Best Mobility Scooters 2018

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Model
Features
Explorer 4 Mobility Scooter



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  • Simple
  • Tiller steering
  • 18 mile range
  • No lights
TGA Mobility Vita X All-terrain


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  • All-terrain
  • 20 mile range
  • Suspension
  • Lights and indicators
Pride GoGo Elite


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  • Basic
  • 8 mile range
  • Adjustable seat
Style+ Mobility Scooter


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  • Safety breaks
  • Suspension
  • Transportable
Scout Lightweight Car Boot Scooter


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  • Dismantles for transport
  • 10 mile range
  • Light

Mobility scooters are a common sight in the towns and cities of the UK – and in even remote villages where they bring a new lease of life to people who have limited mobility. For the elderly and infirm, and those who have trouble moving around, a mobility scooter is a major bonus, and one that can help transform their lives. Compact and hence perfect for getting about town, mobility scooters have their uses for many different people and are a surprisingly affordable asset.

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A number of years ago, those of us of a certain age may remember the pale blue ‘disability carriages’ that were commonplace on the roads of the UK. These small and very precarious machines had a very small engine, were designed to be used for short runs, and were available with controls suitable for persons who do not have full mobility. As such, they were very useful and popular, if somewhat dangerous. The modern mobility scooter may be a development of this concept, but it’s one that goes a lot further towards doing the job.

Do you need the best mobility scooter, or are you looking for one for a member of the family? If so, you will most likely have read all you can about the different makes and models, what they do and what to look for, but there is more to it than that. You need to make sure that you buy a scooter that is suitable for the type of use it will likely be put to – i.e. where the user wants to go, whether that be the shops, friends or even work – and how often, so we thought we’d put together a list of the top 10 best mobility scooters. Before we get into that list, a bit more about how they work.

Best Mobility Scooters UK (Our Top Picks)

1: Explorer 4 Mobility Scooter


Our first entry is this simple and yet effective mobility scooter, and it is highly typical of those that are at the budget end of the market. This is a no-frills scooter that does precisely what it is intended to – provide mobility for those who are limited as such, and in a modicum of comfort. This is a four-wheeled design with easy to use tiller steering, and has a fully adjustable seat for height and rotation, plus it’s nicely padded so you will be able to ride in comfort.

The battery on this model – there are in fact two with 17amps each – means that you can travel as far as 18 miles on one full charge with this scooter. It is therefore more than adequate for most journeys that a user may be attempting. It does not have lights so is not recommended for use in the dark, though it is a portable model that can easily be transported in an estate car, SUV or small van. It comes with three months insurance as part of the package, and it is a sensible price that will not break the bank.

Key Features
  • Simple, tiller steering
  • 18 mile range
  • No lights

2: TGA Mobility Vita X All-terrain (Best all terrain mobility scooter)


If the above model represents the basic and simple ideal of a mobility scooter, this one from TGA is the precise opposite. This is a very sophisticated model indeed and is designed for use in all types of terrain. It comes with highly durable tyres, for a start, and has all-round suspension that will give the user extreme comfort in all situations. A unique rear mono-shock absorber is typical of the innovative touches that this one is full of, and there’s more.

Alloy wheels, and adjustable and fully padded seat – including rotation adjustment – plus bright front and rear LED lights and powerful indicators are all part of the package, while you also get several optional storage devices, which will add to the purchase price. A clear and clever digital display shows you range and power left, front and rear bumpers add protection, and a range of 20 miles is possible on one charge. The downside is the price: you could have at least six of the above for the price of one of these, but if it’s what you want, it’s great!

Key Features
  • All-terrain
  • 20 miles
  • Suspension
  • Lights and indicators

3: Pride GoGo Elite


Back to basics with this neat, cheap and cheerful model that is another to do exactly what is intended, and little if anything more. That’s no bad thing, as for your money – and it is one of the least expensive here – you get a mobility scooter that is easy to use, comes with no added technical details, and will be perfect for those shopping trips or visits to friends. In other words, it’s the ideal mobility scooter for anyone on a budget, and will do the job.

It’s a four-wheeled model with a tiller steering column, the seat is adjustable for height and is padded for comfort, and it as front lights as standard. You also get a carry basket with decent capacity, and puncture-proof tyres, plus it has a swivel seat too. The ground clearance is deliberately higher than some – a welcome design detail – and although it has a range of only 8 miles, we reckon that will be perfect for ordinary shopping trips. It’s a decent, basic scooter at a sensible bargain price.

