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What Is The Difference Between A Power Chair And A Mobility Scooter?

Updated: Sep 27, 2023

April 28, 2023

At Pride Mobility, we're all about providing the best mobility aids to support and enhance your quality of life. Our power chairs and mobility scooters are engineered for people who need extra mobility support and independence.


If you're thinking about getting a mobility scooter or a power chair, you might have a lot of questions. Understanding their differences will help you choose the right mobility product for your needs. Here’s a guide to help you get started.


Power Chair

One of the main differences between a mobility scooter and a power chair is their method of operation. A power chair or electric wheelchair is operated using a joystick. When it comes to one of its visible features, a power chair typically has six wheels or more. There are also some power chairs with two large drive wheels and four smaller wheels called casters for added stability.


In terms of comfort, power chairs have standard captain’s style seating and are equipped with a foot platform that can be adjusted in height and conveniently flipped up when not in use.


Mobility Scooter

A mobility scooter, on the other hand, is operated using a tiller and handlebars that allow you to manoeuvre the scooter accordingly. It typically has three or four wheels.


When it comes to comfort, a three-wheel scooter provides more legroom if you’re a taller individual. Alternatively, a four-wheel scooter has a wider distance between the wheels to make sure your weight is evenly distributed, and the scooter remains stable. In addition, mobility scooters typically come with a variety of seating options depending on the size of the scooter.


Which mobility aid is best for you?

Your level of mobility and lifestyle needs can determine whether a mobility scooter or power chair is best for you. You need to assess where you will use the mobility product, and if you spend more time indoors or outdoors.


Our power chairs and mobility scooters have undergone rigorous testing to guarantee safety, efficiency, and longevity. If you need any assistance in choosing the right mobility product, we're always here to help you out.


Live Your Best with Pride Mobility!

For over two decades, Pride Mobility has been an industry leader in the design, development and manufacture of mobility products. Pride helps thousands of people live their lives to the fullest by offering the best personal mobility aids and delivering the highest levels of customer satisfaction in Australia and beyond.


For more information, call us at +61 3 8770 9600 or contact us here.


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