Mobility Scooter Buyers Guide – All You Need to Know

The Best Mobility Scooters

As we said above, the market for mobility scooters is a very competitive one with many different manufacturers, makes and models, let alone a choice of types of scooter across a wide range of budgets. That’s why we chose ten to review, and here we will take a brief look at each one, and point you in the right direction to check out our full and comprehensive reviews.

Style+ Mobility Scooter


We thought it best to start with what we consider a standard type of scooter; the Style+ is a cleverly designed, compact and versatile model with many fine features, and comes highly recommended by satisfied users. It has four-wheel suspension and full padding for comfort, can take you up to 10 miles between battery charges, has fully adjustable tiller, seat height and armrests, and is light and compact enough to be carried in the back of a reasonably-sized car or van. This is a no-nonsense mobility scooter that is also suitable for use with a full range of accessories – you can find reviews of them on the website – and if you check out the Style+ Scooter Review you will find that, at around £600, it is decent value, too.

Pride Go-Go Elite Traveller LX


This is another excellent mobility scooter that is of the standard design, and one that comes with a wide variety of features that make it well worth a look. It’s in the same price bracket to the one above, so is good value, and will get you from A to B in comfort thanks to decent padding and good suspension. It is also very capable with a sensible top speed of 4mph, and comes with a wide range of safety features for added peace of mind. A cleverly designed high-level charging point makes it easy for everyone to use, and it also comes with a set of changeable panels so you can customise the body colour to your taste. All in all it’s a great choice, and if you read the review you will find it is very much one that will get the job done for you, and one that is certainly worthy of including on your shortlist.

TGA Mobility Vita X Deluxe


Among our reviews of mobility scooters we have chosen a few that stand out from the crowd, as they are not what you would expect from such a device. The TGA Mobility Vita X Deluxe is one such model, and it is very special indeed. However, we will say that this is not your average mobility scooter for popping to the shops – although there is no reason it cannot be used for such – but one that covers a much broader scope of use. It is designed for off-road use as much as anything else, and hence is the one for people who are a little more adventurous than the average user.

It looks great, goes superbly, is very powerful and has superb suspension. It’s also beautifully made and very impressive when it comes to performance and safety features. Put simply, if you want a mobility scooter that allows you to get off the beaten track, this could be the one for you, but bear in mind you will have to pay around £5000 – that’s five thousand pounds – for it, so you really have to want one to buy one.

Explorer 4


After the excess and – some would say – madness of the above model, the Explorer 4 brings us back to earth, and is a superbly made, very compact and surprisingly agile machine of the standard variety. Where this model wins is in its battery technology; you can travel as many as 18 miles on a full charge – that is much further than many similarly priced machines – and it also carries you in superb comfort and is easy to control. A dual-braking system is extremely effective and brings you to a halt very quickly, while 360-degree seat rotation means ease of access for those with even the most limited mobility. It’s well-built and can be used with a wide variety of accessories, and at less than £700 is also very sensibly priced.

STD-1 Portable


There are many standard features of this one that make it a great choice for your shortlist, not least its extremely portable dimensions. This one is designed to get you around and about – to and from the home or wherever you might want to go – easily and with little effort, and it can also be broken down into a series of pieces for ease of transport in the back of a car, and can be put back together in no time at all, so clever and efficient is the design.

This model can take you for up to 6 miles on one battery charge, so there is no problem doing the shopping trips, and is very light compared to some others in this range. It is also a neat design that is one of what we would call ‘no-frills’ – you get what you need and what you want, and the job gets done – as well as offering excellent comfort, great adjustability and a powerful braking system for extra safety. This one is a little more than £600, and a very good price for what it can do for you.

Ability Superstore Curlew


Think of a mobility scooter, and you likely think of a small, four-wheeled buggy that zips up and down the pavement carrying an individual and their shopping. This one, the Curlew, is somewhat different – unique, even – and has many clever features that make it stand out from the crowd. For a start, this is a three-wheeled model that is very cleverly designed, especially when it comes to being compact and easy to carry around. Indeed, when folded down – it can be collapsed to a very small shape and comes with its own carry bag – it weighs no more than 20kg, which makes it ideal for those who want a compact and easy to move device.

The Curlew is comfortable, clever and very versatile, and comes with sensible padding on the seats and fully adjustable fittings. It is perfect, in fact, for anyone who travels by train or bus, or even in a car, and needs a portable scooter at the end of the journey. So, what’s the catch? Well, to be fair, it’s not really a catch, but this one will cost you around £2000. That is considerably more than your average standard scooter, but it is a very clever and able machine that is extremely popular with users, so well worth a look.

