Really Good Guide to Mobility Scooters

August 10, 2018 2 Comments

Really Good Guide to Mobility Scooters

Introduction to Mobility Scooters

This is your Really Good Guide to Choosing a Mobility Scooter. It is meant for people who are considering a mobility scooter because of limited or reduced mobility, or a disability that limits movement.

We like to think of an electric mobility scooter as your ticket to freedom. A mobility scooter is an alternative electric vehicle that will help you to live a more independent life, without having to rely on other people to navigate your own home or to enjoy the outdoors.

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In this Guide, we cover all the basics you need to know when choosing a mobility scooter, and make some recommendations for you to consider.

You or your loved one might be a good candidate for a mobility scooter if you answer YES to one or more of these questions:

  • Is your ability to walk is becoming more difficult due to an injury or illness?
  • Do you feel like you’re losing your freedom, as your ability to get around independently becomes more challenging?
  • Do you stay at home more often, avoiding trips to the store or visits with friends?
  • Do you have an old mobility scooter (model year 2016 or earlier) that does not have all the features and benefits of modern mobility scooters?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, or if you think that a loved one would answer YES, then you might be a perfect candidate for a mobility scooter.

It seems as though mobility scooters are everywhere these days, and it makes sense for our aging population. Mobility scooters are easy to use and allow you to preserve your independence. They are great for indoor and outdoor use, visiting friends, going shopping, and so much more. Some of the key benefits of modern mobility scooters include:

  • Freedom to go to the grocery store or mall without the need of a car
  • Visiting with friends and neighbors in the area without worrying about how far you have to travel by foot
  • Getting outside for some fresh air and feeling rejuvenated in the natural environment
  • Going on “walks” with friends and family, and not feeling like a burden
  • Traveling longer distance with ease, like at a NASCAR event, a County Fair or the local swap meet
  • Mobility Scooters are legally permitted on sidewalks, bike lanes, and all commercial properties (stores, malls, etc.)
  • Portable mobility scooters can be transported to vacation destinations or for RV camping

Choosing the Right Scooter for your Needs

But which mobility scooter is right for me? There are so many different kinds and models of mobility scooters on the market today, it can be a daunting task to decide.

Some scooters are lightweight and portable; others are full sized and meant to carry larger loads, and even go off-road. Mobility scooters also range greatly in price, from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. Making a smart decision can seem daunting, and very time-consuming. We’re here to help.

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In this Guide we will discuss the most important things to look for when researching mobility scooters, and the questions you should ask before choosing the right scooter for you or your loved one.. Some of the key questions to consider when shopping for a mobility scooter are the following:

  • How will you use your new scooter? Indoor only, outdoor only, a combination of indoor and outdoor? How long will you be travelling between charges (distance in miles)?
  • Will you be navigating road hazards like curbs and potholes, and going on steep or flat terrain?
  • How much weight will your scooter need to carry, including yourself and any cargo you carry?
  • Does your scooter need to be transportable? If so, will you be lifting it yourself into a vehicle, or using a carrier or lift?

Mobility Scooters are typically subdivided into 3 types: 3-wheel mobility scooters, which provide indoor and outdoor versatility; 4-wheel mobility scooters, which offer increased stability, especially in outdoor situations; and heavy-duty scooters, which are ideal for those who want a luxury ride, increased weight-carrying capacity, and the ability to handle rough terrain.

3-Wheel Scooters

3-Wheel mobility scooters have one wheel in front and two wheels in the rear, providing a stable platform for transportation. These are the best option if you require a scooter which is small and easy to maneuver. A 3-wheel mobility scooter requires less room to turn and are often more portable than other models.

3-wheel mobility scooter with man riding outside

3-wheel scooters are best suited if you need:

  • Compact for easy transport
  • Minimal transport pieces
  • Best indoor maneuverability
  • Modest battery range
  • Speeds of 5 mph or less
  • Low maintenance scooter
  • An excellent value

4-Wheel Scooters

4-Wheel mobility scooters are ideal for those seeking a highly stable platform, and the ability to ride over bumps in the road. A 4 wheel scooter often has a larger and more powerful motor, making it perfect for covering longer distances or going over steep hills. A 4-Wheel Scooter is perfect if you mainly intend to use the scooter outdoors.

