The 2 Best Electric Mobility Scooters of 2017 [An Honest Review]

I think everyone will agree with me that buying a mobility scooter is a big investment.

Like any big investment, you will want to know what you’re getting into but how do you sort out the bad, the good and the best mobility scooters?mobility electric scooters freedom for the elderly, portable electric mobility scooter for seniors, electric mobility scooter, portable mobility scooter, power scooter, mobility scooter comparison guide, best mobility scooter 2017

 

 

Here’s what’s going to happen:

I’m going to show you the two best portable electric mobility scooters that are cheap enough and between them can accommodate pretty much any lifestyle.

I’ll explain how and why I think these mobility scooters are the most practical and competitive on the market – for anyone, whether you’re looking for a mobility scooter for seniors or even a handicap or disability scooter.

I’m going to be objective and scientific about this and go through them step by step, so even if you don’t agree with me…

…you’ll still find out what you need in a mobility scooter and know what to look for in the future.

Choosing a mobility scooter to buy can be overwhelming, especially the first time, but armed with the knowledge you will learn here, finding the perfect scooter for you will be a walk in the park.

THE Questions you need to ask to choose the Best Mobility Scooter for YOU

Here are the most essential questions you need to ask yourself before buying your mobility scooter.

A more in depth look at how to find the best mobility scooter for you can be read here.

How much do you need to invest in your scooter to get what value you need out of it?

The budget you will need will vary depending on your needs.cheap mobility scooter, electric mobility scooters for sale, best mobility scooter for indoors, best mobility scooter for outdoors

It’s very important to figure this out first because some of the top line scooters can be as expensive as $2000!

That being said, these scooters probably have a lot of bells and whistles that you won’t necessarily need that contribute to that hefty price tag.

Thinking about answers for the following questions will help get a ballpark figure for the kind of price range you should be considering for your personal situation.

Are you looking for a mobility scooter for the outdoors or is it just to help moseying around the house?

If you are the outdoorsy type then you may want to invest in a heavier duty scooter.

Make sure to go for a scooter with four wheels for that extra stability traveling over uneven ground.

On the other hand if the most you will do is pop down to your local shop once or twice a week, then you may prefer a lighter three wheeled scooter.

Here you will be trading that extra stability for more maneuverability (useful indoors for getting around those tight corners!).

Having articulated wheels will also be a great benefit for getting that bit more getting around power out of your scooter.

Do you need portable travel scooter? (As in bringing your scooter with you in the car or on public transport)

Some mobility scooters are aptly called “travel scooters”.

They are usually compact, and can either be folded or easily dismantled.

Depending on what kind of transport you will be using there may be other points to consider, such as the scooters weight and size and also how long it takes to dismantle / fold.

What kind of power source do you need for the range of journeys you will be making?travel mobility scooter, portable mobility scooter, power scooter, folding mobility scooter, electric mobility scooter

Popping down to your local shop might take five minutes for some people and it might mean FORTY-five minutes for others.

Some people may have a sidewalk all the way there and others may need to go on the road. Check what range your potential scooter has.

Also consider how long it will take to charge and where you can charge it.

It would also be nice to have a clear gauge to indicate the amount of charge you have left so that you don’t get stranded somewhere!

Okay, now what kind of bells and whistles do you need?

There are many different kinds of extra accessories you may need.

Some of them are actually a bit universal.

Some of the kind of accessories you may need include:

  • Headlight / tail lamp if it will be dark when you are using your scooter
  • Weather protection if you will be spending a lot of time outside (maybe detachable if you only use it outside occasionally)
  • Built in cane / crutch holder or shopping basket.

Check to see if these come separate and can just be “clicked” on to your scooter or if they are built in.

The number 1 personal question that will make your mobility scooter truly yours…

What dimensions and weight capacity do you need?portable electric mobility scooter for seniors, mobility electric scooters freedom for the elderly, medical scooter, handicap scooter, disability scooter

If you are on the heavier side or will be transporting heavy loads you may need a heavier duty scooter to cope with that extra weight.

Make sure the scooter you buy can handle it.

Also, make sure your scooter is big enough for you to comfortably use it.

Check the dimension sizes so that you don’t get a scooter that you keep slipping out of or have to twist to get into.