Drive Medical Envoy 4


Some standard-type mobility scooters go that little bit further, and this one – the Drive Medical Envoy 4 – is one that offers everything you could possibly need from a scooter, and that bit more besides. It’s made by a company that specialises in such machines for people with disabilities and mobility problems, and as such is a carefully considered, well-made and very versatile machine that ticks all the boxes. However, it costs around twice the price of some of these on here – about £1200 – so what do you get for your extra money?

Quite a lot, as it happens! The steering system is designed especially for those who have grip problems, and is superbly easy to use. The battery pack gives a colossal 30-miles on one charge, which is pretty much unbeatable. It can be dismantled for ease of carriage and, when in use, is a substantial and capable machine, and it has full suspension and 360-degree seat movement for ease of access. Is it worth the extra money? We always say that if you can, buy the best you can afford; in this price bracket, we reckon this machine is the best you will find.

Scout Light Weight Mobility Scooter


Back to basics with this model, and that is no bad thing for if you are looking for a cheap and usable mobility scooter, one that comes with all the right features including sensible safety measures and more, at around £550 this could be the one for you. It is light weight, as the name suggests, and is very compact – like all the best designs it can be broken down into pieces for transport and easy reassembly – and it will also fit in the back of an estate, MPV or van in one piece.

It’s comfortable, well-made and can be adjusted in all the areas you want it to be, it is simple to use and performs well with a range of 10 miles – more than some models at much higher prices – and it is a very sensible choice if all you need is a basic, simple and versatile scooter that will get you from one place to another, and that can be fitted with all the usual accessories for carrying shopping and other items.

 

Drive Royale 4 Sport


This model is one that takes things to a different level, and while we like it, we do have concerns about its price. It will cost you over £5000 – a lot of money when you can get a perfectly decent mobility scooter for not much more than a tenth of that price – so what makes it worth the extra?

Well, it comes from one of the best and most accomplished makers in the business, and it is very well made from top quality materials. It has a very powerful motor – much more so than most – that gives it a perfectly able top speed of 8mph, and it also offers an excellent range of 37miles on one full charge. It is very comfortable, with more than adequate padding and lumbar support, and has one of the best all-round suspension systems we have seen. It is packed with safety and comfort features, too, and is fully adjustable. Is it worth the price? There is no doubt this is one of the best motor scooters around, so if you want the best, this is up there on your shortlist.

That’s a few of the very best of the mobility scooters on the market today, and we have taken the trouble to make sure we covered all the available specifications, types and budgets that the market offers. As you can see, there are many to choose from, so in addition to checking the specifications, what can you do to make sure you get the best one? You could have a serious think about what it you want out of a mobility scooter, so here are a few pointers.

Which is For You?

With so much to look for in a mobility scooter, it is important you have all the information to hand that can help you make the right decision. That’s why we put together not only this buyer’s guide, but also our series of in-depth reviews of the best models on the market. The choice comes down to a couple of important factors, so a quick recap:

What Do You Need It For

If you want a scooter for simply going back and forth to the shops or other daily destinations, then there are plenty of models that are comfortable and very versatile for much less than £1000 to choose from, and we have reviewed a few for you to help you see what you have to choose from. If you want something more, a model that can go long distances or off-road, for example, there are also models that will do the job, so check our reviews for more information.

What Can You Afford

Budget is always a point to consider, so how much can you afford? There are models here that cost under £700 that do a perfectly good job, and those that go into the thousands of pounds that offer you something extra. It’s all about the above – what you need – and what you want to spend, so choose wisely!

That’s our buyer’s guide for you, and remember, it is best used in conjunction with the individual reviews that we have put together for you, and that are linked on here. Have a good look and make a decision on an informed basis, and we hope you find one that does the job for you.

The mobility scooter is an excellent invention that has brought a new lease of life to people who are not able to walk for anything more than a short distance, to the elderly and to those with certain disabilities. Developed from the concept of the motorised wheelchair, there are many different makes and models of mobility scooter on the market, and each has its own attributes and benefits.

In such a competitive market it can be difficult to decide upon the right model to buy, and that’s why we have put together this brief guide to motor scooters. We have included details of what you need to look for when deciding which scooter to buy. We have also given you links to some of the may detailed and informative reviews we have put together about individual scooters, including an idea of what you should pay and more.

So, if you are reading this, you have likely decided you need a mobility scooter, either for you or for a loved one; let’s have a look at the many factors that come into the equation when comparing mobility scooters.

The Main Features

A mobility scooter, like many items, is designed for a very specific purpose – to enable people who otherwise could not to get out and about and lead a more enjoyable and fruitful life. What you will find as we go through this buyer’s guide is that there are some features that are exclusive to certain types of scooter, and these can have an effect not only on the ability and performance of the vehicle, but also on the price. As budget is always a priority, we have included a guide to the expected price to pay for each one.

