Updated: June 4, 2015

Mobility Scooter Reviews:

The aging population in the United States is increasingly seeing the need to still get around even into their 80's and 90's. Mobility scooters have become the lifeblood for many seniors or handicapped adults. Even getting around an apartment or house has proven to much for some and having a mobility scooter is a lifesaver. I see them all over places like grocery stores, amusement parks, shopping malls, parking lots, and even work places. Portable mobility scooters are often the most convenient form of transportation for those that need help in getting around. Whether you are obese and need a mode other than your feet to get places or just a senior citizen who requires that extra bit of help in doing your daily routine, a medical mobility scooter will answer many of your needs. There are many questions that needs ot be answered - things like - Does medicare cover the cost of a mobility scooter? Do I need insurance for one? How much do they cost? Please keep reading to find out these answers.
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Choosing a mobility scooter - The good news is that medicare does cover the expense associated with an electric mobility scooter. The stipulations are that you need to show that it's for medical purposes only - such as it's the primary source for your movement within your home. You can't just say you want an "easy way" to get around outside the house. Also, your doctor will need to prescribe the actual mobility aid and have it documented in your records as to the health reasons why it's necessary. Medical mobility scooters are prescribed all the time, so if you have a good reason, the odds are it will work out ok. Some things to consider when buying a mobility scooters are:

* Do you plan on using it outdoors, indoors, or both
* What weight capacity does the electric scooter offer - what is your weight? Most range from 250 lbs up to 500 lbs
* What kind of battery range does the scooter feature? Some feature 20 mile battery ranges.
* Do you need a 3 wheel or 4 wheel model? 3 Wheels are best for maneuverability while the 4 wheel mobility scooters provide increased stability
* Will you need a lift on your vehicle to get it around?
* How fast does the scooter go? Usually offered from 5 MPH to 20 MPH.

Folding mobility scooters are quite popular for those that want transportability features, but not great for anyone that is looking for a longer battery range or speeds over 5 MPH. The heavy duty mobility scooters on the market are specifically designed for those with higher weight capacity needs (typically over 500 pounds) and a bigger seat size. The ActiveCare Medical Osprey 4410 is a good example of this. The lightweight models are the ones with 3 wheels, although the 4 wheeled scooters are not that much heavier. Top brands include Pride, Invacare, Wispa, Lark, Shoprider, Drive Medical, Go Go, Mega Motion, and Activecare. You can find some secondhand mobility scooters, although we advise consumers to stick with new scooters whenever possible. Mobility scooter reviews - It's always a good idea to read up on what experts and actual owners have to say about particular models and brands. We suggest looking at Spinlife.com for their expert analysis and of course our favorite spot for consumer reviews is Amazon.com. You can browse the best selling mobility scooters here.

Best Mobility Scooter:

RECOMMENDED - Many people are ok with the 3 wheeled scooters and the prices are much more affordable than the 4 wheeled models. The Drive Medical Phoenix 3 Wheel Compact Portable Travel Power Scooter is a popular model for less than $800. Works indoors or outdoors, you can add a battery for extended trips and it weighs less than 100 pounds. Good turning radius, compact design, and very portable. It breaks down into 4 separate pieces, has a height adjustable seat, the speed ranges from 1/2 MPH to 4 MPH. Cruising range is 15 miles - you can add an additional battery that will double the range to 30 miles. Also features a large carry basket, flat free tires, and a 250 lb weight capacity. Owners call it a "high quality scooter" and "fits inside the trunk of my SUV". The Shoprider Scootie Three Wheel Compact Travel Scooter is another top rated model that is priced about the same as the Drive Medical unit. With the Shoprider you get adjustable flip up arms, it's length adjustable, comes with a removable battery pack, has puncture proof tires, and handles up to 225 lbs. Ladies really like this model, although men drive it as well. Great for getting around grocery markets, in and out of hallways and rooms in your home, and taking walks with the grandkids.


Heavy Duty Mobility Scooter:

BEST - The ActiveCare Medical Osprey 4410 Large Mobility Scooter is certainly one to consider. It features a 500 lb weight capacity, 0-9 MPH variable speed, a 360 degree swivel Captain's Chair with headrest and it reclines. The front and rear suspension make driving and riding this mobility scooter an effortless experience. Use the lights, horn, and turn signals along with mirrors and hand brake to keep yourself safe. The ActiveCare Medical Osprey can go up to 38 miles on 1 charge and the pneumatic tires run smooth. Shoprider is another name that gets great feedback from owners and you can see their models online as well. Check out all the 4 wheeled mobility scooters here.