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What Type of Mobility Scooter Is Right for Me?

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With a bewildering amount of makes and models to choose from, it can be difficult to know what type of mobility scooter is right for you.

To help you to take the hassle out of choosing, we researched the market and handpicked our collection based on the things that are important to you. Build quality, ease of use, performance, and of course price.

 

What Types of Mobility Scooter Are There?

The easiest way to get started is to think about what you are going to use a mobility scooter for. We’ve arranged ours into three categories, based on the most popular uses for each type of scooter.

 

Mini Portable Mobility Scooters

A portable mobility scooter is the smallest type of mobility scooter available. They are lightweight and designed for everyday use, making them ideal for days out and shopping trips. Their small frames make them the easiest of all scooter types to disassemble, store, and transport.

Our favourite mobility scooter in this category is the Pride Go Go Elite Traveller.

Pride Go Go Elite Traveller

The frame can be separated with one hand, and easily disassembles into 5 lightweight pieces.

Pride Go Go disassembled

Charging the Pride Go Go is easy. You can choose to remove the battery and charge it in your home, or simply plug it in while the scooter is fully assembled.

Despite its small size, you will also find it seat post suspension to reduce vibration over rough surfaces, and solid non-scuffing tyres for increased durability.

Pride Go Go side view

There is a generous storage basket on the front, and it even includes 2 sets of interchangeable coloured panels to choose from, red or blue.

With a top speed of 4mph and a maximum range of 10 miles, the Pride Go Go is the perfect companion for navigating busy pavements and trips to the supermarket.

 

Mid-Range Scooters

A mid-range mobility scooter is, as the name suggests, a medium sized scooter designed to tackle longer journeys and suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Increased comfort and versatility comes from more robust suspension to smooth out bumps, a fully adjustable chair, and pneumatic tyres as standard.

Despite being more capable than their smaller counterparts, many mid-range mobility scooters remain portable and can be separated into easy to manage parts.

Our favourite mobility scooter in this category is the Sterling Sapphire 2.

Sterling Sapphire 2

As a mid-size scooter, the Sterling Sapphire 2 is a great all-rounder, for both indoor and outdoor use. It is also remarkably portable, separating into 4 easy to manage parts.

Sterling Sapphire 2

Comfort is provided by shock absorbing pneumatic tyres, and a fully upholstered, height adjustable seat. Fold-up armrests make getting in and out of the scooter safe and easy.

Sterling Sapphire 2

The innovative delta tiller steering system allows maximum control with minimum effort, ideal if you suffer from arthritis or lack strength in your arms or hands.

Powerful LED lights on the front and rear ensure you’ll always be seen, and an ergonomic floor panel design provides best in class legroom.

The Sterling Sapphire 2 can accommodate users up to 23 stone, and cover up to 19 miles on a single charge. Previously only available in grey, we’re now able to offer this popular scooter in either red or blue.

 

Road Legal Scooters

A road legal mobility scooter, also known as a Class 3 mobility scooter, is generally the largest and most comfortable of all mobility scooters on the market.

To comply with legislation, all road legal mobility scooters have lights, indicators, horn, and rear-view mirrors as standard. You will also find large pneumatic tyres, all-round suspension and a fully adjustable captain seat for increased comfort and support.

Our favourite mobility scooter in this category is the Shoprider Grande.

Shoprider Grande

Made with comfort in mind, the Shoprider Grande benefits from a full-size adjustable captain seat with armrests and a padded headrest for added support.

It features a full suspension system able to cope with a number of indoor and outdoor terrains, and large pneumatic tyres to tackle uneven surfaces with ease.

Shoprider Grande

The delta tiller steering system is angle adjustable and can be operated easily with just one hand.

Extra features include full LED lights with indicators and hazard lights, as well as a handy USB charging port perfect for your phone or mobile devices.

Shoprider Grande

With powerful 50 amp hour batteries, the Shoprider Grande can travel up to 18 miles on a single charge, and reach speeds of up to 7.5mph.

Top speed can be limited to 4mph, and with a turning radius of just 168cm, the Shoprider Grande is perfectly adaptable to pavement or indoor use.

 

Do I need a driving license to drive a mobility scooter?

You do not need a driving license of any kind to drive a mobility scooter. However, there are some things that you need to know.

  • Class 3 invalid carriages must be registered with the DVLA. Road legal mobility scooters, also known as ‘Class 3 invalid carriages’ can be used on the road. They have a maximum speed of 4mph off the road and 8mph on the road.
  • Class 2 invalid carriages do not need to be registered. Mini portable mobility scooters and mid-range mobility scooters, also known as ‘Class 2 invalid carriages’ cannot be used on the road. They have a maximum speed of 4mph.

You can find the forms to register your Class 3 mobility scooter from DVLA’s online ordering service.

 

Do I need insurance to drive a mobility scooter?

You do not need insurance of any kind to drive a mobility scooter. You may decide to buy mobility scooter cover to protect against things like accidental damage, theft, vandalism, and even breakdown.

If you would like any help or advice about mobility scooter insurance cover, please do get in touch!

 

What Else Do I Need to Consider When Buying a Mobility Scooter?

You may want to consider features such as LED lights, and an adjustable steering system to make sure you can steer and drive easily, safely, and confidently without pain or discomfort.

If you would like a spare or replacement battery for your mobility scooter, we can help you choose the right one to get you moving again.

Other information such as maximum user weight, seat width, turning radius, and colour options can be found when you click to view a product.

If you can’t find a specific piece of information, please email sales@feneticwellbeing.co.uk or give us a call on 0800 567 7618.

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