Key Features
  • Basic
  • Lights
  • Adjustable seat
  • 8 miles range

4: Style+ Mobility Scooter


Staying with the lower-priced models here, and this one is a very attractive option at a sensible and surprisingly cheap price. It’s a four-wheel design again with the tiller steering – which is adjustable for height as are the arm-rests and seat – and it has a fully padded seat for comfort. You get a very neat design that is light and easy to ride, plus the added safety of a full electromagnetic braking system that is a welcome bonus in moments when you may need to stop suddenly.

This one has full suspension for extra comfort, an interesting feature at the price, plus you get a carry basket as standard and it can do 10 miles on a full charge. That’s not the greatest range, but surely enough for the sort of use it would be put to. With a 4mph top speed you get more than adequate pace, and it can be taken down into five compact pieces in minutes, plus is easy to put back together, for transporting in the car. Overall, a decent and sensibly priced mobility scooter.

Key Features
  • Suspension
  • Safety brakes
  • Transportable

5: Scout Lightweight Car Boot Scooter


Another very basic yet stylish little scooter, and this one breaks down in a one-handed method so it can be easily carried in the car. For your money – and it is one of the least expensive here – you get a mobility scooter that is easy to use, comes with no added technical details, and will be perfect for those shopping trips or visits to friends. In other words, it’s the ideal mobility scooter for anyone on a budget, and will do the job.

It’s a four-wheeled model with a tiller steering column, the seat is adjustable for height and is padded for comfort, and it as front lights as standard. You also get a carry basket with decent capacity, and puncture-proof tyres, plus it has a swivel seat too. The ground clearance is deliberately higher than some – a welcome design detail – and although it has a range of only 10 miles, we reckon that will be perfect for ordinary shopping trips. It’s a decent, basic scooter at a sensible bargain price.

Key Features
  • Dismantles for transport
  • 10 miles range
  • Light

6: Drive Medical Envoy 4


So far we’ve looked at basic and simple mobility scooters plus one at the very top end of the market. This model, from Drive Mobility who are one of the market leaders in the sector, can be classed as a ‘mid-range’ mobility scooter. What do you get? Similar to most of the budget models, you get a simple scooter with four wheels and tiller steering, but with a few extras too. All-round suspension and an adjustable seat are comfort measures, and a front LED light is also welcome.

The major difference is in the motor. This model has a powerful 350Watt motor with highly efficient batteries. This means you get longer out of each charge – in fact, it has a range of 30 miles – so you can either go further, or you need to charge it less often. The cleverly shaped handlebars are designed for users who may not have grip of some, and the shopping basket is a good size. This one will cost you perhaps twice as much as one of the basic ones, so if its range you are after, you might need to pay for it.

Key Features
  • 30 mile range
  • Delta bars
  • Suspension
  • Lights

7: Elite Boot Scooter ST-1


Another very basic yet stylish little scooter, and this one breaks down in a one-handed method so it can be easily carried in the car. For your money – and it is one of the least expensive here – you get a mobility scooter that is easy to use, comes with no added technical details, and will be perfect for those shopping trips or visits to friends. In other words, it’s the ideal mobility scooter for anyone on a budget, and will do the job.

It’s a four-wheeled model with a tiller steering column, the seat is adjustable for height and is padded for comfort, and it as front lights as standard. You also get a carry basket with decent capacity, and puncture-proof tyres, plus it has a swivel seat too. The ground clearance is deliberately higher than some – a welcome design detail – and although it has a range of only 6 miles, we reckon that will be adequate for most short trips. It’s a decent, basic scooter at a sensible price.

Key Features
  • Basic
  • Dismantles
  • Padded seat
  • 6 mile range

8: BetterLife Heavy Duty Shoprider


This is another of the mid-range models, in that it is more expensive by some way than the basic ones yet not as pricey as the top-range model we listed earlier. Similar to most of the budget models, you get a simple scooter with four wheels and tiller steering, but with a few extras too. All-round suspension and an adjustable seat are comfort measures, plus front and rear lights and hazard indicators, and a handy push-button horn. It also has two speed settings for ease of use.

The major difference is in the motor. This model has a powerful 350Watt motor with highly efficient batteries. This means you get longer out of each charge so you can either go further, or you need to charge it less often, to the tune of 20 miles on standard terrain. The cleverly shaped handlebars are designed for users who may not have grip of some, and the shopping basket is a good size. This one will cost you more than twice as much as one of the basic ones, so if its range you are after, you might need to pay for it.

Key Features
  • 20 mile range
  • Lights
  • Indicators
  • Horn

9: Pride Elite LX-4


This is another from the Pride GoGo range, and it comes with the added attraction of changeable side panels in red and blue. For a sensible price you get a mobility scooter that is easy to use, comes with no added technical details, and will be perfect for those shopping trips or visits to friends. In other words, it’s the ideal mobility scooter for anyone on a budget, and will do the job. This one can be easily disassembled for transport in the car, which makes it nicely portable.