The best outdoor mobility scooter to get you out and about

If you’re leaning towards an outdoor mobility scooter, then I honestly think you should check out the Drive Medical Spitfire Scout Compact Travel Scooter, 4 wheel.

This scooter is a lightweight outdoor scooter, it’s great for both indoors and outdoors and very easy to use.

Look, at the end of the day…

…most people will only be concerned with getting out and around town to do their weekly shopping or a bit of socializing, and that is exactly what this scooter is designed to do – It even comes with a built in shopping cart.Drive Medical Spitfire Scout Compact Travel Scooter 4 wheel, mobility scooter for sale, cheap mobility scooter, best mobility scooter for outdoors

It’s not the Ferrari of mobility scooters, but it is a solid and reliable scooter for most people’s circumstances.

It blends a few of the considerations mentioned in the questions above and so makes an excellent all-rounder scooter.

These considerations include:

  • It is a lightweight scooter
  • It is easy to disassemble for transporting in the car. It breaks down into five manageable pieces
  • It’s 4 wheels give it excellent stability, even on uneven ground
  • It is adjustable so that it can be comfortable for people of any size. The armrests, seat height and the angle of the tiller (steering wheel) can all be adjusted. The seat also swivels through 180 degrees to make getting in and out of the scooter as comfortable as possible
  • You don’t need a lot of dexterity to steer the scooter. The handles have a special delta design to give you effortless control
  • Flat-free, non-marking tires and anti-tip wheels
  • It is very reasonably priced compared to other scooters like it on the market
  • It has a weight capacity of up to 300 lbs

Another model is also available that has an extended battery to give you a much longer range.

The one downside of the scooter is that it is not really weather proof.

In heavy rain you would be better off waiting it out or you would have to invest in an accessory to the scooter to give you some protection from the elements.

This is not included.

In snow you may struggle with low ground clearance.

Overall though, it is a very popular scooter. Just check out its rating and the amount of reviews it has!

The best indoor mobility scooter to just make home life easier

On the other hand, if you will mainly be using your new mobility scooter indoors, then the four wheel may not be the best option for you.

It’s not a bad option by any means but you will be able to squeeze that much more benefit out of the three wheel version: Drive Medical Spitfire Scout Compact Travel Power Scooter, 3 Wheel.

This scooter is very similar to the 4 wheel version. It also has the advantages that:

  • It is a lightweight scooter
  • It is easy to disassemble for transporting in the car. It breaks down into five manageable pieces
  • It is adjustable so that it can be comfortable for people of any size. The armrests, seat height and the angle of the tiller (steering wheel) are all, once again adjustable.
  • The seat still swivels through 180 degrees to make getting in and out of the scooter as comfortable as possible
  • You don’t need a lot of dexterity to steer the scooter. The handles have a special delta design to give you effortless control
  • Flat-free, non-marking tires and anti-tip wheels
  • It is very reasonably priced compared to other scooters like it on the market
  • It has a weight capacity of up to 300 lbs
  • An extended battery for a longer range and hence longer time between charges is also available for this model as well

This version of the scout compact travel power scooter was specifically designed for indoor use and so boasts a few extra features as well, including:Drive Medical Spitfire Scout Compact Travel Scooter 3 wheel, small indoor mobility scooters, best mobility scooter for indoors, cheap mobility scooter

  • Having three wheels to decrease the scooter’s turning radius. The three wheel scooter has a turning radius of 45.5” which makes steering yourself through doorways and around furniture that much easier
  • An extended footboard to accommodate taller people

These design choices do come at a price though, namely stability.

Having only three wheels does make it easier for your scooter to tip over if you try and take a turn or bend to sharply.

Also, if you do venture outside with your scooter you would be well advised to watch out for uneven terrain, like roots, rocks or cracks in the pavement.

The three wheel scooter won’t handle these as well as the four wheel would.

However this is a very well designed scooter and has left a lot of people very satisfied with their purchases. Check out what they have to say.