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4 wheel scooters are best suited if you need:

  • Indoor and outdoor versatility
  • Best performance on outdoor terrain
  • Speeds over 5 mph
  • Battery range of 10 to 20 miles (varies by model)
  • Ability to travel longer distances
  • Use in large indoor environments
  • Low to mid-range price

Heavy Duty Scooters

Heavy-duty mobility scooters have a weight-carrying capacity of up to 500 lbs., and are well-appointed with luxury features not found on less expensive models. Heavy Duty Scooters offer excellent indoor and outdoor mobility for bariatric patients. They are equipped with heavy duty motors and bigger batteries, so they have the ability to travel longer distances and at higher speeds.



heavy duty scooter

Heavy-duty scooters are best suited if you need:

  • Weight capacity more than 500 lbs.
  • Larger seat size
  • Higher Speeds
  • Deluxe features like suspension, deluxe seating, and full lighting
  • A size that fits someone very large in stature

EWheels Medical EW-M34

EWheels is highly respected name in the world of mobility scooters; and now, with the formation of EWheels Medical Division, they are breaking new ground altogether. EWheels Medical develops, manufactures and distributes high-quality, FDA-compliant Electric-Powered Mobility Scooters.

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EWheels Medical enters the market with incredibly portable, and affordable, EW-M34. The search for a high-quality, indoor/outdoor scooter just got easier. Introducing the EW-M34 Portable Mobility Scooter.

The EW-M34 is packed with value, and has the longest range and lightest weight of any travel scooter on the market today.

The 4-wheel design ensures stability, and its size makes it easy to get around, no matter where you are.

The EW-M34 features a non-slip platform and swivel executive seat with movable armrests, making getting in and out, easy and convenient. And with a 300 pound capacity, it fits most riders with easy.

You’ll also find easy to use controls, and a delta tiller for complete control, even in tight environments. And with a 1o mile operating range, the EW-M34 is ready to go whenever you are.

With the EW-M34, it’s the details that make this scooter stand out. Like a large detachable front basket with carrying handles; bright LED headlights, heavy-duty front bumper, and designer aluminum wheels.

One of the most outstanding features of the EW-M34 is its ability to be broken down into 5 lightweight pieces, making transporting it from one destination to another a breeze. In just 5 easy steps, the EW-M34 is ready to go.

Key Features of the EWheels Ew-M34 Mobility Scooter

  • 100% ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Compliant
  • Speed control dial
  • Adjustable tiller for comfort fit
  • Height adjustable executive swivel saddle with movable armrests
  • Bright white LED front headlight and red rear hazard lights
  • Removable battery for charging on or off scooter
  • Disassembles into 5 pieces (none weighing more than 28 lbs)
  • Large, non-slip floor deck
  • Electric battery gauge
  • Executive saddle measures 17” x 16”
  • Adjustable armrests
  • Large detachable basket with carry handle
  • Electric horn
  • Reverse button
  • Key start
  • Heavy duty front steel bumper
  • Designer aluminum wheels with solid rubber tires (never get a flat)
  • FDA Certified

Ratings

Price: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Versatility: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Power: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Features: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Who is it for?

The EW-M34 is perfect for anyone looking for an affordable, portable scooter that is easily disassembled for travel. It provides a high level of stability, with a 4-wheel base, a wide, non-slip platform for your feet, and a swivel executive seat with adjustable armrests for easy access.

Our Price: $799 (Save $500)

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EWheels EW-19 Sporty

The EWheels EW-19 Mobility Scooter - aka the “Sporty” - is the most affordable, high-speed, long-range scooter on the market today.

It is simply an amazing personal mobility vehicle. Why amazing? Because for only $1,049, you get many of the features and benefits of mobility scooters costing twice as much.

ewheels ew-19 sporty mobility scooter from really good ebikes

Let’s start with it’s size. The EW-19 is a compact 3-wheel scooter, with a collapsable tiller and removable seat, making it idea for storage and travel.

But don’t let the compact size of the EW-19 fool you - this throttle-controlled scooter is fast, with 3 speed settings reaching speeds of up to 15 mph. And with its high-capacity battery, it can go up to 21 miles on a single charge.

Now take a look at the seat, which is so unique in the world of mobility scooters. Many scooters today come with oversized executive seats with adjustable armrests, but in keeping with its nickname, the “Sporty” a sleek comfort saddle that with an ergonomic backrest. The seat is also removable, making it perfect for travel.

