!
This mobility scooter goes the standard speeds for on and off road, but also had a max speed of 20mph. Which is higher than any other I have seen.
It only takes 4 – 6 hours to charge the motor battery for this mobility scooter but out of that full charge you can travel up to 46 miles which is by far the furthest of all the scooters I researched.
- ‘VIP’ service – a technician will come to your house to install the mobility scooter and set you up with two to use it.
- It can be used on roads and off roads.
- It is the most stylish mobility scooter I have seen.
- Having three wheels actually makes it more stable than the regular four wheel mobility scooters.
- You get a free accessories package, these items would probably cost you around £20 – £40 bought individually.
- Really long distance – 46 miles.
- Quite expensive – in the premium price range.
- Awkward to get onto if you have bad balance.
- Large mobility scooter, perfect for roads for feeling safe but not so great for trying to navigate in pokey shops!
Max Speed: 20mph
Range: 46 miles
Ground clearance: 12cm
Weight of scooter: 105kg
Price Range – Premium
Our rating – 8.5/10
The best small mobility scooter in my opinion if the self folding and self expanding Genie+.
I love it because it actually has the ability to fold itself up for easy storage and to save the owner from struggling with the dismantling and set up when travelling.
The Genie is also the lightest mobility scooter I have found. It is only 25kg, which is incredibly manageable, compared to some mobility scooters labelled ”travel” which weight around 40-60 kg in one piece. (They break down into smaller pieces.)
It isn’t cheap, but for the functionality and ease of use, it is definitely worth a closer look.
My choice would be the Pro Rider King.
This mobility scooter has more functionality in terms of comfort and ease of use. The swivel chair makes is really easy to mount and dismount and it is also well padded for a more comfortable experience.
If your looking for a mobility scooter that can travel long distances, this one can go up to 40 miles on a single battery charge.
It can also cope very well with hills without losing power.
The Pro Rider King mobility scooter is for the serious traveller, it is suitable for use on roads as well as pavements and other public places.
An all rounder is every aspect, comfort, practicality and functionality. This mobility scooter will see you through many years of use and give you the confidence and freedom to enjoy life and get out more.
Did you enjoy my article? Do you have any questions about mobility scooters or need any help? I am more than happy to respond to any queries you may have so please feel free to contact me!