Bear in mind also that as mobility scooters are often bought for people with registered disabilities, they may be available with VAT-free discount schemes. It is worth checking with the relevant parties to find out if this applies to you. Here’s a list of the main and most important features you should look for when buying a mobility scooter, and why they rank so highly.

Comfort

If you are going to use a mobility scooter, you are likely to use it for long periods of time travelling between, for example, your home and the shops, or to visit friends nearby. This is why a mobility scooter has to be comfortable, and comfortable enough to sit on and use for some lengthy periods of time. All of the scooters we reviewed are designed for prolonged use if required, and feature padded seats that are comfortable enough for regular use.

Some also have adjustable back-rests and further comfort devices, so you can be sure that you will enjoy your motor scooter. If you have specific problems with your back or joints, there are some scooters that are produced by companies aiming specifically at this market, so make sure you check those out.

Range

All mobility scooters are battery-powered vehicles and, as a result, have a limited range. As most will be used for occasional trips to the shops, the social club, friend’s houses and the likes of church, they will be perfectly suitable. They can be charged from the mains – plus your scooter in at home and leave it overnight and it will be ready for you in the morning – so you can get up and go when you need to.

Range of scooters on a full charge varies by the model; some can manage six or eight miles on a full charge, which is perfectly adequate for a shopping trip. There are some heavy-duty models that will give you as much as 18miles on a full battery, so you can get yourself out and about, perhaps for a walk in the country with the family, without the worry of being stranded. Check our reviews, and the manufacturers specifications, so you can see what you are looking at before you buy.

Practical

The mobility scooter is a practical device that is designed for a specific purpose, and as such, practicality should be an in-built part of the design. The scooter should be easy to use – most have a single-hand control that is designed to control speed and direction – and also should be simple to start and get going, as well as being safe and secure. The scooters we have reviewed are made to a high standard and offer all the practicalities you need in such a device, so you can check the specification before you make your shortlist.

Adjustable

Even the most standard type of mobility scooter comes with a range of adjustable features, so you can tailor your scooter to give you the ultimate in comfort every time. Makers recognise that people are different shapes and sizes, so you will find that the majority of scooters are designed to take weights of 20stone or perhaps more.

Also, you will find they have adjustments to many areas, including the handlebars, seat height, back position and – most importantly for some – the armrests, so you can find the ultimate comfort level for you. Our reviews will tell you how adjustable each mobility scooter is, so you can make a decision on all factors that you consider necessary.

Power and Speed

Speed may not be the most important factor when it comes to a mobility scooter, but you want one that can get you from A to B in the least possible time, and with the least possible effort. The scooters we have reviewed offer a minimum top speed of 4mph, which is more than adequate for daily use on and around your local paths, and some can go considerably faster – although we don’t advise using excessive speed where pedestrians are in the vicinity!

Safety

This is a primary consideration with any moving vehicle, and where mobility scooters are concerned it is one of the most important. Not only does the occupant and user need to be safe – hence the addition of non-tip wheels so you cannot go over backwards and – perhaps most important of all – efficient brakes, which are usually electronically controlled for added effectiveness.

Build Quality

A mobility scooter will cost at least a few hundred pounds and, as such, is a major purchase for most people. This is why we have chosen to review scooters that are made by some of the best-known names in the business and that have been built to a high standard, and that will last you a long time. Steel frames and quality fittings are of the highest importance, and you will also find that they require very little maintenance in order to keep them going throughout the year.

Compact

Many people buy a mobility scooter so they can use it to get to and from home to the shops, social occasions or for other reasons, but some people like to go a bit further afield. Whether you drive yourself or have people who can drive you places, a scooter that can fit on the back of an estate car or MPV is a bonus, and most of our models are designed to do so.

Some are small enough to go into a small van-sized vehicle in one piece, but others may be broken down – in just a couple of minutes – into a series of sections for carrying, and are then easy to put back together again in no time at all. If this is important to you, it applies to many of the standard models as well as the more specialised ones, so you can choose a scooter that does what you want at your price level.

Budget

Before we go on to look at some of the more impressive models we have reviewed, we have to consider the budget; for every purchase there will be an available price range for each buyer, and as there are some specialist models among our reviews we cover every price angle from a few hundred pounds to a few thousand, so it is essential you consider carefully what you want and need before you choose your ideal model.

That’s a few of the main factors you need to consider when you’re looking at buying a mobility scooter, and you may well have your own ideas to add. Our reviews will help you get a better idea of which one has the features that are right for you, so to help you out, let’s have a quick look at some of the mobility scooters that we chose as our preferred models.

 

Leave a Comment