The rear storage basket is not only extra large (11" x 20" x 10), but it comes with a wire mesh top, which can be locked in place to protect your valuables. Perfect for trips to the mall or other busy locations.

Key Features of the EWheels EW-19 Sporty

  • Perfect for Rough Roads and Unpaved Trails
  • Scooter Weight 128 lbs
  • Ships Fully Assembled and Ready to Ride
  • 100% ADA Compliant
  • Weight Capacity: 300lbs.
  • Speed: Up to 15 mph (speed varies based on riders weight, terrain and road surface etc.)
  • Distance: 21 miles per charge(distance varies on terrain, riders weight and road surface etc.)
  • Extra-Large, Covered Rear Storage Basket
  • Seat Size: 19” x 10” x 8” (D x W x H) removable
  • Seat Cushion Height: 28” from floor
  • Turning Radius: 111 “
  • Watts: 500 Watts
  • Motor Type: Hub Brushless Motor
  • Batteries: (4) 12v 12 Ah SLA Sealed
  • Dimensions: 55” x 26” x 38” (L x W x H)
  • Floor Clearance: 7”
  • Forward/Reverse switch: Yes
  • High/Med/Low Speed Control Switch": Yes
  • LED Lighting Package: Yes
  • Tire Size: 4”x 11”
  • Charger: 48 volt Smart Charger Included
  • Throttle Type: Variable Speed Control – twist
  • Key Start: Yes
  • Braking System: Rear Disc Brake, Front Drum Brake
  • Lighting Package: LED Front, Rear lights, Turn Signals, Brake Lights
  • Electric Horn: Yes
  • Battery Indicator: Yes
  • Front Suspension: Yes

Ratings

Price: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Versatility: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Power: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Features: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Who is it for?

The EW-19 is ideal for anyone seeking for an affordable, portable scooter. It’s fast and fun to ride, with a banana-style seat and sporty profile. If you need to transport a lot of cargo - like groceries for example - you will love the large rear basket with steel mesh top, which can be locked for security.

Our Price: $1,049 (Save $500)

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PET Pro Flex 500 Mobility Scooter

The Priority Electric Transportation (PET) Pro Flex 500 - originally known by the brand name Zappy Scooter - is one of the oldest mobility scooters on the market. It is very popular with people living in 55+ communities, especially where they can ride to the mall or local restaurants. Some customers also love the PET Pro Flex 500 for RV camping, and we also know that they are popular at NASCAR events.

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Sometimes people ask about the 350W PET scooter, and wonder if it’s enough for their riding needs. While it’s true that the PET 350 is a decent scooter, and $300 less than the 500W model at only $799, I think customers are generally more satisfied with the more powerful motor. This gives you better climbing ability, and is especially important for heavier riders.

The PET Pro Flex 500 weighs 112 lbs, but can be partially disassembled for travel. The seat is removable, so it’s a true Sit or Stand type scooter. And with wide base for your feet to rest, and a powerful front hub motor, the Flex 500 is a great all-around ride.

Not only that, the PET Pro Flex 500 has an 18 mile range on a single charge, and because of its unique three-wheel design, it has a very tight turning radius (great for navigating the aisles in a grocery store), and a front carrying basket. There is a convenient battery indicator on the center unit where the headlight is mounted.

PET Pro Flex 500 Mobility Scooter Key Features

  • 100% ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Compliant
  • Scooter Weight 112 Lbs.
  • Maximum Speed 18 mph
  • Portable: Folds to 28.5”
  • Forward/Reverse Control
  • Brake Lights and Brake Lock
  • 300 lbs. Carrying Capacity
  • Central LED Console w/ Battery Indicator, Headlight, Controls
  • Tool Set Included
  • 4-6 Hr. Charge Time
  • Backrest Seat Upgrade Option Available

Ratings

Price: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Versatility: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Power: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Features: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Who is it for?

The PET Pro Flex 500 Mobility Scooter is ideal for people who are looking for a reliable, feature-rich, portable scooter that isn’t too expensive. The PET Pro Flex 500 offers stand and sit options, with a removable seat that accepts a backrest upgrade, so it is idea for people cannot walk long distances without a rest.

