Useful Information for First-Time Mobility Scooter Buyers

Useful Information for First-Time Mobility Scooter Buyers

Posted by Susan T. on Sep 18th 2020

Want to help a loved one by giving them the gift of mobility? Consider buying them a lightweight folding mobility scooter or portable scooter. A mobility scooter can help them become more independent, return some quality of life, and help them regain control over their daily routine. It can help the user maintain an active, healthy lifestyle by improving their ability to keep going to the places they want and doing the things they want to.

If you are buying a mobility scooter for the first time, you want to make sure that you’re buying the right one. Read on to learn some useful information to consider when considering different devices.

Consider What the Scooter Will Be Used For

Mobility scooters come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and functions. Each designed to meet a specific goal for the user. Lightweight folding scooters or portable scooters focus on portability without compromising on strength and function. On the other hand, rugged power scooters may focus on increasing the variety of places the user can go. So consider the environment in which the scooter will be used to help narrow down the type of scooter you want to purchase.

How Fast Do Mobility Scooters Go?

Speed capabilities vary between different makes and models. The top speed of most mobility scooters is between 4-5 mph;however,some models can reach a top speed of 18 mph. Similarly to the above point, consider what goals the scooter is helping accomplish when deciding what the needs are in regard to top speed.

Battery Life and Operating Range

A typical mobility scooter can go up anywhere from 10-15 miles on a single charge. Top-of-the-line models can go up to 25 miles or higher before running low on power. A scooter’s range will be impacted by many factors such as the user’s weight, inclines, nature of the terrain, tire pressure, and temperature. Each of these are major factors to be considered when selecting the right scooter for you or your loved one.

Turning Radius

A typical mobility scooter has a turning radius in the range of 33 to 55 inches. Will the scooter need to be nimble with a smaller turn radius? It may be worth considering a three-wheel scooter instead of a four-wheel. A three-wheeled model will have a better turning radius than a four-wheeled model. If the scooter is going to be used more outside, the added stability of a four-wheel scooter may be preferable.


Most scooters are designed to support anywhere between 250 and 300 pounds. Some heavy-duty models can support up to 500 pounds. However, heavy-duty models are usually bulkier than traditional models. Some heavier models neither fold nor disassemble easily. Remember, the heavier the mobility scooter, the more consideration you will need to make when transporting it.

Maximum Incline

The maximum incline of a scooter can be defined as how much of an angle it can climb safely (all its wheels should be on the ground). Most models can handle inclines of anywhere between 6 and 12 degrees. If you plan to drive your scooter on different outdoor terrains, look for a model with the power and ability to handle steeper angles.

Mobility Masters offers a large selection of mobility scooters and other products to help your loved ones retain independence and quality of life. Whether you need a lightweight folding mobility scooter, heavy-duty model, or a lift chair we have you covered. Equipped with a range of features, our mobility scooters are made from high-quality materials designed for comfort, ease of use, and function.

Need help making such an important decision? Our expert staff have years of experience with helping families pick the perfect fit for their loved ones. Please call us at (800) 936-7006 today. Let us help you through your life’s journey.