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Should I Choose a Mobility Scooter or Electric Wheelchair?

A mobility scooter and an electric wheelchair both perform the same function. For those with reduced mobility, these vehicles enable them to travel with ease and help them embrace the freedom they can have.

However, they do have their differences, so it’s important to highlight these in order to help you make the right decision. Let’s take a closer look at mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs to guide you towards the best solution for you.

What is the Difference Between an Electric Wheelchair & Mobility Scooter?

Level of Comfort

Although both vehicles have been designed with the user in mind, mobility scooters are slightly less customisable which leads to less comfort – that’s not to say they’re uncomfortable though! East Coast Mobility’s mobility scooters have full suspension systems and luxurious seating which aid comfort for every user.

Electric wheelchairs, also known as powerchairs, have more customisable options and accessories to choose from which enhance their comfort. This includes the ability to adjust the height, footrest, back and headrest.

Method of Control

Powerchairs are most commonly controlled using a joystick that is connected to either the right or the left arm of the vehicle. Mobility scooters are most commonly controlled using handlebars and the electrics that control the scooter are housed in the tiller.

Weight Capacity

Mobility scooters have a higher weight capacity than mobility wheelchairs. Due to their stronger and more durable framework, they are considered as heavy duty. Whereas, although mobility chairs do have a wide range of weight capacity, they have a lightweight material framework overall which makes them less supportive for larger weights.

Battery & Mileage

Typical powerchairs will offer mileage of up to 18 miles on a single charge. Typical mobility scooters will offer mileage of up to 40 miles on a single charge. As mentioned above, even though they have both been designed for the same purpose, mobility scooters are more suited to longer journeys which impacts the battery life and mileage.

How to Choose Between an Electric Wheelchair & Mobility Scooter

To make the decision whether you should choose a mobility scooter or powerchair, you must take a number of things into consideration:

  • Usage requirements
  • Storage requirements
  • Ease of travel
  • Ease of operation

You must assess all your needs in order to find the perfect fit for your mobility requirements. For example, will you be using your vehicle both inside and outside? If so, electric wheelchairs are the best option as they can be easily operated both inside and outside. A mobility scooter is the best option if you only need it for outdoor journeys. Also, when thinking about your journeys, will you need your vehicle for the majority of the day or will you use it intermittently?

Remember to think about your physical capabilities as you will still need this to operate both vehicles. More upper body strength is needed for mobility scooters, however operating a joystick may prove to be difficult and complicated to understand. If you need to transport your vehicle to and from public transport or using a car, will you be able to easily do so?

Visit East Coast Mobility’s Showroom

One of the best ways you can decide is by visiting our showroom. There, you will be able to receive first-hand experience and guidance on whether a mobility scooter or electric wheelchair would be the best fit for you.

Our friendly team will be able to ask you all the necessary questions to determine which vehicle would fit your specific needs and you will be able to ask them any questions you may have too. We are always more than happy to help here are East Coast Mobility – Get in touch with us today.

Visit Our Showroom

All it takes is one trip to our showroom to experience and discover the 100+ reconditioned scooters in stock today. If you would prefer a free home demonstration, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us, our team members are always happy to help and advise.

Mr Barrett

From start to finish, the service has been fantastic. From ensuring the reconditioned scooter I purchased was in top condition, to the great delivery experience through to dealing with helpful lady on the phone. I was most grateful for the non pushy sales approach - you gave me time to think. Extra information and assistance was immediately on hand. I cannot fault East Coast Mobility!

Audrey Wandsworth

Thank you so much for coming to my aid at Beccles Medical Centre. I wish we had more local businesses, and not just the internet for service.

Robert Smith

Just received my Cabin Car back after work done. The service I got was exceptional.

Not only was the work done to a brilliant standard they collected and delivered it too.

Well done East Coast Mobility! I thoroughly recommend them to anyone with mobility scooter problems.

Thank you to all the staff for a first class experience.

Caroline Long

Absolutely brilliant service, while she was very poorly my Mum's stair lift stopped working and got stuck in a doorway in a really awkward place so I called round a few places but most couldn't help very quickly.

East Coast Mobility not only told me how to move it so it wasn't in the way anymore but they also came out the following day and got it fixed with new batteries! Such a relief and all done sooo quickly.

Vinnie Harris

Great people who are very helpful. Reasonably priced and great variety of products. Highly recommend these people. Great to support a family business.

Jane Walker

I recently needed to purchase a recliner chair for my mother, I contacted East Coast Mobility having dealt with them before, our needs were sorted over the phone, efficiently, with compassion and delivered within 48 hours.

Despite my mother not keen on a recliner chair she absolutely loves it!


It all worked out well in the end.
Easy Access Ramp is pucker!

Love Lynda

Karen Neil

I can't thank Grant and everyone enough at East Coast Mobility for their fantastic help in installing my stairlifts and at an affordable price beating several others I had round.

Giving me back some desperately needed independence for which I thank them with all my heart, they honestly went above and beyond.

I have no hesitation in highly recommending them to anyone that needs help or advice, they really do care.

Paul Green

I feel I must write and say a huge thank you for the service my wife and I received last week when we came to look at new scooters.

We were both very pleased with how comfortable and reliable they are and were pleasantly surprised at the professional approach we received from Grant.

Malcolm Lyell

Excellent service. We needed an engineer late in afternoon to fix my father's stairlift as he could not have got to toilet or bed that night. They left the workshop and attended within 30 mins - fault fixed!

Very helpful and knowledgeable.

Chris Bartlett

A very pleasant place to go for your mobility equipment. Staff are very knowledgeable and very helpful.

I've used them for several years now and they have always accommodated all my disability needs.

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