Though you’ve probably already researched the differences between 3- vs. 4-wheel scooters and indoor vs. outdoor scooters, you might not realize that overall scooter size can also be a variant by which to select a new mobility scooter. By shopping size-based collections, such as the full-sized, mid-sized, and compact collections at My Own Wheels, you’ll be able to more precisely match your needs to a mobility scooter.
So, what exactly are the differences between scooter size categories? In this article, you’ll learn:
The meaning of the full-size, mid-size, and compact scooter categories
Some similarities and differences among the sizes
Use cases for each type
Features, Pros, and Cons of Each Scooter Category
The size category breakdown is just as the names suggest: compact scooters are the narrowest and slimmest; full-size scooters are wider and therefore slightly heavier, and mid-size models fall in between compact and full-size.
There are a few key similarities and differences between each scooter size that may sway your purchasing decision. It's important to remember that each scooter size category includes various models. You’ll have no problem finding a 3- or 4-wheel scooter in any category you select or finding a model of any size within your price range. No scooter size category will limit your options in terms of other features you would like, which means that you can select a scooter size category without compromising your list of must-haves.
The differences in the size of each scooter category mean that full-size, mid-size, and compact scooters each have slightly different use cases. Full-size scooters, for example, work best for outdoor mobility assistance. Although each scooter type can perform this function, full-size scooters are especially well equipped to handle uneven ground and the elements. And, while most full-sized mobility scooters are meant for one person, there are several, like the Afiscooter S4 Breeze 4-Wheel Scooter, that are built with a dual seat for two people.
How big are full-size mobility scooters? The EV Rider CityRider 400W scooter, with four wheels and a full-length seat and headrest, is 46.4 inches long, 23.2 inches wide, and 48.8 inches tall and has a weight capacity of 350 pounds. The Merits Pioneer 1 is a great 3-wheel option in the full length category—its dimensions are 44 inches long, 23 inches wide, and 34.5 inches tall, and it can carry 300 pounds.
If a wide seat, extra stability, and compatibility with outdoor use are important to you, you will probably benefit from searching for scooters in the full-size category.
Mid-size scooters are still a great option for outdoors, but their thinner width means that they are slightly better suited for indoor conditions. Most mid-size scooters also have more features than compact scooters.
While the average length and height of mid-size scooters don’t differ too much from full-size scooters, the noticeable difference in dimensions lies in the width. For example, the EV Rider Minirider Lite 12V is 19 inches wide; the eWheels Medical EW M39-200W model is 20 inches wide.
If you want a scooter suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, as well as more features and comfort than a compact scooter, try searching for mobility scooters in the mid-size category.
Compact mobility scooters work the best for indoor mobility. They are also great in travel situations—they can safely maneuver through planes, trains, and cruise ships without getting stuck (if you’re a world-class traveler, you might also want to check out the FAA-approved category).
Although compact scooters are the best equipped to handle tight turns that you might find in a house, one potential con of compact mobility scooters is seat width. Because compact scooters are designed to maintain mobility through narrow hallways and tight turns, it might be difficult to find a model with a wider seat and, therefore, a higher weight limit.
Compact scooters have the smallest dimensions. The Shoprider Dasher 3 is a slim, 3-wheeled model that is 41.5 inches long, 20 inches wide, and 35 inches tall. To elucidate the limited weight capacity of compact scooters, Merits Roadster 3 is 38 inches long, 21 inches wide, and 34 inches tall and can carry 260 pounds.
If you prefer your scooter to have a tighter turn radius and a lighter weight, the compact size category will likely contain your ideal mobility scooter.
So, which scooter type is right for you? Because you will be able to find any size scooter at nearly any price point, your lifestyle and personal preference are the determining factors in selecting the model that will best meet your mobility needs. Browse the full range of our mobility scooters here.