It’s a four-wheeled model with a tiller steering column, the seat is adjustable for height and is padded for comfort, and it as front lights as standard. You also get a carry basket with decent capacity, and puncture-proof tyres, plus it has a swivel seat too. The ground clearance is deliberately higher than some – a welcome design detail – and although it has a range of only 10 miles, we reckon that will be perfect for ordinary shopping trips. It’s a decent, basic scooter at a sensible bargain price.

Key Features
  • 10 mile range
  • Lights
  • Changeable panels
  • Adjustable seat and height

10: Drive Royale 4-Sport


Our final model is one with a little difference: it’s a four wheel scooter with the usual tiller steering, has an adjustable and comfortable seat and height, and all-round suspension for added comfort. It has lights too, powerful enough for use in the dark, alloy wheels for added style and a safety device that stops it from rolling backwards. High-level indicators are also a feature – and a sensible one too – and a digital dash display aids user-friendliness.

So what’s different? Well, let’s begin by saying it has a roof! In fact, it’s a canopy that stretches from front to rear for overhead protection – the sides are open – which makes it more comfortable to drive than some. Also, it has a very powerful 1500watt motor; that allows it to have a range of as much as 37 miles on normal terrain. It’s a very nice machine in every way, and notably high quality in terms of build, but beware you will pay a lot of money for this one, so you really have to want it to justify it.

Key Features
  • 37 mile range
  • Lights and indicators
  • Clear display
  • Tilt and swivel

That’s our list of the top 10 best mobility scooters on the market today, but which one is for you? Let’s have a look at the key features you need to think about before you make your choice, then we’ll see if we can give you a verdict.

Important Features

A mobility scooter is a major purchase even if you are looking at the budget models, so you need to ensure you have the best one for your needs. Here’s a quick look at some of the important features that you need to consider when you are looking to buy one of these very neat and usable machines.

Range – this is perhaps the most important of all the factors involved; how far will the user be going, and how often? As they are all electric, these scooters have a limited range and need to be charged before use; the range of the models listed covers between 6 and 37 miles, so you need to factor in how far the average journey is. The standard range for a lower-priced scooter is around 10 miles.

Comfort – you – or the intended user – are going to spend a lot of time on the scooter, so you want to be comfortable. All of these have padded, adjustable seats, but some have better suspension than others which can mean greater levels of comfort.

Details – not all of the scooters listed has lights, for example, and some have pneumatic tyres while others are solid. There are further detail touches you may also want to look at, so it is essential you check the manufacturers specifications very carefully before you buy.

That’s really the main points you need to look at when considering the best mobility scooter, so let’s see if we can advise which is for you.

How It Works

So, what is a mobility scooter, and how does it work? Put simply, mobility scooters are compact vehicles designed to take people with limited mobility on short journeys. You can find them in various forms – some have three wheels and a tiller for the steering, others have four and are a little more sophisticated – and they also cover a wide range of budgets.

Mobility scooters are powered by small – yet powerful enough – electric motors. This means they will have a battery, and that battery can only hold a certain amount of power. How much it can hold will determine the range your mobility scooter will be able to cover before it needs to be recharged. Think of recharging as you do with your mobile phone; plug it in overnight, and the scooter is ready to use by morning.

The relative sophistication of mobility scooters is also worth a mention; some come with lights and other accessories, some are able to be licensed for limited road use, and some are faster and more capable than others. You will certainly find there is a mobility scooter that is suitable for your requirements among the 10 we have chosen for our list.

So, let’s have a look at the top 10 best mobility scooters on the market right now, and see how we can help you find the right one.

Let’s Wrap it Up!

We’ll begin by saying that the two expensive models on the list – the TGA, no.2 and the Drive Royale which is no.10, are exceptional items. If you want to pay a few thousand for a mobility scooter that has fancy features then that’s your choice, and both do offer excellent levels of comfort and performance that are unsurpassed. However, we can’t see the point when you can have a perfectly decent scooter for a few hundred pounds.

Which means we have to sort one from many on our list, and that’s not easy as they are all good. However, we reckon the Style+ - number 4 – is worth looking at as it is a very good price and has all-round suspension. There is nothing special about it, it has a range of 10 miles which is standard, and yet it does the job. If you want more range, the first one on the list – the Explorer 4 – can offer 18 miles on one charge from its twin-battery set up, and is also a great price.

That’s it from us, then, so make your choice and have fun getting out and about on your new best mobility scooter.

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