Pro Flex 500 can travel in forward and reverse directions, and has a tight turning radius with excellent maneuverability, so it is perfect for trips to the grocery store or mall. It’s one of the oldest brands of mobility scooters on the market today, with a well-deserved reputation for quality and performance.

Our Price: $1,099 (Save $200)

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EV Rider Stand-N-Ride Pre-Mobility Scooter (Model SNR-1001)

Economical, practical and fun, the Stand-N-Ride Electric Scooter by EV Rider is a modern alternative transportation vehicle. The smooth, quiet ride will carry passengers up to 15 mph, and with its three-wheel design, the Stand-N-Ride Scooter is as stable as it is maneuverable.

evrider stand-n-ride mobility recreational scooter at really good ebikes

The Stand-N-Ride Scooter is a bestselling electric recreational/practical, pre-mobility scooter. Because of it easy of use, long range and speed, the Stand-N-Ride is excellent for warehouse applications, college campuses, shopping malls, enclosed parking garages, patrol by security officers, cruise ships, NASCAR races, or just about any other use where you need silent (no emission) green transportation.

The Stand N Ride Scooter is the one of the most easy to transport scooters in the market, with the heaviest part weighing only 43 lbs; it can be dismantled to fit in the trunk of a small car. The Stand-N-Ride comes apart in less than 30 seconds, into lightweight pieces, including the tiller, base frame, battery pack, basket and seat - all without the need for any tools.

Many of our customers are not ready for a four-wheel mobility scooter or wheelchair, but would like something more stable than a bicycle, to go shopping, visit friends, or just get a little fresh air and sunshine. Does that sound like you?

Then the EV Rider Stand-N-Ride Scooter might just be the perfect scooter for you. This extra stable, three-wheeled sit-or-stand scooter is perfect to give you that little bit of extra help you need to get through your day.

Whether you're headed to the mall, local park, flea market or just want to keep up a little better with the rest of your family. The Stand-N-Ride Scooter gives you so many options. You can ride it standing, or you can get a custom designed seat that attaches to the scooter, letting you sit in comfort while you scoot.

Key Features of the Stand-N-Ride Scooter

  • 100% ADA Compliant
  • 500 Watt 24V Motor
  • Forward and reverse speed
  • Disc brakes
  • Programmable controller to calibrate speed
  • Convenient, easy to remove battery pack
  • Oversized basket
  • Optional seat can be installed in the field
  • Optional flat-free tires
  • LED headlight and horn
  • Fully adjustable tiller to accommodate desired height
  • Black pneumatic tires and tubes
  • Foldable tiller for easy transport

Ratings

Price: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Versatility: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Power: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Features: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Who is it for?

The Stand-N-Ride scooter has a wide range of applications, from college campuses to cruise ships. If you like to stand and ride, this is a great and affordable scooter. With the addition of the comfort saddle, the Stand-N-Ride is also ideal as a mobility scooter, giving you the freedom to travel where and when you want to go - No car required.

Our Price:  ($999 no seat; $1,099 w/ seat) (Save $200)

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EWheels EW-20 Portable Mobility Scooter

The new value-packed EW-20 from EWheels is one of the best long range, high speed mobility scooters on the market today. This 3-wheel scooter is capable of reaching speeds of up to 15 mph, and can travel up to 21 miles on a single charge.

ewheels ew-20 mobility scooter at really good ebikes

The large, executive style swivel seat comes with adjustable armrests, make it easy to get on and off the EW-20. And with a stylish, designer chassis and LED headlight, you’re sure to turn heads.

The EW-20 is fitted with an extra-large wire mesh storage basket in the rear, which comes with a lockable top. It also features a cell phone holder, USB charging port, along with 3 different speed settings, that add to the safety and performance of this scooter.

For ease of transport, the EW-20 has a folding tiller and removable seat. The EW-20 comes fully assembled and ride-ready.

