The point of purchasing a mobility scooter is to improve your experience traveling in and outside of your home. Your scooter is supposed to transport you— not the other way around.
But even so, there will be times when you, your caretaker, or your loved one will have to carry your scooter from Point A to Point B - from the house to the car, from a car to an airport entryway, into an elevator, or other everyday scenarios.
With this in mind, it’s important to think about how portable you want your scooter to be, which may depend on factors like your lifestyle, the intended use of the scooter, and your ability to lift and carry things.
Although all mobility scooters are somewhat portable, not all are created equal. Heavy-duty scooters are more difficult to take in and out of a car than lighter weight models. Many heavy-duty scooters do not not break down easily; that is, once fully assembled, they stay that way permanently until they are mechanically disassembled.
If you have a hunch that you’ll need to bring your scooter into a car or an airplane - or if you think you might need help carrying it at any point - consider purchasing a foldable scooter.
Whether you’re upgrading from an old model or considering purchasing your first scooter, make sure you consider all of the features that foldable scooters provide.
Here are the top four reasons a foldable model could be the perfect match for your mobility needs:
Easily the greatest thing about foldable scooters is their portability.
Not only does the folding make it easier to carry the scooter around, but many foldable scooters, including the Merits Yoga Foldable Electric Mobility Scooter or the Moving Life ATTO Transportable also come with carrying cases for an even smoother transition.
Other foldable scooters are self-folding. With the push of a button, mechanical mechanisms built into the model will help them fold by themselves with just a press of a button.
Secondly, once a foldable electric scooter is in its travel state (compressed and compacted), it takes up much less space than non-foldable alternatives. This is a great benefit if space is tight and storing a scooter for periods of time is helpful. Many models can be stored in a small closet, under a bed, or in the corner of a room.
If you have a caregiver or family member who likes to get outside and travel with you, having a foldable electric scooter will also make their job of transporting your scooter much easier. Instead of needing a special vehicle, ramp or carrying rack, a folding scooter can tuck neatly into the trunk or an empty car seat.
Because foldable scooters require more flexibility than their non-foldable counterparts, they typically weigh less, as well.
Heavier frames and components would be difficult to handle and transform. This means traveling to and from places like the mall, a paved hiking trail, or the grocery store are much easier with a foldable scooter because of the ease of lifting the scooter in and out of the car.
A potential pitfall of this feature is that a foldable scooter might not come with all the accessories you like, or there may not be enough room on the scooter to hold them in the collapsed position. While the metal frame can still hold items like cupholders, a phone stand, and a basket, you will likely need to remove these accessories before collapsing your scooter. An easy way to circumvent this issue is with an accessory bag that can strap to the back of your scooter.
3. Wide Range of Functions
Although these scooters’ primary distinguishing feature is that they are foldable, that doesn’t mean you’re limited by other features. Foldable scooters still come in all shapes and sizes.
Foldable scooters offer a variety of speeds, wheel counts, and turning radii which means there is typically an option for every need.
If your list of must-have features includes specifics such as these, chances are there’s a foldable version that fits your needs.
For all the great features that foldable mobility scooters provide, many of them are in a budget-friendly price range of below $2,000.
Depending on the functions you’re looking for, you may not need to break your bank to find a suitable scooter. Of course, no product is without its downsides. Although cheaper foldable scooters do exist, if your budget is $1,500 or below, you might have difficulty finding a model that meets your budget and needs.
To learn more about all the features that foldable mobility scooters can offer, browse the Foldable Scooter collection in the our Shop.