So Which Mobility Scooter is right for you?…

This table summarizes the features and characteristics of both scooters:

 Scout Spitfire 3 WheelScout Spitfire 4 Wheel
Weight Capacity300 lbs300 lbs
Top Speed4.25 mph4.25 mph
Maximum Range9 miles9 miles
Turning Radius53.75"45.5"
Climbing Angle
Charging Time8 - 12 hours8 - 12 hours
Ground Clearance2.5"2.5"
Dimensions42.5" (L) x 20.5" (W)42.5" (L) x 21.5" (W)
Floor to Seat Height17" - 19"17" - 19"
Seat Dimensions16.5" (W) x 16" (D)16.5" (W) x 16" (D)
Wheel Base Dimensions32.7" x 16.5"31.9" x 16.9"
Total Weight85 lbs94 lbs
Wheels8" x 2" Flat-Free Anti-Tip8" x 2" Flat-Free Anti-Tip
BrakesElectromagneticElectromagnetic
Can Be Easily DisassembledYesYes
Seat Can Be AdjustedYesYes
Seat Can SwivelYesYes

I think these are both fantastic products and I can’t recommend them enough.

But, you need to buy a mobility scooter that will suit you and that will be different for different people.

At the very least you should go check out these scooters and read a bit about what hundreds of other people have to say about them.

Doing this will give you a better idea of what these scooters are like and help you make a more informed purchase.

If neither of these models are for you, you will know why and be able to start looking for a more appropriate scooter.

Go check them out by clicking on their images below:

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10 Frequently Asked Questions (And Their Answers…)

Q: Do these scooters come with warranties?

Yes! Both mobility scooters have Drive Medical’s warranty.

This warranty lasts for various lengths of time from the date of purchase, depending on the component in question:

COMPONENTWARRANTY LIFETIME
FrameForever
Electronic Controller24 months
Drive Train Components24 months
Batteries12 months

You can read the warranty itself here.

 

Q: Do these scooters have much room for accessories?

There is space below and on the back of the seat for accessories such as cranes, crutches or even an oxygen tank.

Q: Does the battery and charger come with the scooter?

Yes, both a charger and a sealed battery come with both scooters.

There are two options for charging the scooter:

  • Remove the battery to charge separately
  • Plug the scooter directly into your outlet

To get the full range of your scooter you should charge it for between 8 and 9 hours.

More specific instructions will be in your user manual.

Q: What is the ground clearance of these scooters?

Both scooters have a ground clearance of 2.5”.

Q: What is the weight capacity of these scooters?

Both scooters can handle up to 300 lbs.

To clarify, you don’t need to factor in the weight of the scooter itself – This is an additional weight that can be placed onto the scooter.

Q: Can these scooters go in reverse?

Yes, both scooters can go in reverse.

Whether you’re in a shopping mall or at home these scooters are designed to give you as much mobility as possible – and that includes being able to back up to re-orientate yourself.

Q: How do these scooters do over different terrains?

Both scooters are fitted with 8″ x 2″ Flat-free hard plastic tires.

They handle various bumpy terrains quit well, though it’s not an all-terrain vehicle and so doesn’t have much suspension.

Over terrains like gravel, carpet, pavement or dry grass you won’t have any problem.

You should avoid wet or slippery surfaces though in case you lose traction.

Q: How do these scooters do on different inclines?

Both scooters have an incline rating of 6°.

Going up an incline will use up the battery more quickly and so you are better off going up hills slowly.

Q: How much do these scooters weigh?

The Drive Medical Scout Compact Travel Power Scooter, 3 Wheel, when fully assembled weighs 85 lbs.

The Drive Medical Scout Compact Travel Power Scooter, 4 Wheel, weighs 94 lbs.

The difference is due to the different base, which is the heaviest and bulkiest component of both scooters.

Q: What are the top speeds of these scooters?

Both scooters have a top speed of 4.5 miles per hour.

As a comparison the average human walking pace is about 3 miles per hour and you’re technically at running speed at 6 miles per hour.

Great places to learn more!

If you are still not sure which scooter you need you may want to do a bit more exploring on the topic.

There is a ton of great information out there!

Here is a selection of pages I found useful.

Go check them out and then come back and re-evaluate these scooters again.

  • Aging Tree is a great resource for senior care
  • Fish Insurance put together a great buying guide and information pack on mobility scooters. They are focused on the UK though
  • Clearwell Mobility and TGA Mobility are both UK based suppliers of mobility scooters with excellent buyers guides