Key Features of the EWheels EW-20 Mobility Scooter

  • 100% ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Compliant
  • Weight Capacity: 300 lbs.
  • Speed: Up to 15 mph (speed varies on terrain, riders weight, road surface)
  • Range (Distance): 21 miles per charge (distance varies on terrain, riders weight, road surface, etc.)
  • Scooter Weight: 83 Lbs
  • Seat Type: Large Swivel Seat with Backrest
  • Seat: Size: 16” x 13.5” x 3.25” removable
  • Turning Radius: 53" with basket; 42" without basket
  • Watts: 500 Watt Brushless Hub Motor
  • Amps: 12 Amp Hours (Ah)
  • Forward/Reverse Switch: Yes
  • Speed Control Switch: Yes (low, medium, high)
  • Front Tire Size: 4” x 12”
  • Rear Tire Size: 4” x 11”
  • Charger: 48 Volt Smart Charger Included
  • Throttle Type: Variable Speed Control-twist
  • Key Start: Yes
  • Braking System: Rear Disc Brakes, Front Drum Brake
  • Lighting Package: LED Front, Rear Lights, Turn Signals and Brake Lights
  • Rear Storage Basket with Top: 8" x 16" x 8"
  • Scooter Weight: 128 lbs
  • Warranty: Limited – 3 Year Warranty

Ratings

Price: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐

Versatility: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Power: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Features: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Who is it for?

The EW-20 is perfect for people with slight to moderate mobility challenges, who want a sporty scooter for indoor and outdoor use. The EW-20 is ideal for anyone who want to go shopping with their scooter, leaving the car behind in the garage.

Our Price: $1,199 (Save $200)

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EV Rider HeartWay RiderExpress Scooter

The RiderXpress Scooter by EV Rider is truly like no other scooter on the market. It is a 4-wheel scooter design, but with the turning radius and therefore maneuverability. you would expect to find on a 3-wheel model.

ev rider riderxpress mobility scooter from really good ebikes

The 4-wheel platform gives the RiderXpress Scooter give the scooter a great deal of stability, and yet it is also incredibly portable. Not only that, but with full suspension, you will get a very smooth ride on the RiderXpress.

It is the only small, disassembling scooter available with a mono-shock suspension and a standard size (not mini) transaxle.

Key Features of the EV Rider HeartWay RiderXpress

  • 100% ADA Compliant
  • Ground Clearance: 2.8" for Easy Boarding
  • Length - Overall: 42" w/ Basket
  • Seat: 18" W x 15.5" D x 13.5" H
  • Turning Radius: 38.6"
  • Wheels; Solid Tires w/ Aluminum Alloy Rims
  • Weight with Batteries: 135 lbs
  • Weight of Heaviest Piece - Front Section: 46 lbs
  • Battery Type & Power: Sealed Lead Acid-AGM 2V 22 ah
  • Brake System: Electromagnetic Brake
  • Climbing Angle (Maximum Recommended): 12º
  • Charger Type & Time: 2 amp // 6 - 8 hrs
  • Driving Range: 12.5 miles
  • Load Capacity: 300 lbs
  • Motor: 450W Pole Brush Motor
  • Speed - Maximum: 5 mph
  • Basket: Front 12" L x 8.5" W x 8" D Black Wire Mesh
  • Color: Platinum Silver, Metallic Blue and Sunset Orange
  • Control - Display Type: Digital
  • Seat Type: Folding Mobility Seat w/Deep Cushion
  • Seat Features: Fold Down Seat Back // Flip Up Armrests w/Side Adjustment
  • Seat Swivel & Height Adjustment: 360º // 5" in / 13 cm
  • Tiller Type: Folding Angle Adjustable
  • Throttle Control Type: Wig-Wag
  • Anti-Tipper Wheels-Rear: Yes
  • Suspension: Articulated Front End / Mono-Shock Suspension Rear

Ratings

Price: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Versatility: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Power: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Features: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Who is it for?

The EV Rider HeartWay RiderXpress is ideal for riders looking for a stable mobility scooter with comfort, style and functionality. While a mid-size perfect for outdoor adventures, the RiderXpress is a tight turning radius for great maneuverability, and can be disassembled for easy transport.

Our Price: $1,399 (Save $300)

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2 Responses

Tammy Lynn
Tammy Lynn

September 01, 2018

Gosh Steve, you really helped me with this Guide. I was on the fence about which scooter would be best for me, and you really helped me decide. Thanks again. Best, T.

Norman J. Brown
Norman J. Brown

August 11, 2018

Thank you for helping me understand the different kinds of scooters available in today’s market. I have a scooter from 2015, and was just thinking about getting an updated model. This Guide is very helpful. Thanks.

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